This is the first All God’s People episode for 2024, and our 289th episode. We hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start! Since May of 2017 we have shared more than 850 stories from across our vast Pacific Union territory. Many of these stories can be found in the Recorder—the flagship publication since the Pacific Union was organized in 1901. Here are the links to the January 2024 Recorder and the Spanish January Recorder:
Heather-Dawn Small, General Conference women’s ministries director, died on January 2 from cancer. She was 66 years old. For 18 years, she was the top voice of Seventh-day Adventist women around the world. Read her online obituary here:
Phillip Draper, retired communication director of the Arizona Conference, died on January 1 at his home in Tennessee. He was 78 years old. Phil spent many years at Voice of Prophecy when it was located in Southern California, as development director, keyboard artist, and as an accompanist to Del Delker. From 2003 to his retirement in 2021, Phil worked as communication director of Arizona conference.
A memorial service for Phil Draper will be held on Sabbath afternoon, March 2, 2024, in the Gospel Chapel of the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church in Collegedale, Tennessee, at 2:00 p.m.
Each year on the third Monday of January, we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day and reflect on the fact that each of us must work for social justice and racial equality. Monday, January 15, is the MLK Day federal holiday. https://nationaltoday.com/martin-luther-king-jr-day/