December 2013


He's More Than a Brand

The clues were all there, written down for everyone to read. But time had obscured their meaning. Like accumulated layers of sediment, expectations had built up that no longer...



Adventist Elected National Native Leader

Brian Cladoosby was elected Oct. 17 as the first Seventh-day Adventist president of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). Cladoosby is an elder in the Ferndale, Wash.,...


We Need More Grace

I read, with great interest, the article on GraceLink ("Introducing the New GraceLink," October 2013). Using the Internet to reach folks is a great idea. To reach children is very...


Northwest Groups Garner Six Communication Awards

The North Pacific Union Conference GLEANER received two Best in Class awards during the 2013 Society of Adventist Communicators convention held Oct. 24–26 in Salt Lake City,...


Let's Talk


The web of life oft seems tangled, the warp and woof of fate fickle and arbitrary. But sometimes the backstory, forgotten in the bright light of the present, provides an unmistakable...



Washington en Marcha

Reporte de la Obra Hispana en la Conferencia de Washington Algo grande está pasando en esta conferencia; ya comenzamos a disfrutar de los frutos del gran programa de evangelismo que se puso en... More

Adventist Health Portland Recognized as Oregon’s Healthiest Employer

During the past year, more than 97 percent of Adventist Health Portland’s employees volunteered to enroll in the organization's highly interactive wellness program, designed to help create a... More

Juneau Reaches Out to Samoan Community

The Juneau Church has been a multicultural church for quite some time, and the church family has recently grown again. Juneau has a high population of island cultures, including Samoan. The Samoan... More

Sitka Sends Missionaries to Hoonah

The village of Hoonah, a Tlingit community with a population 785, has no Adventist church, and Merry Ann Hall felt impressed to do something about it. She has a strong burden for the distribution of... More

Kuna Kids Reach Beyond Children’s Story

The picture of children’s ministries is changing at the Kuna (Idaho) Church. It is literally in the hands of the children themselves as they put on headsets and operate the cameras that provide live... More

Montana Men Blessed by Annual Summit

The 11th annual Montana Men’s Summit, held Sept. 27–29, blessed and strengthened the many men who attended. Speaker Dick Duerksen recounted the story of Barnabas and the lessons taught by his life... More

Montana Conference Holds Convocation Sabbath

Members from churches throughout the state of Montana attended the Conference Convocation Sabbath held Oct. 5 at the Great Falls Church. The purpose of this year’s training was to emphasize the need... More

Three Sisters School Hosts Bike Rodeo

On a blustery September morning, excited students wrangled their bikes to the first Three Sisters Adventist Christian School (TSACS) Bike Rodeo in Bend. In response to the North American Division... More

NMSC Honors Two PAA Students

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) seniors Will Johnson and Keith Zimmerman were named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) for scoring in the top 3 percent on the... More

Grants Pass Welcomes New Pastor

The Grants Pass Church turned a new page in its history on Sabbath, Oct. 26, warmly welcoming the new associate pastor, Tony Rodriguez, and his wife, Sayuri, to the church family. After a prayer of... More

Grants Pass Pathfinders Attend Oregon Camporee

Five staff and 17 Pathfinders from the Grants Pass Pathfinder Club joined more than 850 other Pathfinders and staff for the 2013 Oregon Pathfinder Camporee, themed "Calling on Jesus" and held Sept.... More

Portland Church Creates Waterless Garden

What does a church do when it owns close to an acre of land on a lot located behind the church? At Your Bible Speaks Church (YBS) in Portland, Ore., where Louis Turner Jr. is the senior pastor, that... More

'Global Warming' Hits CAA Campus

Just as the days are shortening, the clouds graying and the leaves changing color, there are strong evidences that trends of change have also hit Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) in Battle Ground,... More

Riverside Christian School Hosts 24th Annual Apple Festival

The 24th annual Riverside Christian School Apple Festival was held in Washougal, Wash., on Oct. 13. Church members and school families volunteered for weeks to prepare for the largest school... More

Outreach Draws Man From Darkness to Light

When Steve Rogers, Upper Columbia Conference outreach coordinator instructor, reviews his monthly reports they are anything but boring. Rogers says, “I enjoy reading the reports from our churches,... More

Upper Columbia Academy Dining Commons Nears Completion

The new dining commons on the campus of Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., is nearly complete. The building project, which broke ground Oct. 3, 2012, is the result of generous hearts and... More

Pintos Awarded Doctorate

Walter Pintos, Upper Columbia Conference's Hispanic ministries coordinator, recently received his doctorate in ministry from Andrews University. His dissertation, which focuses on mobilizing and... More

Richland Walks for Diapers

There’s a dirty little secret in many communities: On average, one in three American families can’t afford diapers for their babies. The Richland (Wash.) Church knows this little secret,... More

SonBridge Receives Murdock Grant

Recently SonBridge Community Center in College Place, Wash., was awarded a $200,000 grant by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. This will be used to expand the SonBridge facility. The main goal of... More

WWU Church Hosts The Longest Table

Again this year the Walla Walla University Church welcomed incoming Walla Walla University students at The Longest Table on the first Sabbath of the school year, Oct. 5.Church members set up 180... More

Nursing Team Leads Vaccination Program in India

In September, the Walla Walla University School of Nursing organized its fourth mission trip to India to provide vaccinations for children. Led by nursing faculty Rosemarie Buck Khng, Everly... More

Lewis County Adds to School Campus

Lewis County Adventist School (LCAS) in Chehalis, Wash., held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 28 to celebrate the completion of the first phase of its new playground. This school campus was... More

Auburn Students Show Christianity in Action

Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) participated in their second annual Community Service Day on Oct. 14. All students and staff helped improve the community with 14 projects at eight locations.“Service... More

Washington Education Leaders Prepare for Transition

The Washington Conference Office of Education will be transitioning leaders at the end of 2013. Kelly Bock came out of retirement to lead the education team in western Washington. He is retiring for... More

PSAA Service Project Supports Hygiene Training

Female students at Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) in Kirkland adopted an international service project three years ago.They partner with Days for Girls, a nonprofit organization based in... More

Ferndale Shares Water of Life

Every Tuesday for two months, Ferndale Church members have distributed 240 water bottles to the corner of Main and Second Street. To date, more than 2,000 bottles of water have been handed out.... More

Kirkland Kernels Adventurer Club Experiences Popping Success

The Kirkland Kernels Adventurer Club is starting its fourth year with 35 children and 10 staff. The club meets three times a month from September to May to learn about "My God, My World, My Family... More