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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Good News and Great News...

We have some good news and some great news...

First the good news -- we now have heat on in the church as we have replaced our old furnace thanks to the excellent service provided by Handy's Heating in Burlington.  We now have a high-efficiency furnace installed that is 98% efficient in comparison to our old one which was ~40% efficient.  In addition, when we removed the old furnace we found many cracks in the heat exchanger which could have resulted in CO (carbon monoxide) entering the building!

Old Furnace Heat Exchanger

Now for the great news -- the water will be turned back on the week of December 9 which means we should have a toilet installed for the weekend of December 14.  With a little luck we should have the recent set of remodeling completed by Christmas, so stay tuned!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Church Drainage Project Pictures....

As many of you know we have been working to make some improvements to the church facility in order to better meet the needs of our congregation.  As part of this we recently discovered water in the crawl space under the church and a seriously compromised water/sewer connection.


As a result we had little choice but to re-run our water service and route our drains to the street instead of into the sewer as they were before.  We managed to get this accomplished relatively quickly and while doing so enlarged the parking lot in the back.

One interesting find we made in the whole process is that the empty lot adjacent to the church is not rock as we originally thought but clay!  This will enable us to consider some other design options if/when we expand the church building!

Roof drains leading to the street

Total view of church and room drains

Excavator digging ditches for roof drains
Excavator working at front of church

Enlarged church parking lot

Thursday, November 28, 2013

AAF in Google Street View...

Anacortes and AAF have finally hit the big time -- we now have our own link on Google Maps Street View!  As luck would have it we were cleaning our carpets when they drove by taking pictures, but such is life.

Check out the following link:

STREET VIEW LINK

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday Concert - Friday Nov 22 at 7:00pm

Please join us for a free holiday concert featuring Merry Maricich and Sedric & Leah Benson at 7:00pm on Friday, November 22, 2013 at the Anacortes Adventist Fellowship.  An offering will be taken at the concert benefiting local food banks.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

“Acts of God”

Why do we call a Category 5 hurricane that hits the Philippines an act of God?  They believe that this terrible event that has possibly killed over ten thousand people is something God did.  Are we saying that God is like us?  Does He have a hobby that makes Him happy?  Do we really believe that every once in a while God needs to, “get it out of His system” and wipe out ten thousand people?  That seems like something a sick human would do but it doesn’t seem consistent with so many of the stories we have about the time Jesus spent with us and who He really is.


Can you really see the same Jesus that healed lepers (who everyone else was afraid to touch) destroying a Christian nation?  Jesus cared so much for a prostitute that He stood up between her and an angry mob.  How can we blame Him for the immense amount of suffering that women, men and children are experiencing now?

That isn’t the God I know!  The Jesus that I have met cares about individual people.  He cares when they are hurting or when they need glasses.  He actually cares about the small things.  I shake my head in disbelief when people on this beautiful garden we call earth kill one another in the name of God.  I can imagine God in Heaven yelling “No! Stop! Don’t do that! Don’t hurt each other!”

It was God Himself who gave us the commandment “Do Not Kill Each Other!”  He was teaching us that EVERY life is valuable and should be cherished.  That includes everyone in your neighborhood and everyone in the Philippines.


A real “Act of God” is something even more extreme from human behavior.  An “Act of God” would be something more like being kind to a rude person.  Being gentle to the woman who cut you off in traffic or being kind to the guy you work with who likes to say cruel things to you.  Kindness towards those who don’t deserve it, now that’s something my Jesus would do, that is truly an act of God!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

5-Year Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday, November 2 we celebrated our 5-year anniversary as a group with a special program followed by a potluck lunch.  Doug Bing from the Washington Conference of Adventists gave the message which was followed by a group picture (similar in many ways to the one we had at the Middle School several years ago) and a delicious potluck.

The good news is that we have a church home and that our fellowship continues to grow!

5-Year Group Picture

Children's Story

Potluck Lunch



Sunday, October 20, 2013

Judi's Memorial Service...

Satruday afternoon, October 19, 2013 Judi's husband John, her family and here friends said goodbye in a heartfelt and touching service at AAF.

The church was packed with people standing in the back.  The service was simple and to the point -- there were several special musical selections including a number presented by the fellowship bell choir accompanied by Sedric Benson, plus a wonderful song by Corrine Sayler.  Pastor Michael delivered the sermon and Judi's brother & sister in-law spoke about Judi.  During the service a video about Judi's life was played and people had the opportunity to share their favorite memories about Judi.

