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NE WS DE S K and ability over the four years of the study at Adventist schools were consistently above the national norm. Here is how ALCANCE works: a parent or student goes to their pastor and asks to be assigned a mentor. The student must be a member of the Adventist church in good standing within the Pacific Union; be currently enrolled as an 8th grader, freshman, or sophomore in a public high school; and have an overall GPA of 2.0 or

higher. The assigned mentor and/ or other church member, usually from the student’s own church, will contribute $500 toward matching the ALCANCE scholarship of $1,000. In order to receive the total yearly scholarship of $1,500, students fill out an application from the website (www.alcancelatinos.org), write a twoto three-paragraph essay explaining why they want to participate in the ALCANCE program, and provide

letters of support from their pastor and a teacher. The deadline to receive applications at the Union offices is July 15th for the coming school year. Interested persons can call 805413-7306 for more information or email Martha Havens at Martha@ puconline.org. For applicants, all paperwork can be sent to: Pacific Union Conference, Attention: Education Department, P.O Box 5005, Westlake Village, CA 91359.

Don C. Schneider Passes to His Rest By Stephanie Leal

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n May 23, former Northern California Conference President Don C. Schneider passed away in Burleson, Texas, where he lived with his wife, Marti. He was 76. Schneider served the Adventist church for almost 50 years. He was NCC president from 1989-1994 before going on to serve as Lake Union Conference president (19942000) and North American Division president (2000-2010).

Many pastors and church members recall his passion and vision for sharing the gospel. “He is remembered in this conference for his focus on evangelism,” said NCC President Marc Woodson. “And I greatly appreciated his leadership while he was president of the NAD.” Current NCC Treasurer John Rasmussen was hired for his position toward the end of Schneider’s presidency. “I learned a lot from him my first few months here at the NCC,”

said Rasmussen. “I will always be grateful to him for inviting me to join the team in Northern California.” Schneider began his ministry as a pastor in the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference when he and his wife were newlyweds. Two years later, he received a Master of Arts in systematic theology and Christian philosophy from Andrews University. He then served as a pastor in the Minnesota Conference. He used his leadership gifts in a wide variety of places—as departmental secretary in the Oklahoma, Oregon, and Central Union conferences and as president for the Wyoming, New Jersey,

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Pacific Union Recorder—July 2019  

A Hymn to God the Father Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun, Which was my sin, though it were done before? Wilt thou forgive that sin...

Pacific Union Recorder—July 2019  

A Hymn to God the Father Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun, Which was my sin, though it were done before? Wilt thou forgive that sin...