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Portland Adventist Academy Welcomes New Staff

October 01, 2002 / Debby Melnychenko

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) has welcomed three new teachers to its staff, all of whom bring a combination of experience and Christian commitment.

Joan Oksenholt, a fifth-generation teacher, has been the principal at Lincoln City Adventist Junior Academy for 15 years and on their board for much longer. She will now be teaching US History, English, and journalism classes at PAA.

Literature Evangelists Master Art of Fair Ministry

October 01, 2002

Philip Miller, literature evangelist for Cowlitz and Clark counties in Washington and member of the Hockinson Heights Adventist Church, recently received a trophy in recognition of three years of outstanding service.

With the encouragement and volunteer assistance of area churches, Miller represented the Seventh-day Adventist Church at the Cowlitz and Clark county fairs.

Canby Prophecy Seminar Leads to Baptisms

October 01, 2002 / Diana Harrold

Kathryn Dikeman and Dean Bayless have been baptized and received into membership in the Canby, Ore., Church, after attending a Bible prophecy seminar held at the local public school cafeteria.

The computer-illustrated seminar ran from March to June and was followed by an advanced seminar series.

Steve Cromwell, then local pastor, reported that 20 church members faithfully helped staff the meetings.

Winning Drill Team

October 01, 2002 / Susan Hall

The Rogue Valley Pathfinders’ Drill Team took first place in the Basic Drill Team Category at last year’s Pathfinder Fair, but this year competed in both Basic and Fancy categories—their first attempt in the more demanding category—and they made history.

For what is believed to be the first time in Pathfinder Fair history, two teams tied for first place— the Rogue Valley and Springfield teams.

Portland Learning Center Celebrates 10 Years of Ministry

October 01, 2002 / Morten Juberg

When Carl Parker of Portland, Ore., a counselor at Portland Community College, read about local inner-city students who were scoring two to three grade levels below their peers, he wondered if he could help.

So in 1985, he and his wife, Audre’, established a tutorial program and formed an organization called Citizens Involved in Teaching Youth (CITY). Between 1985 and 1992, the organization provided 40,000 hours of tutorial services to more than 700 students who needed help in improving their math and reading skills.

Pleasant Hill Hosts “Extreme” VBS

October 01, 2002 / Yvonne Karotko

The Pleasant Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church in Oregon was transformed into a “10-foot mountain of faith” for vacation Bible school (VBS) students this summer.

One hundred seventy children registered for the “Faith Mountain: An Extreme Adventure with Jesus” VBS, where they were introduced to Jesus as a joyful, loving God. Half of the children came from non-Adventist homes, some having never been in a church before.

Faithful Landscapers

October 01, 2002

After 23 years of landscaping and maintaining the Gladstone Park Adventist Church grounds, Ervin and Vadah Dunn have retired. They were honored during a church potluck with a special cake and testimonies by friends and family. There, the Dunns were given a certificate and a financial gift raised by members to help them install a cement patio they have been wanting. Both their sons, Robert and Daniel, attended the special potluck, with grandsons Jack and Andy of Oregon City, Ore. •