Following the service there were refreshments and people stayed around to meet & greet Judi's family, plus reminisce about Judi and how much she mean't to the community.  She will be missed...

Church Panorama

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Losing a Friend...

The Anacortes Fellowship recently lost a long-time friend and member -- our dear Judi Acker passed away about a week ago after a long fight with cancer.  We will be celebrating her life in a community memorial service on Saturday, October 19 at 2:00pm at the Anacortes Adventist Fellowship.  If you knew Judi or her husband John please join us.

Many have asked what they could do to honor Judi and her friendship -- in discussing this with John he mentioned that gardening was a constant source of enjoyment to Judi.  She was also designing & planning a garden at church when she passed.  Because of this John has asked that any contributions in Judi's honor be directed to the Anacortes Adventist Fellowship for use in creating a garden in her name in conjunction with our church expansion project.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

An orphan goes to church and asks someone, anyone to adopt him...

T. PETERSBURG — As soon as they pulled into the church lot, Davion changed his mind.  ''Miss! Hey, Miss!" he called to his caseworker, who was driving. "I don't want to do this anymore."
In the back seat, he hugged the Bible someone had given him at the foster home. "You're going to be great," Connie Going said.  Outside St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, she straightened his tie. Like his too-big black suit, the white tie had been donated. It zipped up around the neck, which helped. No one had ever taught Davion, 15, how to tie one.

''Are you ready?" Going asked. Hanging his head, he followed her into the sanctuary.

This had been his idea. He'd heard something about God helping people who help themselves. So here he was, on a Sunday in September, surrounded by strangers, taking his future into his own sweaty hands.
Davion Navar Henry Only loves all of his names. He has memorized the meaning of each one: beloved, brown, ruler of the home, the one and only.  But he has never had a home or felt beloved. His name is the last thing his parents gave him.
He was born while his mom was in jail. He can't count all of the places he has lived.

In June, Davion sat at a library computer, unfolded his birth certificate and, for the first time, searched for his mother's name. Up came her mug shot: 6-foot-1, 270 pounds -- tall, big and dark, like him. Petty theft, cocaine. Next he saw the obituary: La-Dwina Ilene "Big Dust" McCloud, 55, of Clearwater, died June 5, 2013. Just a few weeks before.

In church, Davion scanned the crowd. More than 300 people packed the pews. Men in bright suits, grandmoms in sequined hats, moms hugging toddlers on their laps. Everyone seemed to have a family except him.

Davion sat beside Going, his caseworker from Eckerd, and struggled to follow the sermon: something about a letter Paul wrote. "He was in prison," said the Rev. Brian Brown. "Awaiting an uncertain future ... "
Sometimes Davion felt like that, holed up at Eckerd's Carlton Manor residential group home with 12 teenage boys, all with problems. All those rules, cameras recording everything.
Davion wants to play football, but there's no one to drive him to practice. He wants to use the bathroom without having to ask someone to unlock the door.  More than anything, he wants someone to tell him he matters. To understand when he begs to leave the light on.  ''You may be in a dark place," said the preacher. "But look for the joyful moments when you can praise God."  Picking at his fingers, Davion wondered what to say. And whether anyone would hear him.

Davion always longed for a family. His caseworker took him to picnics, put his portrait in the Heart Gallery, an organization devoted to helping foster kids find permanent homes. But he had thrown chairs, blown his grades, pushed people away.

When he learned his birth mother was dead, everything changed. He had to let go of the hope that she would come get him. Abandon his anger. Now he didn't have anyone else to blame.  ''He decided he wanted to control his behavior and show everyone who he could be," Going said.  So someone would want him.

''I'll take anyone," Davion said. "Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don't care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be."  All summer, he worked on swallowing his rage, dropping his defenses. He lost 40 pounds. So far in 10th grade, he has earned A's -- except in geometry.

''He's come a long way," said Floyd Watkins, program manager at Davion's group home. "He's starting to put himself out there, which is hard when you've been rejected so many times."

Davion decided he couldn't wait for someone to find him. In three years, he'll be on his own.

''I know they're out there," he told his caseworker. Though he is shy, he said he wanted to talk at a church. "Maybe if someone hears my story ... "  The preacher spoke about orphans, how Jesus lifted them up. He described an epidemic, "alarming numbers of African-American children who need us."  Then he introduced Davion, who shuffled to the pulpit. Without looking up, Davion wiped his palms on his pants, cleared his throat, and said:

''My name is Davion and I've been in foster care since I was born ... I know God hasn't given up on me. So I'm not giving up either."

