February 2017



It was an image I’ll never forget, though it harkens back more than four decades. The sun was riding low in the west as I neared the iconic overlook to Yosemite Valley. On a clear day, the view...




Selfless Passion

I appreciated Gene Heinrich’s article [“Everyone Knows One,” December 2016] for its lack of “you,” “they” and flagellation of church members. Yes, each is responsible...


Just Like Jesus

The Walrus Hunter

He was a hunter, a Siberian Yupik who lived in the village of Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island in the western half of the Bering Sea. An American, living 30 miles from Russia. A First...



Giving Jesus Away

First, let me acknowledge that this is a Christmassy article that does not appear in the December issue of the Gleaner. This is because the story itself happened...


A Sanctuary From Racism

Each February, Black History Month provides opportunity to take a searching and fearless inventory of interracial attitudes and relationships. Americans of goodwill aspire to make 2017 a better...


You Said It

Full Circle

It never ceases to amaze me how God uniquely works. Mary Klein’s story began in 1959, and my memories of my grandmother are still vivid and clear as if it was yesterday. When I would visit her,...



La Iglesia Hispana De Kent Hace Amistades Para El Reino De Los Cielos

Los miembros de la Iglesia Hispana de la Comunidad de Kent, Wash., salen todos los sábados en la tarde en grupos de cuatro a seis personas a hacer visitas en el vecindario. La... More

News Notes

Bockmann Named CEO of Walla Walla General Hospital Rick Bockmann has been named president and CEO of Walla Walla General Hospital in Walla Walla, Wash., according to Joyce Newmyer, president and... More

Bethel Company Gains New Members

Nov. 19, 2016, the Sabbath before Thanksgiving, was a day the Bethel Adventist Company had much to give God thanks for. One of our local high school teachers, Aiden Keller, and his fiancée,... More

Fairbanks Church Turns Hacksaw Ridge Into Mini-Evangelism Event

In the fall of 2016, the new movie about Private Desmond Doss' life called Hacksaw Ridge was released. There were quite a few people in the Fairbanks Church excited about the ministry... More

Eagle Church Brings Nativity to Life

Nearly 1,600 guests toured the town of “Bethlehem” when the Eagle (Idaho) Church portrayed a live nativity the first weekend in December 2016. Sixty-seven costumed actors told the... More

Construction Begins on Long Creek Church

The new Long Creek (Ore.) Church construction seemed more real on Aug. 2, 2016, than any time during the preceding months of preparation and discussion. Kelly Kilby at the controls of his 305 CR... More

Alums Give Back to MEA

For 115 years, students seeking a quality education with a distinctly Adventist focus have come to the Gallatin Valley of Montana and enrolled in Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) in Bozeman, Mont.... More

Southern Oregon Gets Foretaste of 'Latter Rain'

God blessed abundantly in drawing people to each of the Unlock Revelation seminars in southern Oregon. Twelve Adventist churches participated simultaneously during October and early... More

Lord Leads to Debt-Free Lents Activity Center

Lents Church members, former pastors and official guests spent time Dec. 10, 2016, recalling the process involved in building their Lents Activity Center (LAC) in Portland, Ore. The building... More

Parent Brings Ellis Island to Life for CGCS Students

Psalm 146:9 says, "The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow but he frustrates the ways of the wicked." Inspired by that text and the ongoing political... More

Better Life Center Hosts Healthy Holiday Tasting

About 70 people filled the Better Living Center of the Grants Pass (Ore.) Church on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, to enjoy a holiday-themed "Vegetarian Tasting Affair." Tables were... More

Theaters Give God an Opportunity

This past November's showing of Hacksaw Ridge in theaters across the country featured the story of World War II hero Desmond Doss. Through the story of Doss' faithfulness... More

Oregon Women's Retreat Reaches 30th Anniversary

October 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of the Christian Women’s Retreat in the Oregon Conference. Women from Oregon, California and Washington met at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Ore.,... More

Linrud Accepts Oregon Presidency Following Reimche’s Retirement

Dan Linrud has been elected president for the Oregon Conference with the approval of the conference nominating committee on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. Linrud has served as assistant to the president for... More

Creating the Future: UCA Students Attend NPUC Leadership Conference

The North Pacific Union Conference hosts a retreat for student leaders every other year. This year’s conference, held Oct. 13–16, 2016, at Camp Mivoden in Hayden Lake, Idaho, featured... More

Decisions: Family of Distracted Driving Victim Visits UCA

Wednesday assembly time at Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, Wash., is more than just announcements. It’s also a time to share life-changing information. At a recent assembly, Jim and... More

Blessings Come in Whispers at WWVA

The biggest blessings often come in the form of whispers, rather than yells. Five years ago, the parking lot of Walla Walla Valley Academy (WWVA) was deemed unsafe. For years, cars backed out of... More

Gifting More Than Food at Spokane’s Better Living Center

What happens when you see a need and decide to fill it? Jane Williams, board member of the Better Living Center (BLC) in Spokane, Wash., decided to find out. The BLC runs a food bank that... More

Upper Columbia Youth and Family Life Grows

Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) has welcomed several new additions to its youth and family life staff. Beth Gimbel is the new guest services coordinator for the retreat center at Camp MiVoden... More

Otis Orchards Member Named Volunteer of the Year

Merlene Olmsted was awarded Volunteer of the Year by the city of Airway Heights, Wash. She was nominated by the parks and recreation department for her involvement in various outreaches including... More

Community Enjoys Thanksgiving in Hayden Lake

The community service department of the Hayden Lake Church in Hayden, Idaho, held its annual Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. All those who had received help from community services... More

Omak Members Ring Bells, Raise Money

Omak (Wash.) Church members have been ringing bells for the Salvation Army since 2012. Every Sunday, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., church members are standing... More

Biology Teacher Expands Classroom Learning

Students learn a lot through textbooks, lectures, experiments and homework. But Judy Castrejón, Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) science and biology teacher, has a passion for making a difference... More

WWU Aviation Program Celebrates 50 Years

The Walla Walla University (WWU) aviation program is celebrating 50 years of flight this year. The program has come a long way since its beginnings in 1967. The fleet of airplanes has expanded... More

Auburn Honor Society Hosts Creative Food Drive

While the need for food is present year round, it is particularly felt during the holiday season. At Washington's Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA), the student-led National Honor Society (NHS... More

Angry Texts Turn Into Bible Study Connection

No name. Just a phone number, and an angry message late at night. “Don’t visit” read part of the text message. Muriel Hrbek, Voice of Prophecy regional Bible instructor,... More

Prophecy Seminar Changes Church Youth

Not too many Russian-speaking people in the South Sound region of western Washington are familiar with the prophecies of Revelation. The Russian-Ukrainian Parousia Church decided to do something... More

Mission Creek Seeks Community Input on Outreach

Mission Creek Christian School is the only Christian private school in Washington's Pacific County. This school year, the school is trying a unique approach to community outreach in the... More

Washington Conference Elects a New President

A new president for Washington Conference was nominated and elected on Dec. 13, 2016, after a day of evaluating the ministry needs of Washington Conference and reviewing a list of candidates.... More