News for 2018

Which Church Would You Join?

July 06, 2018 / Ernie Jones

Joe and Ann (not their real names) felt both hurt and shock as the words slammed into their hearing. Sadness fell upon them as they left the meeting that Sabbath morning, never to return. He had lived there since a toddler, she since marrying him some 30 years earlier.

The church was small, always seeking helpers, and both Joe and Ann were willing to step in as teacher, deacon, pianist, elder, just where needed. They were a friendly couple, doing their part in helping the small church thrive.

Now fast forward 18 years.

Active Prayer, Personal Ministry

July 06, 2018 / John Freedman

One day, after a short absence from Jesus, the disciples found Him praying. Being totally absorbed in His communion with the Father, Jesus was unaware of their presence. He continued to pray aloud. Listening to His prayer, the hearts of the disciples were deeply moved.

As Jesus finished praying, they asked Him to teach them to pray. Jesus then gave His disciples what we call the Lord’s Prayer. It’s a beautiful model of prayer He first taught them during the Sermon on the Mount.

Then Jesus illustrated the lesson on prayer with a profound story.

Why What Happened in Guatemala Matters Here

July 02, 2018

Sixteen young Walla Walla University students and pastoral interns learned something life-changing through their evangelistic trip to Retalhuleu, Guatemala, during spring break, March 22–April 1. They all knew it in theory, but for the first time some of them directly experienced how eternal decisions are made when the Spirit moves. 

Takers and Givers

June 29, 2018 / Dick Duerksen

Yesterday’s mail brought my copy of our new Bank of America Cash Rewards Visa card. Solid metal. With a golden chip that identifies me, my age, my appearance, my passwords, the name of my dog, my mother’s maiden name and what I usually eat for breakfast.

It’s bright red. With the BofA logo splashed across the front. On the back it has my personal private number, a security code and a wonderful silver hologram of a dove rising into a bright red sky. The bottom line praises me for being a member since 1972. We’re celebrating 46 years of being together!

PAA Students Provide Relief for Terminal Patient

June 29, 2018 / Liesl Vistaunet

"You’re loved. You’re cared for. You’re valued." These words can make all the difference to someone facing a terminal cancer diagnosis, months of recovery after a heart attack or isolation due to years of a debilitating mental illness.

This is the daily work of Sharon Crosby, a social worker with Adventist Home Health in Portland, Ore.

Retreat Focuses on 'Triumphant Despite Scars'

June 29, 2018 / Kathy Marson

“During the weekend of the Hispanic Women's Retreat, 'El Retiro de Damas,' the Lord allowed me to touch the edge of His cloak,” says Angelica Vasquez. Vasquez is one of more than 290 women in attendance at this year’s retreat at Camp MiVoden in Hayden, Idaho.

Renton Members Deliver Grace for Easter

June 29, 2018 / Randy Maxwell

Desiring to bless their community at Easter, the Renton (Wash.) Church bought $2,000 worth of grocery store gift cards and gave them all away.

Their plans for the Easter weekend began along the lines of a one-time music and preaching event. When they weighed the cost of a one-and-done event against a demonstration of grace, the choice was simple.

Pleasant Valley Pathfinders Post Colors at Division Pathfinder Bible Experience

June 29, 2018

The roar of the 15-member West Palm Beach (Fla.) Pathfinders drum corps heralded the entrance of Oregon’s Pleasant Valley Pathfinders color guard as they prepared to perform the first-ever flag presentation and posting for the 2018 North American Division-level Pathfinder Bible Experience (NAD PBE) event, held April 21 in Florida.

Led by teen Pathfinder Timothy Fullard-Leo, the color guard was part of the three PBE teams from Pleasant Valley Church, each of which qualified for the largest NAD PBE ever. This year’s PBE focused on the books of Esther and Daniel.