December 2009

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Did You Know - December 2009

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Christmas Beyond Bars

A glowing fireplace with yuletide log, children caroling in the streets, brightly-wrapped packages — these are images of Christmas so many hold dear.

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When Angels Sing

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When Angels Sing

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FYI - December 2009

President of Adventist Risk Management Dies

Robert L. Sweezey, Adventist Risk Management died in Ft. Laurderdale,...



Joyful and Triumphant

Senator John McCain of Arizona remembers hell on earth, for five and a half interminable years as prisoner of war of the North Vietnamese, as he and his fellow prisoners...




El club de Conquistadores es una agrupación de niños y jóvenes que desarrollan en forma armoniosa las facultades físicas, mentales, espirituales y sociales dentro de un programa integral adaptados a... More

Active Adventist Health

Research shows the Pacific Northwest has the highest rates of breast cancer in the United States, and the staff at Tillamook County General Hospital realize how vital early detection is in fighting... More

Samoan Youth on a Mission to Juneau

Juneau Adventist Christian School hosted 27 youth from the Anchorage Samoan Church on July 29. Under the leadership of Masae Fanene, youth director, young people painted the school and completed work... More

Women's Retreat Brings Central Alaskans Together

The Alaska Conference is very spread out, which makes connecting and sharing with each other a challenge at times. But from July 31–Aug. 2, women from the communities of Glenallen, Tok and Copper... More

Gem State Senior Survival A Student's Story

I looked forward to this year's senior survival with my class, but I had no idea what adventures we would undertake.Together with sponsors and adult staff, we traveled to a wilderness area near... More

Meridian and Parma Churches Welcome New Pastor

The Meridian and Parma (Idaho) congregations welcomed Michael and Karen Pearson as their new pastoral couple in October. Pearson was born in Kenya, Africa. As a fourth-generation Adventist, he was... More

Women's Retreat Builds Trust in God

Early on Friday, Oct. 9, more than 130 women trekked across snow covered roads and vast distances for the 2009 Montana Conference Women's retreat. Excitement built as friends made the trip together,... More

Deaf Reach Program Held at Beaverton

A special lay training program called Deaf Reach was held at the Beaverton (Ore.) Church Sept. 11–13. This workshop instructs deaf laity how to share Jesus and Bible truths with others and how to... More

Forest Fire Fighting 101 Fire Camp Comes to Milo

Smoke covered the Milo Adventist Academy campus on a daily basis during late September and early October as winds and high temperatures fanned the flames of the Boze and Rainbow fires, 37 miles to... More

Light Rail Comes to PAA

Portland Adventist Academy recently welcomed an extension of MAX, the Portland, Ore., area light rail train, to its front entrance.Mass transit is nothing new to PAA students. The school, 100 years... More

Maranatha Volunteers Build Local Church

Twenty-five to 30 volunteers from Maranatha International came to Yacolt, Wash., the last part of September to help erect the structure for a new church building.Volunteers came from five different... More

Portland Charity Pays Off Mortgage Early

An Adventist charity has eliminated a major expense during this economic downturn. Portland Adventist Community Services met a major campaign goal by paying off the mortgage on its facilities on Oct... More

Rogue Valley Welcomes New Principal and Music Teacher

Rogue Valley Adventist School welcomes Larry Aldred as principal and Kristii Rasmussen as music teacher. Aldred spent the last 38 years serving the Lord in education. He and his wife, Sue, are very... More

This Little Light of Ours

The broadcast tower stands tall on the grounds of the Coos Bay (Ore.) Church. With its base sunk 10 feet below ground level, the 100 foot tall structure is a testament to the perseverance of church... More

Tualatin Students Explore Marine Habitats

Each school year Tualatin Valley Academy high school students participate in a three-day marine biology exploration in Newport, Ore. Students and staff look forward to this annual event as a great... More

Whipple Creek Celebrates New Sanctuary with Open House

A long-standing dream spanning the tenure of three pastors, George White, David Bostrom and currently Donavon Kack, finally came to fruition. White, originator of the dream, was present at Whipple... More

