August 2011


Love, Passion = 35 Years of Regional Convocation

The history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is written with the lives of men and women filled with a love for God, courage to stand for right, and a compelling...


Let's Talk

Dumb and Dumber

There are vaccines for smallpox, polio and tuberculosis. Flu shots and inoculations against all sorts of unspeakable are in plenteous supply. But there is no such...


Dumb and Dumber

There are vaccines for smallpox, polio and tuberculosis. Flu shots and inoculations against all sorts of unspeakable are in plenteous supply. But there is no such...



New Blogs

Dear Counselor:

My husband and I have a niece at the local college. Since her parents are at a distant location, we...


News Notes

New ASI-Northwest Officers Elected

Adventist-Laymen's Services and Industries Northwest chapter held its spring...


From the GLEANER Archives

We need your help. Do you recognize any of these faces? Do you have an idea of where and when the photo was taken? Help us identify this photo in our archives. Add...



Adventists Supported Hitler?

You wrote [Let's Talk, June 2011] that some Adventists ... aligned with Hitler. Did I...



Adventist-Laymen's Services and Industries 2011 Northwest Convention

Adventist-Laymen's Services and Industries Northwest chapter held its spring meeting April 28–May 1 on the beautiful shores of Coeur d'Alene Lake, Idaho. Those who...



ACCION "Un Hogar Sano, Fragante y Feliz"

El día comenzó con mucha actividad: preparar la comida y decorar los salones para el programa. Así empezó el Evento de Un Día de la Mujer Hispana, en la Conferencia de Washington, el 1 de Mayo, 2011... More

Employee Wellness Top Priority at Adventist Medical Center

Many of us work all day (or night) and come home too tired to hit the gym or exercise some other way. We wonder why we feel sluggish, unhealthy and maybe even depressed.Adventist Medical Center, in... More

Alaska Pathfinders Warm Cold Camp Tuk!

"Finally, after several years of waiting, Pathfinders are back at Camp Tukuskoya in Big Lake, Alaska," says Tafi Toleafoa, Anchorage–Samoan Pathfinder Club leader to Ann Altaffer, the new Alaska... More

Boise Pathfinder Icon Celebrates 50 Years of Service

Boise (Idaho) Ponderosa Pathfinder icon, Walker Roles, was honored for 50 years of Pathfinder service at the Cloverdale (Idaho) Church on Sabbath, June 4.Roles started working with the Boise... More

Caldwell Church 50th Anniversary Celebration

Special weekend services were held May 13–14 to celebrate the Caldwell Church’s 50th anniversary of worshipping in the current church facility.The weekend’s celebration began Friday evening with an... More

Belgrade/Livingston/Big Timber Welcome New Pastoral Couple

The Belgrade/Livingston/Big Timber (Mont.) District is very pleased to have Rollin Hixson and his wife, Kathleen, as the new pastoral couple. Rollin is not a stranger to the Montana Conference,... More

Newest Member of the Montana Conference Office Staff

Barry L. Taylor has joined the Montana Conference office staff after being selected by the Board of Trustees in May 2011. He will serve as the new Planned Giving and Trust Services director. He... More

Miracle in October

A struggling single mother of two in Bozeman, Mont. — not exactly a force to be reckoned with — UNLESS she is a member of a body run by the King of kings Himself. Truly, we all feel pretty... More

Battle Ground HealthCare Opens to the Public

On May 22, Battle Ground HealthCare officially opened its doors to the community. Vickie Marsh’s vision was key to seeing this clinic become a reality. From the visioning process to the planning... More

Eugene Church Experiences a 'Memorable' Sermon

Recently, Keith Zaugg took the worship service at the Eugene (Ore.) Church to recite (in character) the entire book of James. As he did, it was with the passion Zaugg imagined the author would have... More

Ohana Families Serve Navajo Families in Momument Valley

In March, the Ohana Christian Fellowship of the Seventh-day Adventist Church sent 30 members on a mission trip to Monument Valley, Utah, to serve the Navajo people. Ohana, meaning "family" and "... More

