March 2008

Ask PJ

What would you do, that you can't do, because you are a pastor?

Question: What would you do that you can't do because you are a pastor?

What would you do that you can't do because you are a...


Did You Know?

Did You Know, March 2008

Because this section is primarily a graphic design in the print version, it is not available here. You can see the "Did You Know?" page for this month by looking in the...



Are We Eliminating Sabbath School?

I love Sabbath School. Whether it's in Spokane or Walla Walla, Sao Paulo or Manila. Being warmly welcomed by the saints, studying the lesson with an open Bible and the...


Let's Talk

Strangers, Angels and Us

There was a time when I didn't identify much with strangers. Along with the ever-present caution, "don't talk to strangers," I was born and raised in the same home and...


Strangers, Angels and Us

There was a time when I didn't identify much with strangers. Along with the ever-present caution, "don't talk to strangers," I was born and raised in the same home and...





Weimar Institute Votes to Close College Program




From Yellow Umbrellas to Touching Lives One Woman’s Not-So-Random Acts of Kindness

Like many women who are working full-time and raising children, Brooke Bennett's life was full. Tired from juggling a busy schedule, she found herself looking for ways to relieve stress and focus on... More

Arctic Church Ordains Local Leadership

Time is past due for local Native Alaskan people to be empowered to provide leadership for the small Adventist groups in their villages," says Jim Kincaid, an Adventist lay member who returned to the... More

Cello Concert Treat For Delta Junction

The last weekend in 2007 found Sharon Staddon, Alaska Conference treasurer, and her husband Thearon, an accountant, braving cold temperatures to travel between Anchorage and Delta Junction to... More

Couple Reunited With God and Each Other

The warmth and acceptance of an Adventist church in Meridian, Idaho, has helped a divorced couple renew their commitment to each other through marriage and to God through baptism. The divorce in fall... More

Mountain Home Church Celebrates Baptisms

The Mountain Home Church held three baptisms recently.Kevin Osterhoff, 17 years old, was invited to attend Pathfinders by a younger member and became a member of the club. Recently, Osterhoff began... More

Students Learn to Knit Help Community

Teacher, can you teach me how to knit?" A simple question, but one that has third- and fourth-grade Caldwell Adventist Elementary School students using their talents to help people in need.Every year... More

Nampa Church Honors Teachers and Elders With Shabbat Shalom Service

The Nampa Church found a unique way to recognize the teachers and staff of Gem State Adventist Academy and Caldwell Adventist Elementary School. Also included were the spouses of the teachers, school... More

Mt. Ellis Academy Students Help in Guatemala

On a brisk Sunday morning in November 2007, I said goodbye to my family and sleepily climbed onto the Mt. Ellis Academy bus with more than 35 fellow students and faculty. What followed was a grueling... More

Havre Church Builds New Church

The Havre (Mont.) Church has taken on the task of building a new church. They are making progress, but the building process has had challenges. As church members and the crew were preparing to lay... More

PAA Seniors Help Cancer Patients

Heidi Schnosig and Samantha Hamilton, Portland Adventist Academy seniors, knew they needed to complete a senior project to graduate. Hamilton had lost two close relatives to cancer, and both girls... More

Waldport Members Build Church With Enthusiasm and Purpose

The Waldport Church on the Oregon Coast has spent more than eight months enthusiastically building their new church. Remarkably, every day, a group of men and women are on site, completing the "to do... More

Livingstone Students Host Mission Trip Fundraiser

Three Livingstone Adventist Academy seniors hosted a spaghetti feed Jan. 19 to raise money for an April senior class mission trip to Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula. Class president Megan Morton and... More

Medford Church Marks 100 Years

The Medford Church marked a major milestone on Dec. 1, 2007, celebrating 100 years of service. The day featured George Knight, professor, who taught a dynamic Sabbath School lesson, and Bruce... More

New Milo Department Benefits International Students

Milo Adventist Academy has started a new department, which will help expand its horizons and help international students integrate better.In the spring of 2007, the newly formed English Language... More

