News for 2017

UCA Family Weekend

December 23, 2017 / Julie Hagele

The Family Weekend at Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) began Nov. 17, 2017. In the past, parent weekend and grandparent weekend were at different times in the year. This year was the first merged Parent/Grandparent weekend. Families gathered together in worship and to celebrate the talents and efforts of their children. 

The weekend began with the FoundationOne Awards Banquet during which student recipients were awarded more than $110,000 in front of their families and friends. Families then attended the UCA meet-and-greet reception for socializing, cider and cookies.

Kamiah Members Get GLOWing

December 23, 2017 / Cathy Law

When Mission 365 extended the GLOW Northwest challenge for mission-minded members to distribute a million GLOW (Giving Light to Our World) tracts across the Northwest in a 10-day period (Oct. 22–31, 2017), the Kamiah (Idaho) Church accepted the challenge.

On Sabbath, Oct. 28, 11 members gathered to plan and pray before spreading through several neighborhoods to give away 100 GLOW tracts. Tucked inside each tract was a personal invitation to come to church for a Bible study on the book of Romans. After an hour the teams began returning with experiences.

Roosmas Retire From Orcas Christian School

December 22, 2017

Dedication to service and excellent teaching and administrative skills have been the life of Tom and Kathy Roosma. After 18 years with Orcas Christian School (OCS), they retired at the end of the 2016–17 school year. They have been with the school since 1999, filling the roles at that time as the school's first two teachers. Prior to coming to Orcas, they taught at Central Valley Christian School in Tangent, Ore., for several years.

UCA Hosts TechnicArts Fair

December 22, 2017 / Julie Hagele

Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) hosted approximately 250 students from Adventist elementary and junior academies for a TechnicArts Fair on Oct. 26, 2017. The fair presented guest and staff providing hands-on learning labs in 3-D printing, acrylic painting, computer-aided design (CAD), card-making, Christmas ornaments, computer building, cooking, graphic design, gymnastics, knitting, photography, simple machines, soap-making, stained glass, videography and welding.

McMinnville Bags Love for Community

December 21, 2017 / Michelle McMillen

The Bags of Love outreach program meets in the McMinnville (Ore.) Church’s Friendship Hall twice a month. A small but faithful group runs this quiet ministry, which began at the Apache Junction Church in Arizona and was introduced in McMinnville by Delores Ringering. Nancy Reed now leads the outreach.

Mount Ellis Students Join Yellowstone Expedition

December 21, 2017 / Michelle Wachter

The Mount Ellis Elementary (Bozeman, Mont.) junior high class spent an educational and fun-filled week in Yellowstone National Park through the federally funded program Yellowstone Expedition. Open to all U.S. schools, several schools are chosen to participate each year through a lottery system.

Teacher Michelle Wachter had applied for a spot in the program for four years without being chosen. Finally a few spots opened in September, so the Mount Ellis kids were able to go in October.

Post Falls Holds Healthful Cooking Class

December 20, 2017 / Jeanne Barrett-Usher

After a health class held earlier in the year, Post Falls (Idaho) Church held a cooking class during the fall of 2017 for those in the community who were interested in a plant-based diet. In fact, in nearby Hayden, Idaho, a friendly group was established and shared plant-based food and recipes in weekly potlucks.

Health coordinators Alison and Jay Cover were dedicated in educating the public about the value of eating healthily and showed the 15 people attending ways to cook and substitute other items for dairy or animal products.

Cedar Creek Church Welcomes New Members

December 20, 2017 / Marty Jackson

Nov. 11, 2017, was a high day for the Cedar Creek Church in Woodland, Wash., as we had the joy of baptizing four new members into the church family: Brian and Donna Miner and Pat and Lon Tweed.

Both Brian and Lon were members of the Adventist Church years ago but drifted away from God and His church. Each of them had children and eventually got remarried.