Samoan Company Organizes

November 01, 2002

Members of the Anchorage Samoan Seventh-day Adventist group saw long-held dreams come true, July 20, as they became an officially organized church company.

In his sermon, Alaska Conference President Russell Johnson encouraged them to persevere to the final goal—heaven.

The well-attended afternoon program included inspirational music, good preaching, and a potluck of Samoan food.

Busy in Bethel

November 01, 2002 / Pam Wallenfelsz

Members of the small Bethel, Alaska, Church rejoiced this summer as a traveling team of builders and a separate entourage of vacation Bible school leaders achieved outstanding results in the Bethel District.

Seven volunteer builders from Canada and Washington brought the Bethel church building up to fire code standards and added new paint, carpet, windows, doors, a handicap ramp, and a deck.

Mission Trip Unites Father and Son

November 01, 2002 / Randy Hesgard

Randy Hesgard, a chaplain at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, and his son Joel, financial counselor at Portland Adventist Hospital in Portland, Ore., recently joined a team of 12 to build staff houses in Guyana, South America.

Two missionary couples had started an Adventist school in the village of Kimbia, 75 miles upriver from New Amsterdam, which has no electricity or running water.

The couples had no living quarters of their own, and had to live in upper-floor classrooms.

Gem State Students Named Merit Semifinalists

November 01, 2002 / Debra McCarver

Two Gem State Adventist Academy students, Jacque Giem, 17, of Meridian, Idaho, and Richard Robinson, 17, of Boise, Idaho, are among 90 students in the state cited for outstanding scores on the PSAT academic ability exam.

During the past five years, five Gem State students have achieved semifinalist status; two went on to become finalists.

From more than 1.3 million juniors who take the PSAT qualifying test, only 16,000 advance to the semifinals, representing less than one percent of US high school seniors.

Eagle Members Host 9-11 Tribute

November 01, 2002 / Jodi Giem

Eagle, Idaho, community and church leaders gathered on Sept. 11 at the Eagle Adventist church to remember the past and look for hope in the future.

The evening began with an earnest prayer for the nation by Pastor Royce Shoemate of Valley Baptist Church and a salute to the flag by the American Legion Post # 127 and Golden Eagle Pathfinders.

Then came several patriotic songs, led by Eagle Adventist Christian preschoolers and kindergarten/elementary students, as the congregation joined in.

Sister Betsy's Visit

November 01, 2002 / Joy Swift

Members of the Hamilton, Mont., Adventist Church recently enjoyed a surprise visit from the past, when “Sister Betsy” came to share a bit of Adventist history.

While a few oldsters in the congregation may have met “Sister Betsy” as children, most in the audience had never heard of her.

Interviewed by Pastor Barry Curtis, “Sister Betsy” announced that she was born in 1859.

At age 143, how was her health, the pastor inquired.

Butte VBS Serves Day-care Students

November 01, 2002 / Ruth Rosich

Members of the Butte, Mont., Church shared with their neighbors this summer through vacation Bible school ministry.

Betty Lalanne, director, reports that the regular attendees were joined by 11 day-care children sent to the Bible school by nearby Methodist Church members.

The visitors joined the other children and helped to make the entire project a success.

Kalispell Members Celebrate 75 Years of Education

November 01, 2002 / Joe White

Kalispell Church members recently celebrated 75 years of education, at a reunion and re-dedication service.

One hundred fifty persons came from as far away as Washington, D.C., and Washington State, with representation from Oregon, Idaho, Nebraska, California, and several areas of Montana.

Former teachers present included Anita Kaylor Roberts, Archie Harris, Autumn Evans Paskell, and Donna Lee Seright Gilder, as well as present teachers Jodie Watson and Marty Knapp.