Terry Johnsson, vice president of mission integration for the Pacific Northwest Region of Adventist Health in Portland, Ore., was the first Adventist recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the city of Portland. The award was presented to him at the 33rd Anniversary Celebration of the “Keep Alive the Dream” Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute held in Portland on Jan. 15, 2018.
Montana Conference has a new vice president for administration and finance. Matthew Kirk has accepted the invitation of the conference board of directors and will bring a wide range of ministry and business experience to the role in February.
Kirk comes to the Montana Conference from Turlock, Calif., where he has been the pastor since 2015. He served as an associate pastor at the Bakersfield and Kern River churches in central California from 2012to 2015.
Television specials are being promoted on major networks and cable channels leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Branch Davidian/Waco tragedy in April 2018. It may be helpful for Adventists to have a few facts about the people and events highlighted during these media programs — not only for themselves, but to help answer follow up questions from interested neighbors, colleagues and friends regarding the Branch Davidian cult under Koresh.
Here are some important points to remember:
Will 2018 be the year you escape your comfort zone to live courageously for Jesus?
Some Northwest Adventists devote themselves daily to pursuing Jesus and helping others find Him. They do this amid life’s demanding responsibilities in the marketplace, in the classroom or at home caring for loved ones young or old.
Meanwhile, others of us are merely aspirational. Someday I’ll do something for Jesus! Then another year goes by with our witness stagnant or sporadic, compartmentalized from daily life.
“Happy New Year” greetings bring all sorts of thoughts. Out with the old and in with the new. An opportunity for new beginnings, new habits, new choices, new resolutions to be better people. All of that is good until we realize our promises and resolutions are often no more substantial than the proverbial ropes of sand. With our human propensity toward evil, we are in bondage to a power we cannot break on our own. Scripture alone reveals the remedy for our condition. Our only hope is Jesus Christ — crucified, risen and returning soon.
The Family Weekend at Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) began Nov. 17, 2017. In the past, parent weekend and grandparent weekend were at different times in the year. This year was the first merged Parent/Grandparent weekend. Families gathered together in worship and to celebrate the talents and efforts of their children.
The weekend began with the FoundationOne Awards Banquet during which student recipients were awarded more than $110,000 in front of their families and friends. Families then attended the UCA meet-and-greet reception for socializing, cider and cookies.
When Mission 365 extended the GLOW Northwest challenge for mission-minded members to distribute a million GLOW (Giving Light to Our World) tracts across the Northwest in a 10-day period (Oct. 22–31, 2017), the Kamiah (Idaho) Church accepted the challenge.
On Sabbath, Oct. 28, 11 members gathered to plan and pray before spreading through several neighborhoods to give away 100 GLOW tracts. Tucked inside each tract was a personal invitation to come to church for a Bible study on the book of Romans. After an hour the teams began returning with experiences.
Dedication to service and excellent teaching and administrative skills have been the life of Tom and Kathy Roosma. After 18 years with Orcas Christian School (OCS), they retired at the end of the 2016–17 school year. They have been with the school since 1999, filling the roles at that time as the school's first two teachers. Prior to coming to Orcas, they taught at Central Valley Christian School in Tangent, Ore., for several years.