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.

Join the Great MiVoden Adventure

March 22, 2017 / Jeff Wines

The Great Adventurer

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.

Pathfinders Delve Deep Into Scripture

March 13, 2017 / Richie Brower

How would you like to see the young people in your church adding six of Paul’s books to memory? Maybe the entire book of Daniel? That’s just what Pathfinder clubs across the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) have been doing since school began last fall. And they’ll start on the book of Daniel this fall.

WWU Honor Band Allows UCA Musicians to Grow

March 10, 2017 / Timothy Kosaka

Fourteen students and staff from Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., joined musicians from 11 Adventist academies for a weekend of growing through music. Brandon Beck, Walla Walla University professor of music and band director, led this biennial event on the campus of Walla Walla University. An intensive audition process yielded some of the “finest musicians from the country," says Pam Cress, interim chair of the Walla Walla University (WWU) music department.

Teens Reminded of God's Power

March 06, 2017 / Alicia Pope

Imagine a world where teens came together expecting a weekend of worship fun and desire to make Jesus a reality. Teen Retreat 2017 at Camp MiVoden in Hayden Lake, Idaho, was just that.

From all over the Upper Columbia Conference, teens gathered to be reminded of God's power by Dean Kravig, weekend speaker and the band teacher of Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, Wash. His message was anything but blah. Jim Morgan, father of one of the teens, says, "His sermons have been right on."

40 Days of Prayer Ends in Camp Meeting

February 22, 2017 / Jay Wintermeyer

Can you imagine an outreach event that lasts for more than 40 days? That’s exactly what happened with the 2017 Upper Columbia Conference Hispanic Camp Meeting this year, but it probably isn’t exactly what most people might imagine. 

The annual gathering of Adventist members from across the Inland Northwest began in December with a special 40-day season of prayer and fasting. During the lead-up time, members prayed and fasted for specific people — people they wanted to reach for Christ. 

Voices Join Together for UCA Choral Clinic

February 21, 2017 / Shelley Bacon

It was well worth the drive on snowy and icy roads to hear the Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) Choral Clinic finale performance on Jan. 19 in Spangle, Wash. Students from around the Pacific Northwest joined the UCA choir to create a mass choir of beautiful voices.

Guest clinician Brenda Mohr took these students through a series of fun warmup exercises, and then they were off and running, learning then polishing six songs of various genres over the clinic's two days.

Kamiah Comes Together for 'Ten Days of Prayer'

February 20, 2017 / Cathy Law

Though some of the worst weather conditions of the winter occurred in Kamiah, Idaho, during the Ten Days of Prayer — with record snowfall, subzero temperatures and ice — members of the Kamiah Church came together for prayer each night.

After sundown on the first Sabbath meeting of the Ten Days of Prayer, a light fellowship meal and games had been planned. But during supper, as members shared the spiritual burdens they were wrestling with, they found themselves praying together again for victory over specific struggles instead.

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