Volume 3 Issue 39 September 10, 2020
News
Eel River Baptisms
Last month, church members on the North Coast praised God as six people made commitments to Christ through baptism and profession of faith.

During a service that complied with Humboldt County health recommendations, Fortuna church Pastor Dan Freedman baptized five people – two from the Eureka church and three from the Fortuna church – in the Eel River. Among those baptized were a young girl celebrating her birthday and her best friend. Additionally, a 91-year-old man joined the Fortuna church by profession of faith.  

“Originally, we thought we would have just one baptism,” said Cindy Gilmore, Fortuna church secretary and clerk. “Word spread, and those who had been wanting to be baptized contacted us and asked to be part of this day!”  

Members were grateful to attend the service. “A gentlemen who is currently studying to be baptized blessed us by allowing us to hold our baptismal service in his beautiful backyard in the redwoods,” said Gilmore. “We praise Jesus that even during this COVID pandemic, we were able to welcome these six individuals into our church families.”
Linda Nystrom Engages Her Calling to Ministry
Linda Nystrom is the new Paradise Adventist Academy chaplain and religion teacher this school year. After the 2018 Camp Fire, she and her husband moved from Southern California to Chico to be near family and to help the community. “We wanted to be part of the recovery and healing process,” she said.   
Because many of her students are dealing with the after-effects of the fire, as well as the stress of the current pandemic, Nystrom incorporates a trauma-informed approach to teaching her classes, which are currently online. The four priorities of this approach are flexibility, predictability, connection, and empowerment – concepts she recently taught to other NCC educators at a recent in-service meeting.  “I’m here to create an environment for students to thrive – for them to find their voice and learn who God is calling them to be,” she said. “I’m blown away by how active the students have been to try to create a community and campus culture that seeks to embody the values of justice, mercy, and love.”
Prayer Call
Join the NCC Prayer Line every Thursday morning from 7-8 a.m. This morning, Executive Secretary Jose Marin will present a short devotional, and next Thursday, Carmichael church member Dan Carr will speak. Call 1-916-637-8111, and use code 669648#.
Adventist Book Center
William Miller and the Rise of Adventism by George Knight is a definitive and comprehensive history of Millerism that is a must-read for anyone involved in evangelism. This is a reprint of Millennial Fever and the End of the World, originally published in 1994. Regularly $21.99, it is on sale for $12.97 at our NCC ABC.

This month the ABC truck is making deliveries at numerous locations throughout the conference territory. On Monday, Sept. 14, the truck will be stopping in Galt, Lodi, Stockton, and Tracy. Find out more.
Office Closed
Due to state and county guidance, the Northern California Conference office will be closed until Monday, Sept. 21. (Only NCC employees will be allowed in the office, except for the Adventist Book Center. More details will be coming next week.) Until then, NCC employees continue to work from home. Find contact info at nccsda.com/contact-us.
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