October 2002

Did You Know?

Did You Know


• The human stomach needs to make a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.

• A study of the Adventist...



Touching Lives Changing Destinies

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference—a smile from a stranger, a whispered prayer, or an unexpected kindness. Often it’s a series of small events that...




Pastoral Miscount

We enjoyed the article “The Countdown Is On!” in the September GLEANER. It is inspiring to find out what...



Pastoral Miscount

We enjoyed the article “The Countdown Is On!” in the September GLEANER. It is inspiring to find out what...


Fresh Start

Diggin’ Dirt

A big chunk of the Adventist health message centers on what we eat. That’s why I’m always interested in articles like the one in the Seattle Times that described an eating...



Alaska’s “Gospel Angels” Wing Salvation to Frontiers

Alaska, more than any other U.S. state, is an “unreached territory” with regard to the Third Angels’ Message.Among Alaska’s 225 indigenous villages, only about 10 have received more than a passing... More

Palmer Camp Meeting Attracts Audience from Across Alaska

Seventh-day Adventist church members from across Alaska gathered for the annual Palmer Camp Meeting, Aug. 6-10.By its finale, Sabbath, attendance had grown to more than 800, nearly a quarter of total... More

Gem State Adventist Academy Welcomes 142 Students

Gem State Adventist Academy, a grade 9-12 day and boarding high school outside of Caldwell, Idaho, began classes this school year with 142 students, from eight states and five foreign countries.Japan... More

Garden Valley Organizes

“To God be the Glory – Great Things He Hath Done!” The words of the hymn rang through the recently completed sanctuary, as more than 70 members and guests participated in the formal organization of... More

Columbia Falls VBS Focuses on World Mission

With the help of Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s (ADRA’s) “Adventures for Kids” program, children this summer were able to tour the world at the North Valley Adventist Church’s vacation... More

Mt. Ellis Academy Opens with 78 Students

Mt. Ellis Academy opened school this year on Aug. 18, with 78 students currently enrolled—representing an increase of several students from last year’s initial enrollment.“The school year’s theme is... More

Canby Prophecy Seminar Leads to Baptisms

Kathryn Dikeman and Dean Bayless have been baptized and received into membership in the Canby, Ore., Church, after attending a Bible prophecy seminar held at the local public school cafeteria.The... More

Winning Drill Team

The Rogue Valley Pathfinders’ Drill Team took first place in the Basic Drill Team Category at last year’s Pathfinder Fair, but this year competed in both Basic and Fancy categories—their first... More

Portland Learning Center Celebrates 10 Years of Ministry

When Carl Parker of Portland, Ore., a counselor at Portland Community College, read about local inner-city students who were scoring two to three grade levels below their peers, he wondered if he... More

Pleasant Hill Hosts “Extreme” VBS

The Pleasant Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church in Oregon was transformed into a “10-foot mountain of faith” for vacation Bible school (VBS) students this summer.One hundred seventy children... More

Faithful Landscapers

After 23 years of landscaping and maintaining the Gladstone Park Adventist Church grounds, Ervin and Vadah Dunn have retired. They were honored during a church potluck with a special cake and... More

Cedar Creek Baptism

During worship services at the Cedar Creek Church in Washington, members were blessed as Mindy Lorraine Nogle was baptized by Pastor Marty Jackson. Nogle’s grandparents and other relatives attended... More

Portland Adventist Academy Welcomes New Staff

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) has welcomed three new teachers to its staff, all of whom bring a combination of experience and Christian commitment.Joan Oksenholt, a fifth-generation teacher, has... More

Literature Evangelists Master Art of Fair Ministry

Philip Miller, literature evangelist for Cowlitz and Clark counties in Washington and member of the Hockinson Heights Adventist Church, recently received a trophy in recognition of three years of... More

Cookie’s Retreat Centeru Dedicated

Sabbath, Aug. 24, was a big day in the Upper Columbia Conference and North Pacific Union.Polly’s Place Ministries of the Northwest held a dedication ceremony for Cookie’s Retreat Center, a Christ-... More

Umapine Celebrates 25 Years

Fifty charter members planted a new Adventist Church in Umapine, Ore., in 1977, and on July 12 and 13, the now-90-member congregation celebrated its 25th anniversary.The congregation serves the... More

Patriotism Keys Troy Community Dinner

Women in the small Adventist church of Troy, Idaho, recently hosted 88 at their congregation’s Annual Community Dinner.Coordinators and hostesses chose a post-Sept. 11 patriotic theme and used prize-... More

California Youths Discover UCC “Mission Field”

Fifteen youths and young adults from the Roseville Adventist Church in California discovered a worthy mission field this summer in the Upper Columbia Conference.For seven of the past 10 years, youth... More

Moses Lake Enjoys New School Building

Only six months after breaking ground for a new school in March 2001, Moses Lake, Wash., members were able to begin using their partially completed 40,000-square-foot building.To make it all possible... More

Liberty by the Lake

“Butch” Otter (center), US Congressman for Idaho District #1, greets Diana Justice, North Pacific Union Conference Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (NPUC PARL) associate director, and her husband... More

Reflections of a former Student Missionary

Kim Unterseher writes from Walla Walla College, in College Place, Wash., excerpting highlights and transition points from her diary as a student missionary at Universidad Adventista de Centro America... More

Auburn Enrollment Spurred by Scholarships

About 300 students were registered at Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) by Aug. 25, leading to expectations for about 310 students this year, up from 305 at this time last year.“When gauging enrollment... More

PSAA Welcomes New Technology, Journalism Staff

Puget Sound Adventist Academy in Kirkland, Wash., has welcomed new technology director Vladimir Bokov and journalism teacher/advisor Kathy Tompkins.BokovBokov’s teachers in his native Russia... More

Northwest Adventists Urged To Enroll in Health Study

Researchers conducting a new Adventist Health Study are now recruiting church members in the North Pacific Union, giving Northwesterners their very first opportunity to be involved in a significant... More

Seattle Adventist Woman To be Honored

Verla Rae Kwiram of Seattle is being honored this month by the Association of Adventist Women (AAW) for her contributions to church, profession, family, and community.Kwiram and nine other Adventist... More

Remember Noé? Want to See Him Preach?

Then let your pastor or head elder know you want to watch the November “Northwest Spotlight on Mission” DVD program in your church. Every pastor receives a copy, and the coming edition features... More

ACN Schedules Young Video Producers’ Festival

Adventist Communication Network (ACN) has announced creation of SONscreen Film Festival, an event that will give recognition to talented, young (29 years and younger) Christian video producers.The... More