News for August 2017

Ramirez Says 'Yes' to Montana Conference Presidency

August 28, 2017 / Steve Vistaunet

Elden Ramirez has accepted the invitation of the Montana Conference board of directors to serve as conference president. Ramirez, who has directed the North American Division (NAD) Office of Volunteer Services since 2013, plans to meet soon with Montana Conference workers and hopes to make a full transition with his family as quickly as possible.

Reflections on a Dark Day

August 24, 2017

The last total eclipse of the sun to cross the Northwest happened Feb. 26, 1979. Montana rancher Leroy Bieber was so impressed by the spiritual significance of the event that his written reflections were later printed in the Jan. 7, 1980, edition of the Gleaner. In the aftermath of this month’s most recent eclipse, step back nearly four decades to read Bieber’s comments.

Northwest Teens Engage with the Ultimate Workout

August 24, 2017 / Julie Lee

More than 120 volunteers and adult staff participated in the 2017 Maranatha Volunteers International Ultimate Workout, held July 19–30 in Panama. Maranatha sponsors the Ultimate Workout annually for high school students. 

Six volunteers from the North Pacific Union, participated in this year's mission project. They helped construct a school, church, and a community services building in western Panama. The teenagers also assisted with medical clinics and community outreach programs. 

A Camp Meeting Miracle

August 20, 2017

As always, this year’s camp meeting was a time of joyful fellowship, intense prayers, and genuine and amazing miracles. A week after camp meeting, Barb Karge, shared a camp meeting miracle story during the worship hour at the Hood View Church.

“Sometimes, I think I was raised at camp meeting. Mom would take me and my best friend to camp meeting and drop us off there with a tent, sleeping bags, soap, towels, and enough peanut butter and crackers to last a week.

We went to all the meetings and had the time of our lives.

Volunteers for Jesus Reach Kids at Camp Meeting

August 19, 2017 / Shirley Allen

As a child, growing up in South Africa, I remember singing the words, "Volunteers, volunteers, how I love the name. Volunteers, volunteers, Jesus to proclaim." You probably did too, if you are from the same era as I am. I just didn't realize that many years later that would be true in so many different ways and circumstances and that I would be dependent on volunteers to plan, lead and move forward in every aspect of the ministry to which God has called me.

PAA Remembers Mrs. Winter

August 18, 2017 / Liesl Vistaunet

Thelma Winter, Portland Adventist Academy (PAA, formerly Portland Union Academy/PUA) teacher for 31 years and a pillar in Adventist education, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2017, just shy of her 102nd birthday.

Over her 50-year career, Winter taught Spanish, English, advanced placement English, history and Bible and was a school librarian. After a short retirement in 1981, she returned to the classroom for another 20 years, stopping at PAA and Emerald Junior Academy in Oregon and at Bakersfield Adventist Academy and Newberry Park Academy in California.

Adventist Health Expands Services in Oregon

August 18, 2017 / Mary Faith Bell

Adventist Health has expanded its mission to provide health care services to the community of Vernonia, Ore. Located between the Portland metropolitan area and the northern Oregon Coast Range, Vernonia is geographically isolated by 30 miles from health care in neighboring communities.

Adventist Health Tillamook Medical Group, which specializes in providing rural health care, is now providing expanded access to care in Vernonia by offering primary care, urgent care and laboratory services. Radiology services will be added this fall.

Loor Announces NPUC Retirement

August 17, 2017

John Loor Jr., North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive secretary/vp for administration, has announced plans to retire on Jan. 1, 2018. His announcement was shared with the NPUC executive committee during its regularly-scheduled meeting on Aug. 17, in Ridgefield, Wash.