News for April 2006

Finding Angels in Unexpected Places

April 01, 2006 / Heather Wheeler

Karen Riske, a resident of Vancouver, Wash., was looking forward to a much needed break from her busy professional life. With her young daughter in tow, she headed for the county fair in the charming coastal town of Tillamook, Ore.

“It was early August and the heat in Vancouver was stifling,” recalled Riske. “I was looking forward to spending time with my family and enjoying some cooler weather.”

Weekend Highlights Black History and Culture

April 01, 2006 / Rosa Jimenez

A Sabbath sermon message by Ella Simmons, General Conference vice president, highlighted a three-day celebration of black history and culture held annually at Walla Walla College.

Incorporating the weekend's "Lest We Forget" theme in her sermon, Simmons was one of several featured presenters during Black History Weekend. Simmons was elected to church office last summer, the first woman to serve as a vice president in the Adventist Church.

Footsteps of History Students Reenact Underground Railroad

April 01, 2006 / Brian Burton

Puget Sound Adventist Academy (Kirkland, Wash.) students marked National Black History Month with a reenactment of the Underground Railroad for Kirkland Adventist School elementary students.

Although many students know that slavery took place in this country, few knew about the behind-the-scenes efforts of blacks and whites alike to end the inequality of treatment between the two groups.

Ready to Help Arlington Assists in Flood Control

April 01, 2006 / Dave Patrick

The Arlington Adventist Disaster Response team jumped into action on Jan. 27 after receiving a call for volunteers from the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management.

A large amount of rain caused flooding on the north fork of the Stillaguamish River and triggered a massive landslide near Oso, Wash.

Women Find Fresh Impact For Small-group Ministry

April 01, 2006

Fresh Impact, an interactive women’s ministry event, explored the power of small-group ministry in early February.

Presenters Wilma Bing, Melissa Leddy and Joyce Washington, leaders on the conference Women's Ministries Board, covered many how-tos: forming a group, setting ground rules, creating ice breakers, advertising available small group options and activities, and handling all types of people in a group setting.

Eight Weeks to Wellness Presented at North Cascade Church

April 01, 2006 / Lisa Knudsen

Don Hall, M.D., president of Wellsource Inc., recently presented an “Eight Weeks to Wellness Seminar” at North Cascade Church in Burlington, Wash. Each week, 30 to 40 people attended the series, which culminated with a vegetarian feast.

The seminar covered the value of a vegetarian diet, healthy weight, glycemic index, lifestyle habits, exercise and the importance of regular check-ups as a secondary prevention of disease and disability.