June 2015


An Appeal to the Family

I want to ask for a moment of silence. Not in remembrance of someone who is lost, but so that as a church we can take a deep breath and think about Who we serve. Jesus Christ is the head of our...


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The long drive was over. At a verdant campsite by the rushing water of central Oregon’s McKenzie River we pitched our tent, unfolded the camp stove and chairs, and prepared to enjoy a couple days...



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....


Proving Ourselves Wrong

The mission of the Christian church is to prove how right we are … right?

While we would deny this in person, our practices reveal otherwise. Christians love a good social media fight —...


Extralogical Enlightenment

How can we trust and obey an invisible, inaudible God? Can we even know what He wants from us?

“That’s simple,” someone says. “Read the Bible.”

OK, but how did we get our Bibles?...


You Said It

What About the Tares?

Ever grown a vegetable garden without weeds? It’s never happened, for those noxious tares are a reality in our fallen world.

Jesus understood how eager we gardeners are to be rid of those...



Adventist Health Hosts Second Annual Mission Day

Adventist Health’s mission focuses on whole-person care, which means “sharing God’s love by providing physical, mental and spiritual healing.” To help promote care that... More

Inaugural Health Fair Held at Wasilla

"Caring for Our Community" was the theme as 20 local health-related vendors converged at the Wasilla (Alaska) Church on Sunday, March 22, for its inaugural health fair. Everything from... More

Trike-a-Thon Raises Money for Kids With Cancer

Kids were helping kids as the children of Eagle Adventist Christian Preschool completed a Trike-a-Thon to raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital. April 16 was a beautiful sunny... More

Yaak Church Reopens

The Yaak (Mont.) Church held a service on March 21 for the first time in about four years. The church was built by men from the Carl Cummings Mill in the early 1950s. Some of those... More

Mount Ellis Academy Accepts 'Immigrants'

Students at Mount Ellis Academy in Bozeman, Mont., recently took a step back in time, experiencing aspects of early 20th-century immigration. Over the course of one hour, students were "... More

Sunnyside Helps Member Move Forward

Imagine this: You have just graduated from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn., with a bachelor’s degree in social work in 2013. You are enrolled to start studies in the fall... More

PAA Spanish Students Thrive on Mission Trips

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) Spanish students pushed past language and cultural barriers during their mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Peru. PAA Spanish teacher and Dominican... More

Sandy Church Shares Gospel in Local Community

Someone once told me there’s never a perfect time to do public evangelism. The reason is because the devil will compete with you every single time. The Sandy (Ore.) Church is no stranger to... More

Romanian Church Welcomes New Member

How far will God go to restore one of His children? More than a quarter of a century, to the other side of the world, using two languages and through members of His church in two cultures... More

CAA Sees Sign of Miracles

I will ... open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Mal. 3:10 The new LED sign on the campus of Columbia Adventist Academy (... More

Churches Hold Combined Women’s Ministry Mini Retreat

The Junction City, Santa Clara (Eugene) and Veneta churches in Oregon, hosted the seventh annual Women’s Ministry Mini Retreat on Sunday, March 15. The theme, “Women Walking in... More

Milo Holds First Arts and Technology Camp

More than 100 students in grades five through eight and 27 sponsors attended Milo Adventist Academy’s first Arts and Technology Camp in Days Creek, Ore. The event opened with a... More

Irrigon 'Angels' Support Incarcerated Mothers

The Irrigon (Ore.) Church was contacted by a representative from the Oregon Prison Fellowship Program in November 2014. The letter said there were several children living in foster care in... More

Irrigon Restarts Canned Food Drive

When Shirlene Stahl returned home from working in Guam, she started a project that would involve her group of youth who had no ties with the church except to come to Sabbath School and Wednesday... More

Irrigon Reaches Out to Community

Every year Irrigon, Ore., has a one-day Watermelon Festival in the local marina park on the last Saturday in July. The event begins Saturday morning with a parade at 10 a.m.... More

Adventurers Learn About Following Jesus

Picture 170 Adventurer kids enjoying a 45-minute worship talk without getting bored. It was Adventurer Family Fun Day at the Walla Walla (Wash.) City Church, and the kids were not just listening to... More

Spokane Plans Huge 'Pathway to Health' Clinic

A large health clinic event, "Your Best Pathway to Health,” will be held in Spokane, Wash., this summer. The decision to go ahead with this huge venture came on the heels of the same... More

Wenatchee Valley Hears Amazing Prophecies

The Amazing Prophecies seminar blessed the Wenatchee Valley with a monthlong presentation of prophetic truth during part of January and February. The seminar kicked off at the Red Lion Hotel in... More

WWU Student Film Wins Top Awards at Christian Film Festival

The Way, a short film created by Walla Walla University (WWU) students Erik Edstrom and Jesse Churchill, won Best in Festival and Best Dramatic Short at the annual SONScreen Film Festival. The Way is... More

Board Affirms Seven Keys to Auburn's Future

As Auburn Adventist Academy marks its 95th year, the school faces a series of challenges that must be addressed to secure a sustainable and vibrant future. The board of trustees and staff... More

Seattle Korean Nurtures Community Relationships

Each spring, members of Seattle Korean Adventist Church in Everett, Wash., plan a variety of evangelism and outreach activities. This year was no exception. They invited relatives and... More

Adventist UW Students Find Spiritual R & R

The University of Washington (UW) Seattle holds an impressive 44,700 students on campus, including a segment of Adventist students. As a Seventh-day Adventist college student, it isn’t easy... More

Couple Builds Relationship With God

Twenty years ago, God brought Thom and Betty Pratt together. As their acquaintance turned to friendship and romance, they found healing from their broken relationships. Betty remembered growing up... More

Western Washington Dentists Volunteer in San Antonio

All her posterior teeth were rotted to the gum line. Jennifer, in her mid-20s, said she “had been a heroin addict," but she was trying to get her life back in order. It is not easy... More