December 2011


Home for the Holidays

Over the river and through the woods, the holiday rush is on. In the midst of frantic shopping-mall crowds, jam-packed airports and bumper-to-bumper traffic, many look...


Let's Talk

The Gift

Several months ago, with weather still warm and sunny, my wife and I purchased a boat. Hold your fire ... this vessel is no splurge of luxury. Our new yacht, stretched...


The Gift

Several months ago, with weather still warm and sunny, my wife and I purchased a boat. Hold your fire ... this vessel is no splurge of luxury. Our new yacht, stretched...



Archive Photo

Do you recognize the location for this photograph? Perhaps you, a friend or family member is in the picture. Share your comments via email at...


Northwest Communicators Shine at SAC Convention

Nearly 200 Adventist communication professionals and interested students combined forces at this year's Society of Adventist Communicators (SAC) Convention, held...



Romans 8:28 is True

[Regarding Let's Talk, October 2011] Almost six years ago, we lost our 28-year-old son in a...


Don't Miss Out! From Our Hearth to Your Hearth

Enter our GLEANER Christmas drawing for a chance to win a several special gifts from our Pacific Press partners ... or even a new Kindle Fire tablet! To enter...



Christmas Truce

While looking for a GLEANER story, I uncovered a most intriguing event. Historians mark a lull in World War I where enemy soldiers stopped the war in order to...



ACCION Retiro de Damas Hispanas 2011 Conferencia de Washington

Fue un fin de semana del todo bendecido para aquellas que tuvieron el privilegio de participar del Retiro de Damas Hispanas de la Conferencia de Washington. Un buen grupo de hermanas se reunieron en... More

Adventist Health News Notes

Walla Walla General Hospital Earns Top Marks from The Joint CommissionOut of more than 3,000 hospitals submitting data to The Joint Commission, Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) was recently... More

Alaska Adventists Walk Against the Bulge

Church members and friends from across Alaska joined hands to walk the main business avenues of downtown Anchorage Sept. 25 as a public declaration that America's interest in raising a healthier... More

Eagle Pathfinders, Adventurers, Beavers and Lambs Participate in Pathfinder Sabbath

Nearly 40 Golden Eagles Pathfinders, Adventurers, Eager Beavers, Little Lambs and staff participated in the Pathfinder Sabbath program at Eagle (Idaho) Church on Oct. 15.Three Pathfinders, seven... More

Members of Eastern Idaho Churches Unite to Reach State Fair Attendees

Members of five congregations in the Eastern Idaho pastoral district united to reach out to those attending the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot, Idaho, this past September. With nearly 200,000... More

Eureka Youth Reach out with Health Evangelism

The Eureka (Mont.) Church youth class gave their time and talents to reach out to their community in advance of an evangelistic series held in March.The youth staged a series of six cooking classes... More

Bozeman Kohl's Grand Opening Features Mount Ellis Academy

Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) students and faculty had the opportunity to personally thank Kohl's for a $500,000 grant during the Bozeman, Mont., store's grand opening on Sept. 28.The grant, awarded by... More

Grants Pass Students Commemorate 9/11

The students of Grants Pass (Ore.) Adventist School (GPAS) honored local police officers, firefighters and military veterans with a special program Sept. 9 that commemorated the Americans who gave... More

Molalla Vacation Bible School Sees Black and White

The Molalla (Ore.) Church was filled with "Pandamania" for one week in July with bamboo, Chinese lanterns and panda paw prints everywhere. Thirty-six children, 20 of them from the local community,... More

PAA Welcomes Back Teacher

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) welcomes back Mark Kooy to the fine arts department. He returned to PAA from a one-year educational sabbatical to learn Rhino, a 3-D imagining software program. The... More

Columbia Adventist Academy Gives Back to the Community

Commitment to service is a hallmark of Columbia Adventist Academy in Battle Ground, Wash. Nearly every month of the school year a group of students spends a day serving the community. Students have... More

Welcome to SunnyCity!

