Steven Fonseca, youth pastor for the North Cascade Church in Burlington, Wash., attended the Seventh-day Adventist Global Youth Leaders Congress, held in Kassel, Germany, from July 31 to Aug. 4.
A small group of church members gathered at the Pocatello (Idaho) Church on Friday evening, Feb. 2, 2018, to participate in a cross-cultural training seminar, led by Monte Church, retired North Pacific Union Conference Native ministries director. The Pocatello Church is near the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, home to the Shoshone-Bannock tribe. Pocatello Church members have for some time had an interest in reaching out to the Native Americans living on the reservation.
Romans 12:13 was a continuing theme for the students, staff, families of Boise Valley Adventist School (BVAS), and members of the Cloverdale Church in Boise, Idaho, after learning the needs of one school family.
The events of a Wednesday in January and days to follow would change the life of the Smith* family. “Kyle* is never absent, and I worried that something might be wrong when he didn’t show up for school,” recalls Kyle’s teacher, Stacee Campbell.
Carol and Samantha came to Idaho's Middleton Church for the first time Sept. 20, 2016, after they received a postcard from an It Is Written mailing. They asked for Bible studies and studied with the local pastor, Alvin Schnell, and his wife, Coral, for four months.
Even before they were baptized on Jan. 28, 2017, Carol and Samantha were on fire for the Lord, sharing the gospel and helping those less fortunate than themselves. They are hardworking, caring young women who come into contact with many people through their cleaning business.
Several years ago, Boise Valley Adventist School (BVAS) accumulated a debt to the Idaho Conference. The debt came during a recession in the economy, and the Idaho Conference was generous enough to carry the school through hard times. Once the school was back on its feet, the school was encumbered with a large debt.
As with most small congregations, the availability of resources for community service activities such as food boxes, clothing for the needy, cash for other needs, etc., is often limited. When the Middleton Church’s Community Services fund reached a low of $14.58 early last year, the director and the board decided a yard/bake sale could be a viable source for adding to the fund.
In 2003, Hope’s Door Shelter in Caldwell, Idaho, began as a response to the horrific murder of Angie Leon at the hands of her abusive husband. The shelter was opened as a sanctuary for victims of domestic violence to seek refuge before more lives could be taken. It is the only domestic shelter from violence specific to women and children in Canyon County and is part of the nonprofit Advocates Against Family Violence (AAFV).
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.
The Long Creek Church held their annual Christmas fellowship dinner on Dec. 16, 2017, for the Long Creek community in Oregon. The event was well-attended, and extra seats had to be tucked into the corners. According to the mathematical wizards and bean counters, 69 people came to enjoy the meal. If one subtracts the helpers who came from the Walla Walla, Wash., area to provide the inspirational Christmas music singalong and other valuable assistance, 55 eager Christmas celebrants from the local area came to fellowship together.