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SEC posts - 145

Oceanside Teacher Honored

(También español) In March, Matthew Perez, grades 3-4 teacher at Oceanside Adventist Elementary (OAE), was selected as one of 12 out of 24,000 teachers in San Diego County to receive recognition for his work in the classroom through Tribute to Teachers, an annual program presented by local radio station KYXY 96.5 and American Assets Trusts.

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Ministry at the Table

(También español) Last October, the Azure Hills church family came together at the table to celebrate the dedication and refurbishing of the long-awaited kitchen and fellowship hall.

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Al Punto: A Starting Point

(También español) Pastors Guillermo Quiroz and Enrique Baez unpack the nuances of the Sabbath School Quarterly lessons through Southeastern California Conference (SECC) Hispanic Media Ministries' new Sabbath School series, Al Punto.

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Why Go to Summer Camp?

(También español) While this could still be the sentiment of many who attend youth camp today, this statement was written way back in 1936! Some things just don’t change, and enthusiasm for the summer camp program continues to inspire both campers and staff in 2023.

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Celebrating Graduates! SECC & SCC

We are celebrating graduations from kindergarten to university! Each graduation, no matter the grade level, represents an important and significant milestone in a person’s life, and we are here to celebrate and pray for blessings on their next steps!

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SEC Conference Connections - June 2023

We are so proud of the graduates in our SEC conference. Whether they attended an Adventist school or a public school, our students have shined a light for Jesus through their studies, extracurriculars, friendships, and

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Two Become One

(También español) Lake Perris and Perris 5th Street churches have joined together as the Perris Seventh-day Adventist Community Church.

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SECC Hosts First Young Adult Night

(También español) On February 11, 2023, Southeastern California Conference (SECC) hosted a young adult night of worship. The night of worship was a collaborative effort by several young adult departments from the conference.

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THE BULLETIN - May 12, 2023

"Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate." - Proverbs 31:31 Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible moms, mums, mommies, and mamas!

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Music and Musicals

Pine Hills Academy just finished their successful production of Les Misérables. Meanwhile, Escondido Adventist Academy students experienced being part of a 200-voice choir during the Junior High Choral Festival.

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THE BULLETIN - March 10, 2023

Opening doors for collegiate young adults is part of the ongoing vision for the Tempe church. Located adjacent to the Arizona State University campus and right across the street from the performing arts center, the church has often been a location for Adventist students to worship. When Pastor Mike Soto became the pastor of the church in 2022, he brought with him a vision of continuing the outreach to the entire student body of the campus.

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THE BULLETIN - March 3, 2023

Late last year, an organization called Streams of Light organized a massive outreach into much of the Phoenix metropolitan area, with the objective of distributing The Great Controversy to as many families as possible.

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Mentone Church Evangelizes in Pakistan

How many are interested in going with me on a mission trip to Pakistan?” When Rodney Bowes, assistant pastor of Mentone church, posed this question, he was met with a lot of perplexed looks and comments about how dangerous such a trip could be.

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Skiing, Bazaars, and Reading

Needles Adventist Christian School (NACS) students are given the opportunity to learn outside of their small rural town, plus go skiing. Oceanside Adventist Elementary (OAE) students are developing their skills and reading to preschoolers, plus they enjoyed a yearly Christmas tradition!

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THE BULLETIN - February 17, 2023

Within just a few weeks of becoming an officially recognized group, Stronghold International Mission Group in Pearce, Ariz., conducted its first evangelistic meeting, “Our Great Hope Today.”

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SECC Veterans Lead Out in NAACP Luncheon

(También español) This past Veteran’s Day, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) honored veterans throughout the Inland Empire. The committee that organized this event was headed by retired Marine Chief Warrant Officer Franklin Benjamin, an elder at Imani Praise Fellowship.

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Mt. Rubidoux Church Wins Grand Prize in Video Contest

(También español) If you had the opportunity to talk to your future church, what would you tell them? The Southeastern California Conference (SECC) Communications & Media Department asked this very question to the churches of the conference with their #DearFutureChurch Video Contest. Churches were tasked with creating a two-minute video that shared with the church of the future.

