February 2007

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

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Not in My Neighborhood

From the first day our daughter joined our family at 16 months old it was as though she had always been a part of it. This dark-haired, olive-skinned, beautiful little...


Fresh Start

Seeing Blindly

Jerome Groopman, M.D., is a professor at Harvard University Medical School, chief of experimental medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and one of the world’...



Missionary Partners

Missionary Partners Find another church member of the same gender and ask them to become your missionary partner. Then you each make an interest list. Meet together once... More


The Test of a True Christian

A Pharisee once asked Jesus, “Which is the great commandment in the law?"

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and...



News Notes

Alan J. Rice retired as senior vice president at Adventist Health and concluded his 36-year career Dec. 31, 2006. During his tenure, Rice worked in many leadership capacities and received many... More

Craftsmen for Christ Palmer Church Opens First Chapter in Alaska

The Palmer Church has opened the first chapter of Craftsmen for Christ (CFC) in Alaska. CFC is a group of Christian craftsmen who are committed to using “God’s resources of skills, materials, talents... More

Dillingham Church Members Reach Out to Remote Villages

A group of church members in Dillingham are focusing on ministry to the surrounding native villages. Building on the long history of Adventism in Bristol Bay, they are following up on business... More

Witnessing to a Bear Homer Members Meet a Wild Neighbor

While handing out witnessing books in Homer, Alaska, Jeremey Day met a different sort of customer—a bear! Day and Sammy Au were visiting homes near Beluga Lake. After leaving the book at a door, Day... More

Friendship Leads to Baptisms at Middleton Church

Jeff and Shelley Watson were baptized because of the personal witness of one of Shelley's classmates. A little over a year ago Shelley took a massage therapy class. Brittany Purcell Warren, a member... More

John Day Church Serves Community at Trucker's Christmas Light Parade

Members of the John Day Church participated in the area's annual "Trucker's Christmas Light Parade" by serving warm drinks and cookies to the crowd assembled to watch the decorated and lighted trucks... More

Eagle Church Presents Fifth Annual Live Nativity

About five years ago, members of the Eagle Church and the Eagle Adventist Christian School started talking about doing a live nativity. When they talked to the city officials, they showed interest in... More

More Blessed to Give

After many hours of practice, the dozen students of Libby Adventist Christian School presented their Christmas program, including a skit "More Blessed to Give" as well as vocal and chime musical... More

Family Time at Mt. Ellis Academy

There is one event that has a special place in everyone’s heart here at Mt. Ellis Academy, and that is faculty families. Once a month each faculty member and their family take time out of their busy... More

Milo Welcomes New Staff

Three new faculty members have joined the Milo family. Richard Carrigan is the new English Language Learning (ELL) Program Coordinator. Carrigan has 20 years of experience teaching in Adventist... More

Eugene Church Celebrates Installation of New Stained-glass Mural

Eugene Church Celebrates Installation of New Stained-glass Mural "Baptism: A Journey to the Holy City” is the title for a new stained-glass mural that graces the back wall of the Eugene Church... More

Cheri Peters, Former Drug Addict, Shares her Story With Inmates, Students

The Coquille Church hosted Cheri Peters, author and founder of True Step Ministries, based in Kuna, Idaho, the weekend of Oct. 20, 2006. She spoke at the community building in Coquille on Friday... More

Nano Space Sharks Take Top Honors in Teamwork

The Nano Space Sharks of Hoodview Junior Academy were awarded the trophy for teamwork at the ORTOP FIRST LEGO League Tournament on Dec. 3, 2006.Fourteen teams competed in the tournament at Intel... More

What is SAGE?

SAGE, Seniors in Action for God with Excellence, is a ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for those who call themselves "seniors." It provides opportunities for fellowship, service and... More

SAGE California Trip Adventure A Journal Entry

Oregon Conference SAGE members took a trip to Northern California in late October of 2006. Here's the account of member Ruth Jones.We left Medford, Ore., by 7:15 a.m. This was to be our longest day.... More

Rogue Valley Adventist School Music From State Recognition to National Performance

Under the direction of Cathe Morse, Rogue Valley Adventist School has a strong music department. This semester, we had our elementary Christmas concert at the Medford Church and the high school... More

God's Little Creature

It was almost 1:30 on Sabbath afternoon. We had just arrived at the Shutter Creek Correctional Institution in North Bend, Ore. We had parked the car, and Ron Conway had gone over to the building... More

