August 2006

Did You Know?

Services Based in the NPUC Office

eAdventist, an online membership management system, was originally developed for the North Pacific Union, but it has been adopted by the North...

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Fast Facts

Education funding amounts to 71 percent of all appropriations to local conferences and institutions by the NPUC.

Enrollment growth...

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Constituency Session FAQ

Do you know how the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) delegates are selected, how many are lay members, or why Walla Walla College also has its constituency session...

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Editorial

Introduction

Dear fellow members:

The North Pacific Union Conference was organized 100 years ago to partner with members and local conferences in the...

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Executive Committee

The North Pacific Union Conference Executive Committee

A sincere “Thank you” on behalf of the 91,000 Northwest Seventh-...

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Let's Talk

Constituency Session FAQ What Really Happens

With the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) constituency session coming up on Sunday, Oct. 1, here are some questions and answers in an attempt to demystify the...

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The Adventist Mission Who Are We ... Why Are We Here?

Is it preaching the simple gospel? Is it the Three Angels Message? Is it to tell the world about the Sabbath... the mark of the beast... the health message? Do...

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Constituency Session FAQ What Really Happens

With the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) constituency session coming up on Sunday, Oct. 1, here are some questions and answers in an attempt to demystify the...

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The Adventist Mission Who Are We ... Why Are We Here?

Is it preaching the simple gospel? Is it the Three Angels Message? Is it to tell the world about the Sabbath... the mark of the beast... the health message? Do...

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Fresh Start

Light Thoughts

"Secret discipleship” is an oxymoron. In the words of William Barclay, “There can be no such thing as secret discipleship, for either the secrecy destroys the...

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North Pacific Union

Footsteps of Faith Northwest Convocation Celebrates 30th Anniversary

More than 2,000 people gathered May 11–14 at Camp Berachah in Auburn, Wash., to celebrate the 30th annual North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) Regional Convocation. The...

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Northwest Pioneers of Faith

Caroline Maxson Wood A Gifted Musician in a Remote Frontier

At the young age of 16, Caroline Maxson married James Franklin Wood and the newlyweds along with Caroline’s parents, Stephen and Lois Maxson, moved to the frontier of Nebraska. In 1859, the two...

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Perspective

The Eagle

A mountaineer sits on an outcropping of rock on the peak of one of the mountains in the majestic Chugiak range in Alaska. It had been an arduous climb. Hour after hour...

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News

A Dose of Hope is Sometimes What the Doctor Ordered An Interview with Walla Walla General Hospital President Morre Dean

Your mission statement talks about restoring peace, hope and health like Christ did. Many hospitals restore health. What exactly does Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) do for patients to restore... More

On Your Mark, Ready, Set, Go

About 70 students from three Adventist schools gathered in Anchorage May 19 for the second annual Track and Field day, organized by Zach Pratt, Anchorage Junior Academy PE teacher. Both Mat Valley... More

Interior Alaska Campmeeting

Interior Alaska Campmeeting More than 130 people from Fairbanks, North Pole, Delta Junction and Tok drove through the smoke of a distant fire to attend the annual Alaska Interior Camp Meeting the... More

Olive Tree Children Remember Passover During Communion

"I liked the foot washing," said 7-year-old Patrick Dover, when he was asked what he liked best about their reenactment of Jesus' last supper. Thirty-six members and friends of The Olive Tree... More

Camp Meeting Youth Speaker Redefines Romance

High school youth were encouraged to give God control of their dating and romance at the Idaho Conference Camp Meeting June 6–10. “I believe that God is the creator of romance, intimacy and all... More

Montana Camp Meeting 2006

"The Church Triumphant” was the theme for this year's Montana Conference Camp Meeting. About 675 adults came Sabbath morning and as many as 200 kids.Clifford Goldstein, the Adult Sabbath Study Guides... More

Jim Jenkins Ordained

One of the Sabbath blessings at the 2006 Montana Conference Camp Meeting was the afternoon ordination service for Jim Jenkins, pastor of the Bozeman/Whitehall district. A native of Montana, he was... More

Footsteps of Faith Northwest Convocation Celebrates 30th Anniversary

More than 2,000 people gathered May 11–14 at Camp Berachah in Auburn, Wash., to celebrate the 30th annual North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) Regional Convocation. The theme was “Time: Growing... More

Church Birthday Party

The Hood River Church’s youth group planned and invited the entire church family to a "spiritual birthday party." Each person was asked to bring a favorite Bible text and baptismal certificate.... More

Prineville Receives a Gift A New Church Building

Work is underway to build a new church in Prineville because of some generous donors. In August 2005, we started the construction process. As a response to God’s bountiful goodness, the small band of... More

Gateway Welcomes Six New Members Through Baptism

Larry Gibson, church pastor, baptized Ernie Estes, Laurena McCormick, Merry Dyson, and Leonard, Robin, and Mary Parnau on Jan. 21, 2006, at the Gateway Christian Fellowship of Seventh-day Adventists... More

Saw Mill Sent to Peru

When 70 volunteers from the Woodland/Cedar Creek area went to Junajui, Peru, in June 2005 to build an Adventist church, many on the trip noticed that if the people there had a saw mill they could do... More

A Little Child Shall Feed Them

Several mothers and their children from the Eugene Church presented a cooking school over three evenings this spring. About 20 to 30 people atttended. The cooking demonstrations included breakfast... More