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Tabernacles and Firefighters

San Diego students are teaching what they have learned about the Old Testament tabernacle to elementary children and a Sacramento Academy alumnus is teaching preschoolers all about firefighting! 

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THE BULLETIN - January 20, 2023

Yreka church member Ben Woodruff has been involved in ministry for unhoused people in his community. Through his work with area churches and agencies, it was only a matter of time before he got his home church involved.

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Pass the Baton: SECC Youth Ministry Convention

The Southeastern California Conference (SECC) Youth Ministries Department hosted a one-day leadership convention at the Loma Linda University church on October 30, 2022. The youth ministries department had worked tirelessly on a weekend leadership convention to be held earlier in October, but the Hemet fire changed their plans.

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THE BULLETIN - January 13, 2023

According to the sign that greets people coming into town, Sonora is considered the Queen of the Southern Mines in Gold Rush Country. Starting in 1848, panning and mining gold brought people to this foothill area, about one hour from Yosemite.

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THE BULLETIN - January 6, 2023

2022 was designated as a Year of Evangelism. Over half of all Arizona churches participated in the evangelism effort. “Praise God that our church leaders and members are uniting their efforts to reach their communities with the gospel of Jesus,”

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THE BULLETIN - November 11, 2022

“Adventist education is a mission field,” said new Arizona Conference Superintendent of Education Chris Juhl. “We have to truly view ourselves as missionaries and be willing to be called by God and view the calling as just that—a calling.”

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Giving Back to the Community

Escondido Adventist Academy students had the opportunity to serve their community in various ways and one student was given a special honor by the National Merit Scholarship Program.

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Fall Festivals

Desert Adventist Academy has had a festive time recently with spirit weeks and a fall festival filled with delicious food and games.

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SECC Hosts First EXCEL Media Conference

Attending a typical conference usually means leaving the phones on silent, but the Southeastern California Conference (SECC) welcomed phones, tablets, and laptops with open arms at their first EXCEL Media Conference on August 28.

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Pathfinders

I have had the privilege of serving as coordinator for Pathfinder, Adventurer, and Youth Ministries for the Pacific Union since 2012. For the last 16 years,...

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SECC Launches Winning Circle Men’s Ministry

Men throughout the Southeastern California Conference (SECC) gathered for an area-wide men’s conference on July 16-17. More than 80 men participated in the activities sponsored by SECC Black Ministries. This event featured the Winning Circle ministry with MyRon Edmonds and Kymone Hinds, who serve as both pastors and coaches.

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SECC Pastors Featured at CALLED Convention

The North American Division Ministerial Department hosted its second CALLED Pastors’ Family Convention in June of this year. CALLED was more than just a conference. It was a gathering of friends, a retreat, a place of learning, and most of all, a space to connect with God. This year’s conference featured and impacted many Southeastern California Conference (SECC) pastors.

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Divine Appointment in Desert Hot Springs

Living back East with college degrees, Ash and Satiya never dreamed that they would one day be homeless in Desert Hot Springs. After an 8-mile walk from Morongo Valley, they were exhausted and dehydrated. With no place to go, they sat in front of a business complex.

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Jesus Is My Superhero!

Jesus, you’re my Superhero. You’re my star, my best friend” were the words of the theme song that echoed loudly through the outdoor amphitheater of the Loma Linda University church during the months of January and February.

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The Joy of Acceptance

During one of the difficult times our church was going through, one of the members confessed, "This class is the reason I'm still here." My husband and I...

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Adventist Women Pioneers

Georgia Anna Burrus was born July 19, 1866. Despite family opposition, she joined the Adventist church at age 16 and enrolled as a working student at Healdsburg College in California. She then taught in the Bible Training School in Oakland.

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Top Tier Leadership

I have been involved in church work all my adult life. I was a taskforce worker. As an intern in Southern California, I ran a VBS and day camp for an entire summer without having conducted either one before. I worked briefly as an associate pastor and as a pastor. I’ve worked in communication and public relations at all levels of the church.

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Ministry Spotlight - Women's Ministries

The Lord has a work for women as well as for men. They may take their places in His work at this crisis, and He will work through them.... They can do in families a work that men cannot do, a work that reaches the inner life.

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