Two couples have asked about Davion, but no one has come forward to adopt him.  If you want more information about Davion - or any of the other 120 foster children in Pinellas and Pasco counties who are waiting for family, call Eckerd at 866-233-0790.

Monday, October 14, 2013

What does "grace" really mean?

This last week in church we investigated the real meaning of the word "Grace".  It's a word people use frequently but I really believe that it's true meaning has been lost.   "Grace" actually has two separate meanings, the first has to do with how we move our bodies physically, and the second has to do with how God chooses to deal with us.  The second meaning was the focus for this weekend.  


To Illustrate this definition I had Nita walk into the center of the Sanctuary holding a $20 bill in her hand.  As she did I told everyone that the $20 represented grace.  Then I shared  Ephesians 2:8,9;  "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast."  Once you read this can you tell what Grace is?  Can you figure out where I was headed with the illustration?  As I read the verse Nita continued standing in the middle of the room holding up the $20 bill.  I repeated that today Grace was a $20 bill.  No one moved.  Next I read Ephesians 2:8,9 again but this time I removed the statements between the commas.  So it read like this, "For by Grace you have been saved through faith...it is the gift of God..."  Is the illustration becoming clearer to you?  No one in the room moved to claim the gift either.  So I continued with the exercise by explaining that Grace is another way to say "free gift", that God's Grace is His Kingdom and that He wants us to live with Him forever.  I told everyone that for today my example of grace was a twenty dollar bill.  Still no one moved.  I asked again, "What is Grace?"  Many voices at once repeated,  "A twenty dollar bill!"   I said, "Good! What else is Grace?"  Everyone repeated, "It's a free gift!"  So, I motioned toward the bill in Nita's hand.  Still no one moved.  We repeated that scenario probably 2 or 3 times.  Me asking the questions, "What is grace?" and, "What is the twenty dollar bill?" and everyone giving the same answer, that it is a, "free gift".  Suddenly there was a rush of kids that moved to claim the free gift from Nita's hand. 

The $20 bill was a gift for anyone that was willing to claim it just as Gods grace is a free gift for anyone willing to claim it.  No one there deserved it or had worked for it yet it was still there to be had by anyone who was willing to claim it for themselves.  God's gift of "Grace" to us is to live on forever in a better life than this one.  We just need to claim it.


Monday, September 23, 2013

This is a Wonderfully Uncomfortable Story.

She Yelled And Called Me Names

Written by Susan Basham
she-yelled
Pulling my car into the drive-thru line at Starbucks, I wondered why it was a dozen people deep. It wasn’t raining, yet it seemed everyone was driving through today. I was transporting three dogs to the groomer, and there was no way I could leave two wild Shih-tzus and one crazy Bichon alone while I went inside for my daily dose.
Millie, the Bichon, sat on my lap licking the window.
As I peeled her away from the glass, I saw the woman.
She sat across the parking lot, leaving just enough room for a thoroughfare, as she too was waiting in the Starbucks line. I smiled, and gestured to her. It went something like this: “Are you next, or am I?” Really, I was fine either way.

She was not.

Thinking I was trying to snag her spot of next up, she gunned her Suburban, rolled down the window, and let out a string of expletives that made me blush. Millie barked back a retort.
“Go ahead, please,” I said. “I wasn’t sure who was first.” I pulled Millie back onto my lap, so she could see I had been dog-distracted and truly didn’t know who was next.
She didn’t buy it. She continued with the name calling without taking a breath. I won’t write them down here, but the main mantra shared initials with the number one social networking site.

Then something really strange happened.

Instead of getting mad or yelling back at her, a sense of empathy invaded me. I looked at her again, and this time I saw someone different, someone who wrenched my heart. Her eyes were red and puffy. Her hair was pulled back in a natty ponytail. She held her phone in her palm, glancing down at it every few seconds. And she was driving that big ole’ gas hog of a Suburban, my own car of choice when I had three kids at home and a carpool.
Dear God. I was looking at myself ten years ago. Same car, same ponytail. Same frustration.
We’ve all been there. Dog vomits on the sofa. Both kids have strep throat. The garbage disposal chooses today to break, when you are trying to disintegrate moldy fridge leftovers.  Husband is mad because you forgot to pick up the dry cleaning and he’s going on a business trip. Sound familiar?
And by the way, was that him she had been talking to or texting?

