January/February 2018


Our First Work

“Happy New Year” greetings bring all sorts of thoughts. Out with the old and in with the new. An opportunity for new beginnings, new habits, new choices, new resolutions to be better people. All...



A Combined January/February Issue

The sharp-eyed among us have noticed this already, but just in case … we're issuing a bold prediction: Some will look in vain for their February Gleaner in the mail and miss a simple fact...


Dulan Accepts Role as NPUC Regional Affairs VP

Byron Dulan has accepted the invitation of the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee to become vice president for regional affairs. Dulan has served the Washington Conference...


Just Like Jesus

The Cedar Chest

“Get rid of all your stuff now. It may have meaning for you — but not for us.” — the children and grandchildren

Growing old can be ugly. Stressful, even, especially as our parents...



False Expectations

There was an island where a few Englishmen, Frenchmen and Germans lived in 1914. It was so remote that news arrived every 60 days. In September, when news finally came, they learned that for more...


2018: Comfortable or Courageous?

Will 2018 be the year you escape your comfort zone to live courageously for Jesus?

Some Northwest Adventists devote themselves daily to pursuing Jesus and helping others find Him. They do...



Un Cuidado Especial de Dios Para Sus Hijos en Alaska

Como ustedes se habrán dado cuenta en ediciones pasadas, les estuvimos compartiendo las ricas bendiciones que hemos estado teniendo aquí en Alaska, mediante las campañas... More

Adventist Health Portland Affiliates With OHSU

Adventist Health Portland and Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) formally announced an agreement this week to form an affiliation to better serve the metropolitan population of Portland, Ore.... More

Palmer Opens First Adventurer Club in Alaska

It was a dark and stormy night. Despite the weather, children were scurrying door to door in quiet neighborhoods of Palmer, Alaska. They weren't demanding "trick or treat," however.... More

Singing Inspires Anchorage Community

The sweet sound of gospel music was heard at the Alaska Native Medical Center in October 2016 and will continue as long as God’s dedicated people are there each Sabbath afternoon. That's... More

Meridian Church Prioritizes Acts of Kindness

Community service has long been a priority of the Meridian (Idaho) Church, but to encourage members to initiate more projects, church pastor Michael Pearson said, “Let’s do acts of... More

Mount Ellis Students Join Yellowstone Expedition

The Mount Ellis Elementary (Bozeman, Mont.) junior high class spent an educational and fun-filled week in Yellowstone National Park through the federally funded program Yellowstone Expedition. Open... More

Montana Holds Outdoor School to Remember

“Montana outdoor school at the end of October?” This was a question asked by many as plans and preparations were being made for the annual Montana Conference fifth- and sixth-grade... More

McMinnville Bags Love for Community

The Bags of Love outreach program meets in the McMinnville (Ore.) Church’s Friendship Hall twice a month. A small but faithful group runs this quiet ministry, which began at the Apache Junction... More

Cedar Creek Church Welcomes New Members

Nov. 11, 2017, was a high day for the Cedar Creek Church in Woodland, Wash., as we had the joy of baptizing four new members into the church family: Brian and Donna Miner and Pat and Lon Tweed.... More

PAA Scholarship Auction Raises $103,000

A remarkable $103,000 in donations made for a record-breaking night at the Portland Adventist Academy Student Scholarship (PAASS) Auction. The support reflects a faith and love for Portland Adventist... More

Sharon Church Welcomes New Pastoral Family

Members, friends and families of the Sharon Church in Portland, Ore., welcomed their new pastor, Garth Dottin, and his family — Melainie, Brooke and Levi — to the great Pacific Northwest... More

Western Deaf Camp Meeting Celebrates 40 Years

The annual Western Deaf Camp Meeting was held July 9–16, 2017, at Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore. This was an exciting event because this was the 40th anniversary of this camp... More

Milo Students Help Neighbors

Students at Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., recently took a school day to help elderly neighbors in their community. Milo has had a long tradition of helping with community needs over the... More

Byrd Called to Serve in Southern Oregon

Charles Byrd recently answered the call to pastor Oregon's Grants Pass and Cave Junction churches. When asked how he and his wife, Karen, were led to southern Oregon, the response was direct:... More

Kamiah Members Get GLOWing

When Mission 365 extended the GLOW Northwest challenge for mission-minded members to distribute a million GLOW (Giving Light to Our World) tracts across the Northwest in a 10-day period (Oct. 22... More

Post Falls Holds Healthful Cooking Class

After a health class held earlier in the year, Post Falls (Idaho) Church held a cooking class during the fall of 2017 for those in the community who were interested in a plant-based diet. In fact, in... More

Post Falls Celebrates Vets With Quilts

It began as a dream for Bethanne Moseanko, with the idea of celebrating the service of veteran Charles Smith (now in his 90s), who was at Fort Ord during the last days of World War II. Smith came out... More

South District Values Adventurers

What would you think if you saw a large group of children and parents flying kites, riding bikes and having a great time in the park on a beautiful fall day? If you guessed “it must be... More

College Place Village Church Celebrates 125th Anniversary

College Place (Wash.) Village Church members and friends spent Oct. 13 and 14, 2017, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the church's founding. On the church podium furnishings of the era... More

Prison Ministry Volunteers Witness Miracle

Thursday evening began like any other for the Adventist prison ministry volunteers at Walla Walla State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Wash. We quickly began our regular routine. I opened the two... More

Youth Learn They're One of a Kind

“God made each of us unique!” That was the message given to five youth during the first Sabbath in November at the Orient Adventist Fellowship Company in northeast Washington. Retired... More

AAA Reaches Community Through Music

Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) music teachers have expanded their programs and are taking them into the surrounding community. The department is led by Melia Williams, choral and drama director, and... More

Washington Churches Celebrate Spirit of Joy and Giving

Thanksgiving Blessings On a Sabbath morning at New Life Adventist Ministry in Fife, Wash., members were talking about how they were going to collect food items, pack them into boxes and determine... More

AMEN Tacoma Meets Community Medical Needs

Melody was diagnosed with a brain tumor back in July. She had had cancer previously, it had gone into remission, and then it came back. She started a treatment plan first with radiation and then with... More

Collaboration Provides Quality Education

The students at Cedarbrook Adventist Christian School (Hadlock, Wash.) and Poulsbo (Wash.) Adventist School spent two days together this fall studying chum salmon runs on the Olympic Peninsula.... More