The sounds of Christmas were in the air Dec. 17, 2016, at the Hayden Lake Church in Hayden, Idaho, as members hosted their annual Christmas musical program for the church and community. A large bell-choir featuring 37 bells and a combination of four different choirs, from young children's to adult choirs, celebrated the Christmas season with beautiful musical pieces.
When Excellence in Ministry awards were distributed at the North American Division’s Adventist Ministries Convention in Tucson, Ariz., Byron Dulan’s name was among the recognized ministry leaders.
Dulan, who serves as Washington Conference outreach ministries director, was recognized for Excellence in Ministry in the “Adult Ministries — Personal Ministries" category.
Dulan is active in involving, equipping and empowering local leaders to minister for God by reaching their communities.
The Walla Walla University senior class of 2017 has elected officers for the main campus and the nursing campus in Portland, Ore.
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Friendship Meals, a sack-lunch ministry aptly named by Tifonna Wilson, was launched in June 2016 to serve the homeless and the needy in the Prineville, Ore., community. The team prepares sack lunches and occasionally a hot meal on the last two Sundays of the month. These meals are distributed, along with other necessities, to those in need.
Cara Hilde had a customer come to the fuel station kiosk window to set a fuel prepay. Before he could say an amount, a group of five young people approached, said they were from the local Adventist church, explained they were sharing random acts of kindness and offered to pay for the customer’s gas.
“I had goose bumps from head to toe,” Hilde writes. She was so moved by the experience she wrote an email to Yelm Church.
“Even though it wasn’t for me, I just had to … tell them 'thank you,'” Hilde says. “Your group of five made my day so much brighter ... .”
Carl Cosaert, Walla Walla University professor of biblical studies, was named president of the Adventist Theological Society (ATS) in November 2016 following a two-year term as president-elect. He will serve two years as president.
“What interested me in helping out with ATS is their global outreach to the world church,” says Cosaert. “I’ve traveled for ATS internationally and have seen the blessing this organization has been in helping to educate church leaders as they grow in their understanding of the biblical basis of our Adventist beliefs.”
The June mountain air was charged with a contagious energy of enthusiasm and anticipation as 100 young adults filled the carpeted upstairs lounge of the Big Lake Youth Camp (BLYC) lodge. Introductions were made of veteran and new staff alike. From where I sat, elbow to elbow with fellow staff for what would be my eighth summer of youth camp work in central Oregon, my soul was filled with the same sort of anticipation I had when I first stood in the Sunday registration line as a 12-year-old camper signing up for sailing class.
Grades kindergarten through eighth at Kirkland (Wash.) Seventh-day Adventist School (KSDA) joined together this winter to gather donations for Hand in Hand, an organization that "provides critical care and support for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect … and are entering foster care."