News for 2017

AAA Reaches Community Through Music

December 18, 2017 / Amber Pettey-Torres

Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) music teachers have expanded their programs and are taking them into the surrounding community. The department is led by Melia Williams, choral and drama director, and Trenton Russell, instrumental music director. Both have years of experience and have dedicated their lives to their area of expertise.

Washington Churches Celebrate Spirit of Joy and Giving

December 16, 2017 / Katie Henderson

Thanksgiving Blessings

On a Sabbath morning at New Life Adventist Ministry in Fife, Wash., members were talking about how they were going to collect food items, pack them into boxes and determine what families would appreciate the holiday gift.

During the discussion, it came to the members' attention that the church they rent from had been collecting food items — canned food, bread, stuffing and so on — and had too much to use for their ministry.

AMEN Tacoma Meets Community Medical Needs

December 14, 2017 / Heidi Baumgartner

Melody was diagnosed with a brain tumor back in July. She had had cancer previously, it had gone into remission, and then it came back. She started a treatment plan first with radiation and then with plans for chemotherapy.

She went to visit her oncologist, who ended up not being willing to sign off on Melody’s chemo treatment because she had an infected tooth. She told her medical provider she didn’t have dental insurance and couldn’t afford treatment out of pocket.

Collaboration Provides Quality Education

December 11, 2017 / Greg Reseck

The students at Cedarbrook Adventist Christian School (Hadlock, Wash.) and Poulsbo (Wash.) Adventist School spent two days together this fall studying chum salmon runs on the Olympic Peninsula.

The chum salmon can be identified by the molted dark skin and dark vertical blotches as they return to the rivers to begin spawning in the summer or late fall.

Students visited Greg Reseck's farm and enjoyed playing in the barn, taking hayrides and feeding horses.

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.

Cascade Eagles Complete Seventh Annual 'Apple Pie Make' Fundraiser

November 19, 2017 / Katie Henderson

Once a year, at 8 a.m., the Cascade Eagles Pathfinders of North Cascade Church in Burlington, Wash., gather together to raise funds by making apple pies.

The apple pie fundraiser started in 2010 as a more efficient way to help raise funds to attend the International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wis., which happens once every five years.

Washington Conference Hosts Local Communication Summit

November 17, 2017 / Katie Henderson

Fifty-five pastors, teachers, students and local communicators gathered in October for a Local Communication Summit at the Washington Conference to learn how to use social media effectively for the church.

Keynote trainer Jamie Jean Schneider Domm, North American Division digital strategist, presented three topics: the best practices for social media; the use of tracking, Google Analytics and Facebook ads to reach the target audience; and the social media mission field.

Education Joins Sunset Lake Camp for Outdoor School

November 15, 2017 / Katie Henderson

Washington Conference Office of Education joined with Sunset Lake Camp in Wilkeson, Wash., to provide students with a different learning environment early October.

“[Outdoor School] is great for the kids and gets them out of the classroom,” says Leanna Decker, Poulsbo (Wash.) Adventist School teacher. “I wish we could do all education outdoors. Kids love it.”

Fun and educational activities helped students grow in different aspects of their lives, whether it was being patient about catching a fish or learning to work together during team-building activities.