Discussions, Texting Inspire UCA Week of Prayer Topics

November 22, 2017 / Brisa Ramirez

Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., experienced week of prayer in October presented by Jason Calvert, youth pastor of the Kettering Church in Ohio. Eric Johnson, UCA principal, led staff in morning prayers asking God to bless the students and Calvert during these special opportunities to connect with Christ.

Kettle Falls Offers Free Lunch

November 20, 2017 / Marilyn Morgan

When Kettle Falls (Wash.) Church members were asked by another local area church if they would be interested in taking over providing free community meals each Thursday, Patty Marsh felt convicted that she should step up to the plate and lead out in this adventure. Soon others agreed to help. It seemed like a lot of work and a huge commitment, but Marsh was determined to accept the challenge of what she knew was a calling from the Lord.

Pathfinders Reap Harvest of Souls

November 18, 2017 / Richie Brower

What do kids miss if your church doesn’t have a Pathfinder club? The answer came home to me in a flood recently.

Every year a church (or five) struggles with whether or not they will offer club ministries to the young people in their congregation for the coming season. The reasons for the questions vary from losing key staff members to actually questioning whether they want to support the club model of ministry.

Kettle Falls Develops Video Evangelism

November 14, 2017 / Nancy Dunnewin

"I don't do door to door cold turkey. There has to be other ways to reach people," Mick Dunnewin of Kettle Falls, Wash., stated. "But what can I do?"

Realizing you can reach the world today through media and technology and in an effort to find other ways to witness using his skills and passion for doing videos, Dunnewin gathered a small team together, including Ken LeBrun and Shahbaz Bakhshnia, to make short evangelistic videos. Their first production is called "Into the Looking Glass." Their video "Easy Street?" is nearing completion

Scripture Memorization Challenge Accepted or Hiding Scripture in Your Heart

October 22, 2017

When the elders of the South Hill Church in Spokane, Wash., launched their Scripture memory project, it set the whole church buzzing. The challenge was this: If you will learn a chapter from the Bible by heart, we will reward you with $100.

Upper Columbia Makes Difference in Houston

October 21, 2017 / Kathy Marson

A few weeks ago, a group of six individuals from Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) flew to Houston, Texas, to help with the relief efforts there. Hurricane Harvey uprooted thousands of families, destroying homes and businesses of all in its path.

Patty Marsh, Upper Columbia Conference Adventist Community Services coordinator, invited individuals to assist in any way they could.

“I felt a calling to help,” says Andy Wolfe. “I saw the need on Patty’s Facebook page and told Ted Berciu. We decided, hey, let’s do this.”

CCA Students Hit the Road

October 20, 2017 / Julie Savino

The high school staff and students of Cascade Christian Academy (CCA) in Wenatchee, Wash., enjoyed their annual Trip Week, Sept. 5–8. While Trip Week is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about Washington state history, nature and careers, it is also a time when students grow closer as classmates before embarking on the new school year.

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.