November 2005

Did You Know?

Hispanic Facts

• One of every seven people in the United States is of Hispanic origin.

• Hispanics are not one race, nor do they represent a single...



Adventists, Ellen G. White & Hewlett Packard Part IV

Part IV

In a remarkable report, the Barna Group, a nationally recognized polling/survey organization, recently declared Ellen White to be one of the most...


Fresh Start

Blackberry Pie, a la Mayonnaise

Have you ever thought about the extraordinary power of attitude? Emerson once said, "A man is what he thinks about all day long." The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius said...


North Pacific Union

Maranatha Volunteers Build a Chapel at Project PATCH Ranch

An exciting time that began in June at Project PATCH Ranch in Garden Valley, Idaho, culminated on Sept. 10 with the dedication of the new Maranatha Memorial Chapel.

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Healing Hands The Power of Touch

I had never really thought about the importance of my hands until recently. At Tillamook County General Hospital, where I work as a chaplain, each year we honor our nursing staff and ask God to bless... More

Andrew Kim Ordained

On Sabbath afternoon, July 9, Andrew Kim was ordained to the gospel ministry in Anchorage. Kim has pastored the Anchorage Korean Church since 1999, when he moved from Marietta, Georgia. While at... More

Planting a New Church in Ninilchik

A new church group is being started in Ninilchik, a small community 188 miles south of Anchorage and half way between Homer and Soldotna on the Sterling Highway. Located on Cook Inlet, across from... More

My Summertime Project

Last May, my family received a video from Maranatha on the work that’s being done in India. People there have so little, and we have so much, but take it for granted. While we were watching the video... More

Month of Miracles for Families in the Middleton Church

For Tony and Liz Jarrett, it’s been a month of miracles. It all started on Aug. 1. They were living in an older mobile home and trying to save enough money to buy a house. They had purchased the... More

A Grand Opening New Gym at Boise Valley Adventist School

Boise Valley Adventist School opened its new 17,175-square-foot gymnasium—complete with commons area for hot lunch and social gatherings, two classrooms, two restrooms, and a music room—after 15... More

Idaho Conference Christian Women's Retreat

The threat of rain didn't dampen the spirits of the 110 women in attendance at the Idaho Conference Christian Women’s Retreat, held at beautiful Camp Ida-Haven, Sept. 9–11.Jennifer Jill Schwirzer—a... More

Education: The Ark of Safety Featured in Vale Parade

Education: The Ark of Safety Featured in Vale Parade For the small farming town of Vale, Ore., the annual Fourth of July parade is one of the biggest events of the year. The Vale Church and the... More

Couple Finds Acceptance and Love in the Butte Church

Ed Tysko surveyed the tattooed man, adorned with dreadlocks.“So you need some work?”“Y-y-yes,” the man nervously stuttered, “I sure do.”“What’s your name, son,” sighed Tysko, as he contemplated the... More

MEA Senior Survival More Than Just a Camping Trip

Twenty-four Mt. Ellis Academy seniors piled into various vehicles and headed up to Montana's Crazy Mountains in August. Leaving behind all civilization and unnecessary possessions, we were all aware... More

Maranatha Volunteers Build a Chapel at Project PATCH Ranch

An exciting time that began in June at Project PATCH Ranch in Garden Valley, Idaho, culminated on Sept. 10 with the dedication of the new Maranatha Memorial Chapel.For many years Project PATCH staff... More

Oregon Youth Challenge 2005

A drip of sweat falls slowly down my brow and splashes onto my hands, tightly gripping five books, 17 magazines, a pad of community programs, and a Happiness Digest. I take a deep breath, say a quick... More

Milo Senior Survival An Exercise in Trust

Milo Senior Survival An Exercise in Trust An average day at Senior Survival included many new, exciting experiences, but one day stood out above the rest. It was the day of friendship, the day of... More

Elvera Blake Commissioned to Gospel Ministry

On a warm summer evening in August, friends and family of Elvera Blake gathered to support her official commissioning to ministry. Ivan Blake, Sunnyside Church senior pastor and husband to Elvera,... More

Emerald RV's Camping and Spiritual Fellowship

The Emerald RVs have been camping throughout western Oregon now since 1988. Members come from Springfield, Eugene, Cottage Grove, Junction City, Veneta and Sweet Home churches. Former members still... More

Prison Ministry at Columbia River State Correctional Institution

When David Pritchard, of the Stone Tower Church in Portland, Ore., and Len Bierlein, of the Hoodview Church also in Portland, drive past an Oregon State prison, they don’t see steel fences with razor... More

Madrone Adventist School Float Wins First Place in Labor Day Parade

The Madrone Adventist School float won first place in the children's division at the Illinois Valley–Cave Junction Labor Day Parade.Students and their parents rode on the patriotic themed float,... More

Livingstone Student’s Poster Wins NAD Health Poster Contest

Livingstone Student’s Poster Wins NAD Health Poster Contest Jim Mayne, a junior at Livingstone Adventist Academy in Salem, Ore., takes health to heart. “Physical health is important to me,” says... More

Fair Booth Fares Well

The Adventist booth at the Oregon State Fair in Salem has been representing the Oregon Conference for the past several years. The main focus this year was health: obesity and diabetes. The booth was... More

Jesus Our Forever Friend

The Cave Junction Church held a two-week Vacation Bible School in August, staffed by 35 church members. Fifty-four children from every part of the Illinois Valley attended.At 8:30 a.m. the staff... More

