News for 2005

Stroke It Could Happen to You

December 01, 2005

It can strike while you’re doing the dishes or visiting with colleagues. Its devastating impact can rob you of movement and speech, or take your life. Stroke is a cardiovascular disease that affects more than 700,000 Americans each year—people like Keith Gibbons, a local retiree who volunteers at Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH).

Devoted to the Community WWC Holds Annual Service Day

December 01, 2005 / Kristi Spurgeon

Get out and help others. That’s the theory behind Walla Walla College’s annual Service Day, and this year more than 200 faculty members, staff, and students did just that.

The Service Day participants met on campus for an early pancake breakfast. Then, members of the WWC family spent a majority of the day doing work around the Walla Walla Valley, including yard work at elderly people’s homes, cleaning up area parks and cemeteries, and working at schools. Overall, WWC tackled 32 projects.

Mission Sabah: WWC Takes Hundreds of Books to Borneo

December 01, 2005 / Kristi Spurgeon

A group of Walla Walla College students and faculty found a personal mission and gave away some early Christmas presents in the small country of Sabah on the island of Borneo.

It started when Tammy Randolph, assistant professor of education, met with a leader of the Southeast Asia Union Mission of Seventh-day Adventists and discovered the urgent need for English language teachers and materials in Borneo. As an educator, Randolph was touched by the need and developed a plan for a classroom service project.

Spanish Evangelism North Cascade Spanish Conducts Meetings

December 01, 2005 / Doug Bing

The North Cascade Spanish Church recently invited Ramon Canals, North Pacific Union Conference Hispanic coordinator, to conduct a series of evangelistic reaping meetings at their church.

These meetings, held in August, resulted in 14 baptisms. The North Cascade Spanish Church, under the leadership of their pastor, Manuel Cabral, has been working hard to continue the growth of this recently formed church.

Spanish Convocation Celebrates Brotherhood Day

December 01, 2005 / Doug Bing

Spanish-speaking members from throughout the Washington Conference converged on the campus of Puget Sound Adventist Academy to hold their yearly Brotherhood Day on Oct. 1. On this occasion, members come together to see friends and family from other area churches and to celebrate what God has done throughout the Spanish-speaking community both here and abroad.

Homeless in Seattle Burien Youth Find a Way to Help

December 01, 2005 / Melanie Felton

Homeless at Christmas. What could be worse? To be homeless and a child at Christmas. The Burien Church youth group decided to help make a difference by participating in Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children, a strictly volunteer-operated organization, which since 1996 has been filling stockings for homeless youth, birth through age 17, throughout the Seattle area.

Finding God's Purpose Women's and Teens' Retreat 2005

December 01, 2005 / Wilma Bing

What is God’s purpose for each of us? This is a question that Washington Conference women explored at the Sept. 30 Women’s and Teens' Retreat. Featured speaker, Carla Gober, from the religion faculty at Loma Linda University, shared a powerful message that reached young and old alike. We only need to live our lives connected to God on a daily basis, and we will be living God’s purpose.

Serving on God's S.W.A.T. Team

December 01, 2005 / Rachele Deininger

Serving on God’s S.W.A.T. Team earlier this year, Rachele Deininger, a Bremerton (Wash.) Church member, stumbled across the book, 101 Ways to Reach Out to Your Community by Steve Sjogren. Deininger shared the book with the Friday Night Live (FNL) team who had already been actively involved in creating a Friday evening program at the Bremerton Church, which provides a comfortable environment to invite unchurched friends to learn about Christ.