Steven Fonseca, youth pastor for the North Cascade Church in Burlington, Wash., attended the Seventh-day Adventist Global Youth Leaders Congress, held in Kassel, Germany, from July 31 to Aug. 4.
Desiring to bless their community at Easter, the Renton (Wash.) Church bought $2,000 worth of grocery store gift cards and gave them all away.
Their plans for the Easter weekend began along the lines of a one-time music and preaching event. When they weighed the cost of a one-and-done event against a demonstration of grace, the choice was simple.
For the first time, church services were presented first for a deaf audience and then for a hearing audience at Ferndale (Wash.) Church on April 28. This was a historic event as deaf and hearing gathered together in the same church service for Big Deaf Day, drawing many people from various areas in Canada, Washington and Oregon.
In preparation for Big Deaf Day, Ferndale members spent five weeks learning American Sign Language (ASL) from volunteer deaf teachers to be able to welcome those visiting for the unique day of worship.
“Don’t leave. I need to get my work done!” said one student when they heard their favorite teacher was retiring.
The Edmonds (Wash.) Church fellowship room was packed the first Sunday of May 2018 with former and current students and colleagues (including two of her very first students) to honor the retirement of Dea Beinhoff, who is retiring after 44 years of teaching lower grades and being a principal for four years at Cypress Adventist School.
If you could step into the multigrade (first through eight) classroom at Mountain View Christian School in Sequim, Wash., you would overhear a conversation like this one between Michelle Noonan and three of her upper-grade students.
Noonan: Each month we had a theme, a project and a field trip. What were your favorite field trips?
Heather: The one where we had lunch at the beach. We went to see a chemistry lab and a biology lab at the college after that.
Noonan: Did any of you like the recycling center?
On a late Sabbath afternoon on May 19, 2018, Eddie General, Greater Seattle Filipino-American (Fil-Am) Church pastor, was commissioned into the U.S. Army Chaplain Reserves as a captain.
Pastors, church community, friends and family from as far as Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, joined together at the Greater Seattle Fil-Am Church to witness and celebrate General’s new step in ministry.
It was 8 p.m., Thursday night, on April 19, 2018, outside the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Wash., when the first woman camped out the night before the AMEN (Adventist Medical Evangelism Network) Everett medical clinic opened its doors. By midnight, two people had joined her in waiting to receive free medical, dental and vision services. And then even more people showed up.
Churches often celebrate special milestones in their history. Chehalis Church in Chehalis, Wash., just reached a monumental milestone: its 100th anniversary of ministry.
The centennial celebration in April welcomed back three generations of Chehalis pastors and witnessed pews full of former and current members.
Chehalis church was founded on May 25, 1918, in a little white building built on land donated from an Adventist member, Fred Scheuber.
Western Washington leaders explored and learned about the different ways a ministry can work within their community to serve the people around them at the Urban Ministry Conference. "With urban ministry, we don't have to change what we believe," says Derek Lane. "We need to minister to where people hurt most."
Ken Aiolupotea, New Human Resources Director
Washington Conference welcomes a new human resources director, Ken Aiolupotea, to the ministry family.
A Dessert Theatrical Approach to Relational Evangelism