August 2008

Ask PJ

Ask PJ

QUESTION: Do you think it's necessary to attend church to keep the Sabbath?

One of the things that I love about...


Did You Know?

Did You Know? - August 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...



Don't Forget, We Pay Your Salary

A few days ago we had what was thankfully an unusual occurrence at our North Pacific Union office. One of our "saints" came into the lobby and asked for a certain...


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Keeping the Light On

I learned about the perils of darkness years ago, right after prayer meeting.

Following the midweek service that evening, I...


Keeping the Light On

I learned about the perils of darkness years ago, right after prayer meeting.

Following the midweek service that evening, I...



FYI - August 2008

Inside Scoop

Melashenko Leaves Voice of Prophecy



North Pacific Union

Regional Convocation Lights Shine Warm and Bright

The unseasonal warmth of the sun May 15–18 at Camp Berachah in Auburn, Wash., was surpassed only by the warmth of fellowship shared by those who attended the 32nd...



ACCION Hispanos Unidos En Acción

Queridos hermanos, nos place informarles que empezando con este número del mes de Agosto del Gleaner, todos los meses encontrarás una página en español con noticias de la obra hispana en la Unión del... More

Walla Walla General team Goes to Guyana

In May, a three-person team from Walla Walla General Hospital set out on a whirlwind journey of love. Leaving the comforts of the Northwest, they flew a two-stop trip to Georgetown, Guyana. After... More

Pathfinder Camporee Features Cool Waters and Warm Hearts

With the ice out of Flat Lake by barely a week, nearly 50 Pathfinders from four clubs gathered at Camp Tukuskoya for Alaska's annual spring camporee Memorial Day weekend. Arriving at Mosquito Point... More

Recent Convert Inspires Anchorage Members

On a Friday last September, Donavon Kack, pastor, received a call from Tina Steenmeyer asking where the church was located. She had been listening to 3ABN and wanted to attend. Steenmeyer walked... More

Pocatello Woman Finds Second Calling

After helping people for 20 years as an addiction counselor, you would think that she would be eager to retire.But Bernice Caston, Pocatello Church member, decided she wanted to continue helping... More

Eagle Hosts Public Prophecy Seminar

Tim Roosenberg, pastor, held a prophecy seminar this spring at the Eagle (Idaho) Church. The seminar was open to the public, and 84 guests registered for the meeting with 61 of those attending four... More

Timberline Students Win Science Awards

Timberline Adventist School, near Vale, Ore., came away from Idaho Conference's annual science fair with awards in two different grades and an overall achievement trophy.Held April 8 at the Eagle... More

Camp Meeting Guests Dig Into Scripture

Families traveled from far and near to renew friendships and learn more about God at Montana campmeeting.Each day speaker John McVay, Walla Walla University president, challenged attendees to grow in... More

Camp Paxson Boasts Bumper Crop

It was a week filled with geocaching, gymnastics, singing, swimming, worship and wakeboarding. This year Montana's youth camp, led by Archie Harris, conference youth director, saw 68 campers and 25... More

Regional Convocation Lights Shine Warm and Bright

The unseasonal warmth of the sun May 15–18 at Camp Berachah in Auburn, Wash., was surpassed only by the warmth of fellowship shared by those who attended the 32nd annual Regional Convocation, This... More

Milo Brings Back the Farm

If the new farm manager at Milo looks rather familiar, it’s because he is. Gene Mitchell has returned to Milo’s farm, and already his experience and leadership are making a positive difference on... More

Woodburn Community Church Dedicated

After 30 years of operation, members of the Woodburn Community Church discovered that the church had never been formally dedicated, so on May 17 they held a dedication service.Since members had... More

Better Life Broadcasting Sponsors First Annual Campmeeting

Better Life Broadcasting Network held their first camp meeting, at Milo Academy June 13–15. More than 800 attended Sabbath services. Kenneth Cox, evangelist, shared messages on the working of the... More

South Salem Children Build for the Birds

Families of students in the Primary Class at South Salem Church were invited to a special potluck after church on Sabbath, May 3, and then had the opportunity to build a birdhouse from cedar wood.... More

New Conference Office Officially Opens

July 7 began as usual with worship at the Oregon Conference office. But there was one difference—workers had worship in the chapel of the new conference office building. Don Livesay, president, spoke... More

Livingstone Debt Document Burned

On the evening of April 3, a vital legal document was destroyed by fire in the Livingstone Adventist Academy at the Barbara Livesay Chapel. Fortunately, because of the prompt action of the school... More

Tualatin Shares Roses With Community Moms

On Mother’s Day the Tualatin Church took their appreciation for moms beyond the walls of the church. Following the worship service, members prepared seven dozen roses with ribbon and attached a note... More

New PAA Alumnus Has Strong Personal Goals

New Portland Adventist Academy alumni member Deanna Lemire wowed her teachers with her senior project before graduation in June.Lemire's project, a diploma requirement at PAA, was inspired by her... More

Riverside Members Learn to Manage Conflict

The Riverside Church in Washougal (Wash.) has been trying something a little different on Sabbath mornings. From October 2007 to April 2008 the Riverside Church family participated in monthly lessons... More

Grants Pass Shares Him At Home and in the Philippines

"Call upon me and I will show you great and mighty things ye know not of," seemed to be written in the sky as the Grants Pass, Ore., Church has exploded with relevance following the Operation Global... More

