144,000 Votes Make Mt. Ellis a Winner
Mount Ellis Academy in Bozeman, Mont., finished 10th among nationwide schools participating in the online Kohl's Cares contest, which wrapped up Sept. 3. The contest promised to award $500,000 grants to the 20 schools receiving the most votes through Facebook. MEA finished with 144,006 votes, with a surge during the final week. The school plans to use the funds to rebuild an aging water and sewer system, pending project approval from Kohl's administrators. Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, Wash., was the only other Adventist school close to the winner's circle, finishing just 10 spots away in 30th place.
Annual Maranatha Convention Draws 1,000 Plus
Maranatha Volunteers International held its annual convention Sept. 10–12 in the Rolling Hills Community Church, in Tualatin, Ore. More than 1,000 attended the event throughout the weekend, which featured church leaders from around the world and well-known musicians Steve Green and Dick and Mel Tunney. A common focus ran throughout the testimonials and stories — the impact the One-Day Church and One-Day School programs in far-flung areas. The One-Day School comes complete with walls, windows, a door and desks — everything necessary for a school to begin session. Each is also considered an evangelistic outreach. Read more about the One-Day Church and One-Day School projects at www.maranatha.org.
Positive Life Radio Hosts Successful Sharathon
Radio stations affiliated with Positive Life Radio throughout eastern Washington raised more than $715,000 during a three-day on-air Sharathon held Sept. 14–16. KGTS in College Place raised nearly $194,000 — 105 percent of its goal. KYPL in Yakima received $134,000 — 109 percent of its goal. KPLW in Wenatchee garnered $127,300 — 118 percent of its goal. KEEH in Spokane led all PLR stations with nearly $255,000 raised during the three-day event. Online PLR listeners contributed an additional $6,600 toward the Sharathon goal. Kevin Krueger, PLR network general manager, is pictured here during the Sharathon as he prepares to thank listeners for their pledges.
Shirley Burton Remembered
Former Oregon Conference public relations director and Adventist world church communication director Shirley Burton died Aug. 16, in Lincoln, Neb. She was 83. Early in her career, Burton taught at Laurelwood Academy in Gaston, Ore., and earned a master's degree in communication from Southern Oregon College. She served the Oregon Conference for six years before directing public relations for the Pacific Union Conference and later for the world church.