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.
With Americans across the nation, Alaskan Adventist schools and churches paused this fall to reflect on the events and aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001.
Adventist churches and schools hosted a number of commemorative events. Lorraine Carpenter, Dillingham Adventist Elementary School head teacher, reports that her students “prepared an appreciation dinner for local police, firefighters, and ambulance crews.”
This year’s annual Idaho Conference Christian Women’s, held at Camp Ida-Haven, was full of laughter, tears and fellowship.
Author Carolyn Sutton, of the Grants Pass, Ore., area, was featured during the weekend event. Sutton has written two books on her own (“Journey to Joy” and “No More Broken Places”), co-authored a junior devotional book, and edited “Guide” magazine.
Members of the Cove, Ore., Adventist Church have welcomed five new members into their congregation, following evangelistic meetings conducted by Lyle Albrecht. During the same series, four Cove members recommitted themselves to the Lord through rebaptism.
Jack and Janet Mardis, of La Grande, Ore., and Kayley, Risa, and Tynan Frank, of Union, Ore., were baptized and joined the Cove congregation. Debbie and Daryl Millman, of Cove; Richard and Lynda Frank of Union, Ore., were re-baptized—all by Pastor Donavan Kack.
Native members of the Adventist church in Fort Belknap, Mont., dedicated their new building during a Native camp meeting held this summer in the area.
The service had special meaning, for the now moved-and-remodeled building had once served as a mortuary. A building that had represented death needed to become a “house of life” to the Fort Belknap Native community.
Participants were determined that the service be done in Native style, reflecting their unique ways of expressing reverence and dedication.
Kalispell and Columbia Falls church members in Northwest Montana jointly sponsored a booth at the recent Flathead County Fair, where visitors picked up many copies of Steps to Christ and Desire of Ages books and filled out religious-interest surveys.
Booth hosts also gave out 325 spiritual “Survival Kits,” with devotional items such as Bibleinfo.com reference cards, “Attack on America” flyers, and invitations to register for Discover Bible School.
The 12th annual Montana Women’s Retreat, held this fall, attracted some 150 participants, including 18 who have attended all 12 of the Retreats.
Such loyalty belies the long distances many have traveled each year to reach Camp on the Boulder, near Big Timber, Mont. Glacier Bible Camp, between Kalispell and Hungry Horse, will host the Retreat next year, Sept. 12-14.
Parents, alumni, and friends of Milo Adventist Academy in southern Oregon are supporting their school in new and effective ways.
A newly formed group, “Parents for Milo,” gathered Oct. 13 to work from 8 a.m. until dusk, roofing a faculty home, painting the inside of two three-bedroom apartments and a faculty home, grooming grounds, and accomplishing many other tasks.
Although students were in classes much of the time, they often worked with their parents during breaks.
Holding up a four-inch celery stick on a fork, Romulo asked, “What do you call this?”
Oregon Conference Women’s Ministries Director Corleen Johnson and I had taken Romulo Tuballes to eat at Izzy’s in Bend, Ore., after the Oregon Conference Christian Women’s Retreat, in October.
We’d first met Romulo when our team of nine women, three men, and one boy traveled to Kidapawan City, Philippines, in March 2000. There, we held an evangelistic series, health clinics, health talks, and family life talks.