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August 27, 2020

Montana Adventist Lay Leader Dies in Firefighting Helicopter Crash

It's with heavy hearts that we share share the loss of Tom Duffy (pictured above, right). He died Monday while piloting a helicopter that crashed as he was helping to fight a wildfire in Oregon. Duffy served on the executive committees of the NPUC and Montana Conference as well as the board of education for Montana.

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NPUC Welcomes Carr to Education Department

The North Pacific Union is pleased to welcome Carisa Carr to the office of education. She will serve as the next associate director for early childhood education, replacing Golda Pflugrad.

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This Sabbath's Offering

The annual North Pacific Union Conference offering, in support of Arctic Mission Adventure, is this Sabbath, August 29. This offering is one of the major funding sources for the AMA ministry, which is fully funded by donations from supporters. AMA focuses on reaching over 220 bush villages throughout Alaska. Through radio and Bible workers, AMA has been blessed to enter several communities. But there is much work to be done. Offerings and donations can be made through AdventistGiving or through the AMA website.

A Call to Serve as Conduits of Peace

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America hears the voices of black Americans and others and calls upon our churches and members to serve as conduits of peace and hope to our black brothers and sisters. We recognize their pain and the injustice they face and strive to serve as their voices when they are silenced by those seeking to quiet them.

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From Where I Stand

How can we effect change? What are the ways we can contribute to racial healing? What are the words we can speak that will bring hope instead of fear, unity instead of division?


Oregon Plans for Reopening Schools

While the beginning of a new school year always brings a measure of excitement and uncertainty for students and staff, the start of the 2020–21 school year is like no other. The 32 schools across Oregon and Southwest Washington in the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists are having to focus their attention, just like public schools, on how to safely start school in the fall.


UCC Loves People Through Online Hispanic Ministries

The Upper Columbia Conference Hispanic leaders and pastors quickly went into action after the coronavirus shut things down. Holding daily virtual spiritual worships for members in the Inland Northwest, they provided emotional, mental and spiritual integrated wellness.

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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week
Pool, Toketee, Oregon Credit: Bridget Cline
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With all the stress of world right now, many people are experiencing physical and mental fatigue. The North American Division health ministries department is holding a free webinar on burnout. Detrimental to short- and long-term functioning and well-being, burnout should to be taken seriously. Join the webinar and learn what burnout is, what causes it and how to manage and prevent it.

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Do Pastors Feel Well-Equipped to Help Congregants Heal from Trauma?

Most pastors agree that trauma is an issue the church should address — but many church leaders have had little to no training in the way of trauma care. A recent Barna report points to the special opportunity and, at times, the responsibility the church has to help people heal from the wounds of trauma.

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