February 2008

Ask PJ

"Does God Like Me?" If you have a question for P. J. you may e-mail him at the address below and he will give it his best shot.

First of all, before we get to the question—let me say what a privilege and humble honor to be back in partnership with the GLEANER and have the opportunity to connect...

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Did You Know?

Did You Know? Web

Because this section is primarily a graphic design in the print version, it is not available here. You can see the Did You Know? page for this month by looking in the...

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Editorial

Divine Appointments

I had just boarded an airplane in Portland, nothing unusual in and of itself, on my way to Boise, when we heard the dreaded words, "Please deplane as we are experiencing...

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Let's Talk

Piece of Mind

At times I wonder if it's all I have left "up there"—a piece of mind, that is. Solomon had me in his corner when he apologized "we do not know how to go out or come in...

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Piece of Mind

At times I wonder if it's all I have left "up there"—a piece of mind, that is. Solomon had me in his corner when he apologized "we do not know how to go out or come in...

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Intersections

FYI for February 2008

INSIDE SCOOP

Behrens to Retire from Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center Presidency...

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North Pacific Union

Ashlock's Service Touches NPUC, Reaches Worldwide

It is with deep gratitude the NPUC remembers the life and service of Thomas M. Ashlock. A man described by family as good enabler. Ashlock served the NPUC as...

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Union Kids Graduate from KidZone Bible Guides

Some of the first young people have graduated from the Voice of Prophecy's (VOP) new KidZone Bible study program. They are Amy Conray of Albany, Ore.; Carlus Bets of...

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News

Tuesday Crafters Add Care to Cancer Treatment at AMC

There is little good to say about cancer, but women receiving treatment for breast cancer at Adventist Medical Center (AMC) now have something positive, thanks to the Tuesday Crafters, a small group... More

Did an Angel Repair the Tower?

The 10:30 a.m. sunrise was spectacular and a small group gathered to prepare tools, climbing harnesses and warm clothing for the 100-foot climb up the tower in the frosty 7-degree air. They were... More

Kids for Christ

If you look inside the Wasilla Church on Wednesday nights you find children excited about prayer meeting! While adults enjoy study time, these children enjoy Kids for Christ.Kids for Christ began... More

Thousands Visit Bethlehem Through Conference Living Nativities

more than 3,000 visitors were treated to living nativity displays presented by the Idaho Conference's Eagle and La Grande churches.Guests made their way through interactive Bethlehem villages... More

Gem State Students Help Six Families Have a Merry Christmas

It was Christmas 1972 when the student association first invited more than 20 disadvantaged children to a special Christmas party. The party became an instant tradition. Now, 35 years later, more... More

Montana Teens ShareHIM

Now that is something I could do," Amos, 17, thought to himself after he listened to lay members present the spring ShareHIM meetings at the Kalispell, (Mont.) Church. About the same time Derek, 13,... More

Ashlock's Service Touches NPUC, Reaches Worldwide

It is with deep gratitude the NPUC remembers the life and service of Thomas M. Ashlock. A man described by family as good enabler. Ashlock served the NPUC as communication director and GLEANER editor... More

Union Kids Graduate from KidZone Bible Guides

Some of the first young people have graduated from the Voice of Prophecy's (VOP) new KidZone Bible study program. They are Amy Conray of Albany, Ore.; Carlus Bets of Poplar, Mont.; and Simon... More

Angels in Blue Jeans

Mrs. Waters, a resident in Vernonia, (Ore.) was up to her knees in water when the flood waters came to her small town.Volunteers have been swarming the town since, including more than 125 Portland... More

Santa Clara Church Celebrates Life and Gives Quilts

The Santa Clara Church had occasion to celebrate Nov. 17, 2007. Samantha Shipley, church member and Laurelwood Academy student, was celebrating her 15th birthday just after completing months of... More

Milo's Program Comes Alive With Living Christmas Wreath

Elementary students, academy students and faculty members from Milo Academy joined together to tell the wonderful story of God's greatest gift to man in a unique way this Christmas. As visitors to... More

Columbia Adventist Academy Soon to Build New Administration Building

The Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) operating board voted in November 2007 to begin construction on the school's new administration building.Along with the early signs of construction, fund raising... More

PAA Celebrates Portland Marathon Finishers

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) has a long tradition of physical fitness. Today's students and staff continue to demonstrate the importance of fitness by participating in the famous Portland... More

