Things You Need to Know

News and events for August 10, 2022


When the Church Prays


By David Jamieson, UCC President

There’s a remarkable story in the Book of Acts that describes what can happen when the church prays.

King Herod Agrippa had cast James, the brother of John, into prison, and sent an executioner to kill him with the sword. Seeing that many people in Jerusalem were pleased with this, he then decided to imprison Peter also.

However, when Herod sent a squadron of sixteen soldiers to arrest Peter the entire church began to pray for his release. Acts 12:5 says, “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.”

In other words, they began to pray without ceasing for Peter, for they knew that he could not be spared from God’s cause. They began to realize that they had reached a place in time, that without the special help of God, the church would not survive.

Read the rest of the story at



President's Report and Executive Committee Actions
Read the latest President's Report along with the actions from the July 21, 2022, Executive Committee at

Participate in Vertical 40-Days of Prayer – Sept 1
All are invited to participate in the upcoming 40 days of prayer beginning September 1, 2022. To receive a daily reading from the book of Acts for this event and to unite in prayer for God’s Vision for Upper Columbia Conference, please sign up at There are also many prayer resources through this link as well. James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God.

Vertical Events Coming Up in August
The Vertical: 40 Days of Prayer event officially begins on September 1, but several events are scheduled already for August. Join us at these events with a prayer focus:
14 – Prayer Breakfast at the Moses Lake Adventist Church — 9 a.m.
20 – Praying for God’s Vision for our kids — All Day
27 – Prayer Supper in Yakima as part of the Equipping for Service weekend — 6 p.m.
28 – Prayer Breakfast at College Place Village Church — 9 a.m.
29 – Prayer Zoom with Ruthie Jacobsen — 6:30 p.m.
Please mark these important dates on your calendar and share them with others who might be able to join. 

Vertical Prayer Breakfast at Moses Lake — August 14
Moses Lake Adventist Church is hosting a prayer breakfast on Sunday, August 14, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. as part of Vertical: 40 Days of Prayer. The event will be held in the Moses Lake Adventist Church multi-purpose room. David Jamieson, UCC president, is the guest speaker. All are invited to this free event, but please RSVP to Sandy Larsen at (509) 771-4187. 

Vertical Prayer for Our Kids — Sabbath, August 20
Set aside Sabbath, August 20, as a date to focus on praying for our kids and those who serve them (club staff, teachers, VBS, and Sabbath school leaders). Now would be a great time for you to talk with your pastor, school staff, and children's ministry team to plan a special event on this day to focus your congregation in praying for our kids. We set aside this day because the challenges facing our kids are unlike anything we've seen before. But we serve a big God with all the resources of the universe at His disposal. He is eager to unlock Heaven's storehouse in response to our prayers.

Vertical Prayer Breakfast at College Place — August 28
Join the College Place Village Church for a prayer breakfast on Sunday, August 28, at 9:00 a.m. The event will take place in the College Place Village Church Fellowship Hall. 

Vertical Prayer Zoom with Ruthie Jacobsen — August 29
You are invited to participate in a prayer meeting Zoom with Ruthie Jacobsen and David Jamieson on Monday evening, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time. We covet your prayers and participation as we launch Vertical: 40-Days of Prayer. The prayer zoom connection information is:
Meeting ID: 838 6690 3064
Passcode: 139334
Shorter link:

Gospel of Health Evangelism Training — September 11-15
The West Central Multicultural Adventist Church in Spokane is hosting a Gospel of Health Evangelism Training featuring Thomas Jackson, PhD, and LaVerne Jackson, PhD. The event runs from September 11 to September 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The cost is $499 per person, with an early bird special if you register by August 26. For more information, call (509) 622-4780 or go to

NPUC Constituency Session Now Online
If you missed the North Pacific Union's 29th regular constituency session that occurred on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, you can catch up with the video of the program. Watch the full session at

A Lifetime of Service in Adventist Education
After more than 18 years at the North Pacific Union and 45 years in Adventist education service, Dennis L. Plubell is bidding an adieu. He retired at the North Pacific Union constituency session on Aug. 7, 2022. For the full story, go to

ARM Presents Training for Pathfinder Leaders
In leadership, they say assumption is the mother of confusion. If that’s true, discovering how to avoid those pitfalls is critical to effective Pathfinder leadership. This article, from Adventist Risk Management, offers tips and training for Pathfinder Leaders. Read more at

Study on Leadership and Polarization Released
Ministry leaders of all stripes have increasingly had to navigate the reality of polarized views within their communities and congregations. For instance, Barna Group recently learned that one of the main reasons some pastors are thinking about leaving full-time ministry is political division. New Barna research raises questions about a more divided America. Comparing a June 2022 survey to data collected in 2015, Barna found growing inconsistencies in U.S. adults’ willingness to discuss important topics with others and to examine their own views. To read the full story with the rest of their findings see
Open Positions at UCC 
• Receptionist AM shift (PT) (Spokane)
• Receptionist PM shift (PT) (Spokane)
• Administrative Assistant, Trust (PT) (College Place)
• Colville Valley Junior Academy (CVJA) – Lead Teacher/Grades 5-8 
• Pend Oreille Valley Adventist School (PVA) – Lead Teacher/Grades 1-8
• Peaceful Valley Christian School – Lead Teacher/Grades 1-8 
For more information and to apply, see

