December 2008

Ask PJ

Does God really expect me to do what He asks?

I think about the dad who had something to give his young son and asked him to hold out his hand. "Why?" asked the little boy with his hands firmly clasped behind his...



Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

The year was 1944. World War II was raging, and the prospect of a Merry Christmas for many Americans was bleak.

Hugh Martin, not yet 30...


Editor's Note

Throughout his battle with lymphoma, Jere Patzer, NPUC president, continued to write GLEANER editorials. This is the story he submitted just a few weeks before his death...


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Jesus Wept

Perhaps they had spent hours together swapping stories and experiences, carpenter stuff like mortise and tenon joints. Maybe Lazarus was pretty handy with tools too....


Jesus Wept

Perhaps they had spent hours together swapping stories and experiences, carpenter stuff like mortise and tenon joints. Maybe Lazarus was pretty handy with tools too....



FYI December 2008

WWU Accepted Into NAIA

Walla Walla University has been accepted into the National Association of Intercollegiate...



Remembering Jere...

"A prince in Israel has fallen! He left like he lived. Quietly. Graciously. With gentle dignity. Without demands or harsh words or even a frown, he surrendered himself,...



ACCION Rodeada de Comida, Pero con Hambre

Día tras día Elvira Betánces entraba y salía del restaurante Time for Soup en el área de Bellevue. Como empleada de este restaurante ella estaba acostumbrada a tratar con mucha gente. Muchos de los... More

Deryl Jones Retires From Adventist Medical Center

At the close of the year, Deryl Jones will say goodbye to Adventist Medical Center. After 22 years in the organization, the president and CEO announced his retirement plans in October.According to... More

Low-cost Technology Brings Gospel to Bush Alaska Brings Gospel to Bush Alaska

Judi and Gavin Thompson have a passion for getting the gospel into Alaska's Native villages—a vast mission field crying for hope within North America. Alcoholism and suicide are rampant in remote... More

Eagle Church Marks 100 Years

On July 25 and 26 the Eagle Church celebrated their 100th anniversary. The following pastors were present: Don and Janece Kindig from Pasco, Wash., who pastored during the 1970s; Keith and Linda... More

Mothers, Daughters Join At Women's Retreat

The annual Christian Women's Retreat in the Idaho Conference was a special event for two ladies and their daughters. This year's retreat was held Sept. 5–7 in McCall, Idaho. Among the 120 women in... More

GSAA Fun and Friendship Are FIrst Priority for the Year

In the waning days of summer Gem State Academy opened its doors to 115 young people for the school year. The first item on the agenda was fun times and friendship. Students and faculty loaded up... More

Bozeman Box City Raises Awareness for the Homeless

Several Mount Ellis Academy Church members slept overnight Oct. 3 in cardboard boxes in the city park as participants in the second annual Cardboard Box City in Bozeman, Mont.Family Promise of... More

Record Number Join the Kalispell Church

Evangelists Richard and Mary Halversen presented Revelation the Prophecy Seminar—In a Relaxed Atmosphere in early September. More than 120 visitors attended the five-week series at the Kalispell (... More

Newberg Youth Baptized

Jared Weakly, a 13-year-old, had a special baptism on Sept. 20. Tim Mayne, former Newberg (Ore.) Church pastor, came to Newberg for Weakly's baptism and bar mitzvah. Weakly also had a special part in... More

Milo Holds Annual Blood Drive

Visitors to Milo Adventist Academy would have raised their eyebrows at the sight of so many students wearing fluorescent bandages on their arms. But if you asked them what happened, they would all... More

County Fair Booth Reaches Community

The Coquille Church sponsored a booth at the annual Coos County Fair in Myrtle Point, Ore., to promote the KLYF-FM radio station.Their mission was to share the blessing of the programs from the 3ABN... More

Sharon Church Pantry Helps Area Families

When the Oregon Food Bank determined there was an unmet need for food toward the end of each month, the Sharon Church stepped up.Their pantry operates under the direction of Sharon Ewers, community... More