Prineville Church Sanctuary Graced By Mural

Bob and Sylvia Sproed of Dayton, Ore., designed, constructed, donated and installed the beautiful stained glass mural in the sanctuary of the 1-year-old Prineville Church. Located above the pulpit on... More

Peaceful Valley Christian School Holds Graduation

Nearly 60 people attended a graduation and promotions ceremony for Peaceful Valley Christian School June 5 at the Oroville (Wash.) Church. Seven students were promoted and the only eighth-grade... More

Teachers in India Learn About Health

Chuck and Ruth Stafford, Ellensburg Church members, went to India in April for six weeks to coach and instruct Sabbath School teachers in four cities. Using material prepared by John McGee and the... More

UCA HOPE Taskforce Serves Community

Upper Columbia Academy students regularly work on Habitat for Humanity building projects as part of the school’s quarterly community outreach program, called Helping Other People Everywhere (HOPE)... More

Pend Oreille Valley Adventist School Marks Good Year

The Pend Oreille Valley Adventist School held a special ceremony to celebrate the end of the school year. The program included music (piano solos, bell choir and chimes), recitation of scripture and... More

UCA Students Build With Habitat for Humanity

Every year, Habitat for Humanity builds 16 homes in Spokane, Wash., with each one taking 1,350 volunteer hours. Upper Columbia Academy students, as part of the academy’s HOPE Taskforce program,... More

Goldendale Graduation

Ben Potterton and Jesse Smith graduated from eighth grade at Goldendale Seventh-day Adventist School. Ben is the son of Lois Potterton, principal/teacher, and Rod Potterton. Jesse is the son of Linda... More

The Little School Who Could

Starting with just three students two years ago, the Dayton Community Adventist School now has nine students in grades one through seven. This steady growth has caused the church building committee... More

Youthful Yakima Musicians Share Talents for God

A hush came over the Yakima Capitol Theater on April 29 as the Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra began a concert. Many in the audience were from the Yakima (Wash.) Church and had come specifically to... More

Milton-Stateline Walk-a-thon Breaks $20K Mark

Taking a break from classes for a day, Milton-Stateline School faculty, staff and students laced up their tennis shoes on May 2 for the fifth annual walk-a-thon at the Walla Walla University track.... More

Academy Church Reaches Out to Students

The Upper Columbia Academy Church reshaped its mission to focus on students. As a church family they were convicted to do more than simply hold church services and prayer meetings.Hours of prayer and... More

Upper Columbia Academy Creates Orphan Bible Shelf

The Upper Columbia Academy library had a problem. Students would borrow a Bible for class, but often it would never be seen again. While Bibles are good books to have, the school could not afford to... More

NW Adventist Singles Ponder Mud Pies and Mirrors

Mud Pies and Mirrors" was the seminar topic of this year's Memorial Day Northwest Adventist Single Adult Ministry retreat, presented by Mike Aufderhar, pastor and his wife Brenda. Singles learned how... More

UCA Selects New Principal

Troy Patzer has been named the new principal for Upper Columbia Academy.Patzer has been an asset to UCA for over 10 years. He began as a business intern in the accounting department in 1997, going on... More

Pathfinders Gather Food and Bibles

More than 775 Pathfinders and staff gathered at the Nez Perce County Fairgrounds in Lewiston, Idaho, on Sabbath, May 17, for the annual Upper Columbia Conference Pathfinder Fair.Anthony Oucharek, Tri... More

Richard Litke Receives Generosity in Service Award

At Walla Walla University's commencement in June, Richard Litke received the first Generosity in Service Award, which has been created to recognize those who continuously uphold WWU's mission... More

Mission Trip to Bethel

For their mission trip in June, six adults and four children from Idaho and Washington chose the Native bush village of Bethel, Alaska.The team held a Vacation Bible School using a Bible royalty... More

Impact Your World Conference Inspires Hundreds

More than 100 people registered and attended the first annual Impact Your World Bible Worker and Prayer Warrior Conference in April, prompting Randy Maxwell, author and Idaho Conference pastor, to... More

Auburn City Goes to Mozambique

Auburn City Church partnered with Maranatha Volunteers International, and sent 26 missionaries to Praia Xai Xai, Mozambique, in May, to volunteer with church construction, Vacation Bible School,... More

Washington Camp Meeting Highlights Evangelism

Record numbers of people attended Washington Camp Meeting this summer to "Seek Jesus.""Everything about camp meeting this year was evangelistically focused, including our live [Internet] stream,"... More

Hispanic Family Camp Meeting Increases Momentum

Each of the nearly 200 individuals on stage at the Hispanic Family Camp Meeting in May was there for a reason. They were all baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 2008.Hispanic pastors... More

Pathfinders Memorize God’s Treasure

Washington Conference hosted the union level challenge of the Bible Achievement Program where young people in grades five through ten memorize selected portions of the Bible.This year each six-member... More

Janet Goltz Retires

When Janet Goltz began working in food service at Lodi Academy in California, she brought her young daughters to work with her. Her oldest daughter, age 4, would help crack eggs and other easy tasks... More

World News Briefs - August 2008

Washington D.C.Adventist Surgeon Receives Medal of FreedomBenjamin Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist pioneer in pediatric neurosurgery, has been awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. The... More