Riverside Hosts Apple Festival

November 20, 2017 / Julie Natiuk

The 27th annual Riverside Christian School Apple Festival was held in Washougal, Wash., on Oct. 8, 2017. Church members and school families volunteered for weeks to prepare for the largest school fundraiser of the year. The volunteers spent two Sundays in October making pies and dumplings. They baked and froze more than 800 dumplings and 300 pies that were available for pick-up before and on the day of the festival. On the day of, they served pies and dumplings hot out of the oven with ice cream. As in the past, all pies and dumplings sold out.

Oregon Pathfinders Take on Pathfinder Challenge

November 16, 2017 / Marion Pielaet

As kids head back to school many of them are sharing great memories of their summer time, stories of summer camp or vacations with the family. For some they are telling of their adventures at the Pathfinder Challenge, which was held the first weekend of August at an old timber farm in Sweet Home, Ore.

Milo Adds Free-Range Eggs to Agriculture Program

November 16, 2017 / Kathy Hernandez

A generous friend of Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., donated approximately 350 chicks to Milo’s agriculture program. According to Jeff Birth, Milo's agriculture director, in addition to providing eggs for the cafeteria, the now-grown chickens provide assistance with pest management in the gardens and accelerate the compost operation.

Golf Course to Seminary and Back to School

November 13, 2017 / Larry Hiday

Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) in Battle Ground, Wash., has been blessed to have fantastic principals over its 104-year history, and the last three years have been no different with Jeff Jackson and his story of God’s using CAA to shape him for God’s use. When he decided to go back to his first love of teaching, CAA was once again faced with finding a disciple of God to lead His “chosen” school.

God lead in the search process and Gene Heinrich, former pastor at the Rockwood Church in Oregon, with another story of God’s leading, has agreed to step into school administration.

Andrieux Honored for 50 Years of Service

October 17, 2017 / Kathy Hernandez

Gale Crosby, Oregon Conference education superintendent, and Randy Thornton, Milo Adventist Academy principal, honored Milo veteran educator Al Andrieux on Oct. 7, 2017, during Milo's alumni weekend. Andrieux, who announced he will retire at the end of this school year, has served Adventist education for 50 years, including 35 years of teaching at Milo in Days Creek, Ore.

God Called, Appointed and Commissioned

October 16, 2017 / Virlys Moller

The evening of Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, members of Sunnyside Church in Portland, Ore., along with friends and family from near and far, gathered for the commissioning service for Kara Dale Johnsson, Sunnyside assistant pastor. 

In the spring of 2015, Johnsson moved from her home and pastoral duties in Brisbane, Australia, to follow God’s calling to serve at Sunnyside Church. In Brisbane she had interned as both a pastor and chaplain. On completion of her internship, she continued as an associate pastor as well as being given a church of her own to lead. 

Profession of Faith Brings New Member to Hockinson Heights

October 14, 2017 / Marty Jackson

Joanna Knecht was voted into the Hockinson Heights Church in Brush Prairie, Wash., on Sept. 9, 2017, by profession of faith.

Knecht was raised as a seventh-generation Adventist. She was baptized when she was junior age but as a young adult drifted away from the Lord.

She reconnected with the Lord in 2011. And gradually, she says, the Lord has helped her find her way back to the Adventist Church. As the ladies at Hockinson have connected with her, Knecht says, "I feel at home."

PAA Serves Farm-to-Table Lunches

October 08, 2017 / Liesl Vistaunet

It’s the first day of school at Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) in Portland, Ore. Students are lined up for lunch and their pick of vegan or cheese lasagna, both stuffed with spinach, carrots, zucchini and onions with roasted broccoli on the side. At the end of the line they find a bowl of fresh fruit and a colorful salad bar. Salad greens harvested from PAA’s gardens are ready to be topped with fresh veggies, beans, nuts, hummus and more.

Milo Academy Hosts Firefighters

October 06, 2017 / Kathy Hernandez

In early August, lightning strikes ignited more than a dozen wildfires east of Milo Adventist Academy near Tiller, Ore. Milo provided the firefighters an ideal location to set up camp near the fires known as the Falcon Complex but outside the danger zone. The Northwest Incident Management Team 8 quickly took action, and within two days 700 personnel, some of whom traveled from Alaska, Indiana, Arizona and even Puerto Rico, had arrived to help protect our national forests. They slept in tents at night or in the Milo gym during the day, working 12-hour shifts for 14 days straight.

Hundreds Receive Care at Impact Your Health Event in Portland

October 02, 2017 / Dick Duerksen

Take one gymnasium; add carpet to cover the hardwood floor; bring in folding tables, 55 dental chairs (for hygiene, anesthesia and surgery); add a very long and complicated table for supplies and sterilization; fill the stage with a medical practice office for seven physicians; overflow into the cafeteria for optometrists, opticians and an ophthalmologist; head into the hallway for body and foot massage, into two classrooms for haircuts and professional photos, and into the library for child care — and you’re almost ready to conduct a free health clinic.