August 2004

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North American Native Ministries

There are 472 Native American tribes in the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) territory, nearly half of which are in Washington. Many of the tribes are small and...

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Editorial

Birth of Buffalo Signals Christ’s Imminent Return

Birth of Buffalo Signals Christ’s Imminent Return For years church leaders have been frustrated by the seeming lack of response to the gospel by our Native American brothers... More

Fresh Start

It’s a Dog’s Life

It’s a Dog’s Life Everyone in the family adored the lovable ball of slobber and fur that my cousin, Rick, adopted. “And his name shall be Shazzer,” Rick pronounced, “for this... More

North Pacific Union

Polly's Place Opens in Seattle

Polly’s Place Ministries dedicated a new healing center for battered women and children on Sunday, June 20.

The Seattle-area house,...

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Northwest Pathfinder Families Write Camporee Theme Song

Kent and Myla Brueske, Blue Mountain (Athena, Ore.) Eagles Pathfinder directors, were sitting in their living room last fall with Mark and Conna Bond, their parents...

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Bringing Home the Harvest at the 28th Regional Convocation

Driving onto the campus of Camp Berachah near Auburn, Wash., gave a feeling of anticipation and excitement during the 28th Regional Convocation "Bringing Home the...

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ASI Spring Fellowship 2004

What does “ASI” stand for? Adventist-laymen’s Services and Industries—an organization for supporting ministries and business people and professionals. It functions as a...

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Caring Heart Awards Honor Exceptional Students

Each year the senior academies throughout the North American Division select students who are outstanding in their community service and outreach activities to receive...

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Perspective

We Called Him Aufty

When my class of 1960 met at Auburn Adventist Academy for our 30-year reunion, we did all the regular reunion things while sharing our joys, tragedies and...

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News

A Single Purpose A Life of Service

There are some people who cannot imagine a life without service.Bea Bortner is one of those people. Her purpose is to be a blessing—to help others. And while her years number more than 80, she... More

Something for Everyone Found at Alaska Camp Meeting

Approximately 600 people attended the 26th annual Southcentral Alaska Camp Meeting held near Palmer June 15–19. This was the first time camp meeting was held in June rather than the traditional... More

Meet Ken Crawford Alaska Conference President

After Ken Crawford completed his bachelor of theology degree in 1974 and spent five years in other work, he and wife Colleen moved to St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, in 1979 and helped raise the... More

Alaska Conference Executive Committee Members 2004-08

1. Ricardo Cabero—Anchorage Spanish/Kodiak Church pastor2. Doug Becker—Anchorage layperson3. Neil Biloff—Palmer pastor4. Tami Burrell—Nome teacher5. John Calvert—Wrangell layperson6. Joe Chythlook—... More

Dillingham Member Spreads Message in Remote Villages

Jim Bingman, a Dillingham (Alaska) Church member, felt the need to visit an old friend’s son in Togiak, Alaska, a growing village of approximately 1,200 people, in the spring of 1999. Although a... More

Alaska Constituency Report

Alaska Constituency Report More than 140 delegates came from throughout the wide expanses of the 49th state to convene the 14th triennial session of the Alaska Conference at Palmer on Sunday, June... More

Incoming GSAA Officers Make God No. 1 Priority

Incoming GSAA Officers Make God No. 1 Priority I admit it—I had a bad attitude this school year. I wanted my school to be more fun. So, what did I do? I stayed home instead of going to school... More

Minister Ordained, Teachers Commissioned at Idaho Camp Meeting

An ordination and commissioning service on Sabbath, June 12, was a high point of the Idaho Conference Camp Meeting. Brian Yarbrough, Vale and Ontario (Ore.) pastor, was ordained to the gospel... More

Montana Experiences Miracles in His Time

During the 2004 edition of the Montana Conference Camp Meeting, the chronicles of several of God’s miracles were told.Several years ago it became obvious that the conference office building on Main... More

Polly's Place Opens in Seattle

Polly’s Place Ministries dedicated a new healing center for battered women and children on Sunday, June 20.The Seattle-area house, which can shelter a maximum of eight women and children, joins... More

Northwest Pathfinder Families Write Camporee Theme Song

Kent and Myla Brueske, Blue Mountain (Athena, Ore.) Eagles Pathfinder directors, were sitting in their living room last fall with Mark and Conna Bond, their parents Dewane and Emily, and all their... More

Bringing Home the Harvest at the 28th Regional Convocation

Driving onto the campus of Camp Berachah near Auburn, Wash., gave a feeling of anticipation and excitement during the 28th Regional Convocation "Bringing Home the Harvest" in May.Organized by the... More

