News for October 2008

Ask PJ Does How I Look Reveal Who I Am?

October 01, 2008

There is always more to a person than the clothes they put on, the makeup they might wear or the attitude they carry.

When Israel was in need of a new king, God sent Samuel on a mission to Jesse's house. You can read about it in 1 Samuel 16. He looked at all of Jesse's sons in the house and saw some he thought would make fine kings. However, God said to him, "...the Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7).

Healthy Choices

October 01, 2008

Soft Drinks Increase Diabetes Risk

A recent study of 43,000 women confirms soft drinks and sweetened fruit drinks, such as fruit punch, increase the risk of developing diabetes. Women who drank two or more soft drinks daily were 51 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes during the 10-year follow-up than women who seldom drank soft drinks. They also gained more weight. For sweetened fruit drinks, the risk was 37 percent higher.

FYI October 2008

October 01, 2008

Inside Scoop

Caldwell Accepts GC Communication Position

Garrett Caldwell, Upper Columbia Conference assistant to the president for communication since August of 2006, has accepted the invitation from the General Conference to serve as associate director of communication and public relations director for the world church. Caldwell holds a D.Min. degree in spirituality and story from Wesley Theological Seminary.

WWU Appoints Wagner as Marketing Vice President

October 01, 2008

A Walla Walla University graduate has been named vice president for marketing and enrollment services.

In July, Jodeene (Jodi) Wagner began her role of leading the university's strategic marketing initiatives in recruiting, enrollment, public relations and other programs.

International Assignment Gives Student Hands-on Experience

October 01, 2008

Walla Walla University junior mass communications major Eric Ashley went to Chile for Insight magazine in July for about a month. Hired as a photographer/reporter, Ashley attended Maranatha's 2008 Ultimate Workout 18, a mission trip designed to give young people 14 to 18 a spiritual "workout."

Washington State Reformatory Hosts Four Baptisms

October 01, 2008 / Gayle Woodruff

There were lots of smiling faces—and really cold water!" says Kim Willis, tireless volunteer program sponsor.

But nobody—not even the four inmates in the photo—really minded the chill as they were baptized on Thursday evening, July 24, at the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe, Wash.

"I realize that life's not going to get easier," says one of the inmates who was baptized, "but I'm finally taking a stand for something."

New Staff Join Buena Vista Elementary

October 01, 2008

The face of Buena Vista Elementary School’s teaching staff changed drastically this year.

Veteran educators Marjorie Lyman (second grade), Roger Hinshaw (sixth grade) and Sue Duncan (office manager) retired from teaching at Buena Vista after 26, 29, and 20-plus years of service, respectively.

In addition, two teachers, Scott Spies (eighth grade) and Stephanie Cooper (sixth–seventh grade) transitioned out and an increase of students were anticipated in grades three and four.

Inner-city Kids Find a Place to Belong

October 01, 2008 / Raschelle Casebier

On a Thursday morning in August, 53 nervous kids ages 8 to 13 arrived at Sunset Lake Camp. They didn't know what to expect as they left their city life behind in exchange for four days in nature.

They soon found themselves in awe of the abounding evergreen trees, fresh-smelling wild plants, and unfamiliar creatures. Their doubts soon disappeared too as they experienced all Sunset Lake has to offer—the Nature Center, waterfront activities, hiking, archery and much more.