September 2015


Women Who Minister

Editor's Note

Some members within the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) wonder if the recent world church action regarding ordination has diminished hopes for a sense of equality...



Snapshots From the Session

Twenty-one delegates and additional guests represented North Pacific Union Conference members at July's General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas. Here are several comments from them...


Letters to the Editor

Mere Human Reasoning

Two articles in the June issue of the Gleaner caught my attention ["Proving Ourselves Wrong" and "Extralogical Enlightenment"]. ... Both seemed rather long...


Let's Talk


We like big things. Big names, big paychecks, big promises. But the little things, often overlooked, are really what matter.

A scant week before I was to leave for this summer’s General...




I arrived a day later than I was scheduled for a book signing at the ABC booth during the NAD Pastoral Convention in Austin, Texas, this summer. For the uninitiated, the ABC is the Adventist Book...


Assessing the Session

Delegates to the 60th General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas, in July elected a global leadership team, updated church policies and clarified doctrinal statements. In the minds of many,...



Nace una luz en Montana

Por muchos años los líderes de la iglesia en Montana han tratado de alcanzar un sueño que parecía ilusivo. Ese sueño es el de establecer una iglesia adventista... More

Adventist Health Participates in 60th General Conference Session

At the recent General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas, Adventist Health hosted a large booth in the exhibit hall along with its sister systems: Adventist HealthCare, based in Maryland;... More

Ketchikan Couple Celebrates New Marriage, Baptisms

Tom Paul and Debbie Schmelling were baptized on April 10 into the Ketchikan Church. Schmelling had been an Adventist but had become discouraged. Paul had been raised a Catholic from childhood,... More

GSAA Welcomes New Principal and Staff

Gem State Adventist Academy (GSAA) has welcomed a new principal and other staff. Marvin E. Thorman accepted the invitation from the GSAA operating board and the Idaho Conference to serve as... More

Camp Paxson Offers 'UNBELIEVABLE' Week

Montana’s summer camp this year was a huge success. The campers and staff had an amazing week, themed "UNBELIEVABLE," in June. Jim Jenkins, Bozeman Church pastor, was the camp pastor... More

Red Cross Honors Darby Church Member

A Darby Church member was recently recognized by the Red Cross for 72 years of donating blood. While 17-year-old Jim Kyle was a student at Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) in Bozeman in 1943, he... More

Central Acres Holds Feast of Purim

The students of Central Acres Christian School in Billings, Mont., celebrated the Feast of Purim with a cross-curricular, schoolwide educational event. The Feast of Purim is a celebration that... More

Annual 'Souper Bowl' Helps Hungry

This is the sixth year for the Souper Bowl event at the Ronan Church. Each year this event has gotten bigger and better. Church members are divided into two teams that compete in raising money for... More

Evangelism at Sandy Church

"There is never a perfect time to do public evangelism,” someone once said. "The reason is the devil will compete with you every single time." The Sandy Church is no stranger... More

Relieve the Suffering of 1,000

Dave McCoy, the Fall Creek and Pleasant Hill churches pastor, has been working with his members and other area churches to offer a large-scale medical evangelism event in the Eugene, Ore., area.... More

PAA CLEP Exam Advances College-Bound Students

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) graduates Jack Blashchishen and Andreea Hutuleac begin college this fall after excelling at the Spanish College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam. “The... More

Anniversary Celebrates New Life

Members of the Romanian Church in Portland, Ore., joined with heaven on May 23 in celebrating two wonderful events in the lives of Victor and Maria Andritchi. On the same day that Daniel... More

Tillamook Community Services Gets Egg-stra Surprise

Donna Parks, Tillamook Adventist Community Services (TACS) leader, and her crew of volunteers are busy people, serving with love those in need in Tillamook County. But they were recently... More

Lents Church Reaches Community Through Health and Healing

Lents Church in Portland, Ore., is working to actively engage principles of health and healing with its community as it continues to plan participation at neighborhood events. The city of... More

Gladstone Camp Meeting Goers Are Called to Love

The tents are down and the benches are all put away, but the memories will long remain of this year’s Gladstone Camp Meeting, which was held July 21–25. After a momentous General... More

God Parts the Sea for Livingstone Academy

Sometimes it’s hard to believe. You know how it goes. We all believe God can do anything. “Nothing is impossible to God,” we say, yet deep inside we filter our own belief influenced... More

Milo Summer Work Program Grows

This summer, 38 students worked at Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., to help pay for their tuition this fall. Students had worship every morning at 8 a.m., then divided up into crews for... More

Camp Meeting Attendees Enjoy Many Blessings

What does it mean to pray in the name of Jesus? Pastor Derek Morris held attendees at the Upper Columbia Conference Camp Meeting spellbound as he shared the miraculous story of Jasmine and how God... More

Youth Rush Summer Changes Lives

“Youth Rush has changed my life completely,” says Emilie Carr, a high school senior from Yakima, Wash., who was participating in her first summer of the annual student colporteur... More

Loaves and Fishes Principle Helps Fire Recovery

Four separate lightning strikes on July 14, 2014, in central Washington's Methow Valley began the Carlton Complex Fire, which would become the largest wildfire in Washington state history as it... More

His Travelers Enjoy Summer to Remember

Praising God for head lice is not something one would expect, but Andrea Anderson, Upper Columbia Conference His Travelers team leader, did just that this summer while serving with her team, Kisa... More

Young Adults Hold 'Digging Deeper' Retreat

“Lord, what would you have us do to reach young adults in our area?” This was the question that was on the hearts of a group of young adults as they met once again to talk... More

Education and Engineering Students Kick Off Summer Program for Kids

Expectant faces look up with smiles stretched ear to ear. Many carry backpacks they received at their last visit that are full of treasures they created themselves. Their outstretched hands reach... More

New Excitement Fills Auburn

There is a new excitement on campus with several reasons why! Milestone Class: Auburn Adventist Academy is enrolling a freshmen class this year who will become, in four years, the 100th... More

Three Pastors Ordained in Washington

Three pastors in Washington Conference were ordained in May and June: Ofa Langi, Carlos Felipe Andino and Martin Kim. Journey of Faith Langi’s faith journey took a significant turn at the... More

Tacoma Children Prove They Can 'Be Ready' for Ministry

Six youth, ages 10–13, from Tacoma, Wash., prayed for 10 months about doing something big for God through their Be Ready puppet ministry. God opened the doors for them to sing 90 puppet... More

Pathfinders Salute Longtime Leader

Clyde Phillips was a relatively new Adventist, an adult college graduate and married with children when he moved to Marysville, Wash., in 1982. He and his wife, Sandee, asked church leaders how they... More

Arlington Enters Street Fair

For the first time in its history, the Arlington (Wash.) Church entered a street fair as an outreach tool to the community. The Downtown Arlington Business Association sponsored its annual... More