She gunned forward, just to show me that she could.

I left her a wide berth, smiled at her splotchy face. She shot me a sideways scowl, mouthed the mantra again.
Pulling up to the loudspeaker behind her, I said “I want to pay for whatever the woman in front of me has ordered. And please tell her I hope she has a better day.” I meant every word.
The woman idled in front of me for a good four minutes, talking to the barista who had leaned out the window. She shook her head and handed over a bill. She drove around the side of the building slowly, this time no gunning. Hmmm.
“No takers, huh?” I said to the barista as I pulled forward.
“Nope. She said she couldn’t believe you wanted to pay for her drink after all the names she called you. She said she couldn’t allow it, and said to tell you she was sorry. She felt really bad.”

“Did you tell her I hoped she had a better day?”

“Yep. She said thanks— that she already was.”
“Good to hear.” I smiled and handed her a dollar to put in the tip jar.
As I drove away, I began to cry. Not because I had been called so many terrible names, but because God had answered my very recent prayer—which was that He would allow me to see people as He sees them, not as I see them.
That I might be able to see the hurting inside, instead of just the hurtful outside. And maybe a few tears were of gratitude and amazement that He always shows up with an answer when I sincerely ask.
Have you ever had an experience that made you see someone in a new way?

About The Author


Susan Basham holds a B.A. in Behavior Sciences and English Literature from Grand Canyon University. She lives in northern California with her husband, three children (two now college age) and three dogs. She's a solid right brained writer who loves to cook, decorate, oil paint and sketch--anything that doesn't require math skills. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and her website at www.susanbasham.com.    

Skagit County Scenes...

Just a quick heads up but we recently received a wonderful set of new banner pictures which depict the various scenes here in Anacortes and around Skagit County.  The pictures were contributed by talented local photographer Teryl Monson.  You can see & purchase her work at various local galleries in town, plus word has it that many of her pieces are exhibited in the Majestic Hotel.

Sit back and enjoy -- plus many thanks to Teryl for letting us use these!




Friday, September 6, 2013

Updated Church Sign...

In light of our new pastoral leadership team we have updated our church sign.  Along with this change we have started the switch to another URL for our church website --- www.anacortesfellowship.org.  Don't worry - our old URL is still active!

Stay tuned for more changes as we gear up for the fall season...


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Welcome to our New Pastor...

We are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Hufham as our new part-time pastor.  Michael & Anita just relocated to Anacortes from Texas where they were involved for the last several years in a new startup church in Austin.  Previously Michael was the senior pastor and the Hanford English Adventist Church.

Michael has a Masters in Divinity from Andrews University and a BA in Religion from Southern College.  Anita is a registered nurse and they have three adult children.  Michael and Anita enjoy hiking, camping and rock crawling.  Please join the leadership team at AAF in extending to them a very warm welcome!

Anita & Michael Hufham

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Soul Food Cooking School

A free cooking connections class for a plant-based diet. Come out on Tuesdays, March 5 and 19 from 6:15 to 8:00 p.m. at the Anacortes Senior Center Kitchenette. Satisfy your appetite with samples of healthy vegetarian entrée and salad recipes following demonstrations. Actively engage in health topic presentations by Peggy Gurrad, M.D. on the medical benefits of plant-based cooking.

For additional information please contact Sue Farnsworth at the following email: [email protected]

 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

What Do Adventists Believe?

From time to time we get asked - What do Adventist's Believe?

This is a really great question - in summary the Seventh-Day Adventist Church is a world-wide Christian denomination whose members are united by a core set of beliefs.  At the heart of this unity is the understanding that the Bible is the source of our beliefs and that the church should be a safe haven for healing and growth.

You can learn more from the following short piece - What do Adventists Believe?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Food Bank Benefit - Classical Piano Concert

Anacortes Adventist Fellowship welcomes Merry Maricich to our piano. She will be sharing lovely classical music Friday evening, October 12 at 7 p.m.   Merry is a familiar face at the piano to many in Anacortes as she has been the pianist for St Marys Catholic Church and is currently the pianist at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Conner.  Join us for a lovely relaxing end to the week, a good will offering will be taken to benefit area food banks.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend AAF will be hosting the annual Adventist Cruise. The cruise departs Friday afternoon for Friday Harbor with church & potluck at the Friday Harbor Church on Saturday. The cruise then heads to Stuart Island for Saturday night and Sucia for Sunday night. Those who wish can take the ferry to Friday Harbor from Anacortes Saturday morning and then return later in the afternoon.

