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News and events for October 7, 2020


Finnish Sauna Bathing
and Your Health

Cindy Williams, RN, director of health ministries at UCC, dives in to how Finnish sauna bathing may be beneficial to your health. This article is part of a continuing series of health during these COVID times.



President's Report – September 2020

Minner Labrador Jr., president of Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, has released his most recent report for UCC. Read more about how God is blessing this conference and continuing the Work through our members at

Adventist Review October Issue Available Online Only 
The October editions of the Adventist Journey and Adventist World magazines will not be distributed in print and will only be available digitally. Regular printed editions will resume in November. You can read both magazines as well as download the complete PDF versions on the Adventist World website at

Blue Mountain TV Hosts New Children's Programming
Blue Mountain TV now offers the following children's shows:

  • Lutti and Tutti. This program is for children up to 8 years old to help them understand God's love and what it is to be a friend of Jesus. Every episode has a theme and a story based on a Bible verse. Both Lutti and Tutti love to sing and exercise! Lutti and Tutti will air at 3:30 on Thursdays, and 9 am on Fridays. 
  • Arnie's Shack. This puppet series teaches children positive Christian values in a fun and interactive way. Arnie's Shack will air Tuesdays at 3:30.
Both programs can be viewed online at

Small Organ Available for Church in Need
A small organ is available for any church or company that is in need of one. It has a split keyboard like an organ but it plays like a keyboard. Organ is free, but must be picked up. Contact Sarah Griffin at (509) 707-3787 for more information.

Fall Women's & Young Women's Virtual Retreat — Oct. 24
We have all had challenges in our lives. Keynote speaker, Kara Johnsson’s topic, “On This Mountain” will inspire and give hope to all who attend. The main special feature by dietician Jeanne Ekvall and her delightful daughters will focus on “God’s Gifts to Optimize Your Immunity.” Other presenters, Debbie Nelson, Beth Moseanko, and Sheryl Janke will share unique ways of sharing God’s love. To receive your free gift bag, register online by October 12 at We hope you can join us for this inspiring virtual retreat!

ABC Express Is Headed Your Way!
The ABC Express will begin its fall deliveries to a location near you. Make sure you get your order in before it is too late. Call 800.286.0161 or email your order to

Goldendale Church — October 11, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Grandview Church — October 12, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Yakima School — October 12, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Moscow School — October 18, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Lewiston School — October 18, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Orofino Church — October 18, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
Coeur d'Alene School — October 20, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tri-City School — October 25, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Hermiston School — October 25, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Pendelton School — October 25, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

New Episode of The Tuis Available
Have you ever said something not nice about someone or has someone ever said something not nice about you? It's not a good feeling is it? The newest episode of The Tuis, "Lome Likes" is now available for viewing at In this episode, we look at the Adventist Fundamental number 11, 'Growing in Christ' and how our heart can be a place for Gods’ Word to grow and that we should be kind to one another.

Christian Record Services Announces PhoneFaith
PhoneFaith is an outreach ministry for people who are blind. PhoneFaith offers daily dial-in presentations that inform, encourage, and inspire the mind, body, and spirit through mental health and wellness sessions, social meet-and-greet interactions, Bible trivia and games, and prayer time. Call (209) 399-9465, or visit

Adult Bible Study Guide on Amazon Echo
The Adult Bible Study Guide is now available on Amazon Echo Devices! Download the Amazon Alexa app and enable the skill titled Daily Bible Study Guide as a Flash Briefing through Alexa’s Skills & Games Catalog. If you do not have an Amazon Echo device you can access audio recordings of the daily lesson on the NAD Adult Ministries Media page. 

Take the Evangelism Pledge to Do Something!
In the midst of a global pandemic, economic calamity and social unrest, people have questions. The Bible has answers. Will you commit to doing something this fall to share the everlasting Gospel in your community? Take the Evangelism Pledge today!

Discovering Jesus in the Bible with Jesus 101
Jesus 101 has just launched a new exciting resource for children! features animated videos to help kids discover Jesus in the Bible, a valuable resource for churches, schools, and families. Each 90 second video tells Bible stories in a fun and instructive manner and has a coordinating coloring page that kids can download and color at home!

New Series on Mental Health for Teens Available
Do you know a teen who is struggling with mental health issues? Do you want to be prepared to minister to teens in your church? This new series developed by NAD Youth & Young Adult Ministries includes booklets on depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, getting help, recovery tools, brain training, and staying healthy. More information can be found at AdventSource.

