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.
Do you ever look at successful people and wonder why they appear to be so lucky? Maybe it is that person who always seems to get promoted or perhaps the one who gets straight A’s.
Success doesn’t happen by chance. Jacob Craig, a senior at Skagit Adventist Academy (SAA) in Burlington, Wash., recently learned this firsthand.
Earlier this year, one of his teachers asked Craig to submit an application and essay to the Daughters of the American Revolution. The essay question asked, “What are the qualities that make you a good citizen?”
Idaho's Nampa Church choir celebrated 25 years of praise ministry on Dec. 10, 2016, with their annual concert, themed “Season of Hope."
In spite of the cold and icy conditions, the church was filled to capacity with expectant listeners from all over the valley. Thanks and appreciation were given to Wilker and Shirley Maxwell for their tireless efforts in making this 25th year a signature event. With heavy hearts the choir dedicated their concert to Cherié Richards, faithful choir member and beloved minister of music who passed away earlier in the year.
When the Whipple Creek Church in Ridgefield, Wash., paid off its debt and formally held a mortgage-burning service with conference leaders this January, it was not only time for rejoicing but also for reflection on God's leading.
Members can trace the church's roots back to the 1970s and the Sara Church. At one point, this little church family debated closing due to low membership. They decided to canvas the neighborhood, and the church started to grow. It grew over the years to about 90 people.
The Spanish congregation in Anchorage, Alaska, can look back on the year 2016 with a deep sense of gratitude for what can only be described as a year of unprecedented and unexpected blessings. A number of providential occurrences allowed members to experience a faint idea of what it means for God to do “exceedingly, abundantly above” our loftiest aspirations.
How would you like to see the young people in your church adding six of Paul’s books to memory? Maybe the entire book of Daniel? That’s just what Pathfinder clubs across the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) have been doing since school began last fall. And they’ll start on the book of Daniel this fall.
“Thank you for my beautiful clothes!”
“I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t found God’s Closet. My kids need new clothes so badly, and I just don’t have the money.”
Sentiments such as these are the very reason the Monroe Church in western Washington opened a chapter of God’s Closet clothing ministry. “When I saw a video on Facebook about God’s Closet, I knew immediately that we needed this ministry,” says Tracey Gaver, director of the program for Monroe. “The need in our community is so great.”
In his stark and somber inaugural address, President Donald Trump vowed to “unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.” Is this promise a fulfillment of Bible prophecy?
"Better not speculate," someone warns. "Let’s stick with the safe and sure teaching of Ellen White. She said nothing about Islam related to end-time prophecy — so neither should we."