News for September 2018

Women’s Ministries Participates in Portland Women’s Expo

September 30, 2018 / Terrie Leen-Griebel

Oregon Conference women’s ministries participated for the third year at the Portland Women’s Expo held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore.

Portland Women’s Expo is sponsored by the Portland Women’s Resource Initiative (PWRI), which is a nonprofit organization. The ultimate goal of PWRI is to build a resource center for women to help them gain resources to successfully sustain themselves and their families.

Biker Picnic

September 29, 2018 / Dick Duerksen

For each of the last 15 years, the King’s Riders of the Washington State Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) host a special meal in the park for other bikers. Like, for the Bandidos, the Hombres, the Eagles and other Rebels. Christian bikers, laying a spread for scores of biker families who have little or no exposure to anything Christian.

Children and Anxiety

September 29, 2018 / Ginger Ketting-Weller

I want to write about something of great import to any of you who love a child. Let’s see if I can articulate this.

We have evermore-anxious children. Watch the tears of the elementary kids as they get older. See how the junior high kids worry. Watch the cares and concerns of the teenagers, the fears of the college students. Anxiety fills our air. Researchers are noticing the signs and effects of it in our young ones.

Why is this?

Here’s what I think: We were not built to bear the increase of knowledge.

Graduate Education Programs Include Online Option

September 28, 2018

The WWU School of Education and Psychology offers three master’s degree programs in several areas of specialization. Students can choose a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), a Master of Education (MEd) or a Master of Initial Teaching (MIT). Areas of specialization include curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, literacy instruction, and special education.

Milo Welcomes New Staff

September 28, 2018 / Kathy Hernandez

Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., is happy to welcome eight new staff members to the Milo family for the 2018–2019 school year.

Mark and Cheryl Alder are engineers from Palmer, Alaska. Mark is excited to be returning to his alma mater to begin a new career as a physics, chemistry and math teacher. Cheryl will be continuing to home school their three younger children, while their two older children attend Milo and Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn.   

Children, Adults #SayYesToJesus at Leadership Training

September 27, 2018 / Heidi Baumgartner

Eleven-year-old Angie came with her mother to the first ever Washington Conference Children’s Ministry Leadership Retreat. Her task was to be one of the retreat helpers.

Angie is shy. Yet she faithfully helped in the background, watched the puppet shows, went with fellow helpers to a session on helping children learn how to pray and slowly emerged from her shy shell.

By the end of the weekend, Angie was transformed to #SayYesToJesus. She was often the first to volunteer for the next task or errand and frequently asked, “What else can I do?”

Northwest-Wide Strategic Plan

September 26, 2018

North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee members affirmed an updated unionwide strategic plan during their Aug. 22, 2018, meeting in Ridgefield, Wash. This plan also serves as a catalyst for a continuing emphasis on young adult engagement through the Growing Young cohort project.

The collaborative approach to mission, combining input from union and local conference representatives​, is an effort to move toward a common goal without diminishing the unique roles for local and regional areas of the church.