January 2015


Making Way for Ministry

Friday afternoons can seem slow at Walla Walla University. After a week of rigorous classwork, it seems reasonable our students would ease up in anticipation of Sabbath rest.



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“Religion operates on the principle that ‘I obey, therefore God accepts me.’ But the gospel is ‘I’m accepted through what Jesus Christ has done, therefore I obey.’" Timothy Keller

I once...


North Pacific Union

Wang Replaces Duncan as NPUC Legal Counsel

Andre Wang has been elected by the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee as the NPUC in-house legal counsel. Although the final date for a transition is not yet determined, he...



More Than Money

This past November I attended a Dave Ramsey conference in Nashville, Tenn., that really messed up my theology. For the uninitiated: Dave Ramsey is a bestselling author, world-renowned speaker and...


Change or Self-Destruct

If the rate of change inside an organization is less than the rate of change outside, the end is in sight. The only question is when....



Retiro de Jóvenes Revive 2014

El evento de Revive 2014 Youth Retreat fue toda una experiencia. La expresión de WOW!!!  Fue general de entre los más de quinientos jóvenes provenientes de cada rincó... More

News Notes from Adventist Health

Rebok Retires as Senior Vice President of Adventist Health Doug Rebok retired as senior vice president and chief administrative officer (CAO) of Adventist Health effective Dec. 31, 2014, ending... More

Midnight Son Opens New Worship Center

Sept. 20, 2014, was a day of celebration for the Midnight Son Adventist Church in Kenai as members opened their new worship center. Mayor Pat Porter assisted the children with the ribbon-cutting... More

Hillside Church Holds Alaska-Style Campout

For more than a decade, the Hillside Church in Anchorage has held weekend campouts in both summer and winter. The experience offers an opportunity for members, families and friends to gather in... More

Nampa Church Members Do the CROP Walk

October was CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) walk time once again. This year's CROP Walk was held on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at the Brandt Center on the Northwest Nazarene... More

What the Lord Has Done For Me

He loved me before the first angel was brought forth. He created me to be the only one of my kind. He carefully put into me each small piece that makes me, me. And to Him I am special! He colored... More

Nampa Holds Candlelight Concert

The distant but familiar sound of “Lift Up The Trumpet” greeted a near-capacity sanctuary at 4 p.m. on Sabbath, Oct. 18, 2014. The audience found themselves reliving a 1958 Voice of... More

Baker City Church Welcomes New Members

Oct. 4 was a high Sabbath for the Baker City (Ore.) Church, as it welcomed five new members: four by baptism and one on profession of faith. Steve Story had been raised a Seventh-day Adventist but... More

Montana Holds Annual Men's Summit

The 2014 Men’s Summit took place the weekend of Sept. 26–28 at Mount Ellis Academy in Bozeman. Even though a light rain fell most of the day on Sabbath, it did not dampen the spirits of... More

Billings Members Take GLOW on Wheels

Each Fourth of July, thousands of visitors gather with local residents to watch the Independence Day Parade in Laurel, Mont. For several years a group of unicycle riders from the Billings Church... More

Wang Replaces Duncan as NPUC Legal Counsel

Andre Wang has been elected by the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee as the NPUC in-house legal counsel. Although the final date for a transition is not yet determined,... More

Oregon Adventist Men's Chorus Shares Gospel With Romania

The Oregon Adventist Men's Chorus and Corul Barbatesc din Romania completed an 11-city concert tour in central and western Romania Sept. 24–Oct. 4. Singers from Spain, South Africa and... More

'Dysfunctional Family' Helps Raise $200,000

With the prospects of winter storms and high winds, the morning of Nov. 13, 2014, dawned with uncertainty: To what extent would a dysfunctional "family" be able to help raise the needed... More

PAA Students Excel in Spanish

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) students excel in the Spanish language. Five PAA students were recently recognized for achievement in the Spanish language and inducted into the Sociedad Honoraria... More

Woodland Celebrates 289 Years

The Woodland Community Center in Woodland, Wash., was filled with celebration as birthdays totaling 289 years came together. Lavina Bliss (left) is 99. Marian Crozier, a Woodland Church member, is... More

Gaston, Laurelwood Churches Hold Life-Changing Meetings

Starting on Sept. 26, 2014, about 75 people packed into the upper room at the Pythias Center in Gaston, Ore., as Amazing Facts speaker Carlo Muñoz stood up and said, “I’m so... More

Lebanon Church Gifted Unique Art

Members of the Lebanon Church in Sweet Home, Ore., were in for a real treat when they entered the narthex on Sabbath, Sept. 13. Above the doors into the sanctuary was the long-awaited picture of... More

