December 2006

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

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Editorial

Read It Again For the First Time

For the First Time

A number of years ago our family was having evening worship. We were reading my favorite devotional book, The Desire of Ages,...

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Let's Talk

Let’s Talk

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Let’s Talk

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Fresh Start

Electric Giving

For Christmas 2004, Richard and Donna Hamann found a way to make their entire town happy. Anthon, Iowa, a community of 650 people, received an unexpected present from...

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North Pacific Union

Christmas Gift for Northwest Adventist Families

Northwest Adventist families will soon be receiving in their mailboxes a very special Christmas gift: a brand-new version of The Desire of Ages.

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New DVD Traces Northwest Adventist History NW Spotlight on Mission Available Now

The Northwest Spotlight on Mission DVD was sent in late October to key leaders in each church in the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) and features a half-...

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Congress Passes Pension Protection Act of 2006

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) can now be rolled over to a charity without being included in taxable income. This benefit is only available to individuals 70 and...

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The Legacy of Verna Clay

Within the Native American culture, genuine greatness is seen in the way people treat each other. For more than 20 years, the Indian people of the Umatilla Reservation...

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Northwest Pioneers of Faith

Charles L. Boyd Taking Adventism to the Puget Sound

When Isaac Van Horn, the Northwest’s first Adventist minister, left the region the denominational leaders asked Charles L. Boyd to take his place as president of the North Pacific Conference with...

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Perspective

Where Else Would I Be?

Christmas is a time to bring the whole family together, to share great fellowship, share great food, make heart-stirring memories all while celebrating the reason for...

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News

Faithful Servant WWGH Recognizes Medical Technician for Living the Hospital's Mission

Most days, Tomi Horn doesn’t feel like a missionary.For the past 25 years, this 2006 Mission Achievement Award recipient has served as a central processing technician at Walla Walla General Hospital... More

Office Guest Room Becomes Birthing Room

Office Guest Room Becomes Birthing Room When Gideon Donavon Kack give his first lusty cry, it was not in a hospital room filled with busy doctors or nurses. Gideon, 8 pounds, 14 ounces, was born in... More

Adventist and Foursquare Churches Host Health Talks

The Second Mile Church in Anchorage rents from the Skyline Foursquare church. While the leaders of both churches have enjoyed a positive working relationship for the past several years, the... More

Meridian Idaho Church Celebrates New Church and 30 Years

"How will we ever raise enough money to build a sanctuary?" It was February 2004 and the Meridian Church had just burned their mortgage. In 1988, they had purchased a corner lot and had built a... More

Idaho Conference Members Get Ready to ShareHim

Idaho Conference Members Get Ready to ShareHim Evangelism is taking on a new face in the Idaho Conference. Lay members, instead of only heading to a foreign country to hold meetings, are planning... More

Three Churches Camp Out Together In the Bear Paw Mountains

For a number of years the members in North Central Montana have enjoyed a weekend of fellowship and worship at a district-wide campout. This year the members from Ft. Belknap, Shelby and Havre were... More

Lewistown Church Shares Jesus Through Singing

Karl Johnson, Lewistown personal ministries leader, and a small band of nine volunteer carolers braved the cold of a Montana winter to go to homes in their church’s neighborhood, singing and handing... More

Students Serving Children Mt. Ellis Academy Students Host Fall Festival for Community Children

Mt. Ellis Academy students organized and hosted a free fall festival at the elementary school for local children and their families. More than 100 potential trick-or-treaters eagerly left the... More

Christmas Gift for Northwest Adventist Families

Northwest Adventist families will soon be receiving in their mailboxes a very special Christmas gift: a brand-new version of The Desire of Ages.This freshly updated edition replaces the archaic... More

New DVD Traces Northwest Adventist History NW Spotlight on Mission Available Now

The Northwest Spotlight on Mission DVD was sent in late October to key leaders in each church in the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) and features a half-hour special report tracing the... More

Congress Passes Pension Protection Act of 2006

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) can now be rolled over to a charity without being included in taxable income. This benefit is only available to individuals 70 and a half years or older for the... More

The Legacy of Verna Clay

Within the Native American culture, genuine greatness is seen in the way people treat each other. For more than 20 years, the Indian people of the Umatilla Reservation near Pendleton, Ore.,... More

Columbia Adventist Academy Prepares to Enter the Next Century

Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) is proud to offer an educational and spiritual experience that is among the best. They have been doing it for 103 years. But it has not always been easy.In 1899, the... More

Milo’s Cornerstone Industry Thunderbird Wood Products Offers Jobs for Students

Milo’s Cornerstone Industry Thunderbird Wood Products Offers Jobs for Students On the campus of Milo Adventist Academy, just over the hill from the cafeteria, sits a long building. This is... More

Helping the Salem Community With Clothing, Classes and Bibles

Salem Adventist Community Services has served the Salem community for many years, helping with needs ranging from food and clothing to health classes and a request for a Bible.Recently, a Russian... More

Oregon Conference Administrative Headquarters Relocates to Gladstone

The sale of the Oregon Conference headquarters in Clackamas was completed Oct. 11, and the office has temporarily relocated to the Holden Convention Center on the Gladstone campus. The Adventist Book... More

Livingstone Students Walk To Raise Funds for Diabetes Research

Under the leadership of their teachers, Sharon Cutz and Elizabeth Fish, Livingstone Adventist Academy’s middle school students learned about walking in the footsteps of Jesus. As a part of their... More

Oasis Christian Center Organizes as a Full-fledged Church

In 1996 a small group of Seventh-day Adventists started worshiping in a living room, hoping to appeal to non-churchgoers. They established a nontraditional way of doing church, with music, drama, and... More

