Volume 15 Issue 9

Ideas, Inspiration & Opportunities for Adventist Church Leaders in the Northwest & Beyond.

Does Anybody Care?

by César De León PhD LMFT, Ministerial Director for the North Pacific Union Conference

Sheila Frederick, a flight attendant with Alaska Airlines, noticed that there was a girl seated next to a well-dressed, older man.  In comparison to him, she looked disheveled, scared and just didn’t look right.  So, while passing along flight beverages, she found an opportunity to whisper in the young girl’s ear to go to the bathroom, where she had left a note.  In the note, Sheila asked the girl if she was ok.  She responded, “I need help”. Sheila immediately notified the pilot who arranged to have police waiting for this man once the plane landed.  The girl was found to be a victim of human trafficking.

It only takes a moment to realize that things are not ok in our world today.  The political environment of our country has become an open circus where deception, suspicion and a myriad of conspiracy theories are at the center of so many of our current thoughts and conversations.   The exposed, long-standing systemic racism in our country, along with the social and ethical divisiveness that is plaguing our society has brought a tremendous sense of unrest and insecurity to many.

This pandemic has taught us that we can somehow survive disconnected from one another; we can apparently survive on our own.  Church leaders are already worried about the hard time they are going to have getting members to return to their places of worship. We just aren’t processing things the same way we did before Covid-19 interrupted our lives.  The wave of uncertainty and the generalized fear and insecurity continues to roll over our lives as so many continue to lose jobs, homes, savings, relatives. Many continue to wonder if anybody cares Continue Reading...

What are You Afraid Of?

by Dr. Stan Hudson, who served as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor for 38 years and is currently the Director of Creation Ministries at the North Pacific Union Conference

When I was still pastoring, my personal counsel sessions with members would really get into gear when I asked, “What are you afraid of?”  Fear is a powerful motivator in so many of our actions and choices.

And it’s never been more true than today.  Are you afraid of Covid 19?  How will you choose to act in that fear?  Are you afraid of going out?  Or if you do go out, are you afraid to cough?  Are you afraid to mention doubts about the dangers that are reported in the media, for fear of having an unpopular view?  Or even a “dangerous” view?  But if you really do infect someone….

How about the “Black Lives Matter” issue?  No one says black lives DON’T matter.  But how you line up with this movement probably is affected by fear.  You can be afraid for blacks dealing with a typical police force.  Or you might feel that typical police forces are fine…but if you say so, are you afraid of being labeled as a racist?  There aren’t too many fears worse than that.  But many Blacks do fear for their lives.  Can we sympathize with that fear?

Are you afraid of the November election?  If the Republicans are elected, will there be more protests and riots?  Will the political divide in this country get worse, or will it get worse if Democrats take over?  Take a look at their ads in the media;  they are all calculated to make you afraid unless you vote for their guy or gal!

How about Continue Reading...

Hope Awakens at the Port Orchard Church

by Dustin Serns, Pastor of the Port Orchard Adventist Church

When Wanda was asked to serve as a virtual Bible worker for the Hope Awakens Online Bible Series, she felt a strong conviction God was calling her to do it. She had never done anything like it before. As a recently retired accountant, she felt far more comfortable working with numbers than people, but she felt God calling her out of her comfort zone to reach out to people. When it came time to call the people on her list, she was nervous. When she came to Star’s name, she thought she recognized it from many years ago. When they connected on the phone, Wanda asked, “Are you the same Star that used to attend the Bremerton Church many years ago?” She was. Then Star recognized Wanda as well.

Star joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church by profession of faith in 1996. After several years, she became disconnected from the church. Although she still believed in the Sabbath, she was spiritually drifting and isolated. When the COVID-19 pandemic came, she sensed a call from God to get more serious about her faith. She found the Hope Awakens series online and began watching. Then she got the phone call from Wanda.

Star and Wanda immediately became friends. Wanda invited Star to attend the worship gathering at Port Orchard Seventh-day Adventist Church when it reopened. Star came and found a few others she knew from before as well.

At her baptism celebration, Wanda and Star shared how Continue Reading...

More From Port Orchard

by Jeff Harper, lead pastor for the Arden Hills Adventist Church and youth pastor for the Mentone Adventist Church in Southern California
Source: NAD Ministerial

“Public evangelism doesn’t work,” thought Justin Walker. He was one of eight students from the Andrews University Seminary who came from Michigan to Washington to help facilitate Revelation of Divine Love, a Bible prophecy seminar,at the Port Orchard Seventh-day Adventist Church from May 17 to June 8, 2019. The diverse seminary team for this Field School of Evangelism was from Jamaica, Cambodia, India and all over the United States. Led by Pastor Dustin Serns, they hit the ground running with lots of visitation, preparation, and prayer. God worked powerfully through each of the Masters of Divinity students. Many lives were impacted, including Justin’s.   
“In fact,” Justin says, “I came into this series as a proponent against evangelism. But to watch God transform lives in a way that could never happen without every piece of this experience caused me to do a 180 degree turn. I now see that traditional public evangelism produces results. My mind has completely changed.” Justin is excited to conduct an evangelism harvest cycle right away when he finishes his studies and begins pastoring. So what did God do during the three-week reaping campaign to change Justin’s mind? Continue Reading...

Creation Sabbath

When was the last time your church took time to specifically recognize God’s power and grace as Creator and Redeemer? Creation Sabbath is a special time of celebration! A chance to rejoice, praise, and rest with God as we enjoy the creation He made. The Seventh-day Adventist Church designated the fourth Sabbath in October as Creation Sabbath. This annual celebration is acknowledging God as our Creator and the implications that this biblical teaching has for us . . . to create a worldwide sense of unity in promoting this belief in a positive light.

Creation Sabbath is coming soon and the NPUC Creation Study Center, would like to encourage your church to participate. If you haven’t checked out, take a look. There are lots of resources on ways you can advertise, such as posters and banners, social media options, and videos to show during your church service. There are also graphics en español.

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