February 2012


Where Do You Want to Go?

What Would You Like to Do?

"Hello Gordon, what would you like to do?" A computer-generated voice asks me that...


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News Notes

Remembering Norm Klam

Memorial services were held January 14 at the Meadow Glade Church in Battle Ground,...



Remembering the Campgrounds

Looking at the [December archive photo], I believe it's taken next to the old Chatauqua...



Whatever Thy Hand Findeth To Do ... J. Willard ‘Bill' Marriott – Famous Tithe-payer

He was born to a poor Mormon sheepherder. By age 14, his father trusted him to move sheep between states, and complete tasks daunting to even grown men. Like most Latter...



Northwest Physicians Win Mission Awards

Adventist Health physicians dedicate their lives to healing others. Providing care, leadership and guidance to the community is no easy task, but these physicians make it their life’s work.To... More

Reflections of the Harvest Subtitle

In a time of financial challenge, and despite being between pastors, the Hillside O'Malley (Anchorage, Alaska) Church board decided they needed to hold an evangelistic series. Brian McMahon,... More

Baker City Celebrates a Harvest

A host of new members — 24 to be exact — are the result of a two-year sowing and reaping process at the Baker City (Ore.) Church under the leadership of Tony Brandon, pastor.The process started in... More

Re-dedication in Stevensville

The first snowstorm of the season howled outside but inside the Stevensville (Mont.) Church a warm glow filled the sanctuary as Carol Harrison re-dedicated her life to Jesus on the third Sabbath of... More

Kalispell Station Moves to Church

Flathead Adventist Radio (FAR) moved from a rented county location to the Kalispell (Mont.) Church, allowing the station to offer local programming as well as 3ABN broadcasting to a potential... More

Wednesdays in Gresham

Wednesdays at the Gresham (Ore.) Church are very busy. A small group arrives early and works diligently to tie pre-assembled quilts to be shared where needed. A neighbor with cancer uses one quilt to... More

The Cardboard Testimony Experience

More than 60 Milo Adventist Academy students stepped out of their comfort zones during a recent worship experience and boldly declared what God had been doing in their lives. As music played and the... More

Record Crowds Turn Out for Journey to Bethlehem

This year marked the 15th year the Kelso-Longview (Wash.) Church offered their production of Journey to Bethlehem. The event, which takes community members on a journey through which they can see,... More

PAA's International Program Expands

Both international and American students at Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) benefit from a new Smart Start Program.Organized by Maria Bibb, international director, Smart Start pairs new... More

CHIP Graduation

The Clark County CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) Association is proud to announce the graduation of 86 new CHIP participants at the Meadow Glade Church in Battle Ground, Wash., in 2011.... More

'Trashion' Show Held at HVJA

Hood View Junior Academy (HVJA) in Boring, Ore., is proud of their Oregon Green School status. However, students took it to a new level for Recycling Awareness Week Nov. 14–18, 2011.Students in... More

Brother and Sister Baptized at Gladstone Park Church

Brother and sister Joe and Abby Azrak were baptized at the Gladstone Park (Ore.) Church during the Sabbath worship hour Nov. 19, 2011, by Bob Uhrig, Gladstone Park Church pastor."I would like to know... More

Milo's Fall Festival Helps Worthy Students

This year’s Fall Festival hosted by the Milo Adventist Academy (at Days Creek, Ore.) Student Association featured typical fundraising booths operated by classes and organizations. But this year there... More

God's Closet Launches New Chapter

The Seventh-day Adventist Community Church of Vancouver (Wash.) opened their doors to more than 100 family units from the surrounding community on Nov. 11, 2011. Each unit received two shopping bags... More

An Oil Spill, a Match and an Emergency Phone Call

While removing the old Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) boiler building in the summer of 2009, the fuel storage tanks were exposed, and workers discovered that kerosene and diesel had overflowed... More

Rivergate Elementary Celebrates Centennial

Alumni, friends, parents, students and staff gathered at the Rivergate Adventist Elementary School (in Gladstone, Ore.) Sept. 23 and 24 as the school celebrated 100 years of Christian education.The... More

Abundance of Outreach At the Northport Church

The Northport (Wash.) Church reached the community with a variety of programs and innovative ideas this past year.A natural remedies workshop held in August included a three-hour presentation on... More

