December 2005

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New Tax Law for End-of-Year Gifts Charitable Giving

Charitable Giving

The events of 2005 have called for an unprecedented response from individuals, nonprofit organizations and government to aid victims of...

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Editorial

Adventists, Giving, and Hewlett Packard Part V

The story is told of a little guy who was given two quarters before going to church. One, he was told, was for Jesus. One was for him. As he was crossing the street, one...

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Fresh Start

The Christmas Spirit

Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff tells a delightful story about choosing joy over sorrow—in spite of dreadful circumstances. His family arrived as immigrants in New York...

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North Pacific Union

Gospel Outreach Steps Out in Faith

Recently the board of directors at Gospel Outreach (GO), a faith ministry based in College Place, Wash., took a large step of faith by voting to increase its support of...

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Leadership and Projects Emphasized at Maranatha's Convention

The annual Maranatha convention was held Sept. 30–Oct. 1 at the Gladstone Park Convention Center in Oregon. Adventists in the Pacific Northwest came out in full force,...

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Society of Adventist Communicators Holds Convention in the Northwest

Beautiful weather, dynamic presentations and active fellowship characterized the 2005 Society of Adventist Communicators convention held Oct. 20–23 at the Gladstone Park...

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News

Stroke It Could Happen to You

It can strike while you’re doing the dishes or visiting with colleagues. Its devastating impact can rob you of movement and speech, or take your life. Stroke is a cardiovascular disease that affects... More

Quilting Friendship Evangelism in North Pole

Three years ago, JanaBelle Gordon and several of her friends from the North Pole Adventist Church decided to have some fun and share it with their community friends. Since that time, 7 to 9 p.m.... More

Goodbye to Biloffs Neil Biloff New Dakota Conference President

After more than 11 years as pastor of the Palmer Church, Neil Biloff and his wife Jacquie are heading south where he will be the president of the Dakota Conference.During the time Biloff has pastored... More

Fourteen-Year-Old Shares Jesus In Her Neighborhood

It isn’t often that a 14-year-old chooses to spend her free time sharing Jesus with others, but Amanda Ludwig of Boise, Idaho, isn’t an ordinary teenager.When Amanda and her family started attending... More

Serving Salmon and the World

"I just love shopping at your store!” a teenager exclaimed, who had come into the center one day. While Adventist Community Services (ACS) is not really a store, it does provide great “shopping” for... More

Cowboy Camp Meeting Held at Elk Springs Ranch

The first Cowboy Camp Meeting was held Aug. 25–27 at Elk Springs Ranch near Florence, Mont. It was attended by Christians of many different faiths. The common attraction was a deep love of the Lord... More

Glacier View School in Ronan Starts with 23 Students

Glacier View Adventist Christian School began the year with 23 students. A kindergarten class was added, and an additional teacher, Stacey Mohr Duffield, a new Walla Walla College elementary... More

Second Chances Finding Open Arms at Mount Ellis Academy

I came to Mt. Ellis Academy my freshman year because of my grandma who told me about this amazing school that could bring me closer to God. At that point in my life, I wasn’t very spiritual. I... More

A Dedication and Baptism in the Havre Church

The day was warm and bright, and the Havre Church family was looking forward to a wonderful Sabbath blessing. Our morning service started out with a special time of dedication for Keegan Hinrichs.... More

"In His Moccasins" VBS

The deep "bong" of the authentic American Indian drum called to order the beginning of another day of Vacation Bible School at Valley Adventist Christian School this past summer in Kalispell, Mont.... More

Montana Christian Women’s Retreat 2005 A Woman’s Walk with God

Montana Christian Women’s Retreat 2005 A Woman’s Walk with God "Do you ever feel like your life is short on miracles? Then ask God for a miracle!” Keynote speaker Ginger Church scanned the faces in... More

Gospel Outreach Steps Out in Faith

Recently the board of directors at Gospel Outreach (GO), a faith ministry based in College Place, Wash., took a large step of faith by voting to increase its support of indigenous missionaries by... More

Leadership and Projects Emphasized at Maranatha's Convention

The annual Maranatha convention was held Sept. 30–Oct. 1 at the Gladstone Park Convention Center in Oregon. Adventists in the Pacific Northwest came out in full force, filling the Holden Conference... More

Society of Adventist Communicators Holds Convention in the Northwest

Beautiful weather, dynamic presentations and active fellowship characterized the 2005 Society of Adventist Communicators convention held Oct. 20–23 at the Gladstone Park Conference Center in... More

Revival at Milo A Challenging Week of Prayer Inspires Commitment

Revival at Milo A Challenging Week of Prayer Inspires Commitment Never has a week of prayer at Milo been so talked about, so challenging. Debates arose as students analyzed the speaker’s words.... More

Aaron Payne Ordained

On Sabbath, Sept. 10, Aaron Payne was ordained to the gospel ministry at Meadow Glade Adventist Church in Battle Ground, Wash. Alf Birch, pastor and former Oregon Conference president, set the tone... More

Evangelism Under the Big Tent

Delissa Hilaire was going down Martin Luther King Boulevard in Portland when she noticed a large billboard advertising a tent meeting. The sign caught her attention, but she did not get the address.... More

"Kids Under Construction" Children's and Youth Ministries Leadership Convention

The Oregon Conference children’s ministries and youth departments partnered to present “Kids Under Construction” at Gladstone Park Conference Center on Sept. 24. This leadership convention was... More

A Stroke of Bad Luck Leads to Baptism

Several years ago, Russell Engle had a stroke and became dependent on his wife’s care. Frustrated with his new limitations, Engle was bored. His wife, Sybil, had a friend come in to help her take... More

The School That Prays Together Stays Together

At Livingstone Adventist Academy, prayer is very important. Prior to school starting, the entire staff and local pastors gather in each school room to dedicate it with prayer. Music and English... More