Global Evangelist Shares 'Extreme Faith'

Internationally known, self-supporting global evangelist David Gates of Gospel Ministries International spoke to students at Milo Adventist Academy as well as holding speaking engagements at churches... More

Wrapped With Love Tualatin Church Provides Gift Wrapping

Tualatin Church members spent about 14 hours on several evenings wrapping Christmas presents at the local Fred Meyer store—for free. They wrapped more than 300 presents. Each wrapped gift was... More

Hayden Lake Dedicates Church, Burns the Mortage

Five years and five months after their official groundbreaking, the Hayden Lake Church held a church dedication service and burned the mortgage. In a congregation whose development can modestly be... More

Yard Sales Raise Money for Inchelium Church

"One man's junk is another man's treasure." Certainly these words could apply to the two yard sales the Inchelium Church held in Kettle Falls and Colville, Wash. in May and September 2007.Sales from... More

Irrigon Community Service Leader Decides to 'Retire'

After 20 years Leone Poulson, Irrigon, (Ore.) Church community service leader, 90 years old, has decided to "retire."Soon after re-affirming her Adventist faith, Poulson became a member of the... More

Students Sing With Symphony

Rogers Adventist School Singing Scholars performed with the Walla Walla (Wash.) Symphony Orchestra in celebration of the orchestra's 100th anniversary. The orchestra commissioned composer Gwyneth... More

Upper Columbia Academy Performs at the Fox Theater

More than 1,300 people attended the Upper Columbia Academy's annual Christmas concert Dec. 15, 2007, held this year in the Fox Theater in Spokane, Wash. The performance, Gloria, featured the concert... More

Adventists and Baptists Join to Help Needy in Athol

More than 175 people in Athol, Idaho, enjoyed a candlelight Christmas dinner and program the day before Christmas. The event was a joint effort planned by the Athol Adventist Church and the local... More

Journey to Bethlehem Brings South Hill and Community Closer

God blessed our Journey to Bethlehem, with more than 3,000 guests attending,” says Nancy Engle, director of the event for South Hill Church in Spokane, Wash., Dec. 7–9. “We had a talented team, and... More

Bringing the World to WWU Student Campaign Brings Africa a Little Closer

Most Northwesterners would probably classify a continent such as Africa as a world away. Thanks to Walla Walla University students—especially one young man—this continent can seem like a part of the... More

Disciples Being Made Here 24/Seven Reaches Church Status

A young family's lives transformed by prayer in Pike Place Market. A young woman who stopped binge drinking. Lonely people who found a welcoming community. People searching for more in life. This is... More

Kirkland Eighth-graders Share True Spirit of Giving

At Christmas, Kirkland School eighth-graders planned to have a gift exchange with their fellow classmates, sharing gifts valued up to $25. However, two eighth-graders considered putting the money... More

A New Church is Born

If you find yourself in Seattle, Washington on a Sabbath, try visiting the new Spanish church founded in December 2007. The Burien Hispanic Group, under the direction of Omar Grieve, conference... More

Dressed to Succeed Kirkland School Adopts Unified Dress Code

When the Kirkland Seventh-day Adventist School board decided to join the other Adventist schools in the North American Division (more than 50 percent) who require uniforms or unified dress code they... More

Community Service Connection Leads to Baptism

Donna Lane was baptized Dec. 22, 2007, choosing to celebrate her new birth around the time of Christ's birth. Her story is a testimony of how Adventist Community Services can help people, not only... More

Making Their Mark Young People Make a Difference

Young people across Washington Conference are “making their mark” in their communities. At a recent youth rally, four groups gave brief presentations about their local church projects.Youth in Sequim... More

Auburn Students Serve Others

If a merry heart doeth good like a medicine, then Auburn Adventist Academy is definitely following doctor's orders. What is the pulse of AAA’s student body? It is a spirit of service, a commitment to... More

World News Briefs

NetherlandsInternational Court Names Adventist JudgeDaniel D. Ntanda Nsereko, Adventist law professor, has been named as one of the International Criminal Court's 18 judges. He was nominated for the... More