The Dec. 22, 2018, worship service at the Sunnyside Church in Portland, Ore., consisted of the Christmas musical Night of Wonder, Night of Joy by Ruth Elaine Schram. The musical presentation celebrates the wondrous miracles surrounding the birth of the Savior and captures the spirit of the season. Additional features of the service were several traditional Christmas carols and the lighting of the fourth Advent candle, representing love. Previous Advent candles were hope, joy and peace.
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.
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.
Lents Church and Lents Neighborhood Association (LNA) in Portland, Ore., teamed up to launch Lents Community Clothing Closet Day on Jan. 3, 2019, at the Lents Activity Center.
Thirteen youth, primarily from grades four through 12, provided piano or vocal selections to offer their talents praises to God in the first “youth only” worship service at Beaverton (Ore.) Church to close the Sabbath the evening of Nov. 10, 2018. Other youth provided additional supporting roles as master of ceremonies, as well as hospitality greeters handing out programs.
Organizing a health-education outreach program takes weeks of planning, publicity and recruiting of volunteers. The event may be well-attended, but too soon it is over and those new friends are gone. What if we could keep them coming back?
Milo Adventist Academy's sophomore health class provided a Public Health Day in Canyonville, Ore., at Pioneer Park on Oct. 11, 2018. Milo had 25 students and four staff members help out and run a fully functioning public health fair.
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.