December 2016



Over the river and through the woods, the holiday rush is on. In the midst of shopping-mall crowds, jam-packed airports and bumper-to-bumper traffic, many look forward to one thing: going home for...


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Patience is not typically a childish virtue when Christmas presents are in sight. In my recollections of seasons past, it wasn’t for me either — especially when my father made Rømmegrøt.




And on Earth, Peace

It’s been a brutal year. Terrorists mingling with refugees violated Europe’s welcome, wreaking carnage. Christians residing in radical Islamic territories have been beheaded, crucified or...


Oh, the Humanity!

Recently I watched a sermon on YouTube in which the speaker made the grand pronouncement he could solve all the issues facing the Adventist Church by doing a few simple things. He stated, “We need...



Un Sueño Hecho Realidad

La Iglesia Hispana de Eugene se plantó hace 30 años. Y aunque durante todo éste tiempo el Señor ha dirigido y sostenido su iglesia en la obra de testificar y proclamar el... More

Adventist Health Honors Physicians’ Commitment to Healing

Elizabeth McMurtry has a commitment to healing that extends beyond the care she provides to patients every day in the emergency department at Walla Walla General Hospital in southeast Washington... More

Alaska Holds Native Spiritual Leadership Workshop

Alaska Native Adventists gathered recently at the Alaska Conference headquarters in Anchorage for the first of what is planned to be a semiannual meeting with the goal of establishing and... More

Anchorage Junior Academy Fosters Student Reflections

David Shin, pastor of the Hillside O’Malley Church in Anchorage, Alaska, shared thoughts about eternal life with Anchorage Junior Academy for its fall week of prayer. He... More

Anchorage Members Begin NEWSTART

The Hillside-O'Malley Church health ministry greatly appreciated Paul Volk's willingness to present a three-day NEWSTART (Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunshine, Temperance, Air, Rest and Trust... More

Children's Ministry Leaders Learn to Empower Young Heroes

Children’s ministries leaders in the Idaho Conference came for a weekend of learning to “Empower Our Young Heroes” in early October. Gem State Adventist Academy in Caldwell, Idaho,... More

It is Fall So Let’s Get Lost.

So much excitement filled Blodgett View Christian School in Hamilton, Montana, when the students suddenly realized that fall had come to the valley. That meant it was time to visit the Missoula Corn... More

Montana Men Gather for Fellowship, Renewal

Men’s Summit 2016 was a tremendous opportunity for men from all across Montana to get together for fellowship, prayer and spiritual renewal. Featured speaker Lincoln Steed, Liberty magazine... More

Montana Conference Convocation Explores Church Transformation

This year's annual Montana Conference Convocation was held on Sabbath, Oct. 1, 2016, at the Great Falls Church. Attendees from at least seven church districts were represented. The theme for... More

Havre Celebrates Baptism

It was party time again in Havre and heaven on Sept. 3, 2016, when Sara Damson made public her commitment to Jesus. Damson had been invited to attend church and church functions by her friend... More

Adventists Serve Thousands Through Better Living Center

“I am very grateful to our community who provide so many donations, and our volunteers who make it possible to provide this needed service,” says David Ross, Lois Davidson Better... More

CAA Photography Students Welcome Paralympian

Photography students at Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) in Battle Ground, Wash., joined a crowd of friends, family and news cameramen at Portland International Airport to welcome... More

Grants Pass Members Follow Road to ‘Unlock Revelation’

Following months of preparation by multiple churches in Southern Oregon, the Unlock Revelation series began as planned Oct. 3 at the Grants Pass (Ore.) Church. God’s message was... More

CAA Says 'YES'

Thirty girls sat in small groups around tables, laughing, talking and doodling. Cheerful sunflowers adorned each table, along with the colorful and inspirational artwork spreading out across each... More

Milo Hosts Western Deaf Camp Meeting

The annual Western Deaf Camp Meeting was held at Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., July 10–17. This was yet another great event. This camp meeting (all done in American Sign... More

Milo Opens New Screen Printing Industry

Having spent years as a business owner before entering the field of education, Randy Thornton, principal of Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., always has an eye out for opportunities... More

Three Sisters School Helps Local Food Bank

The first through fourth grades from Three Sisters Adventist Christian School (TSACS) in Bend, Ore., visited Neighbor Impact, a community service organization in Redmond, Ore., on Friday, Sept. 30... More

PAA Scholarship Brings Student to Safety

“During the recession, we lost our home,” says Sharon,* mother of a Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) student. “We had to move, and my son Tim* had to attend new schools. It was hard... More

Coming Soon: Guatemala Mission Trip

Coming up spring break 2017, is our annual UCC Youth Mission Trip to San Luis, Guatemala. We will be traveling down for about two weeks to witness to the people of a small village nearby by building... More

Pathfinder Camporee Asks 'Where's the Beef?'

The primary focus of Pathfinders is supporting youth as they develop a personal relationship with Jesus. Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) Pathfinders and staff, numbering 679, joined... More

Women Find Joy at UCC Retreat

The annual fall Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) Christian Women’s and Young Women’s Retreat provides a wonderful opportunity for women of all faiths to gather together with similar goals... More

UCA Welcomes Alumni and Friends Home

Alumni Homecoming Weekend 2016 welcomed Yakima Valley Academy and Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) alumni to the campus in Spangle, Wash., this past October. Former students from the academies... More

Camp MiVoden Impacts Campers, Staff

All summer long Camp MiVoden in Hayden, Idaho, has an impact on staff and campers for Christ. This year's theme, “Made for More,” was chosen to help all find or rediscover that... More

University Church Addresses Tough Questions

The Walla Walla University Church is partway through an innovate sermon series in which students can ask the pastor anything. Sermon topics are determined weekly by a student committee, which sources... More

WWU Marks Decade of McVay Leadership

John McVay became the 23rd president of Walla Walla College in College Place, Wash., in July 2006. With a decade of leadership completed this year, McVay will soon become the third-longest... More

Alive and Active

Alive and Active is a team-building physical event with a unique emphasis on discipleship, movement and life skills. On Sunday, Oct. 9, members of the Bellevue Church participated in their... More

Grace Tour Visits Emerald City

The Emerald City Community Church in Seattle, Wash., was blessed to end the third quarter of 2016 with a visit from the Grace Tour on Sabbath, Sept. 24. Formed by young Adventists with unique,... More

Kent Spanish Builds Kingdom Relationships

Spanish-speaking members in Kent, Wash., go out in their community every Sabbath afternoon in groups of four to six people for neighborhood visits. The first visit establishes a... More

Grays Harbor Serves During Storm

With the threat of major destruction from hurricane-force windstorms predicted on the Washington and Oregon coasts in October, Tom Davis, the Grays Harbor Church emergency response coordinator, and... More

Samoan Leaders Break Ground on Long-Term Dream

It’s a high-traffic, east-west crossroad between South Hill and Spanaway, Washington, and now it's the perfect location for the new Southside Samoan Adventist Church. “We... More

Art Finds New Home at Auburn

Auburn Adventist Academy’s art classes have a new home for students to learn artistic expression. The new and improved space is located in the former day care center. The wide open spaces are... More

Maker Space Encourages Exploration

A new Maker Space opened this school year for Washington's Kirkland Adventist School (KSDA) and Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) students to use in creative exploration and expression... More

Bellevue Remembers Adventist Disappointment

Bellevue Church observed Adventist Heritage Sabbath on Oct. 22 and paid tribute to the Great Disappointment of 172 years earlier, which led to the founding of the Seventh-day Adventist... More