Outdoor Church in Cedar Creek

In the midst of a cool cedar grove, the Woodland and Cedar Creek churches enjoyed their annual “camp meeting” tradition Aug. 19–20. This year the featured speaker was Joy Matthews, dog trainer and... More

Oregon Conference Constituency Report

More than 500 delegates from western Oregon and southwestern Washington gathered at Portland Adventist Academy’s gymnasium, on Sunday, Sept. 18, for the Oregon Conference’s quadrennial constituency... More

Oregon Conference Strategic Initiatives

In addition to continuing goals initiated in 2001, Don Livesay, Oregon Conference president, outlined the following new initiatives for the next four years.• Reaching the greater Portland area with... More

African Themed VBS a Success in Pendleton

Scenes of the African savanna greeted youngsters at Vacation Bible School in Pendleton, Ore., the week of June 20–24, making the church an exciting learning environment. Of 67 total children... More

New Faces at Walla Walla Valley Academy

Walla Walla Valley Academy (WWVA) welcomed three new faculty members this year: Cliff Dolph, Angela Oetman, and Keith Wells. Cliff Dolph teaches English, filling Rose Marie Walter's vacated position... More

Upper Columbia Academy Seniors Come Together During Senior Survival

"There were people I’d never really talked with or hung out with before, even though we’ve been in school together since we were freshmen,” says Adriel Salinas. “But now we actually know each other,... More

Christmas Brunch a Sabbath School Outreach

I have to admit that I was a bit reluctant to plan a Christmas brunch instead of having a regular Sabbath School. But now, I feel very secure and I am anxious to do it again.Last Christmas, the... More

Kennewick Spanish Church Moves to New Facility

Less than a year after the Pasco Spanish Church celebrated its freedom from a monthly mortgage payment and dedicated its building, its daughter church, Kennewick Spanish, purchased and moved into its... More

La Iglesia Hispana de Kennewick Se Traslada a un Nuevo Edificio

Hace menos de un año que la Iglesia Hispana de Pasco celebró su libertad de ya no hacer pagos mensuales de hipoteca y dedicó su edificio. Ahora su iglesia hija, la Iglesia Hispana de Kennewick, ha... More

De Miembro de una Pandilla a Miembro de Iglesia

Se llevó a cabo una serie evangelística en la Iglesia Hispana de la ciudad de Pasco, Wash., que resultó en 18 bautismos. Danny Delgado es una de aquellas personas que fueron bautizadas.Luego de... More

From Gang Member to Church Member in the Pasco Spanish Church

A unique evangelistic series at the Pasco (Wash.) Spanish Church resulted in 18 baptisms. Danny Delgado was one of those who was baptized.After several disappointing events in his life, Delgado began... More

Preaching Children

Every Wednesday during the month of April at the Yakima, Wash., Willow Adventist Hispanic Church, our prayer and evangelistic meetings were led by children. These children preached God’s Word with an... More

Niños Predicadores

Cada miércoles, durante el mes de abril, nuestras reuniones de oración y evangelísticas estuvieron a cargo de algunos niños de nuestra Iglesia Hispana de Willow, en Yakima, Washington. Estos niños... More

VBS at Spirit Lake

Thirty-six youngsters enjoyed a week of crafts, games, nature-nuggets, and dramatized Bible stories in a church building, recreating the Serengeti. Teens and older juniors served as crew leaders,... More

Changing the System A WWC Social Work Student with an Inside View

Jeff Lawson grew up in the foster-care system. Or perhaps more accurately, Jeff Lawson grew up despite the foster-care system. Now the Walla Walla College senior social work and religion major is... More

Welcome Back Bash Kicks Off New Year at WWC

Walla Walla College recently welcomed its students back to campus for the new academic year.Fall quarter at WWC begins with JumpStart, a week of orientation and activities for new students, but the... More

Pathfinder Camporee Hot Rods, Geocaching and Much More

Hot dogs and hot rods were the order of the day as nearly 400 Pathfinders from across the Washington Conference gathered in Packwood, Wash., for their annual camporee Sept. 16–18. The weekend of... More

Northwest Marriage Retreat a Success

Fifty-five couples attended the one-day marriage retreat that was held Sept. 17 at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency. Sponsored by the North Pacific Union and the Washington Conference, and planned by the... More

Puget Sound Moving Up Largest Freshmen Class in the History of PSAA

Puget Sound Adventist Academy started the year off strong with an enrollment of 93 high school students, 30 of whom are freshmen. During the first week of school, area pastors came to the campus to... More

Giving the Gift of Life

Give life. Give hope. Give blood. This is the motto of the Puget Sound Blood Center as it encourages community members to give blood. It is this same challenge that the students and faculty of Auburn... More

Washington Conference Session

In accordance with our constitution and bylaws, notice is hereby given that the Washington Conference will hold its regular quadrennial conference session on Sunday, April 9, 2006. We are inviting... More

Walk Through Bethlehem in Lynden, Washington

Can a small church dream big? Open Door Fellowship in Lynden, Wash., thinks so. Three years ago, this small group set out to share the true meaning of Christmas with their community.For four days,... More

Adventurer Family Campout

Travelers from Athens, a reluctant disciple, and a jail-breaking cat kept children spellbound at the 10th annual Adventurer Family Campout. This year’s campout, held at Sunset Lake Sept. 23–25, was... More