January 2009

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Did You Know - January 2009

The Green Bible

As concerns for the environment grow, a new version of the Bible seeks to help readers trace...



Certainty in Uncertain Times

EDITOR'S NOTE: Max Torkelsen II was elected president on November 19, 2008, to replace Jere D. Patzer, who died on October 26, 2008. Read more about Torkelsen in the FYI...


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Things I've Learned

I don't often tout this fact, but I was an early advocate of gender equality. My chubby 3-year-old fingers turned page after page of our family's heirloom photo album,...


Things I've Learned

I don't often tout this fact, but I was an early advocate of gender equality. My chubby 3-year-old fingers turned page after page of our family's heirloom photo album,...



FYI - January 2009

NPUC Welcomes Torkelsen as President

The North Pacific Union Conference is pleased to welcome Max Torkelsen II as...



¿Deseas Estudiar la Bíblia Conmigo?

¿Cómo haces para encontrar personas que deseen estudiar la Bíblia? Le pregunté a un hermano quien me contó que tenía más de 50 personas estudiando la Bíblia con él. "Muy...


New Year's Memo: We're Ending the Madness!

New Year's Memo: We're Ending the Madness!

Last year my children and I resolved to adopt every whale, sponsor all the freeways, and...



Russell Appointed President and CEO of Adventist Medical Center

Tom Russell is the new president and CEO of Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore. Russell assumed his new role when past president and CEO Deryl Jones retired in December 2008.“I am honored and... More

Palmer Church Members Help Couple With New Roof

Thirty-three Craftsmen for Christ volunteers replaced a leaking roof for Virginia and Herbert Spreen on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008. “The roof has been leaking a long, long time,” Virginia explains. “When... More

Thanksgiving Miracle Blesses Juneau School

Every one-room teacher knows the challenges of fund raising, budgets, and stretching every dollar. And the dreams you have for your school—a paved parking lot, a paint job and more. My dreams... More

Caldwell Church Grows Through Baptisms

As hot weather blazed through Idaho this summer and into fall, many hearts caught fire for Christ at the Caldwell Church. A record number of children attended Vacation Bible School. The Journey young... More

Veterans Visit Timberline School

Three of the five veterans from the Vale, Ore., church attended classes at Timberline Adventist Elementary School on Nov. 11 for a Veteran's Day program.Nadine Messer, head teacher, welcomed veterans... More

Plant Refuses to Grow on Sabbath

After many years of praying for his grandfather, Jonathan Chitwood, a theology student at Southern Adventist University, had the privilege of assisting in his grandfather's baptism on Oct. 18, 2008,... More

Heritage Group Seeks Stories and Memorabilia

At Gem State Adventist Academy a new group is forming with the goal of preserving the heritage of this "light on the hill." More important even than preservation of the school's 91-year history is... More

Vale Pathfinders Conduct Induction and Investiture

In one service, Vale Explorers Pathfinder Club conducted their Pathfinder Sabbath, Investiture and Induction ceremonies on Oct. 25. Three Eager Beavers were inducted into the Adventurer Club, and... More

The Experience Becomes a Church

The Experience is the first place in my life that I have been visible as a person, not by what I can give or do. I am amazed at the total acceptance of who I am. It is as if I am seen for the child... More

Seniors Show Leadership

Parents and family members from Montana and beyond traveled to Mount Ellis Academy to watch seniors lead out and display talents during senior recognition weekend, Nov. 7–9, 2008. It began on Friday... More

Mount Ellis Recreates the Wild West

Decked out in cowboy boots and hats, the Mount Ellis Elementary Home and School team rounded up Bozeman Valley families for an evening of fun at the Wild West Fall Fest. Entertainment included a... More

Newberg Youth Baptized

Jared Weakly, a 13-year-old, had a special baptism on Sept. 20, 2008. Tim Mayne, former Newberg (Ore.) Church pastor, came to Newberg for Weakly's baptism and bar mitzvah. Weakly also had a special... More

A CNA and a Baptism

Jill Ansted, a certified nursing assistant, works in a new adult family home, the Orchards Highlands Senior Community in Vancouver, Wash. The first resident of the facility was Linda Harding.As a... More

PAA Adopts a Class

Early in the school year, Greg Phillips, Portland Adventist Academy chaplain, was inspired to invite his co-workers to join him in a classroom adoption project. His invitation was greeted with... More

Oregon Adventurers Take on Global Mission

In the coming weeks, Adventurer Clubs across the Oregon Conference will introduce a project for 2009, targeting disadvantaged children both stateside and in developing countries.Angelina Wood, Oregon... More

Up, Up, and Away

I call to God,I cry to God to help me.From his palace he hears my call;my cry brings me right into his presence—a private audience!—Psalm 18:6, The MessageIt was a cloudy and cold Tuesday morning... More

Students Wear Pink

Milo Adventist Academy chose to go passionately pink on Oct. 17, 2008. On Passionately Pink Day, the campus was saturated with students and staff wearing pink clothing. Participants were asked to... More

