October 2004

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Your Amazing Heart

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 (NIV)

The heart pumps about one million barrels of...



A Distinctive Calling

Seventh-day Adventist health care has been around for more than a century. What began as a humble sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan, has expanded into a worldwide...


Fresh Start

$50,000 Worth of Integrity

The headline could have proclaimed “Martha Stewart Becomes Pope,” and I would have been less shocked. I stared at the front page of the Seattle Times in...



Palmer School, Korean Church Under Construction

Someone has said that there are two seasons in Alaska—construction and winter. Since the fireweed has finished blooming, buildings under construction are being closed in for winter. Two major... More

Traxler Ordained

Brad Traxler, Kenai-Homer district pastor, was ordained on July 31 in the Kenai (Alaska) Church. The service was well attended by members of both Kenai and Homer churches. Jim Kincaid, Alaska... More

Birthday Baptism

Don Kuhn was baptized Aug. 16 on his 72nd birthday in celebration of his new life in Jesus. He invited his non-Adventist family and neighbors to come to the special Monday-night celebration at the... More

New Pastor for Elgin-Enterprise District

The Enterprise district welcomed new pastor Steve Gilmore in July. Gilmore and his wife, Merrilou, who has worked at Walla Walla College for 10 years, are excited about the future of this district.... More

Retreat Begins Gem State Year

Nervous excitement filled the air as Gem State Adventist Academy students unloaded at Camp Ida-Haven in McCall, Idaho, for a two-day work-and-fun retreat. Students worked hard to expand the camp... More

Middleton Celebrates River Baptism

Jamie Alwes was baptized on April 24 in the Payette River between Horseshoe Bend and Banks, Idaho, by Rodney Dale, retired pastor. In his determination to follow Jesus example, Alwes chose to be... More

Eureka Launches Radio Station With Leaps of Faith

The small Adventist congregation in Eureka, Mont., experienced firsthand that God’s time is not necessarily the same as their time. What started more than three years ago as an impression on the... More

Glide Breaks Ground for New Helping Hands Building

The Glide (Ore.) Church broke ground Aug. 1 for a community services building that will house their Helping Hands program.Helping Hands works with the Umpqua Community Action Network food bank to... More

CAA Welcomes New Teacher

Columbia Adventist Academy welcomed Keith Kerbs to this year's staff as a religion and U.S. history teacher.Most recently a teacher at Platte Valley Academy in Nebraska, Kerbs is especially anxious... More

New Staff Members Give Milo Great Start to Year

Milo Adventist Academy welcomed several new staff members this fall, including Randy Bovee, the new principal.Bovee has previously been a teacher, vice principal and interim principal. A graduate of... More

Russian Group Gains Five New Members Through Baptism

As a result of an evangelistic series conducted this spring by Alexander Sidorenko, Russian Group (Portland) pastor, five young people were baptized: Konstantin Malyugin, Natalia Dumitrash, Miroslav... More

Adventist Education Leads to Korean Baptism

Yeon Ji Kim, a recent graduate of Portland Adventist Academy (PAA), was born in a small town in South Korea to a nominally Christian mother and Buddhist father.When Kim finished the Korean equivalent... More

Hood View Enjoys Variety in Baptisms

Hood View Enjoys Variety in Baptisms So far, this year’s 24 Hood View Church (Boring, Ore.) individualized baptisms included many ages, from children to middle-age adults, and have taken place in... More

Cooperation Develops Unique Sermon Series

Pastors Chuck Burkeen and Monte Robinson developed a special 12-week series of sermons with the worship team of the Springfield (Ore.) Church to define who Jesus identified Himself as.The first... More

PACS' Whitney Named Woman of the Year

The Association of Adventist Women (AAW) has named Rhonda Whitney, Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) executive director, Woman of the Year for Community Life.When Rhonda Whitney became the... More

Vancouver Churches Experience Miracle in County Fair Preparations

Miracles happen in three days. Jonah was delivered to his mission field after a three-day journey in a large fish (Jonah 1:17). Jesus rose after three days (Mark 8:31). And in three days, the... More

