May 2011


Present Darkness, Future Hope

Have you noticed the unsettling headlines recently? Headlines clearly remind us time is short and Jesus is coming soon — very soon.



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The Wall

As a lad and the youngest of three boys, I eagerly accepted the role of chief underdog and pest. Having three guys in one bedroom was interesting enough, but placing me...


The Wall

As a lad and the youngest of three boys, I eagerly accepted the role of chief underdog and pest. Having three guys in one bedroom was interesting enough, but placing me...




Prest is New Idaho President

David Prest Jr. has accepted the invitation of the Idaho Conference executive committee to become conference president. He will fill the...


GLEANER Blog Join Two New Discussions This Month

Cheri Corder — Christianity at Church

Loving thy neighbor is one thing ... but what about loving the saints? Hmmm...



Kudos to Don Gray

I was glad to hear about the NPUC honoring Don Gray. Don and his wife, Marge, have done such...


From the GLEANER Archives

There's a story and mystery behind this photo. It was discovered in the attic of an old house in southwestern Oregon more than a decade ago. Also in the attic was the...



Larry Dodds Celebrates a Career Dedicated to Mission

After almost 40 years of dedicated service at Adventist Health, Larry Dodds, executive vice president and COO, is retiring. While he is looking forward to trading his suit and tie for something... More

2011 Arctic Native Camp Meetings a Success

Max Torkelsen, North Pacific Union Conference president, was the featured speaker at the Alaska Conference Western-Arctic Camp Meeting, conducted in Dillingham and Togiak, Alaska, on March 18 and 19.... More

Bible Prophecy Seminar

The Nampa (Idaho) Church recently held a seminar on Islam and Christianity, presented in February by Tim Roosenberg, guest speaker and Eagle Church pastor. There was an average daily attendance of... More

Godiva Chocolates in an M&M® World

Godiva Chocolates in an M&M® World — sounds good, doesn't it? More than 125 women from all over the Idaho Conference thought so, too. Cheri Gatton and the Idaho Conference women's ministries team... More

Let the Races Begin

“Let the races begin!” Alina Brown announced from her father’s shoulders to start the fifteenth-annual Montana Pathfinder pinewood derby. Fast times and creative car designs characterized the fun-... More

First-annual Pathfinder Bible Achievement Program

The Five Falls Sentinels Pathfinder Club from Great Falls, Mont., was the winner for the Montana Conference's first Pathfinder Bible achievement program held Sabbath, Feb. 19.The four-member Five... More

Questions I'd Like to Ask God

What questions would you ask God if you had the opportunity? The Sunnyside Church in Portland, Ore., has opened its doors as a place people can come together to pose questions, have important... More

Portland Adventist Academy Abolitionist Movement

Portland Adventist Academy students are joining the fight against human trafficking.Human trafficking is modern-day slavery that includes forced labor and sexual exploitation. It has become a serious... More

Somerset Lodge Branch Sabbath School

Every Sabbath morning at 9:15 you can hear organ music and singing coming from the chapel on the third floor of the Somerset Lodge retirement facility located on the same street as the Gladstone Park... More

It's a Sprint to the Finish Line

In Scripture, Paul frequently compares living the Christ-filled life to running a race. Taking that analogy seriously as we sprint for the finish line of our original $6.1 million capital campaign,... More

Klamath Falls Women's Retreat Come Thirsty — Drink Deeply

Come Thirsty — Drink Deeply was the theme for the Klamath Falls (Ore.) women's ministry retreat held at their local Adventist Christian school Feb. 25–26.Messages for the event were presented by... More

Pathfinder Sabbath Event in Springfield Oregon

As hosts to Oregon Pathfinder clubs participating in the Bible Achievement Event, the Springfield (Ore.) Church provided a home for the Pathfinder Sabbath program and events on Feb. 26.Ben and Becky... More

'Soup's On' for WWU Nursing Students

For some time, the Sunnyside (Ore.) Church had an unfulfilled desire to reach out to the Walla Walla University nursing students who live in the dorm next door. When Jonathan Russell, pastor, joined... More

Evensong for Drs. Melvin West and Loren Dickinson

It was Sabbath afternoon, March 12 and the Sunnyside Church was filled to near capacity with Walla Walla University alumni, former students, and faculty, Sunnyside members and friends of Drs. West... More

St. Maries Christian School Presents Puppet Medley

The St. Maries (Idaho) Christian School Hands of Faith puppeteers presented their first program Tuesday evening, March 22, at the school to more than 35 guests. Using the puppets, the students acted... More

Orthodox Priest baptized in Coeur d'Alene Church

On Sabbath, Oct. 30, Athanasios-Paul Thompson, Orthodox priest, officially retired and was baptized at the Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) Adventist Church. This was a statement of commitment to both his faith... More

Moses Lake Church GLOWs in the Dark!

On Oct. 31, the Moses Lake (Wash.) Church went out to GLOW IN THE DARK, passing out GLOW literature to all who were willing to take it. Door to door they went, visiting with household members and... More

Church Member Billboard

Jefferson Clark has a new name: Bill Board. His picture first appeared on fliers advertising the community colleges of Spokane, Wash., which were distributed in mailboxes throughout Northeastern... More

First-Adventurer Sabbath for Pasco Takoda Eagles

It's not every Sabbath church members watch their Adventurers do a grand march through the sanctuary with flags and smiles. Yet on March 12, the Pasco (Wash.) Church had that privilege. Children then... More

Sowing while Sewing

Sowing while sewing is not new for the Moses Lake (Wash.) Church and their local Community Services — otherwise known as ACS of LOVE. For more than a year now, one Sunday out of the month, women, men... More

UCA Elementary Health Fair

On March 10, children, parents and people from the community converged at Upper Columbia Adventist Elementary School to have a taste of some healthy cookin', glean knowledge about health issues and... More

Moses Lake Sponsors Family Fun Craft Night

Putting the love of Christ into ACTION is the goal and objective for ACS of LOVE, otherwise known as the Moses Lake (Wash.) Adventist Community Services.On Feb. 23, ACS of LOVE members, church... More

Mission with a Purpose: It's Little Things

Gordon Redmer, 87, has been a member of the Moses Lake (Wash.) Church since the early 1950s. He has served in many capacities, but recently little mission projects he has participated in, come to... More

International Communications New Major Opens Worldwide Doors

For Cassy Collins, language has always been a passion, but the big question is: What do you do with a language major?The creation of the international communication major at Walla Walla University... More

Children Demonstrate Compassion with Stuffed Animals

Second-grade students from Buena Vista Elementary School in Auburn, Wash., learned about compassion and community service during a fieldtrip in February.Each child created a stuffed animal — from... More

Training Forums Focus on Evangelism

Church growth is a hot topic in national media this spring with the release of the National Council of Church's yearbook and prominent articles in publications such as USA Today.But church growth is... More

The Big Picture of Ministry

Stewardship is a daily choice to honor God through your life management and to embrace every opportunity, relationship, ability, asset and commitment.Discover

Washington Conference Affirms Church Elders

In an affirmation of church elders, Washington Conference held a conference-wide elders' meeting in late March to dialogue about mission, ministry, responsibilities, needed resources and commitment.... More

Adventists Continue Involvement with VegFest

Each year, thousands of people who follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle or who are curious about vegetarian food attend VegFest in Seattle, Wash.Vegetarians of Washington, one of the largest... More

Donors Fund Campus Improvements

Visit Auburn Adventist Academy in Auburn, Wash., and you'll notice some changes on campus. An avenue of flowering pink cherry trees lines the front roadway, an attractive brick security fence... More