Seventh Day Adventists celebrate centennial

Hood River Seventh-Day Adventist Church marks its 100th year Saturday, July 27, with a special Sabbath service at the church, 13th and Oak streets.

All former members and friends are invited to attend the special centennial services.

Sabbath school starts at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:45. There will be a potluck lunch at MACS, followed at 3 p.m. by “This I Remember” time with Dale Milam for sharing memories.

Pastor Ron Hart will be joined by Eldon Stratton (1952-1955), Gwynne Richardson (1974-1975), Tom Sanford (1979-1984), Kevin Wilfley (1984-1988), and Steve McHan (1994-2000) for the centennial celebrations.

A brief history of the church:

After a tent crusade by I.G. Knight, the Western Oregon Conference of SDA officially organized the Hood River Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Aug. 30, 1913. Thirty-three new converts signed the original charter membership list. Three months later they dedicated a church building at 15th and C streets.

In 1921, they voted to install the luxury of lights in the horse shed next to the church. In 1926, they completed a much-needed expansion by raising the church, turning it 90 degrees, adding a basement and a bell over the new vestibule, all for $1,000. (The building is now a private home.)

Mid-Columbia Adventist Christian School started in the basement of the remodeled church in 1926 with sisters Dorothy and Marie Harris teaching. Dan and Melvin Venden held evangelistic meetings between 1929 and 1934, baptizing 89 new members. H. A. Peckham had a tent crusade in 1940 and baptized 45 new members.

The growing membership required a larger church. Church member Gilbert Roberts designed the new church built next to Adams Creek at 13th and Oak.

In January 1949, Cecil Cutler and Lloyd Diamond drove to Wisconsin through blizzards to pick up the pews before the dedication on March 26, 1949.

In fall 1954, a spacious two-classroom school was built on 22nd Street at a cost of $32,000 plus generous donated labor.

A gym, office and Pathfinder room were added in 1983 under the leadership of Pastor Tom Sanford. Currently, the school has 48 students in kindergarten to grade 10.

Mid-Columbia Pathfinders were launched in 1953. Fay Ziegele and Ralph Staley led out for the next 58-plus years.

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