March 2018


Plugged Into Jesus

On a recent Monday morning I awoke, excited about the prospects for the week. Jumping out of bed at an early hour, I had plenty of time to take a long, hot shower and to dress, pray, study, eat...




The King's Speech

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Alden Thompson, for this intelligent, researched article on Bible...


Oops! Times Two

We inadvertently administered the "fountain of youth" to 90-year-old Lyndel Hieb, whose Milestone announcement in the January/February Gleaner listed her birth year as 1967 instead of...


Just Like Jesus

The Empath

“Empath.” It is in The New Yorker magazine, so it must be a real word.

“On The Oprah Winfrey Show, she served as an empath,” writes Doreen St. Félix, staff writer for...



Follow the Dog

Recently I bore the crushing burden of a stopover in Fiji after preaching for a camp meeting in New Zealand. More specifically, I spent two days on the remote Mana Island — population 400. This...


Suddenly Nothing Mattered

Saturday night is a busy time for 911.

Frank and Sue were clubbing at the close of a busy week, dancing and drinking. Arriving home at midnight, they started arguing, yelling in each other...



Primer Encuentro de Grupos Pequeños 2017

Encuentro con líderes el viernes y encuentro de Grupos Pequeños el sábado Conferencia de Washington  Bajo el lema “Yo y mi casa serviremos a Jehová... More

Portland Native Honored for Helping Keep Hope Shining Bright

The city of Portland, Ore., recently recognized Terry Johnsson with the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. Johnsson, a Portland native, is Adventist Health's Pacific... More

Johnsson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Terry Johnsson, vice president of mission integration for the Pacific Northwest Region of Adventist Health in Portland, Ore., was the first Adventist recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award... More

Dillingham Celebrates Happy Day

Oct. 28, 2017, was a happy day in Alaska's Dillingham Church. Dan and Theresa Breeden and Vincent and Liza Henry became members of our church family. The Breedens, along with their... More

Bethel Hosts Angel Seminar

The Bethel Church, which means “house of God,” hosted the 2017 Angel Seminar Oct. 21 through Nov. 11, 2017. The seminar was held at the Yupiit Cultural Center in Bethel, Alaska, and was... More

Idaho Conference 2018 Camp Meeting

This year's camp meeting is June 12–16, 2018, on the campus of Gem State Adventist Academy in Caldwell, Idaho. We have chosen a theme of "Keeping God Real!" As in past years,... More

Long Creek Provides Annual Community Christmas Dinner

The Long Creek Church held their annual Christmas fellowship dinner on Dec. 16, 2017, for the Long Creek community in Oregon. The event was well-attended, and extra seats had to be tucked into the... More

Darby Church Welcomes Newest Member

Dec. 30, 2017, was a beautiful day for the Darby and Hamilton churches of Montana as they shared in the joy of the baptism of Darby’s newest member, Nicholas Jahnke. Jahnke has been going to... More

Adventist Becomes Darby Mayor

Darby, Mont., welcomed a new mayor, Willard “Buck” Titus, on Jan. 1. Titus is the town's first Adventist mayor. Titus first moved to Darby in 1972 and has been a member of the... More

Montana Conference Elects New Vice President

Montana Conference has a new vice president for administration and finance. Matthew Kirk has accepted the invitation of the conference board of directors and will bring a wide range of... More

Scholarship Redirects Milo Student

Four-year senior Taleigha Schnoor, as a freshman, was among the first group of students at Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., to receive the Every Child Deserves to Know Christ... More

Jason Bibb Named PAA Principal

Just days before 2018 began, Jason Bibb accepted the offer to officially lead Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) in Portland, Ore., as principal. Following a series of interviews with the PAA staff... More

Cedar Creek Celebrates Baby Dedication

Jan. 20, 2018, was a very special Sabbath for Cedar Creek Church in Woodland, Wash. Micah and Michelle Anderson brought their 11-month-old daughter, Michaela Grace Anderson, for dedication. They... More

CAA Shares Christ at Home and Abroad

While we often read Gleaner articles about sharing Christ on mission trips, the learning that develops this desire to share Him often takes place at school or in the home. It is our desire at... More

Sharon Church Closes 2017 and Enters 2018 in Style

The members of Sharon Church in Portland, Ore., welcomed their new pastor, Garth Dottin, in mid-October 2017, and the celebration did not stop there. They continued by closing out the year with a New... More

