Oregon Delegates Elect Officers to Five-Year Terms

September 18, 2017 / Steve Vistaunet

More than 400 Oregon Conference delegates have elected their current team of four officers to newly-expanded five-year terms. Dan Linrud has been returned as president, Dave Allen as vice president for administration, Brian Gosney, vice president for finance, and Gale Crosby, vice president for education.

A Camp Meeting Miracle

August 20, 2017

As always, this year’s camp meeting was a time of joyful fellowship, intense prayers, and genuine and amazing miracles. A week after camp meeting, Barb Karge, shared a camp meeting miracle story during the worship hour at the Hood View Church.

“Sometimes, I think I was raised at camp meeting. Mom would take me and my best friend to camp meeting and drop us off there with a tent, sleeping bags, soap, towels, and enough peanut butter and crackers to last a week.

We went to all the meetings and had the time of our lives.

Volunteers for Jesus Reach Kids at Camp Meeting

August 19, 2017 / Shirley Allen

As a child, growing up in South Africa, I remember singing the words, "Volunteers, volunteers, how I love the name. Volunteers, volunteers, Jesus to proclaim." You probably did too, if you are from the same era as I am. I just didn't realize that many years later that would be true in so many different ways and circumstances and that I would be dependent on volunteers to plan, lead and move forward in every aspect of the ministry to which God has called me.

PAA Remembers Mrs. Winter

August 18, 2017 / Liesl Vistaunet

Thelma Winter, Portland Adventist Academy (PAA, formerly Portland Union Academy/PUA) teacher for 31 years and a pillar in Adventist education, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2017, just shy of her 102nd birthday.

Over her 50-year career, Winter taught Spanish, English, advanced placement English, history and Bible and was a school librarian. After a short retirement in 1981, she returned to the classroom for another 20 years, stopping at PAA and Emerald Junior Academy in Oregon and at Bakersfield Adventist Academy and Newberry Park Academy in California.

Gladstone Camp Meeting Celebrates Kids, Reformation

August 17, 2017 / Dick Duerksen

Camp meeting is marked by planning, anticipation, exertion, exhaustion and spiritual uplift.

Planning for the next year begins right after camp meeting is over.

Camp meeting week itself is both fun and exhausting. As one leader told me, “I’ve never been quite as ‘happy-tired’ as Sunday morning this year.”

Volunteers Bless Milo Academy

August 16, 2017 / Kathy Hernandez

Troy Epperly, a retiree and home builder from Port Orchard, Wash., and his wife, Dorothy, are the latest in a long stream of volunteers who have blessed Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., with their labors of love. Troy Epperly has a history of volunteering to help Kitsap Adventist School in Bremerton, Wash., and occasionally at other Adventist schools. 

Sunny Day Smiles on Sunnyside's Sunny City

August 13, 2017 / Warren Rushold

Sunday, July 2, 2017, dawned bright and clear. It promised to be a beautiful day in Portland, Ore. After a several-years' hiatus the community fair known as Sunny City was back.

Sunny City is an interactive cityscape designed especially for kids; each “building” (canopy) is something you might find in a real city. The purpose is to create a positive connection between our neighbors, community organizations and the local church. In some cases this is the first positive interaction with a church the children and families have ever had.

Pathfinder Teens Create, Lead Sports Camp

August 11, 2017

Three teen Pathfinders from Pleasant Valley Church (PVC) in Happy Valley, Ore., took their vision for using a free sports camp as a way to reach their community for Christ and brought it to reality June 21–23, 2017.

About 25 kids attended the camp, which combined drills and playtime in soccer, basketball and field games with worship talks, praise music and snacks.

Mentors of the PVC Teen Leadership Training (TLT) program are entirely convinced that if teens want to reach others with Christ’s love, they should have every opportunity.

Sweet Home Celebrates a Rededication

August 09, 2017 / Daniel Bates

On Sabbath, June 10, 2017, about 170 people joined together to celebrate the rededication of Oregon's Sweet Home Church. Dan Linrud, Oregon Conference president, was the guest speaker. Former pastors Charles Burkeen, Dick Hall and Walter Wandersleben also participated in the service. The Carpenter Family and BAKE 4 from the Albany Church provided the music for the special occasion.

Seaside Breaks Ground on Sanctuary Addition

August 08, 2017 / Diane Kleeman

The Seaside Church in Seaside, Ore., decided to step out in faith to build the sanctuary addition that had been the plan when the Sabbath School wing was originally built in the 1960s. In January 2016 members increased their monthly budget four times over from what it was before — and God blessed.