January 2010


Stewardship: It's All About Him

After finishing seminary, I became the pastor of the Woodland (Wash.) Church which was exciting, challenging and a bit intimidating because Mel Rees was a member of the...


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The Spirit is Still Willing

With all due respect to the Holy Scriptures, The Desire of Ages and other inspirational books, I cut my earliest theological teeth on Uncle Arthur's Bible...


The Spirit is Still Willing

With all due respect to the Holy Scriptures, The Desire of Ages and other inspirational books, I cut my earliest theological teeth on Uncle Arthur's Bible...



FYI - January 2010 News and Notes

Changes for the GLEANER

For 2010 the GLEANER will feature a few changes in page content. This page will include the news and notes typically found on the previous FYI...



Position and Wealth — Take a Hike

Recently I took a long hike with a friend. We began early in the day and took just enough water and snacks to significantly weigh our packs, yet never fill us — an...



ACCION Reporte Preliminar de la Campaña Evangelistica RED 2009

La Unión del Pacifico Norte fue la sede de la campaña evangelistica RED 2009, de la División Norteamericana. Esta campaña se llevó a cabo Octubre 23–31, 2009 desde Portland, Oregón. La serie de temas... More

Walla Walla Physician Focuses on Lifestyle and Preventive Medicine

Whether he's treating a headache or helping someone learn how to lose weight, Gily Ionescu, M.D., has a passion for people and health that's obvious."There are two big rewards in medicine," Ionescu... More

Wellness Booth at Alaska State Fair Draws Hundreds

"I'd rather eat a piece of paper than go vegan!" declared one young participant. However, more than 787 people visited the Adventist Wellness for Life Booth at the Alaska State Fair, Aug. 27–Sept. 7... More

Kuna Outreach by Web-cast Makes an Impact

In 2008, the Kuna (Idaho) Church attempted to connect with the community through a monthly teleconference called Community Conversations. Newspaper ads gave the topic, date, time, call-in number and... More

Salmon Adventist Church Unlocks Revelation

The Salmon (Idaho) Church recently finished a series of meetings with Richard Halversen titled Unlocking the Puzzle of Revelation. Ten people made a decision to be baptized and two were re-baptized.... More

Pocatello Pathfinders Blast Off

"Five, four, three, two, one, BLAST OFF!" shouted the members of the newly-formed Pathfinder Club from Pocatello, Idaho. Model rocketry is just one of the honors members of the Pocatello Falcons have... More


On Sunday Oct. 18, Nampa (Idaho) Church members joined the rest of Canyon county's CROP walk walkers.Church World Service asks for local walkers and for people to sponsor a walker to fight local and... More

Adventists from Eastern Idaho Serve Up Dinner

On Nov. 10, 2009, Seventh-day Adventists from the Idaho Falls and Pocatello (Idaho) churches teamed up to expand their reach into the Blackfoot community by providing and serving a meal at the... More

Montana Men's Summit Provides Blessing

The seventh-annual Montana Men’s Summit convened on the last week-end of September 2009, in Monarch, Mont. A record number of men attended and were blessed by the ministry of Jerry Page, Central... More

Big Lake Youth Camp Wins Award

Big Lake Youth Camp recently received the Phyllis M. Ford Award from the American Camp Association, Oregon Trail section. The award praised Big Lake for "creating innovative and effective programs... More

Healthy Hearts Make Happy People

Adventist churches throughout Portland, Ore., are catching the vision of health ministry, all because of the initiative of a group of retired nurses and their friends from The Village retirement... More

Portland Adventist Academy Students Learn Cutting Edge Science

Portland Adventist Academy honors anatomy and physiology students recently witnessed a heart surgery at the Oregon Health and Science University. The experience was highlighted with a lecture from... More

Sharon Church: Reaching Out to Young and Old Through Education

The Sharon Church in Portland, Ore., is making a difference in the surrounding community. All because three years ago Heather Hawkins saw a need and stepped into the gap. The tutoring program she... More

Springfield Celebrates Fall with Imagination

On a wet and windy Oct. 31, 2009, the Springfield (Ore.) Church social committee invited children from the community to enjoy an evening of fellowship and blessing at the church. Marian Pielaette,... More

Winning Souls for Christ in Ethiopia!

In the spring of 2009, the Ohana Christian Fellowship in West Linn, Ore., and Portland Adventist Academy co-sponsored a mission trip to Ethiopia. The group of more than 34 students, faculty and... More

Go Mission Fest A Call to Christian Service

Nearly a thousand people attended Go Mission Fest at Upper Columbia Academy Nov. 13–15, 2009. The three-day event was designed to inspire Christians to accept the commission of Jesus to take the... More

Island Mission Adventure Shows a Young Man's Dedication to Service

Ryan McCune, of the Spokane Valley (Wash.) Adventist Church, finished his senior year at Upper Columbia Academy in the spring of 2009. It was a landmark victory — his epilepsy convulsions made the... More

New Industrial Arts Technology Building at Harris Junior Academy

Smiles and cheers abounded Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at the long-awaited ribbon cutting ceremony for Harris Junior Academy’s newly dedicated industrial arts technology building in Pendleton, Ore.The... More

The Disciple Ship

The Disciple Ship, a partnership of the Upper Columbia Conference Children’s Ministry and Education departments and the North American Division of Children’s Ministry, sailed into harbor at Camp... More

UCC Welcomes New Trust Officer

The Upper Columbia Conference is pleased to welcome Andrew McCrary to the Trust Department as an officer. McCrary has an interest in business and a love for people. One of his passions is sharing... More

W.H.E. Network Opens Three Healing Centers

While it may be shocking, domestic violence is just as prevalent in Adventist homes as it is among unchurched families. The Women’s Healing and Empowerment Network in Spokane, Wash., is working to... More

Yakima Students Enjoy Creation Adventures in Yellowstone

The students yelled in unison “Oh, stop the bus! There’s a buffalo in the road!”Twenty cameras pointed out the windows as the 2,000-pound bull sauntered down the highway.Yakima (Wash.) Adventist... More

A Spiritual Lifeline Ministries Class Experiences Practical Application

For the staff of Positive Life Radio, the Adventist radio station broadcasting from the campus of Walla Walla University, cooperation with students is a time-honored tradition. But when Kevin Krueger... More

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"Yellow Ribbon" Brings Vets to WWUStudents Work to Stop Human Trafficking

<i>The Biggest Loser</i> Winners Share Lifestyle Insights

The holidays offer many tempting culinary treats presenting a challenge for people trying to be good stewards of health.Matt and Suzy, NBC's The Biggest Loser season 2 winners who lost 157 and 95... More

Churches Celebrate Milestones

Three churches in the Washington Conference recently celebrated significant milestones.Debt-Free, Mission FocusedThe earliest presence of Seventh-day Adventists in Tacoma, Wash., traces back to June... More

Students, Smiles and Sandbags A Sabbath of Service

It was a cold, rainy, Sabbath afternoon in mid-November 2009, when Auburn Adventist Academy students helped with a sandbagging effort in Auburn, Wash., after city officials sent out a call for help."... More

Washington Begins to GLOW

No matter your age, there is a new and easy way for you to share your faith. Giving Light to Our World (GLOW) is a literature ministries program where participants are challenged to distribute at... More

The Big Picture of Ministry

Western Washington churches offer community follow-up programs after holiday outreach events. See stories at washingtonconference.org.