News for 2018

Colville's Graham Retires

September 13, 2018 / Debbie Stentzel

June Graham retired at the end of the 2017–2018 school year. She has been a teacher and principal at Colville (Wash.) Valley Junior Academy for the last five years.

Her husband, Rob, said it took quite a bit of persuasion to get his wife to a surprise retirement dinner, held June 3, 2018, at Chewelah (Wash.) Church fellowship hall. She didn’t want to crash somebody’s party. When she spotted her sister’s car, Graham realized the gathering was for her.

Old Truck Gets and Gives New Life

September 13, 2018 / Chris Evenson

“Do you want a truck?” That was a question I had never been asked before. I had the idea in the back of my mind for some time — the idea to fix up a vehicle to give to someone in our community — but didn’t know how to go about it. Then the Lord dropped the opportunity in our lap.

A member of our church family moved to another city and offered the church a truck. He thought maybe someone could use it. It was an old work truck that had seen its better days, but we accepted it and took on the challenge of fixing it up to give away.

Vacation Bible Schools Emphasize Service

September 12, 2018 / Katie Henderson

Every summer, churches host a Vacation Bible School filled with fun interactive activities for the youth in their community. This summer, Washington's Forest Park (Everett, Wash.) and Kent (Wash.) churches added service projects to their programs,

Forest Park partnered with Beautiful Soles, a local nonprofit committed to strengthening the community by providing socks and shoes to local youth in need.

The Forest Park VBS collected 70 pairs of shoes, surpassing their goal of 50, to donate to the children in Snohomish County who are in need as they begin school.

Monique Finds God through Hardship

September 12, 2018 / Linda Klinger

When Monique was 5 years old, her family moved from Corvallis, Ore., to the Pacific Coast resort town of Ixtapa, Mexico, where her dad got a job driving a tour bus. The family moved in with her father’s parents. It was not an ideal situation for raising a family. Dad was gone one to two months at a time. When he did come home, he was often impatient and verbally abusive. Mom worked 12-hour shifts as a waitress at a restaurant. So Grandma raised Monique and her younger sister and brother.

Forest Grove Women Enjoy Retreat

September 11, 2018 / Linda Seeber

A group of ladies from Forest Grove (Ore.) Church, along with a few women from the Hillsboro and Gaston churches, headed up to the Mount Hood Village Resort May 18, 2018, for a weekend filled with blessings from the Lord. God gave pleasant weather, which helped the group enjoy eating outdoors and going on beautiful walks in nature through the woods and along the river. The spiritual talks by Debbie Cox directed thoughts deeper into how to live balanced lives of devotion and industry from lessons in the lives of Mary, Martha and the Proverbs 31 woman.

Cedar Creek Celebrates Baptism

September 05, 2018

The month of June was a special time for the Cedar Creek Church because of a baptism for Brittney Anderson.

C.J. Anderson, a member of Cedar Creek Church, and Brittney were married three years ago at Cedar Creek. Brittney came from a different religious background and had been attending Cedar Creek Church while they were dating and after they were married. During this time Brittney helped in the children’s division at Sabbath School and also VBS.

SIDEBAR: Freshmen Get Jump-Start on College Success

September 04, 2018

To get college life started off on the right foot, WWU freshmen have the opportunity to be a part of JumpStart the week of Sept. 16–22. JumpStart is a week full of events and programs designed to help students learn about how WWU works and where they can find the resources to help them be successful in college.

2018 Business Graduate Gives Back to Field That Gave Her So Much

September 04, 2018

Yara Fernandez has her eyes set on giving back to the field of health care. After having three major surgeries as a child, she is determined to help people in need of health care as she once was. “I hope to make a difference in someone’s life like the hospital staff once did for me,” she says. “I want to help others. It is my passion, and it will continue to be as I take on this journey in health care.”