For those of you more than 70 and a half years old, you have been given an opportunity to pay tithe, offerings or other types of charitable gifts with pretax dollars. During our working lives, we are encouraged to save pretax dollars in retirement accounts like individual retirement accounts (IRAs). The accounts have grown tax-free, and once we reach 70 and a half, we must take withdrawals call
“Thank you is truly not adequate.”
“You can’t possibly appreciate how much your gift means right now.”
“Your gift was an answer to prayer.”
Portland Adventist Community Services is one of the largest Adventist Community Services centers in North America yet continues to meet clients’ individual needs with warmth and caring — physically, mentally and spiritually, following Christ’s example of providing dignity to those He served.
Strong and enduring, yet flexible enough to meet an individual community’s changing needs, Adventist Community Services (ACS) is one of our denomination’s longest-running ministries. While the ways we express Christian compassion must adapt in order to stay relevant as times and needs change, the scriptural principles about loving and serving people in Christ’s name are timeless.
Paul and Jeanne Oss are close to Camp MiVoden in Hayden, Idaho. From their living room window, they can look across Hayden Lake and see the camp just over 6 miles away.
Brian Ford and Rob Garvin spend much of an average day in front of luminous computer screens. To the casual eye, their work may not look remarkable. But what they have accomplished during the past decade has touched members throughout the Northwest and beyond — the entire continent of North America.
Much of what happens in today’s world is embedded in the digital domain. Shopping, banking and even relationships are carried on through digital devices such as smartphones and tablets. Often our churches, used to more traditional methods, are slow to adopt the most current technologies on behalf of the Great Commission.
Because of their prophetic beliefs, Seventh-day Adventists have imagined a world without religious freedom perhaps more than most people of faith.