April 2006

Did You Know?

What's an Esdeeay?

The term “SDA” as a short form of Seventh-day Adventist is an ingrained part of the church’s subcultural lingo. Church leaders, however, are now encouraging members and...

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Editorial

To Praise or Not to Praise Part I Music: The War Department of the Church

Music: The War Department of the Church

An evangelical pastor once quipped, “If I were to change my theology, I’d lose 10 percent of my members. If I...

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Fresh Start

Perfectly Off-key

The Dave Matthews Band formed in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1991 when vocalist/guitarist Dave Matthews decided to put some songs he had written on tape. The band...

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Let's Talk

Next Month

Youth who are not positively connected with the church's mission have no reason to stay as they graduate and move into the mainstream of society. Next month we'll...

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North Pacific Union

Academy Awards Foundation Rewards Quality Education

In 10 years, a record five academies from the North Pacific Union Conference have been awarded recognition as schools of excellence. Since 1997, the Alumni Awards...

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A Hero For God Carl Wilkens Receives Outstanding Achievement Award

Carl Wilkens has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Alumni Awards Foundation for his selfless demonstration of God's love during the Rwandan genocide...

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Upper Columbia Academy Named 2006 “Academy of Excellence”

Upper Columbia Academy Named 2006 “Academy of Excellence” Upper Columbia Academy has received the prestigious 2006 “Academy of Excellence” award from the Alumni Awards... More

Northwest Pioneers of Faith

Helen Conard Early Adventist Educator

Whether you live in the Willamette Valley, the interior of Alaska, downtown Seattle or eastern Montana, chances are you spent several years in a small town in eastern Washington called College...

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News

Finding Angels in Unexpected Places

Karen Riske, a resident of Vancouver, Wash., was looking forward to a much needed break from her busy professional life. With her young daughter in tow, she headed for the county fair in the charming... More

A Heart for Aleknagik's Kids

A Heart for Aleknagik's Kids Ken and Debbie Reiswig have a heart for the kids in Aleknagik, Alaska. This summer they worked with local Adventist members Roland and Beverly Moody and their pastor to... More

Heritage Homecoming Camp Meeting

"We’ve Come This Far by Faith” is the theme for this summer’s Heritage Homecoming Camp Meeting in Palmer, Alaska. The Alaska Conference wants to celebrate 100-plus years of Adventism in Alaska with... More

Caldwell Student Wins Pacific Press Alice Doll Contest

Ali Edge, a Caldwell (Idaho) Adventist Elementary School fifth grader, won the national Alice Doll contest sponsored by Pacific Press Publishing Association to promote their new book series, Alice,... More

Shopping for a Church? Try the Mall!

Are you shopping for a new church? Are you looking for a church that emphasizes outreach? Are you trying to find that church that fits just right? Then come and see what you find at the Parkcenter... More

New Plymouth Brings Light To Ontario Prison

The words of Hebrews 13:3 (NIV), “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering,” are being put into action by... More

Students Portray Bible Characters For Mt. Ellis Week of Prayer

Every facet of the Mt. Ellis Academy Student Week of Prayer in February, from music to speaking on "What Jesus Means to Me," was produced through the hard work of students. The meetings, which were... More

Mt. Ellis Academy Food Fair Brings the World to Montana

This year’s annual Mt. Ellis International Food Fair was an event like none other. Delicatessens featuring food from across the globe graced the academy gym, each corner of which was decorated as a... More

Winds of Change Bring Good Things to Havre

Havre and the northern part of Montana east of the Rockies is an area known as the Hi-line. This is a place famous for its prodigious winds. In the past several months, the winds of change have been... More

Academy Awards Foundation Rewards Quality Education

In 10 years, a record five academies from the North Pacific Union Conference have been awarded recognition as schools of excellence. Since 1997, the Alumni Awards Foundation has been rewarding... More

A Hero For God Carl Wilkens Receives Outstanding Achievement Award

Carl Wilkens has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Alumni Awards Foundation for his selfless demonstration of God's love during the Rwandan genocide and for his untiring efforts... More

Upper Columbia Academy Named 2006 “Academy of Excellence”

Upper Columbia Academy Named 2006 “Academy of Excellence” Upper Columbia Academy has received the prestigious 2006 “Academy of Excellence” award from the Alumni Awards Foundation. The foundation was... More

Vancouver 98672 Youth Initiate and Conduct Church

Vancouver 98672 Youth Initiate and Conduct Church Dustin Serns, Portland Adventist Academy senior, had two goals when he initiated a student-conducted church in his home town of Vancouver, Wash.:... More

