November 2002

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Refiner's Fire

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...



A Call for Thoughtfulness

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...




Hair on End

As I read about the “Miraculous Encounter” of sisters Heather and Heidi and Elder Venden, my spirit tingled with praise and thanksgiving...



Hair on End

As I read about the “Miraculous Encounter” of sisters Heather and Heidi and Elder Venden, my spirit tingled with praise and thanksgiving...


Fresh Start

Inner Office Memo

Inner Office Memo

Date: September 18, 2002

To: All company employees

From: The CEO




A Samaritan’s Journey to Afghanistan

“Later that night when we returned to the compound, we had our first of many orientations. You know, like at work. Where to look for land mines, which direction to run if tanks enter the city, etc... More

Berglin Ordained In Camp Meeting Service

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... More

Samoan Company Organizes

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... More

Busy in Bethel

Members of the small Bethel, Alaska, Church rejoiced this summer as a traveling team of builders and a separate entourage of vacation Bible school leaders achieved outstanding results in the Bethel... More

Mission Trip Unites Father and Son

Randy Hesgard, a chaplain at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, and his son Joel, financial counselor at Portland Adventist Hospital in Portland, Ore., recently joined a team of 12 to build staff... More

Gem State Students Named Merit Semifinalists

Two Gem State Adventist Academy students, Jacque Giem, 17, of Meridian, Idaho, and Richard Robinson, 17, of Boise, Idaho, are among 90 students in the state cited for outstanding scores on the PSAT... More

Eagle Members Host 9-11 Tribute

Eagle, Idaho, community and church leaders gathered on Sept. 11 at the Eagle Adventist church to remember the past and look for hope in the future.The evening began with an earnest prayer for the... More

Kalispell Members Celebrate 75 Years of Education

Kalispell Church members recently celebrated 75 years of education, at a reunion and re-dedication service.One hundred fifty persons came from as far away as Washington, D.C., and Washington State,... More

Sister Betsy's Visit

Members of the Hamilton, Mont., Adventist Church recently enjoyed a surprise visit from the past, when “Sister Betsy” came to share a bit of Adventist history.While a few oldsters in the congregation... More

Butte VBS Serves Day-care Students

Members of the Butte, Mont., Church shared with their neighbors this summer through vacation Bible school ministry.Betty Lalanne, director, reports that the regular attendees were joined by 11 day-... More

Waiting on the Lord

Valerie Chase, 9, was baptized this spring, after a two-year wait.When her father was baptized and joined the Hood River, Ore., Church two years ago, Valerie, too wanted to be baptized, but then-... More

Long Time Coming

“How long have you been coming to the Oregon Camp Meeting at Gladstone?” Marguerite Ringering was asked this summer.“Well,” replied the 93-year-old Gladstone Park Adventist Church member, “we came... More

Adventists Well Represented At Clatsop County Fair

More than 175 fair-goers received free health screenings at the Adventist Community Health Van, during Clatsop County Fair this summer in Astoria, Ore.Others visited Adventist-manned booths that... More

Three-pronged Evangelism Outreach Brings Estacada Response

“All I have to do, to start a positive conversation, is mention the Yellow House,” said Wes Clark when he returned from passing out “Hope for the Homeland” prophecy seminar flyers in Estacada, Ore.“... More

Silverton Community Honors Adventists

Cathey Defehr and Ramona Resseger, co-directors of Silverton, Ore., Adventist Community Services, recently accepted an honorary plaque from Silverton Together, a volunteer organization.The plaque... More

Children Raise Money For Bibles in India

Children at the Medford, Ore., Adventist Church are mission-minded, and when they learned that Bibles were needed in India, they planned an event to raise money.Hosting a “Family Night at the Movies... More

Columbia Academy Introduces New Spanish Teacher

Katy Paise has joined the Columbia Adventist Academy staff, teaching Spanish I and II, English III, and yearbook.As a student at Upper Columbia Academy, Katy took three years of Spanish and later... More

Emerald Christian Academy Dedication

Ron Krueger, new principal at Emerald Christian Academy in Eugene, Ore., called students and staff together on Sept. 11, for a school-wide dedication.Honor Guard members from Springfield Pathfinder... More

Coquille Adds Drama To Traditional Cooking Classes

“Hey! This chicken salad tastes great. What’s in it?”“Well, no chicken, for one thing, and how do you like the dairy-free sour cream?”“Yeah, right! And I suppose the next thing you’ll tell me is this... More

