July 2014


Our Core Value

Adventist education is a core value of the Seventh-day-Adventist Church. From our very beginnings, we have recognized that education must be key in our strategy to minister to the...


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"A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion" Proverbs 18:2 (ESV).

In semi-regular visits to the fount of all excess — Costco — I select my “ride...



Why Children Leave the Church, Part 2

Why do children grow up Seventh-day Adventists and then leave the church? Last month we talked about how parents shouldn’t automatically blame themselves if they lose their kids to...



We are all partial.

Partial to chocolate over vanilla, partial to football over baseball, partial to Big Franks over Little Links … you get the idea. We’re also partial to...



¿Por Qué Cultos en Inglés y Español Con Jóvenes Hispanos?

De los padres de hoy se debieran decir adaptadas aquellas mismas palabras dichas de los padres de la tribu de Isacar: “Eran entendidos en los tiempos de las redes sociales: Facebook, Instagram... More

Adventist Health News Notes

Newmyer Appointed President of Northwest Region and Adventist Medical Center - Portland Joyce Newmyer has been appointed president of the Northwest Region of Adventist Health, including president... More

Alaska Welcomes Stearman Family

The Alaska Conference is proud to announce the soon arrival of Nathan Stearman and his wife, Gina, along with their children, Abigayle and Gabriel. Stearman will be overseeing the pastoral duties in... More

Anchorage Students Minister to Congregations

One Sabbath each month, the Anchorage Junior Academy (AJA) students attend one of the seven area churches and conduct the entire church service. Students, with the help and support of the teachers,... More

Idaho Members Minister in Peru

March 18 to 31, 2014 “OK, remember: Don’t lose your passports and stay with a buddy.” With those words Mission Peru 2014 was on its way. After a year planning, fundraising,... More

Mount Ellis Elementary Teacher Receives National Award

Mechelle Peinado, a teacher at Mount Ellis Elementary School in Bozeman was presented with a national award on May 13. Peinado is among 10 teachers selected this spring by the Alumni Awards... More

Rogue Valley Students and the City by the Bay

“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’” (Matt. 25:40). ... More

A Tale of Two Missions

For spring break this year Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) in Battle Ground, Washington, decided to “divide and conquer” sending students on two different mission trips. One group of... More

PAA Students Sail and Serve Bahamas

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) in Portland, Oregon, students participated in five different mission trips during spring break. One of the trips brought 17 students, parents and staff on a unique... More

Portland Families Form Adventist Home-School Network

Almost every home-school family has heard one oft-repeated question: “But what about socialization?” It’s a common concern among those more accustomed to traditional classroom... More

Rivers Edge Celebrates Five Years

Rivers Edge Adventist Company in McMinnville celebrated its fifth anniversary in May. There are abundant reasons for this church family to joyfully celebrate as they see the power of the Holy Spirit... More

Forest Grove Pathfinders Present 'Jerusalem’s Most Wanted'

A surprise greeted the members of the Forest Grove Church as they arrived May 3 for Sabbath School and church. The front of their sanctuary had what looked like walls to a jail cell. This... More

Oregon Hall of Fame Recognizes PAA Student

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) senior Kyle Zimmerman was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame (OMHOF) and recognized at the organization’s annual banquet with a $1,000 scholarship.... More

Three Sisters Adventist Christian School Collects Shoes

If the shoe fits … wear it! But if it doesn’t, then what? The students at Three Sisters Adventist Christian School in Bend, Ore., know what to do. They have been collecting unwanted and... More

Easter Comes to Life at McMinnville Church

What is known as the Easter season saw many special presentations at the McMinnville Church, along with a month’s worth of sermons by Jerry Joubert, pastor, focusing on the passion week. On... More

Holocaust Survivor Inspires PAA

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) students, staff and parents had the privilege to hear and meet Alter Wiener, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor and author of From a Name to a Number, in a... More

UCA Students Spend Spring Break in Zambia

Twenty-seven students from Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Washington, traveled to Zambia, Africa, during spring break on a mission trip to assist in continuing to develop the Mukuyu Project... More

The Lesson of Latvia

The offer came out of the blue. “Would your Missions 101 class be interested in a mission trip to Riga, Latvia, over spring break?” asked Lisa Giebel. Gayle Norton, veteran Bible teacher... More

