News

Executive Committee Elects New Treasurer, Editor

December 01, 2002

In actions taken by the North Pacific Union Conference Executive Committee in September, Norman Klam was elected as treasurer and Dick Dower was approved as GLEANER editor.

Klam will fill the vacancy left by the departure of Benny Moore, who recently took a position at the Voice of Prophecy in Southern California. Klam, who was Oregon Conference treasurer from 1986 to 1992, is currently treasurer for the Lake Union Conference, with headquarters in Berrien Springs, Mich.

The Mission Field of Corporate America

December 01, 2002 / DeLona Bell

Her voice lacked its usual confidence. It was the end of the week, and I would have been happy if it had been a routine client request.

But as she talked, I could hear that something deeper was at stake. “Listen, DeLona,” the voice in my soul said. “She’s in a spiritual struggle.”

There I was, in one of the hundreds of moments of decision we all face every day. Would I respond to the prompting of the Spirit? Or would my own focus for the day prohibit me from listening—really listening—to a colleague who was deeply troubled?

Interaction

December 01, 2002

Breath of Life

Regarding John Stevens, Sr.’s statement in the August “Letters” that the Bible plainly teaches that birth and breath begin life and personhood: Ellen White indicates that stillborn infants will not be included in the Kingdom to come, because they are not persons until the breath of life is given.

A Call for Thoughtfulness

November 01, 2002 / Jere Patzer

Some years ago in the Upper Columbia Conference, a youth group decided to test the friendliness of Adventist churches.

So one Sabbath, they dressed up like street kids— “punks”—and their adult sponsors drove them to some Adventist churches in the area.

Unannounced, they walked in. Without too severely taxing your imagination, you can guess that their receptions could have been better.

Refiner's Fire

November 01, 2002

Malachi 3:3 says,

“He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”

This verse puzzled some in a Bible study group. They wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

Inner Office Memo

November 01, 2002

Inner Office Memo

Date: September 18, 2002

To: All company employees

From: The CEO

Subject: Business strategy for increasing company effectiveness

Priority: Urgent

Message:

Berglin Ordained In Camp Meeting Service

November 01, 2002

Brant Berglin, pastor of the Midtown Christian Fellowship Church in Anchorage, Alaska, was ordained Aug. 10 to the gospel ministry. The ceremony was held as part of the annual Palmer Camp Meeting.

A native of Oakland, Calif., Berglin graduated from Modesto Adventist Academy and spent two years at Pacific Union College, before serving for a year as a Taskforce volunteer worker. During that year, he became convinced that he was called by God to the pastoral ministry.

Samoan Company Organizes

November 01, 2002

Members of the Anchorage Samoan Seventh-day Adventist group saw long-held dreams come true, July 20, as they became an officially organized church company.

In his sermon, Alaska Conference President Russell Johnson encouraged them to persevere to the final goal—heaven.

The well-attended afternoon program included inspirational music, good preaching, and a potluck of Samoan food.