Togiak Puts Love in Action

April 30, 2018 / Lynette Goude

The Togiak Church had a clothing giveaway on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Togiak is a small village in southwest Alaska with a population of just over 800 people. While there are stores in the community, prices are high and, for many, travel to Dillingham, Alaska, a much larger community of about 2,300, is not an option as the only way to get there is by airplane.

Chehalis Church Members Become 'Bag Ladies'

April 29, 2018 / Earlene Wohlers

“We should all go to lunch!” This phrase sent the ladies of a Sabbath School class from the Chehalis (Wash.) Church to lunch in October 2017. While lunching they decided to find a project to benefit children in the local area.

The group wanted personal involvement rather than simply donating financially. They wanted to meet as a group regularly while benefiting someone in need, and, most importantly, they wanted to make a difference in a child’s life.

Ethiopian Adventists Persist in God’s Calling

April 29, 2018 / Heidi Baumgartner

As you drive across East Union Street toward Lake Washington adjacent to Seattle, Wash., you will find a Lutheran church open on a Saturday morning and a faithful group of Seventh-day Adventists gathered together to worship God in the Amharic language.

You’ll hear voices lifted in a capella harmony while singing the familiar tune of “In a Little While We’re Going Home” and other hymns. You may even be greeted with “melikami Senibeti,” or “happy Sabbath” in Amharic.

Ethiopian Adventist Church is the newest Adventist church in western Washington.

Grants Pass Hosts NEWSTART Lifestyle Program

April 29, 2018 / Jennifer Burkes

Enthusiastic conversation echoed through the Grants Pass (Ore.) Church Better Living Center. It was the day after Valentine’s Day and the concluding session of the NEWSTART (Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunlight, Temperance, Air, Rest and Trust in divine power) for the Family program.

Those in attendance were sharing what they had learned in four weeks. Some were sharing their success stories with a new recipe. Others were discussing how to apply NEWSTART principles in their homes. Everyone was excited for what this last session would bring.

Central Valley Christian School Celebrates 60 Years

April 29, 2018 / Michael La Sage

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, marked a milestone at Central Valley Christian School in Tangent, Ore., as the community celebrated 60 years of ministering to the Corvallis, Albany, Lebanon and Sweet Home, Ore., communities.

More than 200 people joined the staff, students, volunteers and parents for Sabbath morning worship and fellowship in the gym. Chuck Burkeen, Oregon Conference ministerial director, not only taught the adult Sabbath School lesson but also pinch-hit for Oregon Conference president Dan Linrud, who was ill, by offering an especially relevant morning message.

More Than a Painting Dedicated in Upper Columbia Conference Lobby

April 29, 2018 / Kathy Marson

More than new artwork was dedicated in the Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) office lobby at the past conference executive committee (CEC) on Feb. 22, 2018. Paul Hoover gathered members of the CEC along with office staff in front of a picture of the Second Coming, entitled The Blessed Hope by Nathan Green. Hoover said this is not the dedication of just a picture in a building, but a dedication of the people — all the members of Upper Columbia Conference — to share the message of the Second Coming of Jesus.

Beyond the Veneer

April 28, 2018 / Steve Vistaunet

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness … it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair … .”