Volume 3 Issue 13 March 19, 2020
The Tunnel
A Devotional Thought
Imagine a train. You are on it. Look out the large picture windows. The sun is bright as it shines down on God’s glorious natural landscape. Suddenly it’s dark. The wind rushes past the darkened window. What do you do? What do you think? Do you jump off the train? Do you worry that the darkness will last?

The drastic change is startling to say the least, but soon you realize the train just entered a tunnel. You relax because of your trust in the engineer to take you safely through it. In time, depending on the length of the tunnel, you see the bright sun again. 

Right now, it feels like we are in a tunnel, but the Bible reminds us Who is in control. “Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture” (Psalm 100:3). “Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him” (Proverbs 30:5). “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
News
NCC Office Closure
To protect the health of employees, church members, and the greater community, Northern California Conference leaders decided to close the office from Monday, March 23, through Thursday, April 2. However, employees will continue to work remotely. The Adventist Book Center is open during its regularly scheduled hours, until further notice.

If you need assistance, the department directors will be available through email. Click here for a list of NCC departments, employees, and the email address format. If you are not sure who to connect with, email info@nccsda.com, and your message will be forwarded to the appropriate department director.
NCC COVID-19:00 Prayer Time Initiative
Let's unite in prayer at 19:00 hours (7:00 p.m.) each day until this pandemic passes. “Please join us every evening, where you are, to bow before our Creator – our Father – and give it all to Him,” said Esmé Ross, NCC prayer ministries coordinator.
Carmichael Church Drive-up Food Bank
The Carmichael church food bank now offers drive-up service so people don't have to leave their cars to receive food. Watch the local TV news story.
VBS Training at Appian Way Church
Last Sabbath, 10 Vacation Bible School leaders came to the El Sobrante Appian Way church to learn about “Bible Heroes,” the new Adventist VBS program. Alice Merrill, children’s ministries director, and her team encouraged attendees to practice social distancing during the training, as they learned about the program's stories, games, crafts, and snacks.
Nurture a Personal Relationship with God at Home
Looking for something to do on Sabbath now that you have to stay home? Fortunately, there are numerous online resources available. Just to get you started, take a look at the various options below. However, don’t stop with these; conduct your own search and find resources that nurture you and your family.

Because we are in this together, engage with us by sharing your favorite resources and uplifting stories. Email laurie.trujillo@nccsda.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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ABC Delivery Schedule
Do you need vegetarian food? The Adventist Book Center truck will be delivering prepaid orders next Wednesday, March 25, at locations in Antioch, Hayward, Oakland, Pleasant Hill, and Vallejo. Find locations, times, sales, and contact information .  

“We are concerned about the emergency situation that we are facing right now, and we would like to support our members living in counties under ‘shelter in place’ rules,” said Sal Alvarado, ABC manager.  

You must place your order by Tuesday, March 24, at 2 p.m.
Resources
Adventist Book Center
Here is a great book for kids! Guide’s Greatest Miracle Stories features true stories from around the world illustrating God’s miraculous power. Find this book for $11.99 at our NCC ABC .
Go Digital
Want to livestream your worship service? Interesting in building an online community for your church? Find many excellent Resources for Churches and Ministries Going Digital at the NAD's Social Media + Big Data Services website.
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