Tragedy struck the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017. Twenty-six people were killed and 20 injured in a church shooting. The news spread like wildfire and soon reached a little Adventist boarding academy in Days Creek, Ore.
The news happened to come during Milo Adventist Academy’s week of prayer. Everyone, including the entire sophomore class, was on their knees, praying for those hurt and for those who lost a loved one. During a class meeting later that week, the sophomores decided they wanted to do something, anything, to help the church.
One hot afternoon last summer a couple of U.S. Marines showed up at the front gate of Big Lake Youth Camp in Sisters, Ore., with a request: “Our platoon is working on a project over at Fish Lake this month. The team is hot and tired. Is there any chance we could come over and have a barbecue on your beach as a day off?”
“Our camp culture says that we try to find ways to say yes,” says Les Zollbrecht, Big Lake Youth Camp director. “That’s what we do — find a way to say yes so everyone can experience a love so compelling.”
A letter sent October 2, 2018, to the General Conference (GC) by the Oregon Conference requests that world church leadership adhere to approved policy regarding tithe funds returned directly to the GC. The letter from Dan Linrud, Oregon Conference president, to Ted N.C. Wilson, GC president, is in response to a directive action taken by the Oregon Conference Executive Committee on Aug. 30.
Singles from all around Oregon and Washington spent a beautiful Sabbath day on May 19, 2018, at the Holden Center in Gladstone, Ore., where Karl Haffner, who serves as senior pastor of the Kettering Church in Ohio, was the guest speaker.
There were 75 singles who attended the event and many for the first time. Singles were able to interact throughout the day by planned activities, stories and a nature walk
Oregon Conference women’s ministries participated for the third year at the Portland Women’s Expo held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore.
Portland Women’s Expo is sponsored by the Portland Women’s Resource Initiative (PWRI), which is a nonprofit organization. The ultimate goal of PWRI is to build a resource center for women to help them gain resources to successfully sustain themselves and their families.
Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., is happy to welcome eight new staff members to the Milo family for the 2018–2019 school year.
Mark and Cheryl Alder are engineers from Palmer, Alaska. Mark is excited to be returning to his alma mater to begin a new career as a physics, chemistry and math teacher. Cheryl will be continuing to home school their three younger children, while their two older children attend Milo and Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn.
Hannah Darby, a sixth-grade student from Three Sisters Adventist Christian School in Bend, Ore., is one of 13 winners in an Oregon Agriculture Foundation art contest. This annual event is open to elementary-age children in the state of Oregon who enter illustrations of state industries such as agriculture, forestry, fishing, ranching and others. More than 2,000 illustrations were entered this year.
This year’s winning pictures will be featured in a school-year calendar distributed statewide. Darby’s entry — a picture of a Christmas tree farm — will illustrate December 2019.
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.