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Our First Work

December 28, 2017 / John Freedman

“Happy New Year” greetings bring all sorts of thoughts. Out with the old and in with the new. An opportunity for new beginnings, new habits, new choices, new resolutions to be better people. All of that is good until we realize our promises and resolutions are often no more substantial than the proverbial ropes of sand. With our human propensity toward evil, we are in bondage to a power we cannot break on our own. Scripture alone reveals the remedy for our condition. Our only hope is Jesus Christ — crucified, risen and returning soon.

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.

Gil Plubell, Long-time Educator, Remembered

November 30, 2017

Gilbert "Gil" Plubell, long-time leader in Adventist education, died at his home in Boring, Ore., on Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 23, 2017, after a long illness. He had just turned 87. He is survived by Winnie, his wife of 66 years, and sons Bob and Dennis, along with seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Dulan Accepts Role as NPUC Regional Affairs VP

November 30, 2017

Byron Dulan has accepted the invitation of the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee to become vice president for regional affairs. Dulan has served the Washington Conference in several capacities and is currently the conference’s director of Adventist Community Services, disaster response and personal ministries. He will begin his new role with the NPUC in January 2018.

New Items from the Executive Committee

November 09, 2017 / Steve Vistaunet

The North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee has formally voted to invite Byron Dulan to become the NPUC vice president for regional affairs, pending his response. He currently serves as the outreach director for the Washington Conference. If Dulan accepts the new role, he will fill an updated NPUC job description which also adds the responsibilities of directing human relations, community services, prison ministry, and disaster preparedness and response. A more in depth article will follow in the event of Dulan’s acceptance.

My Observations on an Annual Council Decision

October 12, 2017 / John Freedman

Delegates gathered during October at the General Conference (GC) headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., for the 2017 Annual Council meeting of the world church executive committee. On Monday, Oct. 9, the agenda included discussion on a document that proposed to lay out enforcement procedures for issues of church governance and policy compliance.