October 2014


Pifher New VP for Media at NAD

Gordon Pifher, who has most recently served as North Pacific Union Conference director of innovation, leadership and stewardship, is now filling a new role as North American Division vice...


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The Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him. — Habakkuk 2:20

I remember little about the song, but I will never...



Joy Is a Core Character Quality

Is joy a questionable amusement or a quality of character that facilitates revival and reformation? Last month we recognized joy at the core of the fruit of the Spirit, along with...


I'm Offended, Part 2

I once used social media to ask my colleagues to share with me some of their craziest stories of offended members. They did not disappoint.

One of my friends shared, "I was in...



Creciendo en el Amor Fraternal

La Biblia nos enseña que debemos amarnos; indicándonos que es un mandamiento que debemos cumplir (1 Jn. 3:11). Además nos dice que es amándonos unos a otros como se... More

Palliative Care Demonstrates Christ’s Healing Ministry

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my... More

Alaska Campers Experience Jesus Amid Challenges

Tears, laughter, songs and activities mixed with a host of children at this summer’s Alaska Camps.   More than 150 children experienced the joy of summer camp at Camp Tuk near Flat Lake... More

Pathfinder Anointing Leads to Baptism

Elizabeth Condie says her four years in Pathfinders allowed her to meet “some pretty amazing people.” When her Pathfinder club went to Astoria, Ore., in 2012, she was so excited.... More

Boise Valley Gets New Playground

“It’s so cool. I love it!” says a fifth-grader. “It looks newer and fresher, and I like that some of the stations are educational," adds an eighth-grader. "I... More

Nampa VBS Spy Kids Find the One True God

For the fifth consecutive year, the Nampa Church launched an exciting, interactive Vacation Bible School program, with this year's theme focused on “Answers in Genesis International Spy... More

Montana Pathfinders Attend Forever Faithful International Camporee

Oshkosh, Wis., was invaded by more than 48,000 people (depending which source you are quoting) as Pathfinders gathered for the Forever Faithful International Camporee (FFIC) held once every five... More

Havre Church Holds Annual Campout

The weekend of July 18–20 found the Havre Church members enjoying God’s created beauty in Beaver Creek Park in the Bears Paw Mountains just south of town.  The weekend began under... More

Cascade Congregation Grows Through Evangelism

The members of the Cascade Church in Bend teamed up to host a Revelation Now seminar with evangelist Jac Colón and his wife, ’dena. This evangelistic series concluded with 15 baptisms... More

PACS Plans Dental Program

Help is on the way for disadvantaged east Portlanders needing dental care. Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) is launching a dental program for low-income individuals in 2015. PACS... More

PAA Welcomes New Staff

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) welcomes new staff members Mechelle Peinado and Jason Bibb. Mechelle Peinado joins PAA as the school guidance counselor and as teacher of advanced placement... More

PAA Prepares for New School Building

The Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) campus is being prepared for a new school building. Construction vehicles have been busy this summer on the south side of PAA’s campus. The activity is... More

Gladstone Park Hosts 'Haystacks at Haystack Rock'

“… That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these... More

McMinnville Reopens Kitchen and Friendship Hall

After eight long months, the McMinnville Church celebrated the reopening of its kitchen and Friendship Hall on Sabbath, Aug. 2. The congregation gathered to acknowledge God’s blessings with a... More

Grants Pass Get 'Nicked for Nick'

Nick Jones, Gateway (Grants Pass) and SonRise (Eagle Point) churches pastor, was deeply missed at the Gladstone Camp Meeting this year. The recently ordained pastor was at home in Medford... More

Northwest Surgeons Lead Canvasback’s Orthopedic Mission

Canvasback Missions Inc. sent three medical specialty teams to Majuro, part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), in May and June 2014. The orthopedic surgery team arrived May 24. Two... More

Lents Church Hosts Island VBS

An island paradise turned out to be the setting for Vacation Bible School in the Lents Church’s Activity Center in Portland, held July 7–11 using the SonTreasure Island program introduced... More

Grants Pass Holds Travel-Themed VBS

The Grants Pass Church was transformed into an airport during the week of July 7–11. Seventy-five children embarked on daily "flights" on Seventh-day Airlines, also known as Vacation... More

Reading Program Reaches Pasco Children

At about five minutes to the hour the lobby is already filing up. Little voices filled with excitement announce their arrival like royal trumpets. Smiles are abundant as children are whisked away and... More

Sunnyside Member Brings Joseph to Life During VBS

Vacation Bible School is always a fun time for Sunnyside (Wash.) Church members and the kids who attend.  This year VBS focused on the story of Joseph and included the usual events of singing... More

Spirit Lake VBS Focuses on Jesus

The theme for the Spirit Lake, Idaho, Vacation Bible School was “Jesus Is My Friend.” Children came from as far as 25 miles away to enjoy the Bible stories about Jesus, to participate... More

UCA Volunteers Put Up Greenhouse

There has been talk on and off at Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., about putting up a greenhouse. It is no longer just talk as UCA began putting up a greenhouse 24 feet wide by 96 feet... More

2014 Marks a Successful Year for Youth Rush

About seven weeks through her experience at Youth Rush, Ina received a phone call from a young lady who lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The lady, only 22 years old, had donated for The Great... More

Sunnyside Celebrates High Sabbath

July 26 was a high Sabbath for the Sunnyside (Wash.) Church family as two new members were added. Alicia Angelique Martinez and Jocelynne "Josie" Martinez are active Pathfinders. Larry Mays... More

God Guides and Provides in Moses Lake VBS

Shrieks and giggles erupts from the “Israelites” marching through the fabric waves of the Red Sea as water sprays on them from a hidden volunteer. “God is with us,” Moses,... More

Connections Church of Yakima Hosts Vacation Bible School

Connections Church of Yakima, Wash., hosted a Vacation Bible School July 7–11 with the help of His Travelers, a group of traveling VBS leaders from the Upper Columbia Conference. The theme... More

Summer Construction Updates Smith Hall

Walla Walla University’s Smith Hall, home to the Education and Psychology Department, Discovery Preschool and Pathways to Change (Center for Counseling and Training), is under construction.... More

Professor Provides Glimpse Into Atomic World

Tom Ekkens, Walla Walla University Physics Department chairman, has built an instrument that examines things as detailed as 7 nanometers by using a handful of basic, everyday materials. Usually a... More

Educators Challenged to Foster Atmosphere of Success

Washington Adventist educators went back to school early for a time of training in mid-August. Marking the beginning of another school year, these meetings created an opportunity for educators to... More

Camper Finds New Hope at Sunset Lake

Jordain Webber sat on the grass along Sunset Lake in Wilkeson on a fading Sabbath afternoon on Aug. 16. Around her, children and adults picnicked and chatted while enjoying the end-of-the summer... More

Teachers Learn to Spark Student Interest in Math and Science

While students enjoy a summer break, many teachers go back to school in summer months to pursue professional growth. Washington Conference teachers Dawn Campanello, Jorge Gandara, Connie... More

Thrift Shop Ministry Still Thrives After 18 Years

Prominently located on the main street of downtown Burlington, the Spruced Up Thrift Shop cruises into its 19th year as an Adventist Community Services ministry of the North Cascade Church.... More

Two Churches Come Together for Baptisms

Volunteer Park Church of Seattle and Bonney Lake Church celebrated two new baptisms at Sunset Lake Camp in Wilkeson on June 7. Friends, family and deaf visitors from Bellingham and Portland, Ore... More