News for December 2017

A Combined January/February Issue

December 19, 2017

The sharp-eyed among us have noticed this already, but just in case … we're issuing a bold prediction: Some will look in vain for their February Gleaner in the mail and miss a simple fact. What you hold in your hand is the January/February issue. The next issue — our annual Images of Creation issue — will come to your mailbox in March. There will be one more combined issue this year, for July/August.

Palmer Opens First Adventurer Club in Alaska

December 19, 2017 / Marta Beaubien

It was a dark and stormy night. Despite the weather, children were scurrying door to door in quiet neighborhoods of Palmer, Alaska. They weren't demanding "trick or treat," however. Instead, they were braving the wind and rain to request canned food donations for Thanksgiving food baskets.

Contributions were shared with Feed the Need, a program sponsored by the Amazing Grace Academy and the Palmer Church to help area families at Thanksgiving time. "The kids were so excited about collecting that they had me running between houses," says Katie Arndt, Adventurer director.

Post Falls Celebrates Vets With Quilts

December 18, 2017 / Jeanne Barrett-Usher

It began as a dream for Bethanne Moseanko, with the idea of celebrating the service of veteran Charles Smith (now in his 90s), who was at Fort Ord during the last days of World War II. Smith came out of that military experience and studied medicine and has been practicing for years in the Northwest.

AAA Reaches Community Through Music

December 18, 2017 / Amber Pettey-Torres

Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) music teachers have expanded their programs and are taking them into the surrounding community. The department is led by Melia Williams, choral and drama director, and Trenton Russell, instrumental music director. Both have years of experience and have dedicated their lives to their area of expertise.

South District Values Adventurers

December 17, 2017 / Anita Lebold

What would you think if you saw a large group of children and parents flying kites, riding bikes and having a great time in the park on a beautiful fall day? If you guessed “it must be Adventurer Awards Day,” you are correct.

God provided a beautiful day with sunshine, no rain and very little wind for the Upper Columbia Conference South District Adventurers Awards Day on Oct. 22, 2017. Staff, club members and parents came together in Richland, Wash., for the event, hosted by the Richland Orcas.

College Place Village Church Celebrates 125th Anniversary

December 17, 2017 / Donna Casebolt

College Place (Wash.) Village Church members and friends spent Oct. 13 and 14, 2017, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the church's founding. On the church podium furnishings of the era reproduced as authentically as possible the Ragsdale parlor of 1892, where the first members met.

Pastoral staff in traditional dress led the worship hour with a congregation considerably larger than the 36-member group established by R.S. Donnell in early summer of 1892.

PAA Scholarship Auction Raises $103,000

December 16, 2017 / Liesl Vistaunet

A remarkable $103,000 in donations made for a record-breaking night at the Portland Adventist Academy Student Scholarship (PAASS) Auction. The support reflects a faith and love for Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) as it serves students a Christ-centered and character-driven education in Portland, Ore.

“It was absolutely amazing,” says Jason Bibb, acting PAA principal. “God brought our faithful supporters together to help students through PAASS. He is so good, and He has blessed PAA immensely.”

Washington Churches Celebrate Spirit of Joy and Giving

December 16, 2017 / Katie Henderson

Thanksgiving Blessings

On a Sabbath morning at New Life Adventist Ministry in Fife, Wash., members were talking about how they were going to collect food items, pack them into boxes and determine what families would appreciate the holiday gift.

During the discussion, it came to the members' attention that the church they rent from had been collecting food items — canned food, bread, stuffing and so on — and had too much to use for their ministry.