The 'Serve' in Service Week Students Blessed by Helping Others

Service week at Klamath Falls (Ore.) Adventist Christian School gave the students several opportunities to share the love of Christ with friends and neighbors. Through service projects they learned... More

School + Church = A Friend in Jesus

Susan Kim, a vibrant South Korean woman, arrived in Portland, Ore., last fall with her two children as exchange students. She was hoping her children could attend a Catholic or public school known... More

The Full Plate Diet Comes to Riverside

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

Oregon Members Build 27 Churches in Malawi

"The idea of building One-Day Churches is a fantastic plan, and our trip to Malawi was based on that idea," says Randy Meyer, International Caring Hands executive director and Fall Creek (Ore.)... More

Lakeview Women's Retreat Where Your Heart Is

“Where your heart is” was the theme of the Women’s Ministry retreat held at the Lakeview Church in Lakeview, Ore., on May 15. The program was presented by four women from the Klamath Falls Church:... More

CHIP Graduation Thoughts

Linda and I had decided not to attend this CHIP program. The closer we came to the date of this particular program, the more we were decided not to attend.After all, I had personally attended the 19-... More

Myrtle Creek’s Better Living Center Finished

A new improved Better Living Center has been a dream of the last five pastors but plans were not given much consideration until about twelve years ago. George Walker, a local member, had taken the... More

A Grand Opening Indeed New UCC Office Ready for Action

The landscape wasn't complete, but the joy wrapped up in the Grand Opening celebration for the newly rebuilt Upper Columbia Conference office in Spokane, Wash., was unmistakable. Robert Folkenberg Jr... More

UCC Camp Meeting Packs the House

“Consumed with Christ” was the theme of Upper Columbia Conference’s first extended camp meeting held June 15–18 on the campus of Upper Columbia Academy, near Spangle, Wash. From the youngest children... More

Upper Columbia Delegates Re-Elect Officers

Delegates to the 76th Constituency Session of the Upper Columbia Conference re-elected officers Robert Folkenberg Jr., president; Doug R. Johnson, vice president for administration; and Randall Terry... More

Baptism at Oroville, Wash.

"The soul redeemed and cleansed from sin, with all its noble powers dedicated to the service of God, is of surpassing worth; and there is joy in heaven, in the presence of God and holy angels, over... More

UCA Foundation Loves UCA Students

The Upper Columbia Academy Foundation recently awarded six students with scholarships from the foundation's various endowment funds. Melina Maniscalco received the Olin Peach Scholarship, and five... More

Bonners Ferry Church Shares Jesus

The Bonners Ferry Church shared Jesus in a series of meetings coordinated by the Share the Life outreach team, with lay members Bob Johnson, Jeff Pownall and Hank Schatzel presenting the nightly... More

The Big Picture of Ministry

"Reflecting the Image of Christ" includes listening to God, living with humility, praying for others, worshipping with sincerity and sharing our faith.Discover

New Ways to Share Healthy Messages

A healthy flow of ideas is streaming through western Washington as volunteers and Washington Conference staff work to spread the benefits of vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.Nessy Pittau, Washington... More

Women Learn to 'Come to the Quiet'

Nearly 360 women from western Washington were greeted with warm smiles and spring touches adorning each place setting as they entered the 2011 Women's Spring Day, event in Auburn, Wash.Eileen States... More

Teens Organize Mini-Maker Faire

Inspired by the Maker Faire in California, the Poulsbo (Wash.) Church's teen class set out to create an event drawing more than 1,000 attendees to their church and school on June 5, the sunniest day... More

Bible Conference Ignites Spiritual Growth

Academy-age students participated in a Youth Bible Conference at Auburn Adventist Academy in May.The morning began with music from Auburn students followed by a prayer time where students tried new-... More

PSAA Students Involved in Ministry

Puget Sound Adventist Academy students in Kirkland, Wash., are discovering new ways to reach out to their fellow students, their community and the world. Many of these ministries are established... More