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.
It began with a simple request, “Could I have a drink of water?”
That progressed to, “Is there a chance I can wash my clothes here?” ... “Any chance for a shower?” ... “May I get a real camp meal here?” ... and, “Any coffee?”
The “askers” spoke many different languages, were dressed like vagabonds and carried backpacks sized for sasquatch. The one thing they all had in common was that they were hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Some had begun hiking in Mexico, others had started in Canada, and some were doing the 2,659-mile trail in segments.
“What can I do this summer?” is a question some kids ask when school ends and the first empty days are over. Neighborhood children around the Spokane (Wash.) Central Church were offered a choice this summer between watching TV and playing video games or doing some fun STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities at the little house called Discovery Junction, located between the church and the fellowship hall. They could sign up for one week each of camp: Lego Robotics, Microscopy4Kids, Mini Maker Mania and Junior Chef Training, all held from 10 a.m.
Spring and summer months brought a flurry of active ministry opportunities to the Roundup (Mont.) Church.
On May 24, 2018, the church sponsored a Better Vision Better Hope free mobile vision clinic spearheaded by Kay Dickerson and Deanna Harris. The Better Vision Better Hope foundation provided free clinical services while the Roundup Church added 12 more volunteer church members. It was a joy to help people "see" their way to better sight and, in turn, a joy to the patients to receive expert eye care for no cost.
Montana is a beautiful state. For a few hours on June 8, 2018, the Roundup Church in Montana took a small step in making it just a little better. Fourteen church members gathered to clean a portion of the road south of town. We were able to eliminate many trash bags of refuse, including bottles, cans, papers and even the skeletal remains of a long-dead animal.
After the cleanup, the members gathered at the nearby Harris farm for a potluck lunch. We spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying fellowship while checking out the birds that gather at the many bird feeders on the farm.
On May 24, 2018, the Roundup (Mont.) Church sponsored a Better Vision Better Hope free mobile vision clinic. This was a vision of the church ever since the Montana Camp Meeting in 2017. The event was spearheaded by Kay Dickerson and Deanna Harris.
The Better Vision Better Hope foundation provided free clinical services while the Roundup Church added 12 more volunteer church members. The professional staff was led by Andrea Schellenberg. Chris Barr, Montana Conference health ministries director, was also on hand to help with any spiritual needs.
North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee members affirmed an updated union-wide strategic plan during their Aug. 22, 2018, meeting in Ridgefield, Wash. This plan also serves as a catalyst for a continuing emphasis on young adult engagement through the Growing Young cohort project.
With an overall mission to “reach all people within the North Pacific Union and the world with the distinctive, Christ-centered, Seventh-day Adventist message of hope and wholeness,” the committee approved five strategic priorities and five core values.
The guest services phone line rang consistently before and during Washington Adventist Camp Meeting with requests for lodging and general camp meeting information. Days before camp meeting started, all but 85 reservation sites were claimed out of 668 possible sites — and those sites were going fast.
For several years, Project Impact has been synonymous with Idaho's Boise Valley Adventist School (BVAS). It is comprised of two words — project, a collaborative effort to achieve a goal, and impact, having a strong effect on someone. Project Impact is an activity started as a way to serve people and organizations right in the community and is an excellent opportunity to honor what God has called His people to do in the Great Commission of Matt. 28:16–20.