India Land of Contrasts and Challenges

Thirteen people from Oregon and two from Idaho converged in Hyderabad, India, on Dec. 23, to conduct village evangelism for two weeks. These 15 people formed four teams, and each team worked in five... More

Trio of Baptisms Celebrated in Hood River

Three students who attend Mid-Columbia Adventist School have recently been baptized into the Hood River (Ore.) Church, including two sisters, Ashlann and Hope Miller and, a couple of months later,... More

Livingstone Students Hold Evangelistic Series

"I’ve learned that anyone can be a leader,” Mark Jones relayed. “If I am doing something to glorify God, He will multiply it in quality.”Jones was one of four Livingstone Adventist Academy students... More

PAA Students Collect Food for PACS

Students at Portland Adventist Academy took action when Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS), an Adventist organization dedicated to providing emergency food and needed services for the poor... More

Milo's Early Morning Church Service Provides Glimpse of the Future

There’s a quiet, persistent knocking on my door. Groaning, I roll over and glance at my clock—3 a.m. I climb wearily out of bed and open the door as Lacey asks, “You ready?”“Yes,” I reply as I dig... More

Prayer Quest Rains Blessings On Grants Pass

Words are powerless to convey the richness of God’s blessing received at Prayer Quest, sponsored by the Oregon Conference women’s ministries department and held Feb. 17–19 at the Grants Pass (Ore.)... More

Russian Exchange Planned for Camp MiVoden

In an effort to establish a summer camp exchange program in Russia, Floyd Murdoch, Zaoksky Adventist Theological Seminary vice president, invited Richard Parker, Camp MiVoden director, to come to... More

Empowered A God-given Gift

Empowered A God-given Gift Excitement fills the newly completed set of Empowered, a new 30-minute talk show based on the statement, “Every human being created in the image of God is endowed with the... More

Neil Nedley Gives Hope To Hundreds in Richland

Neil Nedley, medical doctor and author of several popular books, visited the Richland (Wash.) Church Feb.17–20 to give a scientifically validated message of hope for those suffering from depression.... More

Two Out of Three Isn't Good Enough

"If you aren’t smoking and you’re on a good running program,” the doctor told us, “you don’t need to worry about nutrition.”It was 1972, and we doctors had just heard about the special health... More

Church Under the Pines A Spokane Youth Ministry

Youth from Spokane-area churches convened at Dishman Hills Natural Area last August for "Church Under the Pines,” which was organized by the Spokane Central Church youth and collegiates. It was an... More

UCA Hosts Band Clinic For Upper Columbia Schools

Upper Columbia Academy’s 60-member concert band and their director, Jerry Lange, were pleased to host the 17th Biennial Band Clinic for schools in the Upper Columbia Conference.One hundred guest... More

Weekend Highlights Black History and Culture

A Sabbath sermon message by Ella Simmons, General Conference vice president, highlighted a three-day celebration of black history and culture held annually at Walla Walla College.Incorporating the... More

SAGE Ministers Abroad and at Home

Nearly 50 SAGE (Seniors in Action for God with Excellence) members ventured to Kenya in early January to provide medical and dental care for more than 1,000 patients, build and furnish a church in... More

Inside Out Teen Pathfinders Get a Makeover

More than 120 teenagers learned about radically transforming their lives during the annual Pathfinder Teen Retreat.“Our theme was Extreme Makeover—Heart Edition, where we’re talking about changing... More

New Russian-speaking Company Formed in Tacoma

The Tacoma Russian group gave thanks on Feb. 11 as conference officials accepted the group into company status in the Washington Conference.“We have great gratitude to God and to the Washington... More

Hot Chocolate, Fruit Baskets and Sweets AAA’s Recipe for Ministry

If you think personal evangelism is losing its palatability, you are in for a big surprise!Auburn Adventist Academy students are cooking up creative ways to minister to the community. Every Sabbath... More

Eight Weeks to Wellness Presented at North Cascade Church

Don Hall, M.D., president of Wellsource Inc., recently presented an “Eight Weeks to Wellness Seminar” at North Cascade Church in Burlington, Wash. Each week, 30 to 40 people attended the series,... More

Women Find Fresh Impact For Small-group Ministry

Fresh Impact, an interactive women’s ministry event, explored the power of small-group ministry in early February.Presenters Wilma Bing, Melissa Leddy and Joyce Washington, leaders on the conference... More

Ready to Help Arlington Assists in Flood Control

The Arlington Adventist Disaster Response team jumped into action on Jan. 27 after receiving a call for volunteers from the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management.A large amount of rain... More

Footsteps of History Students Reenact Underground Railroad

Puget Sound Adventist Academy (Kirkland, Wash.) students marked National Black History Month with a reenactment of the Underground Railroad for Kirkland Adventist School elementary students.Although... More