News for August 2016

Four Things Church Members Do ... That Would Get Them Fired at Work

August 31, 2016 / Seth Pierce

I debated on placing a lot of qualifications on this article. You know, things like, “just because you do this doesn’t make you a bad person” or “this may describe you, but Jesus still loves you” or “I know you have been hurt by someone, and I understand why you do what you do” — but I could spend the entire column qualifying and kill the whole exercise. So, with that in mind, I present to you four glorious, silly things people of sound mind and body do, while claiming church membership, that would get them sacked at work.

PAA Summers Mean Learning, Working

August 31, 2016 / Liesl Vistaunet

Every summer at Portland Adventist Academy (PAA), sports camps, international student immersion courses and the Smart Start program bring more than 160 young people to PAA’s campus while creating work opportunities for current PAA students.

Basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball camps helped PAA build relationships with 148 elementary students. These potential future PAA students learned basic sports skills while making new friends each other.

Thousands of Books Shared During UCC Youth Rush

August 31, 2016 / Robert Koorenny

"I had a young man stop at my house” wrote Mrs. C, a Spokane, Wash., resident who was visited this summer by one of the 30 young people participating in Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) Youth Rush. “He handed me a small booklet titled Happiness for Life (Steps to Christ). … I sat down and started reading the book and couldn't put it down until I went to sleep. For me, at that moment, that booklet was exactly what I needed. I actually asked God to forgive my sins and come into my heart. I had a wonderful night because of that young man. That booklet has changed my life.

Kids Can Be Missionaries Too

August 31, 2016 / Warren Rushold

Ethiopia is almost halfway around the world from Portland. When Lucy Russell found out she was going there on a mission trip it was really scary, but, over time and with the help of her parents, she was ready when the time came. Here is her summary of the trip in her own words:

I had a very fun time in Ethiopia, except I got sick and had a minor head injury. My head is getting better now, and I’m not sick any more. We got to see hippos and ostriches. We also got to see monkeys and other cool animals.

Montana Youth Rush Partners With Local Churches

August 30, 2016

The Montana Youth Rush program partnered this summer with local churches to reach their local communities for Christ. More than 20 students took on the privilege of carrying God’s truth door to door to more than 20 cities and towns in Montana. As part of their outreach work, they invited people from six communities to attend the Shadow Empire weekend seminars presented in partnership with the Voice of Prophecy and local church pastors.

Torkelsen Passes Torch at UCA

August 30, 2016 / Tamara Michalenko Terry

Linnea Torkelsen is a name synonymous with Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash. She has worked with a number of principals and business managers to assist in miracle after miracle enabling students to attend UCA — an area she will no doubt continue on a personal level.

“She has an incredible gift for relationships and connections with others,” says Florence Lacey, UCA registrar. “If you’ve ever received her ‘hello, friend’ phone calls, you know she genuinely means it.”

'The Incredible Race' Held in Grants Pass

August 30, 2016 / Jennifer Burkes

Fifty children were part of the Incredible Race Vacation Bible School at the Grants Pass Church. The lower half of the church was transformed into turbocharged racing fun July 11–15 as the hallway became a racetrack and rooms became "checkpoints" for the race. 

"Racers" were registered trackside, then proceeded to the "grandstands." Each evening began with an assembly during which songs, skits and prayers were shared.