PAA Remembers Sept. 11 Tragedy

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) students, faculty, friends, and neighbors came together Sept. 11 to remember the many lives that were lost to terrorist attacks one year before.Organized by Ann Axt,... More

Medford-area Baptisms

Members of the Valley View and Medford churches joined Aug. 16-18 for a camp-out that featured baptisms of three new members.Pastor Jim Berglund of the Valley View congregation baptized candidates... More

Blue Mountain Hosts Many Visitors at Tribute

Members of the Blue Mountain Valley Adventist Church, on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m., honored police, fire, and emergency services personnel from the towns of Adams, Athena, Helix, and Weston.Pastor John... More

Yakima Members Sacrifice to Plant New Church

The Yakima, Wash., 35th Ave. Adventist Church in business session voted this summer to reduce its full-time pastoral positions from two pastors to one pastor, so a new church being planted in the... More

New Industry Employs UCA Students

Ever since Spangle Wood Products closed a year ago, Upper Columbia Academy has been searching for an industry (or industries) that could provide additional employment opportunities for students.... More

Cascade Christian Academy Active in Community

Students at Cascade Christian Academy, in Wenatchee, Wash., conducted their first quarterly Community Service Day of the new school year, Sept. 13.Groups of five or six students, each with a student... More

Goldendale Enjoys Busy Summer

Church members in Goldendale, Wash., had a busy summer, including sponsorship of a stop-smoking series at The Grist Mill, a health food store owned by local Adventists Willard and Artine Cordis. The... More

Solid on the Sabbath

Jonathan and Laura Griffith took a bold stand for the Sabbath that nearly cost him his job at Honeywell Electronics. But through much prayer and the help of the North Pacific Union Conference Public... More

New Member in Newport

Pastor Lenny Atkins recently baptized Cherie Hargrave and Lisa Malakowsky at the Newport, Wash., Church.Already a member in good standing, Hargrave wished to recommit her life to Christ. A new... More

Nothing Impossible

St. Maries, Idaho, Adventist Church members recently celebrated the baptism of Guy Gardner, on the banks of the beautiful St. Joe River.For the past three years, Gardner had been studying the Amazing... More

School of Engineering Re-accredited

The Edward F. Cross School of Engineering at Walla Walla College recently received re-accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), following an evaluation visit,... More

Dean Emeritus “Prof” Cross Dies

An icon to many Adventist engineers, Walla Walla College Dean Emeritus Edward F. Cross died Saturday, Sept. 28, at nearly 94 years of age.“Prof Cross,” as his students affectionately called him, was... More

Walla Walla College Among “America’s Best Colleges 2003”

For the second year in a row, Walla Walla College (WWC) ranked in the top percentages of all universities in its category of the “America’s Best Colleges 2003” guidebook, published by “U.S.News... More

Student Literature Evangelists Help Change Lives

Thirty-one students this summer took to the streets of Tacoma and Olympia, Wash. As members of Western Washington Youth Challenge, a summer magabook-sales ministry, participants lived out the Great... More

WindWorks Fellowship Maintains High Profile in Olympia

On Saturday, July 20, WindWorks Fellowship of Seventh-day Adventists took to the streets of Olympia and handed out more than 1,700 bottles of chilled water, prior to the annual Lakefair Parade.On a... More

Washington Conference Elects Bing as Administration VP

The Washington Conference Executive Committee has elected Doug Bing vice president for administration, a position vacated when John Freedman was elected president.Bing is a 1986 graduate of Union... More

Chehalis Members Dedicate New Church

Chehalis, Wash., members have dedicated their new church building.Participating in the mortgage shredding were Loren Cooper, head elder, and Mark Remboldt, Washington Conference vice president for... More

Reflections on September 11

“It’s Sept. 11—a year later. Am I distraught? Does the memory of Terrible Tuesday haunt me? No, and why? Because I have seen the glory of the American people tonight. I have seen the glory of God... More

Northwest Hosts National Church-Planting Conference

More than 100 church planters from North America and beyond gathered for SPROUT 2002 meetings at the Seattle Center, Sept. 25-28.Coordinated by Ron Gladden and Lavelle Whitehouse of the North Pacific... More

First Award

During the first day of SPROUT meetings, Ron Gladden, right, North Pacific Union Conference church planting director, presented Max Torkelsen II, Upper Columbia Conference president, with the first-... More