God Called, Appointed and Commissioned

October 16, 2017 / Virlys Moller

The evening of Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, members of Sunnyside Church in Portland, Ore., along with friends and family from near and far, gathered for the commissioning service for Kara Dale Johnsson, Sunnyside assistant pastor. 

In the spring of 2015, Johnsson moved from her home and pastoral duties in Brisbane, Australia, to follow God’s calling to serve at Sunnyside Church. In Brisbane she had interned as both a pastor and chaplain. On completion of her internship, she continued as an associate pastor as well as being given a church of her own to lead. 

Profession of Faith Brings New Member to Hockinson Heights

October 14, 2017 / Marty Jackson

Joanna Knecht was voted into the Hockinson Heights Church in Brush Prairie, Wash., on Sept. 9, 2017, by profession of faith.

Knecht was raised as a seventh-generation Adventist. She was baptized when she was junior age but as a young adult drifted away from the Lord.

She reconnected with the Lord in 2011. And gradually, she says, the Lord has helped her find her way back to the Adventist Church. As the ladies at Hockinson have connected with her, Knecht says, "I feel at home."

PAA Serves Farm-to-Table Lunches

October 08, 2017 / Liesl Vistaunet

It’s the first day of school at Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) in Portland, Ore. Students are lined up for lunch and their pick of vegan or cheese lasagna, both stuffed with spinach, carrots, zucchini and onions with roasted broccoli on the side. At the end of the line they find a bowl of fresh fruit and a colorful salad bar. Salad greens harvested from PAA’s gardens are ready to be topped with fresh veggies, beans, nuts, hummus and more.

Milo Academy Hosts Firefighters

October 06, 2017 / Kathy Hernandez

In early August, lightning strikes ignited more than a dozen wildfires east of Milo Adventist Academy near Tiller, Ore. Milo provided the firefighters an ideal location to set up camp near the fires known as the Falcon Complex but outside the danger zone. The Northwest Incident Management Team 8 quickly took action, and within two days 700 personnel, some of whom traveled from Alaska, Indiana, Arizona and even Puerto Rico, had arrived to help protect our national forests. They slept in tents at night or in the Milo gym during the day, working 12-hour shifts for 14 days straight.

Hundreds Receive Care at Impact Your Health Event in Portland

October 02, 2017 / Dick Duerksen

Take one gymnasium; add carpet to cover the hardwood floor; bring in folding tables, 55 dental chairs (for hygiene, anesthesia and surgery); add a very long and complicated table for supplies and sterilization; fill the stage with a medical practice office for seven physicians; overflow into the cafeteria for optometrists, opticians and an ophthalmologist; head into the hallway for body and foot massage, into two classrooms for haircuts and professional photos, and into the library for child care — and you’re almost ready to conduct a free health clinic.

Tabernacle Deaf Group Hosts Visitors

October 01, 2017 / Esther Doss

July 8, 2017, was a special Sabbath for the deaf group meeting at the Tabernacle Church in Portland, Ore. Several deaf visitors were in the area as they were on their way to the annual Western Deaf Camp Meeting held at Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., which began the next day.

Molalla Holds Cactusville VBS

September 29, 2017 / Helen Shreve

About 25 children attended the evening Vacation Bible School program in June 2017 put on by Cindy Hepler and her team from the Molalla Church in Oregon.

They started each evening at the mine entrance with singing then went to sit on log rounds at the campfire for Bible storees. Cactusville Café was busy serving healthy snacks. At Wildhorse Canyon kids roped a steer, panned for gold, and had wagon and gunny sack races. The children learned to pray and connect with God and answer questions with a nod or shake.

Albany Church Youth Share Musical Talents

September 26, 2017 / Wayne Clark

The Albany Church in Oregon is so greatly blessed with a youth group that calls themselves the Bake Four. "Bake" stands for Benjamin, Ashleigh, Kylie and Ethan.

On a typical Sabbath morning we will find this group leading out in song service. On other Sabbath mornings it is a delight for folks to listen as this quartet favor us as they harmonize their voices in special music. On many occasions they can be found performing for neighboring churches. These four are well on their way as ambassadors for Christ.