News for April 2015

MGAES Celebrates Inaugural Lego Robotics Showcase

April 30, 2015 / Malaika Childers

This year, a few brave parents of Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary School (MGAES) in Battle Ground, Wash., took the reins of a program that would prove to be a phenomenal experience for those who participated. Michael and Stephanie Mowry, Peter and Heidi Schmalenberger, and Jonathan Erich headed up the program that consisted of biweekly classes for several months during which students learned to assemble and program robots. The program was sponsored, in part, by Murr Elektronik.

Families Find Refreshment Around God’s Word

April 30, 2015 / Heidi Baumgartner

The Re-Fresh Retreat held each March in the beautiful treed landscape of Sunset Lake Camp in Wilkeson allows attendees to listen to spiritually enriching presentations and interact with Adventist friends they may only see once a year at camp meeting.

“Re-Fresh offers a refreshing of our souls,” says David Yeagley, Sunset Lake Camp director. “We want to get our lives back into perspective and find spring cleaning for our spiritual journey.”

New From Pacific Press

April 30, 2015

Editor's Note: Periodically the Gleaner will feature reviews or summaries of recently published books from the Pacific Press Publishing Association. Following are the first two featured books in the series.

Understanding Ellen White

Merlin D. Burt, editor

Enter "Ellen White" in a Google search, and 302,000,000 results pop up in less than a second — many of which misrepresent reality and influence people who do not have adequate information or appreciation of her writings.

Urban Ministry Conference Addresses Purposeful City Living

April 28, 2015 / Heidi Baumgartner

Adventist Church co-founder and prolific writer Ellen White wrote extensively about city and country living. In much of her writing, she urged Adventists to pursue country living. But she didn’t forget ministry to the cities.

She, in fact, urged Adventists to live in the city with purpose. What, then, are the best ways to live and minister with purpose in urban settings? This question served as a central point for a three-day Urban Ministries Conference in mid-March.

AAA Community Renews Adventist Education Support

April 28, 2015 / Heidi Baumgartner

About half of the students in the congregation were attending an Adventist school when Tacoma Central Church took a quick survey last summer.

The biggest obstacle for families interested in Adventist Christian education: transportation. Thirty or so minutes from Auburn Adventist Academy and Buena Vista Adventist Elementary School, parents in Tacoma and Gig Harbor struggled with the road commitment.

PAA Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship

April 28, 2015 / Liesl Vistaunet

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) senior and Spanish IV student Jack Blashchishen was recently awarded a prestigious scholarship for his achievement in the Spanish language.

The Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (National Spanish Honor Society) recognizes only 60 students in the nation for Spanish achievement. Of the 60, the top 12 students, including Blashchishen, were recognized for proficiency and awarded $2,000 to be used in the fall of 2015 at any college or university.

Idaho Conference Holds Town Hall Circuit

April 28, 2015 / Eve Rusk

In preparation for the 53rd Quadrennial Constituency Session coming on May 17, 2015, 11 Town Hall meetings were held from Feb. 25 to March 18. David Prest Jr., Idaho Conference president; John Rogers, Idaho Conference vice president/finance; Patrick Frey, Idaho Conference education superintendent; and Wayne Wentland, Gem State Adventist Academy (GSAA) principal, visited 11 churches throughout the conference to share reports on finances, elementary education, GSAA, proposed changes to the conference’s bylaws and creating a vision for the Idaho Conference.

Apocalaughs Now

April 23, 2015 / Seth Pierce

Last year when Barely Adventist informed the digital world that beloved televangelist Doug Batchelor would be making his debut on Dancing With the Stars, a passionate diatribe on the holiness of humor erupted on social media comments sections.

During the literary melee, a theme emerged among those on the faithful but frowning side of Adventism. “You think in a dying world with three angels message to preach and seven plagues about to drop it's time for joke?” asked one Sadventist.