October 2008

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Ask PJ Does How I Look Reveal Who I Am?

There is always more to a person than the clothes they put on, the makeup they might wear or the attitude they carry.

When Israel...


Did You Know?

Did You Know October 2008

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



Being Extraordinary for God

God calls us to be the best we can be—faithful, honest, charitable and kind. But what does "the best" mean today?

Often we measure our...


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A Plan of 'Salivation'

It was late in the evening. After a long and tiring trip my beloved and I finally arrived at our hotel room, famished and tired. I quickly scanned the "in-room service...


A Plan of 'Salivation'

It was late in the evening. After a long and tiring trip my beloved and I finally arrived at our hotel room, famished and tired. I quickly scanned the "in-room service...



FYI October 2008

Inside Scoop

Caldwell Accepts GC Communication Position




Alaska Camp Meetings Share the Light

The never-setting sun offers Alaskan residents the opportunity to enjoy nearly nonstop camp meetings. Starting June 20–22, church members from the interior towns of Alaska converge annually on... More

Uninvited Cyclist Enriches Classroom Lesson

Nickie Linder, Juneau Adventist Christian School teacher, found a surprise at school recently: Gary Findlay, world cyclist, was camped in a tent next to the door in the breezeway of the school,... More

Caldwell Kids Join King's Court at Gem State Academy Church

"How do we know Jesus is real, that He came to earth to save us and give us a plan for our lives?" asked Sami Nelson, tribal leader, the first night of Vacation Bible School."I know because I saw the... More

God's Big Backyard Is in Eagle, Idaho

A Vacation Bible School program at the Eagle Church illustrated to children in the Eagle community God's Big Backyard is anywhere and everywhere.Between July 7–11, nearly 60 children watched Alex and... More

Idaho Members Reach Out With VBS

Children throughout the Treasure Valley and beyond enjoyed learning more about Jesus during a variety of Vacation Bible School experiences this summer.EagleBetween 50 and 60 children in the community... More

Reunion Rekindles Friendships For Enterprise Students

What began as phone calls from Neil Springer to a few of his former classmates a year ago culminated July 11 and 12 in the first-ever reunion of the Enterprise (Ore.) Seventh-day Adventist School.... More

Serving God in Our Own Backyard

"Excuse me, did you just say we have 87 children on our first night?" asked Veronica Ceniceros, one of the teachers. "We're going to need a lot more snacks." Serving together, Caldwell (Idaho) Church... More

Kings and Queens Come to Vale VBS

Nearly 60 children came to the Vale, Ore., Vacation Bible School held July 21–25. The theme "Castles and Crowns" centered on learning about the kings and queens of the Bible. All of the decorations,... More

Michigan Meets Montana For Mission Trip VBS

This summer, a group of 75 people came from the Berrien Springs, Mich., Village Church to conduct a Vacation Bible School at the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Poplar, Mont. The VBS was organized by... More

New Stevensville Member Answers Overwhelming Call for Baptism

Nicki Wandler felt the gentle urgings of the Holy Spirit grow stronger and stronger. She had been attending church with her husband and three small children sporadically for the past year. Wandler... More

Columbia Adventist Academy Imports New Leadership

Matthew Butte has started his first year as Columbia Adventist Academy principal. But his face is not new to staff, students, parents or community.Butte served CAA for the last 11 years as chaplain... More

Emerald Women Serve Community Needs

The Emerald Adventist Community Service Center in Eugene, Ore., resumed its service to the community in August after taking the summer months off. From early fall until spring, seven ladies... More

Gladstone Park Church Conducts Castles and Crowns VBS

The Vacation Bible School program, Castles and Crowns, was held in the Gladstone Park Church the last full week of June. Belinda Reynolds, VBS leader, says, "The children learned about the character... More

Kelso-Longview Members Join Community-wide Project

It was cloudy and cool as Kelso-Longview Church members joined together to tackle brush, weeds and grass around the community. This was part of a joint effort by area-wide organizations.Everything... More

Lebanon Church Holds Powerful VBS

Lebanon Church held a morning Vacation Bible School from June 16–20 for more than 117 children, of which only 20 were Adventist children; the rest were from the surrounding community. The VBS... More

Mid-Columbia Graduates a Winner

Devon Davis graduated from Mid-Columbia Adventist Christian School in Hood River, Ore., June 5. Not only did he receive his eighth-grade diploma from Peter Hardy, principal, but he was also... More

