News for July 2014

Alaska Holds Interior Camp Meeting

July 30, 2014 / Ken Crawford

Alaska's Interior Camp Meeting was a blessing to many. "I am going to be chewing on those sermons for a while,” said one attendee.

Because of the challenge of distances, the Alaska Conference conducts six regional camp meetings every year, starting in February in the arctic and ending in August on Vank Island in southeast Alaska.

The Beach Comes to Gladstone Park Church

July 30, 2014 / Richard Cook

Max Patterson Park was the site of the Gladstone Park Church's Vacation Bible School, held June 23–27. The program was a treasure-hunting adventure in the Caribbean islands. Registration found visitors coming from the nearby Baptist church, the Bridge City Community Church, across the street and Ohana Christian Fellowship. 

Track and Field Comes to Cascade Christian Academy

July 30, 2014 / Julie Savino

“You know that many runners enter a race and only one of them wins the prize. So run to win! Athletes work hard to win a crown that cannot last, but we do it for a crown that will last forever. I don’t run without a goal. And I don’t box by beating my fists in the air. I keep my body under control and make it my slave, so I won’t lose out after telling the good news to others” (I Cor. 9:24–27, CEV).

Ditches

July 30, 2014 / Steve Vistaunet

On an idyllic late spring afternoon, a friend and I cruised a curving country road in his convertible. These were the halcyon days of fuel prices, so the throaty throb of the big V-8 gulping gallons of gas dampened our enthusiasm not one iota. College classes and research papers left behind for the moment, we took the long way back from the store just for the joy of warm sun and fresh air. On my lap was a brown paper bag full of purchased condiments — ketchup, mayo, pickles, etc.— for a planned bonfire and wiener roast.

I'm Offended, Part 1

July 30, 2014 / Seth Pierce

My wife recently gave birth to our third child, and one of the many questions we have as we watch her grow is what her personality will be like. Both our eldest and our newly crowned middle child are distinct in approaches to life — yet there is one thing that binds all kids together: temper tantrums.

Grants Pass Learns About Healthier Living

July 30, 2014 / Jennifer Burkes

More than 100 people packed the Bear Hotel in Grants Pass on June 2 to hear Marcel Wiggers speak about reversing diabetes naturally. Attendance proved that, as diabetes rates in the United States increase annually, there is more and more interest in preventing this disease through a healthier lifestyle.

Russian-Speaking Congregation Finds New Home

July 24, 2014 / Heidi Baumgartner

When the Russian-Ukrainian Parousia Church was organized in 2006, the congregation began dreaming about having its own church facility in the Auburn region.

Members of this congregation came from the former Soviet Union countries of Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Estonia. Most of them came into the United States as refugees, since most of them went through a difficult time of religious persecution because of an atheistic regime. Some won green cards.

Bethel Believers Seize Unique Opportunity to Serve

July 24, 2014 / Nita Larson

The only way to visit Bethel is by air. A full 400 miles west of Anchorage, the cost of living there is high as food and fuel must be flown or barged in. But the company of believers in Bethel has a unique opportunity to serve God. Being an ethnically diverse church with eight different cultures represented, these worshippers are able to welcome and relate to the various visitors and immigrants to Bethel.