Women’s Ministries members of the Albany Church invited local church members to imagine the child-like joy of boys and girls as they open presents on Christmas morning. Members were told, “Now imagine that joy magnified tenfold as a child who has never received a present, a child who has suffered because of war, natural disaster, poverty, illness, or neglect, receives a shoe box filled to overflowing with gifts.”
A group of 26 Salem Central Church young people made up of the Salem Handbell Choir and Youth Chorus went on a California/New Mexico music-mission trip. Following are the experiences of two students.
Dan Cole was ordained on Nov. 30, 2002, at the Pendleton, Ore., Church where he is an associate pastor. During the ceremony Dan’s father, Paul Cole, pastor of the Albany, Ore., Church, gave the “Challenge to Ministry” sermon. He encouraged Dan in his commitment, as a fourth-generation Adventist pastor, to share the gospel and care for God’s people.
“It was very meaningful to have my father preach the ordination charge,” Dan said. “He has inspired me with the way he loves people and is faithful to God and the church.”
Upper Columbia Academy’s advanced biology students recently had an unusual opportunity to simulate forensic studies with the latest of scientific equipment, thanks to the Howard Hughes Foundation and Washington State University.
When church members take God as a project Partner, amazing things can happen. After Otis Parks, retired pastor of the Troy, Idaho, Church, returned from a seven-week mission trip to Africa last year, he was determined to grow some pumpkins and squash for Investment.
Pam Born was welcomed into the Tonasket Church on Sept. 26, 2002. The church doesn’t have a baptistry, so after a special potluck lunch in her honor, family and friends gathered at the Omak Church to witness her baptism by David Woodruff, pastor of both churches.
The Wenatchee Adventist church presented its annual “Brody Award” in a November church service. The first award was given to Elmer and Lila Brody in 1992 for their lifelong commitment to the Wenatchee community through the Adventist Community Service Center. It has evolved in the last ten years to include members of the community who have made a difference in the lives of those around them. This year two groups were recognized.
Yakima Adventist Christian School (YACS) is proud to announce that Phillip C. Engelman, ninth- and tenth-grade teacher, has been named as one of our nation’s most influential educators and has been included in the publication Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 2002. Engelman began his teaching career in 1980. Over the past 22 years he has taught in Northern California, Rocky Mountain, Washington, and Upper Columbia conferences and at every grade level except kindergarten. This is Engelman’s second year teaching ninth- and tenth-grade at YACS.