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UCA Welcomes New Principal for 2017–18 School Year

When Eric Johnson accepted the call to be vice principal for development and alumni relations for Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., this school year, he had no idea what the Lord had planned for his future. John Winslow, current UCA principal, announced earlier this year he felt called to serve the Lord in a pastoral role. That set in motion the process to search for a new principal. When completed, Paul Hoover, Upper Columbia Conference president and chairman of the UCA board, announced Eric Johnson had been voted to serve as the next principal.

Heart Health Offered Halfway Around the World

May 02, 2017 / Jeanne Barrett-Usher

In January of this year, Stan Orser and his son, Taylor, went to India for Healthy Heart India Ministries. Stan Orser gave a report on March to the Post Falls (Idaho) Church about their experiences — and the church was filled to bursting, as so many were eager to hear about this ministry. Even Orser’s parents, Del and Bonnie Orser, were in attendance, after just returning themselves from their own two-month mission trip to India.

Goldendale Hosts Journey to Bethlehem

May 02, 2017 / Delmarie Null

The first weekend in December found nearly all the members of the Goldendale (Wash.) Church actively involved in its third annual Journey to Bethlehem. This is the church’s gift to our community, and each year more of the area residents come to go through the journey.

Mission Adventure Team Builds Community Center in Mexico

May 01, 2017 / Sandy Larsen

Winter has become a common season to find a group of volunteer-minded individuals leaving Moses Lake, Wash., for Baja California, Mexico. Feb. 7 this year found all 29 of them meeting at their final destination, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Spanish-speaking leaders of the group Mission Adventure, Sandy and Darayl Larsen, are from the Moses Lake Church. These former missionaries have been leading mission teams for 20 years, with the last two in La Paz.

UCA Student Athletes Share Christ

March 23, 2017 / Eric Johnson

At 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 26, a bus full of student athletes from Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., began their trip to Walla Walla University to compete in the annual Friendship Basketball Tournament. Coach Rob Gettys set the tone for the trip by sharing with the students how important it was for us to represent Christ well both on and off the court and for the team to look for ways they could demonstrate the love of Christ while on this trip.

Rogers Increases Spanish Learning

March 20, 2017 / Holley Bryant

“Adentro afuera arriba abajo siempre estoy feliz.”

These Spanish lyrics to a classic Adventist children’s song float down the hallways at school and even into the homes of Rogers Adventist School (RAS) students in College Place, Wash., and the surrounding area.

This is the fourth year RAS has invited Spanish teachers to share their language and culture with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Teachers have come from Ecuador, Spain and Costa Rica.

Community Enjoys 'Dinner With a Doctor'

March 16, 2017 / Bill Skidmore

It’s late Sunday afternoon at Washington's Spokane Valley Church, and “Dinner With a Doctor” will soon begin. However, there is an unusual problem. Although preregistration has been encouraged, there are more attendees showing up than there is space. It looks as if the church may have to put out a sign that reads, “Sorry, No Vacancy.” The three seminar rooms are full. And when the entire group later gathers in the fellowship room, it too will be full to capacity.