December 2003

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A Season of Giving Christmas Fast Facts

Christmas Fast Facts

* During the Christmas buying season, Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,340 times every minute within the U.S.

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A Season of Giving Giving: A State of Heart

Giving: A State of Heart

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

—William James...

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Editorial

The Christmas Story Today?

I used to believe that poor Mary and Joseph had it pretty tough. You know, walking and riding on a donkey 80 miles to Bethlehem all so they could pay taxes. Then finding...

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Fresh Start

How to Get Rich

A fable is told in India of a poor beggar who lived in a state ruled by a maharaja. The beggar had no home but slept on a mat in a homeless shelter. On frigid evenings...

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North Pacific Union

Academy Bible Conference Helps Youth Face the Real World

This year's Academy Bible Conference brought academy, home school and public high school students from across the North Pacific Union Conference for an October weekend...

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Portland Hosts Adventist Leadership Convention

The Adventist Leadership Convention, "Growing a Family of Grace," was held in Portland, Ore., Oct. 16–19. More than 450 people attended the convention, which featured...

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Perspective

Venden Leftovers

"Converts just don’t stick.” The speaker, critical of the conference spending money on public evangelism, was arguing that there are few lasting results from public...

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News

The Gift of Hope: Bennett Finds Her Role in Health Care Satisfying

Every day, it may look like Lisa Bennett comes to work and does pretty much the same thing. After all, as director of cardiopulmonary services and the sleep lab at Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH... More

Pathfinder Missionaries Visit Alaska Villages

Twenty Pathfinder missionaries from the Iowa-Missouri Conference descended on the isolated Alaska villages of Togiak and Bethel in June for a week-long presentation of Jesus through friendship... More

Conference Secretary Named Courageous Administrator

At the sixth annual Sprout Convention held in Naperville, Ill., Jim Kincaid, Alaska Conference secretary, was presented the Courageous Administrator Award given annually to an administrator willing... More

Alaska Offers Many Mission Opportunities

To be involved, to get wet, to get one’s hands dirty and to be a participant rather than merely an observer are the driving forces behind bungee jumping, extreme sports and the huge upsurge in... More

Creative Field Trips Inspire Desert View Students

Imagine feeling the heartbeat of a hummingbird in your hand and then listening to the tiny sounds as the bird is put up to your ear. Then experience complete amazement as the bird takes flight from... More

Church in the Park Emphasizes Friendship

A few weeks before the Sept. 11 tragedy, Nampa, Idaho, members determined to reach their community through friendship evangelism. Their plan was to "turn the church inside out" by conducting an... More

Brain Games Bring Smart Fun to Campus

The clamor of nervous excitement was in the air as students arrived at the Gem State Adventist Academy in Caldwell, Idaho, to compete in a series of academic competitions called Brain Games 2003.... More

Women Retreat to Camp Ida Haven

The Idaho Conference Christian Women's Retreat was held at beautiful Camp Ida Haven in McCall, Idaho, Sept. 5–7. Approximately 125 women enjoyed the nearly perfect weather, great food and fellowship... More

Montana Conference Office Moves To Quieter Location

Montana Conference Office Moves To Quieter Location After 44 years in their Bozeman, Mont., office, the Montana Conference has moved into temporary housing until a new office can be built. When it... More

Mt. Ellis Students Visit Yellowstone

Mt. Ellis Academy (MEA) has long been known for its stunning natural setting and tremendous outdoor recreational opportunities. This fall, the mountains of western Montana have served not just as a... More

Baptism Held at Special Site

The congregations of Custer and Hardin, Mont., gathered on May 31 to witness Tyli Kyle's baptism by John Delinger at the location of her choice—a reservoir on her grandparents' ranch. Following the... More

Libby Youth Writes Column in Church Newsletter

The Libby (Mont.) Church has a small congregation but is blessed with a large percentage of children. Four years and older, these children are active in helping to make the church services more... More

Academy Bible Conference Helps Youth Face the Real World

This year's Academy Bible Conference brought academy, home school and public high school students from across the North Pacific Union Conference for an October weekend of spiritual enrichment at Camp... More

Portland Hosts Adventist Leadership Convention

The Adventist Leadership Convention, "Growing a Family of Grace," was held in Portland, Ore., Oct. 16–19. More than 450 people attended the convention, which featured specific ministry tracks and... More

Battle Ground Fire Department Announces CAA Senior Officers

The traditional announcement of senior class officers is always an exciting proclamation at the beginning of the year for Columbia Adventist Academy. This year's class wasted no time in letting their... More

Fourth Grader Delivers Lunch and New Class Project

For more than a year, fourth-grader Skyler Null has been helping his grandmother deliver “Meals on Wheels.” As a home school student, scheduling wasn’t any problem. But now that he is attending... More

Sutherlin School Celebrates Loan Burning

A fire was set at the Sutherlin (Ore.) Christian School on Sept. 14. Fortunately the burning was confined to a piece of paper—the loan note representing the indebtedness of the church for the new... More

Oregon Youth Bring VBS To Alaska

A team of eight youth and three adults flew to the Siberian Yupik village of Gambell on St. Lawrence Island in June for the 10th annual mission trip sponsored by the Oregon Conference.The group put... More

Milo Seniors Survive Wilderness Challenges

Milo Adventist Academy's senior survival location, purpose and activities remain an annual mystery. But this year's seniors found the answers deep in the Umpqua National Forest where they turned a... More

PAA Students Test Stream Health

The Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) biology class spent a recent afternoon ankle deep in Johnson Creek, a small tributary of the Willamette River, to learn how scientists gauge the pollution level... More

