Volume 4 • Issue 38 • September 23, 2021
Sacramento Ukrainian Church Organization

Last Sabbath afternoon, the NCC formally organized the Sacramento Ukrainian church—the only official Ukrainian congregation in the Pacific Union. The service took place in the congregation’s rented church sanctuary in Fair Oaks.

The joyful program included music from children’s and young people’s choirs, as well as a sermon by President Marc Woodson. The congregation presented the conference with a beautiful illustrative carving of Psalm 23, created by Ivan Noshyn, church elder.

“The members are very happy! It’s a big step in their lives—a miracle for a lot of Ukrainian people here,” said Roman Tsyganiuk, senior pastor of the Sacramento Slavic/Sacramento Ukrainian district. He serves with Andriy Mykhaylovskyy, associate pastor of the Ukrainian church and youth pastor of the Slavic church.

The new church has its roots in the Sacramento Yugoslavian church, where a number of Russians and Ukrainians worshipped together several decades ago. The Yugoslavian church established the Sacramento Slavic company as a “daughter” congregation, which became its own church in 2004. Later, the Slavic church created a “daughter” congregation of its own. The new Ukrainian group, with 116 members, held its first service in October 2018. They were organized as a company a few months later in January 2019.

About 100,000 Ukrainians live in the Sacramento metro area, and church members are eager to reach out to them. The new church has active ministries for children, youth, families, and health, as well as a vibrant media ministry. The congregation is making plans to eventually purchase a church facility of their own.

“Please pray for this church and for the pastors,” said Tsyganiuk. “We believe that this church will grow and be a blessing.”
Pathfinder/Adventurer Leadership Convention

On Sabbath, Sept. 11, Pathfinder and Adventurer leaders from clubs around the conference gathered at the Gracepoint church in Rocklin for their annual leadership convention. Speakers included Jasmin Wilson, a clinic therapist at Child & Family Psychological Services in Michigan, and Ingrid Weiss Slikkers, assistant professor at the Andrews University School of Social Work and executive director of the International Center for Trauma Education and Care. The devotional speaker was Luccas Rodor, youth pastor at the Granite Bay Hilltop church.

“It was a very uplifting time as the speakers shared from the Word of God how best to reach out to kids,” said Heber Morales, Area 4 Pathfinder coordinator. “Several leaders told us that this was one of the best conventions they had attended. They were ready to put into practice what they learned.”
Leoni Meadows

Executive Director Craig Heinrich reports that Leoni Meadows Christian Camp & Retreat Center has begun the process of restoration. “The well guy was here and made good progress on activating two of our three wells,” he said. “Things are looking up!” Donate to the Leoni Meadows Recovery Fund.
At Rest

We are very sad to report that retired NCC Pastor Paul Hawks Jr. passed away on Sept. 15. During a pastoral career that started in mid-life, he served as pastor of the Citrus Heights, Yreka, and Ukiah churches. Please keep his wife, Betty, and their entire family in your prayers. Read his full obituary and find information about the upcoming memorial service.
Upcoming Events

Sept. 30–Oct. 3 - The NCC Pathfinder Camporee will be held at Redwood Area Camp.

Oct. 2 - Don’t miss the upcoming dialogue between Christians with diverse views, which will be broadcast on the NCC YouTube channel and Facebook page: Finding a Way Forward: Vaccine Mandates & Religious Liberty. Moderated by Steve Allred, NCC religious liberty liaison, the online discussion will feature several physicians and attorneys, along with President Marc Woodson.

Oct. 8-9 - The NCC African American Ministries virtual convocation, Engaging the Vision, Living the Dream, will be a time of inspiration and encouragement. Wesley Knight, pastor of the Revision church in Atlanta, will be the guest speaker.

Oct. 22-24 - Juniors and seniors in academy, high school, and home school are invited to attend Surge, this year’s Jr/Sr Retreat with speaker Kent Rufo, Pacific Union College chaplain.

Oct. 23 - The NCC Prison Ministries Rally & Training Day will be held at the Sacramento Central church.

Learn about other events throughout the conference.
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In the coming weeks, the NCC ABC will be making prepaid drop-off deliveries throughout the conference and in Nevada.
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