Upper Columbia Academy Honors Veterans

October 19, 2017 / Julie Hagele

Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., began its recent homecoming weekend by honoring Vietnam-era military veterans with a special monument dedication Sept. 29, 2017.

More than 200 alumni, veteran families and friends joined the UCA Choraliers, Symphony Orchestra and Octet gathered outside to recognize the 122 known alumni service men and women who served our country during the Vietnam era, 1960–1975. ­­During the service a monument was dedicated to honor those who served. 

Health Ministries Bridges Church, Community in Hayden Lake

October 18, 2017 / Loren Starr

The Hayden Lake Church in Hayden, Idaho, has been using health ministries as a bridging activity to reach the community before their fall evangelistic meetings. It started last April with a four-session event, 7+ Investments for Healthy Lifestyle. Midsummer saw a one-day presentation, Meal With a Message by Chef Mark Anthony, very well-received, with about 80 people from the community attending. At the close of the day each attendee received an invitation to the next program, Diabetes Undone, an eight-week interactive workshop.

Camp MiVoden Holds Staff Reunion

October 14, 2017 / Kathy Marson

On the weekend of Sept. 21–24, 2017, former Camp MiVoden staff and their families rolled in to Camp MiVoden in Hayden Lake, Idaho, and enjoyed a short version of summer camp. The weekend culminated with a farewell for Bruce Christensen, who is retiring this year.

First Week at UCA Sets Tone for Year

October 07, 2017 / Brisa Ramirez

The beginning of each school year is a defining time. At Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., the precedent has been set for Jesus to be the focus throughout the entire year.

Cancellation Creates Nepalese VBS in the Park

September 30, 2017 / Jennifer Wintermeyer

What would you do with an unexpected gift of time? This summer His Travelers Vacation Bible School taskforce workers had that gift given to them. Here is what they did with it. 

In the midst of their busy summer schedule one church canceled their VBS plans — “leaving in its wake a week’s ‘gift of time,’” explains Patty Marsh, Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) children’s ministries director.

Shine 104.9 Hosts New Outreach

September 28, 2017 / Kathy Marson

Shine 104.9 FM radio hosted its first ever ShineFest in Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane, Wash., Aug. 20, 2017. About 4,500 listeners showed up for an afternoon and evening of testimonies and music from local bands as well as recording artists Matthew West, MercyMe, Matt Maher and Jordan Feliz.

Water for Life Reaches Milestone

September 27, 2017

Water for Life (WFL) International is happy to announce the completion of 100 wells serving people in remote villages of northwest Guatemala. This milestone was passed at the end of the drilling season in April 2017. This means nearly 30,000 people are drinking water every day as a result of the efforts of this charity based in Spokane, Wash.

Clarkston Holds VBS 26 Years in the Making

August 15, 2017 / Morleen Flerchinger

God sparked a fire that led to flames and spread like wildfire. It’s been 26 years since Vacation Bible School happened at the Clarkston Church in Washington. That longtime tradition was broken June 26, 2017, when VBS opened at 5:30 p.m. Cactusville was up and ready for business.

Wild West Comes to the Spokane Valley Church

August 12, 2017 / Mindi Vetter

Ninety-one children, ages 3–12, traveled to Cactusville, a small mining town in the Wild West, during the Spokane Valley Church’s Vacation Bible School, held July 17–21. Throughout the week, they discovered they were all called by God to be different, to be faithful, to forgive, to serve and to give.

Moses Lake Hosts Free Dental Clinic

August 10, 2017 / Linda Morgan

Moses Lake?! Why did you choose Moses Lake, Wash., to live is a question may residents are asked by their friends or relatives. On a clear day we can see Mount Rainier in the distance. We see wonderful sunrises and sunsets almost every day. Our county, Grant, is the largest potato producing county in the world. Do you want me to continue, or do you want to start planning to move here now?