March 2005

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First inaugural parade, from Mount Vernon to New York City — George Washington, 1798

First president to be inaugurated at the capitol in...



To Be a Light as the Lights Go Out

It is early morning, and I am sitting at the kitchen table in the parsonage in Savoonga. This little Eskimo village of 300 lies at the east end of St....


Fresh Start

Don’t Change the Channel

Don’t Change the Channel "Hey, I know what we can do for the July 4 weekend,” my brother Paul spoke with the intensity of the boss on The Apprentice. “Let’s cruise... More

North Pacific Union

An Affirmation of Creation

As a response to the “An Affirmation of Creation—Report,” this document was accepted and voted by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Church Executive...


Walt Blehm Remembered

Walt Blehm Remembered Many Northwest members were positively impacted by the life and work of Walt Blehm, who passed to his rest Oct. 5, 2004, in Portland, Ore. Born Oct. 13... More

New Bible Course for Native Americans

A new Bible correspondence course designed to reach the Native American population of the United States and Canada has just been completed. Although many Adventist...



A Letter to God

It all started when I was in the second grade. My teacher told us our town, Raymond, Washington, was so small that almost no one even knew where it was. That piece of...



TCGH Staffers Join Disaster Relief Team

TILLAMOOK—“I’m too crazy to be scared.”Larry Hamilton, the emergency room manager at Tillamook County General Hospital, had just finished listing some of the places he’s traveled to on emergency... More

Alaska Students Respond to Tsunami Victims

Alaskan Adventist school students have joined children across America by opening their hearts and piggy banks in response to the news stories and photos of the devastation from the tsunami in Asia.... More

Christmas at Kids' Kitchen

Elgin Jones, a man with a burden for hungry children, feeds homeless and underprivileged kids every night of the week in Anchorage. He has big dreams and some generous donors, but few people helping... More

Idaho Attendees at CHIP Summit 2004 and Receive Training to Be Presenters Themselves

Idaho Conference was well represented at the CHIP Summit 2004, in Vancouver, BC. CHIP—Coronary Health Improvement Project—addresses issues with high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, heart... More

A Baptism of a Poet

Kirk Shea accepted and gave his heart to Jesus in December and wanted to be baptized to start the year out new in Christ. On Jan. 8, Shea went down into the water and arose to newness with Jesus.Shea... More

Kuna Church Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Kuna (Idaho) Church will celebrate its 25th anniversary Apr. 15–16. The celebration will climax a banner year which included construction of a brand-new sanctuary, nine new Sabbath School rooms,... More

Gem State Academy Students Help Make the Community a Better Place

Gem State Adventist Academy (GSAA) students left the classroom last fall to help the city of Boise with several projects. Some of these included: building a trail in the foothills, assisting at Zoo... More

Friendship Evangelism in Nampa

The Nampa Church is serious about reaching others for Christ through sharing and caring. Following are some of the practical ways members have reached out to our community.• Various members open... More

From There to Eternity A Brief History of the Kuna Seventh-day Adventist Church

Twenty-five years ago, Philip Samaan, with his wife Sherilyn, came to pastor the new Meridian (Idaho) Church as a young intern from Walla Walla College. As a young boy, Philip arrived in America from... More

District Camp Meeting Held in Southeastern Montana

For the second year, the Miles City, Custer, and Hardin district in southeastern Montana came together Friday and Sabbath, Sept. 17–18, to hold a district camp meeting in Hysham, Mont., at the... More

Miles City Church Grows

Miles City Church recently welcomed four new members into the church family.Irene Gresens has Adventist family members who encouraged her to take Bible studies to learn what Adventists believe. As a... More

Gymnastics at Mt. Ellis

Donnell Ang, from Bozeman, top, is a member of the new gymnastics class Mt. Ellis Academy has added to its curriculum this school year. The instructors, Robyn and Jody Browning, graduates of Mt.... More

Women's Ministry Brunch at Miles City

Women's ministries has been dormant in the Miles City Church for several years. This fall the new officers, Monica Fallang and Sheri Wiedeman, decided to change that. They planned and hosted a... More

Mt. Ellis Students Enjoy a Formal Evening in Bozeman

Mt. Ellis Academy's Associated Student Body officers planned a formal party at a local restaurant in Bozeman to close the first semester, giving the students an opportunity to dress up and enjoy an... More