Knowing God Evangelistic Series in Grants Pass

More than 75 people came every night for the Grants Pass Church evangelistic series Oct. 12–Nov. 10, 2007. Edward Nelson, assistant pastor, was the speaker for the series "Knowing God." The series... More

Gift of Love Holds Open House Laurelwood Neighbors Participate

Gift of Love held an open house Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007 in the old Laurelwood store building. Scott Noon, from the Oregon Department of Human Services, came and answered questions from the 40 neighbors... More

Pleasant Valley Primary Project Proves Dimes Really Do Count

Primary Sabbath School members from the Pleasant Valley Church will help children in Africa go to school through their $350 donation to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). Over the... More

Oregon Adventist Hispanics Welcome Two New Congregations

Two new Oregon church families joined the Hispanic Adventist community in December and January.Monitor Spanish became a company on Dec. 8, 2007, with Ivan Cruz as their pastor. Woodburn Spanish sent... More

Moped Helps Pastor in Vietnam Go More Miles in the Ministry

Imagine being a pastor, trying to serve a thousand members in more than 30 congregations, traveling on foot. Through stories told by Linnea Torkelson, Adventist Southeast Projects board member, the... More

Boot Camp 2007 Lay Evangelism Off to a Great Start

More than 167 lay people joined a ShareHIM boot camp held Nov. 30–Dec. 2, 2007, at Camp Mivoden. We arrived with a common interest, a hunger and thirst for soul winning. From opening night it was... More

Slavic and Linwood Church Services Go Live on the Web

The Spokane Slavic Church has experience with international broadcasting. For more than a year, the sermons from Volodymyr Nesteruk, pastor, have been broadcast on the Hope Channel Europe (HCE) and... More

Constituency Session Survey Part 3—Church Growth

Early church days saw vigorous growth. However, today, we are seeing our growth plateau or, in some cases, decline. Here are some trends which concern our UCC leaders.1. Eighty to eighty-five percent... More

Cornerstone Christian Play Shows True Meaning of Christmas

A heartwarming musical program presented December 2007 by students at Cornerstone Christian School, Bonners Ferry, Idaho, showed us once again the true meaning of Christmas.“No Phibbin’ Mephibosheth... More

Yakima Student Wins Award

Jonathan Sharley, 16, won the Yakima/Ellensburg regional Young Pianists Award. The son of Harry and Lori Sharley, Yakima Church pastor and wife, performed Schumann’s "Piano Concerto in A Minor" in... More

Fall Festival for Spokane Linwood Church

More than 100 people came to the Country Bumpkins Fall Festival on Oct. 28, 2007, sponsored by the Spokane Linwood (Wash.) Church. Activities included a treasure hunt for more than 100 mini candy... More

Commemorating the Past WWU Celebrates Black History Month

Every February Walla Walla University (WWU) looks forward to celebrating Black History Month. This year, the celebration will take place Feb. 1–2, with special activities planned by the Black Faculty... More

Three Young People Join Chehalis Church

The Chehalis Church recently welcomed three young people in baptism.Christin Beierle, whose father, Cameron, manages the local Christian radio station KACS, always knew she wanted her grandpa to... More

Pathfinders Help 70 Families With Food

The Cascade Eagles Pathfinders collected more than twice as much food as they planned to furnish Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. Their original goal was 75 bags. Through the extra effort of... More

Students Learn Joy of Giving

Second-, fourth- and sixth-graders at Skagit Adventist School in Burlington, and conference employee children have a new appreciation for gift giving.During the holidays, the 66 students in these... More

New Administrative Office Built Debt-Free

More than 150 conference staff members, construction vendors and guests celebrated in December 2007 the grand opening of a new administrative office in Federal Way."I remember driving down... More

The Rains Came Down And the Floods Came Up

June Hadland had her first canoe ride several weeks ago. Flood waters rose up to 44 inches in her now—lakeside home of 24 years in Adna, Wash. Jerry Swena, Chehalis Church head deacon, was a first... More

'I'll Go' Lives Transformed in Lacey

When Terry and Elke Tanner were living in Vienna, Austria, Elke received a postcard inviting her to learn more about the Bible. She studied for more than three years.After the Tanners moved to the... More

KACS Helps Flood Relief Efforts

As a participating station in the Federal Emergency Broadcast System, KACS, Adventist-owned and operated Chehalis, Wash. radio station was the only local station which consistently stayed on the air... More

World News Briefs February 2007

JERUSALEMConservative Anglicans Plan ConferenceConservative Anglicans plan to gather in Jerusalem in June to test their strength as the growing majority among Anglicans. This Global Anglican Future... More