Excellence in thought is one of the Walla Walla University (WWU) four core themes. In few places is that excellence more apparent than in the honors general studies program. “The program provides an alternate general studies curriculum, which features smaller, interdisciplinary, team-taught classes,” says Cynthia Westerbeck, WWU professor of English and honors program director. “These seminar-style classes focus on active learning through reading and discussion of primary texts.”
Adventist and community volunteers came out to support Kitsap Peninsula residents at the Adventist Medical Evangelism Network (AMEN) Port Orchard, Wash., clinic on Aug. 17 and 19, 2018. AMEN clinics help communities by providing residents who have limited or no insurance with free access to medical, dental and vision care that otherwise might be too expensive or too far.
Gary McLean, veteran and Port Orchard resident, says that, even though he has free access as a veteran to health care, the travel cost is too much for his monthly budget.
Eric Johnson, principal of Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., began presession meetings this August by sharing with the staff how over the summer he spent time studying the Three Angels’ Messages and was convicted we need to have a refocus on the special message that God has given the Adventist Church.
At the July 2018 meeting of the Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) executive committee, Archie Harris was voted to be the new associate education superintendent. Harris fills the vacancy left by Rochelle Stanton, who moved to Arizona with her husband, John Stanton.
Harris grew up in a family of educators. His mom and dad taught in elementary schools in the Montana Conference, and his mom’s parents were public school teachers in eastern Montana.
As Everett Indonesian Adventist Church members marched in a local Fourth of July parade, the nearly 40,000 people watching spotted bright blue shirts coming down the road. As the church group came closer, the words “Get Ready” on the T-shirt fronts caught people’s attention.
Amid music, songs and trumpets sounded by parade participants, the church members led by Julyamin Hutauruk, pastor, waited in the parade line for their number to be called. When their time came, they headed into the parade line with a banner that proudly displayed their church name.
Current research says … “Traits and skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, social skills, persistence, creativity and self-control are vitally important to children’s full development.” In their article Making Whole-child Education the Norm, Garcia and Weiss (2016) echo numerous contemporary authors and researchers identifying the need for the education of youth to reach well beyond classroom instruction and textbooks. But these modern perspectives only affirm what Adventist parents and teachers have known for a long time.
The Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) executive committee invited Walter Pintos-Schmidt in July 2018 to lead a new department — multicultural ministries. This new department will encompass Hispanic, Slavic, Native American and multiethnic ministries in UCC. Pintos-Schmidt says, “Its overarching goal is to plant the kingdom of God in the heart of people in their communities.”
After a four-year hiatus, on Aug. 17–19, 2018, the Eagle River and Wasilla churches, both pastored by Carl Butler Jr., held their highly anticipated combined services at the Lake Lucille campground. The weekend service was planned with the intent to bring the two churches together in fellowship as the theme dictated, “One Body of Christ.”
Eighty-one church members attended the weekend; 10 of those were visitors from other churches. Although the month of August had been rainy, God blessed the group with beautiful, sunny weather.