January 2003

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Walla Walla

A Place So Nice They Named it Twice

• Walla Walla is home to the oldest symphony in continuous performance west of the...



Walla Walla College Now More Than Ever

As I attended the moving inauguration service last month for Jon Dybdahl as our new Walla Walla College president, I thought about a different gathering I had taken part in just a...



Good—But Not Perfect

Thank you for such a good GLEANER. In the November 2002 issue, in the “Mission Trip Unites” article, my name was spelled Schonemaker—it is correctly spelled Schoonhoven. I have...


Good—But Not Perfect

Thank you for such a good GLEANER. In the November 2002 issue, in the “Mission Trip Unites” article, my name was spelled Schonemaker—it is correctly spelled Schoonhoven. I have...


Fresh Start

Just Two Things

Author Richard Carlson has made a fortune, reminding us in his “New York Times” bestseller that there are just two things we need to remember: Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’...



AMC Welcomes Vice President

Carol Kunau, R.N., was recently appointed vice president of Patient Care Services for AMC, according to Deryl Jones, president and CEO of the hospital. In her new role, Kunau oversees all patient... More

Adventist Medical Center Shares Mission With Church

Adventist Medical Center (AMC) is passionate about sharing its mission of health and healing with the people of Portland, Ore.And the facility is equally committed to ensuring that area Adventist... More

Alaska Youth Challenge Reaches 26,000 Homes

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... More

Pathfinder Food Drive

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... More

Aleknagik Baptism

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... More

Midtown Fellowship Reaches Out to Needy

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... More

Oasis Church Sponsors 16 Summer Campers

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... More

Gem State Hosts Idaho’s First Lady

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... More

Meridian Members Change Nominating Process

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... More

Like Father,Like Son

Members of the Custer and Hardin Adventist churches gathered Aug. 31, to witness the baptism of Mark and Spurr Watson. Pastor John Delinger baptized the father-and-son duo in the Yellowstone River.... More

Great Falls Hosts Weekend Reunion

Members of the Great Falls Church recently hosted a reunion of former members from the 1940s, including some who traveled in from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas,... More

Jordan Adventists Host Tribute

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... More

Oregon Youth Team Travels to Remote Alaska

For the third consecutive summer, last year my family and I participated in a mission trip to Saint Lawrence Island, in Alaska.Some ask me if it was an exciting trip; all I can say is that “exciting... More

CAA Turns Out For Service

Paintbrushes, shovels, rakes, and strong backs recently became curriculum tools, as 99 students from Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) participated in an all-school, community service day.Principal... More

Salem Central Church Dedicates Teachers

Salem Central Adventist Church came alive with music, Scripture, and the spoken word as teachers of Livingstone Junior Academy were dedicated for the current school year.Dennis Plubell, associate... More

Laurelwood Alumni Donate $80,000

Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the formation of Laurelwood Alumni’s T Dub Club (named for the late Principal T. W. Walters).Mostly comprising of alumni from 1946-1954, the Club has had camp... More

Good news from India!

As Weldon Mattison served as recent interim pastor at the Cedar Creek/Woodland Adventist churches, members were touched by his account of India’s need for chapels and voted to raise funds to build... More

Albany Pathfinders Bear Up Well at Camporee

Members of the Albany, Ore., Bears Pathfinder youth club report finding great joy and spiritual fulfillment during their long, scenic experience at Glacier National Park, during the North Pacific... More

Milo Celebrates Family Weekend

The weekend of Nov. 15-17, 2002, at Milo Adventist Academy was filled with activities involving the family. The activities started Friday evening with a musical vespers, presented by Daniel Cobbs and... More

ECA Students Focus on World Cultures

The study of world cultures has led to an arrangement whereby Emerald Christian Academy (ECA) students can help out at Pearl Buck Center, a local support facility for families and children with... More

All Nations Center Adds 20 During Seminar

Angels certainly were working on the hearts of those who attended a recent All Nation’s Angel Seminar, in Wapato, Wash.More than 120 visitors came, not only to hear the nightly messages, but to see... More

New Pastoral Family Leads Sandpoint Outreach

In one of their first outreach events conducted for the Sandpoint, Idaho, community since arriving recently as Adventist pastoral family, Matt Lombard and his wife, Judy, joined forces with local... More

New Members Visit Conference Office

“The phone rang this morning and woke us up,” said Keeta and Amanda. It was Pastor Roger Cain reminding them to come to New Member Day.Twins, Keeta and Amanda arrived early with their noticeably... More

WWVA Announces Senior Officers

Walla Walla Valley Academy recently announced election of senior class officers. Shown in back, from left, are Scotty Ray, spiritual vice president; Clark Bassham, sports coordinator, and Crystal... More

Family Festival Features Aviator, College President

Jon Dybdahl, Walla Walla College president, challenged Upper Columbia Conference Family Fellowship Festival attendees to “love one another as Christ loved.”Dybdahl keynoted the annual conference-wide... More

Echoes of Praise Church Activates its Outreach

Elders of the Echoes of Praise Adventist Church in Kittitas, Wash., have helped their members put into practice ideas they learned during last year’s SPROUT conference.When weather turned cold last... More

New President Celebrates WWC Mission

“Today is Walla Walla College’s special day,” said Jon L. Dybdahl during his inaugural address. “I believe in her mission, and I pledge today, to the best of my ability, to serve her faithfully.”... More

“Sweet Honey in the Rock” To Appear Feb. 1

Grammy Award-winning a cappella group “Sweet Honey in the Rock” will perform Feb. 1, for the semiannual Walla Walla College Gala Concert to benefit the Thomas Hampson Humanities Merit Endowed... More

My Life In Christian Puppeting

Puppeting has been a part of my life for about six years. I joined my local puppet team in seventh grade and loved being a “Foamhead” from the moment I began.Though I don’t mind being up front or... More

Megabucks for Megahertz

Southwest Washington’s Christian radio station, 90.5 KACS, raised a record $91,000 in faith promises during its recent Sharathon. Hosts Loren Olson, left, broadcast director for LifeTalk Radio and... More

Adventurer Camp-out Brings Solid Turnout

About 200 campers recently came to Sunset Lake Youth Camp, near Wilkeson, Wash., to attend the annual Washington Conference Adventurer Club Camp-out.Adventurer clubs are active in many areas of the... More

Math Enthusiasm Hits PSAA

More than 174 students from several Adventist elementary schools packed into the Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) gymnasium to attend a recent “Mr. Math” presentation, “Getting Kids and Adults... More

PSAA Students “Connect” at Camp

Students never know what to expect when they take part in the annual Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) “Connect” retreat.Designed to help students develop a deeper connection with God, it also... More