During its Annual Council business meeting on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, the General Conference (GC) executive committee voted 185 to 124 (with two abstentions) to approve a plan to seek uniform policy compliance throughout the world church.
“Do you want a truck?” That was a question I had never been asked before. I had the idea in the back of my mind for some time — the idea to fix up a vehicle to give to someone in our community — but didn’t know how to go about it. Then the Lord dropped the opportunity in our lap.
A member of our church family moved to another city and offered the church a truck. He thought maybe someone could use it. It was an old work truck that had seen its better days, but we accepted it and took on the challenge of fixing it up to give away.
Every summer, churches host a Vacation Bible School filled with fun interactive activities for the youth in their community. This summer, Washington's Forest Park (Everett, Wash.) and Kent (Wash.) churches added service projects to their programs,
Forest Park partnered with Beautiful Soles, a local nonprofit committed to strengthening the community by providing socks and shoes to local youth in need.
The Forest Park VBS collected 70 pairs of shoes, surpassing their goal of 50, to donate to the children in Snohomish County who are in need as they begin school.
When Monique was 5 years old, her family moved from Corvallis, Ore., to the Pacific Coast resort town of Ixtapa, Mexico, where her dad got a job driving a tour bus. The family moved in with her father’s parents. It was not an ideal situation for raising a family. Dad was gone one to two months at a time. When he did come home, he was often impatient and verbally abusive. Mom worked 12-hour shifts as a waitress at a restaurant. So Grandma raised Monique and her younger sister and brother.
A group of ladies from Forest Grove (Ore.) Church, along with a few women from the Hillsboro and Gaston churches, headed up to the Mount Hood Village Resort May 18, 2018, for a weekend filled with blessings from the Lord. God gave pleasant weather, which helped the group enjoy eating outdoors and going on beautiful walks in nature through the woods and along the river. The spiritual talks by Debbie Cox directed thoughts deeper into how to live balanced lives of devotion and industry from lessons in the lives of Mary, Martha and the Proverbs 31 woman.
The month of June was a special time for the Cedar Creek Church because of a baptism for Brittney Anderson.
C.J. Anderson, a member of Cedar Creek Church, and Brittney were married three years ago at Cedar Creek. Brittney came from a different religious background and had been attending Cedar Creek Church while they were dating and after they were married. During this time Brittney helped in the children’s division at Sabbath School and also VBS.
To get college life started off on the right foot, WWU freshmen have the opportunity to be a part of JumpStart the week of Sept. 16–22. JumpStart is a week full of events and programs designed to help students learn about how WWU works and where they can find the resources to help them be successful in college.
Yara Fernandez has her eyes set on giving back to the field of health care. After having three major surgeries as a child, she is determined to help people in need of health care as she once was. “I hope to make a difference in someone’s life like the hospital staff once did for me,” she says. “I want to help others. It is my passion, and it will continue to be as I take on this journey in health care.”
On July 12, 2018, the Sandy (Ore.) Church continued its tradition of participating in the Sandy Mountain Parade. The church entered the parade with a float portraying the church's mission project to help the people of Haiti by constructing homes for families displaced by a massive earthquake in 2010 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. The float constructed on a flatbed trailer showed church members building with cement blocks to replace a homemade lean-to. The members look forward each year to being a part of this parade that is an important part of their community.