The Great Adventurer
“Adentro afuera arriba abajo siempre estoy feliz.”
These Spanish lyrics to a classic Adventist children’s song float down the hallways at school and even into the homes of Rogers Adventist School (RAS) students in College Place, Wash., and the surrounding area.
This is the fourth year RAS has invited Spanish teachers to share their language and culture with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Teachers have come from Ecuador, Spain and Costa Rica.
It’s late Sunday afternoon at Washington's Spokane Valley Church, and “Dinner With a Doctor” will soon begin. However, there is an unusual problem. Although preregistration has been encouraged, there are more attendees showing up than there is space. It looks as if the church may have to put out a sign that reads, “Sorry, No Vacancy.” The three seminar rooms are full. And when the entire group later gathers in the fellowship room, it too will be full to capacity.
How would you like to see the young people in your church adding six of Paul’s books to memory? Maybe the entire book of Daniel? That’s just what Pathfinder clubs across the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) have been doing since school began last fall. And they’ll start on the book of Daniel this fall.
Fourteen students and staff from Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., joined musicians from 11 Adventist academies for a weekend of growing through music. Brandon Beck, Walla Walla University professor of music and band director, led this biennial event on the campus of Walla Walla University. An intensive audition process yielded some of the “finest musicians from the country," says Pam Cress, interim chair of the Walla Walla University (WWU) music department.
Imagine a world where teens came together expecting a weekend of worship fun and desire to make Jesus a reality. Teen Retreat 2017 at Camp MiVoden in Hayden Lake, Idaho, was just that.
From all over the Upper Columbia Conference, teens gathered to be reminded of God's power by Dean Kravig, weekend speaker and the band teacher of Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, Wash. His message was anything but blah. Jim Morgan, father of one of the teens, says, "His sermons have been right on."
Can you imagine an outreach event that lasts for more than 40 days? That’s exactly what happened with the 2017 Upper Columbia Conference Hispanic Camp Meeting this year, but it probably isn’t exactly what most people might imagine.
The annual gathering of Adventist members from across the Inland Northwest began in December with a special 40-day season of prayer and fasting. During the lead-up time, members prayed and fasted for specific people — people they wanted to reach for Christ.
It was well worth the drive on snowy and icy roads to hear the Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) Choral Clinic finale performance on Jan. 19 in Spangle, Wash. Students from around the Pacific Northwest joined the UCA choir to create a mass choir of beautiful voices.
Guest clinician Brenda Mohr took these students through a series of fun warmup exercises, and then they were off and running, learning then polishing six songs of various genres over the clinic's two days.