Kids have big hearts — hearts much like Jesus’ heart. Their compassion, generosity and love for others knows no bounds. That made the first- and second-grade students at Tualatin Valley Academy (TVA) in Hillsboro, Ore., the perfect match for a Christmas service project benefiting Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland, Ore.
It was well worth the drive on snowy and icy roads to hear the Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) Choral Clinic finale performance on Jan. 19 in Spangle, Wash. Students from around the Pacific Northwest joined the UCA choir to create a mass choir of beautiful voices.
Guest clinician Brenda Mohr took these students through a series of fun warmup exercises, and then they were off and running, learning then polishing six songs of various genres over the clinic's two days.
It's not surprising that Sabbath, Dec. 24, 2016, was full of festive activities at the McMinnvilLe (Ore.) Church, since it was Christmas Eve. One of the highlights was hanging our gifts on the Giving Tree, and this year Project Patch was the recipient.
After the service there was another highlight: the dedication and anointing of a log truck, along with its owners, Willie and Daphne Brown. Now that's something you don't see every week.
Though some of the worst weather conditions of the winter occurred in Kamiah, Idaho, during the Ten Days of Prayer — with record snowfall, subzero temperatures and ice — members of the Kamiah Church came together for prayer each night.
After sundown on the first Sabbath meeting of the Ten Days of Prayer, a light fellowship meal and games had been planned. But during supper, as members shared the spiritual burdens they were wrestling with, they found themselves praying together again for victory over specific struggles instead.
Daniela Quiroz, a senior at Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., had many great experiences and wonderful memories growing up in an Adventist Christian home, but as she grew older she began to drift away.
Like a typical teenager, she didn’t want to be told what to do or how to live her life. “I began to reject the guidance that my parents and church provided,” she says. “The events and being involved in church began seeming like more of an obligation and less of something that I truly wanted to do.”
This last winter a team of outreach coordinators — evangelism-trained individuals from SOULS Northwest, SOULS West, Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism (AFCOE), Costa Rica and even Egypt — stepped in to help fill a need in western Washington.
Washington Conference received 1,800 Bible study requests from residents in the South Sound region. Even with more than 200 volunteers assisting in the response, more help was needed. The outreach coordinators are helping 10 of the 19 partner churches who most need Bible study response assistance.
First, let me acknowledge that this is a Christmassy article that does not appear in the December issue of the Gleaner. This is because the story itself happened over the holiday, meaning there was no time to submit it to the appropriate issue. And, second, I enjoy annoying people who don’t like Christmas.
It happened in late November when my wife tried to get rid of — actually “give away” is a better term — a nativity set.
Each February, Black History Month provides opportunity to take a searching and fearless inventory of interracial attitudes and relationships. Americans of goodwill aspire to make 2017 a better experience than last year’s national turmoil.
Seventh-day Adventists can lead the way in our churches and communities. A deeper understanding of one core doctrine could help us. I’m referring to the sanctuary, a fundamental belief fallen into neglect after decades of legalistic abuse.