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.
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.
During spring break, 24 Cascade Christian Academy (CCA) students and adults headed back to the King’s Children’s Home (KCH) in Belize to finish a job they started in 2016.
The 2017–18 school year focused on impacting others — at least for middle-grade students at Central Valley Christian School in Tangent, Ore. This year, Central Valley’s 16 fifth- through eighth-grade students collaborated with other classrooms in their school, with constituent churches, and with organizations locally and internationally to impact those most vulnerable among us: children.
“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.
Church Leaders Meet With WWU Students for Open Conversation
Leaders from the North American Division (NAD) met with Walla Walla University students on campus in College Place, Wash., in May for a conversation to address student questions. During the 120-minute Facebook Live “Is This Thing On?” event, Dan Jackson, NAD president; Alex Bryant, NAD executive secretary; and Tom Evans, NAD treasurer, answered questions from a live audience.
The Stayton (Ore.) Church's amateur (ham) radio class ended on March 22, 2018, by adding six new technician class licenses, with the possibility of seven others to follow on future exam dates. Everyone had a great time, and we learned a lot. Some are even looking forward to the next step, the general license, so that they can gain access to additional radio band privileges.
Next comes some radio equipment, lots of practice, and a communication future that includes fun and community service.
On Sabbath, April 21, 2018, Beacon Christian School in Lewiston, Idaho, celebrated 100 years of Christian education, a huge accomplishment for a small private school. After the celebration, the school’s three ninth-graders were given a journalism assignment in which they reported on the event. The following are excerpts of their articles.
Research shows consumers consider quality, safety and value among the top indicators when shopping for an automobile. The same should be true when selecting a hospital. While having a conversation with their physician and health plan about finding the right hospital for their care, potential patients can personally review a hospital’s scorecard for quality care and patient safety. Asking the right questions may lead to more positive experiences.