"The walls are cardboard. They sleep on nail-studded 2x4s on top of buckets. Sticks hold up thin plastic—trash bags, basically—and people live under them. It's really dark. Light comes in from holes in the material."
Bellingham Church recently began Fancy Work Friends as a way for people with knitting, crocheting, embroidery, needlepoint and quilting interests to work on projects, learn a new skill and develop friendships.
When club leaders Donna Fuller and Nancy Ingersoll started brainstorming service projects for the club, they remembered Christian recording artists, Jim and Katie McDonald, and the images they presented, during a church concert, of orphans cuddling handmade blankets in Romania.
"If I ever decide to become a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church, Pastor, you are the one I will want to talk to, OK?"
After serving the Puyallup community as Nelson Crane Christian School for more than 50 years, the eight-grade school recently changed its name to Northwest Christian School.
Along with the name change, the school is also getting a new building. On June 15, the groundbreaking ceremony was held, officially launching the school's "Cornerstone Campaign" to raise $10 million over the next two years.
I visit public schools a lot to see my "church kids," and I’ve come to appreciate all the committed, hard-working educators. In fact, my wife works for the Anacortes public school system and my sister-in-law teaches at a public high school.
The public vs. private school debate is a hot topic not only in our Orcas Island community, but in other places too. Politics aside, allow me to give you one reason for Adventist Christian education: restored innocence.
It's not every day that you find someone willing to exchange leg cramps, sore muscles, and utter exhaustion for the benefit of complete strangers, but that is just the case for 15-year-old Zack Schulz, a freshman at Auburn Adventist Academy.
For the second consecutive year, Schulz participated in the Courage Classic, a three-day, 182-mile awareness fundraiser sponsored by the Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. This year, 400 people participated in the bike marathon from Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass.
A week before Poulsbo Adventist School (PAS) classes began, the school held a ribbon-cutting, recognition and dedication ceremony for the new facilities. In the 23-year history of the school, this will be the first school year where classes are not taught in the church basement. It’s a dream come true for students, teachers and church members. The more-than-5,700-square-foot facility offers two classrooms, an office, a teacher’s workroom, a commercial kitchen and a multipurpose room/gymnasium.
Washington Conference leaders offered a challenge to Youth Challenge, the summer literature evangelism program, a couple summers ago.
“The focus of Youth Challenge had been to distribute the maximum amount of literature,” said John Freedman, Washington Conference president. “Last summer, we challenged the Youth Challenge participants to see how many prayers they could share house-to-house. This summer, we challenged them to seek Bible study interests and continue the focus on prayer.”
Over cornbread, beans and peach pie, a group of Korean Americans met together with a church planting coach to discuss how to plant a church. This accomplished group of young professionals no longer identified with traditional Korean American Seventh-day Adventist churches culturally or linguistically.