African-American members throughout the Northwest are unequivocal about the annual North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) Regional Convocation. “Pastor, I don’t know what we’d do without it!” some exclaim. And many echo a common phrase: “We look forward to this special gathering all year long.”
Thirteen 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.
She gently flips through the pages of the 1937 yearbook, with hands that have borne the remarkable grace of life. Jessie Thomsen, 96, is recounting the experiences of her senior year at Walla Walla College Academy in College Place, Washington.
Dennis Plubell is a professional Seventh-day Adventist educator. His role as North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) vice president for education rests on a foundation of nearly four decades in academic hallways, classrooms and committees. His service spans local to national, from secondary school teacher to associate director of education for the North American Division.
Nearly 25 years ago, a young Auburn Adventist Academy student glimpsed firsthand the challenges facing his growing world church. Along with fellow members of the academy’s Sylvan Chorale, Andre Wang was in Indianapolis, Indiana, to perform at the 1990 General Conference session.
Sixteen eager Pathfinder teams from clubs around the Northwest raised their hands for the Pathfinder Pledge. They were ready for an intense afternoon in Gladstone, Oregon, on Sabbath, March 14 — The 2015 North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) Pathfinder Bible Experience.
Cuba may not regularly be on the personal radar of most Northwest Adventists, but worldwide evangelism has long been an active value within our members. When a unique window for gospel ministry opened there recently, one of our leaders, representing the North Pacific Union Conference's commitment to global mission, was there ready for action.
Young adults are vital to the current and future mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. But in many local church congregations, the millennial generation is increasingly absent. With the average age of church members hovering close to 60, the question seems obvious: In 10 more years, will the Adventist movement still be moving?