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.

Sounds of Christmas Fill Hayden Lake Church

February 17, 2017 / Loren Starr

The sounds of Christmas were in the air Dec. 17, 2016, at the Hayden Lake Church in Hayden, Idaho, as members hosted their annual Christmas musical program for the church and community. A large bell-choir featuring 37 bells and a combination of four different choirs, from young children's to adult choirs, celebrated the Christmas season with beautiful musical pieces.

Post Falls Church Hosts Special Sabbath

February 10, 2017 / Jeanne Barrett-Usher

It was an exciting Sabbath at Post Falls (Idaho) Church on Jan. 21, with a baby dedication and a member joining by profession of faith during the morning service.

Baby Patrick Scott was smiling as Moises Ramirez, Post Falls Church pastor, dedicated him to God, with his parents, Cody and Felicia Scott; his grandmother, Ari Buntain; and his great-grandmother, Barbara Utecht, proudly standing by. 

Creating the Future: UCA Students Attend NPUC Leadership Conference

February 06, 2017 / Timothy Kosaka

The North Pacific Union Conference hosts a retreat for student leaders every other year. This year’s conference, held Oct. 13–16, 2016, at Camp Mivoden in Hayden Lake, Idaho, featured presenters A.J. Grant, a pastor and a lieutenant serving as an Adventist chaplain in the U.S. Navy, and Jodi Wagner, Walla Walla University vice president for university relations and advancement.

Decisions: Family of Distracted Driving Victim Visits UCA

February 06, 2017 / Timothy Kosaka

Wednesday assembly time at Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, Wash., is more than just announcements. It’s also a time to share life-changing information.

Spokane Valley Church Reviews History

February 03, 2017 / Lola Lile

The pioneers in Washington's Spokane Valley began God’s work with the opening of a church school at Orchard Avenue in 1906. This group soon developed into the Orchard Avenue Church. A second group began meeting in 1910 in members’ homes in the Veradale area, and later a school was built for the children of these families.

Children Lead Church Service in Troy

February 03, 2017 / Jenny Chapman

The future of our church is in the hands of our children. Teaching them at a young age to love and honor God with their words and actions should be one of our greatest goals as a church family. Getting them involved in the church strengthens their belief and shows them how to live their faith.

Blessings Come in Whispers at WWVA

February 02, 2017 / WWVA Communications Department

The biggest blessings often come in the form of whispers, rather than yells.

Five years ago, the parking lot of Walla Walla Valley Academy (WWVA) was deemed unsafe. For years, cars backed out of the front lot directly into traffic. Once a remote and lazy road west of College Place, Wash., Academy Way had become increasingly busy with the addition of Rogers Adventist School next door and continued housing development nearby.