News for 2005

Goodbye to Biloffs Neil Biloff New Dakota Conference President

December 01, 2005 / Bobbie Grimstad

After more than 11 years as pastor of the Palmer Church, Neil Biloff and his wife Jacquie are heading south where he will be the president of the Dakota Conference.

During the time Biloff has pastored the Palmer Church, membership has tripled to more than 400, a new church has been built, and a new church school is almost completed. Jacquie’s musical talent and her articulate discussions as Sabbath School superintendent and lesson study leader will be sorely missed.

Quilting Friendship Evangelism in North Pole

December 01, 2005 / John Kriegelstein

Three years ago, JanaBelle Gordon and several of her friends from the North Pole Adventist Church decided to have some fun and share it with their community friends. Since that time, 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday from October through April, more than 20 people gather in the church for quilting classes. Calling themselves the Community Quilters, the group has been able to touch the lives of people who have experienced the birth of a baby, been burned out of their homes, or had a death in their family.

Gospel Outreach Steps Out in Faith

December 01, 2005 / Jeane Zachary

Recently the board of directors at Gospel Outreach (GO), a faith ministry based in College Place, Wash., took a large step of faith by voting to increase its support of indigenous missionaries by another 750 workers. This action brings the number of workers being supported in more than 40 countries to more than 2,000 and will add in excess of $500,000 to the amount of money currently being appropriated for the support of these local missionaries.

Society of Adventist Communicators Holds Convention in the Northwest

December 01, 2005 / Steve Vistaunet

Beautiful weather, dynamic presentations and active fellowship characterized the 2005 Society of Adventist Communicators convention held Oct. 20–23 at the Gladstone Park Conference Center in Gladstone, Ore.

More than 130 registered attendees from North America, including students from several Adventist colleges and universities, had the opportunity to rub shoulders with veteran communication professionals and establish new connections during the weekend.

Leadership and Projects Emphasized at Maranatha's Convention

December 01, 2005 / Julie Lee

The annual Maranatha convention was held Sept. 30–Oct. 1 at the Gladstone Park Convention Center in Oregon. Adventists in the Pacific Northwest came out in full force, filling the Holden Conference Center's Mount Hood Auditorium to capacity.

In the wake of the recent hurricanes that ravaged the southern coast of the United States, the 2005 Maranatha convention organizers invited two representatives from the Gulf States region to discuss the storms’ impact on Adventist communities.

The Christmas Spirit

December 01, 2005 / Karl Haffner

Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff tells a delightful story about choosing joy over sorrow—in spite of dreadful circumstances. His family arrived as immigrants in New York City. Too poor to buy groceries, they often skipped meals because the cupboards were bare.

New Tax Law for End-of-Year Gifts Charitable Giving

December 01, 2005

Charitable Giving

The events of 2005 have called for an unprecedented response from individuals, nonprofit organizations and government to aid victims of the natural disasters. Americans have responded with record levels of charitable giving to assist those in need.

Now Congress has acted to encourage additional charitable giving during this critical time by changing income tax laws to help Americans fund relief efforts while continuing to support their traditional charitable interests.

Adventists, Giving, and Hewlett Packard Part V

December 01, 2005 / Jere Patzer

The story is told of a little guy who was given two quarters before going to church. One, he was told, was for Jesus. One was for him. As he was crossing the street, one slipped out of his hand and rolled down a drain. “Well,” said the little boy, “that’s too bad. I just lost Jesus’ quarter!”

How often have adults, when faced by financial challenges, reacted in the same way by essentially saying, “Sorry God, I don’t have enough money to return my tithe and offerings right now.”