PAA’s Wonderful Surprise

December 01, 2002 / Ann Axt

“I believe that there is a hunger among our young people today to take a stand and be counted as fully-committed followers of Christ,” said Les Zollbrecht, Portland Adventist Academy’s (PAA’s) new chaplain, at his first Week of Prayer series on campus.

His worship team of students and staff had prepared a week of exciting music, song services, dramas, and fun, titled “Walk the Talk,” with messages that called for full commitment to Christ.

Emerald Thumbs

December 01, 2002 / Marcia Roberts

Emerald Christian Academy 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-grade students help Grass Roots Gardens groom local community gardens for the winter. The gardens provide food for Lane County Food Bank, which offers free dinners at various local churches for needy families.

Shown working in the tomato beds, the students are creating raised beds and compost piles. They also harvested seed for ground cover, pulled weeds, and trimmed vines for shredding. Even the orchards benefited from a good fall cleaning.

Albany Hosts 9/11 Commemoration

December 01, 2002 / Larry Ridgley

Members of the Albany, Ore., Church threw open their doors on Sabbath, Sep. 14, inviting the community to take part in a special 9-11 commemorative program and recognition ceremony held to honor local safety agencies.

Sutherlin Members Remember 9-11 Heroism

December 01, 2002 / Shirley Swan

Members of the Sutherlin, Ore., Church hosted a well-attended community program to commemorate the heroism of rescue workers who lost their lives or were injured in the line of duty, Sept. 11, 2001.

Bob Cotterman provided special patriotic musical selections and Donna Mae Smith (first woman bugler, U.S. Army, 1942) played “Taps” after 60 seconds of commemorative silence.

Tray Williams, Dave Robinson, Dave Nicholas, and Doug Robinson also participated in the program.

Canby’s Bug Safari

December 01, 2002 / Diana Harrold

Twenty-six children from the Canby Adventist Church and community buzzed around seven vacation Bible school exploration stations this summer.

Each day at “Bug Safari,” the children met in small, mixed-age groups to discover important Bible truths, helped by Chadder Chipmunk and five different Bible bugs.

Arnold Ant told them that though they were small, God can help them with mighty problems. Stilts Stick Bug assured them that God knows them inside and out, though they may look like sticks on the outside.

Tenth YACS Camp Meeting Attracts 600

December 01, 2002

The 10th Annual Yakima Adventist Christian School (YACS) Mini-camp Meeting, Oct. 4 and 5, this year featured a three-part sermon series, “Images Etched in Your Mind,” by Pastor Peter Neri.

Violinist Jaime Jorge shared his story and music with youth on Friday night and again on Sabbath. The All Nations Adventist Center conducted children’s church on Friday evening, and members of the Yakima Adventist Church led out in the Sabbath school classes, Sabbath morning.

Conference Reading Plan Focuses on Jesus

December 01, 2002 / Doug Johnson

Members across the Inland Northwest are invited to join Max Torkelsen II, Upper Columbia Conference president, in a reading plan that focuses on the life and teachings of Jesus.

The reading plan will carry participants through the Gospels and four books on the life of Jesus: Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings, Christ’s Object Lessons, Steps to Christ, and The Desire of Ages, all by Ellen G. White.

Some may prefer to read Messiah, a recent paraphrase of The Desire of Ages, by Jerry Thomas.

UCA Weekend Focuses on Parents’ Needs

December 01, 2002 / Cheri Corder

More than 250 parents from 10 states recently came to Upper Columbia Academy for Parent Weekend. While enjoying time with their children and friends, the parents also appreciated a variety of special programs.

Hispanic child preaching prodigy Noé Ortiz, Jr., of Chehalis, Wash., spoke for church. Donna Evans, former UCA faculty member, provided English-language interpretation.

Sabbath afternoon seminars addressed topics of special concern to parents, including music and last-day events.