Palisades Christian Academy Maranatha Mission to Panama

A group of 12 adults and 15 eighth- through 10th-graders from Palisades Christian Academy (PCA) left Spokane, Wash., on March 18 to travel to Portrerillo, Panama. God blessed the group with safe... More

UCC Hosts FaithWalk

The Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) Cascade and Columbia auditoriums in Spokane, Wash., were filled with women ready for a FaithWalk presented by UCC women’s ministries. More than 140 ladies... More

Record Number Attend All Nations Center Mother's Day Brunch

Jeff and Terri Weijohn with Kevin Rambler serve food at the annual Mother's Day Bruch at All Nations Center (ANC) in Wapato, Wash. This is the event's 12th year, and this year a record number... More

Crestview Christian Students Move Up

Excitement crackled through Crestview Christian School (CCS) in Moses Lake, Wash., the morning of April 8. It was Movin' On Up Day. For the school day, preschoolers became kindergarteners,... More

Coeur d’Alene Church Presents The Borrowed Tomb

More than 900 people came to witness the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ over Easter weekend, April 18–20, by experiencing the musical The Borrowed Tomb, offered free and... More

Lake City Junior Academy Teacher Receives National Award

Geoff Heald, a teacher at Lake City Junior Academy (LCJA) in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, was presented with a national award on Friday, May 16. Heald is among 10 teachers selected this spring by the... More

Cascade Christian Academy Serves Its Community

While some of the Cascade Christian Academy (CCA) student body went to Belize for a mission trip in March 2014, the high school students left behind served their local Wenatchee, Wash., community.... More

CCA and Wenatchee Church Hold Belize Mission Trip

Thirty-four students and adults from Washington's Cascade Christian Academy (CCA) and Wenatchee Church flew to Belize on March 9, 2014. Their mission: to build a security fence around the King... More

Microsoft and WWU Collaborate on Hackathon Event

Brainpower from both sides of the state came together in May when six Microsoft employees traveled to Walla Walla University for HACK@WWU, the university’s first hackathon event with the... More

Northwest Christian School Forms International Partnership

Northwest Christian School (NCS) in Puyallup formed an international partnership in March with South Korea's Wonju Sahmyook Adventist School. As part of a larger delegation, Craig Mattson, NCS... More

Auburn Adventist Academy Students Serve in Belize

This year at Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) in Auburn, Washington, we were truly blessed to be able go the King’s Children’s Home in Belmopan, Belize. Stepping off the plane in Belize... More

Laboring in Ladyville

Late one Wednesday in March, a contingency of 37 excited people representing Skagit Adventist Academy (SAA) in Burlington, Washington, boarded a Boeing jet headed for Belize in Central America.... More

PSAA Students Inducted Into National Honor Society

Character, scholarship, leadership and service are the guiding principles of the National Honor Society and the basis for selecting candidates. The Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) Chapter of... More

Homeland Mission Trip Impacts PSAA Students

Does a homeland mission trip make the same difference as an international mission trip? Twenty-one students from Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) in Kirkland say, “Yes!” The group... More

Lewis County Families Raise Guide Dog Puppies

Emily Carlton eagerly came to school on April 17 with a few extra items: a green puppy jacket, a leash and a small dog toy. She was ready for the puppy truck from Guide Dogs for the Blind to arrive... More

Northwest Teacher Invited to White House

Julie Kaas needed a restart in life after a divorce and facing life as a single mother. She signed up for the Washington Women’s Educational Employment Services (WWEE) program to develop... More

Skagit Grows Courageous Students

Courage is defined as “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear.” The staff of Skagit Adventist Academy (SAA) in... More

Kirkland Fifth-Graders Collect Stories

Kirkland Adventist School's fifth-grade class started building friendships at an assisted living facility seven years ago. Each year, among other activities, the students interview residents... More

Mountain View Students Experience Hands-on Science

It was a “hands-on” spring week of spiritual emphasis at Mountain View Christian School in Sequim as Maureen O'Kane, Sequim Church member, used science experiments and... More

Skagit Students Compost for the Environment

This school year, the fifth- and sixth-grade students at Skagit Adventist Academy in Burlington started a composting program. Their teacher, Tami Rowe, was looking for an opportunity for her... More