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News and events for September 15, 2021


Shine 104.9 Named Top 
Radio Station in Spokane Market

For almost 30 years, Shine 104.9 has been providing hope to the communities of Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. The Christian contemporary station was recently ranked #1 across all demographics in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene market, according to Nielsen, a radio and TV ratings service. Read the full story at



Pathfinder Camporee
Scheduled for This Weekend 

Come to Camp MiVoden September 17-19 for this year’s Pathfinder Camporee. The theme this year is Belong, and it is all about recognizing that you have a place. Rob Lang, youth and young adult director for the North Pacific Union Conference, will be the speaker for the weekend. After so much time apart, it is time to come back together with friends and family and connect to kick off the new Pathfinder year. For more information, see

Positions Available at UCC
Upper Columbia Conference currently has two positions available:

  • Administrative Assistant (Treasury)
  • Receptionist

To find out more about these positions and to apply, please see

Fall ABC Bookmobile Schedule
The ABC Book Center is coming to your area! See our fall sales at and get your order in. The schedule is:
Yakima School – October 2, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Grandview School – October 3, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Goldendale Church – October 3, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Colville Church – October 5, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Omak Church – October 9, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Brewster School – October 10, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Coeur D’alene School – October 12, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Wenatchee School – October 16, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Moses Lake School – October 17, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Bonners Ferry School – October 24, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Libby School – October 24, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sandpoint School – October 25, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Tri City School – November 7, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Hermiston School – November 7, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Pendleton School – November 8, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Lewiston School – November 13, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Orofino School – November 14, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moscow School – November 14, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Prayeradigm Shift Retreat – October 29-31
Join us for the Prayeradigm Shift Retreat @Camp MiVoden! You are invited to join with church members from around the Upper Columbia Conference for a powerful prayer retreat. Experience a weekend that will leave you refreshed, challenged, and connected as we seek to know God more deeply and understand His “prayeradigm.” Pavel Goia will be the keynote speaker. Churches are invited to participate by sending 2-4 people. If you are interested in coming from your church, talk to your pastor. Childcare is provided and scholarships are available. For more information visit

Toddler Lead Teaching Position
Palisades Christian Learning Center is seeking a full-time toddler lead teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. PCLC is an early learning center that serves approximately 60 students in Spokane WA, located in the beautiful Inland Northwest.  Salary and benefits are based on the PCLC scale and policies. The qualified candidate must be a committed Adventist who has teaching experience in a similar level. They should be able to operate a well-organized classroom, be an exemplary teacher, and have a passion for Adventist Education.  Candidates must either have, or be able to easily obtain appropriate certification, and must have the legal right to work and reside in the United States. Please contact Principal Monte Fisher if you are interested at

Society of Adventist Communicators Convention — October 17-19
The 2021 Society of Adventist Communicators convention will be held virtually Oct. 17-19. University students studying communication, PR, marketing, graphic design, media production, or similar fields are invited to attend free of charge! Corporate, nonprofit, freelance, higher education, and Church professionals, as well, will be blessed with keynotes and workshops from industry experts. Register at

Discovery Junction offers free morning programs to local children
During the month of July, Discovery Junction offered free week-long morning programs for kids ages 8-13 in the surrounding community. Read the full story of how young lives are being changed at

Crosswalk in the City: Urban Ministries Convention — Starts This Thursday
There is still time to register for Crosswalk in the City – September 16-18. If you are a UCC member, contact Patty Marsh ( or Wendy Urbin ( to receive a free scholarship code to cover the registration. To register go to For more information, see

Charles Bradford, first NAD President, Passes to His Rest
Charles E. Bradford, first president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America (NAD), passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021, in Huntsville, Alabama. He was 96. To read the rest of his story, see

First Seventh-day Adventist Woman Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
Wanda Acevedo became the first Seventh-day Adventist woman to be promoted to lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserve during a special ceremony at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, on April 28. With this rank, Acevedo becomes the deputy command chaplain overseeing all religious support and chaplaincy teams that serve more than 5,000 soldiers at the base. For the full story, see

