August 2002

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This month in history

The following events took place during the month of August:


Missouri is admitted as the 24th state.

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Christian Education It Takes a Team

Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders this month are turning their attention to a new school year, and they’re not alone.

Committees are meeting, and boards...




Biblical Abortion?

A Barna Research Group survey is quoted in the July GLEANER, noting "that Americans are comfortable...



Biblical Abortion?

A Barna Research Group survey is quoted in the July GLEANER, noting "that Americans are comfortable...


Fresh Start

Can you Swing it?

I remember when a quarter got you a gallon of gas. A buck scored you a gallon of ice cream. And $4,107.45 paid for a new 1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL (I have my grandpa’s old car...



Blaring Walls & Falling Trumpets?

My kindergarten/preschool students in the Sutherlin, Ore., Adventist School just got through marching around the “Walls of Jericho.”

They did it six silent...



Whisper a Prayer in the Evening

It’s 10:45 p.m.For Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) nurse Becky Saranto, it’s almost routine. But for her patients—many of them in crisis—it’s anything but ordinary.Tonight, as on hundreds of... More

Alaska Names New Treasurer, Superintendent of Schools

Harold Dixon and John Kriegelstein have accepted the Alaska Conference Committee’s June 30 invitation to serve, respectively, as treasurer and superintendent of schools.Merle Greenway, who served for... More

Gem State Adventist Academy Welcomes New Vice Principal

Gem State Adventist Academy (GSAA) has announced the appointment of Don Perkins as its new vice principal for finance. Perkins has served academies for 24 years, as boys’ dean, business manager, vice... More

Mt. Ellis Seniors Top off Mission Project

Mt. Ellis Academy’s (MEA’s) yearly alumni reunion brings many former students back to campus, where they revel in renewed friendships, clean air, and mountain scenery.They also eagerly trek across... More

“Desire of Ages” Republished as “Messiah”

Jerry D. Thomas, a member of the Gem State Academy Church in Caldwell, Idaho, has authored a contemporary adaptation of The Desire of Ages, published this spring by Pacific Press as “Messiah.”In his... More

Pocatello Church’s 2nd Annual Talentless Show

Members of the Pocatello, Idaho, Church recently hosted their second annual “Talentless Show.”Featuring 25 participants who performed comedy skits, sang sacred songs, played Bluegrass, rode unicycles... More

Centennial Send-off

The 2001-02 school year at Mt. Ellis Academy closed with a commencement farewell to the 23-member Centennial Class of graduating seniors. But memories of outstanding accomplishments are carrying over... More

Tops in Her State

Kyra Eddy, of Brusett, Mont., has qualified to enter the 2003 National Merit Scholarship Program. Students offered this opportunity represent the state’s top scorers on achievement exams.Kyra has... More

Standing Room Only

Forty-five candidates—39 by baptism and six by profession of faith—were welcomed into Adventist Church fellowship at the conclusion of recent evangelistic meetings conducted by Lyle and Peggy... More

Dressed to a Tea

Waiters in white shirts, black bow-ties, and cummerbunds recently escorted 85 women to “High Tea” tables at the Albany Adventist Church in Oregon.Hosted by the Albany Adventist Women’s Ministry... More

Spring Break at Sunset Lake

The 30-member Meadow Glade Pathfinder club, led by Ron Ermshar, traveled this spring to the Seattle area for a weekend camp-out at Sunset Lake Youth Camp. Open to Pathfinder families, the event... More

Numbers Nemesis— Brookings School Needs More Students

Students at the Cape Ferrelo Adventist School in Brookings, Ore., though few in number, enjoy many advantages.The most recent is the arrival of late-model computers, printers, and desks, with a... More

Mission Festival Raises $150,000 for India

Late-season snow drifted through the air as members of 13 Salem-area Adventist churches awoke to attend the Willamette Valley Mission Festival.But by the time 1,000 to 1,500 attendees began gathering... More