Students in Klamath Falls Off to a Good Start This Year

The school year has started out great for the Klamath Falls Adventist Christian School. Enrollment is up with 15 students starting out the year.The school has been organized somewhat like a town with... More

An Oregonian in Thailand

Alyssa lives in Brookings, Ore., and will graduate from Pacific Union College this coming June.Suddenly, out of my jetlagged sleep, a noise that sounded like a cross between a dying frog and a savage... More

Gladstone Park Church Celebrates Christ Then...Now...Forever

Sept. 18–19 — Connie Durbin Committee Chairperson says of the weekend, "It was heart warming to celebrate 100 years of resilience of the Oregon City - Gladstone Park Church with so many of our... More

Winning Souls for Christ in Ethiopia!

Earlier this year, Ohana Christian Fellowship of Seventh-day Adventists (West Linn) and Portland Adventist Academy joined and co-sponsored a mission trip to southern Ethiopia. The thirty four... More

Four Students of Three Sisters Baptized

On Sept. 19, the Bend (Ore.) Church met at Sparks Lake to watch four students from the Three Sisters Adventist Christian School express their love for God through baptism. Emma and Anne Lodahl,... More

Hermiston Children Enjoy Bethlehem Village

The Hermiston (Ore.) Vacation Bible School this year, Bethlehem Village, was a huge success. With average attendance of nearly 100, the adult and teen staff kept busy. Nightly skits with actors... More

Milton-Stateline Students Learn Leadership Skills

To kick off the new school year, Milton-Stateline Adventist School seventh-and eighth-grade students participated in a three-day leadership camp on Oregon's Deschutes River.Led by Doug Brown, pastor... More

President Recognizes Spokane Quilt Ministry

The President of the United States recently gave special recognition to two Spokane Valley (Wash.) Church members. Colleen Frogge and Donna Gardipee, received thanks for their efforts in making... More

See What God Has Done

On Thursday, Sept. 25, nearly 150 people gathered at the front entrance of Palisades Christian Academy for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of the new school located in Spokane,... More

The Students Had A Need And God Provided

On Monday, Sept. 21, more than 200 people gathered in the gymnasium at Cascade Christian Academy and celebrated the completion of the new junior high school addition and administrative office remodel... More

Faith in God WWU Support Sets Stage for Service

Walking out of a coffee shop, Cas Anderson, 18, was drawn to music she heard coming from a nearby building. Discovering that it was an Improv worship service in progress, Anderson hesitated to go in... More

More News Notes

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Artist Paints Creation Week for PSAA

About a year ago, Duane Childs and Sandie Beddoe, Puget Sound Adventist Academy volunteers, met in a downstairs hallway to hang a painting."The rest of the hallway looks bare," Childs said. "What we... More

God Provides Bibles for Nicaragua

Oscar Alvarez had a predicament. He had just reconnected online with a missionary friend in Nicaragua — and she needed his help to find 50 Spanish Bibles for her students.Alvarez researched the cost... More

Hands of Help Volunteers Give Back in New Orleans

For her birthday, Laura Taylor wanted to give back to her mother’s birthplace — so she and her husband, John, signed up for the Washington Conference’s mission trip to New Orleans, La.In early... More

Painting with a Prayer Young Adults Help Senior Citizen

Storm clouds were rolling in when a dozen young adults recently showed up to paint a gentleman's house in Kent, Wash.The volunteers knew this was their only time as a group to paint the house, and... More

Youth Harness Energy for Skagit Valley

The energetic youth at the North Cascade Church in Burlington, Wash., were recently named volunteers of the day after the youth group participated in a local environmental project.Youth and adult... More

Regional Churches Cast Vision for Evangelism

Seven regional churches in Washington Conference united the first weekend of October for a spiritual revival and vision casting weekend."We wanted people to walk away from this spiritual convocation... More

AAA Seniors Bond at Fort Flagler

Auburn Adventist Academy seniors bonded while exploring the barracks of Fort Flagler and enjoying the beauty of the Puget Sound during a retreat in early October. "We had fun mixing with our... More

World News Briefs - December 2009

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