Have you ever come to a crossroad or felt stuck in your life and prayed, “God, what is your plan for me?” Mount Tahoma Church in Tacoma, Wash., addressed this very question by hosting an evangelism series called “REVEAL — Knowing God’s Plan for Your Life.” Through much prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit, the one-week series with dynamic speaker Michael B. Kelly, pastor of Mount Rubidoux Church in Riverside, Calif., led to many blessings, including 14 baptisms.
It all began in August when the sixth through eighth grade students of Forest Park Adventist Christian School in Everett, Wash., decided to become secret agents of kindness. They each chose an agent name and as a class decided on acts of kindness they could perform at school, such as smiling at everyone they meet, picking up litter around the school, writing letters of affirmation to the staff or fellow students, and giving flowers or compliments every day.
It was a quiet October day when the phone rang and interrupted the normal day-to-day sounds of Desiree White’s day.
“Who could that be?” White wondered as she answered the phone and said hello.
Nitza Salazar, Washington Conference children’s ministries coordinator, had heard about White and her adopted family through friends and community. As Salazar explained her passion for children’s ministries and request, White was overjoyed at hearing of the first-ever children’s ministries Christmas program, Drummer Boy, featuring a main cast of children with special needs.
How do you facilitate a crucial conversation? You start small with one-on-one conversations, expand to a larger core group and then include a larger audience.
This model was demonstrated during Washington Conference Pastors’ Meeting on Jan. 7, 2019, when pastoral staff engaged in a conversation about race and unity.
“This is a difficult subject because racism is a spiritual stronghold and the biggest impediment to love,” acknowledges Bill Roberts, Washington Conference ministerial director.
“Come on this whirlwind tour of the Holy Land and the Bible! Learn from the past. Live with hope for the future.” We were excited to invite our community to the Secrets of Hope evangelistic seminar at Port Orchard (Wash.) Church in October 2018.
This is a God-sized story about three generations of church plants: one established, one growing, and one just getting started.
Kent (Wash.) Spanish Church was one of six new church plants between 2012 and 2016. In four years, it grew from 37 members to 150 members using a small group and door-to-door neighborhood church growth model.
The lights turn on and the stage is set as the audience is immersed in a field of corn stalks and blue sky. As the music begins with “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” the audience settles in further for the Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) production of Oklahoma!
As an annual tradition now, AAA’s Sylvan Chorale, with additional cast and crew, delighted the audience with the rollicking but meaningful production of this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. Many of the musical numbers were familiar classics, and people could be heard humming the tune throughout the crowd.
For graduating seniors and their families, senior dedication is a special moment. It’s a time of celebration, and it’s a time for making memories. This past November, friends and family celebrated with the 100th graduating class from Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) as they look to their futures.