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The Empath

March 13, 2018 / Dick Duerksen

“Empath.” It is in The New Yorker magazine, so it must be a real word.

“On The Oprah Winfrey Show, she served as an empath,” writes Doreen St. Félix, staff writer for The New Yorker.

A bit of Internet research brought me to some rather strange tales. “Empaths,” one site says, "have a tendency to openly feel what is outside of them more so than what is inside of them. They can easily be overwhelmed by the needs of others.”

Here are some other empath traits:

McClendon will be NPUC VP for Administration

March 11, 2018

Bill McClendon has agreed to become the next vice president of administration for the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC). McClendon’s acceptance comes after Marc Woodson, currently Northern California Conference executive secretary, declined the initial invitation of the NPUC executive committee voted at their Feb. 28 meeting in College Place, Wash. At that meeting, John Freedman, NPUC president, brought both names — Woodson and McClendon — to the committee for consideration.

Conference Plans to 'Grow Montana'

March 08, 2018 / Matthew Kirk

The Montana Conference held its annual pastors’ meeting Jan. 14–17, 2018, in Bozeman, Mont., where strategic planning took place with a focus on revival and transformation. “It is our heart's desire that every member in our conference would experience a significant growth in their prayer life,” says Elden Ramirez, Montana Conference president. “I am convinced that when we come together as a body of believers and seek the Lord in prayer amazing things happen. When revival takes place in our hearts, not only our lives experience transformation but also our churches.

Providing Hope to a Community — of Inmates

March 08, 2018 / Judy Leach

“I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matt. 25:36).

One day in the Tillamook County Jail on the Oregon coast, an inmate was having a seizure in his bunk bed. His cellmates pulled him from the bed and began performing CPR. The jail’s medical team rushed to the cell and resuscitated him before the ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital.

If the medical staff hadn’t been there to help this inmate, he would have died.

Santos to be Alaska Conference VP for Administration

March 08, 2018

Melvin Santos has accepted the invitation of the Alaska Conference Executive Committee to become the conference vice president for administration. He is currently serving as senior pastor of the Nashville First Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nashville, Tenn.

Meharry Appointed as NPUC Director of Elementary Education

March 08, 2018

The North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) Executive Committee at its regular winter meeting on Feb. 28, 2018, appointed Becky Meharry as director of elementary education. Meharry, who currently is serving in her fourth year for the Washington Conference as associate superintendent of schools, will begin her new NPUC assignment June 1. Prior to 2014, she served as teacher and principal for 19 years in the Montana Conference.

NPUC Executive Committee Actions

March 01, 2018

During their regular meeting in College Place, Wash. on Feb. 28, North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee members voted to invite Marc Woodson to replace John Loor Jr. (who has retired) as NPUC vice president for administration/executive secretary. This invitation is awaiting a response from Woodson who currently fills a similar role for the Northern California Conference.

Plugged Into Jesus

February 26, 2018 / John Freedman

On a recent Monday morning I awoke, excited about the prospects for the week. Jumping out of bed at an early hour, I had plenty of time to take a long, hot shower and to dress, pray, study, eat breakfast and get to the office. It was going to be a great week!

However, things went downhill quickly. Turning on the shower, I expected our brand-new, high-technology, instant hot water heater to produce all it had promised. Instead, all I got was cold water that got even colder as my patience turned quickly to impatience. Something was definitely wrong.