Renk to Retire

Marilyn K. Renk, pictured left, Oregon Conference Health and Community Services director, will retire on Dec. 31. Her future plans include establishing a business of consulting and event planning.... More

Pastor Prayer Breakfast At Portland Adventist Academy

It’s the goal of every Adventist school to work closely with their constituent churches. But if you ask most pastors and school staff they’ll tell you the job is harder than it sounds.Les Zollbrecht... More

Vancouver Church Celebrates Blessings and Miracles During New Sanctuary Grand Opening

Vancouver (Wash.) Church members rejoiced and celebrated during its sanctuary grand opening event on Sept. 23.Don Livesay, Oregon Conference president, said, "The official opening of the Vancouver... More

A New Kind of Happy Hour

Vacation Bible School season may be over, but not in Troy, Idaho. “Why can’t we have it all year long?” chorused the group led by sisters Yvonne Nelson and Brenda Hunt. Hunt had long felt the need to... More

Music, Melons and Ministry Anchor Point Outreach

The Anchor Point church plant in Stanfield, Ore., wanted to tell people in the community about their church and ultimately of God. On Sept. 2, Anchor Point hosted Lisa Marie Buster in concert at the... More

Harvest Fair At Bonners Ferry Church

Arm wrestling was a high point of the fun and fellowship at the Bonners Ferry Church Harvest Fair on Oct. 14. A Sabbath evening vespers followed by a potluck soup and bread supper started off the... More

Spokane Valley Celebrates 10 Years in New Sanctuary

Spokane Valley Celebrates 10 Years in New Sanctuary The welcoming shofar (ram’s horn) trumpet blared as Charles Ferguson, pastor, led the Spokane Valley Church in worship just as he did 10 years ago... More

Kids for Christ Are a Mission Field A Magnificient Investment

Most Christians are familiar with the 10/40 Window (a geographic region containing the largest population of non-Christians in the world), sometimes called the most challenging area of the world for... More

WWVA's Senior Class Officers

"Do we have to build our shelters while it’s raining?” was the plaintive question asked by one senior on a wet September afternoon in the backwoods of Camp MiVoden. With her classmates she was about... More

New Staff Start at Upper Columbia Academy

The students weren’t the only ones excited about starting the new school year. Upper Columbia Academy's (UCA) faculty and staff were excited as well, and they welcomed several new members into their... More

Republic Family Baptized

Sabbath, Sept. 23, was a very special day for Jake, Lynda, and Shelby Wheaton as they officially joined the Republic Church family through baptism.The story begins when Lynda was a child and attended... More

Church Growth Coordinator Retires

After 42 years of service in the Adventist church, Jim and Fran Kilmer retired on Aug. 1. Kilmer was the Church Growth Coordinator for the Upper Columbia Conference since 1997. Before that he served... More

14th Annual Mini Camp meeting at Yakima Adventist Christian School

The Yakima Adventist Christian School (YACS) 14th Annual Mini Camp meeting was held Oct. 6 and 7 in connection with a student and adult Week of Spiritual Emphasis. Peter Neri, Indiana Conference... More

WWC Welcomes New Faculty Members

Five people have joined the Walla Walla College faculty this year:Linda Ivy, assistant professor of psychology, completed her undergraduate and doctoral studies at the University of Oregon. She... More

A Day in the Life of a College Student Experiencing Family Weekend

Parents, grandparents and siblings descended upon the Walla Walla College (WWC) campus in late October for a whirlwind of activities centered on Family Weekend.First held at WWC more than 10 years... More

“Picture” God at Work Photography Ambassadors Capture Portraits at Country Fair

“Picture” God at Work Photography Ambassadors Capture Portraits at Country Fair The country fair theme, “Ribbet, Ribbet—Come and Exhibit,” led three churches on the North Olympic Peninsula in... More

Team of Twelve Builds Two Churches, Raises Money for Bibles

Exciting things happen on a mission trip when the majority of the participants are skilled construction workers or experienced mission trip participants. Instead of building one church in Peru, the... More

Roadside Ministry Community Service Center Stocks Refreshments and Serves Prayer

When the Arlington, Wash., Adventist Community Service Center signed up to stock a Rest Area Coffee Kiosk, they planned to use this opportunity as a fundraiser, but God had other plans.“The Lord... More

Bringing the Joy of Camp Back Home Families Learn How to Affirm a Child’s Decision for Baptism

Sunset Lake Camp is providing a new support network for parents of campers who want to prepare for baptism.Summer camp is typically a high energy time, and often that energy decreases once a camper... More

Mysteries of the Deep AAA Students Earn Scuba Certification

The ocean has been guarding many mysteries since the beginning of time. For the past two-and-a-half months, however, students at Auburn Adventist Academy have been shedding light on some of these... More

Bursting at the Seams North Cascade Church Grows From Beginners to Youth

The North Cascade Church is growing and starting to burst at the seams! The beginners/cradle roll class recently welcomed its 34th regularly attending member.Leader Joan Smith has more than 40 years... More

Sharing Christ with the Deaf

More than 2,300 Deaf people attended the DeafNation Expo in Seattle, Wash., this fall.DeafNation travels around the United States, hosting expos in various cities, celebrating Deaf culture.Nancy... More

Family Returns Kindness, Gives Back to Community Service Center

A special dietary needs program is one of the services Tacoma Adventist Community Services (TACS) provides.One family—Daniel, Amy and Camille Evans—have tapped into this program before, and now they... More

New Road on Pitcairn Island Completed GLEANER Readers Helped

New Road on Pitcairn Island Completed GLEANER Readers Helped Pitcairn Islanders in the South Pacific Ocean are now enjoying a smooth ride on a new road, made possible in part by donations from... More