Riverside Father/Child Campout Sparks Closeness

The children of the Riverside Church in Camas/Washougal went camping with their fathers at Government Mineral Springs Campground outside of Carson, Wash., Sept. 26–28. The men cooked the meals—... More

50 Attend Brookings Cooking Class

The Brookings Church members invited their community to join them on the afternoon of April 20 for a vegetarian cooking class.More than 50 guests and members participated in an interactive program... More

RVAS Students Plan and Lead The Revelation

One idea and one group of committed Christian student leaders of Rogue Valley Adventist School resulted in a memorable night of praise, worship and community outreach.The Revelation program was held... More

Oregon Conference Active in Hurricane Ike Recovery

A heart for mission takes many across the globe to share the life-saving news of Jesus Christ. But a group of Oregon Conference members found a need closer to home. On Oct. 1, Sam Pellecer, of Hood... More

CAA New Building Project Reaches Halfway Mark

Construction of Columbia Adventist Academy's new classroom and administration building has passed the halfway mark of completion.The building (being funded by the Next Century Campaign) has taken its... More

Kettle Falls Welcomes Family of Three

It was the result of friendship evangelism. Shahbaz and Sara Bakhshnia became friends with neighbors Jeff and Mariko Camp and their teenage son Jonathon. As their friendship continued to grow over... More

UCA Student Artist Wins Award

Chloe Lyn Johnson, a junior at Upper Columbia Academy, won the grand prize in the Washington Apple Education Foundation's 13th annual Year of the Apple art contest. The grand prize award was a $1,000... More

WWVA Graduates Join Teaching Staff

Walla Walla Valley Academy welcomes three former graduates to their faculty this year. Tyler Anderson, a 1992 graduate, joins the staff teaching history. Chuck Morrison retired this summer after... More

Yakima Teens Lead Meetings

A Moonwalker's Message; Memory Lapse and Monkey Business; Man of Mud and Metal—books from the bestseller list? No—they're actually topics presented in Yakima, Wash., during the three-weekend ShareHIM... More

UCC Women’s Retreats Celebrate 20 Years

A lot of ministry has happened in 20 years at UCC Christian Women's Retreats, and this 20th anniversary year was no exception. More than 150 women attended this year's retreat at Camp MiVoden, which... More

UCA Students Team up to aid Hurricane Survivors

Twenty-three Upper Columbia Academy students collected over 1,500 pounds of food for Hurricane Ike survivors. The food drive was entirely student-led and student-executed at four Spokane, Wash.,... More

Engineers Without Borders Minister in Honduras

In September, a team from the Walla Walla University chapter of Engineers Without Borders traveled to Honduras to visit and help a school in Luis Garcia, as well as the community."The trip was a... More

Churches Host Party for Seniors

Friday Harbor and Orcas Island churches worked together recently to plan and host a birthday party for senior residents in their community.During church they organized themselves and transported... More

Grays Harbor Food Bank Prays for One Freezer

When the Grays Harbor Food Bank freezer stopped working, Wilma and Bob O'Day, food bank coordinators, weren't sure how they would find the money for a new one.But even as they were puzzling about... More

Puget Sound Students Connect With God

Students at Puget Sound Adventist Academy bonded during Connect 2008, a recent three-day spiritual retreat at Rosario Beach. The retreat is an annual time for students and staff to connect with each... More

Auburn Adventist Plans One Person, One School, One Church

On Sept. 17, the Associated Student Body of Auburn Adventist Academy announced a plan to build a One-Day Church in Mozambique. After learning about the mission project through ASI and 3ABN, AAA's... More

Adventists Give and Receive Honor

Seventh-day Adventists in Puyallup, Wash., honored six public servants this fall during a Sept. 11 memorial concert at the Puyallup Fair."All of us remember the oneness of spirit, unity and... More

World News Briefs December 2008

PhilippinesTraveling Bible Promotes Scripture StudyA Bible is traveling around the world in anticipation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s 2010 General Conference session. Written in 66 languages... More