A Cathedral of Service

October 19, 2017 / Andreas Beccai

On Saturday afternoon, Volunteer Park Church members stood under the Alaskan Way Viaduct with our recently acquainted friends. They received a few hygiene kits packed 30 minutes earlier by our gathered community in lieu of our worship service.

A number of things struck me in those moments. I realized that scarcity had in this instance led to a generosity of spirit.

Upper Columbia Academy Honors Veterans

October 19, 2017 / Julie Hagele

Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., began its recent homecoming weekend by honoring Vietnam-era military veterans with a special monument dedication Sept. 29, 2017.

More than 200 alumni, veteran families and friends joined the UCA Choraliers, Symphony Orchestra and Octet gathered outside to recognize the 122 known alumni service men and women who served our country during the Vietnam era, 1960–1975. ­­During the service a monument was dedicated to honor those who served. 

Maranatha Launches Free Legal Clinic

October 18, 2017 / Heidi Baumgartner

Community advocate Carolyn Brown knows all about sandwich making, homeless feeding and community networking.

“After 14 years of feeding the homeless downtown [in Seattle, Wash.], I’ve learned a lot from sitting and talking with people,” Brown says in her matter-of-fact way. “They appreciate the sandwiches, socks and gloves. But what they wanted more was to be able to buy their own. Small legal issues kept them from working, getting a place or going to school. They couldn’t afford an attorney.”

Health Ministries Bridges Church, Community in Hayden Lake

October 18, 2017 / Loren Starr

The Hayden Lake Church in Hayden, Idaho, has been using health ministries as a bridging activity to reach the community before their fall evangelistic meetings. It started last April with a four-session event, 7+ Investments for Healthy Lifestyle. Midsummer saw a one-day presentation, Meal With a Message by Chef Mark Anthony, very well-received, with about 80 people from the community attending. At the close of the day each attendee received an invitation to the next program, Diabetes Undone, an eight-week interactive workshop.

Andrieux Honored for 50 Years of Service

October 17, 2017 / Kathy Hernandez

Gale Crosby, Oregon Conference education superintendent, and Randy Thornton, Milo Adventist Academy principal, honored Milo veteran educator Al Andrieux on Oct. 7, 2017, during Milo's alumni weekend. Andrieux, who announced he will retire at the end of this school year, has served Adventist education for 50 years, including 35 years of teaching at Milo in Days Creek, Ore.

Hamilton Holds a Prayer Conference

October 17, 2017 / Judy Fowler

Sabbath, Sept. 23, 2017, found the Hamilton Church filled with about 175 members and guests representing 12 Adventist churches from Montana and three from other states. They were all eager participants in the Prayer Conference held by Pavel Goia.

Goia encouraged those in attendance to focus on the God of solutions instead of the problems they face every day. He shared many inspiring stories of how God has intervened in his life in answer to prayer. May we all join him daily on our knees in the presence of our Lord and Savior.

God's Clean Plate Club

October 16, 2017 / Dick Duerksen

It is easy to hate. Almost enjoyable to look down my nose and remember your sins with disdain.

"However," God says, "my goal is not hatred, but love. Not memories of horror, but glimpses of pleasure."

God challenges me to treat even the poorest and most awful humans with respect, to “love my enemies” and to “turn the other cheek,” when whumped. He ignores the easy way and commands the impossible.

"However," God says, "my goal is not revenge, but love. Not memories of horror, but the pleasures of forgiveness."

God Called, Appointed and Commissioned

October 16, 2017 / Virlys Moller

The evening of Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, members of Sunnyside Church in Portland, Ore., along with friends and family from near and far, gathered for the commissioning service for Kara Dale Johnsson, Sunnyside assistant pastor. 

In the spring of 2015, Johnsson moved from her home and pastoral duties in Brisbane, Australia, to follow God’s calling to serve at Sunnyside Church. In Brisbane she had interned as both a pastor and chaplain. On completion of her internship, she continued as an associate pastor as well as being given a church of her own to lead.