News for 2005

Upper Columbia Academy Seniors Come Together During Senior Survival

November 01, 2005 / Cheri Corder

"There were people I’d never really talked with or hung out with before, even though we’ve been in school together since we were freshmen,” says Adriel Salinas. “But now we actually know each other, and we’re friends. It’s like we’re finally ‘the class of 2006’ instead of a bunch of individuals who all happen to be in one class.”

New Faces at Walla Walla Valley Academy

November 01, 2005 / Jaci Toews

Walla Walla Valley Academy (WWVA) welcomed three new faculty members this year: Cliff Dolph, Angela Oetman, and Keith Wells. Cliff Dolph teaches English, filling Rose Marie Walter's vacated position. He has previously taught at Cascade Christian Academy, Walla Walla College and Walla Walla Community College. His most recent employment was at Coffey Communications as a copy editor and writer. He loves English because he believes that the ability to communicate is central to life. "Teaching English," he says, "is opening new worlds and ideas."

African Themed VBS a Success in Pendleton

November 01, 2005 / Suzette McCrary

Scenes of the African savanna greeted youngsters at Vacation Bible School in Pendleton, Ore., the week of June 20–24, making the church an exciting learning environment. Of 67 total children registered, 27 had some kind of Adventist affiliation. Attendance averaged 55.

Oregon Conference Strategic Initiatives

November 01, 2005

In addition to continuing goals initiated in 2001, Don Livesay, Oregon Conference president, outlined the following new initiatives for the next four years.

• Reaching the greater Portland area with training, community connections and reaping events

• Exploration of church plants in West Linn/Lake Oswego, King City, Sherwood and North Salem

• Pilot project with Walla Walla College to positively connect recent graduates with a local church

Oregon Conference Constituency Report

November 01, 2005 / Steve Vistaunet

More than 500 delegates from western Oregon and southwestern Washington gathered at Portland Adventist Academy’s gymnasium, on Sunday, Sept. 18, for the Oregon Conference’s quadrennial constituency session. Delegates, by a majority of 95 percent or more, re-elected officers Don Livesay, president; Al Reimche, vice president for administration; Randy Robinson, vice president for finance; and John Gatchet, vice president for education.

Outdoor Church in Cedar Creek

November 01, 2005

In the midst of a cool cedar grove, the Woodland and Cedar Creek churches enjoyed their annual “camp meeting” tradition Aug. 19–20. This year the featured speaker was Joy Matthews, dog trainer and author, and Zion, a Giant Schnauzer. Together Joy and Zion presented unforgettable lessons about how Christians can train for heaven. “As we follow God’s direction,” said Matthews, “we will end up with the blessings God has in mind for us.”