Yakima Valley Churches Join Together for the 12th Annual Mini Camp Meeting at YACS
The "Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts" was the theme for the 12th annual mini camp meeting at the Yakima Adventist Christian School (YACS) Sept. 24–25. Approximately 500 members from Yakima Valley churches were in attendance for the weekend.
Gordon Pifher, Upper Columbia Conference executive secretary, was the speaker Friday night and Sabbath morning. Dave Crockett, Yakima pastor, gave a presentation during Sabbath School on understanding our spiritual gifts, and Andrew Fleming, Fairview and Selah church pastor, closed the Sabbath with a short talk on using our spiritual gifts. Music for the worship service was provided by the Yakima Brass and Strings, directed by Rick Sloop; YACS Concert Choir, directed by Shirlie White; and a camp meeting choir, directed by Dean Kravig. An added bonus for the weekend was a concert by the Kings Heralds on Sunday night.
Several years ago the Yakima school board chairman came up with the idea of the mini camp meeting as a way to get constituent churches involved more with the school. This year our Hispanic members were able to hear it in their own language as Vicky Kim translated.
One tradition that has grown popular is the haystack lunch provided by the home and school following the worship service. The men and women in charge have it down to a fine art, and no one waits in a long line.
Plans are already being made for next year’s mini camp meeting to be held Sept. 23–24.