An Affirmation of Creation

As a response to the “An Affirmation of Creation—Report,” this document was accepted and voted by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Church Executive Committee at the Annual Council in... More

Walt Blehm Remembered

Walt Blehm Remembered Many Northwest members were positively impacted by the life and work of Walt Blehm, who passed to his rest Oct. 5, 2004, in Portland, Ore. Born Oct. 13, 1923, in Hitchcock,... More

New Bible Course for Native Americans

A new Bible correspondence course designed to reach the Native American population of the United States and Canada has just been completed. Although many Adventist outreach ministries have their own... More

Oregon Makes History with Pastor-Teacher Conference

History was made Jan. 3–5 when all Oregon Conference pastors and educators came together for pastor-teacher meetings held at Holden Convention Center. “To my knowledge,” says Don Livesay, conference... More

PJ's Place

A. I spent most of my grade school years in public school, since my town did not have an Adventist school or one near by. I don't know that a student has to go to an Adventist school to get a good... More

Young Adult Profile

Name: Doug LandisAge: 26Occupation: Heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) installer while pursuing a nursing degree.Home church: Glendoveer ChurchWhat do you look for in a church?A quality of... More

CAA Head Start Christmas Party

One of the things that we do at Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) every year is a Christmas party for the kids from the local Head Start program. We get together in groups of 5–7 people, and we sign... More

Another Victory for Christ Through 3ABN

Al Smith was searching for a church home where he could learn and share. He came from a Presbyterian church in California to the small town of Canyonville, Ore., to be with his mother and step-father... More

A Taste of the Real World Business Education at PAA

Twenty-three Portland Adventist Academy students had the opportunity of taking an introduction to business class taught by Monte Knittel, Portland's Adventist Medical Center vice president of... More

Youth Creates Movies for Children's Stories

A trip to the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield, Calif., and an interest in computer animation led Craig Church, a 17-year-old member of Hood View Church (Boring, Ore.), to create a special movie for... More

Cave Junction Church Assists Adventist Tsunami Victims

Verne and Patty Hyland, pastoring in Cave Junction, Ore., were devastated by the news of the Tsunami wave that left thousands homeless in Sri Lanka, where they served as missionaries for nine years.... More

Chain of Events Ends in Successful Outreach

The Brookings (Ore.) Church formed an outreach committee after Charles Schulz, pastor, and local church leaders attended a leadership conference in Grants Pass last spring. The newly formed committee... More

Follow the Star

"Follow the Star" an outdoor nativity walk from Herod's palace to Bethlehem's manger, was presented by 20 Adventist churches to the general public at the Gladstone Park Conference Center in December... More

Young Adult Profile Laurel Reid

Name: Laurel ReidAge: 22Occupation: Western Oregon University studentHome church: New Life at Glendoveer ChurchWhat do you look for in a church?I look for a church that is friendly and more like a... More

Seniors Share God and Laughter During Senior Recognition Weekend

Family and friends recently came to celebrate Senior Recognition with the class of 2005 at Milo Adventist Academy. Guest speaker Steve Lemke, East Salem Church pastor and a 1998 Milo graduate, spoke... More

Christmas Treat for the Ladies

Dec. 8 was a bustling day at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center in Roseburg, Ore. All afternoon women from TurningPoint Adventist Community Church were busy decorating the large room, arranging beautiful... More

UCA's Creation Week A New Dynamic for Student Week of Prayer

One power-packed week at Upper Columbia Academy. One brand new tradition combined with an ancient one became one of the most powerful weeks for God in recent campus memory. It was already student... More

Feeding 5,000 in Sandpoint, Idaho

Feeding 5,000 in Sandpoint, Idaho Joe Hurst, missing the fun of running a restaurant, brought a creative ministry idea to the Sandpoint Church board. “Big Joe,” his wife Lois Marie and a few... More

NAD Honors Gerald Haeger

The North American Division (NAD) ministerial department recently honored Gerald Haeger, Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) ministerial department director, at the Adventist Ministries Convention in... More

Yakima Valley Churches Join Together for the 12th Annual Mini Camp Meeting at YACS

The "Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts" was the theme for the 12th annual mini camp meeting at the Yakima Adventist Christian School (YACS) Sept. 24–25. Approximately 500 members from Yakima Valley... More

