Volume 4 Issue 12 March 25, 2021
News
New Beginners Campaign Successfully Raises $77,000
Thanks to the Generosity of NCC Compassionate Givers
At the beginning of March, we set a goal of $47,000 to cover a portion of tuition for 172 new students in NCC kindergartens for the 21-22 school year. We also set a miracle goal of $30,000 to support an additional 108 new kindergarteners.

Thanks to the generosity of NCC compassionate givers, we have raised the full $77,000 for the New Beginners Educational Fund! With matching funds from the Pacific Union Conference, we have the ability to cover one month of tuition for up to 280 new beginners in our schools.

“This is a great way to introduce new families to our school system,” said Wayne Gungl, associate superintendent of education. “It’s one more reason for parents who have been thinking about Adventist education to say, ‘I’ll give it a try.’”

Parents appreciate the help as they make plans for next school year. “This support is truly a gift from God, and to know that one month is free is a serious blessing,” said one father. “I really would like to thank those who made this happen. You made a difference in the life of my family. Thank you!”

“I am humbled by the act of kindness and am privileged to interact with our compassionate givers,” said Laurie Trujillo, director of communication and development. “They are an incredible group of people who go above and beyond to help others.”

Students in Adventist kindergartens learn more than just the foundations of reading and math. They are learning to follow Jesus and care about others.

An education journal recently surveyed executives at top companies, asking what skills K-12 students need to be successful. “They said they wished kids would learn how to work in teams, how to problem solve, how to adapt when things go wrong – all kinds of things about learning to work effectively with other people,” reported Gungl.

Adventist education has been focusing on these skills since its beginning. “Our whole school system is based around the model of Jesus, who was the most effective collaborator – a great model for how to work with people,” said Gungl. “Our schools are teaching all the academic skills, but they are also teaching the relationship skills that are found in Jesus. When you build on that from kindergarten up, I think it makes a real difference.”
Church Planting Training
Last Sabbath, 61 pastors and laypeople from the NCC and the Nevada-Utah Conference participated in the first Seeds Vision church planting training for their territories.

The North American Division Evangelism Institute led the online training, which included church planting pastors and a lay volunteer church planter. “This is the beginning of many other trainings to help us unleash a church planting movement in the NCC,” said Executive Secretary Jose Marin.
In-person Instruction
Sonoma County has given its permission for all Rio Lindo Adventist Academy students and Redwood Adventist Academy seventh and eighth graders to return to in-person instruction next week. They are the final students to receive permission to go back to their NCC schools.
Pastor Daniel Yim Moves to New District
Daniel Yim is the new pastor of the Petaluma/Sebastopol district. Urban Ministries Director Willie Johnson and Sebastopol elders welcomed and prayed for him last Sabbath (pictured).

Most recently, Yim served as pastor of the Lockeford/San Andreas/Sutter Hill district.

“I look forward to the blessings of serving the Sebastopol and Petaluma churches,” said Yim. “The church members are a beautiful picture of God’s family. I thank the Lord for leading me in this path and for all the support and love from the conference administrators.”
Great News
Congratulations to Dana Rae and Seth De Tar on the arrival of their daughter, Nevaeh Ray, born on March 3. Dana Rae is the youth pastor at the Auburn church and spiritual life director at Pine Hills Adventist Academy. God bless this young family!
Upcoming Events
NCC Prayer Line - Join church members from around the NCC for prayer and a short devotional every Thursday morning from 7-8 a.m. Find the number to call and a list of devotional speakers.

NCC employees, do not miss the North American Division Pre-retirement Seminar on either March 29 or 31. You must register in advance.

Prison Ministries - All are invited to attend Don’t Forget Me, a prison ministries rally and training day on April 24.
Resources
A helpful resource to share with others: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide financial assistance for COVID-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020. Find out more.

Check out the great programs on the conference YouTube channel: NCCSDA. They include a women’s ministries vespers, elders’ training, a message from Marc Woodson, and more!
ABC
The Scripture That Changed My Life tells the stories of people whose lives were changed by a single Bible passage. The testimonies of Ellen White, John Bunyan, John Wycliffe, Joni Earickson Tada, and others will renew your own hunger for God’s Word. Find this book for $16.99 at our NCC ABC.

Check out the March food specials at our NCC ABC!

During the next month, the NCC ABC will be making prepaid drop-off deliveries in California and Nevada.
NCC Headquarters Closed 
Because of the pandemic, the NCC headquarters building is closed, and staff are working from home. You can still reach them.
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