May 2015


Four Special People

What picture comes to your mind when you see the word "church"? For many, we see a picture of the local church building where we worship on a weekly basis. Or we may think of the office buildings...


Let's Talk


During a warm snap back in February, I had a talk with a of clump daffodils stubbornly pushing up through the dirt in our front yard. “What are you doing?” I exclaimed. “It’s the middle of winter...



New From Pacific Press

Editor's Note: Periodically the Gleaner will feature reviews or summaries of recently published books from the Pacific Press Publishing Association. Following are the...


The High Road to Hell

Some of the devil's most devoted disciples are among the best-behaved people on Earth. The most deceived of them experience victory over sin. Some are longtime church members devoted to doing the...


Apocalaughs Now

Last year when Barely Adventist informed the digital world that beloved televangelist Doug Batchelor would be making his debut on Dancing With the Stars, a passionate diatribe on the...



Celebrating Our Volunteers

Volunteers are the heart and soul of an organization — people who give freely of their time working for the betterment of the community because they believe it is the right thing to do.... More

It's a Gamble to Get to Gambell

One of the most remote Adventist churches is located in Gambell, Alaska, located on the western tip of St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea, about 200 miles southwest of Nome and 35 miles from... More

Idaho Conference Holds Town Hall Circuit

In preparation for the 53rd Quadrennial Constituency Session coming on May 17, 2015, 11 Town Hall meetings were held from Feb. 25 to March 18. David Prest Jr., Idaho Conference president; John Rogers... More

BVAS and National School Choice Week

Boise Valley Adventist School (BVAS) participated in National School Choice Week on Friday, Jan. 23, as a positive way to raise awareness about the school and the benefits of providing... More

MEA Hires New VP for Finance

Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) in Bozeman, Mont., recently announced that Brian Schaffner will be the vice principal for finance, starting with the 2015–2016 school year. He... More

MGAES Celebrates Inaugural Lego Robotics Showcase

This year, a few brave parents of Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary School (MGAES) in Battle Ground, Wash., took the reins of a program that would prove to be a phenomenal experience for those who... More

PAA Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) senior and Spanish IV student Jack Blashchishen was recently awarded a prestigious scholarship for his achievement in the Spanish language. The Sociedad... More

3ABN Radio Comes to Bend

Scott Trottier was a bit apprehensive when his church's head elder approached him as soon as he got out of his vehicle. But instead of carrying bad news, the elder hit with a... More

Professionals Flood CAA Halls

For the first time in Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) history, a student-to-teacher ratio of two to one was achieved. While not a permanent trend at the school, it was fun to see it happen for... More

Millennial Matrix Project Kicks Off at Sunnyside

“If any of you has a hundred sheep, and one of them gets lost, what will you do? Won't you leave the ninety-nine in the field and go look for the lost sheep until you find it?” (Luke... More

Open House Celebrates Expanded Troy Church

There was much excitement in the air as Troy Church members, neighbors and friends gathered together to celebrate yet another historical Sabbath. It was the long-awaited open house for the new church... More

Teen Pathfinders Enjoy Helpful Spring Break

"Hi, I'm Jake from State Farm, and God is always with us!" This is how Irvin Morales introduced himself Sabbath at the Brewster (Wash.) Church. Morales was part of the Teen Mission... More

Learning to Live Life Longer at Village Church

A fellowship hall in the College Place (Wash.) Village Church filled with people interested in learning how to live life longer with better health and enjoy it more. Jim and Neva Brackett had the... More

One Bible Worker Makes Big Difference in Stevens County

January 2014 started the year off in an outreach adventure when Kris Akenberger moved to Stevens County, Wash. This gentle giant with a tender heart made an impression on the lives of all those with... More

Church Drops Anchor in Stanfield

More than 10 years ago, nearly a dozen people felt led to plant a church in the small town of Stanfield, Ore. They church-hopped, renting Saturday spaces in Sunday churches and growing in size as... More

Biology Students Present Research Findings at Murdock Science Conference

Nine Walla Walla University undergraduate biology students presented their research findings last November at the Murdock College Science Research (MCSR) Conference in Vancouver, Wash. “... More

Adventist Volunteers Share Health Education at VegFest

Adventist volunteer Elida Jerez looked at the blood pressure reading. It was much too high for the young woman in her mid-30s who sat across from her at a free health-screening station. Jerez... More

Families Find Refreshment Around God’s Word

The Re-Fresh Retreat held each March in the beautiful treed landscape of Sunset Lake Camp in Wilkeson allows attendees to listen to spiritually enriching presentations and interact with... More

Adventist Student 'R-E-P-R-E-S-E-N-T-S' at Regional Spelling Bee

Buena Vista Adventist Elementary School fifth-grade student Joel Monterrosa had just four hours to prepare for the King-Snohomish Regional Spelling Bee on March 29. After the school’s first-... More

Urban Ministry Conference Addresses Purposeful City Living

Adventist Church co-founder and prolific writer Ellen White wrote extensively about city and country living. In much of her writing, she urged Adventists to pursue country living. But she didn’... More

AAA Community Renews Adventist Education Support

About half of the students in the congregation were attending an Adventist school when Tacoma Central Church took a quick survey last summer. The biggest obstacle for families interested in... More

Ministry Leaders Learn to Assess Community Needs

Fundraising coach Lilya Wagner told her class of 45 ministry leaders gathered in Federal Way, Wash., that the first five people to raise their hand could present their ministry funding... More