Columbia Seniors Survive Paradise

Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) seniors headed to a spot of private land known as "Pathfinder Paradise" near Colton, Ore., in October for their senior adventure. What they found were spiders, snakes... More

Dallas Team Builds Church in Dominican Republic

Just imagine the amount of time and effort that someone would have to invest in order to recruit volunteers, coordinate schedules, make sure that travel documents for 27 people are all in order for a... More

University Park Church Grows in Membership and Services

The University Park Church (Portland, Ore.) recently added nine new members after NET 2003 meetings. Among them, Jesse Gonzales, a literature evangelist, with his wile, Georgina, from Vancouver, Wash... More

Ridge Dell Moves Forward in Faith

The Ridge Dell (Wash.) Church was built more than 20 years ago on the northern edge of Vancouver with hopes and plans for a real sanctuary to be completed during a second phase of construction.... More

Bend Members Complete Portland Marathon

The Bend (Ore.) Church pastor, Jerry Joubert, joined members Lisa Gladden, Bobbi Lynn Miller and Julie Jensen to complete the 2003 Portland Marathon on Oct. 5. Also pictured is their fan club and... More

Troy Church Enjoys Homecoming

Precious memories...how they linger at the Troy (Idaho) Church. Former students came from as far as Florida, Minnesota, Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California for a country school homecoming on... More

Parents Experience UCA Campus For Themselves

For the seventh year, Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) hosted Parent Weekend, which is designed to give parents the opportunity to experience what UCA is providing for their students. It also gives... More

Goldendale Welcomes Not-So-Retired Teachers

Goldendale Adventist School welcomed a new teaching team to its staff this fall. Clinton and Esther Cummings bring with them a wealth of expertise, experience and education.Clinton has taught upper... More

Wenatchee Valley Holds First Camp Meeting

The Adventist churches of the Wenatchee Valley held their first camp meeting in Wenatchee, Wash. The October weekend event featured adult meetings presented by Des Cummings, Florida Hospital... More

WWVA Seniors Elect Officers

Recently Walla Walla Valley Academy selected the 2004 senior class officers. From left: (front) Sarah Grizzell, spiritual vice president; Rachel Smith, treasurer; Katie Woolever, social vice... More

Lending a Helping Hand Fall Service Day 2003

More than 450 students, faculty and staff spent Oct. 22 performing community service and outreach programs for Walla Walla College’s (WWC) 11th annual Service Day.Participants kicked off the morning... More

Help Arrives from All Over

Adventist friends and community supporters of Auburn Adventist Academy have acted quickly in the aftermath of the dorm fire to begin the process of recovery. Two special funds have been set up at... More

Tragedy & Triumph Auburn's Nelson Hall Is Destroyed by Fire

We have lost so much, but there is so much for which to be thankful. Things may not be pleasant, but they could be much worse. And for that we here at Auburn Adventist Academy are continuing to thank... More

Not a Drill

Some girls just thought it was a fire drill when on Nov. 17 the fire alarm went off in Auburn Adventist Academy's Nelson Hall, home to 81 girls. They left the dorm with little more than the clothes... More

Eight Hands Bring Spark To Auburn’s Pianos

Forty fingers, $2,000, eight hands, four students, two pianos and one teacher all adds up to the creation of Auburn Adventist Academy's piano quartet.Auburn welcomed a second piano teacher to its... More

Auburn Students Fight Skagit Floodwater

Thirty students from Auburn Adventist Academy loaded buses at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 21 and headed for the Skagit River. They weren't out for a day on the beach, though they did return with sand in their... More

Washington Women Experience God's Spirit

"What an amazing weekend!”“I could feel the presence of God in this place.”“My life is changed.”These were some of the comments heard after the Washington Conference’s fall women’s retreat held Sept... More

Graham Church Expands To Meet Neighborhood Needs

What is a church to do when housing developments are growing up all around it? The Graham (Wash.) Church members believe that you pray for those moving into the area, prepare the church to witness to... More

Shelton Mixes Health and Good Food

Vegetarian cooking classes were held at the Shelton (Wash.) Church every Tuesday night during September. Leader Nita Dove encouraged participants to follow a healthy lifestyle of good nutrition,... More

Buena Vista Breaks Ground On New Addition

Visit Buena Vista Elementary School (Auburn, Wash.) on a school day, and you will find more than 230 students eager to learn and eager to see the new school addition that will be added soon.... More

PSAA Students Jump To Help Farmer

The call came on Tuesday morning. Claudia Bahnmiller, a Monroe (Wash.) Church member, contacted Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) with a plea for help. One of her neighbors had just been diagnosed... More

PSAA Celebrates Teacher's Life

Students, faculty and staff at Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) celebrated the life and memory of Tad Loganbill in a special chapel on Friday, October 24. During the chapel service, led by Doug... More

From the Ashes

Shortly after checking into my hotel room in Walla Walla, Wash., on Nov. 17, Keith Hallam, Auburn Adventist Academy principal, called with the news that the girls' dorm was burning, but everyone was... More

NAD Pathfinder Camporee Heads Back to Oshkosh

North Pacific Union Pathfinders will be attending the largest six-day Adventist youth event in the world from Aug. 9–14, 2004, in Oshkosh, Wis.More than 20,000 Pathfinders from more than 60 countries... More

ACN offers great Adventist Preaching

"That’s the best sermon I’ve ever heard!” exclaimed the 70-year-old member of a small mid-western congregation. His multi-church pastor, wanting only the very best for his congregation in his absence... More