The busy little town isn't on a map, but it really exists ... in a city park, in Portland, Ore. It's only three years old and has SunnyCity ever grown. Here, children love running, jumping, singing... More

Churches Come Together for Refreshing Retreat

Members of the Christmas Valley (Ore.) and La Pine (Ore.) churches gathered for a spirit-filled weekend at the first REFRESHED retreat, held Aug. 25–28 at the bottom of nearby Paulina Peak.The... More

Compassion in Action Reaching Out to Locals in Need

Urged on by the Linn County Health Department and the Albany Police Department, Compassion in Action (CIA) was founded by Curtis and Joy Miller to meet basic needs of Linn County homeless or... More

Eugene Churches Celebrate an International Baptism

The Eugene (Ore.) and the Eugene Korean churches celebrated the baptism of one of their own March 26.As a child of Buddhist parents in Korea, Soyeon Park was forced to attend a school that the... More

Unexpected Gifts

From time to time, there are moments that capture the incredible privilege it is to work at Upper Columbia Academy (UCA). A recent encounter with a graduate of a neighboring high school is the... More

Wapato Spanish Organizes Church

The Upper Columbia Conference celebrated with local Hispanic members in Wapato, Wash., during the organization ceremony of the Wapato Spanish Church on Oct. 15. The church, which originally formed as... More

The Gospel in Diapers

Diapers are a big deal at the Richland and Pasco (Wash.) churches. In some instances, people who haven't handled a diaper in years are now busy sorting, counting and bagging hundreds of diapers each... More

Central Washington Men's Retreat to Lake Chelan

Men from across central Washington gathered at the picturesque Camp Chelan during the first weekend in October for a powerful men’s retreat. The weekend focused on fathers in the Bible and was led by... More

SHINE Graduation A First for Upper Columbia Conference

The Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) graduated their first class of 10 students from the SHINE Bible Worker Training School on Sept. 17.They were congratulated by their teachers Steve Rogers, Dave... More

Irrigon Hosts 9/11 Concert

The Irrigon (Ore.) Church hosted its second-annual gospel and patriotic concert on Sept. 11 at the Irrigon Marina Park on the Columbia River.The event included a color-guard service, patriotic songs... More

Pathfinder Camporee at Farragut Brings 114 Baptismal Requests

Nearly 114 young people made requests to be baptized while attending the Upper Columbia Conference Pathfinder Camporee this year. The camporee, held at Farragut State Park near Athol, Idaho, was... More

Destination: Rosario Researchers Converge at WWU's Marine Laboratory

Walla Walla University's (WWU) Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory, Anacortes, Wash., recently hosted the Sixth North American Echinoderm Conference — a truly international event, with more than a third... More

The Big Picture of Ministry

God is at work in people's lives as they are "Unlocking Revelation," learning about Bible prophecy and developing a relationship with Jesus.Discover

Adventist Named Native Leader of 2011

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise and Development named Brian Cladoosby, Swinomish Tribal Community chairman, Native Leader of the Year earlier this year.Cladoosby and his wife, Nina... More

400 Teens Share Acts of Service

If you drove around Kirkland, Wash., on a sunny day in mid-October, you likely would have seen nearly 400 teenagers in green t-shirts participating in acts of service in the community.Representing... More

Skagit Students Serve the Homeless

Seventh- and eighth-grade students at Skagit Adventist Academy in Burlington, Wash., began their school year with a community outreach project on Sept. 8.The classroom of 28 students helped with the... More

Faith in Action Northwest Christian’s Week of Prayer Features New Pastor

The Northwest Christian School in Puyallup, Wash., featured Seth Pierce, new senior pastor of the adjacent Puyallup Church, as speaker for the year's first Week of Prayer, which was held at the end... More

Olympia Christian School Awarded New Van

The Intercity Transit board of directors recently awarded the Olympia (Wash.) Christian School (OCS) a 12-passenger van, a grant based largely on demonstrated benefit to the community.The board said... More