Upper Columbia Conference News



Fall Fundraiser for Blue Mountain TV
The Blue Mountain TV annual fall fundraiser is coming up on November 9-11. We've been hard at work recording music and testimonials. Your support allows people to hear the gospel, and we want to share with you how your donations are having an impact on our community. Our special guest will be Randy Maxwell, who is an author and pastor. His passion is prayer and revival. Both of these topics are important as we seek peace amidst the storm in our world. Join us for our fall fundraiser on November 9-11 from 6-10 p.m. For more information, see the website at www.bmt.tv.

Contribute Using the Lowest Fees Possible
AdventistGiving negotiates the lowest possible fees for online giving. These costs are shared by the local conference (70%), union conference (10%), North American Division (10%), and General Conference (10%). When donating, please consider using ACH (electronic check or savings) as your payment method to help keep costs to a minimum. 
For your reference (1st quarter 2020 fees):

  • ACH (electronic check or savings account) averaged 19 cents each
  • Debit cards averaged 0.63% of the amount donated
  • Credit cards averaged 2.18% of the amount donated

ACS & Thrift Store Leader’s Summit
This past year hasn’t been an easy one for many. As ministry leaders, you’ve been making many decisions in very unusual circumstances. Between COVID-19, civil rights protests and wildfires, it’s been a time of turmoil and uncertainty. Join on November 8, 2020, from 10 a.m. – Noon for a conversation about leading during difficult times. To register go to acsthriftleaderssummit.eventbrite.com. Thank you to WA Conference for sharing this opportunity with UCC! The flier can be viewed here

Did You Miss the Fall Women's & Young Women's Virtual Retreat?
If you couldn't join us for this year's virtual retreat, never fear! The complete retreat is available at our website, along with the recipes that Jeanne Ekvall discussed and additional information on starting a greeting card ministry. Thank you to all that joined us. See more at uccsda.org/womensretreat.

Call to Volunteer Service
There is an urgent need for ACS DR Warehouse Management Volunteers to serve in two multi-agency warehouses, in coordination with the State of Oregon’s response to the recent catastrophic Oregon fires. Volunteers will be considered according to the (1) Management volunteer has training in ACS DR donations operations, and/or has previous disaster warehouse management experience; (2) Volunteer can serve for a period of 5 days or longer, between November 10 and December 2, 2020, in either Salem or Grants Pass, Oregon. (Transportation, food, and lodging expenses will be covered for approved volunteers.) Interested persons are urged to immediately notify Patty Marsh at Pattym@uccsda.org or (509) 242-0621.

New Positions Open at UCC
Upper Columbia Conference is now accepting applications from qualified candidates for the following positions:

  • Assistant Director of Communications
  • Auditor
  • Director of Evangelism

For more information and to apply see uccsda.org/jobs.

Volunteers Needed for Discovery Junction in Spokane
Discovery Junction will be providing real-time learning support for at-risk children. Volunteers are needed that are willing to serve for three hours per week. Because of COVID, we are needing volunteers under age 60. If you want more info or are interested in volunteering, please contact Gayle Haeger (509) 720-4936 or Gayleh@uccsda.org

Volunteers Needed at Better Living Center
The need for volunteers at the Better Living Center in downtown Spokane is increasing each week. More and more clients are in need. Because of COVID, volunteers should be under 60 and 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 gayleh@uccsda.org.

Offering Appeal for October 31, 2020
Walla Walla University
The Walla Walla University campus looks a bit different than normal this fall. In addition to precautions such as wearing masks and distancing, due to COVID-19, the university is operating on a reduced-population-density model, which means that while there are hundreds of students studying on campus there are still hundreds more attending classes from afar. Generous gifts have not only made it possible for students to enroll at WWU but have also allowed us to equip classrooms for bimodal learning, to provide important safety equipment, and to conduct screenings to help interrupt the spread of illness. More than ever before our unique campus community is of profound value to students, faculty, and staff. We’re eager to be back together in-person on our campuses as soon as it’s safe, but we don’t always know what’s next with the COVID-19 pandemic, and we need to be ready to adapt to new conditions as they arise. Your support is so important to help the university respond to whatever logistical challenges the coming weeks and months will bring to Walla Walla University. With your help we’ll be ready and able to provide the kind of safe environment that will bless our students.


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