News for 2018

Ferndale Church Hosts 'Big Deaf Day'

June 28, 2018 / Brylie Jarnes

For the first time, church services were presented first for a deaf audience and then for a hearing audience at Ferndale (Wash.) Church on April 28. This was a historic event as deaf and hearing gathered together in the same church service for Big Deaf Day, drawing many people from various areas in Canada, Washington and Oregon.

In preparation for Big Deaf Day, Ferndale members spent five weeks learning American Sign Language (ASL) from volunteer deaf teachers to be able to welcome those visiting for the unique day of worship.

Teacher Marks 44 Years in Same School

June 27, 2018 / Katie Henderson

“Don’t leave. I need to get my work done!” said one student when they heard their favorite teacher was retiring.

The Edmonds (Wash.) Church fellowship room was packed the first Sunday of May 2018 with former and current students and colleagues (including two of her very first students) to honor the retirement of Dea Beinhoff, who is retiring after 44 years of teaching lower grades and being a principal for four years at Cypress Adventist School.

Students, Teacher Talk About Favorite School Memories

June 26, 2018 / Michelle Noonan

If you could step into the multigrade (first through eight) classroom at Mountain View Christian School in Sequim, Wash., you would overhear a conversation like this one between Michelle Noonan and three of her upper-grade students.

Noonan: Each month we had a theme, a project and a field trip. What were your favorite field trips?

Heather: The one where we had lunch at the beach. We went to see a chemistry lab and a biology lab at the college after that.

Noonan: Did any of you like the recycling center?

Pastor Comissioned as Army Reserve Chaplain

June 25, 2018 / Katie Henderson

On a late Sabbath afternoon on May 19, 2018, Eddie General, Greater Seattle Filipino-American (Fil-Am) Church pastor, was commissioned into the U.S. Army Chaplain Reserves as a captain.

Pastors, church community, friends and family from as far as Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, joined together at the Greater Seattle Fil-Am Church to witness and celebrate General’s new step in ministry.

AMEN Everett Builds Partnerships With Community

June 06, 2018 / Katie Henderson

It was 8 p.m., Thursday night, on April 19, 2018, outside the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Wash., when the first woman camped out the night before the AMEN (Adventist Medical Evangelism Network) Everett medical clinic opened its doors. By midnight, two people had joined her in waiting to receive free medical, dental and vision services. And then even more people showed up.

Chehalis Celebrates 100 Years of Ministry

June 06, 2018 / Katie Henderson

Churches often celebrate special milestones in their history. Chehalis Church in Chehalis, Wash., just reached a monumental milestone: its 100th anniversary of ministry.

The centennial celebration in April welcomed back three generations of Chehalis pastors and witnessed pews full of former and current members.

Chehalis church was founded on May 25, 1918, in a little white building built on land donated from an Adventist member, Fred Scheuber.

Big Picture of Ministry

June 06, 2018 / Katie Henderson

#UrbanSDA

Western Washington leaders explored and learned about the different ways a ministry can work within their community to serve the people around them at the Urban Ministry Conference. "With urban ministry, we don't have to change what we believe," says Derek Lane. "We need to minister to where people hurt most."

 

Ken Aiolupotea, New Human Resources Director

Washington Conference welcomes a new human resources director, Ken Aiolupotea, to the ministry family.

 

A Dessert Theatrical Approach to Relational Evangelism

Students Level-Up Through Spiritual Game Planning

June 06, 2018 / Cheri Fletcher

Twelve years ago, as Cheri Fletcher watched her husband coach their daughter’s elementary basketball team, she noticed something.

Fletcher observed the team run plays over and over, memorizing the name of the plays and what position they needed to be in while that play was being run. Knowing that their daughter would soon be in high school she thought to herself, “I wish we could send them off with a spiritual playbook.”