We are excited to welcome Brandon O’Neal as our new principal at Portland Adventist Elementary School (PAES). He is joining our school family for the 2017–2018 school year all the way from Texas. Here is what he shared with us recently:
As you walk down the long hallway, there is a slight hum of Christian music emanating from the classrooms. Often there will be the joyful noise of students and teachers frolicking to a rhythmic “brain break” between study sessions. Perhaps you’ll see students out on the 10-acre field walking laps with their friends. Like the sister schools in the Upper Columbia Conference, Milton Stateline Adventist School (MSAS) in Milton-Freewater, Ore., keeps a fresh, positive, accelerated system for educating its youth.
When Cascade Christian Academy (CCA) English teacher Vicki Downer and music teacher Cheryl Gabel collaborate there is no telling what they will put together, and this spring’s performance was no exception. Who would have dreamed that CCA in Wenatchee, Wash., with a kindergarten through 12th-grade student body of only 137 could take on such a grand piece of work as the small-school adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music?
Members from Touchet Church in southeast Washington celebrated their church’s 100th anniversary on Sabbath, April 1, 2017.
In a simple service led by Paul Hoover, Upper Columbia Conference president, the members marked the significant milestone with testimony, Scripture and song.
“Today is bittersweet,” said local elder Greg Zickuhr. “It would be better to be home with Jesus. But if we have to be here on Earth, there’s no place I'd rather worship on Sabbath.”
Members from the Granger Spanish Church in Granger, Wash., gathered Sabbath, April 15, 2017, to celebrate the grand opening of their newly purchased church building.
The morning of the special day dawned bright and clear. Deacons greeted people outside and directed arriving members and guests to available parking spaces. The doors of the church stood wide open, inviting people inside.
After Sabbath School members shared personal testimonies and special music to praise God for the way the church building came to be purchased.
Upper Columbia Conference announced this week that David Freedman has accepted a call to serve as the next vice president for finance. He will replace Randy Terry, who has begun a similar role for the Texas Conference.
Freedman has served as vice president for finance for the Oregon Conference in Gladstone, Ore., since 2011.
What happens when teens and adults partner to serve people and communities right here in our own conference territory? Bridges of appreciation and curiosity are built.
Just a few days after Teen Mission Adventure (TMA) 2017 concluded, this message went up on the community reader board in Fairfield, Wash.: “Thank you to the Teen Mission Adventure Team for painting and cleaning up winter in Fairfield.” The sign stayed up for the next two weeks.
When board member John Keighley mentioned holding a blood drive for Summit Northwest Ministries Church in Post Falls, Idaho, Ron Hessel, senior pastor, challenged him to make it happen.
Keighley took the ball and ran with it, holding the first blood drive about three years ago during the Christmas season. The response was so great they did it again at Easter and again the following Christmas.
Beacon Christian School in Lewiston, Idaho, held a fantastic science fair on March 16. Every student in the school worked on a project. They used the scientific method to answer their burning questions. School families as well as many church family members came to see the kids' displays and ask the students questions about their projects.