Gifting More Than Food at Spokane’s Better Living Center

February 02, 2017 / Kathy Marson

What happens when you see a need and decide to fill it? Jane Williams, board member of the Better Living Center (BLC) in Spokane, Wash., decided to find out.

The BLC runs a food bank that serves some of the neediest families in Spokane County. Williams saw a community need for more than food. She invited her local Linwood Church family to help provide Christmas presents for the children of the families who come to the BLC for food.

Upper Columbia Youth and Family Life Grows

February 02, 2017 / Kathy Marson

Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) has welcomed several new additions to its youth and family life staff.

Beth Gimbel is the new guest services coordinator for the retreat center at Camp MiVoden in Hayden, Idaho. Gimbel came on board less than a year ago and is the daughter of Clayton and Audrey Child. Clayton was a former Camp MiVoden director from 1975 to 1985. Gimbel has two grown sons, Blake and Hayden.

Otis Orchards Member Named Volunteer of the Year

February 02, 2017 / Kathy Marson

Merlene Olmsted was awarded Volunteer of the Year by the city of Airway Heights, Wash. She was nominated by the parks and recreation department for her involvement in various outreaches including SAIL,* eldercare meals and excursions, a walking group, city council, gardens, and West Plains Support Network community classes.

Community Enjoys Thanksgiving in Hayden Lake

February 01, 2017 / Loren Starr

The community service department of the Hayden Lake Church in Hayden, Idaho, held its annual Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. All those who had received help from community services during the year were invited to attend.

Also in attendance was a generous segment of church members to visit with community guests. Leading in planning the event was Rosemarie Shevitz, Hayden Lake Church community services director, supported by a team of church members echoing her passion to serve others by providing this special holiday meal.

Omak Members Ring Bells, Raise Money

February 01, 2017 / Daryl Jacobson

Omak (Wash.) Church members have been ringing bells for the Salvation Army since 2012. Every Sunday, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., church members are standing outside the door of Wal-Mart. Along with the sound of the bells, shoppers may hear musical instruments playing or hymns and carols being sung.

Since we worship on Sabbath, the Adventist Church members are the only church that gathers donations for the Salvation Army on Sunday. 

These past years, all of the Salvation Army donations raised in our community have benefited our community.

Biology Teacher Expands Classroom Learning

January 08, 2017 / Timothy Kosaka

Students learn a lot through textbooks, lectures, experiments and homework. But Judy Castrejón, Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) science and biology teacher, has a passion for making a difference for her students and for her local Spangle, Wash., community.

She invited Kat Hall, the financial administrator of the Washington State Lands Council, to educate UCA students about water pollution and the negative effects created if no action is taken.

UCA ASB Encourages Christmas Joy

January 08, 2017 / Tamara Michalenko Terry

For the past two years, Associated Student Body (ASB) officers at Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., have decorated the Campbell Administration Building for Christmas. Bright lights and homemade decorations greeted students as they walked from class to class.

This past holiday, the ASB organized a door-decorating contest. From candy cane forests to paper fireplaces and garland wreaths, each door showcased the talents of many students helping their teachers decorate. Who knew paper could be utilized with such detail?

WWVA Students Volunteer in Community

January 08, 2017 / Elaine Blake Hinshaw

Connecting with the larger community in Washington's Walla Walla Valley is a priority for Walla Walla Valley Academy students each year. Whether a part of the formalized service learning process or just because, students find that engaging with others outside their own circle of friends is very rewarding.

Noelle Calkins and Alison Fenton, WWVA upper classmen, both show animals at the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days each fall.

Cascade Christian Academy Embraces 1 Tim. 4:12

January 06, 2017 / Julie Savino

At the beginning of each year, Stephanie Gates, Cascade Christian Academy’s (CCA) principal, chooses a verse from the Bible as a theme to set the tone for the new school year. This year’s verse is 1 Tim. 4:12: “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith and your purity.”

UCA Students Learn by Digging Potatoes

January 06, 2017 / Jordan Judge

Fred Riffel’s Upper Columbia Academy Bible class went to the field by the school to dig potatoes on Oct. 4, 2016. It was a cold morning. But in spite of cold hands and dirty fingers, the different classes worked hard at digging out the sometimes stubborn potatoes.