News for December 2018

Interdisciplinary Project Kicks Off the Year at UCA

December 20, 2018 / Shelley Bacon

“When students write about something deeply personal and meaningful, they write well,” says Michelle Melendy, counselor and English teacher at Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash. She witnessed this during the 2017–18 school year when she gave her English students an assignment to write a devotional. The submissions were some of the students’ best work.

Help Alaska Let it Shine

December 13, 2018 / Missions and Outreach, Alaska, Arctic

The Arctic Mission Adventure (AMA) ministry of the Alaska Conference is seeking to raise the final $25,000 of its annual $300,000 goal. And, the deadline is coming soon.

But there’s a unique twist to this challenge. And the bald truth involves conference leadership. If the AMA goal is reached by Dec. 31, Kevin Miller, president, Jim Jensen, treasurer, and Tobin Dodge, AMA director, will shave their heads in support of the ministry. That puts a special shine on a worthwhile project.

NRLA Remembers Jack Bergman

EDITOR'S NOTE: Jack Bergman, former president of Walla Walla University and longtime champion of religious liberty throughout the Northwest and beyond, died in late October. He is remembered in the following words from Gregory Hamilton, Northwest Religious Liberty Association (NRLA) president.

This year we mourn the loss of H.J. “Jack” Bergman. Jack was a dedicated servant of God with a stellar career in education, both in the public and Adventist academic sector, including the following:

Bellingham Celebrates 125 Years of Serving Well

December 06, 2018 / Heidi Baumgartner

This year, Adventists are marking 125 years of ministry in Bellingham, Wash., with the completion of a new church facility on the sister ministry campus of Baker View Christian School.

When volunteer hours were recognized during the grand opening of the new church facility, the four-year individual total of volunteer hours ranged from 40 to 320 hours. Local volunteers were twice supported by Maranatha Volunteers International to complete the 16,000-square-foot facility.

Auburn Donors Continue Generous Legacy

December 05, 2018 / Stephanie Case

When Nadia Diaz was a freshman at Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA), she heard about the Committee of 100 that funds special academic projects.

“I saw joining as an opportunity for me to learn what goes on within the committee,” says Diaz, who is now a sophomore in college. “It was a chance for me to advocate for the classes that may not have extra funding, like the art classes.”

Deaf Adventists Encouraged to Share Gospel

December 05, 2018 / Heidi Baumgartner

The lights flicker for attention. Conversation continues. Leaders motion for attention repeatedly. Forty people in the room finally settle down. Church begins with a familiar ebb and flow.

And yet something is significantly and powerfully different: There is no extra sound in the room beyond an interpreter keeping the hearing portion of the audience informed.

This is Big Deaf Day at Washington's Puyallup Church, the second such event of the year, which drew an audience from Washington, Oregon, Tennessee and parts of Canada.

SIDEBAR: The First Amendment

December 05, 2018 / Church, Religious Liberty

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution clearly lays out prohibitions for the American government to promote or infringe on religion. It specifically uses the indefinite article "an" and not the definite article "the," which might otherwise be construed to apply only to a national or state-sponsored religion. The article "an" essentially means "any." The so-called religious establishment clause begins the amendment, which also speaks to the freedom of speech and the press. The implications of the amendment are unequivocal, not hard to understand.