ASI Spring Fellowship 2004

What does “ASI” stand for? Adventist-laymen’s Services and Industries—an organization for supporting ministries and business people and professionals. It functions as a network to bring talents... More

Caring Heart Awards Honor Exceptional Students

Each year the senior academies throughout the North American Division select students who are outstanding in their community service and outreach activities to receive the Caring Heart Award. Funded... More

Community Service Leaders Survive Serious Accident

Tad and Terri Harwood, Cave Junction (Ore.) Church community service coordinators were driving the community service truck from the Grants Pass food bank to Cave Junction on March 8 when a lady drove... More

PAA Makes Community Connection Through New Church Program

Portland Adventist Academy launched an exciting new program this year to help make the Adventist churches in the Portland area better aware of the academy and its programs and to reach out to these... More

PAA Senior Studies Robots During JPL Internship

Most Americans have had the opportunity of seeing some of the amazing things that can be done with robots, but Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) senior Adam Wall got to see and experience the cutting... More

Students Support Soldiers with Letters from Home

Students in Sandy Mathis' third- and fourth-grade class at Rivergate Adventist Elementary School have been involved in a great project called "Letters to Soldiers" this past year. As a result of this... More

CAA Students Clean Lake for Community Service Day

A small group of excited sophomores from Columbia Adventist Academy loaded up a school van and headed to Klineline Lake on May 12 as part of a special community service day set up by students. The... More

CAA Freshman Dive into Deep-sea Exploration

The freshmen of Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) dove right into deep-ocean exploration as their submersibles crept past jellyfish, shipwrecks, tubeworms, vent mussels and spider crabs. They... More

Mid Columbia Children Welcome Babies Through Service Project

Near the close of the 2003–04 school year, the first- through fourth-grade classroom of Mid Columbia Jr. Academy (Hood River, Ore.), with their teacher Gail Hill, brainstormed ideas for local... More

Milo's Students Take Spiritual Temperature

These quotes, taken from this year's end-of-the-year student survey, say it all when it comes to Milo Adventist Academy's "spiritual temperature."“I have just grown tremendously emotionally,... More

Wimpy Stebbeds Pathfinder Award Honors Former Springfield Director

The Springfield (Ore.) Pathfinders gave the first Wimpy Stebbeds Award for donating the most community service hours to Samara Simpson, who completed 191 hours.The award, which is intended to be... More

RVAS Adds Grades

This fall, Rogue Valley Adventist School (RVAS) will add grades 11 and 12, serving students in the Medford, Ore., area.It has been 48 years since 11th- and 12th-graders had the option of attending... More

Lincoln City Students Sew Quilts

The Lincoln City Adventist School essential living skills class members sewed quilts as one of their projects this year. Wrapped in their creations are: (front row) Tory Ward, Marianne Blanchard,... More

CAA Classrooms Abandoned by Adventuresome Sophomores

The sophomore biology class from Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) set out for a three-day educational adventure on April 21 at Puget Sound's Rosario Beach.The trip was a chance to experience and... More

CAA Comes Alive with Sound of Music

The hills were definitely filled with the sound of music when a cast and crew of more than 30 Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) students performed and produced The Sound of Music in May. The three... More

CAA Students Retreat to Beach to Plan Week of Prayer

Twelve Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) students set out for coastal Manzanita, Ore., on Feb. 20 for a spiritual retreat to plan and prepare for the spring student week of prayer.During the weekend... More

Prayer, Study and Friendship Featured at Upper Columbia Camp Meeting

Prayer, Study and Friendship Featured at Upper Columbia Camp Meeting More than 150 people joined the 777 Commitment Club during the Upper Columbia Conference Camp Meeting, held June 18–19 at Walla... More

Spokane Center Offers Food, Clothes and Hope

The good work of Spokane's Better Living Center (BLC) has expanded to benefit thousands during its 30 years of operation with the support of the Central, Linwood and Southhill churches.Located in a... More

Surprise Party Sends Pastoral Couple On Trip to "Hawaii"

When best friends Kim Bartholomew and Fawn Schutt began discussing their plans in November for a surprise birthday party for their pastor, Willard Santee (Otis Orchards, Wash., and Post Falls, Idaho... More

Innovative Program Reaches Natives Through Their Children

The argument had grown to a heated discussion when I arrived at the car. Neither Lanessa or Kaitlyn would relinquish their claim to sit in the front seat so I could take them home from church.... More

