November 2011


Engaging in Our Mission

Every successful organization, company or church has a mission, a calling or reason for existence.

What happens when we don't actively...



A Student Delegate Speaks Out

EDITOR'S NOTE: At the recent North Pacific Union Conference Constituency Session, the GLEANER asked Ian Field, a 21-year-old Walla Walla University history major...


Northwest Adventist Leadership Convention Photos Online

More than 300 photos of the Northwest Adventist Leadership Convention and the North Pacific Union Conference Constituency Session are online, courtesy of Heidi...


From the GLEANER Archives

This building was the precursor to an existing Adventist academy in the North Pacific Union Conference. During the 1920s it housed 10 grades of students who were...


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The Invited Guest

The family had gathered from hither and yon. All were in fine festive fettle. The traditional "glutenous" feast had been prepared with delectable ingredients from such exotic locations as...



ACCION Nace Un Grupo Hispano en Tillamook, Oregon

El grupo hispano de Tillamook comenzó en la pequeña ciudad de Nehalem, Oregón hace apenas un año atrás. Eran tres familias de la Iglesia de Jesucristo, que fervorosamente oraban y estudiaban las... More

Adventist Health Hospitals Stay Clean and Green

"Go Green" isn’t just the mantra of canvas-toting hippies aiming to reduce their carbon footprint. Several Adventist Health hospitals and their environmental services departments have taken the... More

2011 Men's Retreat

There is probably no men's retreat on the face of the planet which is as clearly designed for men who love the Lord and the great Alaskan out-of-doors than the Alaskan Men's Retreat. For this, men... More

Fall Teachers' Meetings

Early August finds Alaskan teachers traveling to Anchorage for the beginning of school teachers' in-service. This year was a special time. Alaska has added several new teachers and teaching... More

Idaho Welcomes New VP for Finance

John Rogers, former Oregon Conference undertreasurer, is serving as the new vice president for finance of the Idaho Conference. Rogers began his career at the North Pacific Union Conference in 1991... More

Idaho Youth Rush Wraps up Summer 2011

The Idaho Youth Rush program started in the summer of 2009 as a student literature evangelist program, also known as colporteuring. This summer was the third and best summer for the Idaho Conference... More

Idaho Christian Women's Retreat Says Goodbye to Mary Ellsworth

Sept. 9–11 marked the 25th anniversary of the Idaho Christian Women's Retreat, a lay-led ministry held every year at Camp Ida Haven in McCall, Idaho. The Idaho CWR, as it's commonly referred to, was... More

If I Can Do It So Can You

These are Brody Schillo's words from Billing, Mont. He believes in Matthew 19:26 "With God all things are possible."As an 11-year-old boy was one of the 15 National Geographic winners for 2011,... More

New Pastors for Havre and Hamilton Districts in Montana

Phillip and Loredana Neuharth have accepted the call to pastor the Havre, Shelby and Ft. Belknap churches in northern Montana. Phillip has a degree in theology from Southern Adventist University and... More

Glacier View School Celebrates Open House

Kim Apperspach, mayor, and his wife, Denise, joined the Ronan (Mont.) Church in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for their remodeled school facility. After being closed for over a year, the... More

Glendive Community Outreach Weekend

Over 64 participants, representing churches from Montana, North Dakota, Tennessee, Michigan, Illinois and Washington joined in eastern Montana's "mini-mission" for a weekend in mid August.Clothed in... More

Motorcycle Camp Meeting

It was a beautiful weekend at Gladstone Campground as motorcyclists arrived on their highway cruisers, sport bikes, custom choppers and touring motorcycles. Go into All the World ... Motorcycle Camp... More

A Century Celebrated Silverton Community Adventist Church

It's been one hundred years! The week-end of celebrations were as stimulating as was the occasion auspicious. "I am still living in the glow of Aug. 19 and 20," wrote Les Jones, Silverton (Ore.)... More

PAA Welcomes New Staff Member

Portland Adventist Academy is pleased to welcome a new staff member.Jessica Glover joins the PAA staff part time to fill needs in the library, as a tutor and librarian, and in the administrative... More

