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.
Jan. 20, 2018, was a very special Sabbath for Cedar Creek Church in Woodland, Wash. Micah and Michelle Anderson brought their 11-month-old daughter, Michaela Grace Anderson, for dedication. They are pictured here with Michaela's grandparents. The entire worship service focused on the importance of family, and words of encouragment were shared from both families to the couple. This last year has been a special time for Cedar Creek as a young adult group is starting to meet with a Sabbath School class and also midweek activities.
While we often read Gleaner articles about sharing Christ on mission trips, the learning that develops this desire to share Him often takes place at school or in the home. It is our desire at Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) in Battle Ground, Wash., to mentor students into leadership positions. We are blessed to have many students for whom this training has already begun at home under the direction of God-fearing parents.
The members of Sharon Church in Portland, Ore., welcomed their new pastor, Garth Dottin, in mid-October 2017, and the celebration did not stop there. They continued by closing out the year with a New Year’s Eve service and celebration that included games, food, a DJ, testimonies and, yes, two baptisms.
Earlier in December, two others joined the church by profession of faith and three others through baptisms. Bringing in the new year of 2018 they again celebrated the amazing power of God with two more baptisms on Jan. 13 — bringing the total recent baptisms to seven.
Terrie Leen Griebel, Oregon Conference women’s ministries coordinator, along with Jane Nicola, Oregon Conference relational ministries administrator assistant, and women’s ministries committee members planned this past year's annual Oregon Christian Women’s Retreat, held Oct. 20–22, 2017, at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Ore.
The Milo Adventist Academy family in Days Creek, Ore., is stunned and heartbroken as we grieve the loss of our Milo matriarch, Cheryl Andrieux. More than 300 people attended her funeral on Feb. 10, 2018, and more than 4,000 watched the service being live streamed.
The Bags of Love outreach program meets in the McMinnville (Ore.) Church’s Friendship Hall twice a month. A small but faithful group runs this quiet ministry, which began at the Apache Junction Church in Arizona and was introduced in McMinnville by Delores Ringering. Nancy Reed now leads the outreach.
Nov. 11, 2017, was a high day for the Cedar Creek Church in Woodland, Wash., as we had the joy of baptizing four new members into the church family: Brian and Donna Miner and Pat and Lon Tweed.
Both Brian and Lon were members of the Adventist Church years ago but drifted away from God and His church. Each of them had children and eventually got remarried.