January/February 2019


Embracing Our Savior's Vision

As we move forward together in this new year, I am hopeful. My hope is found in God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit. And with Jesus at the head of our beloved church, I’m...



A Gleaner Reader Alert

EDITOR’S NOTE: The printed Gleaner is moving this year to a bimonthly magazine. Read on to find out why this is a positive move for Northwest Adventists and our...


Just Like Jesus

Cracker's Family

Cracker was born 38 years ago to a homeless couple. Born on a street, in a corner by the door of an abandoned building. He entered the world with nothing, except bright red hair and brilliant...



Infallibility and Authority

Most of the time this column shares a personal reflection or a story with a note of encouragement for a situation you may be facing. This time, however, I am stuck, and I am going to let you...


Our Greatest Sin

“Thank God Almighty, we're free at last!"

Who could forget that stirring declaration of Martin Luther King Jr., born 90 years ago this January? King’s speech inspired a...



Grupos Pequeños Saludables

Hay pasajes Bíblicos que impactan todo el tiempo, uno de ellos que me a impresionado a través de muchos años de ministerio es el episodio donde dos futuros discípulos le... More

Healing a Big Heart

Miriam Salvador has always had a big heart for her heritage and culture. A resident of the Acoma Reservation in northwestern New Mexico, Salvador spends her free time sewing, designing Indian art and... More

Tok Members Hear the Clarion Call of Christian Education

For years members of the Tok Church in eastern Alaska searched for avenues in their quest for a church school. In 2010, after reading a book on Madison College and using the resources available, a... More

Palmer Pathfinders and Adventurers Host Second Annual Cook-Off

On Sept. 30, 2018, members of the Palmer (Alaska) Church took a break from cooking supper and headed to the Amazing Grace Academy gymnasium to support the recently revamped Pioneer Peak Pathfinder... More

'Rejoice Boise!' Concert Shares Joy of Jesus

Rejoice Boise! was a concert of praise, presented by Max Mace, the Heritage Singers and Cloverdale (Boise) Church member Jere Webb. The concert was held in September at the Morrison Center, a premier... More

Roundup Church GLOWs in the Community

The Roundup (Mont.) Church has recently taken on a GLOW (Giving Light to Our World) challenge. Each week the members are given a challenge involving the popular GLOW tracts, led by church member Kay... More

Trout Creek Church Sponsors Annual Harvest Party

The Trout Creek (Mont.) Church annual harvest party was held Sunday afternoon, Oct. 21, 2018, at Ray Langford’s ranch. The community was invited to give church members an opportunity to get to... More

White Salmon Women Build Strength, Friendships

Organizing a health-education outreach program takes weeks of planning, publicity and recruiting of volunteers. The event may be well-attended, but too soon it is over and those new friends are gone... More

Milo Class Holds Health Fair

Milo Adventist Academy's sophomore health class provided a Public Health Day in Canyonville, Ore., at Pioneer Park on Oct. 11, 2018. Milo had 25 students and four staff members help out and run a... More

Sunnyside Pathfinders, Adventurers Fill Thanksgiving Baskets

Energy was flowing in Portland, Ore., as the Sunnyside Pathfinder and Adventurer clubs gathered the Sunday before Thanksgiving to pack Thanksgiving baskets. The clubs partner with the church and with... More

Sandy Offers Free Dental Clinic

The Sandy (Ore.) Church provided a total of 86 adults and children with free dental care on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Church members and other volunteers from the community partnered with volunteer... More

PAA Climbing Club Reaches New Heights

Portland Adventist Academy teacher Mark Smith followed the passion of a small group of students who loved rock climbing and guided them in the organization of the school’s first climbing club... More

Grants Pass Adventist School Builds STREAMS

Despite other professional involvements at the time, Marla Aaron was tapped to do still more. “God was bothering me,” she says. Enrollment was down at the Grants Pass (Ore.) Seventh-day... More

Central Valley Puts the Fun in Fundraising

What better way to enjoy a blustery fall evening than by spending it in the gym of Central Valley Christian School in Tangent, Ore.? That is what many people in the Central Valley community decided... More

Lay-led Movement Builds Momentum, Changes Lives

A group of Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) alumni determined in 2004 to do something to positively impact their beloved school. Thus began a volunteer movement that has enabled hundreds of students to... More

UCA Holds First Youth Church

Connecting youth to Jesus and encouraging commitment to and involvement in church has been a theme of much discussion in the Adventist Church as many recent studies indicate young people are leaving... More

College Place Village Church Celebrates 125 Years of Ministry

The anniversary celebration of the College Place Village Church’s 125 years of ministry — the last 50 at its present location — began Friday night, Aug. 31, 2018, and continued... More

Summer Camps Reach Walla Walla Valley Community

“Camping” — the word conjures up visions of pup tents and sleeping bags, campfires and hikes in the woods. However, in the College Place, Wash., camping is much more since the... More

Time Alone with God

Hayden Lake (Idaho) Church was abundantly blessed to host a series by Daniel Gabbert, who delivered a five-day, 13-hour series during Sept. 8–12, 2018. In this series, Gabbert focused on the... More

Hayden Lake Hosts 'Living in the Final Week'

A unique evangelistic series, Living in the Final Week, was presented last fall (Sept. 15–Oct. 14, 2017) by Tim Rumsey at the Hayden Lake (Idaho) Church. Each night featured an engaging story... More

Auburn Adventist Academy Aces 'Oklahoma!'

The lights turn on and the stage is set as the audience is immersed in a field of corn stalks and blue sky. As the music begins with “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” the audience settles... More

Family, Friends Celebrate Auburn’s 100th Class

For graduating seniors and their families, senior dedication is a special moment. It’s a time of celebration, and it’s a time for making memories. This past November, friends and family... More

God’s Closet Experiences Giving Cycle

Many parents in the Monroe, Wash., area often find themselves wondering how they can keep up the wardrobes of their growing children. This is where God’s Closet, a modern take on the Dorcus... More

Tacoma Central Welcomes New Members to Church Family

The family of God is a little bigger after 10 people were baptized just before Thanksgiving at Tacoma Central Seventh-day Adventist Church in Washington. Their incredible stories were years in the... More