May 2005

Did You Know?

Northwest Wildflowers

How well do you know the common names of these wild flowers that grace our Northwest hillsides, meadows and roadways? (See answers below.)


Excited To Be a Seventh-day Advangelist

Our son, Darin, manages the Adventist radio station in Spokane, Washington. As a part of their outreach, they operate an online Discover Bible school. He shared...


Fresh Start

Trash Talking

A friend of mine slaved one summer on a garbage crew. The long, muggy days got more than a bit monotonous.

One morning, to break the...


North Pacific Union

Adventists: A “National Treasure” Update on Adventist Health Study-2

Adventists: A “National Treasure” Update on Adventist Health Study-2 Eminent Stanford University researcher, Professor Ralph Paffenbarger, has stated, “Adventists are a... More


Adventist Medical Center Opens New Outpatient Center

When Adventist Medical Center (AMC) began looking for growth opportunities, all indicators pointed to Gresham, Ore. This booming community of 90,000 is the fourth largest city in the state and boasts... More


What is the most life-changing event in a woman's life? Having a child! Mothers of Preschoolers International (MOPS) understands this and strives to support mothers with young children.Midtown... More

AWA Aircraft Makes Music Ministry Possible in 11 Alaskan Villages

Who’d have thought that a community gospel-music concert would pack the Tok Adventist Church! Approximately 73 people crowded into a church that seats 35. They came representing most of the community... More

Creation Seminar Hosted at Oasis Church

The weekend of March 4–5 the Oasis Church in Boise, Idaho, hosted a faith-building creation seminar, conducted by Doug Newton, M.D., founder and president of Trinity Creation Studies, Inc. Newton is... More

Gymnasts Mentor Students Gem State Brings Acro-gymnastics to Elementary Kids

A collective gasp went up as Cami Aberle, a Gem State Adventist Academy junior, was tossed high in the sky while doing a flip. Students at Boise Valley Adventist School were witnessing acrobatics... More

Journey to Egypt

If you aren’t a doctor, a builder or an evangelist, what do you have to offer to the mission field? That is what Eudine Stevens had been wondering for quite awhile. She didn’t fit any of those... More

Church Holds Young-Adults' Retreat

The Roundup (Mont.) Church sponsored a retreat for its young adults Feb. 4–6. Young adults from the Lewistown Church joined them.Lewistown member Neil Rauch built a 7-foot sled to tow behind his... More

Students Serve the Community in Ronan, Montana

The 16 students at Glacier View Adventist Christian School in Ronan, Mont., are involved in a very active program. In addition to the three R's, Marian Baker, teacher and principal, has put together... More

New School and Gym for Five Falls

Students attending Five Falls Christian School in Great Falls, Mont., will soon have a new school and gym. Great Falls Church members are modernizing the existing school and gym in two phases. Phase... More

Adventists: A “National Treasure” Update on Adventist Health Study-2

Adventists: A “National Treasure” Update on Adventist Health Study-2 Eminent Stanford University researcher, Professor Ralph Paffenbarger, has stated, “Adventists are a national treasure for health... More

Children's Worship Festival Features the Musical, "Hadassah"

More than 1,000 young and not-so-young people converged on the grounds of the Evangelical Center in Milwaukie, Ore., for the ninth annual Oregon Conference Children’s Worship Festival. The festival... More

PJ's Place

Question: Why is the Bible important for me today?Answer: I am amazed how convenient it has become to stay connected with each other. We have e-mail, instant messaging, webcam, and cellular phones so... More

HVJA Junk-Free Spree Raises $2,150 for ADRA

The 23 students of Hood View Junior Academy’s (HVJA) junior high Bible class were determined to participate in the tsunami-relief process and decided to develop their own fundraiser.We didn’t have... More

Bouldering Gym at PAA

Approximately 250 friends and supporters of Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) met for the dedication and opening of the bouldering gym—a structure that allows participants to ascend climbing walls... More

Oregon Volunteer-led Meetings in India Draw 62,000

Twenty people from the North Pacific Union (plus a few others) took a vacation from traffic, busy phones, bills and appointments. But they weren’t headed for beach chairs and palm trees. They left... More

What Generous Students We Have

Students in grades 5–10 at Mid-Columbia Adventist School (MCAS) had made a commitment before Christmas vacation to do something for someone other than themselves. They had thought of finding and... More

New Church Opens in Vancouver, Washington

The Vancouver Church celebrated its grand opening on Feb. 26, 2005. Community members were invited to attend, and so many did that the temporary sanctuary was filled to overflowing. People had to be... More

