News for January 2019

His Story, Our Story

January 15, 2019 / John Freedman

Long ago, on the Judean hills surrounding the city of Bethlehem, a small group of blue-collar laborers were on the night shift. Conscientious, curious and honest, they believed in God and hoped for the soon coming deliverer of Israel. On this night, God granted them the privilege of being a part of the most important story in the universe.

Falls City Celebrates Baptism

January 14, 2019 / Larry Scofield / Church, baptism

Virginia Elaine Webb was baptized Oct. 6, 2018, in the Falls City Church by Lary Brown, pastor. It was a very special day, as her 95-year-old mother, who had prayed for her all her life and was from the Palmer (Alaska) Church, was present along with all four of Webb's children with their families.

Singing Unites Whatcom Generations

January 13, 2019 / Heidi Baumgartner / Youth, Outreach

Singing “When the Saints Go Marching In” with gusto and with rhythm instruments in hand, children of the Bellingham, Wash., area enter a local rehabilitation center. They gather into formation and then offer to share their instruments with the residents so they too can sing and play along.

Pastor Serves Through Crises

January 13, 2019 / Jay Wintermeyer / chaplain, Outreach, police

When Greg Griffitts got into the patrol car for the first time in Hermiston, Ore., he didn’t know he’d be sitting in many more police vehicles in the future. After all, it’s not the most common hangout for an Adventist pastor.

Almost five years ago, Griffitts was approached by another pastor friend who had been serving as a police chaplain. “Greg, I think you would really enjoy chaplaincy,” his friend said.

Trout Creek Church Sponsors Annual Harvest Party

January 12, 2019 / Martha Petty / Church, Trout Creek

The Trout Creek (Mont.) Church annual harvest party was held Sunday afternoon, Oct. 21, 2018, at Ray Langford’s ranch. The community was invited to give church members an opportunity to get to know their neighbors and learn how we can meet their needs. More than 100 attended from the surrounding area, some from as far away as 80 miles.

PAA Students Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

Students enrolled in Spanish classes at Oregon’s Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) celebrated Hispanic Heritage and Cultures Month (mid-September through mid-October) through events, contests and special cultural experiences supported by the school’s chapter of the national Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH), an honor society for students learning Spanish.