July 2011


Leading Little Lambs

The Bengali poet, Rabindranath Tagore, once observed, "Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man." 1



Our Eternal Mission

A few simple words from Ellen White are embedded in the very fabric of our Adventist philosophy of education: " ... the work of education and the work of redemption are...


Let's Talk


They were gathered around the restaurant table — husband, wife and two girls. Between bites of my own dinner, I observed their marked lack of interaction. There were no...



They were gathered around the restaurant table — husband, wife and two girls. Between bites of my own dinner, I observed their marked lack of interaction. There were no...



From the GLEANER Archives

These fine folks do not deserve to disappear into the GLEANER archives, unnamed and unsung. If you know when or where this photo might have been taken or the...


New Blogs

Dear Counselor ...

"Lately I've noticed texting from my mobile phone has become an obsession. I send texts to all...


News Notes

Idaho Constituents Elect Officers

Delegates met Sunday, May 22, in Caldwell, Idaho, for the 52nd constituency...



WWU Not the Only One

Although I'm currently a student at Pacific Union College, in Angwin, California, I still make...



Adventist Health News

Adventist Health recently launched a new corporate website. After months of working on content, visually pleasing design and increased functionality, the new site is now more user friendly and... More

God in Action at Amazing Grace Academy

As the fastest growing Adventist church school in the North Pacific Union Conference, Amazing Grace Academy, in Palmer, Alaska, is experiencing an answer to prayer that has surpassed its wildest... More

'A Mother's Love'

The Eagle Church in Eagle, Idaho, was blessed on Mother's Day Sabbath. The title of the sermon on was "A Mother's Love," delivered by the church's youngest known speaker. The young man was James... More

Revelation Seminar in Boise Central

Boise Central Church, a recent start-up church near downtown Boise, Idaho, recently completed a Revelation seminar with meetings every Tuesday evening for six months.Prior to and during the meetings... More

Wayne Hooper's Legacy Continues

Gem State Academy has many "greats." One such person is Wayne Hooper, class of 1938. Hooper spent his life composing and arranging Christian music. His masterpiece, "We Have This Hope," is well known... More

Adventist Student Makes Top 10 at State Geography Bee

More than 100 students from around the state met April 1 in Billings, Mont., at the state National Geography Bee to compete. The person who won first-place in the bee would qualify to move on to... More

Highland View Christian School Ground Breaking

In August 2010, Highland View Christian School in Butte, Mont., opened with six students and one teacher. A large classroom was set up in the basement of the church with a smaller room for the... More

Not Just for Moms

Tawny Sportsman was the speaker at the Riverside Church in Washougal, Wash., for Mother's Day Sabbath on May 7. Her sermon was a treat for everyone, not just mothers. Sportsman, Oregon Conference... More

The Full Plate Diet: Are You Eating Enough to Lose Weight?

Riverside Church members, in Washougal, Wash., have embarked on a health adventure: the Full Plate Diet. The adventure began with a Taste and See Health Seminar on March 14, which introduced the... More

Treasure Chest Legacy Workshops Bring Healing and Spiritual Growth

Journaling has been known to unlock the secrets of the heart, and that is exactly what it did for the members of Riverside Church in Washougal, Wash., who participated in the Treasure Chest Legacy... More

Midweek Family Night a Success

On March 9, the Albany (Ore.) Church kicked off a 13-week trial of a midweek Family Night, offering several different classes.In addition to the already existing Bible-study group that met at the... More

Sharing God's Love Pathfinder Fair 2011

It's a typical cloudy spring day outside, but inside it's an exciting, fun-filled celebration of Pathfinder ministry.The Oregon Conference Pathfinder Fair was held May 15 at the Linn County... More

Signs of God in Guatemala

On Milo’s mission trip to the beautiful country of Guatemala, I saw signs of God everywhere! Our group had the opportunity to have fun and experience the culture, but more importantly, we had the... More

Mini-Mission Trip to Sweet Home

Nearly 75 "missionaries," from a dozen churches around the Oregon Conference, recently participated in a three-day mini-mission trip, the community impact weekend, to Sweet Home, Ore.On Friday... More

Directional Difference

Looking for a safer environment and higher academic standards for their son, Neil, who had attended public school, the Patel family asked for directions to a private school. They were not interested... More

CAA Biology Trip Research 'Transecting' all Disciplines

Usually 6:30 a.m. isn't the time to ask academy students to show up for school. But on April 20, that's the time 26 biology students arrived at Columbia Adventist Academy due to lunar forces. No,... More

LAA Students Eager to Serve

Adventist young people are eager to serve. When Livingstone Adventist Academy, in Salem, Ore., became a full high school in 2005, leaders wanted to stress the importance of service within the... More

PAA Teacher Wins National Award

A Portland Adventist Academy teacher recently won an Alumni Awards Foundation award for Excellence in Teaching.Mark Smith, computer teacher and computer department chairman, was presented with a gold... More

Rogue Valley Adventist Academy Takes Trip to India

On Dec. 18, 2010, 16 high school students from Medford, Ore., arrived at Fjarli Adventist Academy in Darcy, India. Rogue Valley Adventist Academy students chose to use their Christmas vacation... More