Sutherlin Adventist Christian School Opens

Aug. 24, marked the opening of the Sutherlin (Ore.) Adventist Christian School. The school has a long history in the community, dating back to 1919. Three years ago, much to everyone's regret, the... More

An Icon Says 'Good-bye' To the End of an Era

They say the only thing that stays the same is "change," but for the last 32 years the only one who stayed at Columbia Adventist Academy through all those changes was Reavis Belin, teacher. Call him... More

Eugene Adventist Korean School at Eugene Korean Church

Every Sunday morning, people gather at the Eugene (Ore.) Korean Church, not for Sunday School but Korean School. This year, 40 students have enrolled in the school with the majority of students not... More

Hearts Directed to God During Vacation Bible School

Last May, Ron Hart, Hood River (Ore.) Church pastor, asked each church-board member to report on his or her activities for the past month, as is his custom. Jessica Bailey, acting personal ministries... More

Communion with 300 UCA Kicks off the Year

Many of us have had people over for worship to bring in the Sabbath. However, have you ever had worship and communion at your house with 300 of your friends? Troy Patzer, Upper Columbia Academy... More

Youth Rush Students Touch Lives For Christ

For the past two years, the Upper Columbia Conference has hosted a summer youth ministry called Youth Rush. Youth Rush is a 10–week summer program where students get involved in literature evangelism... More

Bible-worker Training School Launched

The Church Growth department of Upper Columbia Conference launched its first SHINE Bible Worker Training School in Spokane this year. The four-week course, held at the Upper Columbia Conference... More

Dayton Day Camp Connecting Children with Christ

The Dayton (Wash.) Church struggled for years making a significant impact in their community. Time and again they tried reaching their neighbors but kept finding closed doors. That’s when they... More

Russian Northwest Camp Meeting Lighting Up Central Washington

Upper Columbia Conference's Spokane Slavic Adventist Company hosted the sixth-annual Russian Northwest Camp Meeting, Sept. 2–5. This year's event was held in Soap Lake, Wash.Over 500 members from six... More

UCC Welcomes New Pastor

The Upper Columbia Conference is pleased to announce the addition of a new pastor in Spokane, Wash. Alfredo Campechano has accepted the call to serve as senior pastor for the Spokane and Othello... More

'I Felt Valued' Program Empowers Freshmen to Succeed

"It was my freshman year at Walla Walla University, and I was scared out of my mind." Rachael Coon, sophomore English major, remembers the transition to college last fall, and she... More

96 Attend Lacey Cooking Classes

Lacey (Wash.) Church presented four weekly vegetarian/vegan cooking classes in May. Each class featured plant-based food samples, followed by DVDs emphasizing the health benefits of a meatless diet... More

Startup Church 'Celebrating Life in Recovery'

The Startup, Wash., Church began the "Celebrating Life in Recovery" program for people with addictions of any kind in mid-July. This program will continue every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. until Oct.... More

Radio of Hope Begins Broadcast

A new radio station KROH 91.1 FM–Port Townsend is officially on the air in northwestern Washington.Radio of Hope began broadcasting over the airwaves in mid-August after launching an online broadcast... More

Churches Have Heart for Helping People

Two churches with a heart for helping people find better and healthier lifestyles offered ministry programs this summer.Life in RecoveryThe Startup (Wash.) Church began a "Celebrating Life in... More

Auburn Celebrates Healthy Enrollment

Auburn Adventist Academy's school community prayed throughout the summer for a healthy enrollment for the 2011–12 school year.The budget was set at a conservative 220 students. Summer recruiters kept... More

Washington Teachers Help Korean Students Hone English Skills

Fifteen Northwest representatives including seven Washington Conference teachers, four young people, and four support staff helped fifth- and sixth-graders in Korea improve their English in a fun,... More

Washington Youth Rush Ministers at 125,000 Doors

During a 10-week period, 24 Washington Youth Rush participants knocked on about 125,000 doors in the Greater Seattle area.In a year of economic uncertainty, God helped the team to distribute even... More

Adventist Churches Host Healthy Family Fair

Seventh-day Adventist churches in Pierce County hosted a family- and health-focused community impact service event on the Ruston Way waterfront in August where more than 1,000 people attended.Each... More