June 2016

Editorial

What Good Is Diversity?

When the Apostle Paul described God’s church as a body with differing parts, but of equal value, I believe he was onto something we too often forget. Diversity doesn’t have to pull us apart....

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Intersections

De León Begins Hispanic and Ministerial Role

César De León will begin a new role in June as the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) vice president for Hispanic ministries and director of ministerial and evangelism efforts. De León will be...

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2016 NW Prison Ministry Retreat

This year’s Northwest Prison Ministry Retreat brought ministry teams to Gladstone, Ore., during the first weekend of April. Nearly 100 volunteers from churches around the Northwest welcomed this...

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Let's Talk

Providence

Providence has often been a stumbling block for the human experience. Advent believers in the early 1840s saw God’s providence in Scripture preparing an escape from the trials of a wicked world....

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Perspective

Why You Need Church More Than Internet

People stay “in touch” with machines more than people. Of course someone will protest this point, reminding me that people stay in touch with people by touching their machines; but that only...

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That's Grace

Out of breath and dripping with rain, I leaned on a back-alley dumpster as the man I just met in a bar aimed a heroin needle at his bulging vein. Just then a police SUV rolled around the corner...

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News

Tormenta de Bendiciones Para Nuevo Distrito en Idaho

¿Has alguna vez deseado ser testigo presencial de un momento histórico? ¿Ser parte de un episodio en la vida, que tiene la capacidad de marcar un antes y un después?... More

Employees Shred Pounds in Weight Loss Competition

Adventist Health embraces wellness for employees, believing a healthy workforce is essential to the mission of the organization — whole-person health of the mind, body and spirit. As an... More

Camp Meeting Provides Spring Break for Village Youth

Spring break in Togiak became an adventure for the 23 youth who enjoyed a trip to Dillingham for camp meeting in March. It isn’t a great distance — 78 miles — but to get that... More

Anchorage Members Hold Convocation

Anchorage Community Adventist Church and other Adventist churches in Anchorage came together for their second annual Anchorage Convocation, themed "Holding to Hope" and held ... More

Golden Eagles Discover God Cares About Weather

The last weekend in April started so cold and rainy, the Golden Eagles Pathfinders feared the weather would last the entire weekend — including during their bike-a-thon on Sunday. Knowing ... More

Adventurers Enjoy Family Camp Experience

The Idaho Conference Adventurer program had its first Adventurer Family Camp Experience April 15–17. Seventy-five parents, staff and Adventurers camped for the whole weekend, while 30 more... More

Mount Ellis Elementary Takes D.C. Trip

Eleven seventh- and eighth-graders who attend Mount Ellis Elementary School in Bozeman had the opportunity to participate in a one-week trip to the nation’s capital. Michelle Wachter, Mount... More

Montana Pathfinders Hold Fair

The Montana Conference Pathfinders held their fair this year on the campus of Mountain View Elementary school in Missoula. Six clubs were represented this year as they gathered for a weekend of... More

Oregon Hosts Young Adult Retreat

NOTE: Benjamin Lundquist, new Oregon Conference young adult ministries director, shares here his firsthand observations of this year’s Young Adult Spring Retreat. I was invited to speak for... More

Portland Women's Expo Gets Unexpected Vendor

“I am shocked that you are here!” the woman exclaimed after seeing “Seventh-day Adventist” on the banner. “Shocked!” The woman had just been offered a... More

PAA Teacher Honored by COFTL

Rita Barrett, Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) Spanish teacher, was named 2016 Honor Roll Teacher by the Confederation in Oregon for Language Teaching (COFTL). The COFTL board annually... More

CAA Filmmakers Win Big in Texas

“I’ve been sayin’ for months that we were gonna win,” a confident Nicholas Anspach, a senior at Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) in Battle Ground, Wash., proclaimed with a... More

TurningPoint, Glide Youth Hit the Streets for Global Youth Day

On Global Youth Day, which fell on March 19 this year, 43 youth and staff stormed the streets of Roseburg, Ore., to deliver cheer and encouragement to a community still hurting from a mass... More

Milo Hosts Second Arts and Technology Camp

More than 120 middle school students participated in Milo Adventist Academy’s second annual Arts and Technology Camp in Days Creek Feb. 28–March 1. The camp is designed to give small... More

UCC Annual Camp Meeting

There’s something powerful about gathering with other believers to worship together and share what God is doing. Make plans to attend this year’s Upper Columbia Conference annual camp... More

UCA Academy Day Offers Fun, Education

Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) Academy Day was literally a hair-raising experience this year as students had the opportunity to touch a Van de Graaff generator at one of the stations. Almost... More

UCA Honors Grandparents With Music, Art

The annual Grandparent Weekend/Spring Arts Festival was held this past spring on the campus of Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash. Students performed a play, This I Know, written by... More

Young People Hold Northwest Youth Conference

What does it mean to be uniquely Adventist? To discover the answer, young people from across the North Pacific Union came together April 15–17 for Northwest Youth Conference (NWYC), held in the... More

CCA Students Return to Belize

A group of students, staff and church members from Cascade Christian Academy (CCA) and the Wenatchee Church in Washington headed south to Belmopan, Belize, in 2014 to help build a security fence... More

WWU Opens Center to Uplift All Races, Ethnicities and Cultures

Walla Walla University held a dedication ceremony in April for the newly formed Donald Blake Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture. The mission of the center will be to promote research... More

Big Picture of Ministry

Three academy mission trips originating in western Washington allowed Auburn Adventist Academy, Orcas Christian School and Skagit Adventist Academy students and staff to participate in two... More

Parousia Completes House of Prayer

Parousia Russian-Ukrainian Church is humbly in awe of what God orchestrated with the construction of their new church home in Federal Way, Wash. This congregation began in 2001 as a small group of... More

Prayers Answered by Skagit’s Homeland Mission

Sixteen students from Skagit Adventist Academy (SAA) in Burlington were making their first introductions when they arrived in Plummer, Idaho. The pastor’s wife admitted that she was... More

AAA Students Offer Gifts of Service

On a Friday morning when students are typically studying in class, Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) students were out-and-about in the community working on service projects. At the Auburn... More

Olympia Christian School Launches Honor Society

Olympia Christian School (OCS) launched a chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) in April. In launching the chapter, the school inducted its first two students: eighth-grader... More

LCAS Hosts Career Fair

It's never too early for students to start thinking about career options, so Lewis County Adventist School (LCAS) in Chehalis, Wash., hosted a career fair for students on April 21.... More

Mission Trips Introduce Students to Service

In addition to bettering a community, mission trips are about training a new generation in a life of service and generosity. Three academy mission trips originating in western Washington allowed... More