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News and events from Upper Columbia Conference.

News and events for April 7, 2021


Women's and Young Women's
Virtual Retreat — Register Now!

Registration is now open for our Spring Women’s and Young Women’s virtual retreat on May 1. The theme for this event is Up From The Ordinary. Hear how our keynote speaker, Jean Boonstra, (Voice of Prophecy), describes scriptural accounts of how God used “ordinary people” to accomplish His purpose. Featured guest will be Emily Poole, photographer and storyteller. We will enjoy beautiful vocals by Alana Glendrange, and in addition, several community outreach projects will be presented as short features. For questions and assistance, contact Wendy Urbin at or (509) 242-0628. To register, go to



NAD Prayer Convention — April 9 - 10

Join the NAD Prayer Convention for a live-streamed, 2-hour general session on Friday, April 9 from 4-6 p.m., and the 3-hour stream on Sabbath, April 10 from 1-4 p.m. Presenters will share 10-minute reflections, along with group prayer. To take part in the prayer convention, go to

Live By Faith Podcast: Role Models
The Live By Faith podcast, hosted by Pastor Minner Labrador, brings weekly inspiration to our local community through Shine 104.9. This episode focuses on role models. Are you one? Do you rely on one? To hear the podcast, go to

In a Hurry? Don't Make This Mistake!
When we find ourselves pressed for time, we often make bad food choices. Cindy Williams, RN, coordinator for UCC health ministries department, shares just how these choices can negatively impact our health and our lives. Read the full story at

40-Day Prayer Challenge: Begin This Week
Upper Columbia Conference Prayer Ministries invites you to participate in the 40-Day prayer challenge.  Using the book, 40 Days: Prayers and Devotions to Prepare for the Second Coming by Dennis Smith. Listen to each day’s devotions at
You can also watch commentary on each day here:
Read full story of how we started the challenge in UCC at

Sandpoint Church Offers Weekend Event for Teens & Parents — April 23 - 25
Teens and parents are invited to a special weekend event to focus on the family: Preparing Teens and Parents for the Adolescent Years. Come join us April 23-25 for a weekend designed to prepare and equip both parents and teens in navigating these challenging years. Learn tips to help you focus on thriving, not just surviving with speakers Tom & Alane Waters, Gordon McGhee, Nick & Jackie Mazariegos. Sunday morning media workshop with Kurt Bruhnke. For more information, see the flier at

Free Documentary Series on Reliving Mark
"Reliving Mark" is a six-part documentary drama filmed in Israel that examines the earliest written account of Jesus' life – the Gospel of Mark. Written and hosted by Dr. Carl Cosaert, professor of biblical studies at Walla Walla University, the series carefully examines the Gospel of Mark in light of its historical context, recent archaeological discoveries, and Jewish customs and practices. To watch the series, go to

AdventHealth President Discusses COVID-19 With Medical Experts
Medical experts recently discussed the current COVID-19 pandemic phase with Terry Shaw, AdventHealth president/CEO. Shaw recently met with the health system’s experts in infectious diseases and vaccine safety to discuss the state of the pandemic, the latest on vaccines, and a look at what's ahead. To watch the discussion, go to

NPUC Adventurer eWeekend — April 9 - 11
North Pacific Union Conference is hosting "All Aboard with Jesus," an Adventurer weekend for kids, parents, and club leaders. This event will be streaming in both English and Spanish and will help kids earn two awards — Trains and Things that Go. Pre-registration is required. Each session is 1 hour, for a total of four hours. For more information and to register, go to

2021 Vacation Bible School Training — April 15
Yee Haw! Knee slappin’ good news! It’s here — local church VBS leaders — the virtual training for the Cactusville VBS tour. The date is Thursday, April 15, at 4 p.m. Experience the amazing Bible adventures, songs, window shop at the Trading Post Craft stations, see the menu for the Trading Post Craft station, and more. More information will follow next week for the Spanish training which will take place on April 22. To register, go to

Save the Date: Virtual Camp Meeting — June 14 - 19
Camp meeting is coming June 14-June 19, 2021! It will be virtual again this year, but we have great speakers and seminars lined up. Main speakers this year are Randy Maxwell, Ron Halvorsen Jr., and Minner Labrador. More information will be coming, and will be posted on our camp meeting page at

