October 2018


Our Northwest Strategic Plan

Nothing has the potential to change the world like the mission of the church, led by Christ, who is the head of the church, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Yet, sometimes I wonder why Jesus...



Northwest-Wide Strategic Plan

North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee members affirmed an updated unionwide strategic plan during their Aug. 22, 2018, meeting in Ridgefield, Wash. This plan also serves as a...


Just Like Jesus

Biker Picnic

For each of the last 15 years, the King’s Riders of the Washington State Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) host a special meal in the park for other bikers. Like, for the Bandidos, the...




One of the internet’s greatest gifts to me is the recurring picture of two fighting siblings in an “I Love You” shirt — a single T-shirt, worn by both parties, that almost forces the kids to hug...


How Close Are We to the Action?

“Look out your window and see the sunset,” a man called and said to his estranged wife. “Enjoy it, because it’s one of the last sunsets you’ll ever see.”

He wasn’t joking. Several nights...


You Said It

Children and Anxiety

I want to write about something of great import to any of you who love a child. Let’s see if I can articulate this.

We have evermore-anxious children. Watch the tears of the elementary...



El Poder de Los Grupos Pequeños

Desde mediado de diciembre del 2017 comencé a identificar los lideres que Dios me había puesto en mi corazón para que fueran los directores de los grupos. En enero del 2018... More

Tillamook Creates Smiles for Miles

The mouth is a window to the rest of our body, often providing warning signs of heart disease, diabetes or cancer. Realizing the importance of oral health in maintaining wellness, Adventist... More

Eagle River, Wasilla Worship as One Body of Christ

After a four-year hiatus, on Aug. 17–19, 2018, the Eagle River and Wasilla churches, both pastored by Carl Butler Jr., held their highly anticipated combined services at the Lake Lucille... More

Sitka Adventist School Meets Star Wars, Jurassic Park

Have you ever heard people ask, “Is this school only for Adventists?” or “What? There’s a Christian school in my town?” For the last six years as head teacher of the... More

Old Truck Gets and Gives New Life

“Do you want a truck?” That was a question I had never been asked before. I had the idea in the back of my mind for some time — the idea to fix up a vehicle to give to someone in... More

Mount Ellis Academy Staff, Students Explore God’s Creation

Few schools can claim the outdoors as their classroom. However, that is exactly what Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) does. Every year, MEA students spend the first week of classes outside at either outdoor... More

Three Sisters Student Wins Oregon Ag Contest

Hannah Darby, a sixth-grade student from Three Sisters Adventist Christian School in Bend, Ore., is one of 13 winners in an Oregon Agriculture Foundation art contest. This annual event is open to... More

Center for Online Evangelism Partners With White Estate

When a person hears about Adventists or Ellen White for the first time, the following action is typically a Google search. The term, “Seventh-day Adventists” is searched more than 74,000... More

What Milo Is Doing

Current research says … “Traits and skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, social skills, persistence, creativity and self-control are vitally important to children’s... More

Molalla Church Gets Shipwrecked

Twenty-two children attended Molalla (Ore.) Church’s Vacation Bible School. The entire church was decorated with palm trees, a wrecked ship, a treehouse hut, a waterfall and lots of animals... More

Forest Grove Women Enjoy Retreat

A group of ladies from Forest Grove (Ore.) Church, along with a few women from the Hillsboro and Gaston churches, headed up to the Mount Hood Village Resort May 18, 2018, for a weekend filled with... More

PAA Teacher Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

Stephen Lundquist, Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) Bible teacher and religion department chair, was honored Tuesday night, Aug. 7, 2018, with an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Alumni Awards... More

Kamiah Station Hosts Summer Gospel Singalong

Kamiah (Idaho) Church's KMEI-LP radio station, which broadcasts at 97.3 FM, sponsored the Summer Gospel Singalong at the Kamiah Riverside Park pavilion on July 21, 2018. The featured musical... More

Moscow Young People Do Church

The Moscow (Idaho) Church loves to promote and encourge our young people to not just attend church but "do church." We have a Sabbath in which young people handle the entire church... More

Small Church Shares With a Big Heart

LifeSource Community Church, part of the Upper Columbia Conference, is a small church located on Government Way in Hayden, Idaho. This church family has a huge heart for reaching people for Jesus.... More

UCA Shares Christ in the Three Angels' Messages

Eric Johnson, principal of Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., began presession meetings this August by sharing with the staff how over the summer he spent time studying the Three Angels... More

UCC Names New Associate Superintendent

At the July 2018 meeting of the Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) executive committee, Archie Harris was voted to be the new associate education superintendent. Harris fills the vacancy left by... More

UCC Creates New Multicultural Ministries Department

The Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) executive committee invited Walter Pintos-Schmidt in July 2018 to lead a new department — multicultural ministries. This new department will... More

Hayden Lake Shares Jesus' Love in Cuba

The Hayden Lake (Idaho) Church sent out a team of 14 missionaries to the island country of Cuba last April. After much discussion and planning, many hurdles and, above all, God's help, the group... More

Colville's Graham Retires

June Graham retired at the end of the 2017–2018 school year. She has been a teacher and principal at Colville (Wash.) Valley Junior Academy for the last five years. Her husband, Rob, said it... More

Cougars, Vandals Meet on Common Ground

Each Friday evening you will find a group of university students from Washington State University (WSU) and University of Idaho (U of I) gathered for an evening of vegetarian home-cooked food and a... More

Graduate Education Programs Include Online Option

The WWU School of Education and Psychology offers three master’s degree programs in several areas of specialization. Students can choose a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), a Master of... More

Psychology Professor Brings Technology, Innovation to Classroom

In the digital age, educators find it increasingly difficult to engage students through traditional teaching methods. The modern classroom is a battlefield for attention, and far too often... More

Students Find Community in Honors Program

Excellence in thought is one of the Walla Walla University (WWU) four core themes. In few places is that excellence more apparent than in the honors general studies program. “The program... More

Children, Adults #SayYesToJesus at Leadership Training

Eleven-year-old Angie came with her mother to the first ever Washington Conference Children’s Ministry Leadership Retreat. Her task was to be one of the retreat helpers. Angie is shy. Yet... More

AMEN Port Orchard Serves Community

Adventist and community volunteers came out to support Kitsap Peninsula residents at the Adventist Medical Evangelism Network (AMEN) Port Orchard, Wash., clinic on Aug. 17 and 19, 2018. AMEN clinics... More

Everett Indonesian Members Witness at Fourth of July Parade

As Everett Indonesian Adventist Church members marched in a local Fourth of July parade, the nearly 40,000 people watching spotted bright blue shirts coming down the road. As the church group came... More

Vacation Bible Schools Emphasize Service

Every summer, churches host a Vacation Bible School filled with fun interactive activities for the youth in their community. This summer, Washington's Forest Park (Everett, Wash.) and Kent (Wash... More