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Forest Park School Creates Culture of Kindness

It all began in August when the sixth through eighth grade students of Forest Park Adventist Christian School in Everett, Wash., decided to become secret agents of kindness. They each chose an agent name and as a class decided on acts of kindness they could perform at school, such as smiling at everyone they meet, picking up litter around the school, writing letters of affirmation to the staff or fellow students, and giving flowers or compliments every day.

Deaf Christian Women’s Ministry Seeks Sponsors

In 2002, a group of deaf women decided to start a women’s retreat for deaf women in the Pacific Northwest. The deaf women are members of a completely different people group with their own rich language and culture.

In the past, deaf women attended the hearing women’s retreat and enjoyed the hotel, meals and meeting hearing ladies. But it was a challenge for them to focus on the speaker and interpreter.

Thousands Enjoy Annual Nativity Scene

February 10, 2019 / Kathy Marson / Christmas, nativity, Church, Outreach

For about 30 years a beautiful Nativity display has sat next to I-90 in the Spokane, Wash., area, where hundreds of thousands of cars pass by and see the story of Jesus birth told simply with lights. This Christmas tradition began when a concerned member of the ACLU complained about a Nativity placed in a public, city-owned golf course in Spokane.

Each Christmas this golf course set up an abundance of lighted displays for the enjoyment of the community. But the story of Jesus had to go.

Christmas Program Empowers Special Needs Children

It was a quiet October day when the phone rang and interrupted the normal day-to-day sounds of Desiree White’s day.

“Who could that be?” White wondered as she answered the phone and said hello.

Nitza Salazar, Washington Conference children’s ministries coordinator, had heard about White and her adopted family through friends and community. As Salazar explained her passion for children’s ministries and request, White was overjoyed at hearing of the first-ever children’s ministries Christmas program, Drummer Boy, featuring a main cast of children with special needs.

Academies Pursue Rock-Solid Connection

For Adventist academies, vespers programs and good connections (also known as networking) are key elements of the school environment. On Nov. 30, 2018, thanks to student leadership, connections and student-led vespers programing came together in Battle Ground, Wash., as Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) chaplain Aaron Payne and the campus ministries team invited Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) of Portland, Ore., to join them in worship and praise to the God who unites us.

Pastors Model Crucial Conversation Process

February 07, 2019 / Heidi Baumgartner / Church, pastors

How do you facilitate a crucial conversation? You start small with one-on-one conversations, expand to a larger core group and then include a larger audience.

This model was demonstrated during Washington Conference Pastors’ Meeting on Jan. 7, 2019, when pastoral staff engaged in a conversation about race and unity.

“This is a difficult subject because racism is a spiritual stronghold and the biggest impediment to love,” acknowledges Bill Roberts, Washington Conference ministerial director.