June 2010


The Yellow Bus

I think you could say Herb and Iris Jensen planted the Woodland Church in Woodland, Washington. We didn't quite use that terminology in those days, but that is what they...


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The Next Step

"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to...


The Next Step

"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to...



The Gleaner Goes to Atlanta

Catch daily Northwest reports during this summer's General Conference session in Atlanta. If you're not already receiving the GleanerNOW! e-newsletter, sign up for...




On page 9 in the Alaska section of the May GLEANER, the article titled "Truth 4 Youth in Gambell" was...


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Better Life Expects Portland Signal Soon

Better Life Broadcasting Network, based in Grants Pass, Oregon, hopes to...



A Knock at the Door

A smiling woman opened the door in response to our knock and swept us into her little home in Trujillo, Peru. When she learned we were visiting from North America, her...



ACCION Un Cambio Radical en Cristo

"¡Lo que he experimentado con mi familia en los ultimos dias fue un cambio radical en nuestras vidas," me conto Arturo Rodriguez. Tuvimos el privilegio de asistir a las reuniones del hermano Carlos... More

Restoring Hope, Restoring Health: WWGH employees help Haiti

Some Adventist Churches in Port au Prince, Haiti, are destroyed and broken. At least one is intact but it stands empty. Since the devastating earthquake earlier this year, church members refuse to... More

Women's Ministry at Anchorage Samoan Church

Feb. 22 was designated Women's Ministry Day in the Anchorage (Alaska) Samoan Church.The Sabbath service began with inspiring songs and was followed by welcomes and announcements. The women's choir... More

Juneau Responds to a Dry and Thirsty Land

This refrain haunts me as in my mind's eye I see a tall, slender black man, his eyes squinting against the African sun, feet dusty as he walks the roads to neighboring homes and villages. In his... More

Enterprise Team Reaches Out to Bangladesh

Like the woman in the Bible who bled for years without a cure, Amala (name has been changed) wondered if it would be of any use to go to the makeshift clinic arranged in the middle of a beetle nut... More

MEAA Students Sponsor Foreign Children

At the start of my senior year, I felt an urge to reach out and give back something for everything I’ve received. My friend, Wendy Lane, and I had been talking about what an awesome opportunity it... More

Basketballin' for Haiti

If you had peeked into the gym at Portland Adventist Academy, in Portland, Ore., on the morning of March 21, you would have found more than 50 people warming up for the basketball tournament set to... More

Northwest Teams Continue Project in Uruapan, Mexico

The mission trip began early Sunday morning, March 14, from Hood River, Ore. The destination was 1,300 miles south to Uruapan, Mexico, about 40 miles south of Ensenada.Curt and Elaina Mathiesen began... More

More Than 1,000 Visit PAA to Hear Speaker with No Limbs

Portland Adventist Academy hosted a sold-out crowd of nearly 1,300 people for an event to be remembered.Nick Vujicic was born without limbs and at an early age contemplated suicide. Now he speaks to... More

Love Finds A Way At Gladstone Park

A wedding reception was held in the Gladstone Park Fellowship Room Sunday, April 18, in Gladstone, Ore. It was the final knot tied between Daniel Sandoval, local elder, and Opal Lindsay. Paul Rivera... More

Retirement Celebration at Roseburg Church

A retirement celebration was held Feb. 21 for Linda Trenholm, Roseburg (Ore.) Church long-time secretary and custodian. A surprise potluck at the Better Living Center drew many friends and supporters... More

Friends Helping Friends Team Heads to Warm Springs

During spring break, March 21–26, the Friends Helping Friends Mission Team took 37 youth and adults to the Warm Springs Native American Reservation in Warm Springs, Ore. The team had 23 youth hailing... More

Hearts on Fire 'Ignite!'

