The Bulletin for the Week of November 5, 2021 • Season 5, Episode 39
This week, we share the news that Adventist Health has named Kerry Heinrich as CEO. For Native Heritage Month, we look at Native American Ministries in the Pacific Union, specifically the ministry at Holbrook Indian School. Then, we take a look at the historical pulpit used at the San Francisco Central church–a pulpit used by Ellen White and other church pioneers. And finally, join us and Adventist Health as we thank frontline workers.
Kerry Heinrich brings a deep understanding of Adventist Health’s mission and culture to his new role, having led Loma Linda University Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, and Behavioral Medicine Center as CEO for more than seven years and having served as the organization’s legal counsel for more than 20 years.
The Pacific Union is home to approximately 1.3 million Native Americans. Many live on reservations without modern conveniences. Our union has six missions focused on reaching Native Americans. The churches that minister to these communities have adapted their outreach in creative ways. In the past five years, there have been 40 baptisms as a result of these efforts. There also have been over 30 mission trips to these sites.

Holbrook Indian School is a first- through twelfth-grade boarding academy providing Native American children and youth a safe place to live, learn, and grow for more than 75 years. Located in Holbrook, Arizona, Holbrook Indian School is operated by the Pacific Union Conference. HIS also manages a first- through eighth-grade day school on the Navajo reservation in Chinle, Arizona. 80% of funding comes from individuals who have a desire to make a positive change in Native American communities. For more information on Holbrook Indian School and Native American Ministries, the links are in our bulletin.
Many people who are impressed with the beauty of the San Francisco Central church aren’t aware that there’s a piece of denominational history in the sanctuary. The sanctuary pulpit is a hand-carved walnut lectern that was used by J.N. Loughborough, Ellen White, D.M. Canright, and other Adventist pioneers who preached in San Francisco—either at the Laguna Street church or, after 1927, at the present location on California Street.

A few years ago, a film was made in San Francisco Central for the General Conference session. They wanted to replicate the 1901 General Conference session held in Battle Creek, and the producers felt that the church looked similar to the historic setting in Battle Creek. It was a definite bonus to be able to use a pulpit that Ellen White had actually spoken from!
The past year and a half has been a time of separation and loss. COVID-19 has taken some of our livelihoods, our sense of security, and our loved ones. Through it all, frontline workers have put their lives at risk on a daily basis, and we want to tell them thank you: Thank you for showing strength in the face of despair. Thank you for giving us care and hope for a better tomorrow. To healthcare workers everywhere: You are heroes, and we are forever grateful.

This beautiful video from Adventist Health can be found at the link below—it is the second item on the site.
"Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will thank you forever and ever, praising your greatness from generation to generation."
Psalm 79:13 (NLT)
Pacific Union Conference

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