News for January 2016

Prineville Holds Annual October Fest

January 31, 2016 / April McNeil

Prineville is a small town with a small Adventist congregation. The church's beautiful sanctuary holds many more than attend on any Sabbath morning. But once a year, it's filled to capacity with folks from the community worshipping the Lord together. This annual October Fest community gospel concert brings together a variety of musicians and guests from community to praise God. The 2015 event was an exceptional blessing.

Adventists: Sheep or Goats?

January 30, 2016 / Martin Weber

Seventh-day Adventism parachuted onto the public square through the presidential campaign of Benjamin Carson. But in connecting with his political constituency, Carson felt it necessary to downplay his denominational identity.

Big Picture of Ministry

January 29, 2016

Fundraising expert Lilya Wagner led nonprofit ministry leaders in a work session about funding their ministry activities. These leaders previously participated in two training sessions about developing strong and viable ministries in partnership with God.

Puget Sound Adventist Deaf Ministries leaders were surprised when 21 guests came to learn from deaf guest speaker Francisca Trexler about two topics: tithing and health. Ministry leaders are planning a second session with Trexler at Seattle's Volunteer Park Church in the fall of 2016.

Middleton Church Hosts Fifth Annual Craft and Health Fair

January 25, 2016 / Marilyn Purcell

What began with a question five years ago about community outreach has blossomed into a Middleton annual mainstay. 2015 represented the fifth consecutive year of the Craft and Health Fair coordinated by church members Jamie and Cesi Alwes. As summer comes to a close and the local community transitions into fall, the Middleton Church hosts several vendors and local community members to promote biblical principles of health and healing.

Luncheon Honors ACS Volunteers

January 21, 2016 / Tamara Michalenko Terry

More than 20 individuals were honored at the Upper Columbia Conference Adventist Community Services (UCC ACS) Appreciation Luncheon. Two of those honorees worked for more than 25 years in their areas of service. Others received five-year and 10-year honor pins.

Attendees had a good time sharing their stories of ministry in their own community while others gleaned ideas they could emulate in their neighborhood. 

Forest Park Invites Community to Study Bible

January 21, 2016 / Jason Morgan

The gospel of Matthew is filled with many soul-winning examples in the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.

The most climactic and often quoted words of the Master are found in Matt. 28:18–20, where Jesus commissions His followers to “go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them … .” The promise is then given that He will be with us as we seek to do all in our power to reach and save souls that are seeking the truth as it is in Jesus.

Salem Central Celebrates Special Sabbath

January 21, 2016 / Charlene Bennett

Sept. 26, 2015, was a very special Sabbath at Salem Central Church in Oregon as 13 people were baptized. Each of them gave a testimony before his or her baptism. Members were all blessed and pray that the Lord will continue to lead each of them as they step out in faith.

Two Special Events Bless Ketchikan Members

January 20, 2016 / Sandy James

Members of the Ketchikan Church were blessed with two special events in October and November. First, Tracy and Zara Nesbitt joined the Ketchikan Church by profession of faith on Oct. 31, 2015. Then Anthony Lupro joined through baptism on Nov. 7, 2015. Lupro has been studying the Bible with the Nesbitts. Both services were conducted by Don Anderson, pastor.