FYI - May 2009
DIRECTV Adds Hope Channel
The Hope Channel is now broadcasting to the continental United States, Hawaii and Alaska as part of DIRECTV's basic channel line-up. DIRECTV subscribers can find the Hope Channel on channel 368. "We are delighted to partner with DIRECTV! This allows millions of viewers in North America to receive the life-changing messages of the Hope Channel," says Brad Thorp, Hope Channel president. "We also want to thank the management team at DIRECTV for their gracious reception and cooperation in adding us to their excellent line-up of channels in more than 17 million homes."
Former NPUC President, Dead at 83
Bruce Johnston, long-time educator, evangelist, church administrator, and president of the North Pacific Union Conference from 1986–1996, died in Medford, Ore., April 6, 2009. He was 83 years old. Johnston helped initiate a surge in Northwest global mission efforts with Operation Bearhug in the early 90s. Memorial donations can be made to: MegaVoice Project, North Pacific Union Conference, 5709 N. 20th Street, Ridgefield, WA 98642. More information will be forthcoming in next month's issue.
Youth Baptismal Sabbath
In the North Pacific Union, the first Sabbaths in May and December are now designated as "Youth Baptismal Sabbath." This emphasis is intended to celebrate youth decisions for Christ and to provide continual opportunities to make those decisions. More information and resources for youth leaders can be found at www.youthbaptismalsabbath.org.
The Advent Movement
Hugh Barton has become an Oregon Conference Bible worker, leaving his position at the Prineville (Ore.) Church.
Alex Bryan has accepted the call to serve as the senior pastor of the Walla Walla (Wash.) University Church. He has been the associate pastor at the Collegedale (Tenn.) Church.
Jason Canfield has accepted the invitation to serve as a ministerial intern for the Abundant Life, Cashmere (Wash.) and East Wenatchee (Wash.) district. He recently graduated with a master's of divinity from the Adventist International Institute of Advance Studies in Silang Cavite, Philippines.
Barbara Livesay has left her post as Oregon Conference risk management director to join her husband Don, now president of the Lake Union Conference based in Michigan.
Paul Johnson, Oregon Conference associate ministerial director and evangelism coordinator, and his wife, Corleen, women's ministry director, are both retiring.
Jim Osborne is the new pastor at the Albany (Ore.) Church.
Lucas Porter is moving from assistant to senior pastor at the Klamath Falls (Ore.) Church.
VJ Puccinelli is leaving retirement to become the interim pastor at the Rockwood (Ore.) Church.
Clarence Schilt has retired from his post as senior pastor at the Rockwood (Ore.) Church.
Angelina Wood is transitioning from Oregon Conference children's ministries associate director to risk management director.