April 2003

Did You Know?

Camping in the Northwest

FunFacts

• There are 64 Adventist youth camps in North America. In 2002, 5,136 campers enjoyed the eight camps located in...

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Editorial

In the Military and Lonely

I heard something on the news the other day that touched my heart. The reporters were talking to some of our troops who had been deployed to the Middle East. One soldier had...

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Intersections

Should New Converts Take the Bible Seriously?

I am challenged by Elder Patzer’s March editorial which suggests that we have scholars to wrestle with the hard biblical issues. The implication is “church leaders and members”...

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Should New Converts Take the Bible Seriously?

I am challenged by Elder Patzer’s March editorial which suggests that we have scholars to wrestle with the hard biblical issues. The implication is “church leaders and members”...

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Fresh Start

Under the Influence

“Karl, let’s go bungee jumping,” some kids from my summer day camp urged.

“Forget it. I’d rather chew on chalk.”

“Come on. Why not...

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North Pacific Union

NAD Officers Tour Arctic Churches

As our twin engine plane slipped down below the dark clouds in our approach to Gambell’s airstrip, the bleak treeless snow-covered terrain of St. Lawrence Island came...

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New Study Targets Domestic Abuse Prevention

In a bold move designed to address a difficult problem North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) leaders have authorized an unprecedented research project targeting domestic...

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News

“I’m a missionary, and I’ve never left home.” How a job became a ministry at Walla Walla General Hospital

A nurse and a missionary. That’s all Lauri Rootvik, RN, ever wanted to be. And for this veteran nurse and recent recipient of Walla Walla General Hospital’s (WWGH) Mission Achievement Award, those... More

Eagle River Valley Church Dedication

Members and friends of the Eagle River Valley Church gathered on Sabbath, Feb. 22, to dedicate their church with programs glorifying God who has guided in the growth of this church family. The... More

Shoebox Ministry in Palmer

One of Billy Graham’s sons, Franklin, started the original Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child on the east coast many years ago. In his program, shoeboxes, filled with items children need,... More

Gem State Academy Seniors Recognized

It’s funny… when you plan big events with creative people, ideas turn into reality. That is exactly what happened for the Senior Recognition weekend at Gem State Academy. Our theme for the weekend... More

From Terror to Trust

For my whole life, I had no clue about God. I grew up with a mother who was straying from the religious path and an abusive, atheistic father.In February 2001, my mom was involved in a terrible... More

Gem State Academy Hosts Cool Ringings Handbell and Chimes Festival

What do you do with two music teachers, two and a half days, and 101 elementary students on your hands? Why, you teach them to play bells of course! Just borrow 12 bell and chime sets, enlist the... More

Boise Valley Students Tell What Freedom Means

What does freedom mean to me? The seventh- and eighth-graders of Boise Valley Adventist School (BVAS) were recently challenged to answer this thought-provoking question. Several of them entered their... More

Heard a Good Story Lately?

Has someone in your church recently been baptized? The GLEANER welcomes stories that contain ideas others can use—stories that inspire others to find ways to lead people to Jesus. Why not get busy... More

Pinewood Derby Day

The Mountain View Elementary School gym in Missoula was the site for the Montana Conference Pathfinder’s seventh annual Pinewood Derby.Spirits soared on Feb. 2, as 59 Pathfinders and Adventurers... More

Mountain Home Experiences Baby Boom

Six families dedicated eight children at the Mountain Home Church on Dec. 14, 2002. Dave Shasky, Mountain Home pastor, dedicated Hannah, daughter of Jay and Lori Kissinger, Cameron, son of Stacy and... More

NAD Officers Tour Arctic Churches

As our twin engine plane slipped down below the dark clouds in our approach to Gambell’s airstrip, the bleak treeless snow-covered terrain of St. Lawrence Island came into view. Peering out the... More

New Study Targets Domestic Abuse Prevention

In a bold move designed to address a difficult problem North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) leaders have authorized an unprecedented research project targeting domestic violence within Adventist... More

Sharon Pathfinder Color Guard Posts Colors for Ceremony

Millions of American citizens around the nation, black and white, young and old, rich and poor, celebrated “The American Dream of Freedom” in a tribute to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan.... More

The Northwest Brass Builds a Chapel and a Congregation in India

“Build a church! Provide a spiritual home for hundreds of former idol worshippers in India! Meet them at last on the Sea of Glass! Our Northwest Adventist Brass Choir audience could fund this!” Last... More

Riverside Church Wins eChurch Award for February

The web site of the Riverside Church in Washougal, Wash., received the eChurch Award for February 2003. The Riverside Church web site, www.riversidesda.com, is complete with a picture of the church,... More

