February 2009

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Did You Know - January 2009

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Never in My Lifetime

This February's black history celebration will be a heightened one of joy and pride as a defining time in history for African Americans and people of color in the United...


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Integrity for Such a Time

We were smitten. The new slick-dressing young minister in town had all the "street-cred" I and my high school friends valued. He'd messed with drugs and led his own...


Integrity for Such a Time

We were smitten. The new slick-dressing young minister in town had all the "street-cred" I and my high school friends valued. He'd messed with drugs and led his own...



FYI - February 2009

Sabbath Scholar Dies

Samuele Bacchiocchi, retired Andrews University theology professor and one of the world’s...



De pandilleros a hijos de Dios

Nampa, Idaho. Cuando el joven pastor Harold Altamirano hizo el llamado, más de veinte jóvenes se pusieron de pie expresando su deseo de entregar sus vidas al Señor....


Mort Juberg Remembered Longtime GLEANER Editor Dies

Mort Juberg, GLEANER editor from 1978–1991, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 30, 2008, just three and a half weeks shy of his 87th birthday.



NRLA Meets to Further Religious Liberty

The Northwest Religious Liberty Association is the government relations and mediation services ministry of the North Pacific Union Conference. It provides non-partisan...



Faith In Action Stirs Tillamook to Action

Sometimes the Lord works in mysterious ways and no one knows better than Mollie Reding, Tillamook County General Hospital employee.Reding is the volunteer coordinator for the Faith In Action program... More

Bible Worker's Testimony Fuels Passion for Evangelism

Tony Sherman recently presented an evangelistic series for the Delta Junction community. Sherman is a young Bible worker who worked with the local pastor and is now providing spiritual leadership to... More

Christmas Program Comes Alive

Mary Lee Campbell, choir member, waited for the director to give the cue. The Anchorage Northside Church had practiced and prepared for weeks for this Christmas program. This year celebrated Campbell... More

Pacific Press Sets Up Library At Mexico Orphanage

Maria Clara likes to read. Abraham loves to ride his bike. Ramiro wants to become a policeman, while Gabriela studies hard and dreams of becoming a psychologist. For the orphans at Hacienda Navojoa,... More

Volunteers Rally for Computer Technology

When Brian Setterlund, Gem State Adventist Academy's new network administrator, arrived on campus he found a Windows 2000 operating system and many vintage 1998 computers.To help Setterlund and the... More

Eureka Celebrates

The Eureka Church celebrated the completion of their church with an August open house for the community, church members and volunteers. John Loor, Montana Conference president, attended. They also... More

Mt. Ellis Academy Holds Week of Prayer

Week of Prayer at Mt. Ellis Academy began the last week of October 2008, with the praise band leading song service. Barry Curtis, pastor, was the speaker. Curtis focused on the humanity of Jesus,... More

Cottage Grove Church Hosts New Series

The Cottage Grove (Ore.) Church hosted Triple Dose, a series of meetings. Ty Gibson, Light Bearers Ministry director, presented his first presentation of a new series: Triple Dose, Discovering the... More

Jeans Fund Mozambique Mission

It was when the Redmond Church started raising funds early last year to help build a church in Chinonaquila, Mozambique, that Greg Haskin, church elder, decided to go and work on the church himself.... More

Kelso-Longview Hosts 6,000

While the "weather outside was frightful..." at times with rain and biting cold, nearly 6,000 people made the journey from around Southwestern Washington for the 12th annual Journey to Bethlehem at... More

Local Band Gives Benefit Concert

On Aug. 5, 2008, a helicopter transporting firefighters from the remote Buckhorn Fire in Trinity County, Calif., back to base camp crashed shortly after takeoff. Of the 13 passengers, nine were... More

Orchards Church Takes its Trailer on the Road Again

The Orchards Church touched more lives this summer through its pioneer program, Sidewalk Kids Hour. With the help of 10 high school and college students, the program, started in 2007 by Wendy Stalcup... More

ShareHIM With Shared Pulpits

At the 2008 Oregon Camp Meeting, Robert Folkenberg encouraged local churches to use his media presentation ShareHIM. Two local church members decided to take up the challenge: Jim Reynolds, small... More

Whipple Creek Youth Raise Money

The Whipple Creek Church in Ridgefield, Wash., has been eagerly anticipating the day when they have an occupancy permit in hand and can walk into their new sanctuary and begin holding services.... More

