Cookie’s Retreat Centeru Dedicated

October 01, 2002

Sabbath, Aug. 24, was a big day in the Upper Columbia Conference and North Pacific Union.

Polly’s Place Ministries of the Northwest held a dedication ceremony for Cookie’s Retreat Center, a Christ-centered healing retreat for women and children who are victims of domestic violence and related issues.

The program is patterned after the successful ministry, “Polly’s Place,” in Berrien Springs, Mich.

Umapine Celebrates 25 Years

October 01, 2002 / Gene Dotolo

Fifty charter members planted a new Adventist Church in Umapine, Ore., in 1977, and on July 12 and 13, the now-90-member congregation celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The congregation serves the Umapine area in the Walla Walla Valley with weekly Sabbath school and church services, a vacation Bible school program (charter members, in fact, launched the church through successful vacation Bible school ministry in the 1970s), and an organized Pathfinder youth club.

Patriotism Keys Troy Community Dinner

October 01, 2002 / Elaine Drury

Women in the small Adventist church of Troy, Idaho, recently hosted 88 at their congregation’s Annual Community Dinner.

Coordinators and hostesses chose a post-Sept. 11 patriotic theme and used prize-winning patriotic quilts (created by members Darlene Carlson and Alice Reiber) in their decor.

During the Dinner, “Lady Liberty” appeared, played by Cindy Chrowel, as Dixie Hunt led the audience in singing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”

California Youths Discover UCC “Mission Field”

October 01, 2002 / Kathy Marson

Fifteen youths and young adults from the Roseville Adventist Church in California discovered a worthy mission field this summer in the Upper Columbia Conference.

For seven of the past 10 years, youth groups from Roseville have given up approximately two weeks of work or school time to help other churches, schools, and youth camps.

The decision to focus on the Diamond Lake Church in Washington, this year, came after Judy Leeper, mission trip sponsor, spoke with Diamond Lake member Roberta Buck.

Moses Lake Enjoys New School Building

October 01, 2002 / Judi Wentland

Only six months after breaking ground for a new school in March 2001, Moses Lake, Wash., members were able to begin using their partially completed 40,000-square-foot building.

To make it all possible, they donated approximately 2,000 man-hours, working under project manager Vern Pflugrad, his assistant, Hugh Thomas, and Gary Morgan, Building Committee chairman.

Liberty by the Lake

October 01, 2002

“Butch” Otter (center), US Congressman for Idaho District #1, greets Diana Justice, North Pacific Union Conference Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (NPUC PARL) associate director, and her husband, Harry, at a July rally in Hayden Lake, Idaho. She gave Representative Otter a gift book and subscription to “Liberty Magazine,” on behalf of NPUC PARL. •

Auburn Enrollment Spurred by Scholarships

October 01, 2002 / Brian Becker

About 300 students were registered at Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) by Aug. 25, leading to expectations for about 310 students this year, up from 305 at this time last year.

“When gauging enrollment success, the biggest blessing this year was with the number of low-income students Auburn was able to enroll,” says Brian Becker, director of recruitment.

PSAA Welcomes New Technology, Journalism Staff

October 01, 2002 / Kathy Fridlund

Puget Sound Adventist Academy in Kirkland, Wash., has welcomed new technology director Vladimir Bokov and journalism teacher/advisor Kathy Tompkins.


Bokov’s teachers in his native Russia repeatedly told him to forget his religion and place learning above all else, but he never gave up his faith.

Bokov went on to graduate from high school and later earned a B.A. degree from Andrew’s University.