Kettle Falls CHIPers Graduate

Kettle Falls CHIPers Graduate Twenty-two participants graduated recently from the Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP) offered by the Kettle Falls (Wash.) Church. During the month-long program... More

The Listening Ear Supports WWVA Students

There is a lot of listening going on at Walla Walla Valley Academy (WWVA), more than previous years.Let’s face it. We all need someone who listens in our lives—sometimes more than others. And... More

He's Alive Broadcasting Celebrates Anniversary

Friends of He's Alive Broadcasting celebrated the 10th anniversary of the television station on May 16 at the Upper Columbia Conference office in Spokane. Marlo Fralick, He's Alive president,... More

A Door Closes and God Opens a Window

Senior music education major Jeremy Irland won the gold medal for voice in the Young Artist’s Competition at the 59th annual Musicfest Northwest in May. It was Irland's second year performing at the... More

A New Major for New Media

A new major offered by Walla Walla College's technology department takes graphic design to another level. While graphic design is for the print medium, the major in new media imaging will cover... More

Music, Speakers Bless at Camp Meeting Despite New Format

Camp meeting this year, while shortened and divided because of the Auburn Adventist Academy fire last fall, was still a blessing to the Washington Conference. The largest of the weekend events was... More

Orcas Christian School Graduates Increase by 400 Percent

Families, friends and island community members packed the small Adventist church to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the four members of the Orcas Christian School's (OCS) class of 2004... More

Bellevue Leader Pioneers VBS Reunion Parties

Bellevue Leader Pioneers VBS Reunion Parties Follow-up is key. Every Vacation Bible School (VBS) leader knows that. But once VBS week is over, how do you keep in touch with the kids? You throw a... More

Port Angeles Women Enjoy Circle of Friends Ministry

The women of the Port Angeles Church have a women's ministry called "The Circle of Friends." Mae Gagnon, a long-time church member, and Marla LaPorte have been the inspiration for the group. All the... More

SAGE Celebrates 10 Years

The Washington Conference seniors organization, Seniors in Action for God with Excellence (SAGE), celebrated its 10th anniversary in June. SAGE has consistently presented a balanced program of... More

Puppet Tells Easter Story at Port Angeles Church

Christ’s advice to “become as little children” took on new meaning April 10 for Port Angeles Church members and guests. On this weekend when many celebrate Easter, church elder and ventriloquist... More

AAA Teacher Opens Opportunities for Student Swim Instructors

Some students at Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) will soon have the opportunity to not only be lifeguards but actually teach swimming lessons, which may allow them to contribute in a larger way to... More

Kinderschoolers Graduate at Skagit Adventist School

Twenty-two enthusiastic kinderschool students from the Skagit Adventist School (Burlington, Wash.) marched into the sanctuary of the North Cascade Church in caps and gowns on May 27. Before they were... More

PSAA Integrates Mission with Academics

The number one goal of Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) is to build Christian faith and values into this Kirkland, Wash., day academy’s curriculum.“Puget Sound Adventist Academy strives to offer... More

Auburn Uses Hands-on Learning for Holistic Education

Christian education and the philosophy of a balanced lifestyle on which it is based is truly a blessing to those who experience it. Auburn Adventist Academy's (AAA) goal of providing a Christ-... More

Mt. Tahoma Celebrates 40 Years

The Mt. Tahoma Church family recognized 40 years of church growth with a big celebration June 2–5. Former pastors S. Arthur Bushnell, Ewart Brown, Keith Boyd and Rodney Draggon delivered powerful... More

Auburn Hosts Firefighter's Memorial Service

Fire trucks and aid units lined up bumper-to-bumper, two abreast behind Rainier Auditorium at Auburn Adventist Academy on Sabbath, June 12, to honor Jon Cahill, a fire captain who died June 3 in a... More

Sow 1 Billion Campaign Launched with Billboards and Cards

A future without fear is the global theme of Sow 1 Billion, a special campaign with a large but simple goal: to invite one billion people to take Bible studies and to learn of Jesus Christ.... More

Amazing Facts, 3ABN Join to Ignite Remnant Church

Doug Batchelor, speaker/president of Amazing Facts and host of Bible Answers Live, will present a historic 10-day church revival series called ’04 REVIVAL! live from Chattanooga, Tenn., Nov. 5–14.The... More

Vendens Team to Tell More About Jesus

The father-and-son team of Morris and Lee Venden discuss the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus in their five-part series, More About Jesus. They explain how Jesus can be at the heart... More