Collaboration Provides Quality Education

December 11, 2017 / Greg Reseck

The students at Cedarbrook Adventist Christian School (Hadlock, Wash.) and Poulsbo (Wash.) Adventist School spent two days together this fall studying chum salmon runs on the Olympic Peninsula.

The chum salmon can be identified by the molted dark skin and dark vertical blotches as they return to the rivers to begin spawning in the summer or late fall.

Students visited Greg Reseck's farm and enjoyed playing in the barn, taking hayrides and feeding horses.

Auburn Committee of 100 Covers Special Projects

November 21, 2017 / Mickey Demma

More than $125,000 was donated to Auburn Adventist Academy’s nonbudgeted projects during a business brunch on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, thanks to the Committee of 100.

The Committee of 100 began in 1993 to provide funding for special projects for Auburn Adventist Academy. Members pledge a minimum of $500 per year and hold the right to vote on collective fund distribution. This year’s attendance of more than 100 reached an all-time high for the committee's nearly 25 years of existence.

Cascade Eagles Complete Seventh Annual 'Apple Pie Make' Fundraiser

November 19, 2017 / Katie Henderson

Once a year, at 8 a.m., the Cascade Eagles Pathfinders of North Cascade Church in Burlington, Wash., gather together to raise funds by making apple pies.

The apple pie fundraiser started in 2010 as a more efficient way to help raise funds to attend the International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wis., which happens once every five years.

Washington Conference Hosts Local Communication Summit

November 17, 2017 / Katie Henderson

Fifty-five pastors, teachers, students and local communicators gathered in October for a Local Communication Summit at the Washington Conference to learn how to use social media effectively for the church.

Keynote trainer Jamie Jean Schneider Domm, North American Division digital strategist, presented three topics: the best practices for social media; the use of tracking, Google Analytics and Facebook ads to reach the target audience; and the social media mission field.

Education Joins Sunset Lake Camp for Outdoor School

November 15, 2017 / Katie Henderson

Washington Conference Office of Education joined with Sunset Lake Camp in Wilkeson, Wash., to provide students with a different learning environment early October.

“[Outdoor School] is great for the kids and gets them out of the classroom,” says Leanna Decker, Poulsbo (Wash.) Adventist School teacher. “I wish we could do all education outdoors. Kids love it.”

Fun and educational activities helped students grow in different aspects of their lives, whether it was being patient about catching a fish or learning to work together during team-building activities.

Growing Young Cohorts

November 09, 2017 / David Yeagley

“Young adult ministry isn’t about church hype, but church health.”

Kirkland Ministry Hackathon Begins

October 22, 2017 / Heidi Baumgartner

Linden Goffar has a dream of bringing together developers and nondevelopers alike to accelerate ministry through technology. And he is doing something about it!

At the end of September, Goffar hosted the first session of a “hackathon” at Kirkland (Wash.) Church. He invited friends from local Adventist churches to come together for an evening of brainstorming. Twenty Seattle-area individuals responded to the invitation.

Washington Leaders Retreat to Advance

October 21, 2017 / Katie Henderson

For the first time, Washington Conference invited its administrators, directors, associates and interns to a leadership retreat at Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory near Anacortes, Wash., for three days. Smaller leadership teams have convened before, but not this team configuration.

A Cathedral of Service

October 19, 2017 / Andreas Beccai

On Saturday afternoon, Volunteer Park Church members stood under the Alaskan Way Viaduct with our recently acquainted friends. They received a few hygiene kits packed 30 minutes earlier by our gathered community in lieu of our worship service.

A number of things struck me in those moments. I realized that scarcity had in this instance led to a generosity of spirit.

Maranatha Launches Free Legal Clinic

October 18, 2017 / Heidi Baumgartner

Community advocate Carolyn Brown knows all about sandwich making, homeless feeding and community networking.

“After 14 years of feeding the homeless downtown [in Seattle, Wash.], I’ve learned a lot from sitting and talking with people,” Brown says in her matter-of-fact way. “They appreciate the sandwiches, socks and gloves. But what they wanted more was to be able to buy their own. Small legal issues kept them from working, getting a place or going to school. They couldn’t afford an attorney.”