Oregon Women's Retreat Brings Baptisms

Terrie Leen Griebel, Oregon Conference women’s ministries coordinator, along with Jane Nicola, Oregon Conference relational ministries administrator assistant, and women’s ministries... More

Getting Personal Brings Community to Kamiah

Kamiah (Idaho) Church members planned a "Carols for Christ" worship service during this past Christmas season to honor Jesus by depicting His miraculous birth, ministry on Earth, atoning... More

UCA Opens Equestrian Center

Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., is thrilled to announce the opening of the Palouse Equestrian Center located on the campus. UCA began work on this project last summer. About 22 acres... More

Beginnings of Deary and Troy ACS Centers

The year was 1982, and the place was a little white house behind Deary Church in western Idaho. Etta Ginter, Alice and Leland Reiber, and Mike and Bernita Linderman started what they called “... More

Kamiah Gives Christ at Christmas

With guitars, a banjo, voices and enthusiasm, members of the Kamiah Church went old-fashioned caroling in the neighborhood surrounding the church in Idaho. "Littles" (Kamiah Valley's... More

Camp MiVoden Gets Smooth Handoff

After more than 33 years of service, Bruce Christensen officially handed off the position of Camp MiVoden operations director to Ashley Silva on Dec. 31, 2017. Christensen has dedicated the last... More

Camp MiVoden Receives Award of Excellence

Camp MiVoden in Hayden, Idaho, received the Norm Middag Award of Excellence at the recent Association of Adventist Camp Professionals (AACP) meeting held Nov. 28 to Dec. 3, 2017, at Pine Springs... More

UCA Family Weekend

The Family Weekend at Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) began Nov. 17, 2017. In the past, parent weekend and grandparent weekend were at different times in the year. This year was the first merged... More

UCA Hosts TechnicArts Fair

Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) hosted approximately 250 students from Adventist elementary and junior academies for a TechnicArts Fair on Oct. 26, 2017. The fair presented guest and staff providing... More

Ribbon-Cutting Marks Opening of Transformed Bowers Hall

More than 500 people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 7, 2017, to mark the reopening of Bowers Hall, home of the Walla Walla University (WWU) School of Business. A yearlong renovation... More

Business Program Reaccredited by ACBSP

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) reaffirmed accreditation of the business program at Walla Walla University (WWU) in December 2017. The ACBSP has more than 1,100... More

AAA Seniors Learn About Professions

The Auburn (Wash.) Adventist Academy class of 2018 invited local professionals to speak at their annual senior dedication to learn about the professions they are planning to enter. Mark Bruder, a... More

Renton Church Overcomes Darkness With Prayer

Every pastor prays for a smooth start of their evangelistic series … but for some churches, it doesn’t go quite as planned. Renton (Wash.) Church was preparing for their Thunder in the... More

Churches Work Together to Teach Vegetarian Lifestyle

What if you could learn to add international flavors to your dinner plate? More than 60 people from the churches and community recently enjoyed learning to make vegetarian egg rolls and more types of... More

Innovation Labs Encourage Listening

Lyapa Simuzoshya sat by herself at a table and watched as young adults filtered into the room, found friends, chose tables and prepared for the start of Innovation Lab. “I was struggling... More

Schools Serve Through Local Love, Good Works

Kirkland Seventh-day Adventist School (KSDA) and Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) are only separated by a parking lot in Kirkland, Wash., and share school spaces like the gym and cafeteria, but... More

God Answers Tithing Prayer

The Washington Conference financial staff learned awhile ago the importance of praying with purpose and specificity for things that were on our hearts. This past year, we prayed for a 5 percent... More

Big Picture of Ministry

Renton Church Overcomes Darkness With Prayer When a transformer blew and knocked out the lights, Renton Church overcame the darkness with song and prayer at the start of their Thunder in the Holy... More

Woody Commissioned to Gospel Ministry

Washington Conference commissioned Auburn Adventist Academy chaplain Jennifer Woody on Dec. 16, 2017. A life of ministry is what Woody knows best. Her parents, Richard and Mary Halversen, modeled... More

Chehalis Honors Glenn's Service

In early December 2017, the Chehalis (Wash.) Church celebrated the retirement of their pastor, David Glenn, and his wife, Tomi, after 45 years of service to God. Church and community members... More