HVJA Student To go to Colonial Williamsburg on Word Power

Zach Wade’s love of reading gave him a broad vocabulary which helped to propel him into the National Championship of the Reader’s Digest first Annual National Word Power Challenge held in March in... More

Our Journey to Know Jesus

My father died when I was ten years old. Four years later my mother and stepfather-to-be began taking Bible studies with some Adventists and enrolled me at Harris Junior Academy in Pendleton, Ore.,... More

Emerald Christian Academy Students Make their World More Colorful

Expressing their creative skills, ninth-grade students from Emerald Christian Academy, Pleasant Hill, Ore., decorate paper sacks to be used by Meals on Wheels for the Valentine’s Day lunches. “It’s... More

Congressman Visits Mid Columbia Adventist School

Excitement filled the air at Mid Columbia Adventist School (MCAS), Hood River, Ore., on Jan. 16, with the promise of a special visitor.Principal Dale Milam had asked Oregon’s Second District... More

Goldendale Dentists Awarded Outstanding Young Businesspersons of the Year

David and Brenda Reimche-vu, both dentists, were presented with the Outstanding Young Businesspersons of the Year award, by the Goldendale, Wash., Jaycees. David and Brenda moved to Goldendale five... More

Upper Columbia Academy Hosts Choir and Gymnastics Clinics

Nine school choirs from across Upper Columbia Conference recently attended the every-other-year choral clinic held at Upper Columbia Academy and hosted by UCA’s choral director Curtis Anderson and... More

One Night of Your Life Simply Christmas

More than 1,100 people attended a One Night of Your Life evangelism event held at the Spokane Convention Center, Dec. 21, 2002. The event, called Simply Christmas, was a concert by recording artists... More

UCA Students Give Week of Prayer

The Upper Columbia Academy campus family recently came together for the annual Student Week of Prayer. The week provided an opportunity for students and faculty alike to reflect on their characters... More

Spokane Valley Church Members Accept The Lordship Challenge

It all started at the church leadership retreat in January 2002. The leaders felt that the number one concern for our church was stewardship education.Many of our members have joined since the new... More

Legal Notice

Notice is hereby given that the 74th session of the Upper Columbia Conference will convene in the Upper Columbia Academy convocation center at Spangle, Washington, on Sunday, May 18, 2003, at 9:30 a.... More

Universities Under Siege

When the command was given by Jesus to go to every nation, kindred, tongue and people, he said to go to our public universities and community colleges. A public campus contains an incredible... More

Women’s Ministry Involves Many

Fifty-four women and teens met at the Upper Columbia Conference office on Feb. 9, to share their vision and make plans for women’s ministry events for the year. The fifteen teenagers present and... More

Upper Columbia Conference Couples Retreat

Couples found a great way to spend the Valentine weekend by attending the Upper Columbia Conference Couples’ Retreat at Camp MiVoden in Hayden Lake, Idaho. The scenery was breathtaking and the... More

Alumni Homecoming 2003

The annual Alumni Homecoming Weekend organized by the Walla Walla College Alumni Association is scheduled for April 24–27, 2003. All alumni and friends of the college are cordially invited to attend... More

Walla Walla College Found to Contribute to the Economic Health of the Valley

A recent study found that Walla Walla College’s contribution to the surrounding communities is significant—to the tune of $103 million a year. The study, “The Economic Impact of Walla Walla College... More

“Acapella” Performs Concert

“Acapella,” a gospel-singing, a cappella quartet, recently performed a free concert for a “standing room only” audience in the Walla Walla College Church. The Feb. 21 concert was sponsored by the... More

Enumclaw Students Serve their Community

Located in a quiet country setting just 15 minutes from Auburn Adventist Academy, Enumclaw Adventist Elementary School is a small, family-oriented school. It provides a Christian atmosphere that... More

Students Raise Funds for ADRA

The students of Kirkland Adventist Elementary School and Puget Sound Adventist Academy came together to raise money for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s (ADRA) Food Security Project. By... More

Auburn Academy Discovers History Repeats Itself

Solomon, the wisest man who has ever lived, observed that “nothing is new under the sun.” He discovered in his last days that there was nothing new, only new versions of what has been.Auburn... More

Puyallup Youth Pie and Starvation

The Puyallup Church youth leadership was one of many groups represented at the Piece of the Pie youth seminar held in Bothell in January. Steve Case, Piece of the Pie Ministries president, led the... More

Young Professionals Making a Difference

“God, please lead the Young Professionals Ministry to the place You would have us hold our Fall 2002 retreat,” I prayed. Little did I know, that a non-Adventist pastor was praying, “Lord, send young... More

The Church in Iraq Undeterred by Threat of War

Adventists in Iraq continue to carry out the church's mission despite growing concerns about a war against their country, according to Michael Porter, Middle East Union Mission president. They are... More