April 2011



We often treasure most that which costs us most. We say that these objects or relationships are "priceless" to us, right? What we mean is that they are so dear we would...


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Wake Up

I remember the earthquake vividly. Ceiling tiles cascaded; walls crumbled. As I tried to run, the floor rolled violently up and down, then gave way. I felt myself...


Wake Up

I remember the earthquake vividly. Ceiling tiles cascaded; walls crumbled. As I tried to run, the floor rolled violently up and down, then gave way. I felt myself...



From the GLEANER Archives

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Oh, the shame and embarrassment of the GLEANER editors! We credited the wrong individual for March's beautiful Images of Creation photo entitled "Candle in...



More Background on Yakima Valley Academy

The photo ("From the GLEANER Archives," February 2011) was taken...



New NPUC Trust Services Director

Kimberley Schroeder is the new North Pacific Union Conference trust services...


New Online Columns Begin Next Month

Mike Jones — Practical Ideas of Faith in Action

Veteran minister and author, Mike Jones "quit church" for more than...


Technology and the Christian Church

Does your church use a large-screen system in the sanctuary during worship?

Churches with less than 100 in weekly attendance: 53...



ACCION Transformación en Washington

Después de 10 meses de espera y preparación tuvimos una bendecida campaña evangelística con el Pastor José Rojas, en el auditorio de Clover Park Technical College, en la ciudad de Lakewood. Este... More

Hospital Chaplain Plants a Church in Tillamook

Danny Parada is a busy man. As chaplain of Tillamook County General Hospital, he visits patients, prays with them and their families, and offers encouragement to those in need of a little pick-me-up... More

ACS Alaska

On Christmas Day 2010, a severe storm hit Savoonga, Alaska. High northeast winds carrying salt spray from the ocean, froze on electrical equipment. This combined with extreme cold slapped electrical... More

'Women in Ministry'

Maria Avellaneda and Denise Fouts were invited to the annual Kairos three-day weekend outreach at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River, Alaska, joining 21 Christian women of varying... More


The Gem State Adventist Academy Valentine outreach, led by John Bryson, chaplain, and Denise Serack, food service director, was designed to awaken compassion in students. Students helped prepare... More

A Century of Grace and Growth

The Kalispell (Mont.) Church celebrated its 100th anniversary on Dec. 12, 2010, with a special Sabbath service. The church was officially organized on Dec. 10, 1910, and has operated a school 77 out... More

Milo Seniors Think It's About Time

Milo Adventist Academy seniors themed their senior recognition weekend It’s About Time. Rather than invite guest speakers, the seniors teamed with their parents to present heartfelt talks, thereby... More

Battle Ground HealthCare Free Health Care to Open

"I was trying to write a grant proposal with a balanced budget without any money. I read in the Psalm of David it says, '... give me a sign of your goodness Lord.' I prayed and I said, 'God I don't... More

Oregon Member Sees 108th Birthday

On Feb. 4, Loreen Dinwiddie celebrated her 108th birthday. Born in 1903 she is quite possibly the oldest Adventist in the Oregon Conference.When asked, “When did you become an Adventist?” She... More

Follow His Star Christmas Program

For the past four years, the Grants Pass (Ore.) Seventh-day Adventist School has opened its doors to the community every December to act out the biblical Christmas story. On Dec. 16, 2010, students... More

Special Retreat Day Teaches Girls to Become Women of God

Portland Adventist Academy recently treated junior and senior girls to a special on-campus retreat. The day was organized to inspire the ladies to become women representing true worth as daughters of... More

UCA Gets Soul Real Student Week of Prayer Challenges Students to be Real

This year's Student Week of Prayer focused on the theme of "Soul Real" during a spiritually invigorating week at Upper Columbia Academy. Organizers hoped it would encourage students to bare their... More

Sharing Their New Life at Wenatchee Valley View

For 12 years Corey struggled with alcohol and wanted to quit. One morning he woke up on the floor, crying out to God and asking Him to take away his addiction forever.Corey's wife, Stephanie, had... More

Living Life to the Fullest at 90 Medical-Mission Trip to Bangladesh

As the group started their medical-mission trip to Bangladesh the statement was made, “Here we go on a new adventure!” Ted Flaiz’s response was, “That’s just down my alley!” That would have been an... More

Candlelight Vigil Held to Stop Domestic Violence

On Monday, Feb. 21, Spokane, Wash., community members and Adventist Church members gathered for an End It Now candlelight vigil to build domestic violence awareness. Domestic violence is a corrosive... More

Town Hall Meetings Herald Constituency Session

The Upper Columbia Conference held six town hall meetings across the Inland Northwest during February and March in preparation for the upcoming conference constituency session June 19 at Upper... More

Omak Church Rejoices in a Precious Harvest

The evangelistic team of Richard and Mary Halversen joined hands with the Omak (Wash.) Church for a gripping series of prophecy meetings held Sept. 18 through Oct. 16, 2010. Several community guests... More

More WWU News Box

"Jesus Among Us"Sculpture Dedication Ceremony12:45 p.m.Sabbath, April 23University Church front lawn.A depiction of Jesus and modern-day disciples celebrating the tradition of generosity of service... More

Slow Down: Fast Students lead 40-day challenge

Last year, Walla Walla University's student association encouraged students to spend 20 minutes each day with God. This year they decided to try something different and challenged students to "Slow... More

Missionary School Educates for Eternity

In the growing community of Stanwood, Wash., just north of Everett, Wash., is Cedarhome Adventist Christian School, a small school carrying out years of educational tradition off and on since 1908.... More

Kent’s Neighbor Ministry Serves the Community

With little recognition or honor, a dedicated group of volunteers has served meals to the homeless every Wednesday and Saturday — for the past 21 years!Neighbor to Neighbor served its first meal —... More

The Revealing Looks at God’s Character

When a church decides to hold an evangelistic series, they frequently request a guest evangelist. This was not the scenario for the North Cascade Church in Burlington, Wash.Instead, Mark Witas,... More

50-Year Adventist Education Supporters Honored

Wilber and Sara Howell were recently honored at Volunteer Park Church in Seattle, Wash., for giving more than 50 years of support to Adventist Education."Our commitment to Adventist Education began... More

Auburn Restructures Mission Program

Auburn Adventist Academy has a long tradition of involving students and faculty in mission service abroad. In recent years, as many as 70–100 participants have joined mission trip ventures to the... More

The Big Picture of Ministry

Washington Conference pastors, educators and leaders met via teleconference for 40 days of prayer to seek the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.Discover Morewashingtonconference.org

SAGE Seniors Mentor Young Evangelists

Teenager Sarah Ringering and her SAGE Seniors evangelism support team arrived early one evening to set up for an evangelistic meeting in San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico.Opening her laptop, Ringering... More