New Member Finds Freedom in Christ

Duane McGuire, who found freedom in Christ when he was incarcerated for 18 months, was baptized by Bob Uhrig, pastor, at the conclusion of the Gladstone Park Church worship service July 5.Mel McGuire... More

New Staff Join the Milo Family

Several new staff members have joined Milo Adventist Academy.Matt Melashenko is the new computer network administrator. Melashenko, an accomplished singer and pianist, wants to be a daily positive... More

PAA Welcomes Community to Block Party

Portland Adventist Academy connected with its community by inviting neighbors to come on campus for the second annual neighborhood block party.The free three-hour event brought nearly 100 neighbors... More

Waldport Makes It Official

More than 150 guests from the community and from the Florence and Newport churches attended the Waldport Church open house May 3. Invitations were sent as far away as Belgium. Several members from... More

Vacation Bible Schools Captivate Kids

Many children look forward all year to a favorite summer activity—Vacation Bible School. Several churches in the Oregon Conference hosted VBS programs this summer, each with a theme designed to teach... More

Athol Holds Castles and Crowns VBS

Children in Athol, Idaho, enjoyed this summer's Castles and Crowns Vacation Bible School hosted by industrious church members. They listened to stories about Queen Esther, the Queen of Sheba, King... More

All Things are Possible With God at Rathdrum VBS

When it came to Vacation Bible School, the little church plant in Rathdrum, Idaho, felt there was no way to host one.They had only seven or eight people available to help, and some of those were not... More

F.R.O.G.S. Cool Off Spokane

During the long days of summer, F.R.O.G.S. set out to cool off their neighborhood.The Spokane (Wash.) East Central F.R.O.G.S. (Fully Rely On God's Son) Pathfinder club set up a free lemonade stand in... More

Parents Find UCA Worth The Trip

At Upper Columbia Academy, the new school year has begun, bringing with it a new principal, new carpet and nearly 100 new students. Some students arrived from Spokane, Wash., and surrounding areas,... More


At Upper Columbia Academy, seven students have stepped forward to ignite the campus for Christ. It began with Saul Dominguez, UCA senior. While on a mission trip to Guatemala this spring, Dominguez,... More

Yakima Food Bank Expands the Menu

Not only is the Yakima Adventist Food Bank known for providing the best quality food, but they are also becoming known for the spiritual food they offer. Jim Wenzel, bank director, and his volunteers... More

International Assignment Gives Student Hands-on Experience

Walla Walla University junior mass communications major Eric Ashley went to Chile for Insight magazine in July for about a month. Hired as a photographer/reporter, Ashley attended Maranatha's 2008... More

WWU Appoints Wagner as Marketing Vice President

A Walla Walla University graduate has been named vice president for marketing and enrollment services.In July, Jodeene (Jodi) Wagner began her role of leading the university's strategic marketing... More

Enumclaw Members Travel to Chile

Church members in Enumclaw, Wash. experienced the thrill of mission work when they traveled to Domeyko, Chile, in July to work with Maranatha to build a church.For the newly constructed church, the... More

Inner-city Kids Find a Place to Belong

On a Thursday morning in August, 53 nervous kids ages 8 to 13 arrived at Sunset Lake Camp. They didn't know what to expect as they left their city life behind in exchange for four days in nature.They... More

New Staff Join Buena Vista Elementary

The face of Buena Vista Elementary School’s teaching staff changed drastically this year.Veteran educators Marjorie Lyman (second grade), Roger Hinshaw (sixth grade) and Sue Duncan (office manager)... More

Washington State Reformatory Hosts Four Baptisms

There were lots of smiling faces—and really cold water!" says Kim Willis, tireless volunteer program sponsor.But nobody—not even the four inmates in the photo—really minded the chill as they were... More

Auburn Adventist Academy Fills to Capacity

Auburn Adventist Academy began a new year school with an increase in enrollment from 297 students to a brimming 320 students. With every chair filled, AAA is praising the Lord for a growing school... More

Educators 'Make a Difference' in the Community

Nearly 150 educators representing 23 schools in the Seventh-day Adventist school system in Western Washington met recently for teachers' meetings.Beyond meetings focused on "making a difference... More

World News Briefs October 2008

UkraineADRA Aids Flood VictimsThousands of Ukrainians have been left without homes after some of the worst flooding the country has seen in over a century. In response, the Adventist Development and... More