News for November 2017

PAA Unplugs From Media

November 24, 2017 / Liesl Vistaunet

Portland Adventist Academy media and persuasion (MP) students are asking tough questions about how screens are shaping their generation and how they can be different.

As digital natives, most teenagers don’t know a life without convenience and entertainment at their fingertips. But to examine their media habits, the MP students, all seniors, chose to fast from screen-media for four days. They called their project-based learning (PBL) “PAA Unplugged.” More than 40 students and staff participated.

NPUC Children's Leadership Conference Draws Hundreds

November 23, 2017

More than 300 children's ministries leaders from around the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) attended the NPUC Children's Leadership Conference (CLC) held Oct. 12–15, 2017, in Portland, Ore.

The event theme of "God's Construction Zone" promoted a vision of "building leaders for today's kids." Sherri Uhrig, North American Division children's ministries director, cut the "construction site" ribbon to open the session. Everyone was given a hard hat to complete the construction motif. The energy of the event was heightened throughout by well-known keynote speaker José Rojas.

Byrd Called to Serve in Southern Oregon

November 23, 2017 / Jennifer Burkes

Charles Byrd recently answered the call to pastor Oregon's Grants Pass and Cave Junction churches. When asked how he and his wife, Karen, were led to southern Oregon, the response was direct: “I want to be where the Lord leads.” In ministry, Byrd hopes others will seek a connection to Jesus. He wants everyone to desire to share the gospel.

Discussions, Texting Inspire UCA Week of Prayer Topics

November 22, 2017 / Brisa Ramirez

Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., experienced week of prayer in October presented by Jason Calvert, youth pastor of the Kettering Church in Ohio. Eric Johnson, UCA principal, led staff in morning prayers asking God to bless the students and Calvert during these special opportunities to connect with Christ.

Auburn Committee of 100 Covers Special Projects

November 21, 2017 / Mickey Demma

More than $125,000 was donated to Auburn Adventist Academy’s nonbudgeted projects during a business brunch on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, thanks to the Committee of 100.

The Committee of 100 began in 1993 to provide funding for special projects for Auburn Adventist Academy. Members pledge a minimum of $500 per year and hold the right to vote on collective fund distribution. This year’s attendance of more than 100 reached an all-time high for the committee's nearly 25 years of existence.

MEA Students Work for Warmth

November 21, 2017 / Michael Lee

Several students and staff from Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) in Bozeman, Mont., recently teamed up with church members from the community to reach out to the local homeless population. Being homeless in Montana is not the easiest. The winter months get bitterly cold, and one can often find homeless men, women and even children standing on a street corner with cardboard signs asking for help.

Kettle Falls Offers Free Lunch

November 20, 2017 / Marilyn Morgan

When Kettle Falls (Wash.) Church members were asked by another local area church if they would be interested in taking over providing free community meals each Thursday, Patty Marsh felt convicted that she should step up to the plate and lead out in this adventure. Soon others agreed to help. It seemed like a lot of work and a huge commitment, but Marsh was determined to accept the challenge of what she knew was a calling from the Lord.

Riverside Hosts Apple Festival

November 20, 2017 / Julie Natiuk

The 27th annual Riverside Christian School Apple Festival was held in Washougal, Wash., on Oct. 8, 2017. Church members and school families volunteered for weeks to prepare for the largest school fundraiser of the year. The volunteers spent two Sundays in October making pies and dumplings. They baked and froze more than 800 dumplings and 300 pies that were available for pick-up before and on the day of the festival. On the day of, they served pies and dumplings hot out of the oven with ice cream. As in the past, all pies and dumplings sold out.