News for January 2003

My Life In Christian Puppeting

January 01, 2003 / Courtni Mundy

Puppeting has been a part of my life for about six years. I joined my local puppet team in seventh grade and loved being a “Foamhead” from the moment I began.

Though I don’t mind being up front or being seen by people, I found my real niche with the “Faithful Foamheads.”

Even the shyest person can do puppeting, for no one ever sees you. Through your puppets, you can be as crazy, unique, and self-assured as you want. No one even knows which puppet is yours, unless you tell them.

Echoes of Praise Church Activates its Outreach

January 01, 2003 / Meg Bartrand

Elders of the Echoes of Praise Adventist Church in Kittitas, Wash., have helped their members put into practice ideas they learned during last year’s SPROUT conference.

When weather turned cold last year, members passed out 250 pairs of one-size-fits-all gloves, with cards inside inviting the new glove-owners to worship at Echoes of Praise.

Early this year, members prepared and distributed 225 Ten Commandment Study Calendars, with a different commandment for each month and a Scripture for each day.

Family Festival Features Aviator, College President

January 01, 2003 / Jon Dalrymple

Jon Dybdahl, Walla Walla College president, challenged Upper Columbia Conference Family Fellowship Festival attendees to “love one another as Christ loved.”

Dybdahl keynoted the annual conference-wide convocation, held at Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, Wash., Nov. 8 and 9, 2002.

“If we are in Jesus Christ’s family, then every person in the world is our brother or sister. But we can’t truly love others without experiencing God’s love—a relationship with Him,” said Dybdahl.

WWVA Announces Senior Officers

January 01, 2003 / John Deming

Walla Walla Valley Academy recently announced election of senior class officers. Shown in back, from left, are Scotty Ray, spiritual vice president; Clark Bassham, sports coordinator, and Crystal Englehart, secretary. In front are Joseph Ringering, executive vice president; Jonathan Thomas, president; Crystal Rose, historian; Raina Chang, social vice president; and Donovan West, sergeant-at-arms.

New Members Visit Conference Office

January 01, 2003 / Kathy Marson

“The phone rang this morning and woke us up,” said Keeta and Amanda. It was Pastor Roger Cain reminding them to come to New Member Day.

Twins, Keeta and Amanda arrived early with their noticeably pleased grandmother. They had been baptized the day before at the Spokane Linwood Worship Center.

Randy and Lorie

New Pastoral Family Leads Sandpoint Outreach

January 01, 2003 / Kay Drumwright

In one of their first outreach events conducted for the Sandpoint, Idaho, community since arriving recently as Adventist pastoral family, Matt Lombard and his wife, Judy, joined forces with local member Nancy Ward to lead a well-attended 9/11 commemorative Prayer Service.

Held at the Sandpoint Middle School, the event attracted 600 attendees, including members of other area churches, vocalists, bagpipers, and the Air Force Band of the Rockies.

All Nations Center Adds 20 During Seminar

January 01, 2003 / Jeanne Barrett-Usher

Angels certainly were working on the hearts of those who attended a recent All Nation’s Angel Seminar, in Wapato, Wash.

More than 120 visitors came, not only to hear the nightly messages, but to see the inside of the newly completed Adventist Center.

The encouraging comment, “We feel comfortable and accepted here,” was often heard by those who have built the facility for the Yakama Native people.

ECA Students Focus on World Cultures

January 01, 2003 / Marcia Roberts

The study of world cultures has led to an arrangement whereby Emerald Christian Academy (ECA) students can help out at Pearl Buck Center, a local support facility for families and children with developmental disabilities.

Emily Smith is shown as she helps a child develop motor skills.

Playing with the children, assisting them in learning skills, and guiding them into healthy social interactions, students visit the center each week for morning sessions.