News for April 2016

Pathfinders Train in Exodus

April 11, 2016 / Kathy Marson

The conference-level Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE), covering the book of Exodus, took place on Sabbath, Feb. 20, at the College Place Village Church. Ten Pathfinder teams from throughout Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) gathered for testing.

Jeff Wines was the quizmaster. He is the new Upper Columbia Conference director of Pathfinders, Adventurers and family life and also the associate director of Camp MiVoden in Hayden, Idaho.

Workshop Helps Pathfinders Experience Disabilities

April 11, 2016 / Kimberly Little

When the Valley View Pathfinders of Medford, Ore., walked into their fellowship hall on the evening of Feb. 24, they weren’t sure what to think about the unusual setup of displays circling the room.

Brent and Rachel Olstad of southern Oregon's Joni and Friends were invited to bring a 13-station interactive workshop, “Come Feel What I Feel,” to share with the club some ideas of what it might be like to live with a disability. Each station had an activity designed to give insight into a different disability.

UCC Youth Encouraged to Ski Uphill

April 11, 2016 / Jay Wintermeyer

What do you get when you mix teenagers, water, cold and the Holy Spirit and stir until combined? One group of energetic teens tried it this February and discovered the Upper Columbia Conference SkiFest based at Camp MiVoden in Hayden, Idaho, Feb. 13–15.

SkiFest is the Upper Columbia Conference Youth department’s winter youth retreat that takes place over the Presidents Day holiday weekend. The annual event is designed not only to draw skiers to Schweitzer Mountain for a long weekend of snow skiing and snowboarding but to provide spiritual renewal at Camp MiVoden. 

Nampa Helps Bring Joy to the World

April 10, 2016 / Joann Burnsed

That was the feeling that spread throughout the entire room at the Nampa Church Community Services' second annual Christmas Gift Giving event on Dec. 6, 2015. The parents of the recipient children were thrilled with the huge selection, according to age and gender, of toys, clothes, toiletries, gift cards, blankets, pillows and so much more. There were also candy canes and chocolate for the whole family.

Young People Make the Commitment for Christ

April 08, 2016

The Grants Pass Church was blessed to see baptisms of three young people on two high Sabbaths. Considering the challenges they face in this world, it is truly a joy when young people choose to commit to Christ.

Seth Ermshar, 12-year-old son of Philip and Cheri Ermshar, was baptized on Jan. 30. He is a student at the local Adventist school, where his father is principal. Those relatives not living in Grants Pass traveled some distance to witness his baptism.

Round Table Evangelism

April 08, 2016 / Quentin Purvis

The evangelism coordinator of the Alaska Conference has taken a serious look at an appeal written in 1886 from Basel, Switzerland, by Ellen G. White: “Ministers should not do the work which belongs to the church, thus wearying themselves, and preventing others from performing their duty. They should teach the members how to labor in the church and in the community.”