News for 2018

'I Didn't Want To Go'

August 29, 2018 / Phil White

While growing up during the height of the Cold War, I came to view Russia and Russians as the enemy.

When the Iron Curtain finally fell in 1991, I was serving as a pastor in the Washington Conference. The following year, a delegation of Russian Adventists came to the Northwest, and I was asked to host them at my church. Furthermore, the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) had launched Operation Bearhug, and I had been invited to lead a six-week campaign.

Public Evangelism Is Alive and Well

August 28, 2018 / Bill McClendon

Several years ago, my wife and I had the privilege to plant a new church in Tulsa, Okla. I freely admit we had no idea what we were doing. We didn’t just want to plant another church, but a church like we read about in the book of Acts. God had put it in our hearts to start a church that would be relentlessly focused on reaching people with the gospel. We decided if we were going to live that out, evangelism would have to be the primary activity of our church. Over the next 10 years, we did a lot of traditional public evangelism — somewhere around 50 evangelistic meetings.

Pathfinders 'Come to the Table'

August 28, 2018 / Megan McCormick

"Come to the table. Come join the sinners who have been redeemed. Take your place beside the Savior. Sit down and be set free. Come to the table" (lyrics by Sidewalk Prophets).

In May 2018, 688 Pathfinders and staff attending this year’s Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) Pathfinder Fair sang this theme song before each worship talk, putting special emphasis on the idea of inviting all to come and fellowship with Jesus.

Poulsbo Pastor Ordained

August 27, 2018 / Katie Henderson

Family, friends, western Washington pastors and Washington Conference leaders filled the pews of the Poulsbo Church to support and celebrate the ordination of Ryan Rogers, Poulsbo Church pastor, on June 3, 2018.

Roundup Church RIDEs into the 4th of July

August 27, 2018 / Norma Trent

Finally, after the hail, the rain and the floods, there was a reason to celebrate in Roundup, Mont.

Every year the city celebrates the 4th of July with a big party called RIDE: or the Roundup Independence Day Extravaganza. This four-day event has kids' activities, concerts, rodeos (when there aren't floods), fireworks and parades. This was the 14th year of the RIDE celebration.

What Camp Meeting Is All About

August 27, 2018 / Dick Duerksen

Camp meeting. It was never really about camping.

Through the years, thousands of God’s children have Come to Meeting with pup-tents, family tents, funny little bicycle tents, trailers, campers, motor homes and even an occasional sleeping bag rolled out on an ancient army blanket.

But it’s never really been about camping.

This is where many of us make our finest lifelong friends.

Where we eat Pronto Pups and laugh with new friends.

Three Samoan Churches Host Youth Revival

August 26, 2018 / Marie Koreti Toilolo

Tacoma (Wash.) Samoa-Tokelau, Samoan Southside (Tacoma) and Des Moines (Wash.) Samoan church members gathered together for a two-week Youth Revival series, May 13–24, 2018, under the direction and leadership of Fred Toailoa, Tacoma Samoa-Tokelau Church pastor.

Dysfunctional Self-Sufficiency

August 25, 2018 / Seth Pierce

Recently I watched a TED Talk during which organizational consultant Yves Morieux discusses the lack of positive change in organizations. In my estimation that includes churches. He suggests the root of our issues relate to “complicatedness.”