News for February 2014

A Snowy Grand Opening for New Cafeteria

February 27, 2014 / Kathy Marson

The grand opening for the new Upper Columbia Academy cafeteria was held Monday, Feb. 24, amid a winter storm that was akin to Christmas. Students and staff alike enjoyed the ribbon-cutting ceremony even though they were bombarded with snowflakes. This event marks the beginning of a new gathering place for food and friendships and a new footprint for the campus, which will open up the campus. Students have been using the new cafeteria since the move-in on Nov. 20.

Big Picture of Ministry

February 27, 2014

Ten Washington Conference ministry leaders are still talking about their experience at the 14th Adventist Ministries Convention held in Monterey, Calif. The North American Division-sponsored event covered six Building Blocks of Ministry.

David Kinnamon, from the Barna Group, gave one of the conversation-generating presentations where he challenged leaders to minister in "Digital Babylon."

Prayer Conference Gives Pastors Renewed Revival

February 26, 2014 / Heidi Baumgartner

Stories of renewed relationships with Jesus are common among more than 700 Adventist pastors, leaders and members who attended the North American Division’s Prayer Conference in January.

Within this crowd were 50 pastors and 10 leaders from Washington Conference. Donors funded the way for Washington pastors to attend the prayer conference and have a place to stay in Monterey, Calif. The investment of time and effort to arrange for 50 pastors to attend a national event paid off with continuing stories of revival among leaders.


February 26, 2014 / Steve Vistaunet

I sit here in moribund misery. The valiant efforts of my body to repel an unwelcome viral intruder are greatly appreciated. Yet I am flopped unceremoniously in a chair. A pile of crumpled tissues mounts beside me, evidence of a fruitless effort to stem the relentless tide. This is not how the weekend was supposed to start.

CAA Plus ELL Equals Outreach

February 26, 2014 / Jeremy New

As globalization and technology perpetually shrink our planet, parents whose native language is not English desire for their children to learn the language of the global market in hope that their children will remain competitive and relevant as they enter the work force. This phenomenon has supercharged the business of English instruction, both abroad and at home.

The Adventist Advantage

February 26, 2014 / Martin Weber

“Don’t curse the darkness; light a candle.”

End-time Adventists can find value in that time-honored advice. As the world’s moral midnight deepens around us — greed, lust, war, oppression, rebellion, unbelief — God has entrusted our church with a saving message of grace and truth and a healing lifestyle of love and hope. But let us beware of arrogance because Jesus warns, “To whom much is given, from him much will be required” (Luke 12:48 NKJV).

God and God Alone Helps Grandview Adventist Junior Academy

February 24, 2014 / Don Alexander

During the summer of 2013, leaders from Washington's Lower Yakima Valley churches and the Upper Columbia Conference met to discuss the fate of the Grandview Adventist Junior Academy (GAJA). The meeting was called because funds were dwindling and the churches that support the school had barely enough funds to keep their church doors open, let alone sufficient funding to keep the school afloat. So leaders met to close the school.

How to Judge People

February 24, 2014 / Seth Pierce

“Judge not lest ye be judged” is perhaps the most popular quote among people who haven’t read the Bible.

The phrase usually appears in the heat of an argument over any number of things. Someone points out that a person’s drug use or recreational activity is dangerous, and the person in question will say, “Don’t judge me.” Recently a friend of mine had her profuse misspellings and butchery of the English language called out — resulting in an online rant featuring Matt. 7:1, “Do not judge lest you be judged.”

She misspelled most of the words in her rant.