Church will still happen in Anacortes for those who stay in town! Meet us here at 10:00am.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

May 26 Church Service

Start out your Memorial Day Weekend with a wonderful church service at Anacortes Adventist Fellowship. Song service starts at 10am and Chaplain Mike will share a special message with us. Plan on staying for some snacks and then we'll finish up with some Bible study and discussion groups.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Service - 4/7/12

Join us for a special Easter service this Saturday, 4/7/12, at 10:00am. We will have some very special music pieces and the sermon is titled "How Has the Empty Tomb Changed You?"

This is also the first weekend of the month so we will be having a potluck, plan on attending.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

No Wednesday Night Meeting on March 21

Due to spring break and lots of families being on vacation we will not be having our Wednesday night meeting on March 21. We will resume our Wednesday night meetings on March 28 and will be watching the documentary Forks Over Knives at 6:30pm.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Church of Scattered Believers

This piece was written by Loren Siebold for Spectrum Magazine and posted on March 12, 2012.  It is particularly appropriate for our local Adventist Churches:


I pull up at a home among the bluffs near the Ohio River. This is Appalachia, the poorest part of Ohio, and what I see in this yard I see every quarter mile or so: an old trailer with sagging porch tacked on, a scattering of vehicle bodies and expired appliances, a firewood pile, a couple of big dogs barking at my car window. Inside, clutter, the signs of poverty. But the inhabitants are precious: elderly Seventh-day Adventists, proud of the message, who even though never prosperous or educated, for decades served a church family with their time, talents and money, and can testify that the Lord has sustained them through many hard times. I do adore them.

