April 2016


Letters to the Editor

Sheep, Goats and Perfection

In regards to [Martin Weber’s Perspective, “Adventists: Sheep or Goats,” February 2016], there is so much truth (salt-of-the-earth type stuff), but do I...


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Long, long ago, and not so far away, I learned a memorable lesson from the joys and sorrows of Northwest berries.

My uncle and aunt lived on an Oregon farm surrounded by tangled blackberry...



What Do You Expect?

In February of this year, I spoke at the Florida Conference Women’s Retreat. Yes, I know that seems weird — and it may seem even weirder that this was the second time I have done so. Believe me,...


He Saved Others ... And He Saved Me!

Millions of Christians celebrate our crucified and risen Lord on one particular weekend each year. The world with its Easter bunnies considers this strange. Foolish, actually. How could the death...



Dos en Una: Pastora y Pastor

Recientemente, la Conferencia de Oregon hizo un llamado al ministerio pastoral a un nuevo elemento. Si bien es cierto, que los pastores llegan y se van … en esta ocasión no se trata... More

Heart Month Gets a Positive Beat

Adventist Health’s Northwest Region celebrated Heart Month in February with special events, podcasts and information that encouraged heart-healthy habits. Through its annual Art for the... More

Round Table Evangelism

The evangelism coordinator of the Alaska Conference has taken a serious look at an appeal written in 1886 from Basel, Switzerland, by Ellen G. White: “Ministers should not do the work which... More

Dedicated Missionary Returns to Last Frontier

The village of Savoonga has a population of about 800 Native Alaskans. The small community lies close to the Arctic Circle at the northeast tip of St. Lawrence island, just off the coast of Siberia... More

Dillingham Programs Unite Members, Community

In recent months, the Dillingham Adventist School's 28 energetic students, only four of whom are Adventists, along with teachers and volunteers, have been very busy. In the spirit of Thanksgiving... More

Agape Communion Opens the New Year in Nampa

Nampa Church welcomed 2016 with approximately 90 church members welcoming in the new year by giving thanks for the blessings of the past year and asking for God’s continued mercy —... More

Nampa Helps Bring Joy to the World

That was the feeling that spread throughout the entire room at the Nampa Church Community Services' second annual Christmas Gift Giving event on Dec. 6, 2015. The parents of the recipient... More

Belgrade Shares CREATION Health With Local Lutheran Church

Chris Barr was holding a seminar for the Belgrade Church in the Lutheran church the Adventists rent. The Lutheran pastor came in one evening while Barr was setting up for the CREATION (Choice,... More

Milo's Camp Umpqua Expands

Milo Adventist Academy’s Camp Umpqua in Days Creek is expanding. Six new cabins have been framed in, and plans are in progress to complete the project in 2016 so that the camp will be available... More

Workshop Helps Pathfinders Experience Disabilities

When the Valley View Pathfinders of Medford, Ore., walked into their fellowship hall on the evening of Feb. 24, they weren’t sure what to think about the unusual setup of displays circling the... More

Young People Make the Commitment for Christ

The Grants Pass Church was blessed to see baptisms of three young people on two high Sabbaths. Considering the challenges they face in this world, it is truly a joy when young people choose to commit... More

Redmond Church Serves the Community

The community service program at the Redmond Church was established in approximately 1985. The program served 2,382 families in 2015 and gave out more than $4,000 of food. Volunteers also gave... More

Coastal Students Head Inland for Snow Camp

In January, Lincoln City Adventist School students in grades seven through 12 enjoyed two days of fun in the snow while studying high-mountain science topics ranging from glaciers to varying... More

Ring of Fire Alumnus Returns to Direct Handbells at Tualatin Valley Academy

The bells have been silent at Tualatin Valley Academy (TVA) in Hillsboro, Ore., for 10 years, but this year they’re back. Michael Blackburn, Ring of Fire member from 1997 to 1999 is... More

Tualatin Valley Academy Expands to Ninth Grade

When David faced Goliath, he faced him with complete trust that God would take care of the details. All he had to do was step out in faith. Tualatin Valley Academy (TVA) in Hillsboro, Ore., ... More

Women's Ministries Change Lives

“Won’t you join us Monday morning for Women’s Bible Study Group?” My fourth invitation. What excuse could I use this time? Didn’t she know I am a busy mom? One to... More

Pathfinders Train in Exodus

The conference-level Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE), covering the book of Exodus, took place on Sabbath, Feb. 20, at the College Place Village Church. Ten Pathfinder teams from throughout... More

UCC Youth Encouraged to Ski Uphill

What do you get when you mix teenagers, water, cold and the Holy Spirit and stir until combined? One group of energetic teens tried it this February and discovered the Upper Columbia Conference... More

Local Elderly Receive Valentines From Brewster Students

Brewster Adventist Christian School, in Brewster, Wash., kindergarten through eighth-grade students worked with the local grocery store, Brewster Market, to donate fresh carnations and handmade... More

Beloved Principal Retires From Rogers

Clare Thompson has been an educator for most of her life, with the vast majority of it spent at Rogers Adventist School in College Place, Wash. At the end of this year, she will be stepping away from... More

Tournament Provides Reunion Opportunities

For students at Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., attending the Friendship Tournament at Walla Walla University (WWU) in College Place, Wash., is just as much about the friendship... More

Student Engineers Make Plans to Bring Electricity to Peruvian Village

The Walla Walla University student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-WWU) held its annual spring fundraising gala on Feb. 27. Proceeds from the gala will support the EWB-WWU project in Japora... More

Senior Class Elects Officers

The 2016 senior class at Walla Walla University has elected officers for the main campus in College Place, Wash., and the nursing campus in Portland, Ore. College Place Campus Kara McMahon (... More

Young Adults Gather for '#TinderTimes'

If you have to ask what “Tinder” is, you’re probably not using social media to find a date. Taken from the name of the popular dating app, #TinderTimes was a dating, love and... More

AAA Students Step Away to Step Up

Fourteen peer-selected students from Auburn Adventist Academy spent a day away from campus as they sought God’s will in a new way. Along with their Bible teachers, Karyle Barnes and Katelyn... More

Big Picture of Ministry

Julia Armstrong, a student at Northwest Christian School in Puyallup, served as a page for a week in February in the Washington State House of Representatives, as sponsored by state Rep. Pat Sullivan... More

Kingdom Assignments Help Lewis County Adventist School Students

It all started with a sermon series in October 2014 when Ira Bartolome, Centralia Church pastor, preached on talents, challenged the congregation to invest in "Kingdom Assignments" and... More

Kids' Program Teaches Children to Share Their Faith

Many churches offer a Vacation Bible School each summer to creatively teach faith-based values to church and community children.   Kent Spanish Church wanted to take the VBS experience beyond... More