Thelma Winter, Portland Adventist Academy (PAA, formerly Portland Union Academy/PUA) teacher for 31 years and a pillar in Adventist education, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2017, just shy of her 102nd birthday.
Over her 50-year career, Winter taught Spanish, English, advanced placement English, history and Bible and was a school librarian. After a short retirement in 1981, she returned to the classroom for another 20 years, stopping at PAA and Emerald Junior Academy in Oregon and at Bakersfield Adventist Academy and Newberry Park Academy in California.
Camp meeting is marked by planning, anticipation, exertion, exhaustion and spiritual uplift.
Planning for the next year begins right after camp meeting is over.
Camp meeting week itself is both fun and exhausting. As one leader told me, “I’ve never been quite as ‘happy-tired’ as Sunday morning this year.”
Troy Epperly, a retiree and home builder from Port Orchard, Wash., and his wife, Dorothy, are the latest in a long stream of volunteers who have blessed Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., with their labors of love. Troy Epperly has a history of volunteering to help Kitsap Adventist School in Bremerton, Wash., and occasionally at other Adventist schools.
Sunday, July 2, 2017, dawned bright and clear. It promised to be a beautiful day in Portland, Ore. After a several-years' hiatus the community fair known as Sunny City was back.
Sunny City is an interactive cityscape designed especially for kids; each “building” (canopy) is something you might find in a real city. The purpose is to create a positive connection between our neighbors, community organizations and the local church. In some cases this is the first positive interaction with a church the children and families have ever had.
Three teen Pathfinders from Pleasant Valley Church (PVC) in Happy Valley, Ore., took their vision for using a free sports camp as a way to reach their community for Christ and brought it to reality June 21–23, 2017.
About 25 kids attended the camp, which combined drills and playtime in soccer, basketball and field games with worship talks, praise music and snacks.
Mentors of the PVC Teen Leadership Training (TLT) program are entirely convinced that if teens want to reach others with Christ’s love, they should have every opportunity.
On Sabbath, June 10, 2017, about 170 people joined together to celebrate the rededication of Oregon's Sweet Home Church. Dan Linrud, Oregon Conference president, was the guest speaker. Former pastors Charles Burkeen, Dick Hall and Walter Wandersleben also participated in the service. The Carpenter Family and BAKE 4 from the Albany Church provided the music for the special occasion.
The Seaside Church in Seaside, Ore., decided to step out in faith to build the sanctuary addition that had been the plan when the Sabbath School wing was originally built in the 1960s. In January 2016 members increased their monthly budget four times over from what it was before — and God blessed.
This June, among the caps, gowns and flowers, was a never-before-seen fixture at any Livingstone Adventist Academy (LAA) graduation: a baptismal tank.
Corey Bronson, a senior graduating from the Salem, Ore., school, took the opportunity to study for baptism this winter and spring with campus chaplain Eddy Darisme following a week of prayer last fall. Cards were distributed to all students, grades five through 12, asking if they were 1) wanting to join Bible study, 2) wanting to renew their commitment to Jesus and 3) wanting to be baptized.