Touchet Adventist Church Marks Century of Service

June 03, 2017 / Jay Wintermeyer

Members from Touchet Church in southeast Washington celebrated their church’s 100th anniversary on Sabbath, April 1, 2017. 

In a simple service led by Paul Hoover, Upper Columbia Conference president, the members marked the significant milestone with testimony, Scripture and song. 

“Today is bittersweet,” said local elder Greg Zickuhr. “It would be better to be home with Jesus. But if we have to be here on Earth, there’s no place I'd rather worship on Sabbath.” 

Granger Spanish Celebrates New Church

June 02, 2017 / Jay Wintermeyer

Members from the Granger Spanish Church in Granger, Wash., gathered Sabbath, April 15, 2017, to celebrate the grand opening of their newly purchased church building.

The morning of the special day dawned bright and clear. Deacons greeted people outside and directed arriving members and guests to available parking spaces. The doors of the church stood wide open, inviting people inside.

After Sabbath School members shared personal testimonies and special music to praise God for the way the church building came to be purchased.

David Freedman Accepts New Role as UCC Treasurer

June 01, 2017

Upper Columbia Conference announced this week that David Freedman has accepted a call to serve as the next vice president for finance. He will replace Randy Terry, who has begun a similar role for the Texas Conference.

Freedman has served as vice president for finance for the Oregon Conference in Gladstone, Ore., since 2011.

Teen Mission Adventure 2017 Builds Bridges

June 01, 2017 / Richie Brower

What happens when teens and adults partner to serve people and communities right here in our own conference territory? Bridges of appreciation and curiosity are built.

Just a few days after Teen Mission Adventure (TMA) 2017 concluded, this message went up on the community reader board in Fairfield, Wash.: “Thank you to the Teen Mission Adventure Team for painting and cleaning up winter in Fairfield.” The sign stayed up for the next two weeks.

Members Give Blood, Give Life

May 31, 2017 / Kathy Marson

When board member John Keighley mentioned holding a blood drive for Summit Northwest Ministries Church in Post Falls, Idaho, Ron Hessel, senior pastor, challenged him to make it happen. 

Keighley took the ball and ran with it, holding the first blood drive about three years ago during the Christmas season. The response was so great they did it again at Easter and again the following Christmas.

Beacon Christian School Holds Science Fair

May 28, 2017 / Nichole Gibson

Beacon Christian School in Lewiston, Idaho, held a fantastic science fair on March 16. Every student in the school worked on a project. They used the scientific method to answer their burning questions. School families as well as many church family members came to see the kids' displays and ask the students questions about their projects.

'Can We Go To Cuba?'

May 27, 2017 / Tye Davis

As we neared the end of our mission trip to Guatemala in March 2016, members of my church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, were already asking, “What are we doing next year? Where are we going on our next mission trip?”

This was exciting to me since it had been one of the results of this trip I had hoped for. But what came next was completely unexpected and entirely foreign to me.

UCA Students Help Feed the People of Naikara

May 25, 2017 / Kathy Marson

Students from Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, Wash., traveled to Africa during their spring break to hold medical and dental clinics in the villages around the Masai Mara. They also distributed much-needed shoes to Kenyan children and adults who are in need.

They brought shoes that expand by five sizes, designed by a young man out of Caldwell, Idaho. The 31 UCA students were joined by two doctors, two dentists and two nurses.

UCC Men’s Summit Discusses Year-Round Ministry-Building

May 03, 2017 / David Wallace

Richie Brower, keynote speaker at the Upper Columbia Conference Men’s Summit says, “Let’s build a ministry, not just an event, an annual summit. I want to see a ministry that is making an impact in the lives of men throughout the year.”

The weekend talks resonated with the men who felt the call to make warriors for the Lord because they see firsthand in their home communities and churches how leaders are needed. The weekend, themed “Last Day Warriors” and held March 3 to 5 at Camp MiVoden in Hayden, Idaho, even brought two costume-wearing men, dressed like warriors.

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.