March 2006

Did You Know?

The Orion Nebula

Orion is one of the most recognizable constellations in the night sky. The nebula in Orion is one of astronomy's most dramatic and photogenic celestial objects. Through...



The Council of Trent, Adventists, and Hewlett Packard, Part VI

It was the midst of the Reformation. Men like John Knox, Martin Luther and John Wesley had shaken the Roman Catholic Church to its foundation. But a sincere group of...


Fresh Start

What I Learned at Nordstrom University

The telephone startled me awake. “Huh, um, hello?” I croaked.

“Sorry to wake you buddy. I know it’s early, but today’s the day!”

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Let's Talk

It's Not Just About Money

On any given Sabbath around the Northwest, offering plates are passed just as they have been for decades. Whatever drops in, from tithe envelopes to loose change,...


March Discussion Topic

Sabbath School classes which feature a mission emphasis or follow the established lesson quarterly are on the decline in some NW churches. What do you think about this...


Northwest Pioneers of Faith

J.W. Watt Taking Adventism to the Big Sky Country

By the mid-1880s, the Seventh-day Adventist Church had established a presence in the eastern (Great Plains) and western (West Coast) portions of the American West, but was just beginning to target...




I stood on the cliff watching the thunderstorm approach, with tendrils of rain feathered from the clouds ahead of me and the soughing of the pines growing louder at my...



Straight from the Heart

If kindness had a face, it would look exactly like Cricelia Smith. For the past five years, Cricelia—known as Cris—has lovingly tended to patients at Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) in... More

Mission Adventurers Move to Selawik

Mission Adventurers Move to Selawik Warren Downs and his family are the first of the new wave of Arctic Mission Adventurers—families dedicating their lives to providing an Adventist presence and... More

City Council Honors Adventist Member for Services to Community

Recently the City of Sitka declared Jan. 10, 2006, a special day to honor the services of Althea Buckingham, a member of the local Adventist church. The proclamation presented by the mayor cited “... More

Gem State Academy Business Club Holds Benefit Concert

The Gem State Academy business club partnered with Christian singer Bobby Michaels through a concert Jan. 20 at the Nampa First Church of the Nazarene. The concert was well-attended and raised more... More

Garden Valley Church Burns Mortgage and Consecrates Church

The Garden Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church celebrated a consecration service and mortgage burning on Sabbath, Jan. 7, 2006. Stephen McPherson, Idaho Conference president, officiated along with... More

Astounding Grace!

Two people gave glory to God by publicly returning to the church of their childhood on Sabbath, Oct. 22. For MLE Mason, 82, it was her third baptism. She declares this time it TOOK. She is joining... More

Glacier View Reaps the Joy of Service

Glacier View Christian School students put on a Thanksgiving feast for their church family, parents and other guests. To the students, the food tasted extra good because they had prepared everything... More

Mount Ellis Academy Leaders Associated Student Body Officers Are Elected

Six notable leaders were selected recently by the student body at Mount Ellis Academy. The mission for their service at MEA is already being defined. “We are going to be leaders at this school by... More

"Ellen G. White: Past, Present, Future" Oregon Conference Ellen White Summit

The Oregon Conference launched its first Ellen White Summit last November to clarify the role that Ellen White’s writings play in the mission of the church and in the personal lives of church members... More

How Has This Summit Impacted Your View of Ellen White?

How Has This Summit Impacted Your View of Ellen White? How Has This Summit Impacted Your View of Ellen White?

Milo Pets Lessons About God's Love

Have you ever had a dog or cat to love? Have you ever known the true meaning of “man’s best friend”? Have you ever gone running to a furry friend when the rest of the world seems to have turned its... More

A Different Kind of Birthday

Touched by the dire need of the mountain people of Kashmir who experienced the earthquake in Pakistan, Kaitlyn Mayne, the daughter of Pastor Tim and Bonnie Mayne, of the Newberg Church, decided to do... More

Riverside Youth Point the Way

An angry Egyptian overseer; three jealous, bumbling Persian officials; two gossiping friends; and one man who really rocked the boat.These characters and more paraded past Riverside Church members... More

Aitken Ordained to Ministry

Friends and family of John Aitken II gathered to participate in and celebrate his ordination on Sabbath, Jan. 21. "This is a high day,” announced Scott LeMert, Oregon Conference assistant to the... More

Columbia Gorge Has Year-End Harvest

Columbia Gorge Church welcomed three new members through baptism before the end of 2005. Long-time member Nancy Willis has been bringing four young children to Sabbath School and church each week for... More

