We were excited about participating in the General Conference 10 Days of Prayer initiative during the middle of January, but we wanted to make it accessible to our families with children. The theme this year was praying through the sanctuary.
We started each evening with 10–15 minutes of hymns and choruses that prepared us for that night’s message. Then we asked our Sabbath School teachers to prepare a 15-minute children’s story that would help children understand the beautiful meaning symbolized in God’s sanctuary.
Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) in Battle Ground, Wash., is blessed to be a part of a diverse and supportive community and, in turn, sends graduates to become part of that community in many different ways, sharing their talents to bless others. CAA welcomed back more than a dozen of those graduates in February, along with many other supporters of the school, to share with the current students the paths that led them to their careers and the amazing things they do on a daily basis.
“I believe students learn on a deeper level when we are willing to leave the safety of our everyday classrooms,” says Linda Johnson, Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) teacher.
That’s why Johnson recently took her anatomy and physiology students to McMinnville (Ore.) Adventist Christian School (MACS) for a day of project-based learning (PBL). Her students taught the third- through fifth-graders about the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and nervous systems. The students also paired up as lab partners for bone tissue experiments and animal heart and brain dissections.
When the Whipple Creek Church in Ridgefield, Wash., paid off its debt and formally held a mortgage-burning service with conference leaders this January, it was not only time for rejoicing but also for reflection on God's leading.
Members can trace the church's roots back to the 1970s and the Sara Church. At one point, this little church family debated closing due to low membership. They decided to canvas the neighborhood, and the church started to grow. It grew over the years to about 90 people.
Fundraising for field trips is one of the challenges faced by small schools. In response, Maurita Crew has her fifth- through eighth-graders at Three Sisters Adventist Christian School in Bend, Ore., utilize their skills in science, geometry and engineering to accomplish a significant amount of fundraising for field trips all at once.
Oregon’s Deaf Christian Women’s Ministry (DCWM) hosted a retreat in September in Ocean Park, Wash., where 20 women from across the United States — including from Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Texas and New York — gathered for a spirit-filled weekend. The retreat's theme, “Walking With Jesus,” reminds us that walking together requires a commitment — we must be going the same direction, at the same pace, at the same time and to the same place. Tawny Sportsman and Bunola Hovey were keynote speakers.
Kids have big hearts — hearts much like Jesus’ heart. Their compassion, generosity and love for others knows no bounds. That made the first- and second-grade students at Tualatin Valley Academy (TVA) in Hillsboro, Ore., the perfect match for a Christmas service project benefiting Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland, Ore.
It's not surprising that Sabbath, Dec. 24, 2016, was full of festive activities at the McMinnvilLe (Ore.) Church, since it was Christmas Eve. One of the highlights was hanging our gifts on the Giving Tree, and this year Project Patch was the recipient.
After the service there was another highlight: the dedication and anointing of a log truck, along with its owners, Willie and Daphne Brown. Now that's something you don't see every week.