Volume 3 Issue 20 May 7, 2020
Inspiration
A Devotional Thought
There has been enormous interest in baking bread since we have been sheltering in place, so much so that ingredients like flour and yeast are in short supply. Social media is full of pictures and stories of successes and failures. Maybe the smell of freshly baked bread is a comfort or people want to take on a new challenge. Whatever the case, it is a new popular pastime.

When Jesus fed the 5,000, He broke bread and gave it to His disciples, who then passed it on to the multitude. The book Desire of Ages describes a similar process for us as we share the Bread of Life with others. We can only share Jesus if we know Jesus. The responsibility to share the Bread of Life with others is ours as well, not the professionals who “give them something to eat.” Like the five loaves and two fishes that fed 5,000, the more we share, the more we are filled and lack for nothing. 

- Alice Merrill, Director of Children’s/Family/Adventurer Ministries
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Conference in Action
Conference Executive Committee
Yesterday, the Northern California Conference Executive Committee held its quarterly meeting online. Watch for a report today in your email!
Ministry in Action
Palo Cedro Church
The Palo Cedro church’s Bread of Life Food Bank continues to serve its clients during the public health crisis. Longtime client Carrie Murdick is grateful for the continuation of food distribution. “Because of Bread of Life, we can have the essentials like milk, bread, eggs, and cereal that I wouldn’t be able to provide for my family otherwise,” she said. “The volunteers are always so friendly and full of compassion. When I need prayer, they pray with me. It fills my life with hope, strength, love and joy.” Read more about Bread of Life's ministry in an article by church member Diane Butler.
Chico Spanish/Lincoln Spanish/Live Oak Spanish District
The Chico Spanish, Lincoln Spanish, and Live Oak Spanish congregations held joint online evangelism meetings – a week of health outreach in March and a week of spiritual outreach in April. More than 120 people watched each series of meetings on Zoom and YouTube, and several are now involved in Bible studies. “I thank God that the gospel in our district does not stop,” said Pastor Leandro Carralero. “We are grateful for the means we are using to proclaim the gospel and where we can be connected to one another.”  
Fortuna Church
With the approval of the Humboldt County Public Health Department and local law enforcement, last Sabbath the Fortuna church held an outdoor worship service on the grounds of Fortuna Junior Academy. People stayed in their cars during the entire service, which lasted under an hour. “It started to rain, but that did not keep us from praising Jesus for being able to worship together after so long,” said church secretary Cindy Gilmore. “We so appreciate this opportunity to worship together while continuing to social distance.” 
Educators in Action
This is national Teacher Appreciation Week. Before the week is over, express your gratitude to a church school, public school, or home school teacher!
El Dorado Adventist School
On Monday, El Dorado Adventist School families took part in a drive-through parade of appreciation for their teachers. The school staff gathered in front of the school (standing the proper distance apart) and watched students and parents drive by holding signs of appreciation. The local police, sheriff, and fire departments also participated in the parade. In addition, teachers received gifts delivered to their homes.
PUC Elementary School
This week, PUC Elementary School staff decided to show their appreciation to their students’ parents. The school newsletter noted that the parents were having to pick up extra work in the education of their children, so the teachers were organizing a way to thank parents for their “intensive investment” by preforming acts of appreciation throughout this week. As a gift to school families, teachers have cooked a take-home meal, prepared homemade cookie mix, given away succulent plants, and more. Tomorrow, the teachers will be washing the parents’ cars.
Resources For Kids
Children’s Ministries Director Alice Merrill recommends the following:

  • Each Tuesday, the NAD Children’s Ministries and Family Ministries Departments are teaming up to provide relevant information during a series of live chats called Our Family Room. Their goal is to invite every family to take part in understanding the lesser-known side-effects that constantly being at home can have on both parents and children.
  • Australian Pastor Brad Rea tells really great stories to kids.
  • Find lots of science activities provided by World of Wonders Science Museum, located in Lodi.
  • Check out all the craft ideas at Kids Craft Room.
NCC Prayer Line
You’re invited to join the NCC Prayer Line every Thursday morning from 7-8 a.m. This week the hour will including a short devotional presented by Gresford Thomas, pastor of the Lincoln Amazing Grace/Olivehurst/Penn Valley district. Next week, NCC Treasurer John Rasmussen will give the devotional. Call 1-916-637-8111, and use code 669648#.
Adventist Book Center
Order vegetarian food from the Adventist Book Center, and pick it up on Tuesday, May 12, in Yuba City, Gridley, Chico, and Oroville . You must order 48 hours in advance. Deliveries will be made to locations throughout the conference all this month, so be sure to check the schedule .
Office Closed
Due to the current public health situation, the NCC office will be closed until further notice. Office employees will continue to work from home. If you need assistance, contact the department directors via email. Questions? Email info@nccsda.com .
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