Few schools can claim the outdoors as their classroom. However, that is exactly what Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) does. Every year, MEA students spend the first week of classes outside at either outdoor school or senior survival. Montana offers a rich outdoor experience and countless ways to connect with God through nature, and MEA takes full advantage of its location in Bozeman.
The Moscow (Idaho) Church loves to promote and encourge our young people to not just attend church but "do church."
We have a Sabbath in which young people handle the entire church service, including song service, Scripture reading and visual demonstrations including a skit about trust and faith. For another visual, a paper chain represented all the prayers from the cradle roll and kindergarten classes. These visual reminders of God's love, grace and mercy in action are so powerful.
When a person hears about Adventists or Ellen White for the first time, the following action is typically a Google search. The term, “Seventh-day Adventists” is searched more than 74,000 times per month, and “Ellen White” receives an average of 27,000 monthly queries.
According to the latest research, what shows up prominently in these search result listings is not official Adventist content but that of other churches, magazines, spiritual discussion sites or news sites. And as many church members are already aware, this content is not always favorable.
LifeSource Community Church, part of the Upper Columbia Conference, is a small church located on Government Way in Hayden, Idaho. This church family has a huge heart for reaching people for Jesus. One very significant way in which they reach the unchurched is by serving breakfasts and sharing Bible texts with the homeless.
One of the internet’s greatest gifts to me is the recurring picture of two fighting siblings in an “I Love You” shirt — a single T-shirt, worn by both parties, that almost forces the kids to hug and be close to each other. Perhaps it works as a deterrent to the unnecessary noise and conflicts that operate extensively on a parent’s nerves (and hallelujah if it does, as these can be desperate times). But we all know forced affection, agreements and apologies fall short of the real thing.
“Look out your window and see the sunset,” a man called and said to his estranged wife. “Enjoy it, because it’s one of the last sunsets you’ll ever see.”
He wasn’t joking. Several nights later he broke into her home and murdered her and one of their teenage sons. Then he shot himself. Their surviving son witnessed the murder/suicide nightmare.
Francisco Brito was a young boy in the Dominican Republic when he first met Jesus.
“From that day, Jesus and His love seized my heart and became the only and sufficient motivation for my ministry,” Brito recalls. “Meeting Jesus was an overwhelming experience that also gave me the privilege of associating with Him to spread the good news and the power of His love.”
Vacation Bible School, held from June 25–29 at the Kettle Falls (Wash.) Church, had 28–36 children attending. With adult/teen/parent helpers, attendance reached a total of 56.
Says Joyce Marsh, who organized the program, “It was a good week with great church support and all working together with a kind spirit.” Beginning at 9 a.m., the classes lasted until noon, when children were handed a fruit treat as they left.