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:
Craig Mattson will be leaving his role for the past five years as principal of Northwest Christian School in Puyallup, Wash., to become Washington Conference vice president for education. He replaces Archie Harris who is returning to the classroom.
Mattson is no stranger to the Pacific Northwest or Washington Conference. In addition to his recent role in Puyallup, he is a graduate of Auburn Adventist Academy.
Craig Carr has accepted the invitation of the Washington Conference executive committee to serve as the new conference vice president of administration. He will fill the position left vacant when Doug Bing became Washington Conference president.
It almost didn’t happen. A couple years ago, Washington Conference and Voice of Prophecy began discussing a regionwide evangelism partnership.
One of the prequalifying factors? A venue that could hold a specific capacity had to be solely booked for an entire month and have auxiliary rooms available. All 25 venues contacted in the Seattle area were already booked, too expensive or not interested.
Full of anticipation, a group of Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) juniors, seniors, staff and parents departed from Kirkland, Wash., in March for an epic journey to Fiji.
As is PSAA’s tradition, every two years the upper grades have the opportunity to experience a short-term mission trip abroad, and this year they were island-bound.
Their primary task was to help build a local church previously destroyed by a hurricane in the Raikiraiki area. Second, and always a favorite, was hosting a Vacation Bible School program.
This spring, Washington's Kirkland Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School (KSDA) launched a special, interactive project as a way to reach out to constituent area churches with a student-led church service. Themed "Friends of Jesus,” the student-led program visited the Bellevue, Kirkland and Russian Adventist churches.
Students from Olympia (Wash.) Christian School (OCS) and other school partners in the community had a special two-week task in March and April. Olympia area students in kindergarten through grade 12 needed to visit a minimum of five local businesses associated with the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce.
During these visits, students were supposed to ask the business how they use math every day and then answer a math question relevant to their grade level.
“I realized it was time. It is time to do away with the old man and become a new one in Jesus Christ,” Cliff shared with the congregation on the morning of his baptism. "It was time."
Cliff and his wife, Candy, had grown up in the town of Port Orchard, Wash. They fell in love and got married not long after high school. Candy and her extended family remained active in the church, while Cliff had little interest in spiritual things. But Candy was praying for Cliff … for 42 years.
“Seek the peace and prosperity of the city … pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Jer. 29:7
On a drizzly Sabbath morning in March, the youth from Washington's Gig Harbor Adventist Fellowship (GHAF) traded the warmth and comfort of their regular meeting room for a wet and chilly walk through downtown Gig Harbor.
Instead of their regular Bible study class, they picked up trash from the sidewalks and street gutters, stopping several places along the way to pray for the city.