FYI - March, 2009

Northwest Ministry Leaders Recognized

Several Northwest Adventists were recognized for ministry work at the 2009 North American Division Adventist Ministries Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Bryce Pascoe, NPUC executive secretary, was awarded for his work in health ministries. Monte Church, NPUC native ministries director, was honored for his native ministries work. Sherri Uhrig, Oregon Conference children's ministries director, was awarded for excellence in children's ministry. Corleen Johnson, Oregon Conference women's ministries director, received the award for excellence in women's ministries.

A Sabbath Blog

Adventist youth are invited to visit and join a Sabbath blog. This Christian blog highlights youth events, meetings, movies and music. Youth are encouraged to submit original material and personal experiences for sharing Jesus around the world on the Web at:

Latest Conference Updates

As local conferences make administrative and executive decisions we will provide reports on their activity in upcoming issues of the GLEANER. You can also find this information on our Web site:, or by subscribing to our e-newsletter (available on the same site).

Northwest Spotlight on Mission

Have you seen the NPUC's locally produced quarterly DVD program which features local stories, testimonies and experiences? DVDs are delivered to each church's Sabbath School superintendent and head elder or to the church directly. You may also watch episodes online at the NPUC Web site:

Son Screen 2009

Make plans now to attend the 2009 Son Screen Film Festival, April 16–18, 2009, at the Adventist Media Center in Simi Valley, Calif. This year's theme, Changing the World 24 Frames per Second, will feature film entries in animation, comedy, documentary, drama/narrative, music video, PSA, high school and international categories. For more information, visit or


In the February issue, we mistakenly referred to the country of Colombia with the spelling Columbia in the World News Briefs.

The Advent Movement

Dan Bentzinger will join the Washington Conference in April to serve as conference evangelist.

Damien Chandler became pastor of the Maranatha and Love of Life churches (Seattle, Wash.) in February.

Barry Curtis left the Great Falls/Choteau (Mont.) district to become the new pastor/chaplain of Mt. Ellis Academy in February.

Victor Infante and Rogelio Reynoso accepted part-time Bible worker positions with the Washington Conference in January.

Wally Lyder left the Maranatha and Love of Life churches (Seattle, Wash.) to become associate pastor of the Emerald City Church (also in Seattle, Wash.) in February.

VJ Puccinelli returned to retirement in February after serving with the Gresham (Ore.) Church.

Richard Thomas became the new pastor of the Havre/Shelby (Mont.) and Ft. Belknap (Mont.) districts in Jan. 2009, after graduating from the Theological Seminary at Andrews University.

Richie Thomas is the new pastor of the Havre/Shelby (Mont.) and Ft. Belknap (Mont.) District. He comes from the Theological Seminary at Andrews University where he finished his M. Div Degree.

March 01, 2009 / Intersections