Things You Need to Know

News and events for May 11, 2022


NPUC Convocation — May 13-14
 

The North Pacific Union is hosting their 46th annual Convocation on May 13–14. This year's event will be held in person at the Oregon Conference Convention Center in Gladstone, Oregon. To learn more and to register, please visit news.uccsda.org/Convocation522.

 

Announcements

UCC Camp Meeting Meals: Register Now! 

Upper Columbia Conference will be providing Sabbath lunch and Sabbath dinner free of charge to anyone that registers for Camp Meeting. The location will be Spokane Valley Church from June 16-18. If you would like to be included for the Sabbath meals, you MUST register by filling out the form at news.uccsda.org/CMMeals22. For more information on camp meeting this year, see uccsda.org/campmeeting.

Pathfinder Outreach Fair — May 13-15
Pathfinder Outreach Fair at Confluence State Park in Wenatchee, WA is this weekend, May 13-15. Richie Brower, UCC Club Ministries Director,  will share messages exploring the motivations of a  believer and what prompts us to love, serve, and share. To learn more about the weekend's activities, please visit news.uccsda.org/unscripted422.

Flourish: Wellness Weekend for Women — May 13-15
Flourish is a weekend event sponsored by Summit Northwest Ministries for women who are looking to do more than just survive. Join in for a weekend focused on complete health and wellness for your mind, body and soul. The focus of the weekend will be creating time and space for God to speak to your heart, heal your soul, renew your spirit, restore your strength, and remind you that you are loved. For more information, visit news.uccsda.org/flourish322.

General Conference Travel Insurance from Adventist Risk Management
Adventist Risk Management has been able to provide a special GC Session Travel insurance product, which includes coverage on the actual days of the Session and can be selected from May 25 to June 23 with a maximum of 10 day for personal deviation. Please note that official delegates, special guests, and their spouses will have this insurance coordinated for them by the General Conference (and their Division). All other attendees, dependents, guests, visitors, and staff should check with their division, but otherwise may buy the insurance by visiting news.uccsda.org/GCTravel522.

Open Positions at UCC 
• Communications Coordinator (FT) — new
• Administrative Assistant, Education (PT)
• Administrative Assistant, Trust (PT) (College Place)
For more information and to apply, see uccsda.org/jobs.

Walla Walla University Announces Two New Vice Presidents
Walla Walla university has selected two new vice presidents who will serve as senior officers. Dr. Pamela Keele Cress will serve as vice president for academic administration, and Dr. Prakash Ramoutar has been named vice president for financial administration.  To read more about these new administrators, please visit news.uccsda.org/WWUVP522.

Stream Now: UCC Spring Women's and Young Women's Retreat
The 2022 Spring Virtual Retreat is now available to stream. Be blessed by messages from featured speaker Lindsey Haffner, youth pastor from Redlands, California, and music by Roxane Nkomo, a member of the London Adventist Chorale, and multiple special features. Whether you joined us for the live session and want to rewatch, or are tuning in for the first time, we invite you to stream the retreat at uccsda.org/womensretreat.

NPUC Pathfinder Camporee — September 21-25
Registration is now open for the NPUC Pathfinder Camporee in Kalispell, Montana, on September 21-25, 2022. "Our camporee theme is 'Let's Go,'" said Rob Lang, NPUC Pathfinder director. "It's time to start again, it's time to go and explore God's creation, it's time to go and serve and to make a difference in our communities, and it's time to go and share God's love." For more information, and to register, please visit news.uccsda.org/NPUCCamporee.

Let's Pray Together: May 11, 2022  
Provided by UCC prayer ministries

  • Pray for the UCC Pathfinder Clubs, that the kids and staff will draw close to God. Pray for new clubs to start and for safety at the Pathfinder Outreach Fair this weekend. 
  • Pray for all who are suffering. Pray for comfort, God's presence and healing. 
  • Pray for the Fairfield Adventist Church and their pastor, Robert Harvey, Jr. Pray that many in their community will join them for Bible study, worship and prayer. 
  • Pray for Pastor Perry Flerchinger and the Ephrata Adventist Church, that they will reach many through their Sabbath Service, their community service and through prayer ministry. 
  • Pray for and claim this promise: "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all." (Psalm 34:19)
  • Pray for all UCC schools as they approach summer break. Pray for each student and teacher to trust God. 
  • Pray for UCC leaders as they lead with God's wisdom and love. 
Are you facing something too difficult to handle on your own? The UCC Prayer Team is ready to pray for your situation. Simply send in your prayer request at uccsda.org/#prayer.