Eugene Sacred Choir Performs

The Greater Eugene Sacred Choir performed Saturday night, Dec. 6, 2008, at the Veneta Church. The audience was treated to a beautiful mix of familiar and new Christmas music. Accompanying the... More

Medford Church Celebrates Marriage

Dan McCulloch, Medford Church senior pastor, recently made a discovery. He and his wife, Mary, with a little bit of investigating, found there were 12 couples in the church who have been married 60... More

Oregon Adventists Join Community for Messiah

Albert Thompson relaxes after conducting The Messiah in Tillamook and Lincoln City, Ore. A local tradition for more than 30 years, the performances feature nearly 100 musicians from more than 10... More

CAA Hand Bells Play For the Portland Marathon

For the fourth year, Columbia Adventist Academy's bell choir participated in the Portland Marathon. From 5:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., ringers played and cheered as runners and walkers passed. Many... More

Creation Series Draws Locals

More than 200 people attended a seven-night series on origins at the Moscow, Idaho, Best Western Convention Center the first week of November 2008. The series featured Stan Hudson, pastor and co-host... More

Stations Make Switch to Digital

If you're a fan of Christian television, you know the digital conversion deadline, Feb. 17, is upon us. In Spokane, Wash., He's Alive TV converted to digital the first week of December 2008. Positive... More

Troy Church Members Help Start Church in Costa Rica

Bajo Tigre (Down Deep in the Earth) and unto the uttermost part of the earth, says Acts 1:8. These words came true for the two Troy (Idaho) Church couples who took their vacations to go to the... More

Upper Columbia Office Goes Up in Flames

Have you ever felt like you didn't know how to move forward? That's how many felt Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, as they stood and watched firefighters attempt to save the Upper Columbia Conference office... More

Wintermeyer Accepts Communication Position

The Upper Columbia Conference Executive Committee voted Dec. 9, 2008, to invite Jay Wintermeyer to fill the position of communication director. Following discussions with conference administration,... More

Church Honors Veterans

The Yakima (Wash.) Church held a special service on Sabbath, Nov. 8, 2008, to honor veterans.Months prior, Beverly Campbell, who had done a similar program in another church, began planning a service... More

Their Dream Keeps "Building"

Harris Junior Academy is building the dream of Alton Olson. His dream is build a top-of-the-line technology building on the campus, and add a shop class to the school curriculum. Olson, a recently... More

Freshmen Geared for Success New Mentoring Program at WWU

Mentoring programs and I don't usually mix well, but things changed when I met my Walla Walla University mentor," says Chelsea Wold, freshman social work major at WWU. Wold is referring to the coach... More

Auburn's Bethlehem Ministry Unites Church and School Community

“The rain is stopping!" squealed 10-year-old Arianna in Auburn, Wash., as she skipped from person to person, announcing that God had answered her prayer and performed a miracle. On the fourth and... More

Bittersweet Holiday Service Offers Healing

The Port Angeles Church family held a special service designed to remember past good times and celebrate Christ's constant comfort and presence on Sabbath evening, Dec. 6, 2008. Besides the death of... More

Church Prepares to Battle Bugs...Naturally

The promise of "simple, non-drug ways to get and stay well" in the face of winter's approaching cold and flu season brought together a full house of enthusiastic Port Angeles community guests and... More

Forest Park Students Perform for Seniors

Forest Park Adventist Christian School students wearing red, white and blue performed for more than 40 residents and staff at the Sunrise View Convalescent Center in Everett, Wash., in early December... More

Green Lake Gives the Gift of Christmas

Families at the Green Lake Church in Seattle have found a positive way to share Christmas with families in the community.Five years ago, the church started a Christmas store where in-need families,... More

Seniors Create Connections in Mexico

Sarah and her three sons were living in a bus with no heat or plumbing when seniors and sponsors from Puget Sound Adventist Academy met her during a recent mission trip to Mexico.Sarah's son, Jesús,... More

Students Raise Breast Cancer A-wear-ness

Puget Sound Adventist Academy students are taking the opportunity to raise money and awareness about breast cancer. Every Thursday, students are wearing pink shirts.To raise money, the school finds a... More

Three Northwest Academies Unite for Holiday Concert

"Gloria, Gloria" began the blend of voices and strings, as students from three Northwest academies joined together to open the Christmas season.As 55 voices from Auburn Adventist Academy's Sylvan... More

World News Briefs - February 2009

BrazilSão Paulo Passes Religious Freedom CharterAdventists in Brazil say they are encouraged by the passage of the Brazilian Charter of Religious Freedom in São Paulo, the nation's largest and most... More