News for 2017

Students Discover Ancient Coins on Bible Lands Study Tour

November 17, 2017 / Kyler Alvord

In a modern society, people tend to assume all traces of the past have already been tucked away in museums. But when 41 Walla Walla University (WWU) students roamed the Middle East during the Bible Lands Study Tour this past summer, two participants uncovered a piece of history.

Toward the end of the group’s nearly four-week trip, seniors Sara Bumgardner and Sarah Thompson found two fifth-century coins in the ancient town of Laodicea, part of present-day Turkey.

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.

Oregon Pathfinders Take on Pathfinder Challenge

November 16, 2017 / Marion Pielaet

As kids head back to school many of them are sharing great memories of their summer time, stories of summer camp or vacations with the family. For some they are telling of their adventures at the Pathfinder Challenge, which was held the first weekend of August at an old timber farm in Sweet Home, Ore.

Milo Adds Free-Range Eggs to Agriculture Program

November 16, 2017 / Kathy Hernandez

A generous friend of Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., donated approximately 350 chicks to Milo’s agriculture program. According to Jeff Birth, Milo's agriculture director, in addition to providing eggs for the cafeteria, the now-grown chickens provide assistance with pest management in the gardens and accelerate the compost operation.

Meridian Launches God’s Closet, Overwhelmed by Response

November 16, 2017 / Sandra Blackmer

When Meridian Church pastor Michael Pearson encouraged his church members to prayerfully consider developing acts of kindness projects to reach people in their community, church treasurer Beverly Logan had an idea: Maybe we should organize a God’s Closet.

A local church community services initiative started by lay members in 2009 and supported by North American Division (NAD) Adventist Community Services (ACS), God’s Closet is gaining momentum and being embraced by local churches divisionwide.

Adventist Health Portland Affiliates With OHSU

November 15, 2017

Adventist Health Portland and Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) formally announced an agreement this week to form an affiliation to better serve the metropolitan population of Portland, Ore. This relationship becomes effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Under the affiliation, both organizations will operate as a unified system of clinical services and share a financial bottom line for those services. Each, however, will retain its unique mission, existing hospital licenses, capital assets and employees.

Adventist Health Honors Physicians’ Commitment to Healing

November 15, 2017 / Sandra Meyers

There are a lot of wonderful reasons to live in a small, rural community, but having access to great medical care whenever you need it is not usually one of them. Unless, that is, you choose to live in Welches, Ore., a quaint community located at the base of Mount Hood. In Welches, you are never too far from excellent care provided by Murlan Grise, who provides primary care and emergency medicine to patients at Adventist Health’s Hoodland medical office.

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.