Volume 3 Issue 47 November 12, 2020
Gina Wilmot Engages Her Calling to Ministry
Kingdom Kids Christian Preschool in Orangevale attracts families from all walks of life – those actively involved in church, those who have drifted away, and those who know nothing about Christianity. Director and pre-K teacher Gina Wilmot ministers to them all.

“She sees her directorship as a ministry, not just as a job,” said Orangevale church Pastor Jon Cicle. “She creates a safe, calm, and supportive place for the children and their parents.” 
Each day, Wilmot communicates a simple and powerful message. “I teach them that Jesus loves us no matter what and that He’s our Best Friend,” she said. “God is always there with us no matter where we go.”

A while ago, a non-believing father of one of her students described how his little boy had stopped his parents before dinner and told them that they needed to pray. The father reported that the family had regularly started to pray together before meals. “I look at my job as planting a seed for a child to know God,” said Wilmot.

Although it’s been challenging during the pandemic, Wilmot finds ways to help the school families get acquainted with each other and other young Adventist families. “Our goal is to connect the preschool families with the broader school and church communities to make them feel a part of something bigger,” said Cicle.

When her students graduate from preschool, Wilmot gives each one a Bible in which she has written, “Remember, Jesus always loves you.” The impact of her ministry will continue throughout their lives!
We Still Believe
We Still Believe – an online, conference-wide praise, prayer, and celebration event – took place Nov. 4-7. The series of evening meetings concluded on Sabbath with a message from President Marc Woodson, followed by the NCC Video Mid-term Report. It’s estimated that close to 2,000 people watched the meetings live or viewed them later on the NCC YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Viewers were blessed by the incredible musical talents of students from Pacific Union College Elementary School, Pine Hills Adventist Academy (pictured), Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy, and Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. They also enjoyed inspiring and thought-provoking sermons by Executive Secretary Jose Marin, Carmichael church Associate Pastor Melissa Howell, and Fremont/Livermore district Pastor Sean Kim.

Several NCC church members gave powerful testimonies, and prayer coordinators Esmé and Robert Ross led a time of prayer each evening. Young adults Jade Tuleu and Joseph Cartwright served as hosts.

Watch all four meetings on the NCC Facebook page or YouTube channel. You can also view the 13-minute NCC Video Mid-term Report and read the Companion Guide to the Mid-Term Report.
NCC Ministries Featured at NAD Vespers
On Oct. 30, the North American Division Year-end Meeting vespers program ended with a list of ministries from conferences all over the division, beginning with the Northern California Conference. Take a minute and watch the many ways that NCC members are engaging their calling to ministry, their churches in planting, and their communities with compassion.
Rio Students Continue Physical Education
Physical education continues for Rio Lindo Adventist Academy students, even during distance learning. Coach Kevin Hardesty believes exercise drives brain development and is necessary – especially during at-home learning – to improve mental and physical health.

Rio students attend fitness classes through Zoom, working on core and leg-strengthening exercises. In the class Fitness for Life, the students do running/walking workouts, track their movements outside, and share their data with the teacher. Pictured is the report from a Rio student who lives in Taiwan! 
On Sabbath, video presentation links will be posted on the NCC women’s ministries Facebook page. Optional study materials will be available at the Turning Points webpage. To receive the presentation links and study guide via email, complete the online request form

“We hope you enjoy this special presentation during a time when we can all use a little encouragement and inspiration.” - NCC Women’s Ministries Advisory Board 
Adventist Book Center
Check out the November Book Sales Event at the NCC ABC. Visit the ABC webpage for information about specials, holiday hours, the 2021 devotional books, and more!

During November, the NCC Adventist Book Center is making pre-paid drop-offs throughout the conference. Find out more!
Prayer Call
Join the NCC Prayer Line every Thursday morning from 7-8 a.m. Call 1-916-637-8111, and use code 669648#. ABC Manager Sal Alvarado will present a short devotional this morning, and Willie Johnson, African American ministries coordinator/urban ministries director, will speak next week.
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