News for March 2014

How to Pick a Fight

March 27, 2014 / Seth Pierce

There’s nothing like a good fight.

Growing up in a family with two other brothers, I had fights that were frequent, creative and quite painful. However what made a good fight was the underlying understanding that none of us were out to truly hurt each other.

Demonstrate dominance? Absolutely.

Practice a new move we saw on TV? For sure.

Experiment with avant-garde wrestling locations like trampolines, pools, ice rinks and bunk beds? Best times ever.

Gratefully Recovering

March 27, 2014 / Harold Burden

After serving as pastor, missionary and college Bible teacher, my final 25 years in church employment were as a hospital health educator. Probably the most life-changing experience for me was running residential and outpatient stop-smoking programs. Through my association with smokers, I became acquainted with many people who had already dealt with other addictions. One evening a recovering alcoholic gave me a copy of Alcoholics Anonymous (frequently referred to as the Big Book), which of course I did not need.

Multimedia Class Multitasks at MSAS

March 27, 2014 / Leslie Briggs

Lights! Camera! Action! These are three words the multimedia students at Milton-Stateline Adventist School (MSAS), in Milton-Freewater, Ore., are learning as a part of a new elective class being taken by 10 students in grades five through eight.

This elective class teaches students the basic skills of broadcasting in front of and behind the camera in addition to print media.

Buena Vista Sees God’s Perfect Timing

March 26, 2014 / Gina Hubin

Buena Vista Adventist Elementary School in Auburn has firsthand experience in God’s promise to provide a solution “even before we ask.”

The school recently received an urgent request for tuition assistance from a fund that is already allocated and exhausted for this school year.

Three staff members — Ron Trautwein, principal; Donna Ellis, administrative assistant; and Tom Johnson, maintenance director — prayed about the request and felt God impressing them to send out a tuition assistance request to the school family.

Bonney Lake Refocuses Ministry for Church Growth

March 26, 2014 / Heidi Baumgartner

Bonney Lake Church had a reputation for being a cold and unfriendly church.

The church leadership team attended a church-growth practicum and teamed up with Washington Conference in the Partners for Growth initiative to grow healthy churches. With a strategy in hand, Bonney Lake Church members prayed about the changes they needed to make.

Juneau Learns 'Jesus Math'

March 26, 2014 / Nickie Romine

In first grade, the GoMath text says 1 + 2 = 3; in second grade, 18 - 7 = 11; in fifth grade, 9.435 – 2.903 is rounded to 6; in seventh grade, ab = c. But at the beginning of the 2013–14 school year in Juneau, no one expected “Jesus math.”

All Adventist teachers know the story of projected enrollment figures. As prospective student parents began to pick up packets at the end of May 2013, the Juneau school was excited with the possibility of 10 or 13 kids.

Students Blessed by Jesus-Centered Event

March 26, 2014 / Rachel Wood

In the early days of February, snow continued to pack Interstate 90’s Snoqualmie Pass, Wash., as several cars with Walla Walla University (WWU) students journeyed from College Place, Wash., to Seattle to experience the One Project 2014 — a meeting of more than 700 believers to discuss together the supremacy of Jesus in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.