Milo Students Give from the Heart Principal's Son Inspires Record Blood Drive

Milo Adventist Academy students were front-page news in the March 4 edition of the Roseburg, Ore., News-Review.The American Red Cross comes to Milo’s campus annually for the student association’s... More

Stone Tower Church Takes Evangelism out of the Box

Not only is the Stone Tower Church one of the most diverse churches in the Oregon Conference, but it also uses diversity in its efforts to reach souls for Christ. In preparation for spring... More

CAA Teacher Awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award

Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) teacher and campus chaplain Matthew Butte has been honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award.The award was presented during the Alumni Awards Foundation’s annual... More

Easter Baskets for the Homeless

This year Oasis Christian Center Adventist Company donated 45 homemade Easter baskets for homeless children and 32 homemade Easter cards for homeless adults to SHARE Vancouver to be distributed in... More

Conference Launches Festival of the Word

The Upper Columbia Conference held the first Festival of the Word on Feb. 26 at the Crestview Christian School in Moses Lake, Wash. This conference-wide event was designed for both children and... More


C.A.R.D.S. C.A.R.D.S. spells—of course—cards; however, it means much more for those involved with the ministry started by Dave Rattray at the Yakima Church eight years ago. On the first Sabbath each... More

SVAS Rescue Squad

The images on TV revealed the catastrophe after the tsunami hit the beaches of India and Asia. Here in snowy, cold Spokane, hearts were touched by the bravery of heroes who helped others survive. But... More

UCA Students Build Two Churches in One Trip

Once again Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) students spent their spring break working in the primitive region of Sarawak on the island of Borneo. Every other year, they’ve built a church, conducted a... More

General Conference Secretary Visits Goldendale

Matthew Bediako, General Conference secretary, grew up in Ghana, West Africa, while Goldendale Church members Wes and Jackie Parker were missionaries there 40 years ago. Bediako has always had a... More

Art Professor's Work Chosen in National Competition

"Back Light,” a drawing by Martha Mason, professor of art at Walla Walla College, was recently one of 40 drawings selected from 300 submitted to the 10th biennial “Border to Border” National Drawing... More

Engineering Student Takes Top Prize

Walla Walla College mechanical engineering student Dustin Whipple recently won first place in a competition for engineers with his presentation, “A Finer Way for Spinal Distraction.” The graduating... More

By the Grace of God An Albanian Girl Follows Adventure and Finds a Vision

"You should ask God about that,” says Elira Gjata, smiling. She is trying to explain how a girl from Albania ended up at Walla Walla College, getting her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in social... More

From Peru, with Love AAA Mission Trip to Peru

Parents, teachers, friends and all those in between poured over the e-mails from Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) students, sponsors, and campus chaplain, Mark Weir. These e-mails made us laugh, hope,... More

Puget Sound Academy Students Volunteer at Vegfest 2005

Sixty students from Puget Sound Adventist Academy volunteered at this year’s Vegfest held in Seattle, Wash. The students left PSAA’s campus at 9 o'clock on a Sunday morning and headed downtown to... More

The Gatherings

At the beginning of the year, the Washington Conference young-adult department began a series of “Gatherings,” events specifically for young adults 19–35, focusing on spiritual renewal, fellowship... More

Grays Harbor Students Walk for Tsunami Relief

Grays Harbor Adventist Christian School (GHACS) organized a school walk-a-thon for the purpose of raising funds for tsunami relief. Held indoors at the South Shore Mall in Aberdeen, Wash., it proved... More

SAGE Teams up in Peru With Maranatha and Global Evangelism

Escaping from Seattle’s gray January skies, a 40-member SAGE team flew south to Lima, Peru, to build a Maranatha church for the Emaus congregation in the poverty-stricken northern section of the city... More

Amazing Facts Seminar Results in 25 Baptisms

The Greater Seattle Fil-Am Church baptized 25 people as a result of a six-week seminar, held at West Seattle Elementary School. The seminar was presented by Byron Corbett, a young, energetic Amazing... More

Joel Tompkins Elected Washington Conference Vice President for Finance

The Washington Conference executive committee, after a nation-wide search, elected Joel Tompkins to be the new treasurer on March 8. Tompkins replaces Mark Remboldt who recently accepted a position... More

Public High School Retreat 2005

Every year on the first weekend in March, Sunset Lake Camp is alive with teenagers for Public High School Retreat. This year's theme focused on allowing Jesus to come in and be the light of your... More

Puyallup Women Attend Mini Retreat

The Puyallup Church recently held their first women’s mini retreat entitled, His Eye Is on the Sparrow. The retreat was open to all ladies age 16 and up. About 60 women participated, 10 of whom were... More