Gem State Academy Seniors Recognized

April 01, 2003 / Mandy Castanon

It’s funny… when you plan big events with creative people, ideas turn into reality. That is exactly what happened for the Senior Recognition weekend at Gem State Academy. Our theme for the weekend was “What Matters?”

The Friday night vespers was very intimate. Alumni that had gone to school with us, and Task Force volunteers that worked here during our time at Gem State, came back from college to speak to us about what matters now, and as we go to college.

From Terror to Trust

April 01, 2003 / Trish Perkins

For my whole life, I had no clue about God. I grew up with a mother who was straying from the religious path and an abusive, atheistic father.

In February 2001, my mom was involved in a terrible automobile accident. After the accident she began thinking seriously about her life, and started attending church. She took my sister and me with her. I was so frightened of God that going to church nearly scared me to death.

Gem State Academy Hosts Cool Ringings Handbell and Chimes Festival

April 01, 2003 / Jacque Giem

What do you do with two music teachers, two and a half days, and 101 elementary students on your hands? Why, you teach them to play bells of course! Just borrow 12 bell and chime sets, enlist the help of 12 high school students, take over both music building and the gymnasium, and watch out! You’ve got one wild experience on your hands.

Boise Valley Students Tell What Freedom Means

April 01, 2003 / Kimberley Mitchell

What does freedom mean to me? The seventh- and eighth-graders of Boise Valley Adventist School (BVAS) were recently challenged to answer this thought-provoking question. Several of them entered their “200-words-or-less” essays into the Boise Elks Lodge contest. The contest was open to all local fifth- through eighth-graders. There were 400 entries.

Heard a Good Story Lately?

April 01, 2003

Has someone in your church recently been baptized? The GLEANER welcomes stories that contain ideas others can use—stories that inspire others to find ways to lead people to Jesus. Why not get busy and write that story and have your church communication leader send it to us, along with a nice close-up photo of the person who was baptized.

Pinewood Derby Day

April 01, 2003 / Janice Hanson

The Mountain View Elementary School gym in Missoula was the site for the Montana Conference Pathfinder’s seventh annual Pinewood Derby.

Spirits soared on Feb. 2, as 59 Pathfinders and Adventurers prepared their cars for the day’s event. Each raced his or her car 15 times. During lunch the judges rated the cars for finish, originality, paint job, and craftsmanship.

Mountain Home Experiences Baby Boom

April 01, 2003 / Lori Kissinger

Six families dedicated eight children at the Mountain Home Church on Dec. 14, 2002. Dave Shasky, Mountain Home pastor, dedicated Hannah, daughter of Jay and Lori Kissinger, Cameron, son of Stacy and Laura Peterson, Aiden and Devon, sons of Sarah and Kevin (not pictured) Murray, Alexander, son of Jim and Victoria Schmehl, Sean and Chelsea, children of Teresa and Rob (not pictured) Williamson, and Jacob, son of Jon and Janet Dodge.

Our Journey to Know Jesus

April 01, 2003 / Candie Ely

My father died when I was ten years old. Four years later my mother and stepfather-to-be began taking Bible studies with some Adventists and enrolled me at Harris Junior Academy in Pendleton, Ore., for the ninth and tenth grade.

During spring break of my ninth-grade year I went with the school on a mission trip to Mexico and decided to be baptized when we got back.