News for February 2015


February 26, 2015 / Seth Pierce

The ghosts of dead stories haunt everyone.

I write this after the devastating loss of Super Bowl XLIX. Seattle is reeling from what every major news source calls “the worst play-call in Super Bowl history.”[i] Making it especially painful is the series of unlikely “wins” that brought Seattle to the 1-yard line, with three downs to go and certain Super Bowl victory.

Milo Opens New Equestrian Center

February 26, 2015 / Kathy Hernandez

Milo Adventist Academy horses are no longer housed in greenhouses turned into makeshift barns in Days Creek. The new barn, created in the former Thunderbird wood factory, has 15 stalls, a classroom, an office, a tack room and a large indoor arena where students can work with their horses in all kinds of weather. An existing structure adjacent to the pasture has been expanded to provide an outdoor shelter for the horses.

Youth Move Onward in Relationship with Jesus

February 23, 2015

Students from the Auburn area lead out in worship at the 2015 Washington Conference Youth Rally held at Sunset Lake in Wilkeson on Jan. 17, 2015. More than 300 youth from across the conference came to worship, be inspired from God’s Word and enjoy a day of fellowship and fun.

Alex Bryan, Walla Walla University Church senior pastor, unpacked the theme “Onward” with a story from the life of Daniel. The Christian journey begins with a central question, “What are you doing today?”

A Time of Transition by Faith

February 23, 2015 / John Freedman

The Israelites were emerging on the other side of their 40-year journey to through the wilderness. They had strong times of trusting God and weak moments of ignoring God.

Through generations of journeying, God molded and shaped them. Sure, they still had their problems. We still do today. Yet, God took imperfect people and prepared them for their inheritance in the Promised Land.

Interacting With an Atheist

February 23, 2015 / Martin Weber

“Would you mind if we had a little fun at your expense?” Paul, a Christian, teased his atheist brother, Ron.        

“As long as you know I’ll counterattack,” Ron replied, relishing one of their frequent friendly arguments. “What is it this time?”

“Okay, you asked for it. Would you believe I can show that your origin as a human being is rooted in the life of Jesus Christ? And I’ll use your own words to prove it — your answer to one simple question.”

“That’s ridiculous,” Ron scoffed.

Auburn Students Experience Joy of Giving

February 18, 2015 / Heidi Baumgartner

What would you do if someone gave you $20 with instructions to invest in a cause that enhances someone’s life?

Victor Moore sat in Bible class at Auburn Adventist Academy and heard Jeff Carlson, chaplain, explain about a new generosity challenge for up to 25 participants. The class watched a video from the I Like Giving website to learn more about investing in someone else’s life. Moore, a senior student from Snoqualmie, was one of the students who agreed to participate in this challenge.

Pass the Baton

February 18, 2015 / Max Torkelsen

The very air in the stadium feels electric with anticipation. Fans, 100,000 of them, sit forward, awaiting the starting gun, as you and the other athletes prepare to run the race. Ahead of you, the track has been carefully leveled and compacted, the running lanes marked with chalk. 

Although you’ve rehearsed this a thousand times, the reality hits home. It’s time. You firmly set your feet in the starting blocks and place your fingers right on the line. There is a moment of intense focus, and then … the crack of the starting gun.

Northwest Christian Finalizes International Partnership

February 18, 2015 / Heidi Baumgartner

Northwest Christian School (NCS) in Puyallup finalized in January an international sister-school relationship with Wonju Sahmyook Middle School in an agreement that began a year ago.

School representatives Craig Mattson, NCS principal, and Chrystal Clemens, NCS office manager, along with Washington Conference education representatives traveled to Korea about a year ago to meet with Wonju administrators and begin the sister-school partnership.