Alaska Youth Challenge Reaches 26,000 Homes

January 01, 2003 / John Kriegelstein

Directed by college students Jonathan Kincaid, Stefan Kim, Hailu Gabriel, and Alisha Palmer, 16 Alaska Youth Challenge members this summer sold more than $33,000 worth of Adventist Christian literature to homes in the Anchorage area.

Kincaid and Kim have been with the Youth Challenge program since its Alaskan inception four years ago. It was Gabriel’s third year and Palmer’s first.

Pathfinder Food Drive

January 01, 2003 / John Kriegelstein

Vern Osborn, Anchorage Pathfinder director (back row, far right), rallied his troops for a traditional Halloween canned food drive, collecting 1,567 food items for Thanksgiving food baskets distributed in the area.

Aleknagik Baptism

January 01, 2003 / Debbie Reiswig

Jasmine Kritz, 9, gave her heart to the Lord at summer camp, last year, and then faithfully studied each Sabbath afternoon for a year, preparing for baptism.

On summer camp Sabbath, this year, she publicly declared her decision to follow Jesus, through baptism.

As nearly 100 campers, staff, and community members looked on, Pastor Ken Reiswig of the Aleknagik Adventist Church baptized her in the cold waters of Lake Aleknagik.

Midtown Fellowship Reaches Out to Needy

January 01, 2003

Midtown Christian Fellowship, an Adventist congregation that meets at a public school in Anchorage, recently conducted a Halloween-night food drive, collecting nearly 300 cans in one hour.

They then used the canned goods and other food items to prepare 13 food baskets, complete with turkey, stuffing, fresh fruit, and veggies, for needy families.

Oasis Church Sponsors 16 Summer Campers

January 01, 2003 / Beth Grinstead

Members of the Oasis Church, in Boise, Idaho, this year sponsored 16 children and youths to Camp Ida-Haven, on Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho.

It is the second year in a row the congregation has helped the summer campers raise all their expenses; this year, those helped ranged in age from 8 to 16 years.

Planning for summer camp started in February, when prospective campers signed on to begin raising funds by participating in church-related community services activities.

Gem State Hosts Idaho’s First Lady

January 01, 2003 / Debra McCarver

Gem State Adventist Academy (GSAA) bridged the generation gap on Friday, Nov. 8, during a special day set aside for grandparents (some adopted for the day) and their student-grandchildren.

More than 80 actual grandparents and adoptive seniors spent the day on campus, and Patricia Kempthorne, wife of the Idaho governor, gave the keynote address and talked about the importance her grandparents played in passing on values. She urged both students and grandparents to forge strong relationships and learn from one another.

Meridian Members Change Nominating Process

January 01, 2003 / Linda Sevison

Meridian Adventist Church members in Idaho stepped out in faith this year and broke away from the usual method of nominating church officers.

Instead of fitting members into position slots (position oriented), members let the Holy Spirit lead members to find ministries about which they are passionate (people oriented).

Pastor Tim Gray helped promote the idea, based on his strong belief that the Church must use the talents of every member.

Jordan Adventists Host Tribute

January 01, 2003 / Shirley Bilbro

Adventists in Jordan, Mont., hosted a Sept. 11, 2002, service to honor the nation’s “Frontline Responders” and recognize those who serve locally.

Seventy-five people attended the service, nearly filling the local church.

The program honored the Garfield County emergency medical technicians (EMTs), the local fire department and search-and-rescue group, the sheriff’s department, and the work of Physician Dan Muniak, who could not participate because he was attending to the delivery of twins.