Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., is thrilled to announce the opening of the Palouse Equestrian Center located on the campus. UCA began work on this project last summer. About 22 acres were fenced in, and pasture grass was planted. Outdoor shelters were built to keep the horses out of bad weather, and an indoor riding arena is under construction. The arena will provide space for students to ride and be with their horses all year.
The year was 1982, and the place was a little white house behind Deary Church in western Idaho. Etta Ginter, Alice and Leland Reiber, and Mike and Bernita Linderman started what they called “Dorcas.” This community service expanded with an addition of a single-wide mobile home. Shelves were built, boxes were labeled and filled, and it opened to the public one day a week. Clothing not taken was packed into boxes and hauled to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) warehouse in Spangle, Wash., to be shipped overseas.
With guitars, a banjo, voices and enthusiasm, members of the Kamiah Church went old-fashioned caroling in the neighborhood surrounding the church in Idaho. "Littles" (Kamiah Valley's term for preschoolers) and school-age children ran eagerly up to the door to give residents a peppermint-decorated star cookie, a GLOW (Giving Light to Our World) tract that proclaimed "A Gift for You" and a bright red invitation to the church's "Carols for Christ" worship service on Dec. 23, 2017.
After more than 33 years of service, Bruce Christensen officially handed off the position of Camp MiVoden operations director to Ashley Silva on Dec. 31, 2017.
Christensen has dedicated the last 40 years to camp ministry in general. While operations director at Camp MiVoden in Hayden, Idaho, he has also held a variety of other jobs including camp director, ranger, caretaker and camp manager.
Camp MiVoden in Hayden, Idaho, received the Norm Middag Award of Excellence at the recent Association of Adventist Camp Professionals (AACP) meeting held Nov. 28 to Dec. 3, 2017, at Pine Springs Ranch in California.
Adventist camps apply for this award each year. In fact, last year Camp MiVoden received the Norm Middag certificate for two areas of excellence — programming and activities. The award this year is for all areas of summer camp, which is why it is called the Award of Excellence. The Norm Middag Camp of the Year Award went to Florida's Camp Kulaqua.
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.
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.
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.