Milo Mission Trips Travel Locally and Abroad

As Milo Adventist Academy (MAA) students learn to reflect Jesus, they discover the joy found in serving others.Mission trips during spring vacation took two groups to Mexico; a smaller team stayed... More

New Tillamook School Dedicated

A new Tillamook Adventist School building has been dedicated, debt-free, after an arson fire completely destroyed the school facility on April 26, 2000.Participating in the afternoon ceremony were... More

Milo Gives Merit Awards

Milo Adventist Academy’s highest awards for academic excellence have been given to five students.Those honored are incoming ninth-grader Sarah Sexton of Hood View Junior Academy; incoming 11th-... More

CAA Musicians Take Lightning Tour

Some 80 sponsors and students of the Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) band, choir, and hand bell ensemble recently held eight concerts in six days, with performances at Hood View Junior Academy, Milo... More

Do Missions Pay?

Do mission projects pay? Ask Bruce and Norma Brunson, who this May made their sixth trip to Guatemala.With them on their latest mission venture was Isaías Hernández, who they met 24 years ago in... More

A Dream to Serve

Emily Peterson has a mind for service. A junior at Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) in Portland, Ore., she has been a regular “foster parent” to kittens that otherwise would be destroyed at the... More

Blue Mountain TV Sees Providence at Work

Blue Mountain Television, a Christian station serving the Walla Walla area of Eastern Washington, had been raising funds to buy three new Sony digital cameras, valued at $100,000.A big surprise came... More

Camp Meeting Theme Honors Those Who Sacrifice All

“Scars and Stripes Forever” was this year’s theme for the Upper Columbia Conference annual Camp Meeting, in College Place, Wash., June 12-15.While pointing to the price Jesus paid to redeem the world... More

Spokane Junior Academy to Relocate

After much prayer and counsel, Spokane Junior Academy’s (SJA’s) board and constituent church members have voted to move their campus.Last November, SJA bought a 32-acre track of land about two miles... More

Prayerful Fifth-grader Writes Top Essay

Yakima Adventist Christian School’s Spring Week of Spiritual Emphasis was led by students in grades 7-10, who shared their personal Christian experiences and led song services.As part of the program... More

Village Church Dedicates Digital Cameras

Ten-plus years ago, a seed was planted in the hearts and minds of pastors and parishioners of the College Place, Wash., Village Church—an idea that has developed into Village Church Television (VCTV... More

Blue Mountain Television Earns Telly Award

Blue Mountain Television’s new show, “Escape,” has been honored as a finalist in the 2002 Telly Awards competition.“Jerry,” the pilot episode of “Escape,” received a bronze finalist Telly in... More

Irrigon Members Rejoice as Membership Grows

Members of the Irrigon, Ore., Church, a small-town congregation on the Columbia River, began praying last summer for six new members in the next 12 months.Their prayers have been answered, with... More

Graduates Challenged To Light the World

The lieutenant governor of the state of Washington, Bradley Owen, on Sunday, June 9, delivered a message to Walla Walla College’s Class of 2002.It included hope, poetry, and even a bit of song. “You... More

Other Awards

Commencement services on June 9 honored more than graduates. Awards also went to the following:Michaelynn Paul, instructor in nursing, received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. It is... More

Washington Introduces Executive Committee Members

At its recent quadrennial constituency session, Washington Conference delegates appointed members with a variety of skills, experience, and occupations from throughout the Conference to four-year... More

A Redhead’s Reverie In New York

An alarm clock buzzed. Denying the morning, I threw my sleeping bag over my head. The clock continued to buzz.Facing reality, I slowly poked my head from under my haven of darkness and groggily... More

Suicide Leap Moves Students to Action

Near the beginning of the school year, a woman who suffered from depression perched on the railing of the Ship Canal Bridge in Seattle.Traffic stopped, while rescue teams attempted to persuade her... More