FoundationONE Elects New President

January 06, 2017 / Linda Klinger

FoundationONE is pleased to announce Mindy Weber, a 1985 graduate of Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., was elected president during the annual meeting on Sept. 29, 2016. Weber follows three visionary leaders: Terrence Finney, a superior court judge; Tom Stanyer, a lead engineer with Boeing Co.; and Doug Wells, a school administrator.

FoundationONE is a private, lay-led nonprofit organization dedicated to raising an endowment for scholarships for UCA students. The organization recently allocated $100,000 to 109 students for the 2016–2017 school year.

Coming Soon: Guatemala Mission Trip

November 25, 2016 / Justin Walker

Coming up spring break 2017, is our annual UCC Youth Mission Trip to San Luis, Guatemala. We will be traveling down for about two weeks to witness to the people of a small village nearby by building a church, spending time with the children by putting on a Vacation Bible School program and visiting the other churches built on previous mission trips.

Pathfinder Camporee Asks 'Where's the Beef?'

November 24, 2016 / Anita Lebold

The primary focus of Pathfinders is supporting youth as they develop a personal relationship with Jesus. Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) Pathfinders and staff, numbering 679, joined together for that purpose as they gathered at Farragut State Park in Idaho for the UCC Pathfinder Camporee.

The camporee is the big kickoff for the Pathfinder year and sets the stage for the activities to come. It included spiritual refreshment, recognition of accomplishment, acts of service and outdoor adventure.

Women Find Joy at UCC Retreat

November 21, 2016 / Tamara Michalenko Terry

The annual fall Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) Christian Women’s and Young Women’s Retreat provides a wonderful opportunity for women of all faiths to gather together with similar goals of fellowship and encouragement.

In today’s fast-paced world, Camp MiVoden in Hayden Lake, Idaho, provides a beautiful respite to those dealing with deadlines, carpools and family needs. It’s easy to get lost in life if one doesn’t take a break every once in a while to realign priorities.

UCA Welcomes Alumni and Friends Home

November 19, 2016 / Timothy Kosaka

Alumni Homecoming Weekend 2016 welcomed Yakima Valley Academy and Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) alumni to the campus in Spangle, Wash., this past October. Former students from the academies fellowshipped together at the annual reunion, during which classes ending in 1 and 6 were honored. 

The weekend included stories from various alumni. The keynote speaker was Kerry Heinrich, CEO of Loma Linda (Calif.) University Medical Center and a 1976 UCA alumnus.

Camp MiVoden Impacts Campers, Staff

November 16, 2016 / Kathy Marson

All summer long Camp MiVoden in Hayden, Idaho, has an impact on staff and campers for Christ. This year's theme, “Made for More,” was chosen to help all find or rediscover that God has made each of us for a special purpose.

Conference Staff Celebrate Let's Move Day

November 06, 2016 / Kathy Marson

Office staff in Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) in Spokane, Wash., enjoyed a walk on the Jay Sloop Memorial Trail Monday, Sept. 19, to celebrate Let's Move Day, which was set for Sept. 18, 2016, by In Step for Life.

UCC staff have been walking daily since the completion of the Jay Sloop Trail, which offers about 1 mile of scenic walking through trees and fields surrounding the conference office. This trail was completed and dedicated April 6.

UCA: Thankful for God’s Blessings

November 04, 2016 / Tamara Michalenko Terry

As the holidays approach, it is a great time to reflect on God’s blessings … especially for Upper Columbia Academy (UCA). UCA is blessed with more than 200 young people choosing to further their education and grow closer to Jesus by attending this academy in Spangle, Wash. “It is an awesome privilege to teach and share the love of Jesus with these students,” says John Winslow, UCA principal. “The faculty and staff are praying on a regular basis for these students and for guidance to direct them in the path He has for them.”

Five Tribes Attend Native Spiritual Gathering

November 04, 2016 / Mary Logan

Dale and Gerri St. Clair, members of the All Nations Center in Wapato, Wash., are having the time of their lives, studying the Bible with a Yakama Native mother and daughter. Because of a recent death in their family, the daughter, 17-year-old Vanessa, told Steve Huey, All Nations pastor, that she would like to be baptized. That’s how the St. Clairs got started studying each week through the Native New Day Bible course. Then, when the Native Spiritual Gathering was held on Sept. 9 and 10, the St. Clairs invited Tamara and Vanessa to go with them.

Spokane Valley Church Reaches Milestones

November 02, 2016 / Kathy Marson

Spokane Valley Church members marked two milestones Sept. 17: the 65th anniversary of this church family and the 20th anniversary at their present location on East 16th Avenue and South Sullivan Road.