Columbia Gives a Divergence of Musical Gifts

Columbia Adventist Academy in Battle Ground, Wash., thanked the community for supporting them generously over the years and especially throughout their recent capital campaign by gifting them with music.

Through CAA consultants Westby and Associates, a partnership was formed with Michael Kissinger, Bravo! Vancouver (Wash.) director. Then, thanks to an anonymous donor, Bravo! Vancouver, a 60-voice chorale; Washington Chamber Orchestra members; and guest soloists performed Handel's "Messiah" at the Meadow Glade Church on Dec. 12. Community members were welcomed by CAA seniors ushering them to their seats; the CAA hand-bell choir performing; Matthew Butte, CAA principal; Rick Bowes, Meadow Glade Church senior pastor; and Mike Ciraulo, Battle Ground mayor. "The Messiah" was performed in its entirety to a filled sanctuary.

Afterward, a candlelight path directed guests to a reception in CAA's new building, where the seniors served drinks and seasonal goodies. The hand-bell choir again contributed to the ambiance, after spending intermission sharing "random acts of music" at the local Fred Meyer, Safeway and Taco Bell. (See the video on YouTube or use your mobile device app to access it directly via the Microsoft tag on the left.)

"The evening was a huge success," Butte says. "We are glad that after all the gifts we have received, we were able to share this gift with so many of our community members and supporters. We hope they realize how greatly they are appreciated."

February 01, 2011 / Oregon Conference