Volume 3 Issue 28 June 25, 2020
Juneteenth Prayer March
Last Friday, members of the Vallejo Central church held a prayer march, walking about half a mile from their church to the steps of the Vallejo Police Department. They chose June 19, known as Juneteenth, because it is the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Nearly 30 people prayed on the steps of the building, and several police officers came out to thank them and talk with them.

“Amid the many protests in our country, I wanted our church to march on the Juneteenth holiday to be reminded of our past victories in racial equality and our roots for hoping in a better tomorrow,” said Pastor Jonathan Henderson. “We refused to fall prey to the politics of extremism that claims we can’t minister to both the powerful and the weak. We can stand for justice and mercy. We can defend the oppressed and minister to those in positions of authority. We aspire to have an equal opportunity faith and love that breaks down barriers and creates a space for reconciliation and harmony.”
Membership Assistance Fund
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to all the donors who have given to support the Membership Assistance Fund. So far, these compassionate givers have helped ease some financial pressure in the lives of 75 family units in 17 churches across our region!

“As a completely donor-supported fund, this type of assistance is only possible because of them!” said Laurie Trujillo, director of communication and development. “One donor told me last week, ‘I am happy to help as I’ve been blessed with work during the pandemic. I want to help those who have not been as fortunate and have landed on some challenging times to put food on their tables and make ends meet.’ It is such a privilege to see the best in people.”

Trujillo continued, “Know that returning tithe, giving faithfully to your local church, or supporting conference ministries makes a huge impact and achieves our mission together. With God’s leading, consider joining our network of compassionate givers by donating here .”
Redding Church Opens
Beginning May 30, the Redding church has been holding two worship services each Sabbath. Those who attend wear masks and monitor their temperatures, and the sanctuary is sanitized between the services. “Reopening was not an easy decision,” said Pastor Robert Fisher. “Our safety team has worked very hard to minimize risk as much as possible.”  

Combined attendance at both services has been about 60 percent of pre-pandemic attendance. The 11 a.m. service is livestreamed for those who stay home. “Our online feedback has been great,” said Fisher. “We have connected with people all over the country who are continuing to watch each week.”

Throughout the NCC, churches are opening or making plans to open. Each church must follow the conference guidelines, as well as state and local regulations.
Get Ready for Next School Year
Lately our kids have been surrounded by news of sickness, sadness, depression, hate, greed, anger, and violence, but as Paul writes in Hebrews 12:2, we must fix “our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” We want to help our children refocus their attention on Christ. One good way is to enroll them in an Adventist school.  

Currently, the NCC education department is making plans to move from distance learning to physical classrooms this fall. Since the safety of each child and family is the highest priority, every school’s action plan will align with state and county guidelines. Beyond that, the schools have developed contingency plans for all known possibilities to ensure the successful transition back to school.

Now, more than ever, it is time to surround our kids with educators who are followers of Christ in a system that is focused on nurturing the whole child – instilling strong character traits such as service, integrity, reliability, honesty, responsibility, and honor. Please consider enrolling your kids in an Adventist school near you.  
Virtual Redwood Camp Meeting
July 23-25
Although campers won't gather in the Redwoods this summer, everyone has the opportunity to receive a camp meeting blessing online. Don’t miss great sermons, inspiring music, programs for kids of all ages, a cooking show, and much more! The new Redwood website – with the schedule – will soon be up, so keep checking: www.redwoodareacamp.com . “We’re looking forward to a wonderful reunion with our camp meeting family!” said Harry Salvini, Redwood director.
North American Division Day of Prayer
NAD leaders ask Adventists to join in a special day of prayer this Sabbath for the deep hurt and frustration that racial injustice and inequity have caused in North America. Read more.

NCC Prayer Line
You’re invited to join the NCC Prayer Line every Thursday morning from 7-8 a.m. This morning, Fortuna church Pastor Dan Freedman will give the devotional. Next week, Ed Fargusson, assistant to the NCC president, will present a short message. Call 1-916-637-8111, and use code 669648#.
Adventist Book Center
The Roseville Adventist Book Center will be making pre-paid deliveries to Reno and Carson City this coming Tuesday, June 30. Deliveries are coming to many Northern California locations in July. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance. Find out more and place your order.

Check out the summer book sale, coming next month !
Office Closed
 The NCC office will be closed on Monday, July 6, for the Independence Day holiday.
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