Executive Secretary Jose Marin reported that during the first quarter of 2020, 152 people were baptized, and 42 joined by profession of faith. The current NCC membership is 41,007. Some highlights from the first quarter:
Pacific Union College church – 17 baptisms, one profession of faith
Granite Bay church – 13 baptisms, seven professions of faith
Palo Cedro church – 15 baptisms
Alturas church (53 members) – one baptism
Dobbins church (23 members) – five baptisms
A number of people throughout the conference look forward to being baptized when the public health crisis is over.
The CEC voted to approve the organization of the Sacramento Ukrainian church.
Two new missional groups have formed: the Novato Spanish missional group from the San Anselmo Spanish church and the Southern Marin County missional group from the Novato church.
Community Services Director James Lim reported that 17 NCC churches with food distribution programs will receive money from a food pantry grant from North American Division Adventist Community Services. Lim said that he really appreciates all of the NCC churches that are engaged in community services during this public health crisis.
In response to a request from local pastors, the NCC is setting up a Membership Assistance Fund. More details will be available in the near future.