February 2011

Editorial

Land of Beginning Again

"I wish there were some wonderful place called the Land of Beginning Again, where all our mistakes, all our heartaches and all of our poor selfish grief could be dropped...

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Intersections

Letters

An Issue and An Oops!

Every GLEANER is a blessing ... we've been appreciative, avid readers of each issue...

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Heritage Singers' Reunion Draws Overflow Crowd

More than 2,000 eager Northwest fans packed into the New Hope...

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From the GLEANER Archives Can You Tell Us Where This Is?

This month we're asking GLEANER readers: Can you tell us where this photo was taken? One possible clue is: It was an Adventist academy in the Northwest. If...

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News

Northwest Doctors Exemplify Mission

At Adventist Health, our doctors are on a mission. The mission is to heal — not just the body, but the mind and spirit as well. This treatment provides our patients with a trifecta of healing.This... More

Sitka Church Reaches Out to the Community

Many months before October 2010 plans had been laid for an evangelistic outreach to the city of Sitka, Alaska's fifth-largest city. Believing in reaching out to the city, the Sitka Church did several... More

Which is More Fun — Competition or Teamwork?

When Gem State Adventist Academy students were at Camp Ida-Haven in McCall, Idaho, for the first two days of school, the student association officers organized an outreach project at the state-owned... More

Journey to Bethlehem Attracts Huge Crowd

Members of the Meridian (Idaho) Church worked extremely hard for several months in preparation for the Journey to Bethlehem pageant which ran Dec. 11–12. The event has been staged for a number of... More

Eagle Adventist Christian School and Preschool

The Eagle Adventist Christian Center (EACC) recently received a $15,000 grant through the QRIS (Quality Rating Improvement System) which is a new system to raise the standard of child care in Idaho.... More

Missoula's Amazing Maze

What could a struggling church school do to stir up interest in a community that hardly knew it was there? How could it impact its neighborhood with a service building bridges and creating... More

ELL Religion Curriculum Created by Retired PAA Legend

Jim Robertson, a retired Portland (Ore.) Adventist Academy teacher for 34 years, recently completed a curriculum designed specifically for students learning the English language. Through this, he is... More

Silverton Church Celebrates Evangelistic Success

What could the Silverton (Ore.) Community Church hope from an evangelistic campaign in an artsy town, with a population of 10,000, hosting at least 20 different denominational churches? The answer... More

Christmas Boxes from the Williams Church

Christmas boxes were filled with food on Dec. 14, 2010, at the Williams Church in Williams, Ore. Altogether 48 boxes were distributed, and eight others were given gift certificates because their... More

Molalla Thanksgiving Outreach

Community Service women at the Molalla (Ore.) Church, with help from church members, provided Thanksgiving baskets for nearly 50 families this year. Boxes were put together for families having one to... More

Southern Oregon Pathfinders Participate in Christmas Parade

Clubs from Mount Mazama Pathfinder district in southern Oregon gathered in Grants Pass, Ore., for a Christmas City of Lights Parade Dec. 4, 2010.The annual Christmas parade is held the first Saturday... More

A New Church and New Pastor

In early January 2010 a hard freeze broke the overhead plumbing inside the Sutherlin (Ore.) Church. A huge amount of water poured into the church foyer and classrooms before the break was discovered... More

Seminar on Prayer and Meditation ‘Pushed’ at East Salem

East Salem (Ore.) Church members received a recent "push" by Lenard Jaecks, pastor, introducing his new two-part seminar on prayer and meditation. Jaecks strode into the sanctuary behind a... More

PAA History Classes Have a Wild History Lesson

The Portland Adventist Academy social studies department gave their history classes a fun way to learn the subject.One of Portland's many touring companies marries local history with the thrills of a... More

Senior Thanksgiving Dinner

Despite the unusually frigid weather Thanksgiving week, Mid-Columbia Adventist Christian School in Hood River, Ore., continued plans for their annual Senior Thanksgiving dinner. A special invitation... More

Falls City Church Features "Revelation Reveals God's Love" Seminar

Between Oct. 15 and Nov. 20, 2010, Gabriel Constantinescu, a graduate of Mission College of Evangelism, was invited to conduct evangelistic meetings at the Falls City (Ore.) Church. "It was a golden... More

Columbia Gives a Divergence of Musical Gifts

Columbia Adventist Academy in Battle Ground, Wash., thanked the community for supporting them generously over the years and especially throughout their recent capital campaign by gifting them with... More

Historic Church Makes New History Fruitland Pioneer Church Opens Doors Again

On Nov. 19, 2010, Friday evening, three couples invited their neighbors to a Friday-night soup and bread supper and candlelight service at the 114-year-old historic Seventh-day Adventist Church in... More

Pendleton Spanish Baptizes New Members

The Pendleton (Ore.) Spanish Church is celebrating several newly baptized members who have decided to become part of the local and worldwide mission of the Adventist church. Pictured here from left... More

UCA Fox Concert Creates Memorable Opportunities

For the fourth year, the Upper Columbia Academy band, string and choral groups performed a Christmas musical concert in the Fox Theater in downtown Spokane, Wash. The Dec. 18 event was held as a gift... More

Four Little Towns of Bethlehem In Yakima, Hermiston, Spokane and Wenatchee

What makes more than 12,700 people travel to Yakima, Wash.; Hermiston, Ore.; Spokane, Wash.; and Wenatchee, Wash., the first weekends of December? What causes nearly 700 people to dress in Bible... More

Now More Than Ever Research Affirms Eternal Value of Christian College Education

"A Christian education is an investment in eternity."We've all heard that kind of passionate statement many times — and probably agree heartily with it. Although proving the monetary benefits of a... More

Skagit Academy Offers Mountain Biking

Ninth- and tenth-grade students from Skagit Adventist Academy in Burlington, Wash., enjoyed a new unit in their physical education class this academic year: mountain biking.Matthew Lee, SAA physical... More

Cedarbrook Students Learn to Care and Share

Twenty-one students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Cedarbrook Adventist Christian School in Port Hadlock, Wash., recently participated in a learning simulation called Zooland.Under the... More

The Big Picture of Ministry

Partners for Growth is a local church and conference partnership to grow healthy churches to reach up, reach in and reach out.Discover More:washingtonconference.org

Berg Ordained in Auburn

A successful businessman for 20 years, Kim Berg felt something was missing from his life. His search for answers led him to Jesus and into a community of believers in Snohomish, Wash., where he was... More

Thanksgiving Missions in Belize

Four o'clock in the morning on Thursday, Nov. 18, came very early for the 54 juniors and seniors from Puget Sound Adventist Academy. Despite the hour, all were excited because later that day they... More

Holiday Events Foster Community

More than 40 churches and schools in western Washington selected from a variety of holiday events, such as concerts, drama productions, nativity scenes and more, to specifically build relationships... More

Leaders Reach Up for Vision

After a year of church business meetings at the conference, division and world church levels, Washington Conference leaders recently met for a prayerful session to consider a strategic vision.“We met... More