Radio Station KEEH Holds First Children's Christmas Party

The sounds of giggles and laughter filled the air at the first It's a Kid's Christmas Party, an event sponsored by Positive Life Radio KEEH-FM (in Spokane, Wash.) and hosted at Palisades Christian... More

Journey to Bethlehem Via Spokane, Wenatchee and Yakima

Churches in Spokane, Wenatchee and Yakima, Wash., each host a huge event every December called Journey to Bethlehem, a living presentation of the Nativity that touches many lives and changes them... More

UCA Foundation Thrives in 2011

The Upper Columbia Academy Foundation (UCAF) was greatly blessed in 2011 with the generosity of partners, friends, and alumni of Upper Columbia Academy (UCA), who brought a vision of full-time staff... More

Many Request Baptism at UCC Pathfinder Camporee

More than 110 young people made requests to be baptized while attending the fall Upper Columbia Conference Pathfinder camporee. The camporee, held at Farragut State Park near Athol, Idaho, was... More

Post Falls and Otis Orchards Churches Welcome New Pastor

Owen Bandy recently returned to the Upper Columbia Conference and began serving as the new district pastor for the Post Falls (Idaho) and Otis Orchards (Wash.) churches. Bandy has been in the... More

Pearl Harbor Survivors Hosted by Spokane Valley Adventist School

How did area Pearl Harbor survivors spend the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor? With a groups of students.On Dec. 7, 2011, the members of the Lilac Chapter of the Pearl Harbor... More

Ritzville Church Shares God's Love

The Ritzville (Wash.) Company recently participated in several activities to share God's love with the community.In September, members worked with Liz Cross, dietician and event coordinator, to help... More

Upper Columbia Women's Retreat Shares Hope and Happiness

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine," came to life for listeners of Carla Gober who attended the first Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) Christian Women's/Young Women's Retreat, entitled Share... More

Spray's Newest Outreach

Located in the quiet little town of Spray in Eastern Oregon, where deer roam the streets, is a little Adventist Church — the only one in the whole county. Their numbers are few, only seven, but their... More

A Half Century as a Librarian for the Lord

Humble as she has always been, Mary Oliver Pick of Sandpoint Church in northern Idaho recently went past the half-century mark as a librarian for the Lord. And at age 92, she is still going strong.... More

United Prayer Comes to UCA A Little Twist to Week of Prayer

Upper Columbia Academy’s (UCA) October Week of Prayer was something new for everyone. Normally students attend two meetings a day for a week. This time, however, the first meeting of the day was... More

New Beginnings on 80th Anniversary at Bonners Ferry Church

Bonners Ferry (Idaho) Church members had been planning, working and praying for this day: Two new members were baptized into their church Dec. 3, 2011, on the church's 80th anniversary.Jim Klaus and... More

Industrial Design Takes off at WWU

Jonathan Ive. Michael Graves. Hella Jongerius. Even if these names don't ring a bell, there's a good chance every household has products created by these designers (iPods, kitchenware, Ikea furniture... More

Auburn Focuses on Community During Holidays

Auburn (Wash.) Adventist Academy focused on the community during the holiday season as a way to give back and make a difference.The academy has partnered with the Auburn Academy Church for the last... More

Adventist Volunteers Rebuild Hope in New Orleans

Eighteen people from the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) participated in a homeland mission trip in November 2011 to rehabilitate homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.This was the third... More

Skagit Academy Gives Christmas to the Community

Skagit Adventist Academy (SAA) in Burlington, Wash., invited 150 low-income community families to a special Christmas party in early December 2011.Academy students, parents, faculty, and church... More

Emerald City Reconnects With Members

As part of its strategic plan for ministry, the Emerald City Community Church (ECC) in Seattle, Wash., identified a goal to reconnect with missing and inactive members who for various reasons stopped... More

Church Planting Thrives in Western Washington

A congregation begins as a group, grows into a company and finally becomes a full-status church. This process can take a short or long period of time."We have a church-planting committee that works... More

The Big Picture of Ministry

2012 prayer initiatives: church growth, financial stewardship, spiritual gift application, school enrollment and the Holy Spirit's outpouring.Discover more:washingtonconference.org