Volume 4 Issue 20 May 20, 2021
Making Plans for the International Camporee
Last week, Youth Director Eddie Heinrich and several NCC members visited Cam-Plex in Gillette, Wyoming, the site of the upcoming 2024 International Pathfinder Camporee.

For many years, Heinrich has served as the daytime activities director for the camporee, which takes place every five years. He made the recent trip along with key members of his daytime programming leadership team: Gracepoint church Associate Pastor Tim McMillen, Pleasant Hill church member Brenda Brandy, and Yuba City church member Tammy Heinrich.

The group was excited to learn about the fun options available at the new venue, including activities focused on animals, nature, and science. “There are a lot of really cool things in the area, including a bison ranch, a working cattle ranch, mine tours, and more,” said Heinrich.

The venue also offers 325,000 square feet of indoor space, so the Pathfinders can be comfortable on hot days.

The team was impressed by the welcome provided by members of the local community, who are eager to engage with the planners. “They are excited to be partnering with us to do this event,” said Heinrich. “Every place we went, people asked what they could do to help.”
Congratulations to our NCC pastors who recently completed degrees at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University!

Earlier this month, full-time students Lem Garcia (left) and Larry Graack (center) received their Master of Divinity, while Pleasant Hill church Associate Pastor Miguel Verazas (right) received his Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry.
In 2020, Chico church Associate Pastor Johnny Hayasaka (pictured) completed his Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry.

“Despite the challenges of the pandemic, these pastors persevered in pursuit of their goals,” said Ministerial Director Jim Lorenz. “Their education will be a powerful tool in the Lord’s work. As Ellen White wrote: ‘If placed under the control of His Spirit, the more thoroughly the intellect is cultivated, the more effectively it can be used in the service of God.’”
Pastor Larry Engages His Calling to Ministry
With contagious kindness and enthusiasm, Pastor Larry Unterseher ministers to the students and teachers at the 16 small schools scattered throughout the conference. “Our small schools are bursting with people seeking the Kingdom,” he said. “It’s just so exciting!”
Since 2014, Unterseher has served as pastor to the NCC schools with fewer than four teachers. During that time, he has driven many thousands of miles to present worship talks, weeks of prayer, lessons on endangered species, and fun activities designed to help him engage with the students. Known for loudly and enthusiastically celebrating birthdays, he also sends each student a $2 bill enclosed in a birthday card reminding the recipient that he or she is special to Jesus.

During the pandemic, Unterseher has increased his virtual presence. Many of the schools regularly participate in his weekly worship talks on Zoom. Recently, 10 schools joined a six-week online art class that he organized, taught by his daughter-in-law, Emily. Students and teachers responded so positively that Unterseher has been brainstorming ideas and surveying educators as he makes plans for future online classes.

Although dealing with safety restrictions has been challenging this year, Unterseher notes that small schools continued to meet in person when other schools couldn’t – and enrollment has grown as a result.

Because many of the students come from families that are unfamiliar with any church, he speaks simply as he talks to the children about Jesus’ love and grace. “We are walking together toward the Kingdom,” he said. “They won’t all become church members, but when they are 25 and making decisions, they will fall back on all the things they learned at their little school.”
Upcoming Events
This Sabbath, May 22, the offering will be for Conference Advance. On Sabbath, May 29, the offering will be for Impact Pacific – used for mission opportunities unique to the Pacific Union. Find out more: 2021 Offering Schedule.

Redwood Camp Meeting will be held in person and online in two sessions, July 19-24 and July 26-31. Find information at redwoodareacamp.com.

Join the NCC prayer call every Thursday morning from 7-8 a.m.
Click here to see the May food specials.

The ABC is making prepaid drop-off deliveries in the Bay Area next Tuesday.
Changed Lives presents a dozen true stories of real people who chose to fully open their hearts to the powerful truth of Christ’s saving grace. Each one faced incredible obstacles, from physical addictions to spiritual strangleholds, but by surrendering to the powerful promises of the Bible, the way forward became clear: Jesus.

Purchase this book for $10.99 at the NCC ABC or the Adventist Book Center Online. All online orders made with a Northern California address will help the NCC ABC.
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