Orchards Pathfinders Reach Out to Sidewalk Kids

The Pathfinder club from the Orchards Church in Vancouver, Wash., launched a bold experiment, reaching out to the neighborhood children surrounding the church.Greg Hillman, director of the 15-member... More

Small With Big Dreams

The Columbia Gorge Church began in 1978 when the first Sabbath School and church services were held at the Corbett Fire Hall. There were 78 people, and all were excited to be planting a church in a... More

Columbia Academy Dedicates Campus Circle of Ribbons Symbolizes Commitment

For the ninth consecutive year, students, staff members, and the pastors of the 12 constituent churches participated in dedicating Columbia Adventist Academy’s campus. Led by Matthew Butte, campus... More

"Con Pie Firme" Hispanic Women's Retreat 2005

More than 150 women gathered at Camp Kuratli in Boring, Ore., for the eighth annual Hispanic Women’s Retreat held Sept. 9–11. Coordinated by Alina Careaga, this year’s event featured Gillen Molina as... More

Victories Won in Cave Junction

The Cave Junction Church traditionally enjoys outdoor church at the Grayback Forestry Campground. This year the women's ministries committee, under the direction of Darlene Varney and Mondie Johnson... More

Dallas Children Study the Sanctuary

Primary and junior Sabbath School class members at Dallas, Ore., studied about the sanctuary and its services. The children in the primary room built a large model of the sanctuary in their classroom... More

Backpacking on Mt. Adams

Ten backpackers from the Gladstone Park Church went from Potato Hill North to Cold Springs Camp South with side hikes at Crescent Glacier around Mt. Adams in August. The group included families,... More

Couple Is Rebaptized and Married

Scott Price and Kavitha Nelapudi were baptized on Sabbath, June 25, in the Eugene Church, the day before their marriage. It was a re-baptism for both of them. They wanted to symbolize a new beginning... More

Lewiston’s Christmas Cantata

Lewiston’s Christmas Cantata Preparations for this year’s 34th annual Christmas Cantata began in July by Delma Baker, veteran choir director. The actual performance does not occur until Dec. 10, but... More

Reflections Children's Choir

It was an exciting moment for me to see the children standing up on stage at the Waterville Fair singing their hearts out at a ceremony to honor the families of fallen soldiers. The children had a... More

The Power of Prayer 777 Friendship Evangelistic Festival

When An-Marie Kromminga first heard about the 777 commitment, she deliberated before she signed on. She didn’t want to make a promise that she might not be able to keep. Ultimately she made a... More

Summer Splash Baptisms at LifeSource

They called it “Summer Splash!” One of the newest church plants in the Upper Columbia Conference, LifeSource Community Church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, baptized seven people at its first church camp... More

Star-Gazing in Touchet

Church members, friends and community members met at the Touchet Church on Sabbath evening for a star-gazing event. After worship and a light supper, four telescopes were set up as dusk began to fall... More

New Executive Secretary for Upper Columbia Conference

Doug R. Johnson has recently accepted the invitation of the Upper Columbia Conference Executive Committee and Nominating Committee to be the executive secretary of the conference. Gordon Pifher... More

SEEDS Northwest Conference Spotlights Church Planting

Nearly 300 people from all over the Northwest traveled to the Spokane Valley Adventist Church Oct. 21–23 to attend the SEEDS Northwest Conference on church planting. Enthusiasm ran high as... More

Formal Fundraising Banquet Planned by UCA Students

Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) students had already raised more than $1,700 for Katrina relief but wanted to do more. They decided to host a formal fundraising banquet. With their creative lighting and... More

Mission Sabah: WWC Takes Hundreds of Books to Borneo

A group of Walla Walla College students and faculty found a personal mission and gave away some early Christmas presents in the small country of Sabah on the island of Borneo.It started when Tammy... More

Devoted to the Community WWC Holds Annual Service Day

Get out and help others. That’s the theory behind Walla Walla College’s annual Service Day, and this year more than 200 faculty members, staff, and students did just that.The Service Day participants... More

Puget Sound Christian Youth Chorale European Cathedral Tour

There were many teary eyes as the students from Puget Sound Christian Youth Chorale (PSCYC) sang their last concert in the Koln, Germany’s magnificent cathedral, on July 4. This was the last... More

Conference Office Breaks Ground for New Office in Federal Way

The Washington Conference Executive Committee along with officials from the North Pacific Union Conference and the city of Federal Way met May 12 on the new conference office property to break ground... More

Serving on God's S.W.A.T. Team

Serving on God’s S.W.A.T. Team earlier this year, Rachele Deininger, a Bremerton (Wash.) Church member, stumbled across the book, 101 Ways to Reach Out to Your Community by Steve Sjogren. Deininger... More

Finding God's Purpose Women's and Teens' Retreat 2005

What is God’s purpose for each of us? This is a question that Washington Conference women explored at the Sept. 30 Women’s and Teens' Retreat. Featured speaker, Carla Gober, from the religion faculty... More

Homeless in Seattle Burien Youth Find a Way to Help

Homeless at Christmas. What could be worse? To be homeless and a child at Christmas. The Burien Church youth group decided to help make a difference by participating in Holiday Stockings for Homeless... More

Spanish Convocation Celebrates Brotherhood Day

Spanish-speaking members from throughout the Washington Conference converged on the campus of Puget Sound Adventist Academy to hold their yearly Brotherhood Day on Oct. 1. On this occasion, members... More

Spanish Evangelism North Cascade Spanish Conducts Meetings

The North Cascade Spanish Church recently invited Ramon Canals, North Pacific Union Conference Hispanic coordinator, to conduct a series of evangelistic reaping meetings at their church.These... More