Praying Together - April 7, 2021 

  • Pray for the Pend Oreille Adventist School, in Old Town, Idaho. Thank God He has provided power and means to nurture students and understanding for them to love and serve Jesus. 
  • Pray for pastor Yonisibel Osorio and the Spokane and Spokane Valley Spanish Adventist churches. They pray the community will join them for worship, Bible study and prayer. 
  • Pray for the Othello Adventist Church and their pastor, Perry Flerchinger. Pray for the Holy Spirit to lead them to divine appointments and for their children to discover the joy of fellowship with the Lord. Thank God for His power to bring unity and love with Jesus and each other. 
  • Pray for pockets of COVID-19 outbreaks to be quelled. 
  • For people in hospice care and families to be comforted 
  • Pray for the UCC Women's Retreat May 1 
  • Pray for participants of the 40-Day Pray Challenge, representing 250 people in prayers. 
  • Pray through this verse: Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” John 8:12. 
The UCC Prayer Team will pray for you personally, with a prayer back by email or a phone call if requested. No request is too small. Please send in your prayer request by going to   
Offering Appeal for April 10, 2021
Hope Channel International, Inc.
Sarah loved Jesus from a young age, and always believed in Him. Yet, she felt she was never good enough for Him and didn’t see how she would be able to do all of the right things in order to be saved. Sarah found herself engaging in unhealthy habits, searching for worth in relationships and substances. Sarah knew this was not the right path, and she shared her feelings with a friend. Her friend suggested she download some resources on her phone that would allow her to lift up her thoughts and feel that God was close to her. That’s when Sarah found Hope Channel—right in the app store on her phone. “I liked the name,” Sarah said. “‘I thought okay, Hope Channel’ – I am really looking for hope right now!” She immediately began to watch the program Table Talk. Through this program, Sarah was able to see and understand God’s grace. Her life began to transform. This led to finding Let’s Pray LIVE. “They say ‘the place where you don’t have to pray alone,’” said Sarah. “My husband is not a believer so a lot of times I do pray alone, and since I found them, I’m not!” Sarah says, “I’m just so grateful that I found [Hope Channel] and since I found it, I have never once thought about throwing away this precious life that I’ve been given. I am joyful.” Thousands across North America and around the world like Sarah are searching for hope. Today, your offering will further the ministry of Hope Channel. Let us join together to share hope around the world!
—Elizabeth Camps, director of marketing, Hope Channel International, Inc.

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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.
In giving to the Lord's Work during this crisis, use your local church website or go to

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In Case You Missed It…

Hayden Lake Offers Series on Spiritualism & Healing — April 14 - 18
The Hayden Lake Adventist Church is offering a series titled "Spiritualism, Healing: The Last Great Deception." The series features Edwin A. Noyes, MD, MPH, and Eric Wilson. The series begins April 14. For more information, call (208) 495-4559 or see the flier at

Blue Mountain TV Celebrates 31 Years With Healing Hope — April 16, 17
In April, Blue Mountain Television will celebrate 31 years of broadcasting the gospel. Please join us on April 16 & 17 for our celebration weekend. For more information and to watch the livestream, see

Free Training for Church Treasurers — April 18
If you are a church treasurer and would like to learn more about the latest version of Jewel software, calculating and reporting payroll hours, monthly deadlines, importance of regular remittance reporting and more, join the UCC treasury department for a free training session via Zoom on Sunday, April 18 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. To register, contact Becky Hsieh at

Save the Date: AMEN Northwest 2021 Conference — May 6-8
The AMEN Northwest 2021 conference will be May 6 – 8, 2021. It will be a virtual conference due to continuing COVID-19 restrictions. The theme is Saving More Than Bodies: Righteousness by Faith and the Health Message. Speakers are Dr. Brian Schwartz, Dr. Richard Hart, Dr. John Kelly, and Pastor Ron Kelly. This conference is for pastors and Bible workers, all levels of health care providers, and anyone who is interested in reaching our community for Jesus. Pre-registration is required. To register visit




MARCH 18, 2021

NAD Responds to Growing Violence

In the face of growing violence against the Asian-American community, the Adventist Church in North America calls on members to stand up and support their Asian-American friends and neighbors.

Missed the Pivot Expo?

Did you miss the Pivot children's ministries weekend? Want to rewatch your favorite seminar? Archived recordings of every session are now available online.

The Good Food Kitchen

Want to try your hand at falafel pita wraps? Watch this video and join Jeremy Dixon of Revive Cafes in Auckland, New Zealand, to learn how.

Witnessing in Troubled Times

The pandemic. The fight for justice. Political tensions. How do we spread Christ's love during these troubling times? Panelists from all over North America will weigh in during this free virtual religious liberty event.


Craft Conversations With God

Do you enjoy talking with your friends at school or at church? The more you talk with them, the more your friendship grows and the easier it is to think of things to talk about. Talking to God is the same. Here's a fun craft you can make that can help strengthen your friendship with God.

Metabolism: Facts vs. Fiction

You probably have heard the word “metabolism” thrown around. What is metabolism anyway — and how does it affect your weight. Get the skinny on this important topic from Adventist Health.

Online Safety for Churches

As our church continues to grow in the digital realm, it is becoming ever more important to protect against cybercriminals. Adventist Risk Management has a few tips for to prevent cyberattacks.


Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

Misty Forest, Powers, Oregon Credit: John T. Dale
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Let's Laugh Day

Tomorrow is Let's Laugh Day! What a sad place the world would be without laughter. Let's fix that tomorrow by sharing jokes with one another to get everyone laughing.