Where Dreams Come True The Completion of Milo's Fountain

Kevin Vernier had a dream. He got the dream from Kelly Kolstead, then Milo groundskeeper. They dreamed of creating a place of beauty in a parklike setting at the entrance to Milo Academy. As class... More

Moving Mountains

Moving Mountains When Shawn Plafker, McMinnville principal, first started reading the book More Than Mountains: The Todd Huston Story to her sixth through eighth grade students, little did she know... More

PAA Senior Publishes Baptismal Book

Walking the halls of Portland Adventist Academy, one can’t help but notice friendly, outgoing Lizzie Johnson. With her contagious smile and sincere charm, Johnson is a wonderful example of one who... More

New Communication Director Joins Upper Columbia Conference Team

Upper Columbia Conference has named Garrett Caldwell as the new assistant to the president for communication. Caldwell hails from Laurel, Md., where he has been the Potomac Conference communication... More

Diamond Lake Couple Baptized

Mieczyslaw "Mike" and Mickie Babij were baptized on April 8 at the Newport Church.Mike grew up in Poland as a Roman Catholic and came to America at 21. Mike and his wife Mickie met in 1992 and... More

Native American Family Honors Upper Columbia Academy

Hanging in Upper Columbia Academy’s gymnasium are flags representing all of the states and countries our students have come from over the years. During graduation weekend this year, we added a new... More

Protect Your Heart The CHIP Way

Art and Elizabeth Keeler, 79 and 83, were the oldest participants in the Coronary Health Improvement Program (CHIP) held April 9 through May 17 at the South Hill Church in Spokane, Wash. They... More

Taking a Stand for the Ten Commandments

JoAnn and Ron Miller with their son, Colby, (center) took part with other Ritzville Church members in passing out the little booklet Taking a Stand for the Ten Commandments during the Ten... More

Upper Columbia Academy Honors Retirees

During their recent alumni weekend, Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) honored four outstanding professionals who are retiring from Adventist education this year.Phyllis (Starr) Bretsch has served the... More

Upper Columbia Academy's senior class officers

Representing Upper Columbia Academy's class of 2006 were, from left: (front row) Karlan Wolfkill, pianist; Aleigh Montgomery, treasurer; Ryan Billington, chaplain; Alice Kravig, chorister; Darcy... More

Early Childhood Education Essential to Return to God

In spite of many years in Adventist schools and growing up in an Adventist family, Gary Evans drifted away from God. Gary’s dad, Benny Evans, was an Adventist pastor in the Oregon Conference, but he... More

CCA’s Cinnamon Roll Teacher

CCA’s Cinnamon Roll Teacher Every school has one of them, or at least they should. Every school should have a teacher who has been there for many years; a teacher who attends most school-sponsored... More

Donald Sargeant First Plastic Surgeon in West Africa

Donald John Sargeant, M.D., died March 26, 2006, at 91 after a long career as a plastic surgeon, including 24 years in international medical mission service.Sargeant graduated from the Loma Linda... More

First Baptism in New Sanctuary

The Kennewick Church family witnessed the first baptism in the new unfinished sanctuary on April 8, 2006. Pastor Fred Christensen baptized Lisa Cauble, Margaret Cox and the twin daughters of Richard... More

From Typhoid to Preaching

The Goldendale (Wash.) Church was privileged to have Stephanie Roberts, 15, give a slide presentation about her first evangelistic series in West Papua. Stephanie has lived there with her family... More

Moving "Beyond WWC" New Program Connects Graduates with Church

More than 300 students graduated from Walla Walla College (WWC) in June. Now those students are moving into cities all over the country ready to start graduate schools, new jobs and new lives.Will... More

The Ministry of Prayer Four Churches Attend Prayer Ministry Training Event

Prayer ministry development was the central focus during a weekend seminar at the Maranatha Church in Seattle.Four churches—Seattle Central Korean, North Hill, Federal Way and Maranatha—joined... More

Ham Lovin' Adventists North Cascade Church Members Provide Ham Radio Ministry

The North Cascade Adventist Church in Burlington, Wash., has a special ministry: amateur (ham) radio.This small group ministry, with instructors Al Liske, KA7Z, and Rodney Brandt, W7ROD, is part of... More

Monroe Congregation Hosts Multi-Denominational Prayer Service in New Facility

When you have a brand-new church facility, it's natural to want to show it off.Instead of just hosting an open house, members of the Monroe (Wash.) Church opened up their facilities for a multi-... More

More Than Just English How Auburn Changed My Life

Being more than 7,000 miles from my home in Thailand is not easy. I arrived at Auburn Adventist Academy in 2003 seeking a better English-language education. I never imagined that I would experience... More

Train Up A Child Future Church Leaders Present Spanish Church Service

It was a heart-and-soul moment when the Lewis County Adventist School fifth- and sixth-graders led the Chehalis Spanish Church service earlier this year.These young people are participating in, and... More

Singing and Serving Bremerton's S.W.A.T. Team Hosts Christian Concert in Admiral Theater

Christian recording artist Shawn McDonald performed this spring at a Serving With All Talents (S.W.A.T.) vespers concert at the Admiral Theatre in downtown Bremerton, Wash.Based in Seattle, McDonald’... More