"That’s the best sermon I’ve ever heard!” exclaimed the 70-year-old member of a small mid-western congregation. His multi-church pastor, wanting only the very best for his congregation in his absence, had chosen a sermon from the premiere edition of "Adventist Preaching." The members enjoyed hearing Randy Roberts, University Church (Loma Linda, Calif.) pastor—a treat most of them would never have experienced if it hadn’t been for this DVD product by Adventist Communication Network (ACN).
North Pacific Union Pathfinders will be attending the largest six-day Adventist youth event in the world from Aug. 9–14, 2004, in Oshkosh, Wis.
More than 20,000 Pathfinders from more than 60 countries will be attending this historic youth event to experience unbelievable fun and spiritual growth.
Every day, it may look like Lisa Bennett comes to work and does pretty much the same thing. After all, as director of cardiopulmonary services and the sleep lab at Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH), some of her tasks are fairly routine.
More than 450 students, faculty and staff spent Oct. 22 performing community service and outreach programs for Walla Walla College’s (WWC) 11th annual Service Day.
Participants kicked off the morning at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and worship on the lawn in front of the Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center. From there, groups dispersed throughout the community to 46 different projects.
Some girls just thought it was a fire drill when on Nov. 17 the fire alarm went off in Auburn Adventist Academy's Nelson Hall, home to 81 girls. They left the dorm with little more than the clothes on their backs, thinking that in just a few moments they would be back in their rooms and ready to go on with their evening of studies. It soon became apparent that the alarms were sounding because there really was a fire. The girls were taken to the school cafeteria and accounted for by the three deans and academy staff.
We have lost so much, but there is so much for which to be thankful. Things may not be pleasant, but they could be much worse. And for that we here at Auburn Adventist Academy are continuing to thank God. In times of great loss, it is often hard to see past the pain, but it is clear in this situation how close God is. The head girl’s dean, Kay Sanborn, having lost much herself, reminded the girls on Nov. 18, the day following the fire, that although many things are now gone the most important things are not. “You are not replaceable,” she said.
Adventist friends and community supporters of Auburn Adventist Academy have acted quickly in the aftermath of the dorm fire to begin the process of recovery. Two special funds have been set up at Columbia Bank: One is being used to replace personal items of the girls and deans while the other is designated specifically to collect donations for the building of a new girls' dormitory.
Shortly after checking into my hotel room in Walla Walla, Wash., on Nov. 17, Keith Hallam, Auburn Adventist Academy principal, called with the news that the girls' dorm was burning, but everyone was safe. At a moment like that, priorities change. Suddenly I was packing and thanking God for His goodness that everyone had escaped injury.