News for October 2017

Kirkland Ministry Hackathon Begins

October 22, 2017 / Heidi Baumgartner

Linden Goffar has a dream of bringing together developers and nondevelopers alike to accelerate ministry through technology. And he is doing something about it!

At the end of September, Goffar hosted the first session of a “hackathon” at Kirkland (Wash.) Church. He invited friends from local Adventist churches to come together for an evening of brainstorming. Twenty Seattle-area individuals responded to the invitation.

Upper Columbia Makes Difference in Houston

October 21, 2017 / Kathy Marson

A few weeks ago, a group of six individuals from Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) flew to Houston, Texas, to help with the relief efforts there. Hurricane Harvey uprooted thousands of families, destroying homes and businesses of all in its path.

Patty Marsh, Upper Columbia Conference Adventist Community Services coordinator, invited individuals to assist in any way they could.

“I felt a calling to help,” says Andy Wolfe. “I saw the need on Patty’s Facebook page and told Ted Berciu. We decided, hey, let’s do this.”

Washington Leaders Retreat to Advance

October 21, 2017 / Katie Henderson

For the first time, Washington Conference invited its administrators, directors, associates and interns to a leadership retreat at Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory near Anacortes, Wash., for three days. Smaller leadership teams have convened before, but not this team configuration.

CCA Students Hit the Road

October 20, 2017 / Julie Savino

The high school staff and students of Cascade Christian Academy (CCA) in Wenatchee, Wash., enjoyed their annual Trip Week, Sept. 5–8. While Trip Week is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about Washington state history, nature and careers, it is also a time when students grow closer as classmates before embarking on the new school year.

A Cathedral of Service

October 19, 2017 / Andreas Beccai

On Saturday afternoon, Volunteer Park Church members stood under the Alaskan Way Viaduct with our recently acquainted friends. They received a few hygiene kits packed 30 minutes earlier by our gathered community in lieu of our worship service.

A number of things struck me in those moments. I realized that scarcity had in this instance led to a generosity of spirit.

Upper Columbia Academy Honors Veterans

October 19, 2017 / Julie Hagele

Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., began its recent homecoming weekend by honoring Vietnam-era military veterans with a special monument dedication Sept. 29, 2017.

More than 200 alumni, veteran families and friends joined the UCA Choraliers, Symphony Orchestra and Octet gathered outside to recognize the 122 known alumni service men and women who served our country during the Vietnam era, 1960–1975. ­­During the service a monument was dedicated to honor those who served. 

Maranatha Launches Free Legal Clinic

October 18, 2017 / Heidi Baumgartner

Community advocate Carolyn Brown knows all about sandwich making, homeless feeding and community networking.

“After 14 years of feeding the homeless downtown [in Seattle, Wash.], I’ve learned a lot from sitting and talking with people,” Brown says in her matter-of-fact way. “They appreciate the sandwiches, socks and gloves. But what they wanted more was to be able to buy their own. Small legal issues kept them from working, getting a place or going to school. They couldn’t afford an attorney.”