In early December 2017, the Chehalis (Wash.) Church celebrated the retirement of their pastor, David Glenn, and his wife, Tomi, after 45 years of service to God.
Church and community members filled the seats to appreciate the Glenns. The program was equally packed with musical arrangements from the Chehalis wind and string ensemble conducted by David Glenn.
“We shed buckets of tears; it was quite an emotional day,” says Glenn, who served as Chehalis pastor for nine years. “There is a lot of love among the family of God, and we experience that very strongly that day.”
The Long Creek Church held their annual Christmas fellowship dinner on Dec. 16, 2017, for the Long Creek community in Oregon. The event was well-attended, and extra seats had to be tucked into the corners. According to the mathematical wizards and bean counters, 69 people came to enjoy the meal. If one subtracts the helpers who came from the Walla Walla, Wash., area to provide the inspirational Christmas music singalong and other valuable assistance, 55 eager Christmas celebrants from the local area came to fellowship together.
Camp MiVoden in Hayden, Idaho, received the Norm Middag Award of Excellence at the recent Association of Adventist Camp Professionals (AACP) meeting held Nov. 28 to Dec. 3, 2017, at Pine Springs Ranch in California.
Adventist camps apply for this award each year. In fact, last year Camp MiVoden received the Norm Middag certificate for two areas of excellence — programming and activities. The award this year is for all areas of summer camp, which is why it is called the Award of Excellence. The Norm Middag Camp of the Year Award went to Florida's Camp Kulaqua.
“Get rid of all your stuff now. It may have meaning for you — but not for us.” — the children and grandchildren
Growing old can be ugly. Stressful, even, especially as our parents grow ill and require additional time and resources. It is painful to feel the fabric of life unwind as we try to wrap it more tightly. “Safety,” “dignity” and “protection” shift meanings as muscles defy commands and memories fog.
There was an island where a few Englishmen, Frenchmen and Germans lived in 1914. It was so remote that news arrived every 60 days. In September, when news finally came, they learned that for more than six weeks now English and French people had been fighting over the sanctity of treaties against Germans.
Terry Johnsson, vice president of mission integration for the Pacific Northwest Region of Adventist Health in Portland, Ore., was the first Adventist recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the city of Portland. The award was presented to him at the 33rd Anniversary Celebration of the “Keep Alive the Dream” Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute held in Portland on Jan. 15, 2018.
Montana Conference has a new vice president for administration and finance. Matthew Kirk has accepted the invitation of the conference board of directors and will bring a wide range of ministry and business experience to the role in February.
Kirk comes to the Montana Conference from Turlock, Calif., where he has been the pastor since 2015. He served as an associate pastor at the Bakersfield and Kern River churches in central California from 2012to 2015.
I can picture him as if he and I were standing together just yesterday. But the memories are of my childhood friend, Rafael, who was crippled. While the rest of us played soccer, kickball or baseball, Rafael would stand on the sidelines, leaning on his crutches, content to watch his neighborhood buddies work up a sweat.