On Sunday, March 28, more than 130 Seventh-day Adventist women from around the conference gathered at the Lebanon Adventist Church for an annual event called Hearts on Fire"Ignite!" It was an all-day... More

Teens Sacrifice Spring Break for Brewster

Sixty-one Pathfinders participated in the 14th-annual Teen Mission Adventure during spring break this year. Youth from all areas of the conference spent seven days doing volunteer community service... More

It's How You Play the Game

Polished wood floors, the clock ticking down, players trying to anticipate their opponent’s next move, watchful referees and the bounce, bounce, bounce of a basketball. During Walla Walla University’... More

Share the Life Seminars Bring People Closer to Christ

Our personal relationship with Christ is the most important aspect of any outreach we undertake. In order to share, we must first have something to give away.Share the Life, the Upper Columbia... More

More UCC News

Read these and more online:UCC Members Raise $149k for HaitiEast Wenatchee Missionaries go to KentuckyBeloved Teacher DiesRetired Teacher Sews for Orphansuccsda.org/news

Easter Events Impact Three Cities

Four Upper Columbia Conference churches participated in three Easter outreach events sharing the good news of our risen Savior. Nearly 4,000 visitors attended these events in Spokane, Wash., Cheney,... More

Groundbreaking Launches Building Phase

A groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, April 6, marked the beginning of the building phase for the new Upper Columbia Conference headquarters to replace the office destroyed by fire in December 2008.... More

Beloved Teacher Dies

Olin Peach, former teacher at Upper Columbia Academy, died on April 9, 2010. He was involved in a snowmobile accident on his property in Oregon.A beloved teacher and friend, Mr. Peach had an... More

UCC Members Raise More Than $149,000 for Haiti

Adventists in Upper Columbia Conference raised more than $149,900 during January and February to help Haitian-earthquake survivors.UCC has more than 25,000 members in eastern Washington, northern... More

Retired Teacher Sews For Orphans

Verna Sonnentag retired from teaching in 2008 and has been sewing clothes for children ever since. In addition to the clothes she makes, Sonnentag collects unused clothing and sends them to... More

East Wenatchee Members Head East Teaching Health

Steve and Suzanne Day, members of the East Wenatchee (Wash.) Seventh-day Adventist Church, have headed east some 2,300 miles from their home in Washington State to spread the Three Angels' Message to... More

More WWU News Box

CAA Grad Wins Student Employee of the YearAll About GraduationCalled: Online Series Features Current Student MissionariesLEGO Robotics National Champs Announced

Academic Excellence Easily Maintained Students Receive Awards for Achievements

"What is an immortalized Schwann cell?" John McVay, Walla Walla University president, asked Lisa Barcelo, senior biochemistry major, from the platform of the University Church.It was WWU's annual... More

The Big Picture of Ministry

Find inspiration to "Go Take Jesus to the World."Watch Washington Adventist Camp Meeting programs live online June 11–19.

Washington Delegates Attend 58th Constituency Session

The doors of Auburn Adventist Academy Church in Auburn, Wash., opened Sunday morning, April 18, to welcome nearly 300 delegates to the 58th Constituency Session of the Washington Conference of... More

Students Experience Evangelism Firsthand in Peru

Several Auburn Adventist Academy students presented their first health talks and sermons in Peru during an evangelistic-mission trip organized by the North Pacific Union Conference in March.This... More

David and Gaylene Wolkwitz Retire from Ministry

In every conversation, report, letter, meeting or sermon, David and Gaylene Wolkwitz show a deep love for Jesus and for people."Dave and Gaylene made a spiritual difference in this conference," says... More

Friday Harbor Hosts Earth Day Creation Fest

The Friday Harbor (Wash.) Church hosted an Earth Day Creation Fest in April for their island community. This is the small congregation's third year hosting."This event makes a positive impact in the... More

Skagit Students Raise Funds for Mission Well

The eighth-grade class at Skagit Adventist School in Burlington, Wash., found an idea for a class mission project several months ago.The class decided to raise money to install a well after hearing... More