News for 2014

Sunnyside Welcomes New Pastor

December 29, 2014 / Cherelyn Strickland

Sunnyside Church members were happy to welcome Vioral Negoi as their new pastor on Nov. 22, 2014. After almost 19 years with their previous pastor, Larry Mays, the church family is looking forward to another era of working together with Negoi to do the will of God in the Sunnyside, Wash., area.

More Than Money

December 29, 2014 / Seth Pierce

This past November I attended a Dave Ramsey conference in Nashville, Tenn., that really messed up my theology. For the uninitiated: Dave Ramsey is a bestselling author, world-renowned speaker and teacher on the subject of stewardship. I know, boring right?

Most of us would rather hear sermons on the book of Chronicles than be tortured by an annual stewardship sermon series in January — reminding us all of how our greedy materialism got the better of us during the holiday shopping spree that never should have happened. 

Woodland Celebrates 289 Years

December 29, 2014 / Norma Brunson

The Woodland Community Center in Woodland, Wash., was filled with celebration as birthdays totaling 289 years came together.

Lavina Bliss (left) is 99. Marian Crozier, a Woodland Church member, is 101. Martha Ferguson, Lavina’s sister, is the youngest of the group at age 90. And Charles Ferguson, brother-in-law to Martha, will be 99 soon.

Martha’s children — Arlene Wing, Flora Campbell, Marilyn Sutton, Carolyn Piekarek and Lyle Ferguson — were all on hand to help celebrate their mother’s 90th birthday.

'Dysfunctional Family' Helps Raise $200,000

December 29, 2014 / Larry Hiday

With the prospects of winter storms and high winds, the morning of Nov. 13, 2014, dawned with uncertainty: To what extent would a dysfunctional "family" be able to help raise the needed funds by late that evening? In answer to many prayers, the evening of the annual fundraising event for Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) in Battle Ground, Wash., saw only a dusting of snow and light winds. This was only the beginning though.

Nampa Holds Candlelight Concert

December 22, 2014 / Tim Larson

The distant but familiar sound of “Lift Up The Trumpet” greeted a near-capacity sanctuary at 4 p.m. on Sabbath, Oct. 18, 2014. The audience found themselves reliving a 1958 Voice of Prophecy broadcast, complete with the King’s Heralds depicted by the male quartet, His Voice. H.M.S. Richards was portrayed by Steve McPherson. Even the traditional trademark opening was included. Chris Evenson, Nampa Church pastor, played the part of the announcer.

News Notes from Adventist Health

December 22, 2014 / Jenni Glass

Rebok Retires as Senior Vice President of Adventist Health

Doug Rebok retired as senior vice president and chief administrative officer (CAO) of Adventist Health effective Dec. 31, 2014, ending his nearly 40-year career with the health system.

Since April 2014, Rebok has served in the CAO role overseeing various Roseville-based (Calif.) support services shared across Adventist Health’s four-state service area. However, for most of his lengthy career he was senior vice president and chief financial officer.