News for January 2017


January 13, 2017 / Seth Pierce

It is a cruel fact of life that clothes wear out — even the ones we like best. We sadly say goodbye to our favorite sneakers when they fall apart, grieve the miniature version of that special shirt that didn’t survive the dryer, and hold a special ceremony for that pair of jeans — broken in through hiking trips and ball games — that needs to be properly buried and mourned as we turn our attention to the epic quest upon us to find another pair. These quests intensify when clothing is needed for special events like weddings or interviews.

NPUC President Calls for Special Prayer

January 12, 2017

John Freedman, North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) president, has called for Northwest prayer teams to set aside Jan. 18 and 19 as days of fasting and prayer. The purpose: to ask for the Holy Spirit’s presence and guidance during an upcoming meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19, of North American Division union conference presidents and General Conference leaders to seek progress and find understanding on the volatile issue of world church “unity in mission.”


January 11, 2017 / Steve Vistaunet

It was entitled “A Noseworthy Issue.” The title of the first Let’s Talk column in January 2008 led to an apology of sorts. Our malfeasance was undeniable. Recent issues of the Gleaner had wafted noxious odors into mailboxes across the Northwest and beyond. An aqueous coating applied to our paper during printing had putrified, casting a pall upon every page.

Alums Give Back to MEA

January 08, 2017 / Kevin Emmerson

For 115 years, students seeking a quality education with a distinctly Adventist focus have come to the Gallatin Valley of Montana and enrolled in Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) in Bozeman, Mont. Countless numbers of MEA graduates have left these halls to become not just responsible citizens and successful adults; many have also chosen to dedicate their life’s work to mission service and outreach. They have focused on giving back and find meaning by putting their energies towards a higher purpose and cause. Many have found that purpose right here at Mount Ellis.

Biology Teacher Expands Classroom Learning

January 08, 2017 / Timothy Kosaka

Students learn a lot through textbooks, lectures, experiments and homework. But Judy Castrejón, Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) science and biology teacher, has a passion for making a difference for her students and for her local Spangle, Wash., community.

She invited Kat Hall, the financial administrator of the Washington State Lands Council, to educate UCA students about water pollution and the negative effects created if no action is taken.

Eagle Church Brings Nativity to Life

January 08, 2017 / JoAnn McKey

Nearly 1,600 guests toured the town of “Bethlehem” when the Eagle (Idaho) Church portrayed a live nativity the first weekend in December 2016. Sixty-seven costumed actors told the Christmas story as visitors progressed through the guarded gate and on toward the tax collector’s tent, where many chose to pay "taxes” with canned goods, thereby contributing 369 pounds of food to the Idaho Food Bank.

UCA ASB Encourages Christmas Joy

January 08, 2017 / Tamara Michalenko Terry

For the past two years, Associated Student Body (ASB) officers at Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., have decorated the Campbell Administration Building for Christmas. Bright lights and homemade decorations greeted students as they walked from class to class.

This past holiday, the ASB organized a door-decorating contest. From candy cane forests to paper fireplaces and garland wreaths, each door showcased the talents of many students helping their teachers decorate. Who knew paper could be utilized with such detail?

Fairbanks Church Turns Hacksaw Ridge Into Mini-Evangelism Event

January 08, 2017 / Steve Evenson

In the fall of 2016, the new movie about Private Desmond Doss' life called Hacksaw Ridge was released. There were quite a few people in the Fairbanks Church excited about the ministry opportunities the movie release provided. After some discussion, the church board decided to purchase 2,500 copies of Hero of Hacksaw Ridge, a book written to complement the movie, to distribute at the theater after the movie's showing.