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.
The city of Moscow, Idaho, has a yearly Christmas parade down Main Street to welcome in the Christmas season.
The parade has always been entirely populated with secular holiday themed floats. That changed in 2018, and the Moscow Church was one of two Christ-centered floats. Many people attending and taking part in the parade came by and thanked the participants for doing a float that showed the Nativity scene.
Hayden Lake (Idaho) Church hosted their annual community Thanksgiving meal on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 18, 2018, with a scrumptious array of holiday dishes. With the fellowship hall packed with guests, Hayden Church members gathered to greet community guests.
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 the All Nations Center have been blessed to have Day help welcome new members to God’s flock. The church celebrated six baptisms and two professions of faith in 2018.
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.
Connecting youth to Jesus and encouraging commitment to and involvement in church has been a theme of much discussion in the Adventist Church as many recent studies indicate young people are leaving the church in alarming numbers. How can we keep our young people engaged? How can we let them know we value them? How can they feel empowered in the church? Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., and the UCA Church believe one way to do this is to allow youth to be totally in charge of church.
The anniversary celebration of the College Place Village Church’s 125 years of ministry — the last 50 at its present location — began Friday night, Aug. 31, 2018, and continued through Sabbath, Sept. 1. It climaxed a project that began two years ago to refurbish, restore and renew the current structure in preparation for this historic event.
Groundbreaking for the current facility took place March 3, 1968. A Friday night communion service on Dec. 20, 1968, celebrated its completion.
“Camping” — the word conjures up visions of pup tents and sleeping bags, campfires and hikes in the woods. However, in the College Place, Wash., camping is much more since the College Place Village Church began sponsoring Walla Walla Valley Camps as a community outreach in June 1998.