Amazing Prophecies of the Bible Series Coming to Sandpoint
Sandpoint Adventist Church will be hosting an evangelistic series, titled "Amazing Prophecies of the Bible" beginning Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 31 at 7:00 p.m. at the church in Sandpoint, Idaho. For more information, see the series flier

Volunteers Needed at Better Living Center
The Better Living Center in downtown Spokane can use a few more volunteers as a result of young people going back to school and people going on vacation. Individuals are needed for one or more shifts, hopefully on a regular basis. Our hours are: Tuesday 9-12 and 1-4, Thursday, 9-1. Anyone willing to volunteer should email Gayle Haeger at

Online CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) Facilitator Training
October 26 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. and October 29 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Learn how to conduct a church-based CHIP program in an online two-part facilitator training. CHIP is a research tested, intensive lifestyle medicine intervention solution designed to prevent, arrest and facilitate the reversal of many common chronic diseases. See the flier for additional information and how to register. Please note that all CHIP facilitators must have church board approval before conducting any CHIP events.

Offering Appeal for October 10, 2020
World Budget — 3% of World Budget offerings help to support Voice of Prophecy / La Voz de la Esperanza
“Equipping the World for Christ to Come.” The Voice of Prophecy exists to proclaim the everlasting gospel of Christ — leading people to accept Jesus as their personal Savior and nurturing them in preparation for His soon return. A leader in religious broadcasting, the Voice of Prophecy focuses on God’s love and heralds the soon return of Christ — providing hope to broken people and guidance for daily living. Founded in 1929 by H.M.S. Richards, the ministry continues today under the leadership of Speaker/Director Shawn Boonstra and Associate Speaker Jean Boonstra. In 1942, La Voz de la Esperanza began broadcasting to bring the gospel to the Spanish-speaking world. The Voice of Prophecy can be heard in nearly three dozen languages, and Bible lessons are available in more than 70 languages. Local Discover Bible Schools have been established in more than 2,000 churches across North America, with hundreds more around the world. La Voz de la Esperanza also has a Bible School with four collections of lessons. As the Voice of Prophecy and La Voz de la Esperanza look to the future, they will continue to focus on sharing the love of Christ with a hurting world. Let us support this Christ-centered ministry with our resources on this World Budget Sabbath.

Praying Together This Week
Thank you for praying for your local schools and churches. You will see specific schools and churches next week but please agree in prayer for God’s Spirit and direction on all our small groups, our schools and churches.

  • This week we ask you all to remember Camp MiVoden in prayer, that God will lead and bless our summer camp. That He will bless with finances, safety, events and for a safe 2021 at camp.
  • Pray that God will impress our people to be workers for the harvest. To be salt in our communities
  • Pray that we will all hold tight to God and depend on His power for all trials we are going through.
  • Remember as you pray that God is all powerful and we need Him and His armor to fight all our battles.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” ~ Ephesians 6:12
The UCC prayer team is ready to pray for your specific request at

New Deadline for News You Need to Know
Please submit any content and announcements for News You Need to Know to by noon on Tuesdays. This newsletter is sent throughout the Upper Columbia Conference each Wednesday morning. Thank you!

Share Your Virtual Events
All UCC Churches and schools that wish to share news and events with the whole conference should send the information to Thank you for sending a concise announcement of how people can participate in your event.

Keeping the financial health of our church in mind
Giving Plan
How your local church budget fits into "My Personal Giving Plan"
Like every family, the local church family has financial obligations to meet. Some are easy to see like power and heat, but many are not so obvious: children’s magazines, Sabbath School Bible study guides, teaching supplies, staff salaries, cleaning services, church school operating expenses, property insurance, worthy student fund, and community outreach. These are but a few of the costs that must be met month after month as the local church seeks to be a light in the community. Because these expenses are constant, My Personal Giving Plan recommends that 3-5 percent of one’s income be set aside for the local church budget. This systematic giving ensures that all share both in the blessings and the responsibilities of the local congregation.
The North American Division encourages the use of the “My Personal Giving Plan.” This plan was developed as a guideline to assist members in systematic giving. The plan suggests that, in addition to returning 10 percent of a member’s personal income as tithe, certain percentages may be dedicated as offerings to three main categories:
• Local Church Budget: 3-5 percent
• Conference Advance: 1-2 percent
(Education, evangelism, VBS, summer camps, and union magazines)
• World Budget: 1-3 percent
*Visit to see a more extensive breakdown for each category.
The My Personal Giving Plan encourages each of us to renew our commitment to the principles of Christian stewardship. While it blesses the church as a whole, its real impact is on us as individuals in our faith-based covenant with God.
Everything in God’s creation is orderly and purposeful. The same can be said of My Personal Giving Plan. Like all plans, it requires thought and consideration. No great work can be built upon emotional or sporadic giving.
Giving Options
In giving to the Lord's Work during this crisis, use your local church website or go to UCC Giving site:
AdventistGiving Bulletin Insert - English Brochure  Spanish Brochure
AdventistGiving Donor Instructions - English     Spanish

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