May 2009


Serving Like Jesus

What are we doing to make a tangible difference in the communities in which we live? If the doors of the Seventh-day Adventist church were locked tight and closed...


Let's Talk

King John Henry III

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King John Henry III

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FYI - May 2009

DIRECTV Adds Hope Channel

The Hope Channel is now broadcasting to the continental United States, Hawaii and Alaska...



Inauguración de Grupos Pequeños en Renton, WA

En la Convocación Hispana de la Conferencia de Washington, el 10 de Enero, se registraron 145 familias para participar en los proyectos de grupos pequeños y campañas...



Endowment Fund Thrives in Economic Downturn

The stock market is down. Foreclosures are up. Consumer confidence is dismal. In this era of financial turmoil, good news rare—until now, that is.In May 2007, Adventist Medical Center in Portland,... More

Torkelsen Gets a Firsthand Look

When Max Torkelsen, North Pacific Union Conference president, arrived in Anchorage, Alaska, on a warm spring weekend recently, his first comments were "this beauty is amazing. I want to see a moose!"... More

Kuna Church Connects With the Community

Beginning Jan. 3 and continuing through much of February, the Kuna Church held a series of public evangelistic meetings called Community Conversations LIVE. For seven weeks, on Sabbath mornings and... More

Montanans Minister in the Dominican Republic

San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, was the destination for 17 people from Montana in March for evangelistic meetings with the 2009 North Pacific Union Conference mission team. Members from... More

Athletes. Students. Believers.

The term "student athlete" is not an oxymoron at Milo Academy. The boys' varsity basketball team not only has good athletes, but is also loaded with academic talent. Nine of the 11 players are on the... More

Dallas Discovers Missions and Miracles

Icy roads along with a foot or two of snow didn't stop the Dallas Oregon Maranatha mission group from embarking on a mission to Fresia, Chile. On Dec. 21, 2008, they traveled through wintery weather... More

Friendship Tournament Brings Out the Best

The sound of referee whistles filled the Walla Walla University gym Feb. 5–7 as teams from 12 Adventist academies participated in the 2009 Friendship Basketball Tournament.Twelve Northwest schools... More

Gladstone Park Serves the Community

Visit the Gladstone Park Community Services Center on a Wednesday and you're likely to see nearly 33 families receiving food boxes. These families meet the guidelines of the local food bank and the... More

Kelso-Longview Kids Pinch Pennies

For two weeks in February, 45 Kelso-Longview Adventist School students brought in their spare change to give to the Pennies for Patients program of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The school... More

Meadow Glade Church Burns Bank Note

On Sabbath, March 21, a large group filled the sanctuary at the Meadow Glade Church, in Battle Ground, Wash., to celebrate a momentous occasion. A large glass bowl sat on a pillar in the middle of... More

Morris Shares Radical Teachings in Vancouver

The North Pacific Union Conference recently concluded another Momentum series, which featured Derek Morris and the Radical Teachings of Jesus. Morris is the pastor of the 3,200 member Forest Lake... More

PAA Staff Grows Faith by Hearing

Portland Adventist Academy students and staff were challenged to commit to a 40-day New Testament listening program called Faith Comes By Hearing. Nine Adventist churches in the Portland area were... More

Three Sisters School Donates to ADRA

During a recent concert, the Three Sisters School K–10 choir, under the direction of Maurita Crew, performed songs from around the world while dressed in colorful outfits to represent different... More

Wood Directs Risk Management

In April, Angelina Wood began a new role as the Oregon Conference risk management director. She fills the spot left vacant when Barbara Livesay, departed to join her husband Don Livesay, now... More

Friendship Tournament

The sound of referee whistles filled the Walla Walla University gym Feb. 5–7 as teams from 12 Adventist academies participated in the Friendship Basketball Tournament.Marina Jorgenson, a senior... More

Sharing the Passion to Serve

When Bruce Curnuck, from Walla Walla, Wash., returned from Yap in 2007 where he served as an operating room nurse on a Canvasback Missions trip, he was inspired to organize an orthopedic team. His... More

Coquille Helps Hurting Children

Several Coquille (Ore.) Church volunteers are finding a way to bring joy and security to children in Coos County who have been removed from their homes because of domestic violence or meth-related... More

Better Life Broadcasting Plans Second Camp Meeting

Last year Better Life Broadcasting Network held their first camp meeting at Milo Academy, and by all reports, it was a big success. "We had such a great time of ministry and fellowship that we're... More

Vancouver Welcomes New Pastor

The Vancouver (Wash.) Community Church welcomed their new senior pastor and his family on Sunday, March 8. Church members gathered for a pancake brunch with pancakes cooked to perfection by Gene... More

Book Reports at YACS

Book reports are taking a different form for Yakima Adventist Christian School's fourth–sixth-grade students. Instead of a written report, students review the book by making a speech, a poster, a... More

CCA Retreat Inspires Recommitment

At Cascade Christian Academy, 30 students and 10 sponsors went to Knutson Ranch in Valley, Wash., for a spiritual retreat in January. The weekend was planned and run by the students who serve on the... More

IMPACT in Pasco Will Empower Communities

"The Lord blessed the IMPACT event far beyond my expectations," says Patty Marsh, director of Adventist Community Services for the Upper Columbia Conference.People who came to IMPACT expecting to... More

Wenatchee's Crosswalk Builds God's Kingdom

When Gary Blanchard, minister, arrived at the Wenatchee (Wash.) Church, he found a group of lay people who wanted to make a difference in the lives of community youth. So they pulled together and... More

Students Help Jesús

The fourth-grade class at Cascade Christian Academy decided to take on a mission project this school year, raising $850 to help a family who lives over 2,000 miles away. After last year's mission... More

Son Takes the Pulpit

Kelly Santee took the pulpit of his father, Willard Santee, pastor, and held a revival series for Seventh-day Adventists in the Post Falls, Idaho, district in March. The young Santee is president and... More

MiVoden Improvements Approved

A decade ago, Upper Columbia Conference formed a master plan committee to update the Camp MiVoden facilities, especially since it had been in the 1970s since any major work had been done. They were... More

Klickitat Churches Share Bible Answers

More than 50 to 70 people attended when the Klickitat County Youth For Truth presented "Bible Answers for Today's Problems" to the community.The youth and adult leaders from the Klickitat County... More

A Journey of Joy and Belonging One Grad Shares Her Story

I wrote a poem on graduation day called "Execution."Most of my black-capped friends were giddy with anticipation that sweltering afternoon, but I struggled with a profound sorrow. My time at Walla... More

Adventists Share Health Message at VegFest

Many people recognize a vegetarian diet brings great benefits to their overall health, however some are not sure what to eat, where to buy ingredients, and how to prepare healthy meals. Others have... More

Two Congregations Gain Company Status

Two groups in western Washington celebrated an important milestone in March: obtaining church company status.Southcenter Seventh-day Adventist Church began in 2007 with a vision to plant a multi-... More

Thrift Store Ministry Spruces Up New Store Space

LaVone VonBergen, volunteer, chats with a customer about vegetarian food selections. Several people peruse newly organized clothing racks, kitchen goods and bookshelves. Times are exciting at Spruced... More

Students Serve as Pages in State Legislature

During the fifth and seventh weeks of the 2009 Washington State Legislative Session, several Seventh-day Adventist students participated in the Senate Page Program.Auburn Adventist Academy sophomore... More

World News Briefs - May 2009

Because this section doesn't amount to much without its page design, it is not available here. You can see the World News Briefs page for this month by looking in the print edition of GLEANER or by... More