Maranatha Mission Story Event — September 18
On September 18, Maranatha presents its annual convention event, Mission: Maranatha, straight from your living room. This two-hour broadcast special will feature volunteer testimonies, stories of the work that crews are doing in the mission field, and ways that you can stay involved in the mission. The annual gathering inspires and informs all who attend. You will be blessed to learn how the mission is being moved forward around the world–even through a pandemic–and how you can help. The event begins at 2:00 p.m. PST. For more information and to watch, see

Let's Pray Together, September 15, 2021 

  • Pray for the 435 members of Congress who represent the 50 states and for the members at large who represent US territories. Pray for God to insert His wisdom into their daily tasks. 
  • Pray for Peaceful Valley Christian School in Tonasket, Washington. Pray that each student in this school is encouraged to find a friendship with Jesus. Pray for each student and staff to be safe and have patience and love for each other. 
  • Pray for Wapato Spanish Adventist Church and their pastor, Cristian Barrera, as they feed the community through God's word and with sandwiches. Pray that God blesses their outreach ministry beyond their imagination.  
  • Pray for Walla Walla University Adventist Church and their pastors, Andreas Beccai, Alareece Collie, Jaci Cress Solis, Troy Fitzgerald, Jerremy Foss and Jose Segovia. Pray for their ministries to students and community. Pray for Eden's Pantry, prayer walking and the Longest Table to be a huge blessing.  
  • Pray through this verse for your life: "The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth." Psalm 145:18 
  • Pray for God to heal and to work miracles for doctors, nurses and patients. Pray for God to stop Covid through his methods.  
  • Pray for the committee selecting the new UCC President that God's choice will be the one selected by the committee. 
The UCC Prayer Team is ready to pray for your special needs. No request is too small. Please send in your prayer request by going to  

Offering Appeal for September 18, 2021
Local Church Budget
One day a fisherman was fishing on the edge of a lake when a grey herring landed next to him. The bird looked into his bucket and saw a feast. When the bird tried to take the fish from the bucket, the fisherman tapped him with the end of his rod and made a deal with him. “Every other fish I will give to you on the condition that you don’t steal.” The fisherman named the bird Henry. So the fisherman caught a fish and tossed it to Henry. The next catch went into the bucket. Henry waited for his turn. In an hour, he must have eaten at least 10 to 12 fish. Then he flew away. Each time the fisherman returned to that lake, Henry would fly and land next to him. The fisherman didn’t have financial resources to give to the local church budget. But he wanted to contribute to the ministries of the church. He donated the fish in the bucket to the new immigrant people who were attending his church. The fisherman questioned if this ministry was a way of working for God since he had limited resources. Henry was God’s answer to him. In the Bible, God uses animals to touch our lives. “And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.” 1 Kings 17:4 Giving can also come in many forms: time, talent, or tender. 

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.

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In Case You Missed It…

Felt Sets Available for Church Sabbath School Program
The Coeur d'Alene Church recently received some Little Folk Felts. The 2 boxes are: Family Worship Set and Small Bible Story File. If there is a church of Sabbath School class who would like these felts, please contact the Coeur d'Alene church at

Forged: Wrought in the Fire Men's Retreat — September 24-26
The second annual men's retreat for men who don't like going to retreats is coming up September 24-26 at Camp MiVoden. Forged is a weekend event sponsored by Summit Northwest Ministries, created by men who don’t normally go to retreats. We want to be better bachelors, boyfriends, husbands, fathers, and followers of Christ, and we plan to have a good time doing it. For more information see

Women & Young Women's Virtual Retreat — October 23
“Destined for Joy,” is the theme for keynote speaker, Carla Gober Park, for the Women’s and Young Women’s Virtual Retreat on Sabbath, October 23, 2021. Another special presenter for the day will be Shari Ferrier. You will marvel and gain courage as she shares her story, “Moments in Time.” Listeners will be blessed by musician Natalia Nesteruk. Join us for this free event and be blessed! Registration is required at