March 2004

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Our Cosmic Neighborhood

• Earth's galaxy, the Milky Way, contains about 400 billion stars. There are hundreds of billions of other galaxies in the universe, some of which are much larger and...

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Editorial

Turning Visions into Reality A Story of Success

A Story of Success

Twenty years ago, a young pastor named Tom walked into my office at the North Pacific Union Conference where I was the youth director....

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Fresh Start

Home Where We Belong

I met Rachael* at a week of prayer. After the final meeting she tentatively approached me and asked, “Pastor Haffner, may I speak to you?”

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Perspective

Does God Still Perform Miracles?

Does God still perform miracles? Ask members of the Orchards Church in Vancouver, Washington, that question and their reply will be a resounding, "Yes!"

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News

Tillamook County General Hospital Community Care for Newborns

Tillamook County General Hospital Community Care for Newborns It has often been said that it takes a village to raise a child. Children born at Tillamook County General Hospital (TCGH), located in... More

Nome Students Valued by Major Store

In Nome, Alaska, even the local store manager values Adventist education. "I am very impressed with the students from Nome Adventist School,” said Bill Cash, manager of Nome's Alaska Commercial... More

Dual Mission to Uzbekistan Serves God and Country

When Vernon Osborn, a Hillside-O’Malley Church member, is deployed with the Alaska Air National Guard, he always knows God will provide him with an opportunity to spread His word.Prior to departing... More

14th Regular Constituency Session

Notice is hereby given that the 14th Regular Constituency Session of the Alaska Conference will be held in the Palmer Auditorium on Maud Road June 20, 2004, at 9:00 a.m.The purpose of the... More

Hand Bell and Chimes Festival Sells Out

Groups of laughing fifth- through eighth-grade students crowded the music building as registration for the second Cool Ringings Hand Bell and Chimes Festival began. With more than 100 students... More

Dedication Expands Into Multi-cousin Event

When David and Nid Moody and their two children from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, were visiting their family in John Day, Ore., they heard that their nieces were to be dedicated the next Sabbath. Instead of... More

Member Returns After 38 Years

Wayne Cox had thought of coming back to church many times, but every Sabbath morning there was always something else that came up so he wouldn’t go. Maybe some other time, he thought.As he awoke one... More

North Valley Church Dedicated

The North Valley Church (Columbia Falls, Mont.) was dedicated Dec. 6, 2003, after 20 years of service. The dedication service, led by John Loor Jr., Montana Conference president, included Myron... More

Choteau's Prayers Are Answered

The small Choteau (Mont.) Church congregation saved and searched for an official church sign they could afford until Dan Nelson agreed to make it for a considerable savings.Nelson cut each brass... More

Butte Shares Harvest Dinner

The Butte (Mont.) Church hosted their members and friends at a harvest dinner on Nov. 25. The Dillon, Whitehall, Anaconda and Deer Lodge churches were invited to come for fellowship and a delicious... More

Butte Clubs Collect Canned Food

Butte (Mont.) Pathfinders and Adventurers went out at Halloween asking for canned food for Thanksgiving baskets for the needy. When they returned to the church with their collections they had a party... More

Butte Welcomes New Members

Alex Pasha, 11, publicly declared his decision to join the Butte (Mont.) Church on Nov. 22. He is the son of Rita and Steve Pasha who were baptized a few years ago by Orville Baer.McKenzie Riddle was... More

Wish Comes True for Gaston Teen

When Rebekah Walsh, a Laurelwood Academy junior, walked into Doernbecher Children's Hospital on May 13, 2003, she didn't realize she would be leaving months later, confined to a wheelchair. She was... More

T-shirts Share Gospel

While many schools have difficulty regulating objectionable and offensive slogans and mottos on T-shirts worn by their students, Portland Adventist Academy wishes that more of their students would... More

India Receives Springfield Members

The Springfield (Ore.) Church had a special service in October to ask God’s blessing on lay workers preparing to work for Christ, including a group heading to India. Church-sponsored fund-raisers and... More

Springfield Church Holds Lay Evangelistic Seminar and Classes

Lay people from many walks of life worked together in October to present an evangelistic effort at the Springfield (Ore.) Church.Joe Bovee, a shipper by trade, answered the call to organize and lead... More

Milo Food Service Director Wins Hero Award

Every great production or establishment has individuals behind the scenes assisting in ways that are immeasurable to the project as a whole. Unfortunately, these people often aren’t recognized for... More

Portland-area Schools Cooperate in Marketing Campaign

Portland-area Adventist schools have formed a partnership called RockSolid Schools to work together for their mutual benefit.A year ago Oregon Conference administrators, educational superintendents... More

