May 2014

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I open the door to his room and look in. It’s now empty, featureless, except for the telltale pinholes and shadowed outlines where framed memories once hung.

For him, it had...



A Festival of Inconsistency

Several years ago I was at an International Fair hosted by the local community college where diverse groups manned booths in order to inform, convert, sell to or — in the case of the...


Sacred Ruts

During the good old days of the American pioneers, the Oregon Trail was the best route to the great Northwest. But not for long. Better roads and vehicles provided new ways and means...



El nombre de Adventistas del Séptimo Día en Granite Falls

“Por tanto, id y haced discípulos en todas las naciones …” (San Mateo 28:19). El imperativo dado por el Señor Jesús, sigue resonando en cada rincón del mundo, siendo escuchado y obedecido por hombres... More

Tillamook Regional Medical Center Hosts Art Show to Raise Heart Awareness

Approximately 60 people gathered on a blustery winter day in the historic North County Recreation District art gallery in Nehalem, Ore., and enjoyed good conversation, the company of fellow art... More

Togiak Baptisms, Dedications Expand Church Family

In late September 2013, the Williams family asked to have two of their children baptized, so Chad Angasan, Togiak Church pastor, started the Native New Day Bible studies with them. Both Carmen and... More

Juneau Learns 'Jesus Math'

In first grade, the GoMath text says 1 + 2 = 3; in second grade, 18 - 7 = 11; in fifth grade, 9.435 – 2.903 is rounded to 6; in seventh grade, ab = c. But at the beginning of the 2013–14 school year... More

Nampa Man Is Finally Home

Tom Teague's baptism on March 1 by Chris Evenson, Nampa Church pastor, marked the end of a long spiritual search and the beginning of a new life in Christ. Teague was raised in the Catholic church... More

Cloverdale Holds Record Second Annual Food Drive

We live in the richest country in the world, and yet we have people who are literally starving all around us. Robbie Lane, a member of the Cloverdale Church in Boise, decided that something could... More

Pacific Press Board Appoints New Vice President

Pacific Press has appointed Larry Johnson as the new vice president of production. He replaces Chuck Bobst, who recently retired after having served in that role for the past 12 years.Johnson is no... More

New Principal Named for Mount Ellis Academy

The Montana Conference Board of Education has named Michael Lee as the next principal of Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) in Bozeman, effective July 2014. He replaces Bruce Lane, who will return to... More

Mid-Columbia Students Travel to Washington D.C.

A special event takes place every year at Mid-Columbia Adventist Christian School (MCACS) in Hood River. Peter Hardy, MCACS principal, plans a field trip for his ninth- and 10th-graders to one of two... More

Sandy Church Provides Training and Treats

Lunchtime on March 1 found almost 60 hungry participants enjoying a special afternoon presentation focused on “Plant-Based Comfort Foods.” Dick and Carol Hanson led out, providing lectures, videos... More

PAA Emphasizes Service and Mission

Emphasis on service at Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) was demonstrated during a dedication chapel for the many staff and students participating in five different missions during spring break.“Your... More

Oregon Pathfinders Hold 'Calling on Jesus' TLT Convention

Teen Pathfinders in grades 9–12 attended the Oregon Conference Teen Leadership Training (TLT) Convention Jan. 31–Feb. 2 at Camp Adams in Molalla, Ore. It was expected to be a wet weekend throughout,... More

PAA Student Receives Presidential Service Award

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) senior Elizabeth McDonald is involved. That’s why she was recently honored with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award recognizes those who have... More

Weekend-Long Bible Study Held by Sandy Church

The Sandy (Ore.) Church was truly blessed and encouraged by a weekend full of Bible study and praise with Bill Liversedge. Folks from several Oregon and Washington churches filled the fellowship area... More

Battle Ground Clinic Serves North Clark County Residents

There are 61,000 people without health care insurance in northern Clark County, Wash. This staggering statistic inspired the creation of Battle Ground Health Care, a free chronic care clinic that... More

Beaconaters Lego Robotics Team Visits Conference

This fine group of third- through fifth-graders from Beacon Christian School in Lewiston, Idaho, are called the Beaconaters. This Lego team presented a skit to the staff of Upper Columbia... More

Pathfinders Pay It Forward in Moses Lake

Much can be accomplished with volunteer labor. Just ask the teens who volunteered to join a local mission trip, the Teen Pathfinder Mission Adventure. This local outreach to Moses Lake, Wash., began... More

Athena Members Reach Out to Reservation

The Blue Mountain Valley Mission Church outreach team from Athena, Ore., believes God will do a mighty work on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and team members are excited to be a small part of it.... More

Bible Experience Comes to Spokane

Nine Pathfinder teams from around the Northwest gathered at the Upper Columbia Conference office in Spokane, Wash., on March 8 for the North Pacific Union Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) event... More

Tri-City Junior Academy Celebrates 50 Years

Hundreds of former students and faculty came back home to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the present Tri-City Junior Academy (TCJA) Sept. 27–28, 2013. Friday night was a casual reception in the... More

Multimedia Class Multitasks at MSAS

Lights! Camera! Action! These are three words the multimedia students at Milton-Stateline Adventist School (MSAS), in Milton-Freewater, Ore., are learning as a part of a new elective class being... More

Professor’s Expertise Benefits Online Mathematics Platform

Students often take grading for granted. Professors sometimes must sift through hundreds of assignments per week. On top of their lectures and open office hours, they must take time to grade each... More

Students Complete Bible Reading Marathon

For 72 hours, starting Feb. 25, Walla Walla University students, staff and faculty took turns reading the entire Bible, one chapter at a time.The event, Ancient Words, enlisted 78 people who sat at a... More

Closer to God

Over the last month, we have seen an explosion of spiritual growth around the Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) campus. It all started with a student-led week of prayer. One of the main themes for the... More

Dwight Nelson Speaks at Sunset Lake Re-Fresh Retreat

More than 400 people from across the Washington Conference and beyond gathered at Sunset Lake Camp in Wilkeson for the first-ever Re-Fresh Retreat on Sabbath, March 15, featuring Dwight Nelson and... More

Valentine Luncheon Unites School Community

Lewis County Adventist School (LCAS), in Chehalis, Wash., has maintained a wonderful tradition for the past six years. Doylene Cook, sixth- through eighth-grade teacher, started a Valentine’s... More

Adventist Book Center in Auburn Begins New Management

Conversations at the end of 2013 were a bit nervous: Would Washington Conference have an Adventist Book Center (ABC)?This topic at four year-end town hall meetings began a few months earlier when... More

Chehalis Children Help Prepare for Mission

It was something like playing musical chairs, except the junior-age children were going around a big table instead of chairs, and no one got eliminated.The 10- to 12-year-olds at Chehalis Church... More