Columbia Classics Unite

The Columbia Classics Annual Fall Reunion included a special event—The Classics Road Trip: Destination, The Next Century.Sunday morning, the Classics boarded the Columbia Adventist Academy bus and... More

Young Detainees Find Faith

God still works in mysterious ways to seek out those who desire to be a part of His kingdom.Ed Sanders of Grants Pass, Ore., has been going to the Southern Oregon Youth Authority Detention Center for... More

Prineville Church Growing

The Prineville Church welcomed 18 new members through baptism during the Revelation Now seminar. Jac Colon, pastor, preached while his wife, Dena, provided nightly music and family moment lectures.... More

Grants Pass Boys Have Poems Published

Grants Pass Adventist School students Severin Burri and Mike Driggers each wrote a poem for a school assignment. Jan Hossler, teacher, sent the poems to the Adventist Review. Both poems were... More

UCC Schools Cooperate to Promote Christian Education

Adventist schools in the Upper Columbia Conference are cooperating so students can have a Christian education.Upper Columbia Academy's concert band and Choraliers performed a fund raising concert for... More

New Community Service Director Gets Right to Work

When Patty Marsh accepted the position of Adventist Community Services and Sabbath School director for Upper Columbia Conference, she had no idea her first weeks on the job would be met with disaster... More

Chewelah Church Has Lots to Celebrate

It’s been a busy fall for the Chewelah Church with one children’s evangelistic program, two baptisms and triplets dedicated.The children’s program, Amazing Adventures, hosted by Doug Batchelor of... More

Giants Still Roam the Earth

Imagine giants still roaming the earth. Believe it or not they do, and one was spotted recently in Othello, Wash. The David and Goliath reenactment took place on the lawn of the local Seventh-Day... More

Academy Wins Physical Fitness Award

Lake City Junior Academy earned the highest award for outstanding achievement in physical fitness by being named the 2007–2008 State of Idaho Physical Fitness Champions, awarded by The President's... More

Upper Columbia Academy Students Camp and Survive

Nothing more effectively unites a group of people than removing them from their usual routine and challenging them with new experiences. Every year, Upper Columbia Academy students participate in... More

Orient Group Starts Church

This summer, several Kettle Falls (Wash.) Church members began thinking of holding Sabbath services in Orient, a small town near the Canadian border. After the Upper Columbia Conference gave its... More

Walk-a-thon Benefits Goldendale Pregnancy Center

Nearly 40 people walked to benefit the Goldendale Pregnancy Center, raising $182.

Goldendale Pathfinders and Adventurers Active

The Goldendale Church Pathfinder and Adventurer clubs are an active part of our church and recently held an induction ceremony. Nohelani Jarnes, assisted by her husband Brian, is the Pathfinder... More

WWVA Holds Week of Prayer

Walla Walla Valley Academy held the first Week of Prayer for the school year during the last week of October. Brian Reed from Spokane, Wash., delivered a message about reconnecting with Jesus and... More

Northwest Family Tradition in Medicine Continues

On May 25, 2008, the 103rd class graduated from Loma Linda University Medical School. In the class was Brandon Matthew White, son of Dan and Shirlie (Hart) White of Yakima, Wash. Brandon become the... More

Milton-Stateline School God Squad Brings Light to the Community

Freshly baked cookies, warm smiles and news about God’s love—just a small part of what Milton-Stateline School seventh- and eighth-grade students recently shared door to door around the school.Dubbed... More

Rice for Cambodia Brings Food, Hope

In 2001, Kevin Krueger, Positive Life Radio, manager, Walla Walla University's Christian radio station, spoke with Bobby Michaels, Christian recording artist, who had recently done a concert in... More

Whidbey School Counts Miracles

Students at Whidbey Christian Elementary School, operated by the Oak Harbor Church, collected a bumper crop of food for the Thanksgiving holiday food basket drive.The Whidbey students urged Oak... More

AAA Faculty Honored in Parade

John Neumann, Auburn Adventist Academy choral director for 18 years, was honored for his military service on Nov. 8, 2008, in the Auburn Veterans Day Parade.It was noted to be the largest Veterans... More

Experts Share Strategies For Healthy Marriages

A team of marriage and family experts gathered in Lynnwood, Wash., to present From This Day Forward, a one-day celebration of marriage commitment dedicated to encouraging stronger and healthier... More

Evangelism Momentum Builds

Young Isaac was looking at the mail his pastor father received and saw a flier for "Amazing Adventures," a kid-focused evangelistic series. "Daddy, this is really cool, can we do this at our church... More

PSAA Seniors Start New Music Ministry

Derek Dizon, a senior at Puget Sound Adventist Academy, dreamed of creating a small a cappella group. Five months after he first started his plans, En Voice gave their first performance during a... More

World News Briefs - January 2009

CongoADRA Sends Aid to ThousandsThe Adventist Development and Relief Agency is coordinating emergency relief supplies for thousands of people who have been displaced by violence near the border of... More