Spokane’s Better Living Center in eastern Washington has been part of the local Adventist church’s outreach to the community since 1976, when an auto parts store was purchased and converted into a community services center. Its location, right on the main north/south arterial of the city gave it good visibility. For many years it served as a clothing bank and a center for offering health classes to the community. Cooking classes and stop-smoking classes were often presented there. It then became a food pantry connected with Second Harvest Food Bank.
A unique evangelistic series, Living in the Final Week, was presented last fall (Sept. 15–Oct. 14, 2017) by Tim Rumsey at the Hayden Lake (Idaho) Church. Each night featured an engaging story illustration from modern times that drew listeners into Bible truth.
May 18–20, 2018, marked the third young adult Digging Deeper Retreat at Camp MiVoden in Hayden, Idaho, and the sixth retreat in Upper Columbia Conference. It was truly a spiritually and socially rich weekend for young adults in the 20–40 age group as we came together for a special time of worship and fellowship. The retreat had a total of 209 attendees, which included 155 adults and 54 children representing 36 churches from around the Northwest. When classified in terms of family units, the group was comprised of 31 families with kids, 11 couples and 54 singles.
With the retirement of longtime resident teachers Shannon Fisher and Gene Roemer and the move of Jason and Marita McLin to Palmer, Alaska, Cascade Christian Academy (CCA) in Wenatchee, Wash., was faced with seeking their replacements for the 2018–19 school year. In addition God blessed, and the school board voted to hire an additional teacher for the elementary section, expanding the new teacher search to five individuals. The CCA family is delighted to welcome its new teaching staff:
The Goldendale (Wash.) Church members voted in 2012 to build a multipurpose building. Our fellowship hall was much too crowded. We also needed a place where we could hold outreach programs such as health seminars. To expedite the project, funds were borrowed from the North Pacific Union’s revolving fund. The building was erected with much help from members, under the direction of Carlyle Mason. Upon completion of this beautiful facility, it was voted to name the building the Better Living Center (BLC).
This spring the Moscow (Idaho) Church had an adopt-a-tote drive to fill homemade, reversible tote bags with personal care items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, body wash and deodorant.
The bags were made by a church member and were filled with personal necessities specific to women in the area. Church members volunteered to fill the bags and bring them to the church. From there the very full 25 bags were taken to Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse (ATVP). ATVP provides assistance to victims of domestic violence in Whitman County in Washington and Latah County in Idaho.
At Sheridan Meadows, the Adventist retreat center near Republic, Wash., work was beginning to prepare for Northeast Washington Camp Meeting. A local contractor was hauling gravel and making our road so much nicer. While all the trucks were coming and going there was not much else to do, so the water was turned on for the first time of the season. There is most always something the winter freeze has ruined — water lines frozen and split, needing repair.
KMEI 97.3 FM, was established by dedicated church members and God's blessing in Kamiah, Idaho, in 2005. Destroyed by a wildfire in 2015, the station has been raised from the ashes.