November 2012


Alone Means Alone

You've heard the expression, "What part of 'no' don't you understand?" I would like us to consider another word. The word is "alone."



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In a former life, I managed a Christian radio station with a musical format ranging from Ralph Carmichael to Michael Card. This agitated some saints who occasionally...



In a former life, I managed a Christian radio station with a musical format ranging from Ralph Carmichael to Michael Card. This agitated some saints who occasionally...




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A Choice of Surrender

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Northwest Mission Institute Celebrates First Graduates

The first graduation ceremony of the Northwest Mission Institute (NMI) was full of rich, heartfelt stories of how God is leading in each graduate's life. There was...



ACCION Milagro en la Cárcel de Hillsboro

"Necesité ropa, y me vistieron; estuve enfermo, y me atendieron; estuve en la cárcel, y me visitaron" (Mateo 25:36).Nuestro Padre es complacido cuando ayudamos a sus hijos. Lo que pide no requiere... More

Adventist Health News Notes

Adventist Health Welcomes New Northwest Board MemberMelody Gabriel has been appointed to the Adventist Health board of directors, according to Ricardo B. Graham, board chairman.Gabriel fills a... More

New Social Media Ventures for Northwest Hospitals

Adventist Medical Center recently introduced its LivingWell Bistro blog. The blog includes tips on healthy eating, recipes and more at Walla General Hospital... More

Couple Embarks on Arctic Mission Adventure

After Fred Grant graduated from the Walla Walla University School of Theology, he and his wife, Kellie, wanted to dedicate their lives to something unique and different, so they chose Alaska, the... More

Anchorage Northside Church Expands Food Pantry

Because of its downtown location, the Anchorage Northside Church decided about six years ago to expand its food pantry to better serve the local community. With the assistance of Alaska Community... More

Caldwell Experiments With Community Bible Study

In April and May, Jim Berglund, Caldwell Church pastor, tried a new experiment. Instead of the typical evangelistic series, he opened the Community Bible Study.This approach, with studies conducted... More

Hydrotherapy Demonstrated at Caldwell Church

I slipped through the door of Caldwell Church's Friendship Hall on April 29. I scanned the scene, taking note of the things being set up for the hydrotherapy demonstration — a table dressed as a bed... More

Mount Ellis Academy Welcomes New Faces

For the past six academic years, Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) in Bozeman enjoyed the continuity of an unchanged staff. But this past summer saw the staff saying farewell to two much-loved teachers.Monte... More

Northwest Mission Institute Celebrates First Graduates

The first graduation ceremony of the Northwest Mission Institute (NMI) was full of rich, heartfelt stories of how God is leading in each graduate's life. There was plenty of laughter and even a few... More

CAA 'Expotition' Exceeds Expectations

When the idea of an "expotition"* was tossed around between Larry Hiday, Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) science instructor, and local backpacking guru Randy Givens, there was simply the intention... More

Cave Junction Students Join Labor Day Parade

Each year at the Labor Day Celebration Parade in Cave Junction, Ore., the Madrone Adventist Elementary School enters a decorated float, usually depicting a patriotic theme.Willie Whitchurch, the head... More

Cottage Grove Member Among Nation's Top Public Works Leaders

Peggy Keppler, Cottage Grove Church member, has been named one of the nation's "Top 10 Public Works Leaders of the Year." This honor, recognizing outstanding career service achievements, was awarded... More

Gladstone Children Enjoy Sonrise National Park VBS

Gospel Lights Sonrise National Parks Vacation Bible School pointed kids to Jesus July 30–Aug. 3 at the Gladstone Park Church, including 12 children who do not attend church regularly.After... More

PAA Pathfinders Are TLTs in Action

More than 10 percent of the Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) student body participates in the Pathfinder Teen Leadership Training (TLT) program. In all, 24 PAA students and TLTs from the Pleasant... More

Seniors Win Souls in O'Brien

Senior citizens Jasper Sossong and John Bazen, with the faithful help of the Holy Spirit, have planted a church in O'Brien, Ore.Each Sabbath afternoon a group of 20–25 people meet in a small trailer... More

Woodburn Holds First VBS in Decades

For a small congregation like the Woodburn Community Church, a summer Vacation Bible School might seem like an impossible goal. Only a handful of children regularly attend each Sabbath, and the... More

Fire Safety Taught at Grants Pass Church

The Grants Pass Church is increasing awareness about fire safety. The Grants Pass Fire Department gave hands-on training to more than 30 church and department leaders. Attendees included staff,... More

Churches Partner to Host VBS

The Hood River Church in Oregon and the White Salmon Church in Washington with co-leaders Jessica Bailey and Marketa Hart hosted a Vacation Bible School in June with less than two weeks' notice.The... More

UCA Student Food Drive Supports Local Food Bank

Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) students and staff hosted a food drive this fall to help an area food bank prepare for the upcoming holiday season. As a part of UCA's HOPE (Helping Other People... More

Media Missionaries Share Experiences With Kettle Falls

Kettle Falls (Wash.) Church members and guests learned about Bill and Venie Osborn's mission work in Thailand during a special presentation in September. The Osborns became the All-Asia Media Center... More

Hispanic Share the Life Campaign Involves Entire Membership

Twenty-six Hispanic congregations in Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) are working together to find out what comprehensive evangelism looks like. The two-year effort seeks to involve every member at... More

Listeners Contribute Nearly $650,000 to PLR Stations

Positive Life Radio (PLR) continues to live up to its name as it spreads a positive influence regionally and throughout the world.Evidence of this comes from the station's fall fundraiser, as... More

Post Falls Sponsors North Idaho Fair Booth

With the end of summer looming in Idaho's panhandle, few things bring people together like a local fair does. A microcosm of greater society, this regional event with its many visitors provides... More

Alumni Step Into Leadership Positions Cushman, Wagner, Bigger Named

At the start of the new school year, Walla Walla University (WWU) filled key leadership positions with three alumni.Robert Cushman was named the vice president for academic administration. Before his... More

Startup Members Are Determined to Help Their Community

This year the Startup Church in Sultan, Wash., conducted two Lifestyle Matters seminars and started a community work bee ministry.Velma Collings, Startup women's ministries director, led Simple... More

Schools See Increased Enrollment

After a number of years of declining enrollment, Washington Conference educators are experiencing an overall increase in enrollment by 23 students this year, with an opening K–12 enrollment of 1,338... More

Sabbath Keepers Motorcycle Ministry Makes Friends in Bonney Lake

The Northwest chapter of the Sabbath Keepers Motorcycle Ministry (SKMM) hosted their first public literature booth at Bonney Lake Days on Aug.19–20.Bonney Lake Days is a local festival that annually... More

Cedarbrook Fundraiser Creates Buzz

Twenty-four students at Cedarbrook Adventist Christian School in Port Hadlock got busy with fundraising when they learned about an opportunity to raze their teacher's hair.For the past five years,... More

Big Picture of Ministry

You are invited to join Washington Conference's new interactive prayer ministry. Discover more at

Auburn Is Alive With 'The Sound of Music'

The halls of Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) were alive this fall with the anticipation of a musical production scheduled for Nov. 10.The words "Leisl," "Maria" and "audition" have been heard in... More