March 2012


A Lesson in a Casserole

The service is almost over and already the smells from the kitchen are drifting through the sanctuary. It is fellowship meal Sabbath, and the thought of having more of...


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The hard truth hit in fourth grade. Within my little school, I had heretofore owned the fleetest feet, propelling me to the front of every race. First place was an...



The hard truth hit in fourth grade. Within my little school, I had heretofore owned the fleetest feet, propelling me to the front of every race. First place was an...



News and Notes

McVay Announces Return to Teaching

John McVay, Walla Walla University (WWU) president, plans to resign effective...



Still Misses Nature Cover

Every day our mailbox brims with personal bills, business bills, magazines,...



El 2012 Comienza con Gran Bendición en la Conferencia de Upper Columbia

Nueva Congregación en Richland

La Iglesia Hispana de Kennewick situada en Tri-Cities, Wash., es una de las...


Evensong Tradition Moves to the Digital Realm

Editors' Note: Richard Dower, retired GLEANER editor, writes here of his perspectives on the Walla Walla University tradition of Evensong and how a new audio CD...


Sidebar In Their Own Words

Transcribed from a conversation with Melvin West and Loren Dickinson and recorded by Gordon Wildman.

Mel West remembers...



Adventist Health Sponsors Teams in California International Marathon

To promote a healthy lifestyle and team spirit, Adventist Health recently sponsored the largest corporate participation at the 2011 California International Marathon (CIM). More than 135 employees... More

Juneau Church Launches 24/7 Evangelist

Anticipation had been running high as the Juneau (Alaska) Church set out to build a Christian radio station, but one major roadblock remained: a suitable location for the radio antenna. More than two... More

Long Creek Creates Christmas Community Connections

After years of caroling and distributing holiday treats to various groups in the community, the Long Creek (Ore.) Church members set the "over the top" goal to give a basket to every household in... More

Cove Church Presents Annual Poinsettia Tree Program

The Cove (Ore.) Church members welcomed the entire community to their 27th-annual Poinsettia Tree Program in December 2011.Nearly 100 Adventists, community members, and members of the Lutheran Church... More

Helena Hosts Vegan Cooking Seminar

As a result of several individuals indicating they would like to learn more about the vegan diet, a cooking seminar in Helena, Mont., was planned for Sept. 25, 2011, from 5–7 p.m. and continued for... More

Mount Ellis Academy Sophomores Excel on Achievement Tests

There are many ways to measure a school. For an Adventist school, there is no more important measure than the evidence that the Holy Spirit is working in the lives of individual students. Some might... More

First Donation for Haiti's Children

On Sabbath, Oct. 8, 2011, while the Cave Junction, Ore., congregation looked on, Jeannette Stevenson, church treasurer, presented to Harold Premdas, retired church pastor, the first check for the... More

Oregon Christian Women’s Retreat Leads to Baptism

The long, hard walk that brought DeziRae Mendoza to the baptismal fount has taken many turns. One of them was through the 2011 Oregon Conference Christian Women's Retreat.Abused and neglected as a... More

Christmas in Springfield

The Springfield (Ore.) Church celebrated God's love in special ways during the Christmas season.The kindergarten, cradle roll and some primary children, along with adults, played a big part in the... More

RVAA Elementary Students Share Christmas Cheer

First- and second-grade students at Rogue Valley Adventist Academy in Medford, Ore., had fun making beaded candy canes and bookmarks. Led by their teacher, Michelle Wachter, they then shared these... More

Cooking Classes Teach God’s Original Diet at HVJA

Delectable scents waft throughout the classroom as children prepare Chinese fried rice in honor of the Chinese New Year. It’s all part of their monthly cooking and nutrition learning time — a day in... More

Milo Players Use Winning Teamwork to Help Driver in Need

Milo Adventist Academy (MAA) in Days Creek, Ore., lost the basketball game. As students loaded onto the bus, Milo’s principal, Randy Bovee, and his wife, Carol, headed home in their car along the... More

Senior Class Interviews Guantánamo Bay Prosecutor

Contemporary Moral Issues is a Bible class that students take during their senior year at Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA). This year, the class was presented with an unusual opportunity — the chance... More

UCA Selects Principal for 2012–2013 School Year

Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., announced the selection of John Winslow as its new principal following Troy Patzer's decision to join the Upper Columbia Conference trust department,... More

Longtime Northwest Adventist Educator Retires

John Deming, longtime Northwest Adventist educator and principal of Walla Walla Valley Academy (WWVA) in College Place, Wash., just announced he is retiring at the end of the current school year."... More

Kennewick Hosts Pathfinder and Adventurer Induction Ceremony

The Kennewick (Wash.) Nighthawk Pathfinders and Adventurers held their induction ceremony on Oct. 26, 2011. Forest and June Cross, Pathfinder district coordinators, and Anita Leibold, Adventurer... More

A Sweet 10th Year at Sandpoint Junior Academy

The smell of homemade hot apple pies once again permeates the hallways of Sandpoint (Idaho) Junior Academy. Several pies are baked and topped with ice cream as just one of the great benefits of being... More

Baptisms at Inchelium

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth," III John 4.It was on Dec. 3, 2011, that Rebeca and Daniel Torres decided to be baptized and join the Inchelium (Wash.) Church... More

March 31 Offering Assists NPUC Students SIDEBAR

If you live in the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) region, it's likely that you or someone you know is connected to Walla Walla University (WWU). Today at WWU, more than 1,800 students are... More

Home Away From Home Campus Improvements Enhance Residential Life

For many former and current students it's the sense of community that defines their time at Walla Walla University (WWU). Here, small classes, friendly people and a full schedule of academic, social... More

Youth Rally Helps Teens Grow in Faith

Teenagers stood at the entrance of a classroom building and called out to their peers to "come understand more about the gospel" or "distribute GLOW tracts door to door."Classrooms filled up as... More

Port Angeles Purchases Church Building

The Port Angeles (Wash.) Church purchased a vacant church in September 2011 from the First Church of Christ Scientist. The building includes a larger sanctuary, fellowship hall and parking area but... More

Tri-school Activities Bring Small Schools Together

Three small schools in the Washington Conference teamed up earlier in the school year to offer tri-school activities."[The three teachers] decided it would be good to get our small, one-teacher... More

Grays Harbor Students Learn to Bless Humanity

Students at Grays Harbor Adventist Christian School (GHACS) are learning to use their time wisely to bless humanity.The service theme is woven throughout the curriculum for this multi-grade school in... More

Food Basket Ministry Blesses Community

The North Cascade Church in Burlington, Wash., recently marked its 10th anniversary for providing Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets for community families.Members filled and delivered food... More