Offering Appeal for May 14, 2022
Disaster and Famine Relief
Adventist Community Services (ACS) works with the local conferences and disaster response agencies to equip volunteers to serve and assist the community, providing disaster assessments, sheltering services, donation management, home reconstruction, and emotional and spiritual care. In 2020–2021, COVID-19 caused a heavy toll on ACS food pantries/centers, yet our volunteers continued to serve families and individuals who were facing challenges due to this crisis. NAD ACS invested 2 million dollars to assist in providing food to our neighbors who struggled during this difficult time. When you give to ACS and ADRA, you make it possible for the Adventist Church to respond immediately both nationally and internationally to help survivors of hurricanes, fires, floods, earthquakes, famine, and other crisis. Sabbath, May 14, 2022 is the Disaster and Famine Relief Offering. If you wish to support the offering, please donate at your local church or online. We want to thank everyone for your dedicated ongoing support to Adventist Community Services, whether it is through sacrificial giving, volunteering, or prayers. Lord, we are thankful for both the raw materials and the ability to produce wealth. You are indeed the Provider of everything.

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% 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% of a member’s personal income as tithe, certain percentages may be dedicated as offerings to three main categories:
• Local Church Budget: 3-5%
• Conference Advance: 1-2%
(Education, evangelism, VBS, summer camps, and union magazines)
• World Budget: 1-3%
*Visit www.personalgivingplan.com to see a more extensive breakdown for each category.

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In Case You Missed It…

Free Adult and Child Chairs
Blue padded adult-size chairs and burgundy child-size chairs available for free at the Linwood Adventist Church. For more information, please contact Sharon Searson at (509) 994-9334.

Volunteer Office Coordinator Needed
A volunteer office coordinator is needed for the free dental clinic at the Better Living Center in Spokane, WA. The dental clinic closed due to COVID in March 2020. We are eager to reopen this ministry as soon as we can as it’s a service that is greatly needed. This volunteer office coordinator will take calls, schedule appointments, schedule dental volunteers, and greet patients. The clinic will be open on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. If this position is one that you feel called to apply for, please call Gayle Haeger at (509) 720-4936 or email gayleh@uccsda.org.

NEXUS Leadership Conference — May 20-21
The capacity to effectively connect with others is one of the most important attributes a leader can have. The good news is, it is a skill that you can learn and put into practice in your personal and professional relationships. Join the Richland Adventist Church for the NEXUS Leadership conference on Friday, May 20, 7-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 21, 2:30-9 p.m. Register now at news.uccsda.org/NEXUS522.

Cowboy Camp Meeting Final Round-Up — May 22
After 36 years of trail dust, gospel music and great fun a Fourth of July tradition in the Northwest is coming to an end. Cowboy Camp Meeting started out along the Tucannon River near Dayton, Washington, in the summer of 1984, however forced cancellations from COVID in 2020 and excessive heat in 2021 spelled the end of an era. All are invited to the final Round-up on May 22 at the Hermiston Oregon Seventh-day Adventist Church fellowship hall. Registration will open at 10:30 a.m. For more information about Cowboy Camp Meeting or the final round-up, please visit news.uccsda.org/cowboy422.

GC Session Virtual Exhibition Experience — June 6-11
Register now for the first-ever virtual exhibition experience as part of the June 6-11, 2022 General Conference session! It will offer you unique insights into the global church and an opportunity to connect with international people and ministries, explore the virtual exhibition hall, visit hundreds of booths, and much more! For additional information and to register, please visit news.uccsda.org/GC522.

Upper Columbia Conference Camp Meeting — June 16-18
Upper Columbia Conference Camp Meeting 2022, "His Soon Return: Getting Serious About the Second Coming," will be held at Spokane Valley Church from June 16-18. John Bradshaw, president and speaker of It Is Written, and David Jamieson, UCC president, are the main speakers. The King's Heralds will present a Sabbath evening concert also. All programs will be in-person, but will also be livestreamed for those unable to attend. More information is available at uccsda.org/campmeeting.

Sheridan Meadows Camp Meeting 2022 — July 26-30
Northeast Washington Camp Meeting will be be held on July 26-30, 2022 at the Sheridan Meadows SDA Retreat Center. The keynote speaker is Anil Kanda. Other speakers include Jay Gallimore, Vicki Griffin, Greg Griffitts, Howard Tello, Anthony Burrell, and UCC president David Jamieson. For more information, please visit newacampmeeting.com