Walk and Knock a Fun Way to Help Others

Despite the rainy weather, Dec. 3, 2005, found the Meadow Glade (Wash.) Pathfinders piling into the school gym to eat a quick meal and get final instructions before setting out on the annual Walk and... More

Outreach at Livingstone Adventist Academy

At Livingstone Adventist Academy in Salem, Ore., Proverbs 22:6 isn’t just a memory verse. It’s a mission.Outreach activities are incorporated into every grade’s curriculum. When asked why the staff... More

Support Our Tillamook Troops

The Tillamook Church fellowship hall was used on Dec. 7, 2005, to put together 125 Christmas packages sponsored by Friends and Family of Active Duty Military of Tillamook County, a personal military... More

Students Share Triple Joy

Fifth graders at Emerald Christian Academy in Eugene, Ore., found three ways to share Jesus’ joy during the holiday season. First, they filled two shoe boxes with toys, warm mittens, and personal... More

Celebrating the Beauty of God's Love

Women of all ages from around Upper Columbia Conference received blessings as they converged on Camp Mivoden—first for the young women's retreat, and then the women's retreat. Both weekends were an... More

Better Health in Yakima

If you were to drive into the Yakima Church parking lot on a Tuesday evening, you might have to swerve to miss the orange pylons and/or people walking. The walkers would be attending the “Guard Your... More

Three Churches Join for Talent Show

When Jeff Crain, pastor for Omak, Tonasket and Oroville churches, began serving the north-central Washington churches in August 2004, he scheduled the fifth Sabbath of each quarter as a “high Sabbath... More

A Nunn is Baptized

John Nunn, 52, was born, the oldest of 14 children, to a poor coal miner and his wife in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky. He started his work career at the age of five, going into the coal... More

Lake City Junior Academy Gets a New Gym Roof

Lake City Junior Academy, the school for the churches in the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, area, has finally had a much-needed makeover, namely a new gym roof for its kindergarten through 10th grades. The... More

A Boy and His Coach Are Baptized

In the spring of 2005 during family worship, Jeff Crain, Omak (Wash.) Church pastor, asked whom the family members would like to pray for. His son, Joey, asked for prayer for his coach, Jack Beers, “... More

The Search People Reaching People

The young adults at Eastgate Church in Walla Walla, Wash., have founded an exciting and innovative new service entitled “The Search.” When this ministry was born, The Search stuck immediately as a... More

Four Hearts for God

Gary Evans, Republic Church pastor, introduces four baptismal candidates, from left: Stephen Heckly, Luke Heckly, Jeiel Rafferty, and Daniel Fleck. These young men requested baptism at the conclusion... More

Walla Walla College President Announces Retirement Completing 40 Years of Service

Jon Dybdahl, Walla Walla College president, has announced plans to retire effective Aug. 31, 2006, after completing 40 years of service to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Seventeen of those years... More

Washington Conference Welcomes New Company Southside Samoan Is Formed

Washington Conference leaders welcomed the Southside Samoan Group into company status on Dec. 10, 2005. The group formed in 1992 with a beginning membership of 35 people. As a part of the Tacoma... More

New Health Ministries Van Arrives

A new health ministries van arrived in Washington Conference in late January. The van will expand the outreach options for churches desiring to expand their health-ministries programs. The van will... More

Did You Know?

• Churches in Auburn, North Cascade, Puyallup, and Tacoma started off 2006 by hosting an evangelistic series.• Young adults are signing up to spread the gospel message this summer with Youth... More

Youth Attend “More Than Enough” Rally

Youth Attend “More Than Enough” Rally Washington Conference youth confronted their daily struggles during Youth Rally 2006. The weekend of introspection challenged more than 650 high school students... More

Washington Conference Session

Notice is hereby given that the 57th Session (Second Quadrennial) of the Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists will convene in the Auburn Academy Church, Auburn, Wash., on Sunday, April 9,... More

Mayor Offers Community Involvement Vision

Mike Deal, Puyallup mayor, shared his vision for church involvement in community projects at the opening session of a Revelation Now series with Jac Colón at the Puyallup (Wash.) Seventh-day... More

Sri Lanka Bound AAA Prepares for Major Missionary Endeavor

Auburn Adventist Academy faculty and students will be putting their faith into action through a mission trip to Sri Lanka in March. In the last 10 years, AAA students and staff have been trekking the... More