UCA Hosts TechnicArts Fair

December 22, 2017 / Julie Hagele

Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) hosted approximately 250 students from Adventist elementary and junior academies for a TechnicArts Fair on Oct. 26, 2017. The fair presented guest and staff providing hands-on learning labs in 3-D printing, acrylic painting, computer-aided design (CAD), card-making, Christmas ornaments, computer building, cooking, graphic design, gymnastics, knitting, photography, simple machines, soap-making, stained glass, videography and welding.

McMinnville Bags Love for Community

December 21, 2017 / Michelle McMillen

The Bags of Love outreach program meets in the McMinnville (Ore.) Church’s Friendship Hall twice a month. A small but faithful group runs this quiet ministry, which began at the Apache Junction Church in Arizona and was introduced in McMinnville by Delores Ringering. Nancy Reed now leads the outreach.

Mount Ellis Students Join Yellowstone Expedition

December 21, 2017 / Michelle Wachter

The Mount Ellis Elementary (Bozeman, Mont.) junior high class spent an educational and fun-filled week in Yellowstone National Park through the federally funded program Yellowstone Expedition. Open to all U.S. schools, several schools are chosen to participate each year through a lottery system.

Teacher Michelle Wachter had applied for a spot in the program for four years without being chosen. Finally a few spots opened in September, so the Mount Ellis kids were able to go in October.

Post Falls Holds Healthful Cooking Class

December 20, 2017 / Jeanne Barrett-Usher

After a health class held earlier in the year, Post Falls (Idaho) Church held a cooking class during the fall of 2017 for those in the community who were interested in a plant-based diet. In fact, in nearby Hayden, Idaho, a friendly group was established and shared plant-based food and recipes in weekly potlucks.

Health coordinators Alison and Jay Cover were dedicated in educating the public about the value of eating healthily and showed the 15 people attending ways to cook and substitute other items for dairy or animal products.

Cedar Creek Church Welcomes New Members

December 20, 2017 / Marty Jackson

Nov. 11, 2017, was a high day for the Cedar Creek Church in Woodland, Wash., as we had the joy of baptizing four new members into the church family: Brian and Donna Miner and Pat and Lon Tweed.

Both Brian and Lon were members of the Adventist Church years ago but drifted away from God and His church. Each of them had children and eventually got remarried.

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.