The Washington Conference financial staff learned awhile ago the importance of praying with purpose and specificity for things that were on our hearts. This past year, we prayed for a 5 percent annual tithe gain.
This seemed like an impossible goal to us because we had 53 Sabbaths in 2016 and only 52 Sabbaths in 2017. You can usually count on a loss in that situation and are grateful for a break-even year.
God had bigger plans for us.
More than 500 people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 7, 2017, to mark the reopening of Bowers Hall, home of the Walla Walla University (WWU) School of Business.
A yearlong renovation project on Bowers Hall added more than 3,000 square feet to the existing building and reorganized classroom and office space. The transformed facility includes an innovation classroom/laboratory, technologies that enhance digital learning, efficient group study spaces and multifunctional meeting spaces.
The Bethel Church, which means “house of God,” hosted the 2017 Angel Seminar Oct. 21 through Nov. 11, 2017. The seminar was held at the Yupiit Cultural Center in Bethel, Alaska, and was led by Monte Church, North Pacific Union Conference Native ministry assistant, and his team, in concert with the Bethel Church.
Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., is thrilled to announce the opening of the Palouse Equestrian Center located on the campus. UCA began work on this project last summer. About 22 acres were fenced in, and pasture grass was planted. Outdoor shelters were built to keep the horses out of bad weather, and an indoor riding arena is under construction. The arena will provide space for students to ride and be with their horses all year.
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) reaffirmed accreditation of the business program at Walla Walla University (WWU) in December 2017.
The ACBSP has more than 1,100 member institutions in more than 50 countries and is a leading accreditor in mission-based standards of teaching excellence. The ACBSP is the only organization offering business accreditation for all degree levels, including associate, baccalaureate, master and doctoral programs.
Jan. 20, 2018, was a very special Sabbath for Cedar Creek Church in Woodland, Wash. Micah and Michelle Anderson brought their 11-month-old daughter, Michaela Grace Anderson, for dedication. They are pictured here with Michaela's grandparents. The entire worship service focused on the importance of family, and words of encouragment were shared from both families to the couple. This last year has been a special time for Cedar Creek as a young adult group is starting to meet with a Sabbath School class and also midweek activities.
The year was 1982, and the place was a little white house behind Deary Church in western Idaho. Etta Ginter, Alice and Leland Reiber, and Mike and Bernita Linderman started what they called “Dorcas.” This community service expanded with an addition of a single-wide mobile home. Shelves were built, boxes were labeled and filled, and it opened to the public one day a week. Clothing not taken was packed into boxes and hauled to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) warehouse in Spangle, Wash., to be shipped overseas.
While we often read Gleaner articles about sharing Christ on mission trips, the learning that develops this desire to share Him often takes place at school or in the home. It is our desire at Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) in Battle Ground, Wash., to mentor students into leadership positions. We are blessed to have many students for whom this training has already begun at home under the direction of God-fearing parents.