UCC Creates New Multicultural Ministries Department

September 17, 2018 / Kathy Marson

The Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) executive committee invited Walter Pintos-Schmidt in July 2018 to lead a new department — multicultural ministries. This new department will encompass Hispanic, Slavic, Native American and multiethnic ministries in UCC. Pintos-Schmidt says, “Its overarching goal is to plant the kingdom of God in the heart of people in their communities.”

Eagle River, Wasilla Worship as One Body of Christ

September 16, 2018 / Carl Butler Jr.

After a four-year hiatus, on Aug. 17–19, 2018, the Eagle River and Wasilla churches, both pastored by Carl Butler Jr., held their highly anticipated combined services at the Lake Lucille campground. The weekend service was planned with the intent to bring the two churches together in fellowship as the theme dictated, “One Body of Christ.”

Eighty-one church members attended the weekend; 10 of those were visitors from other churches. Although the month of August had been rainy, God blessed the group with beautiful, sunny weather.

Tillamook Creates Smiles for Miles

September 16, 2018 / Melody Ayers

The mouth is a window to the rest of our body, often providing warning signs of heart disease, diabetes or cancer. Realizing the importance of oral health in maintaining wellness, Adventist Health’s Tillamook Regional Medical Center on the Oregon coast is helping to provide dental care for those who lack adequate resources for a dental visit.

Molalla Church Gets Shipwrecked

September 15, 2018 / Cindy Hepler

Twenty-two children attended Molalla (Ore.) Church’s Vacation Bible School. The entire church was decorated with palm trees, a wrecked ship, a treehouse hut, a waterfall and lots of animals.

Each day the children experienced what it was like to be on a deserted island while learning God never deserts them. The children loved seeing Bible stories come to life.

El Poder de Los Grupos Pequeños

September 15, 2018

Desde mediado de diciembre del 2017 comencé a identificar los lideres que Dios me había puesto en mi corazón para que fueran los directores de los grupos. En enero del 2018 comenzamos a capacitar a los lideres y a la iglesia con seminarios de grupos pequeños.

Logramos levantar un ejército de 16  grupos pequeños para gloria y honra de Dios en el distrito del Norte en nuestra linda conferencia de Washington.

Hayden Lake Shares Jesus' Love in Cuba

September 14, 2018 / Loren Starr

The Hayden Lake (Idaho) Church sent out a team of 14 missionaries to the island country of Cuba last April. After much discussion and planning, many hurdles and, above all, God's help, the group arrived in Cuba and got their equipment through customs with nothing confiscated or taxed — an almost unheard of feat.

Once in country, the group divided into three teams, each going to a different location to work with local teams to hold meetings. At each site they would present a nightly meeting for adults and one for children.

Sitka Adventist School Meets Star Wars, Jurassic Park

September 14, 2018 / Kallie McCutcheon

Have you ever heard people ask, “Is this school only for Adventists?” or “What? There’s a Christian school in my town?” For the last six years as head teacher of the Sitka Adventist School, I have heard those questions repeatedly. This is amazing, since my school has been here for more than 50 years and, in this historic fishing destination on the southeast coast of Alaska, people tend to know your business better than you do. So I decided to show them what and who we are by focusing this year on marketing. It didn’t matter that I knew absolutely nothing about marketing.

Colville's Graham Retires

September 13, 2018 / Debbie Stentzel

June Graham retired at the end of the 2017–2018 school year. She has been a teacher and principal at Colville (Wash.) Valley Junior Academy for the last five years.

Her husband, Rob, said it took quite a bit of persuasion to get his wife to a surprise retirement dinner, held June 3, 2018, at Chewelah (Wash.) Church fellowship hall. She didn’t want to crash somebody’s party. When she spotted her sister’s car, Graham realized the gathering was for her.