Amid the clutter, one more thing that I’ve seen in so many of the homes I’ve visited out there: a satellite receiver, with a wire snaking out the window to a small gray dish, and Three Angels Broadcasting Network playing on a big television set. As we visit, they say to me, “Pastor, we don’t tithe to the Seventh-day Adventist church anymore. We send all our money to 3ABN.” I remind them, gently, that I’m paid with the tithe, and I’m the person who comes to visit them. “3ABN visits us every day,” they tell me. “All day long. From the time we get up, until we go to bed.” I’m doing some local pastoral work, they concede, but 3ABN is reaching the world. “They’re the ones who are finishing the work. Everyone around the world is watching it.”
I don’t have the heart to tell them that most 3ABN watchers are Seventh-day Adventists.
There’s more to their story than this, and it explains why they now worship at 3ABN. They had attended a shrinking church in a depopulating river town, and as it declined (and this isn’t an uncommon symptom of dying churches) began to be torn apart by theological conflict. The breaking point was a messy pastoral situation a few years ago that the conference simply didn’t address, preferring to move the problem on to another church and leaving this congregation without a pastor for several years. For the last few years of its life, they spent Sabbath morning watching 3ABN for the church service. Eventually the congregation couldn’t support itself anymore and was disbanded, the building rented to another congregation.
I see a couple of lessons here.
First, the decline and disappearance of small churches is a problem that the Seventh-day Adventist church has paid no serious attention to, at any level. You’d think that a denomination with such large resource generating capacity (which I saw on display in January at the Adventist Ministries Convention in Florida) could make that a priority. In fact, I’m not sure they’re really aware of how many small churches are out there. Although many church- and parachurch-generated tools can be used in the small church, church planners target bigger churches, those with people and money.
Why? Pretty simple, really. Six out of ten NAD members attend one out of ten of our congregations. Please, don’t skim past that. It is an astonishing statistic. Fewer than half of our church members are spread out among 90% of our congregations! In case you’re not processing that, that represents thousands of barely-there congregations. Of the 10% largest, some are successful suburban churches, but most are clustered around of an Adventist institution: a college, an academy, a hospital, an administrative office.
And where are the denominational decision-makers attending services? Yup. So 90% of our churches are off the administrative radar.
Ministry to small churches is thought of only as a problem, one to be managed when necessary, ignored when possible. But, church leaders, please hear me this time: the edges of the Seventh-day Adventist church farthest from where you are are flaking away, breaking off and disintegrating like the edges of Antarctic ice shelves. Small churches are getting smaller and less tolerable. Rarely can they grow, even with the most aggressive soul-winning techniques, because there is no fertile soil to grow in, and often it is poisoned by conflict. (A young person said to me recently, “I love the Adventist message, but there’s no way I could bring my college friends to a congregation like this.”) Unlike suburban Baltimore/DC, where you live, churches out here are spread far apart. Many of the leftover members don’t have any place to attend services after the local church closes (or becomes so conflicted that sensible people can’t stand it anymore). They are drifting away.
We’ve always had inactive members, but there’s a growing group that consider themselves true believers who have no contact with a local congregation. Now, I’m very aware that a small congregation, meeting in a run-down building, mostly old people, no children’s program, no music, and mostly lay preaching or a DVD, isn’t necessarily very appealing. So where are these people turning for community and inspiration?
Which leads to my second point: we have a church out there whose connection to the denomination is Seventh-day Adventist media like 3ABN.
I want to be fair to 3ABN. Some preachers on that network are good, solid Seventh-day Adventists, who preach to the middle of the church. I’m grateful that shut-ins can watch and listen to them. And at least 3ABN is doing something evangelistic, which is more than most congregations can say.
But there’s a less palatable side to 3ABN. From some 3ABN personalities you’ll get a heavy dose of the most extreme, most divisive Seventh-day Adventism, the kind that spends more time focusing on diet and eschatological enemies than on Jesus. And at a recent national pastors’ meeting, I got an earful from pastors who said that the theological conflicts in their churches were often fed by 3ABN.
I can guarantee you that 3ABN is receiving tithe money, and their only excuse is that people don’t tell them it’s their tithe. And, although the 3ABN board apparently wouldn’t agree with me, I have a hard time separating the continuing involvement of 3ABN’s founder and his family from the operation, because I happen to believe (as I do about Newt Gingrich, Bill Clinton, and others) that character does matter in leaders, and inevitably affects how an institution operates. The unwillingness of the 3ABN board to cut those ties, especially after having had to spend hundreds of thousands of donated money in legal fees on behalf of Danny Shelton, baffles me.
I don’t have the 3ABN video feed, but awhile back I was going through a small town and tuned in a local congregation’s low-power FM radio station that was rebroadcasting 3ABN. The preacher was trotting out the sensational accusations of Malachi Martin and some other discredited myths about the papacy. There’s plenty to disapprove of in the Roman Catholic church, and just as soon as our own denomination is faultless we should probably begin to throw large, jagged stones at them. But in the meantime, that’s not the “good news” I want broadcast to the public in the name of my denomination.
But what to do?
Perhaps we could become a media and institution church. Get rid of district pastors, and the scattered believers could follow the church through 3ABN, the way ditto-heads follow politics via Rush Limbaugh. Colleges and hospitals could continue to thrive under the Seventh-day Adventist name. We could keep, perhaps even grow, our conference, union and other offices. Occasionally we can have big convocations, where people would come to see Seventh-day Adventist celebrities and buy their books and recordings. We would certainly continue to use the mail and internet to collect offerings.
Or, we could make ministry to the scattered believers in small churches a priority, and insist our media truly represent the Seventh-day Adventist church of the NAD. (What makes that complicated is that the conflict we see out here is simply a reflection of the conflict among church leaders about what a Seventh-day Adventist is. Can we expect anything more from the believers?)
Or, we can just let things continue as they are, let the thin margins of the church crumble away, let the TV preachers shape the teachings and attitudes of a dispossessed segment.
I wonder if anyone will notice when we’re gone from vast areas of the country?

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Prayer Seminar - March 16 & 17

On March 16 & 17 a seminar on prayer titled "Getting Right with God" will be presented by Mike Mallison at Anacortes Adventist Fellowship. This special weekend will start with a communion service on Friday night at 7:00 pm. It will continue Saturday morning at 10:00 am and the final session will be after potluck at 2:00pm so bring your food and plan to stay.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Wednesday Night Meetings Back On

After a break for the holidays and canceling last week due to the snowstorm, we are back on for our Wednesday night soup supper! We'll be meeting at 6:30pm at the church for soup and other goodies as well as a video on healthy living tips. Other groups meeting will be a prayer group and a Bible study group. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wednesday Night Meeting Canceled - 1/18/12

Due to the storm blowing in tonight and tomorrow with the significant threat of snow on top of the ice we already have, we have decided to cancel our Wednesday night soup supper for this week. We will resume our meetings next week on 1/25/12 at the normal time, 6:30pm.