News for January 2019

All Nations Center Welcomes New Pastor, New Members

January 31, 2019 / Suellen Lines / native american, baptism

All Nations Center (ANC) in Wapato, Wash., was blessed to welcome our new district pastor, Sean Day, in September 2018. Day and his family moved from Florida and have been excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest, where they grew up.

Since arriving, Day and the All Nations Center has been blessed to welcome new members to God’s flock. The church celebrated six baptisms and two professions of faith in 2018.

Sunnyside Pathfinders, Adventurers Fill Thanksgiving Baskets

Energy was flowing in Portland, Ore., as the Sunnyside Pathfinder and Adventurer clubs gathered the Sunday before Thanksgiving to pack Thanksgiving baskets. The clubs partner with the church and with Union Gospel Mission each year to get names of families in need and provide them with food, including many fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. On Nov. 18, 2018, 46 food baskets were packed and handed out.

Lay-led Movement Builds Momentum, Changes Lives

A group of Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) alumni determined in 2004 to do something to positively impact their beloved school. Thus began a volunteer movement that has enabled hundreds of students to get a Christian education.

FoundationONE’s professionally managed endowment now has $3.5 million in assets. The fund’s income is more than $150,000 annually, and this money is distributed to qualified UCA students each year in the form of grants and scholarships.  

Auburn Adventist Academy Aces 'Oklahoma!'

The lights turn on and the stage is set as the audience is immersed in a field of corn stalks and blue sky. As the music begins with “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” the audience settles in further for the Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) production of Oklahoma!

As an annual tradition now, AAA’s Sylvan Chorale, with additional cast and crew, delighted the audience with the rollicking but meaningful production of this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. Many of the musical numbers were familiar classics, and people could be heard humming the tune throughout the crowd.

Healing a Big Heart

Miriam Salvador has always had a big heart for her heritage and culture. A resident of the Acoma Reservation in northwestern New Mexico, Salvador spends her free time sewing, designing Indian art and making traditional clothing. As an outpouring of her love for her culture and community, she gifts these to her friends and neighbors.

Billings School Hosts 'FUN-raiser'

January 28, 2019 / Renae Young / Education, Youth, Outreach

The word “fundraiser” often conjures up a variety of reactions. However, whatever the reaction, there is one fact that cannot be denied. For many Seventh-day Adventist schools, especially small ones, fundraisers are an essential component in helping to keep the schools running or providing scholarship assistance to students in need.

A popular fundraiser in many areas is a dessert auction. Homemade delicacies are sold for exorbitant prices to excited bidders wanting to support their school and enjoy a baked treat.

Sandy Offers Free Dental Clinic

The Sandy (Ore.) Church provided a total of 86 adults and children with free dental care on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Church members and other volunteers from the community partnered with volunteer dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants to offer dental exams with X-rays, dental cleanings, fillings and extractions with a combined estimated value of $37,300. The dental equipment and chairs were provided by Caring Hands Worldwide, a charitable organization with headquarters in Lowell, Ore., and founded by Adventist church members Cedric and Julie Hayden.