News for 2017

Cedar Creek Church Welcomes New Members

December 20, 2017 / Marty Jackson

Nov. 11, 2017, was a high day for the Cedar Creek Church in Woodland, Wash., as we had the joy of baptizing four new members into the church family: Brian and Donna Miner and Pat and Lon Tweed.

Both Brian and Lon were members of the Adventist Church years ago but drifted away from God and His church. Each of them had children and eventually got remarried.

PAA Scholarship Auction Raises $103,000

December 16, 2017 / Liesl Vistaunet

A remarkable $103,000 in donations made for a record-breaking night at the Portland Adventist Academy Student Scholarship (PAASS) Auction. The support reflects a faith and love for Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) as it serves students a Christ-centered and character-driven education in Portland, Ore.

“It was absolutely amazing,” says Jason Bibb, acting PAA principal. “God brought our faithful supporters together to help students through PAASS. He is so good, and He has blessed PAA immensely.”

Sharon Church Welcomes New Pastoral Family

December 13, 2017 / Denise Williams

Members, friends and families of the Sharon Church in Portland, Ore., welcomed their new pastor, Garth Dottin, and his family — Melainie, Brooke and Levi — to the great Pacific Northwest and into their new church family on Oct. 21, 2017. It was a day of thanksgiving, praise, prayer and love as the pastor and his family were presented with kind words, love and gifts.

Dottin and family moved to the Sharon Church family from Ontario, Canada, where they were members of the Kitchener-Waterloo Church.

Western Deaf Camp Meeting Celebrates 40 Years

December 11, 2017 / Esther Doss

The annual Western Deaf Camp Meeting was held July 9–16, 2017, at Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore. This was an exciting event because this was the 40th anniversary of this camp meeting. This camp meeting was nearly historic with a large attendance of 143 people. Only one other year saw more people. People came from all over the United States including Iowa, Virginia, Maryland, Arkansas, Texas, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. 

Milo Students Help Neighbors

December 07, 2017 / Kathy Hernandez

Students at Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., recently took a school day to help elderly neighbors in their community. Milo has had a long tradition of helping with community needs over the years, but Neighbor Day became an official school program when Carl Wilkens was pastor of the Milo Academy Church.

CAA Chapel Highlights Quality Students

November 25, 2017 / Larry Hiday

Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) in Battle Ground, Wash., is blessed to have an increase in the number of students this year but as we all know, “it’s quality, not quantity.” This truism is supported by biblical stories like Gideon and the small gathering in the upper room prior to Pentecost with the ensuing outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

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.

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.