Grants Pass Holds Church in Vineyard
Grants Pass Church members brought to life "I am the vine, ye are the branches …" (John 15:5) on July 28 during an all-day Sabbath event held 20 miles away at Draper Valley Vineyard, which produces premium nonalcoholic grape juice.
Members brought chairs, umbrellas, sunblock and coolers of food for the day's events. Sabbath School included a skit performed by some of the youth. Adults and children were invited to craft "pledge cards," which were later tied to a few vines as reminders of their promise to their Savior and why they call themselves Adventists.
Everyone had a spectacular view of the vineyard during the worship service. Lunch was served immediately afterward, and everyone was invited to stay and celebrate three baptisms in the afternoon. Members took a short hike across the vineyard to witness the event.
The three young people baptized in the nearby creek included Jenna Greene, youngest daughter of David and Tracey Greene; Kayla Herndon, daughter of Bill and Kathy Herndon; and Marcus Wiggers, oldest son of Marcel and Heidi Wiggers. These three 12-year-olds have been students at Grants Pass Adventist School.
Special songs were sung in honor of each baptism, with Wiggers choosing to sing his own song. Spiritual guardians were assigned to each child to aid his or her walk with Jesus.