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Portland Learning Center Celebrates 10 Years of Ministry

October 01, 2002 / Morten Juberg

When Carl Parker of Portland, Ore., a counselor at Portland Community College, read about local inner-city students who were scoring two to three grade levels below their peers, he wondered if he could help.

So in 1985, he and his wife, Audre’, established a tutorial program and formed an organization called Citizens Involved in Teaching Youth (CITY). Between 1985 and 1992, the organization provided 40,000 hours of tutorial services to more than 700 students who needed help in improving their math and reading skills.

Pleasant Hill Hosts “Extreme” VBS

October 01, 2002 / Yvonne Karotko

The Pleasant Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church in Oregon was transformed into a “10-foot mountain of faith” for vacation Bible school (VBS) students this summer.

One hundred seventy children registered for the “Faith Mountain: An Extreme Adventure with Jesus” VBS, where they were introduced to Jesus as a joyful, loving God. Half of the children came from non-Adventist homes, some having never been in a church before.

Faithful Landscapers

October 01, 2002

After 23 years of landscaping and maintaining the Gladstone Park Adventist Church grounds, Ervin and Vadah Dunn have retired. They were honored during a church potluck with a special cake and testimonies by friends and family. There, the Dunns were given a certificate and a financial gift raised by members to help them install a cement patio they have been wanting. Both their sons, Robert and Daniel, attended the special potluck, with grandsons Jack and Andy of Oregon City, Ore. •

Cedar Creek Baptism

October 01, 2002 / Miriam Kelly

During worship services at the Cedar Creek Church in Washington, members were blessed as Mindy Lorraine Nogle was baptized by Pastor Marty Jackson. Nogle’s grandparents and other relatives attended the special service. •

Cookie’s Retreat Centeru Dedicated

October 01, 2002

Sabbath, Aug. 24, was a big day in the Upper Columbia Conference and North Pacific Union.

Polly’s Place Ministries of the Northwest held a dedication ceremony for Cookie’s Retreat Center, a Christ-centered healing retreat for women and children who are victims of domestic violence and related issues.

The program is patterned after the successful ministry, “Polly’s Place,” in Berrien Springs, Mich.

Umapine Celebrates 25 Years

October 01, 2002 / Gene Dotolo

Fifty charter members planted a new Adventist Church in Umapine, Ore., in 1977, and on July 12 and 13, the now-90-member congregation celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The congregation serves the Umapine area in the Walla Walla Valley with weekly Sabbath school and church services, a vacation Bible school program (charter members, in fact, launched the church through successful vacation Bible school ministry in the 1970s), and an organized Pathfinder youth club.

Patriotism Keys Troy Community Dinner

October 01, 2002 / Elaine Drury

Women in the small Adventist church of Troy, Idaho, recently hosted 88 at their congregation’s Annual Community Dinner.

Coordinators and hostesses chose a post-Sept. 11 patriotic theme and used prize-winning patriotic quilts (created by members Darlene Carlson and Alice Reiber) in their decor.

During the Dinner, “Lady Liberty” appeared, played by Cindy Chrowel, as Dixie Hunt led the audience in singing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”

California Youths Discover UCC “Mission Field”

October 01, 2002 / Kathy Marson

Fifteen youths and young adults from the Roseville Adventist Church in California discovered a worthy mission field this summer in the Upper Columbia Conference.

For seven of the past 10 years, youth groups from Roseville have given up approximately two weeks of work or school time to help other churches, schools, and youth camps.

The decision to focus on the Diamond Lake Church in Washington, this year, came after Judy Leeper, mission trip sponsor, spoke with Diamond Lake member Roberta Buck.