Sharon Church Welcomes New Pastoral Family

December 13, 2017 / Denise Williams

Members, friends and families of the Sharon Church in Portland, Ore., welcomed their new pastor, Garth Dottin, and his family — Melainie, Brooke and Levi — to the great Pacific Northwest and into their new church family on Oct. 21, 2017. It was a day of thanksgiving, praise, prayer and love as the pastor and his family were presented with kind words, love and gifts.

Dottin and family moved to the Sharon Church family from Ontario, Canada, where they were members of the Kitchener-Waterloo Church.

Meridian Church Prioritizes Acts of Kindness

December 13, 2017 / Sandra Blackmer

Community service has long been a priority of the Meridian (Idaho) Church, but to encourage members to initiate more projects, church pastor Michael Pearson said, “Let’s do acts of kindness.”

When Pearson offered to allocate $100 from a special church evangelistic fund for each act of kindness project undertaken, ideas began circulating.

Some members organized a Diabetes Undone clinic hosted at the church in September.

Singing Inspires Anchorage Community

December 12, 2017 / Alice Moncher

The sweet sound of gospel music was heard at the Alaska Native Medical Center in October 2016 and will continue as long as God’s dedicated people are there each Sabbath afternoon. That's thanks to the music ministry of the Northside Church of Anchorage, Alaska.

Youth Learn They're One of a Kind

December 12, 2017 / Charles Lamica

“God made each of us unique!” That was the message given to five youth during the first Sabbath in November at the Orient Adventist Fellowship Company in northeast Washington. Retired Alaska state trooper Charles Lamica explained to his students that “God made each of us in His image, and yet He also made each of us different from anyone else.”

Collaboration Provides Quality Education

December 11, 2017 / Greg Reseck

The students at Cedarbrook Adventist Christian School (Hadlock, Wash.) and Poulsbo (Wash.) Adventist School spent two days together this fall studying chum salmon runs on the Olympic Peninsula.

The chum salmon can be identified by the molted dark skin and dark vertical blotches as they return to the rivers to begin spawning in the summer or late fall.

Students visited Greg Reseck's farm and enjoyed playing in the barn, taking hayrides and feeding horses.

Western Deaf Camp Meeting Celebrates 40 Years

December 11, 2017 / Esther Doss

The annual Western Deaf Camp Meeting was held July 9–16, 2017, at Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore. This was an exciting event because this was the 40th anniversary of this camp meeting. This camp meeting was nearly historic with a large attendance of 143 people. Only one other year saw more people. People came from all over the United States including Iowa, Virginia, Maryland, Arkansas, Texas, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. 

Milo Students Help Neighbors

December 07, 2017 / Kathy Hernandez

Students at Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., recently took a school day to help elderly neighbors in their community. Milo has had a long tradition of helping with community needs over the years, but Neighbor Day became an official school program when Carl Wilkens was pastor of the Milo Academy Church.

Gil Plubell, Long-time Educator, Remembered

November 30, 2017

Gilbert "Gil" Plubell, long-time leader in Adventist education, died at his home in Boring, Ore., on Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 23, 2017, after a long illness. He had just turned 87. He is survived by Winnie, his wife of 66 years, and sons Bob and Dennis, along with seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.