April 2012


Rediscovering Our Adventist Pioneer Spirit

One of the gifts I received this past Christmas was the first volume of the book Heart Warming Stories of Adventist Pioneers. What a thrilling and inspiring...



News Notes

Executive Committee Actions

The North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee members met February 21 in Ridgefield, Washington, and reappointed Alphonso...



Sunset Schedule Not Legalistic

In response to the letter in the February 2012 issue of the GLEANER that...


Let's Talk

Don't Shoot It Was Only a Tithe Story

NOTE from Steve Vistaunet: I'm handing this month's Let's Talk page to Cindy Chamberlin, GLEANER managing editor. I believe her perspective here on recent tithe stories is worthy of...



Remando Contra la Cultura

El 14 de Enero, año 2012. Lugar: Jerome, Idaho. Con el cabello todavía húmedo, mientras permanecen de pie juntos a la primera hilera de sillas del santuario, Sergio y...


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...


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...



Adventist Medical Center's Everyday Hero

As a home-health physical therapist at Adventist Medical Center (AMC) in Portland, Ore., Tom Davis spends his days visiting patients in their homes, helping to put their lives back together after... More

Alaska Women's Retreat Emphasizes Young Women

The annual Alaska Conference Women's Retreat, held April 22–24, 2011, at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska, drew more than 50 young women attending for their first time. They listened to guest... More

Alaskan Women Meet for Prayer Breakfast

More than 50 women and their friends braved the early morning and sub-zero cold on Jan. 22 to experience the Alaska women's ministries prayer breakfast at the Alaska Conference office in Anchorage.... More

The Spirit is Moving in Caldwell

The Caldwell (Idaho) Church has seen the Spirit of the Lord move on the hearts of a number of its young people in recent months. They have taken their stand for Jesus and been baptized along with... More

Heaven's Gift Celebrated in Nampa

The Nampa (Idaho) Church Choir, directed by Wilker "Max" Maxwell, was joined by the Kuna (Idaho) Church Choir, under Candi Zappia's direction, to present its 20th-annual Christmas concert. The... More

Knauft Footprints in Idaho

Two years ago Emil and Marguerite Knauft could regularly be seen sitting in church on the front-left side. Now home-bound, the Knaufts have 12 precious years of fellowship with friends at the Nampa (... More

Montana Women's Ministries Celebrates 20 Years

The 20th anniversary of Montana women's ministries was celebrated Oct. 7–9 at Fairmont (Mont.) Hot Springs Resort. Great excitement buzzed as women from across Montana arrived and greeted their... More

Montana's Pathfinders Compete in Bible Achievement Program

Misty rain turned to snow as forecasted on Feb. 18. It was right on time to kick off the second-annual Montana Conference Pathfinder Bible Achievement program in Bozeman, Mont.The program's 90... More

Area Leaders Dedicate New Oasis Facility

Adventists from four area churches helped Oasis Christian Center, an Adventist fellowship in Vancouver, Wash., celebrate their move into a new, larger worship facility Feb. 10–11.More than 50 people... More

Parenting the Second Generation Project PATCH Helps Grandparents

Project PATCH presented a weekend seminar in Portland, Ore., to answer a growing need for equipping and empowering grandparents to become effective parents to their grandchildren."In one week we... More

Gladstone Park Church Member Writes Award-winning Book

The story of Gladstone (Ore.) Park Church member Hedi Jones' miraculous deliverance from wartime danger and near-death is chronicled in her recently published, award-winning book, Under the Shadow of... More

Kelso-Longview Student Honored as Top Youth Volunteer

Skyler Lee, a sixth grader at Kelso-Longview (Wash.) Adventist School, is being honored as one of the top two youth volunteers in the state of Washington. She is a 2012 winner of the Spirit of... More

PAA Offers Advanced Placement Calculus

The first Portland (Ore.) Adventist Academy (PAA) Advanced Placement (AP) calculus students will complete their final exams this spring and potentially receive college credit for their work.Calculus... More

A Changed Life Christian Education Makes a Difference

When most people look at me, they see a person with good friends, good grades and a good home life, and, for the most part, they’re right.But few know what it took for me to reach this place in my... More

Richland Welcomes New Family Member from Half a World Away

Richland (Wash.) Church members welcomed a new sister in Christ from half a world away as they celebrated the baptism of Wenjing Ma on Dec. 24, 2011.Wenjing, a Chinese student, met fellow countryman... More

Share the Life Statistically Impacts Church Growth

The Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) believes effective evangelism takes place when the people we’re trying to reach know and trust us. This can only happen as we’re living fully surrendered to Jesus... More

Inland Washington Welcomes New Spanish Churches

The new year began with great blessings in the inland Washington area of the Upper Columbia Conference (UCC).New Congregation in Richland, Wash.The Kennewick Spanish Church in Kennewick, Wash., is... More

Finding Kind at Walla Walla Valley Academy

"It's Girl World, and it's harsh, cruel and lonely." These candid words come from the documentary Finding Kind, which was shown at Walla Walla (Wash.) Valley Academy (WWVA) on Feb. 23.Finding Kind,... More

Bible Bowl Teams Meet in Moses Lake

The Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) Bible Achievement Bowl was held in Moses Lake, Wash., on Sabbath, Feb. 25.Among teams participating were Idaho's Hayden Lake Ponderosa Pathfinders and seven teams... More

Upper Columbia Christian Men's Summit Features Prayer and Reconciliation

The subject of reconciliation in Christ drew the men of Upper Columbia Conference to this year's Christian Men's Summit.Charles "Charlie" Brown, Adventist Reconciliation Services founder and... More

The One Project — Seattle

More than 700 people, including a large group of Walla Walla University faculty, students and church members, gathered for The One Project, a time of discussion-based programming and inspirational... More

Sixth Graders Raise $1,000 for Zimbabwe Orphans

This school year, the sixth grade class at Buena Vista Elementary School in Auburn, Wash., adopted Murwira Children's Home (MCH) in Zimbabwe as their brothers and sisters in Africa.With the help of... More

SAA Students Perform Their Own Circus

Students in first through fourth grades at Skagit Adventist Academy in Burlington, Wash., recently enjoyed a fun night of circus stunts as they displayed skills learned in their physical education... More

Washington Leaders Join Jesus Conversation in Seattle

In a triple-size hotel ballroom in downtown Seattle, Wash., nearly 700 leaders reconnected with old friends and met new ministry partners. They formed small communities at round tables to talk for... More

Anacortes Church Plant Discovers Identity

As an "adolescent" church plant, Anacortes (Wash.) Adventist Fellowship, a company of approximately 50 believers meeting together since 2008, started to take a closer look at who they wanted to be... More