Adventist Becomes Darby Mayor

Darby, Mont., welcomed a new mayor, Willard “Buck” Titus, on Jan. 1. Titus is the town's first Adventist mayor.

Titus first moved to Darby in 1972 and has been a member of the Darby Church for 30 years. He has been married to his wife, Marilyn, for 46 years and has two children and four grandchildren. After two years in the Army and being discharged, he spent 16 years in the National Guard. He worked for Ravalli County road department and as an outfitter as well. He is now employed by the U.S. Forest Service on the road crew.

Camp MiVoden Gets Smooth Handoff

January 31, 2018 / Larissa Bitton

After more than 33 years of service, Bruce Christensen officially handed off the position of Camp MiVoden operations director to Ashley Silva on Dec. 31, 2017.

Christensen has dedicated the last 40 years to camp ministry in general. While operations director at Camp MiVoden in Hayden, Idaho, he has also held a variety of other jobs including camp director, ranger, caretaker and camp manager.

Chehalis Honors Glenn's Service

January 31, 2018 / Katie Henderson

In early December 2017, the Chehalis (Wash.) Church celebrated the retirement of their pastor, David Glenn, and his wife, Tomi, after 45 years of service to God.

Church and community members filled the seats to appreciate the Glenns. The program was equally packed with musical arrangements from the Chehalis wind and string ensemble conducted by David Glenn.

 “We shed buckets of tears; it was quite an emotional day,” says Glenn, who served as Chehalis pastor for nine years. “There is a lot of love among the family of God, and we experience that very strongly that day.”

Long Creek Provides Annual Community Christmas Dinner

January 30, 2018 / Leland Spencer

The Long Creek Church held their annual Christmas fellowship dinner on Dec. 16, 2017, for the Long Creek community in Oregon. The event was well-attended, and extra seats had to be tucked into the corners. According to the mathematical wizards and bean counters, 69 people came to enjoy the meal. If one subtracts the helpers who came from the Walla Walla, Wash., area to provide the inspirational Christmas music singalong and other valuable assistance, 55 eager Christmas celebrants from the local area came to fellowship together.

Camp MiVoden Receives Award of Excellence

January 30, 2018 / Kathy Marson

Camp MiVoden in Hayden, Idaho, received the Norm Middag Award of Excellence at the recent Association of Adventist Camp Professionals (AACP) meeting held Nov. 28 to Dec. 3, 2017, at Pine Springs Ranch in California.

Adventist camps apply for this award each year. In fact, last year Camp MiVoden received the Norm Middag certificate for two areas of excellence — programming and activities. The award this year is for all areas of summer camp, which is why it is called the Award of Excellence. The Norm Middag Camp of the Year Award went to Florida's Camp Kulaqua.

The Cedar Chest

January 30, 2018 / Dick Duerksen

“Get rid of all your stuff now. It may have meaning for you — but not for us.” — the children and grandchildren

Growing old can be ugly. Stressful, even, especially as our parents grow ill and require additional time and resources. It is painful to feel the fabric of life unwind as we try to wrap it more tightly. “Safety,” “dignity” and “protection” shift meanings as muscles defy commands and memories fog.

False Expectations

January 30, 2018 / Seth Pierce

There was an island where a few Englishmen, Frenchmen and Germans lived in 1914. It was so remote that news arrived every 60 days. In September, when news finally came, they learned that for more than six weeks now English and French people had been fighting over the sanctity of treaties against Germans.