We are excited to welcome Brandon O’Neal as our new principal at Portland Adventist Elementary School (PAES). He is joining our school family for the 2017–2018 school year all the way from Texas. Here is what he shared with us recently:
It was the sunny Sabbath afternoon before Easter and had been a year in the making.
Members from Touchet Church in southeast Washington celebrated their church’s 100th anniversary on Sabbath, April 1, 2017.
In a simple service led by Paul Hoover, Upper Columbia Conference president, the members marked the significant milestone with testimony, Scripture and song.
“Today is bittersweet,” said local elder Greg Zickuhr. “It would be better to be home with Jesus. But if we have to be here on Earth, there’s no place I'd rather worship on Sabbath.”
Staff at Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., have been praying this year for God to use them to make a difference in the lives of their students.
Members from the Granger Spanish Church in Granger, Wash., gathered Sabbath, April 15, 2017, to celebrate the grand opening of their newly purchased church building.
The morning of the special day dawned bright and clear. Deacons greeted people outside and directed arriving members and guests to available parking spaces. The doors of the church stood wide open, inviting people inside.
After Sabbath School members shared personal testimonies and special music to praise God for the way the church building came to be purchased.
Upper Columbia Conference announced this week that David Freedman has accepted a call to serve as the next vice president for finance. He will replace Randy Terry, who has begun a similar role for the Texas Conference.
Freedman has served as vice president for finance for the Oregon Conference in Gladstone, Ore., since 2011.
Full of anticipation, a group of Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) juniors, seniors, staff and parents departed from Kirkland, Wash., in March for an epic journey to Fiji.
As is PSAA’s tradition, every two years the upper grades have the opportunity to experience a short-term mission trip abroad, and this year they were island-bound.
Their primary task was to help build a local church previously destroyed by a hurricane in the Raikiraiki area. Second, and always a favorite, was hosting a Vacation Bible School program.
What happens when teens and adults partner to serve people and communities right here in our own conference territory? Bridges of appreciation and curiosity are built.
Just a few days after Teen Mission Adventure (TMA) 2017 concluded, this message went up on the community reader board in Fairfield, Wash.: “Thank you to the Teen Mission Adventure Team for painting and cleaning up winter in Fairfield.” The sign stayed up for the next two weeks.
This spring, Washington's Kirkland Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School (KSDA) launched a special, interactive project as a way to reach out to constituent area churches with a student-led church service. Themed "Friends of Jesus,” the student-led program visited the Bellevue, Kirkland and Russian Adventist churches.