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June 11, 2020

Protesting Like Jesus

"WE MUST DO BETTER." Dan Linrud, Oregon Conference president, shares his reflection on participating in peaceful protests in the streets of Portland and speaks to the question some are asking, "Is this political?"

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2020 Northwest Camp Meetings

Camp meeting is a time to connect deeper with Christ and reflect on the hope of His soon return and wholeness He brings to our lives. With COVID-19 disrupting our world, this connection with God and fellow believers is more important than ever. While camp meeting will look a little different this year, the blessing of gathering and worshiping as a body remains the same. Camp Meetings happening this week:

  • Idaho Conference, June 9–12
  • Washington Conference, June 14–20
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NAD President Addresses Racial Tensions in the United States

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America is responding to the tragic killings of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, George Floyd in Minnesota and other recent events that clearly document the racial divide destroying the quality of life for so many and the very fabric of our democratic society. As Christians we condemn such actions of hate and violence and call for justice to be served for the victims and their families. North American Division president, Daniel Jackson, shares a special message for the members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America in regards to the racial tension in the United States.

Oregon Transparent About Changes Amidst  Economic Challenges

The Oregon Conference has been working hard to effectively meet the needs of local congregations, while finding ways to responsibly deal with the financial challenges we currently face. That has meant many churches are now seeing pastoral transitions.
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Let Justice Roll

The Let Justice Roll conference is born out of moral outrage over the systematic injustice and racial discrimination long endured by African Americans in and out of the church. Like a scab covering an old wound, this long lived historical discrimination was recently torn off again by the recent murders of African Americans that have caused a global uprising and moral outrage. Join leaders from around the NAD in this virtual conference.

Sharon's Mother’s Day Drive By

Mother's Day has always been a special day at Sharon Church as the church celebrates mothers in unique ways. This year, with COVID-19 restrictions, members became creative and still made moms feel special. The men filled 100 gift bags for the women of the church. Sabbath morning the men picked up bags with assigned delivery areas and the mothers' names. They delivered bags from Hillsboro, Oregon, to Washougal, Washington, and everywhere in between.

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Painted Rocks Spread Joy During the Pandemic

While not a new movement, Bozeman Church members have started a #joyfulrocks outreach that focuses on spreading joy, hope, peace and uplifting others. Church members decorate otherwise plain river rocks with colorful designs and messages of encouragement, sealed them for protection, and hid them for strangers to find in the community and bring hope and encouragement to.
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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week
A Long Time, Tualatin, Oregon Credit: Renae Smith
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AMA Volunteers Provide Calm in the Storm

Edna Estrella, nurse and HIV specialist working as an Arctic Mission Adventure volunteer in Selawik, Alaska, along with her husband José, were worried to see the lack of knowledge and leadership in setting up safety protocols. She was able to share lessons learned from her work as a specialist during the HIV epidemic, emphasizing the devastation COVID-19 could cause in Selawik with its lack of medical infrastructure.

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The Cooper Conundrum and American Adventism

Protests in the wake of George Floyd’s suffocation death may be leading to a sea change in terms of how Americans see race relations. For those who believe transformation is needed sociologically and administratively throughout American Adventism, Wille Hucks II, Andrews University seminary professor, poses the question: How do we accomplish such in a way that we relate to others as equal brothers and sisters in Christ, in an effort to present a strong witness to society?
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