‘Prophecy Speaks Now’ Held in Roseburg

“Daddy, you have to tell them that Jesus is coming soon!” Six-year-old Meleah Bryson obviously shares her daddy's passion to spread the good news. This message was well-received... More

Mid-Columbia Celebrates End of Summer

School registration was July 27, 2014, at Mid-Columbia Adventist Christian School (MCACS) in Hood River. Yes, summer was not quite over yet, but Peter Hardy, (MCACS) principal, had a well-planned and... More

Friends Gather to Write on Walls

Recently, Tawny Sportsman, an Oregon Prayer Conference team member, put out an invitation to meet her at her new home, which was under construction. On a sunny, warm Sabbath afternoon friends of all... More

Milo’s Third Annual Sports Camp Draws More Than 100

Eighty-four middle school students and 18 chaperones participated in Sports Camp at Milo Adventist Academy over Sept. 28–30, making the event the best-attended sports camp to date. Milo... More

Pathfinder, Adventurer Leaders Enjoy Retreat

On the weekend of Oct. 31–Nov. 2, 2014, Pathfinder and Adventurer staff numbering 217 gathered from all over the Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) amid the autumn beauty of Camp MiVoden in Hayden... More

Chaplain's Ministry Affirmed

Surrounded by family, mentors and colleagues, Mario DeLise was ordained to ministry in the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Nov. 12, 2014, at Walla Walla (Wash.) General Hospital. The ceremony... More

Sunnyside Welcomes New Pastor

Sunnyside Church members were happy to welcome Vioral Negoi as their new pastor on Nov. 22, 2014. After almost 19 years with their previous pastor, Larry Mays, the church family is looking... More

Moscow Vets Honored With Quilts of Valor

Eleven United States military veterans of the Moscow (Idaho) Church were presented Quilts of Valor on Nov. 8, 2014. Quilts of Valor Foundation was begun by Catherine Roberts of Delaware after her... More

Cascade Christian Academy Makes a Difference

The students at Cascade Christian Academy (CCA) in Wenatchee, Wash., took time out of their usual Friday schedule on Oct. 24, 2014, to participate in the annual “Make a Difference Day.”... More

Sheridan Meadows Adds Building

Thanks to 26 people, 10 days, about $40,000 and the Lord's blessing, the new building at the Sheridan Meadows campground in Republic, Wash., stands ready for electrical and plumbing installation... More

UCA Foundation Gets New Name

One dream – enhancing UCA One focus – UCA students One school – Upper Columbia Academy One goal – grants/scholarships One method – endowment The Upper... More

Family of God Expands at Tacoma Central

When Valgene Tiller looked in the recycling bin, he found a mailer about Bible prophecy made simple. It looked interesting to him, so he picked it up and decided to attend the seminar series. Tiller... More

Auburn Adventist Academy Highlights

Nearly 700 people attended the Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) production of the Annie musical. The musical involved AAA students and Buena Vista Elementary School students who learned music,... More

Song Ordained to Ministry

Pastor Robin Song excels in integrating youth into small groups. Perhaps this stems from his experience as a teenager. His relationship with Jesus motivated him to behind his life of teenage... More

Pushing the Limits for Brotherhood

Continually throughout Sunset Lake’s three-day fall Father Son Campout, a thought kept crossing my mind — “What am I doing?” When you’re rappelling for the first time... More

Cleaning Up Roadside Helps Kitsap School Get Sign

Kitsap Adventist Christian School in Bremerton, Wash., received the first of its two roadside signs recently after it successfully completed two Kitsap County Adopt-a-Road trash collections. The... More

North Cascade Members Get Swabbed to Save Lives

On national Make a Difference Day, Oct. 25, 2014, members of the North Cascade Church in Burlington learned how they could make a difference by taking a cheek swab and registering to be bone marrow... More

Lasher Commissioned to Ministry

Gayle Lasher’s gifts in pastoral ministry were recognized during a commissioning service in early October. Bruce Koch, Washington Conference stewardship director, remembers hiring Lasher in... More

Vivier Ordained to Ministry

When friends, family and colleagues affirmed the ministry and calling of Paul Vivier in late October, they talked about his dedication to God, to his family and to the church. Vivier is one of... More

New Ministerial and Evangelism Team Introduced

Washington Conference is pleased to introduce a new ministerial and evangelism team. Tyler Long will serve as evangelism coordinator, and Bill Roberts will serve as ministerial director. Long... More