It began with a dream from a young adult — dream to bring this generation’s western Washington young adults together and build a stronger community to take action. And that’s what nearly 140 young adults did at the Young Adult Retreat in January.
Sunset Lake Camp in Wilkeson, Wash., was buzzing with excitement as young adults from all over western Washington and beyond and from southern Oregon to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, began to arrive for a weekend of community, spiritual rejuvenation and empowerment.
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.
The Deer Park Adventurer Club recently began learning to play bells. This is great fun for the children and staff and is one more way to share the God-given gift of music with their own congregation and other churches in the Spokane, Wash., area. The choir played “Joy to the World” for the Deer Park Church congregation during the recent Christmas program and is scheduled to play in two other area churches. These kids enjoy sharing Jesus with others.
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.
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 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.
Adventist Health employees embrace their mission — living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope — by striving to serve and improve the communities in which they live through their work as well as during their personal time.