Grants Pass Pathfinders Welcome New Leader

May 26, 2017 / Jennifer Burkes

On March 30, 2017, the joy of young people serving the Lord was on display at the Grants Pass Church in Grants Pass, Ore., during Pathfinder Sabbath.

Pathfinder Sabbath included the processional, Scripture and prayer, praise music, and drama. Enthusiastic young people communicated God’s love. Highlights of the past year were shared, which included community outreach and evangelism.

Eric Wagner was called to be director late in the Pathfinder year. His leadership skills and rich experience with Pathfinders have made him an ideal choice to fill this position.

PAA Students Experience Scripture Through Wisdom Journals

May 24, 2017 / Liesl Vistaunet

“This week has been stressful,” says Ally Anunciado, a Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) senior. “I have a test that is really worrying me. But I’ve been planning a hike with friends and thinking about it reminds me that soon I’ll get to be in God’s creation. That’s why I drew this.” She shows a simple but beautiful drawing featuring a quote from John Muir about retreating to the mountains.

Oregon Conference Executive Committee Votes to Fill Roles, Restructure Department

May 04, 2017

On April 27, in a follow-up to the transition of Dan Linrud from the position of assistant to the president to that of Oregon Conference president, the Oregon Conference executive committee voted the following appointments and department restructuring:

Executive Committee Appoints New Assistant to the President

The Way Forward

May 03, 2017 / Dan Linrud

The crowd had been watching Jesus perform miracles, preach messages, feed thousands, raise the dead. There was a crush of people on every side of Jesus. There were those who were looking for something more for themselves, some who were looking to discredit the Nazarene rabbi, and those who were earnestly seeking to better know Him and His will for them.

Sharon Church Hosts 17th 'Lift Every Voice' Concert

May 03, 2017 / Jann Stowe

About 300 members and individuals from the surrounding community enjoyed the 17th annual Lift Every Voice (LEV) concert, hosted by the Sharon Church in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, March 4. LEV’s mission is to strengthen relationships and increase awareness and understanding of the Sharon Church through fellowship and the celebration of various styles of African American music. This annual choir workshop begins the last week of February and culminates in a free concert the first Saturday in March.

CAA Students Seek Adventure at Home and Away

May 03, 2017 / Stacy Knight

For Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) students in Battle Ground, Wash., spring break means adventure. With two exciting school trips to choose between, nearly half of the student body took advantage of the chance to travel and experience new things.

Twenty-two students hadn’t yet had enough of winter’s chill and packed their warmest clothes to head off to Alaska’s Matanuska Valley for a mission trip. The main project was building a bunk cabin for Camp Tukuskoya summer camp, along with completing some building repairs and clearing trees and brush.

NEWSTART in Grants Pass

May 03, 2017 / Jennifer Burkes

Each year NEWSTART for the Family health program is offered in Grants Pass, Ore., and success stories are the result. One such story is that of Judy, a retired Methodist minister. Judy said she had been through the program two years prior. NEWSTART for the Family had helped her health immensely. She enthusiastically told the participants the ways in which this program can work.

Grants Pass Says 'See You Later' to Martins

May 02, 2017 / Jennifer Burkes

Christian Martin performed his final eight baptisms March 25 as leader of the Grants Pass Church. He also offered a prayer of dedication for four children before preparing to transition to a church in Colorado.

Martin’s final sermon in southern Oregon contained the same passion and energy he brought to Grants Pass only five years earlier. Through times of joy and of sorrow, he slowed down just once in five years — when he sustained two cervical spinal fractures in a tractor accident in June 2015.

Pathfinder Scholarship Changes Life

May 02, 2017

“I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” 

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted to say that phrase with no doubt in my mind it was true. 

But the experience of being bullied, being called fat and living with problems at home all sent me the message that the opposite was true. The pain was overwhelming. All the negativity flowed into my mind, buried my happiness and killed my joy. I felt alone. Useless. Unloved. I screamed at my Creator for all the pain in my life and asked Him why it was happening to me. I fell deep into a pit of darkness.