News for January 2015

LAA Art Lesson Provides Learning and Earning

January 29, 2015 / Dwayne Stevenson

Over the years Sharon Cutz, fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Livingstone Adventist Academy (LAA) in Salem, has used an opportunity to teach several lessons at once. Her students submitted illustrations for a calendar contest in October 2014. Mid-Valley Garbage and Recycling Association and Marion County Public Works in Oregon had created the contest with a “Waste Not, Want Not” theme to promote recycling. In response, Cutz’s students and students across Marion County created artwork.

Spokane Churches Find Unique Ways to Reach Community

January 28, 2015 / Jay Wintermeyer

What do you get when you combine nine churches, willing hands, buses, billboards and community outreach and then bake them for more than two years with Holy Spirit power? In Spokane, Wash., you get the Jesus Cares campaign.

Adventist churches in Spokane spent more than two years of planning and laying ground work for a major citywide evangelism campaign that wrapped up this past November. It all started in the fall of 2012 with a meeting of area Adventist pastors. 

Christmas Gives Newport Chances to Reach Out

January 28, 2015 / Earl Brockman

The Newport (Wash.) Church actively participated in the Christmas holiday season in a variety of unique ways. The second annual Carols by the Tree was celebrated by church and community members alike near the large lighted Christmas tree next to the Newport Museum. Charles Lawson designed an over-the-street banner for the event, and newspaper ads and posters were organized by Katie and Candace Mayfield and the Newport youth group. It was a grand time of Christmas carol singing led by Donna Anderson along with special numbers by the church choir and saxophonist Scott Orser. There was also a

Fountainview Orchestra and Singers Bless Grants Pass

January 28, 2015 / Jennifer Burkes

More than 2,000 people were blessed in Grants Pass through four concerts held over two days by the Fountainview Academy Orchestra and Singers from Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada. The Grants Pass Church sanctuary was filled with community members who came with a promise of a free Christmas concert and were treated to an unforgettable experience. 

A Memo to Protesters

January 28, 2015 / Martin Weber

“What do we want? Dead cops!”

The wish of that angry mob came true in New York City when two peace officers on a crime watch were killed while quietly eating lunch. Their murderer had boasted he would “put wings on pigs.”

Emerald City Holds TNT Thanksgiving Service

January 26, 2015 / David McClelland

There is a new youthful vitality at Seattle’s Emerald City Community Adventist Church. Starting last spring under the guidance of Hasani Tait, Emerald City Community Church associate pastor, a group of church members in their 20s and 30s have joined together to provide a powerful TNT ministry, meeting monthly to fellowship, plan outreach and prepare a Sabbath program every other month. Their latest program, presented Nov. 22, 2014, highlighted the importance of praise and thanksgiving in our daily walk with Christ.

A Clean Bill of Health

January 26, 2015 / Mary Faith Bell

In the past 18 months, Mike Widestrom had three major vascular surgeries, and in January he moved to Bali, Indonesia, to teach English — with the blessings of his physicians. Widestrom credits Adventist Health with his new lease on life. “I feel like I have a second chance, the opportunity to start a whole new chapter of my life thanks to Adventist Health,” he says.

Grants Pass Students 'SERVE'

January 26, 2015 / Jennifer Burkes

SERVE (Students Engaged in Reaching out and Evangelism) has been the theme of this year at the Grants Pass Seventh-day Adventist School. Also, the idea that “Every Child Deserves to Know Christ” has prevailed. Emphasis has been on bringing Christ more into the classroom, more than ever before.