CAA Announces 2004–05 Student Association Officers

CAA Announces 2004–05 Student Association Officers From left: (front row) Rebecca McCluskey, parliamentarian; Jessy Spreadborough, treasurer; (middle row) Jennifer Jorgenson, girls' club president;... More

Vancouver Churches Experience Miracle—2

Vancouver Churches Experience Miracle—2 Bernhard and Emily Ruppel owned and operated the New Earth Vegetarian Restaurant in the Clackamas community from 1990–1996. After a change in ownership, the... More

Gladstone Park Holds Daniel Seminar

The Gladstone Park Church sponsored a Daniel Seminar from February through March at the Abernethy Center in Oregon City, Oregon. Follow-up meetings were held in the church's fellowship room in April.... More

Adventists Host Health Booth at County Fair

In Klickitat County, Wash., everybody goes to the county fair, including the people of the local Adventist church, which hosts a booth each year. This year they featured posters and literature on... More

Forum Confronts Men's Issues

The Forum on Domestic Violence and Men’s Issues was held July 16–17 at the Upper Columbia Conference (UCC). The forum was sponsored by the UCC family life department to: discuss the causes, effects,... More

Singles Retreat to MiVoden

Camp MiVoden’s Memorial Day Singles Retreat, held May 28–31, was a fun-filled success this year.Singles from several states came to Hayden Lake, Idaho, for a seminar, "The Five Love Languages,... More

UCA Hosts Fly-in

The tiny town of Spangle, Wash., and surrounding community recently woke to an unusual number of low-flying aircraft. The planes were landing at Upper Columbia Academy’s (UCA) grassy airstrip to... More

Goldendale Celebrates 120 Years

More than 200 members and former members of the Goldendale (Wash.) Church celebrated its 120th anniversary Aug. 6–7.The homecoming was the result of hard work by a homecoming committee, which invited... More

All Nations Center Hosts Summer Day Camp

God has blessed abundantly at the All Nations Center (ANC) summer day camp this year, and it was an honor for members to meet new kids and families from the Native American community.Camp activities... More

WWC Ranked as One of America's Best Colleges

Walla Walla College (WWC) ranks in the top tier of colleges and universities included in U.S. News and World Report's 2005 edition of "America's Best Colleges."The publication ranks WWC 34th out the... More

WWC Vice President Receives Philanthropy Award

Karen Johnson, Walla Walla College vice president for college advancement, has received the Trailblazer in Philanthropy Award, the highest recognition of achievement in Adventist fund-raising.Johnson... More

PSAA Graduates 28 Seniors

As the strains of the class song, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" blasted out from the public-address system, 28 seniors whooped and hollered down the center aisle of the Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA... More

Russian Church Celebrates Organization

The Russian Center for Spiritual Enrichment in Bellevue, Wash., officially joined the sisterhood of Washington Conference churches on Aug. 28 during a service filled with music, praise and rejoicing... More

Arlington Inaugurates First Mobile Disaster Relief Trailer

The Arlington (Wash.) Church presented their new mobile disaster relief trailer to their community at the Fourth of July town parade.Marvin Creelman, then the Arlington pastor, with Adventist... More

Korean Central Church Celebrates Grand Opening

The Korean Central Church (Auburn, Wash.) recently opened their doors for a grand opening celebration of their new church facility.The church bustled with energy as members welcomed guests from... More

Auburn Moves from Flames to Facelift

It has been months since Auburn Adventist Academy's (AAA) girls' dorm and classrooms inside it were destroyed by flames. A facelift following these events is bringing a sense of restoration and... More

Port Angeles Presents Angel in Chains

Would Christ want His people to care about those who are healing from painful relationships? The Port Angeles (Wash.) Church thought so, and the powerful new 40-minute Angel in Chains film provided... More

Youth Challenge Members Bless and Are Blessed

Twenty-nine young people assembled June 13 in Renton, Wash., to begin a summer of adventure in service to God. Not knowing all that was in store, they followed God’s calling to be His hands, His feet... More

Association of Adventist Women Names Women of the Year

Seven Adventist women who are making significant contributions to their communities, professions, churches and families will be recognized and celebrated at the 22nd national conference of the... More