Many Hands Make Light Work

The big yellow school bus doors opened, beckoning the waiting people to climb aboard. Thirty people gathered at the Spokane Valley Church parking lot at 6:30 on a Sunday morning to travel to Pasco,... More

Eight Weeks to Wellness Chewelah Church Raises Health Awareness in Their Community

The Chewelah Church kicked off the fall season in September by taking an active role to increase public awareness about health and lifestyle choices. They sponsored an Eight Weeks to Wellness program... More

TCJA Salutes Our Heroes

Tri-City Junior Academy (TCJA) hosted a Veteran’s Day breakfast and program in honor of those who served for the freedom of our country. To open the program, Pathfinders, dressed in Class A uniforms... More

Revelation Seminar Sparks Growth at Eastgate Church

After a recent Revelation Seminar at the Walla Walla Eastgate Church, nearly 30 people were baptized. Richard Halversen, North Pacific Union evangelist, officiated in the 10-week series.Rachael, one... More

Adventurer Is Baptized

The Richland Orcas Adventurers had Eric Shadle, their pastor, talk with them about baptism for the worship portion of one of their weekly meetings. One of the Adventurers, Nathaniel Harwood, was... More

An Evening of Blessing

The Richland Orcas Adventurer Club had a "blessing ceremony" on Dec. 15, 2004. The Adventurer blessing ceremony is based on the biblical practice of parents honoring their children with blessings and... More

Business Professor Honored for Commitment to WWC and Community

JoAnn Wiggins simply can’t keep the fun to herself. Just ask her students. While sitting on the City of College Place Planning Commission, the professor of business became involved in revising the... More

Engineering Professor Awarded Second Fulbright Scholar Grant

Engineering Professor Awarded Second Fulbright Scholar Grant Bryce E. Cole, associate professor of engineering at Walla Walla College, will spend six months in Europe this year, thanks to a... More

Students Come Together for Tsunami Victims

Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) and Auburn Academy students took competition to a new level during their annual basketball match. During intermission between the varsity games, Colleen Brundula... More

"The Jacob and Joseph Story"

More than 40 amateur performers and crew members, composed of Port Angeles and Sequim church members and other local faith community volunteers, performed Dick McCoy's inspiring musical play, “The... More

Monroe Church Celebrates Grand Opening

Jan. 15, was the culmination of years of planning, lots of fundraisers, and hours of volunteer labor as the Monroe Church had the grand opening for their new church facility. Monroe members began... More

Men Experience Spiritual Renewal at Retreat

Have you ever noticed that when Satan knows there is something powerful about to happen, he does all in his power to stop it? The good news is he was not successful at preventing the Washington... More

Learning to Walk Youth Rally 2005

Walking. It’s something we do everyday. Whether we’re feeling happy, sad, angry or content, most of us walk around each and every day. It’s so much a part of the way we live, that we wouldn’t dream... More

Washington Conference Office Moves

The Washington Conference staff recently bid a fond farewell to the Bothell office building. The last official day in the office was Jan. 26. That evening a moving company came in to move the office... More

Retired Pastor Opens Bed and Breakfast Wellness Retreat

After serving as the pastor of the Startup Church for seven years, Leonard Klein retired to join his wife Aldine, his son Martin (both registered nurses), and Martin's wife Janelle (a nurse... More

AAA Organizes Tsunami Relief Effort

The world watched as wave after wave pummeled the coast of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, and surrounding areas. The tsunami that occurred during the last few days of 2004 jarred all who... More

Kirkland Doctor Returns from Duty in Afghanistan

Army Reserve Capt. Brian Heathcock, M.D., a member of the Kirkland Church, returned recently after serving 90 days at the 325th Field Hospital at Bagram Air Field north of Kabul, Afghanistan. As the... More

Live Nativity at Bonney Lake

The Bonney Lake Church youth group were determined to make a difference in their neighborhood by doing a live nativity. Having done this in the past, this year they worked to make it even better than... More

King's Heralds Bass Jerry Dill Dies at 77

King's Heralds Bass Jerry Dill Dies at 77 Jerry Dill, 77, who sang bass in the King's Heralds quartet at the Voice of Prophecy radio broadcast from 1947 to 1962, died Jan. 15, at Puyallup, Wash.... More