December 2002

Did You Know?

Did You Know

Population Changes in the U.S.

There are more than 287 million people in the United States. With losses and gains, the U.S. is gaining a person every 13...



Still on the Cutting Edge

I had the recent privilege of meeting with some key Christian community leaders. They wanted to know what was happening in the Adventist Church. I told them about the new DVD...


I Must Be Moving On

Some Adventists “stay put” longer than others. God doesn’t mind stability—of that I’m certain. My Prussian ancestors would still be in Germany today, but for Kaiser Frederik...


His Legacy Speaks Volumes

Often a person and a product become so intertwined that identity lines blur and we associate one automatically with the other.

For Seattle Mariner fans, it’...




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...



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...


Fresh Start

Wait a Minute . . . or More

“But those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40...



The Mission Field of Corporate America

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...



Adventist Health Social Worker Offers Hope

Dealing with dozens of mothers who are often heartbreakingly under-aged and helplessly unprepared for the basics of motherhood would test most people’s faith.For Bonnie Wicklund, however, such work... More

Alaska Schools and Churches Remember 9-11

With Americans across the nation, Alaskan Adventist schools and churches paused this fall to reflect on the events and aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001.Adventist churches and schools hosted a number of... More

Idaho Women’s Retreat Features Carolyn Sutton

This year’s annual Idaho Conference Christian Women’s, held at Camp Ida-Haven, was full of laughter, tears and fellowship.Author Carolyn Sutton, of the Grants Pass, Ore., area, was featured during... More

Cove Evangelism Brings in New Members

Members of the Cove, Ore., Adventist Church have welcomed five new members into their congregation, following evangelistic meetings conducted by Lyle Albrecht. During the same series, four Cove... More

Native Style Prevails at Church Dedication

Native members of the Adventist church in Fort Belknap, Mont., dedicated their new building during a Native camp meeting held this summer in the area.The service had special meaning, for the now... More

Kalispell Fair Booth Does Triple Duty

Kalispell and Columbia Falls church members in Northwest Montana jointly sponsored a booth at the recent Flathead County Fair, where visitors picked up many copies of Steps to Christ and Desire of... More

Montana Women Gather in 12th Annual Retreat

The 12th annual Montana Women’s Retreat, held this fall, attracted some 150 participants, including 18 who have attended all 12 of the Retreats.Such loyalty belies the long distances many have... More

Revelations at a Synagogue

When Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) Junior Class members pulled into the parking lot of the Synagogue Nevah Shalom, an impressive building loomed before them, as anticipation hung in the air.Dave... More

PAA’s Wonderful Surprise

“I believe that there is a hunger among our young people today to take a stand and be counted as fully-committed followers of Christ,” said Les Zollbrecht, Portland Adventist Academy’s (PAA’s) new... More

Emerald Thumbs

Emerald Christian Academy 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-grade students help Grass Roots Gardens groom local community gardens for the winter. The gardens provide food for Lane County Food Bank, which offers... More

Albany Hosts 9/11 Commemoration

Members of the Albany, Ore., Church threw open their doors on Sabbath, Sep. 14, inviting the community to take part in a special 9-11 commemorative program and recognition ceremony held to honor... More

Sutherlin Members Remember 9-11 Heroism

Members of the Sutherlin, Ore., Church hosted a well-attended community program to commemorate the heroism of rescue workers who lost their lives or were injured in the line of duty, Sept. 11, 2001.... More

Canby’s Bug Safari

Twenty-six children from the Canby Adventist Church and community buzzed around seven vacation Bible school exploration stations this summer.Each day at “Bug Safari,” the children met in small, mixed... More

Tenth YACS Camp Meeting Attracts 600

The 10th Annual Yakima Adventist Christian School (YACS) Mini-camp Meeting, Oct. 4 and 5, this year featured a three-part sermon series, “Images Etched in Your Mind,” by Pastor Peter Neri.Violinist... More

Milo Friends and Parents Support Their School

Parents, alumni, and friends of Milo Adventist Academy in southern Oregon are supporting their school in new and effective ways.A newly formed group, “Parents for Milo,” gathered Oct. 13 to work from... More

Oregon Women Sponsor Filipino Evangelism

Holding up a four-inch celery stick on a fork, Romulo asked, “What do you call this?”Oregon Conference Women’s Ministries Director Corleen Johnson and I had taken Romulo Tuballes to eat at Izzy’s in... More

Conference Reading Plan Focuses on Jesus

Members across the Inland Northwest are invited to join Max Torkelsen II, Upper Columbia Conference president, in a reading plan that focuses on the life and teachings of Jesus.The reading plan will... More

UCA Weekend Focuses on Parents’ Needs

More than 250 parents from 10 states recently came to Upper Columbia Academy for Parent Weekend. While enjoying time with their children and friends, the parents also appreciated a variety of special... More

Seventeen Airplanes Target UCA Strip

Excitement stirred in the little town of Spangle, Wash., as 17 airplanes landed on Upper Columbia Academy’s (UCA’s) airstrip—all in one morning.It was UCA’s third annual fly-in, an event sponsored by... More

Teacher Joanne Rasco Retires

Memories, hugs, and tears laced veteran educator Joanne Rasco’s recent retirement program at Palouse Hills Adventist School, in Moscow, Idaho.The celebration lived up to the 36-year veteran teacher’s... More

University of Idaho Fair Showcases Adventist Ministry

An article on the front page of the University of Idaho’s “Argonaut” about the University’s recent Health and Wellness Fair focused several paragraphs on the health ministry of local Adventists.The... More

Walla Walla College Adds Worship Options

Walla Walla College (WWC) has more Sabbath morning worship options this year than ever before.One of them, “The Awakening,” began last year as a Thursday-evening worship group. This year, its student... More

Walla Walla College Hosts Family Weekend

Parents and family members of college students are naturally curious about what goes on at “their” school. Each fall, Walla Walla College invites parents, grandparents, and siblings to experience a... More

Olympia Church Includes Community in Grand Re-opening

Members of the Olympia, Wash., Church, recently shared their joy with the community, inviting neighbors and friends to celebrate the restoration of their Feb. 28, 2001, earthquake-damaged facility.In... More

Monroe Baptism

Members of the Monroe, Wash., Church gathered in late summer on the shores of the Skykomish River for an old-fashioned baptism down by the riverside.Hot weather and warm water provided ideal outdoor... More

Auburn City Honors Public Servants

Members of the Auburn City Church recently honored King County Sheriff Dave Reichert, a prominent regional newsmaker and potential gubernatorial candidate.Reichert attended the service, with the... More

WindWorks Fellowship Grows Rapidly in Olympia

WindWorks Fellowship, a newly planted church in Olympia Wash., was begun by two lay couples. In only two-and-a-half years, what began as a vision has grown from 20 to 95 attendees.Dennis McKown,... More

Whatever Happened to Operation Bearhug/Magadan?

Hundreds of Northwest members traveled to the former Soviet Union during the 1990s, sharing their faith, their talents, and their dollars.Sometimes, through the inevitable absence of valid reports... More

Executive Committee Elects New Treasurer, Editor

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... More