We were excited about participating in the General Conference 10 Days of Prayer initiative during the middle of January, but we wanted to make it accessible to our families with children. The theme this year was praying through the sanctuary.
We started each evening with 10–15 minutes of hymns and choruses that prepared us for that night’s message. Then we asked our Sabbath School teachers to prepare a 15-minute children’s story that would help children understand the beautiful meaning symbolized in God’s sanctuary.
With Christmas carols in the background and happy voices in the foreground, our Nampa Women’s Christmas Brunch in Star, Idaho, was happening! Earlier, before the festivities began, the women’s ministries team had arrived and transformed the Heron River Clubhouse into a festive event hall.
With a theme of “Gift of Giving,” attendees entered, placing their gifts of personal care items by the door. These gifts were designated for the Nampa Women’s and Children’s Shelter. Women’s ministries has a desire to minister to others, thus our gift to the shelter.
I was looking for elk hide, enough to make a new set of buckskins for the Fort Bridger Mountain Man rendezvous. A banker friend, who looked like a 1920 fur trapper, recommended I “wander up to St. Maries, Idaho, and see my friend Lars Eidnes. He’s got more leathers than the Hudson Bay Company.”
That’s why I was standing in a fur trader’s warehouse among stacks of every kind of animal skin available in North America.
A couple years ago a man named Tom ruined the game show Jeopardy for everyone in the world. The question, or answer as it happens to be in the game of Jeopardy, posed to the contestants read as follows: In common law, the age of this, signaling adulthood, is presumed to be 14 in boys and 12 in girls. “What is puberty?” would have secured a correct answer and $400.
Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) in Battle Ground, Wash., is blessed to be a part of a diverse and supportive community and, in turn, sends graduates to become part of that community in many different ways, sharing their talents to bless others. CAA welcomed back more than a dozen of those graduates in February, along with many other supporters of the school, to share with the current students the paths that led them to their careers and the amazing things they do on a daily basis.
Montana's Butte Church family took time on Jan. 21 to celebrate all the major projects being completed at adjacent Highland View Christian School. All of the landscaping was finished and a lighted sign put in place at the school entry during summer and fall of 2016. Parents completed the final project of putting the playground together in October.
“I believe students learn on a deeper level when we are willing to leave the safety of our everyday classrooms,” says Linda Johnson, Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) teacher.
That’s why Johnson recently took her anatomy and physiology students to McMinnville (Ore.) Adventist Christian School (MACS) for a day of project-based learning (PBL). Her students taught the third- through fifth-graders about the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and nervous systems. The students also paired up as lab partners for bone tissue experiments and animal heart and brain dissections.
It’s late Sunday afternoon at Washington's Spokane Valley Church, and “Dinner With a Doctor” will soon begin. However, there is an unusual problem. Although preregistration has been encouraged, there are more attendees showing up than there is space. It looks as if the church may have to put out a sign that reads, “Sorry, No Vacancy.” The three seminar rooms are full. And when the entire group later gathers in the fellowship room, it too will be full to capacity.