Anatomy and Physiology Class Tours a Cadaver

Anatomy and Physiology students at Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) got an up-close glimpse of God’s design of the human body on an educational trip to the anatomy laboratory at Oregon Health and... More

Willamette Valley Enjoys Church in the Park

Members of the Eugene, Springfield and Pleasant Hill churches gathered at Island Park along the Willamette River for "Church in the Park” Sabbath on Aug. 19, 2006. It was a high Sabbath in the... More

Reading Leads to Baptism

Billy Perrish, left, read his way into the church. He first became acquainted with Pat Milligan, Hood River Church pastor, through literature evangelism. After reading one book, Perrish would request... More

Portland Adventist String Orchestra

It’s the sound of the cello, the violin and the viola joining their unique tones and melodies to form sweet harmonies at Portland Adventist Academy (PAA). The school is proud to announce the “... More

Amber Waves of "Whole" Grains Upper Columbia Academy Enjoys Success of Granola Industry

Who doesn’t like a bowl of freshly baked granola, whether enjoyed with fruit, milk, applesauce, or yogurt? The students at Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) are enjoying that fresh-baked goodness every... More

Free Market Groups Bring Members Together at Eastgate

The Eastgate Church in Walla Walla, Wash., has started a program called Free Market Groups."We wanted to find a way to bring people together," said Eastgate Church assistant pastor Eric Sayler. "... More

Have a Homecoming And They Will Come

Everyone has something that excites them—what they want to do for ministry. Steve Walker says, “Mine feels like it should be helping the community get to know each other—meaning the community in... More

Troy Church Celebrates 60th Anniversary

By the mid-1940s, the Swedish Baptist Church on a Troy, Idaho, country road had long been standing empty because many of the members had moved away. Rumor had it that the church was going to be used... More

Community Witness St. Maries Float

The St. Maries (Idaho) Church entered a float in the town's Christmas parade Dec. 2, 2006. Several of the children from the church and from the St. Maries Christian School participated. Church... More

Yakima is Thankful

Yakima is Thankful The strains of “Now Thank We All Our God” rang from the Yakima Church on Nov. 25, 2006, as congregation, brass, organ and piano joyfully expressed thankfulness to God for the year... More

Rice for Cambodia Positive Life Radio Listeners Bless Campaign

The success of Positive Life Radio’s (PLR) fundraising campaign, Rice for Cambodia, evokes a heartfelt response from station staff.“It was just an unbelievable, over-the-top blessing!” says PLR... More

A Class Project, A Lifelong Mission

Students in Walla Walla College’s Introduction to Nursing began a class project not knowing it would become a lasting mission.Early in the quarter Phetsile Dlamini, an African physician honored last... More

Bethlehem Comes to Life

Bethlehem Comes to Life Many churches celebrate the holidays indoors with concerts or plays. To close out 2006, the Auburn Academy Church decided to celebrate the holidays indoors and outdoors with... More

Sandbagging for Jesus Auburn Adventist Academy Students Respond to Area Disaster

It was a soggy November night when 36 teenagers and four faculty members piled into a school bus, leaving Auburn Adventist Academy’s (AAA) campus to help a community in need.Mount Vernon mayor Bud... More

It All Adds Up Students Enjoy Math Day at Skagit Adventist School

Recently K-4 teachers at Skagit Adventist School (SAS) joined together for an in-house “Math Day.”Teachers planned activities based on the theme of Thanksgiving, while focusing on mathematical... More

Spreading the Love of Jesus School Serves as Drop-off for Operation Christmas Child

The Baker View Christian School in Bellingham volunteered in November 2006 to be the drop-off center for Operation Christmas Child for Whatcom County.Operation Christmas Child, a part of the... More

Gifts for the Homeless Seattle Pathfinders Create Toiletry Totes

The Pathfinders at Breath of Life Church in Seattle, Wash., gave back to the community during the holidays.The club prepared toiletry gift bags to hand out to the homeless of Seattle. Under the... More

Congregations Weather the Storm

When a wind storm whipped through the Northwest in mid-December and knocked out electricity in many areas, Adventist church members congregated on Sabbath morning in cold buildings to gain a warm... More

Alive Inn Offers Three-Day Wellness Retreats

Beginning in February, Alive Inn: Gateway to Whole Health, in Monroe, Wash., is offering short- and long-term healthy getaways.The three-day getaway features delicious vegetarian meals, hands-on food... More