News for 2018

Testing Without the Stressing

July 16, 2018 / Seth Pierce

As I write this latest installment of my monthly column, I am embarked on preparations for my Ph.D. qualifying exams this fall. This means my brain is overloaded with random bits of information pertaining to Husserl’s phenomenology, Derrida’s critique of that phenomenology, the history of radio (which includes the odious Father Coughlin and the heartbreaking Kristallnacht), the philosophy of the mirror’s double reflection, symbolic interactionism, and so so so so much more … so much more … .

First Project Completed at MEA With Matching Grant

July 12, 2018

On April 20, the Adventist Education Foundation (AEF) board voted to pledge up to $100,000 for maintenance projects and campus improvements at Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) in Bozeman, Mont., if the academy raised matching funds up to $100,000 by May 1, 2019.

The first project under this matching grant has been completed with Academy Drive being repaired, sealed and striped on July 1 under the direction of Brent Tungesvik, MEA maintenance director.

When You Grow Up

July 12, 2018 / Dick Duerksen

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

The young man who asked me the question was celebrating his sixth birthday and making some choices that would seriously impact his life.

I thought for a moment, relishing the taste of a very good birthday cake.

“A fireman,” I answered.

He considered, and then pronounced his blessings on my choice. We laughed, and he took me outside to break a piñata. That was long ago, but his question still echoes. Especially when I’m looking through old photos.

Right Outside Your Door

July 11, 2018 / Darin Patzer

My residence is in Washington, but I live in the state of Cognitive Dissonance.

Webster’s defines the term as the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions. Our subconscious mind gathers facts and trends that often go unrecognized in our busy, over-planned lives. But connecting the threads, I’ve lived my entire life with the sneaking suspicion I am living in the “last generation” of which Jesus spoke in Matthew 24.

'Un Cierto Lugar'

July 10, 2018 / César De León

La historia de Jacob es una historia impresionante. La Biblia nos dice: “Jacob salió de Berseba y se fue a Jarán. Al llegar a cierto lugar, se quedó allí a pasar la noche, porque el sol ya se había puesto. Tomó una de las piedras de aquel lugar y la puso como cabecera, y allí se acostó para dormir” (Gen. 28:10–11 énfasis añadido).

Youth Lead Sabbath at Eagle River Church

July 09, 2018 / Carl Butler Jr.

Youth led worship their way on May 5, 2018, at the Eagle River Church in Eagle River, Alaska. Every aspect of the Sabbath was directed by a young person, and they eagerly embraced the task of taking charge of each role within the liturgy.

The idea behind the special Sabbath was spearheaded by Carl Butler Jr., Eagle River Church pastor, and readily executed with the assistance of the youth leader and elders.

Caring Heart Award Winners for 2018

July 08, 2018

Thirteen Northwest academy students were each recipients of the $500 Caring Heart Award scholarship made possible through three-way funding from the North Pacific Union Conference, local conferences and academies. Students were selected by their schools for exemplifying the spirit of the Caring Heart — a willingness to serve others. The North American Division provided each student with a plaque and an engraved Bible. The scholarships may be used toward tuition at an Adventist school or on a short-term mission trip.


GYC Northwest Holds Convention

July 08, 2018 / Seth Roberts

On March 21–25, 2018, more than 150 young people from across the North Pacific Union gathered at the Village Church in College Place, Wash., for the 2018 Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC) Northwest convention. The main speakers, including Dee Casper, Taj Pacleb and Chad Kreuzer, presented powerful and thoughtful messages centered around the convention’s theme: "Return. Receive. Run."