News for February 2018

Innovation Labs Encourage Listening

February 12, 2018 / Heidi Baumgartner

Lyapa Simuzoshya sat by herself at a table and watched as young adults filtered into the room, found friends, chose tables and prepared for the start of Innovation Lab.

“I was struggling with being at Innovation Lab because I was certain I’d be an outsider at the church gathering … again,” says Simuzoshya, who moved to the area a couple years ago. “I’ve struggled to find warm, inviting church people.”

Scholarship Redirects Milo Student

February 11, 2018 / Kathy Hernandez

Four-year senior Taleigha Schnoor, as a freshman, was among the first group of students at Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., to receive the Every Child Deserves to Know Christ Scholarship from the Oregon Conference. The scholarship is provided by a group of generous donors who are deeply committed to Adventist education. 

Idaho Conference 2018 Camp Meeting

February 11, 2018 / Eve Rusk

This year's camp meeting is June 12–16, 2018, on the campus of Gem State Adventist Academy in Caldwell, Idaho. We have chosen a theme of "Keeping God Real!"

As in past years, our evening and Sabbath morning meetings will be evangelistic in nature. John Bradshaw, It Is Written speaker/director, is our evening and Sabbath morning guest speaker. Weekday meeting and seminar speakers are Stan Hudson, North Pacific Union Conference Creation Study Center director; Charles White, great-grandson of James and Ellen White; and Bert Logan, from the It Is Written Spark program.

Schools Serve Through Local Love, Good Works

February 10, 2018 / Anika Zebron

Kirkland Seventh-day Adventist School (KSDA) and Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) are only separated by a parking lot in Kirkland, Wash., and share school spaces like the gym and cafeteria, but there is something about coming together for a cause that creates a special sort of unity.

Jason Bibb Named PAA Principal

February 10, 2018 / Liesl Vistaunet

Just days before 2018 began, Jason Bibb accepted the offer to officially lead Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) in Portland, Ore., as principal.

Following a series of interviews with the PAA staff, students and local church pastors, the PAA board met and voted unanimously in support of Bibb's leadership as principal.

The leadership transition was smooth as Bibb had already been serving as interim principal since August and served as vice principal of finance for more than four years.

Dillingham Celebrates Happy Day

February 09, 2018 / George Dronen

Oct. 28, 2017, was a happy day in Alaska's Dillingham Church. Dan and Theresa Breeden and Vincent and Liza Henry became members of our church family.

The Breedens, along with their granddaughter, Sunny, moved to Dillingham, Alaska, in July just a little before Barbara and George Dronen became the interim pastoral team. Dan had grown up in a Seventh-day Adventist home but had never accepted this way of life. His wife, Theresa, was raised in the Catholic faith. When the Breedens relocated to Dillingham, they decided to enroll Sunny in Dillingham Adventist School.

God Answers Tithing Prayer

February 09, 2018 / Jerry Russell

The Washington Conference financial staff learned awhile ago the importance of praying with purpose and specificity for things that were on our hearts. This past year, we prayed for a 5 percent annual tithe gain.

This seemed like an impossible goal to us because we had 53 Sabbaths in 2016 and only 52 Sabbaths in 2017. You can usually count on a loss in that situation and are grateful for a break-even year.

God had bigger plans for us.