New Media Center Named for Shady Point Member

According to the Upper Rogue Independent newspaper of Eagle Point, Ore., the Eagle Rock Media Center at the new public school, Eagle Rock Elementary, is now officially called the Helen E. Barrow... More

“What Do You Want Me to Do for You?” CAA Students Ponder Christ's Question

“What Do You Want Me to Do for You?” CAA Students Ponder Christ's Question Freshman students in David Allen’s Bible class were studying about blind Bartimaeus just before Christmas. They were... More

Woodland Church Adds New Members Through Baptism

The Woodland (Wash.) Church has been busy this year with baptisms. Gary and Karen Moore decided to dedicate their lives to God and were baptized by Marty Jackson, pastor, following the Voice of... More

Oregon State University Hosts Public Collegiates for Shine NW

For students and members at the Corvallis (Ore.) Church, things are already starting to "shine." They are working together to plan Shine Northwest 2004, a conference focused on bringing Adventist... More

Brewster Blazers Unveil Vietnam Wall

The Vietnam Wall has a special connection for five members of the Brewster (Wash.) Blazer Pathfinders with reminders of courage, dedication and service, according to Merlin Ekvall, their director.... More

Coeur d’Alene Plants Another New Church

Coeur d’Alene Plants Another New Church Once again, approximately 35 members of Idaho's Coeur d'Alene (CDA) Church are setting off in faith to plant the LifeSource Community Church. This is familiar... More

International Food Fair Celebrates Vegetarianism

Yakima Adventist Christian School (YACS) held its sixth annual Vegetarian International Food Fair at the school on Jan. 11. The YACS Home and School organized the event, while parents, students and... More

Spokane ABC Gains Publicity from Mad Cow Disease

Soon after the media announced that the first case of mad cow disease in the United States had been discovered in eastern Washington, the manager of the Spokane Adventist Book Center, Herman Schreven... More

UCA Selects Students as Week of Prayer Speakers

This year's UCA student week of prayer speakers were, from left: (front row) Brandon Glovatsky, Ryan Yeo, Dustin Billington, Aaron Vizcarra; (middle row) Phillip Sherwood, Danelle Smith, Emily... More

Two Conferences Join For Ministerial Retreat

Ministers from the Montana and Upper Columbia Conferences joined together in early January for a retreat at Camp MiVoden near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Ben Maxson, General Conference (GC) stewardship... More

NW Singles Plan Annual Retreat

Singles from all over the Northwest plus California and Canada come to MiVoden for a spiritual, fun weekend in the sun reconnecting with old friends and meeting new friends.Last year Lee and Margie... More

Why I Like My School Students Write their Thoughts

Fifth- and sixth-grade students at Yakima Adventist Christian School (YACS) composed essays this year about why they liked their school. Here is a composite of their work:I really like YACS because... More

Rice for Cambodia Radio Listeners Give Generously

Walla Walla College’s Positive Life Radio listeners donated thousands of dollars for the second year to help feed people affected by drought and flooding in Cambodia. Positive Life Radio teamed up... More

Auburn Students Spread "Sonlight" in Seattle

Auburn Adventist Academy students pile out of the vans and fill their arms and pockets with the "supplies" necessary for their Sabbath afternoon excursion. It is January in Seattle but somehow the... More

Year of Evangelism Kicks Off in Washington

It happened in Auburn. It happened in North Bend. It happened in Everett. It continues to happen throughout the Washington Conference.In January many different locations throughout the conference... More

Monroe Feeds 110 At Community Christmas Dinner

A community Christmas dinner, sponsored by the Monroe (Wash.) Church members, was given on Dec. 25 to reach out to those in the community who would otherwise be alone for the holidays.More than 110... More

Conference Welcomes Revival And New Assistant

Do you sense that the Spirit of the living God is at work among us, challenging, reviving, renewing the hearts of the members here in the Washington Conference?You may be aware by now that the... More

Washington Conference Plans Women’s Spring Day Event

"It was a bright and sunny morning . . . the day on which I fully expected to die.” Those are the words of Esmie Branner who, while married to a Muslim husband, clung desperately to her Christian... More

Where Jesus Walked

If Jesus were to return to the places he knew as a child and adult, what would He say? Would He tear down the concrete and wire fortifications that separate communities, just as He chased the sellers... More

Cutting-edge Technology Captures Ancient Story

The Adventist Communication Network (ACN) and It Is Written Digital Media Group (IIWDMG), Vancouver, Wash., partnered to capture authentic images of Bible characters in a project called FACES:... More