Lyapa Simuzoshya sat by herself at a table and watched as young adults filtered into the room, found friends, chose tables and prepared for the start of Innovation Lab.
“I was struggling with being at Innovation Lab because I was certain I’d be an outsider at the church gathering … again,” says Simuzoshya, who moved to the area a couple years ago. “I’ve struggled to find warm, inviting church people.”
Kirkland Seventh-day Adventist School (KSDA) and Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) are only separated by a parking lot in Kirkland, Wash., and share school spaces like the gym and cafeteria, but there is something about coming together for a cause that creates a special sort of unity.
The Washington Conference financial staff learned awhile ago the importance of praying with purpose and specificity for things that were on our hearts. This past year, we prayed for a 5 percent annual tithe gain.
This seemed like an impossible goal to us because we had 53 Sabbaths in 2016 and only 52 Sabbaths in 2017. You can usually count on a loss in that situation and are grateful for a break-even year.
God had bigger plans for us.
Renton Church Overcomes Darkness With Prayer
When a transformer blew and knocked out the lights, Renton Church overcame the darkness with song and prayer at the start of their Thunder in the Holy Land series. Read more at glnr.in/113-02-wa_renton.
Chehalis Honors Glenn's Service
Washington Conference commissioned Auburn Adventist Academy chaplain Jennifer Woody on Dec. 16, 2017.
A life of ministry is what Woody knows best. Her parents, Richard and Mary Halversen, modeled a life of ministry whether through evangelism or pastoral ministry. All three Halversen children work in ministry — a principal/teacher, pastor and chaplain.
“She was born screaming,” Richard Halversen reminisced during his daughter’s commissioning service, “and she’s continued to use her lungs for God’s glory. God called her to be a proclaimer of good news.”
In early December 2017, the Chehalis (Wash.) Church celebrated the retirement of their pastor, David Glenn, and his wife, Tomi, after 45 years of service to God.
Church and community members filled the seats to appreciate the Glenns. The program was equally packed with musical arrangements from the Chehalis wind and string ensemble conducted by David Glenn.
“We shed buckets of tears; it was quite an emotional day,” says Glenn, who served as Chehalis pastor for nine years. “There is a lot of love among the family of God, and we experience that very strongly that day.”
Dedication to service and excellent teaching and administrative skills have been the life of Tom and Kathy Roosma. After 18 years with Orcas Christian School (OCS), they retired at the end of the 2016–17 school year. They have been with the school since 1999, filling the roles at that time as the school's first two teachers. Prior to coming to Orcas, they taught at Central Valley Christian School in Tangent, Ore., for several years.
Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) music teachers have expanded their programs and are taking them into the surrounding community. The department is led by Melia Williams, choral and drama director, and Trenton Russell, instrumental music director. Both have years of experience and have dedicated their lives to their area of expertise.