New UCC Newsletter Focuses on Grief and Loss
Upper Columbia Conference is now offering complementary support as you journey through the shadows of grief and loss. Sent each Friday, the Peace Be Still weekly grief support newsletter will help you find practical insights into the grieving experience paired with promises of hope and strength sent straight to your inbox. To register see or email Wendy Urbin at

Let's Pray Together: August 10, 2022  
Provided by UCC prayer ministries

  • Pray for the administrative leaders of Upper Columbia Conference, that they will all seek God's will for this area 
  • Pray for the Athol Adventist Church and their pastor, David Moran and his family. Pray that they have a growing love for the people of their community as they gather to study the Bible and pray together.  
  • Pray for Anchor Point Adventist Church and pastor Brian Yarbrough. Pray that all who visit this church will feel at home when they walk in and feel God's presence there. 
  • Pray for each member in Upper Columbia Conference to pray vertically, in God's will, for their family, their neighbors, their church and their life.  
  • Pray for Ruthie Jacobsen as she prepares for the Prayer Zoom August 29. Pray that God places prayer issues on her heart that we need to hear. 
  • Vertical: Praying for God's Vision, that the prayer meeting zooms, and the 40-Days of prayer will bring people closer to God. 
As you struggle to find God's path for you, remember that the UCC Prayer Team is ready to pray for your situation, help is only a click away. Please send in your prayer request by going to

Offering Appeal for August 13, 2022
Christian Record Services
Appeal: John 6 :12
“When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” Christian Record Services, Inc. is a ministry of compassion of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to children and adults who are blind, with nearly 18,000 members throughout the United States and in countries around the world. Christian Record offers an array services and programs, including: Bible study lessons, books, magazines and Bibles in audio, Braille and large print from a library of more than 2,000 titles. Members also have the opportunity to deepen social, educational, and spiritual connections through PhoneFaith, scholarships for higher education, and National Camps for Blind Children.
These services and programs are free of charge to people who are legally blind; your offerings will help further the mission to empower people who are blind to engage their communities and embrace the Blessed Hope.

Prayer: Lord, You have designed us to enjoy an abundant life and to partner with You. Please give us the wisdom to manage our resources.

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 to see a more extensive breakdown for each category.

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In Case You Missed It…

Do You Want to be a Medical Missionary, But Don't Know How?  — August 14-26
Join Total Health Spokane for two weeks of intensive training with some of the best experts in this field. Topics will include: Health Coaching, August 14-18; Principles and Practices of Health Evangelism, August 18-19; The Best WEIGH, August 15-19; Life Start Evangelism, August 22-26; and The Law of Life, August 22-26. Worships will be presented by Richard Ramont and Barry Tyron. Nursing CEUs are available. The program runs August 14, 1 to 4 p.m.; August 15-19, 22-26 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Upper Columbia Conference Assembly Rooms at 3715 S Grove Rd., Spokane, WA 99224. The cost is free. For more information and to RSVP, see

WWU Alumni Sabbath at Rosario — August 26-27
Walla Walla University is hosting their annual Alumni Sabbath at Rosario Aug. 26–28. Activities will include a worship service, Sabbath lunch, nature walk, hot dog roast, sundown worship on the beach, a bonfire with s’mores, and lots of great music and fellowship. For more information and to register, go to

Volunteers Needed for Free Dental Clinic in Omak — September 16 & 18
Caring Hands Worldwide is coming again this year to Omak Adventist Church for another free dental clinic on September 16 & 18.  Our focus this year is to reach people who are below 200 percent of the federal poverty level in the community.  If you are a dentist, dental hygienist, or dental assistant, we need your help.  Jesus said, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few."  Please consider being the laborer for Christ and contact Adrian Tomarere at or (509) 846-3649.

Forged: A Weekend for Men Who Don't Go on Retreats — September 23-25
Summit NW Ministries and Shine 104.9 invite men to Forged — a spiritual adventure weekend at Camp MiVoden from September 23-25. Outdoor activities on the shores of beautiful Hayden Lake include boating sports, canoeing, paddleboarding, hiking, mountain biking, target-shooting, paintball, fishing and an optional golf tournament. The weekend will focus on building authentic spirituality and a community of men who support and encourage each other to grow. Meals and lodging are included in the registration fee. Register by September 9 at

Quilting Event at Camp MiVoden — October 17-21
Elaine Shaw of Highland Quilts in Athena, Ore., a member of the Blue Mountain Adventist Church, and Marlene Oddie of KISSed Quilts in Grand Coulee, Wash., a member of the Grand Coulee Adventist Church, are combining efforts and to host quilters at Camp MiVoden October 17-21, 2022. Join us! Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the camp chef. Bring your own projects to work on and be inspired by others. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact (509) 386-5715 or

Women's and Young Women's Annual Retreat — October 21-22
Cindy Mercer, sought-after speaker and author of “Pray Big – God Can Do So Much More” will be the keynote for the October 21-22 Women’s and Young Women’s Retreat. Please save the date for this in-person event!