Eugene Church Experiences a “Memorable” Sermon

Remember back a few years ago, when there were competitions in Sabbath School to see who could recite all 13 memory verses for the quarter? And then, as an adult, when class record was being taken... More

UCC Relocates to New Headquarters

On Monday, May 23, the Upper Columbia Conference office staff met for one last worship in the leased facility that has housed the church’s regional headquarters for more than two years.During worship... More

Pathfinder Fair

Weather forecasters predicted rain and even tornadoes during the recent Upper Columbia Conference Pathfinder Fair in Lewiston, Idaho. But instead, an outpouring of the Holy Spirit's power appeared to... More

Positive Life Radio Reaches Out Serving as His Hands and Feet

If you were on a mission trip, and a villager walked up and handed you her dying child and asked desperately for you to save the child, what would you do?Spokane Linwood member, Dan Fuller, and his... More

'The Borrowed Tomb'

Back in January, members of the Coeur d'Alene Church began planning an Easter drama that would bring to life the trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The Borrowed Tomb, an Easter musical,... More

CCA's Music With A Mission LIVEing for Him!

On Sunday, April 10, the Cascade Christian Academy bus pulled out from the school parking lot embarking on a nine-day, nine-concert journey that would cover more than 2,500 miles while visiting nine... More

Local TV Ministry Goes into All the World

Blue Mountain Television is a viewer-supported Seventh-day Adventist broadcast ministry operating English and Spanish stations in the Walla Walla (Wash.) Valley. For more than 20 years, the ministry... More

Walla Walla Valley Academy Celebrating 125 years of Adventist Education

To the pioneers of the Seventh-day Adventist message ... who have handed on to us the torch of truth — kindled again at such infinite cost," begins the dedication of the 1952 Walla Walla College... More

A Dream Filfilled Mattawa Spanish Church Organized

The Mattawa (Wash.) Spanish Church began as a company in 2003 due in part to a dream given to Jose Luis Perez. He dreamed that a voice said, "You must tell the people that I am coming very soon."... More

UCA Seniors Learn Personal Finance Principal and Business Manager Take a Turn at Teaching

Troy Patzer, Upper Columbia Academy principal and Debbie Nelson, vice principal for finance, added part-time teacher to their job description this past spring. Patzer who has a Master of Business... More

Goldendale Adventist's Multipurpose Center Groundbreaking

Arletta Parton, mayor of Goldendale, Wash., broke ground for Goldendale Adventist's Multipurpose Center. Sunday, May 1, Parton joined members of the Goldendale Church to break ground for the new... More

North View Adventist Church New in North Spokane

John Bradshaw, speaker-director of It Is Written, opened the first weekend of the Revelation Today Bible Prophecy Seminar on March 18 at the Farwell Elementary School Auditorium in North Spokane.... More

Building Engineering Innovators and Leaders

The Walla Walla University's Edward F. Cross School of Engineering has been offering quality education in a vibrant campus community for 64 years. More than 1,200 students have graduated from the... More

More WWU News Box

Registration is now open for the FIRST LEGO League Regional Robotics Challenge to be held at WWU on April 8, 2012. Register your team at gofll.usfirst.org. This year's theme is Food Factor.

PSAA Students Cast for International Education Tour

Two seniors at Puget Sound Adventist Academy, Stefan Danilov and Mina Mirmotahari, were chosen from a national casting call to be the new faces for EF Tours."Being in front of cameras and jet-setting... More

Weeks of Prayer Inspire Skagit Students

Weeks of Prayer are fundamental for any Christian school.Lower elementary grades at Skagit Adventist Academy, in Burlington, Wash., started the year with a teacher-led Week of Prayer with Wendy Witas... More

Auburn Seniors Discover World of Medicine

Nicole Riederer found her career calling on Sabbath at 12:15 a.m. Sabbath in Loma Linda University Medical Center's emergency department. Jonathan Simons job shadowed a physical therapist for four... More

Office of Education Prepares for Leadership Transitions

The Washington Conference office of education is geared up for a summer of transitions.Denise White, associate superintendent, after a year-long process accepted a position at Union College in... More

LCAS Builds for Eternity

Completing the new building for Lewis County Adventist School, the junior academy in Chehalis, Wash., was a major goal this year. There were also three spritual goals emphasized: a personal... More

Orcas Pilots Green Textbook Program

Orcas Christian School in Eastsound, Wash., is running a pilot program this semester using Apple iPads in two classes, American Literature and AP Biology.The AP Biology class has the text material... More

First Graders Travel the World Through Literature and Koalas

Ruthie McPherson's first-grade classroom oozes with color, creativity — and koalas. Every year the first-grade teacher at Buena Vista Adventist School in Auburn, Wash., selects a literature-based... More

Port Orchard Holds CHIP Seminar

The Port Orchard Church, under the leadership of Virlyn Dodge and Vicki Mathison, conducted a Coronary Health Improvement Project seminar at the church’s fellowship hall with 16 sessions over seven... More