More than 1,400 Pathfinders, Adventurers and volunteers from across the Northwest gathered near Twin Falls, Idaho, for the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) Pathfinder Camporee September 14–16, 2017. This was the first time the camporee, hosted by the union every five years, was the held in Idaho.
Early one Saturday morning in June, several hundred underinsured people lined up around the perimeter of a church in east Portland, Oregon, hoping to obtain medical attention and secure one of just a few spots available for the mobile dental clinic. Many of these people represent the working poor in the community.
Seventh-day Adventists have been involved in health care for more than 150 years. The impetus for this was not only prophetic calling, but a clear understanding that we are supposed to grow the kingdom of God using Christ’s model of caring for "the least of these" and using healing and wholeness as an opportunity to live the gospel.
Everyone deserves access to health care that helps transform and improve their quality of life, but for people who live in rural Oregon coastal communities, access to specialty care can be challenging.
On the eve of All Saints Day, October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, a professor at the new University of Wittenberg in Germany, shares 95 statements, or theses, as a call to scholarly discussion. The theses are composed in Latin, the language of scholarship of his day, and addressed to his fellow scholars. He invites either face-to-face or written engagement with his ideas.
Hundreds of Northwest believers once again flocked to the 41st annual North Pacific Union Conference Regional Convocation, held May 18–21, 2017, at Black Diamond Camp near Auburn, Washington. This may indeed be the final convocation held at the camp, which is no longer able to effectively accommodate the event. Convocation organizers are actively looking for an appropriate 2018 location.
When churches, schools, pastors, teachers and parents work together on the gospel mission, amazing things can happen. David Glenn, pastor of the Chehalis Church in Washington, can tell you a thing or two about that.
Fourteen Northwest academy students each were recipients of the $500 Caring Heart Award scholarship made possible through three-way funding from the North Pacific Union Conference, local conferences and academies. Students were selected by their schools for exemplifying the spirit of the Caring Heart — a willingness to serve others.