Upper Columbia Conference News


Did You Miss Camp Meeting? 

We were truly inspired and blessed by the messages of Rich Aguilera, Randy Maxwell, Ron Halvorsen Jr., and John Freedman over this past week at Walla Walla University Church. You can catch up on all of the week's events over at www.uccsda.org/campmeeting. Our seminars are currently being edited and will be uploaded in the next week. Pray that our membership will be blessed and that God will Send the Rain!

Mental Health and the Gospel
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about one in five adults in the U.S. — 43.8 million — experiences mental illness in any given year. Despite the prevalence of mental health concerns, there is still a stigma attached to mental illness in many of our churches. To read the full story, go to news.uccsda.org/gospel62321.


Email Devotional Offers Weekly Encouragement
Looking for a weekly pick-me-up? "Grace Thoughts" by Jesus 101 is a short weekly devotional that offers encouragement, and helps you get excited about Jesus! "Grace Thoughts" is delivered to your inbox each week and will add inspiration to your day. To sign up, go to news.uccsda.org/jesus62321.

NAD Sabbath School Convention — September 9-11
Do It Together — Sabbath School Convention 2021 is the first annual event of its kind! Sponsored by the NAD Adult, Children's and Youth ministries, the convention will focus on doing Sabbath School together. This event is designed to train leaders for in service, and to update teaching techniques and connection with student and teacher. Join us on Sept. 9-11! Fee is only $20; register by Aug. 9 to receive a free swag bag.
For more information and to register, go to news.uccsda.org/nad6921.

Is Sitting the New Smoking?
One could almost get the impression that it would be safer to smoke than to sit at your desk and work. But is this true?Cindy Williams, RN, health ministries coordinator for Upper Columbia Conference, takes a closer look at how your health is impacted by inactivity. Read the full story at news.uccsda.org/3q12qPL.

Jesus 101 — Free Animated Videos for Kids
Jesus 101 has free animated videos with accompanying coloring pages just for kids! These new resources will help kids discover Jesus in the Bible, illustrating the stories of the Bible in a fun and instructive manner. Perfect for churches, schools, and families, the complimentary coloring pages are available for children to download and color anywhere! Find these free videos and coloring pages at Jesus101.tv/4kids.

New Video Series from NAD Family Ministries
"A Word for Your Family" explores 52 common, everyday words with a biblical message. Presented by Drs. Claudio and Pamela Consuegra, NAD Family Ministries Directors, these videos will encourage you, inspire you, and make you think. Share them on social media or on your church website, download them, and show them in your church. Watch each word, write it down, meditate on it, and use the lessons to strengthen your family life! Watch the series at news.uccsda.org/2Z45tux.

PhoneFaith Offers Daily Call-in Inspiration
PhoneFaith is a new outreach ministry from Christian Record Services for the Blind. Daily PhoneFaith dial-in presentations will inform, encourage, and inspire the mind, body, and spirit through mental health and wellness sessions, social meet-and-greet interactions, Bible games, and prayer time. Read more about this program at christianrecord.org/PhoneFaith.

Let us pray through this Bible Verse for each other this week. "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:32 
If these requests touch your heart to send cards or notes to a church, pastor, teacher, or school; know that the Holy Spirit is in your prayers. And remember the UCC Prayer Team is committed to pray for all your requests. No request is too small. Please send in your prayer request by going to uccsda.org/#prayer.   

New Location and Date for 2024 International Pathfinder Camporee
On Jan. 26, 2021, the 2024 International Camporee Executive Advisory Committee voted two things: a change of location for the 2024 Believe the Promise Camporee from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to Gillette, Wyoming; and new dates of August 5-11, 2024. For more information see www.nadadventist.org/news/believe-promise-international-pathfinder-camporee-going-west.

Have You Considered a Charitable Gift Annuity?
Worried about the ups and downs of the market, but need more income than CDs offer? Do you want the chance to make a kingdom difference while receiving steady income? Check out the current Charitable Gift Annuity rates posted on UCC’s Trust Dept. website and offered through the NPUC. Go to uccsda.org/trust or (509) 838-2761.

The Joy of Eating: Health Sabbath 2021
God created an abundance of delicious and nutritious food for us. These foods are meant for our good health and pleasure. On Health Sabbath on July 24, share what God intended for us through our diet. This is an opportunity to relish the joy of eating that comes when we see it from God’s original design. Visit the website at news.uccsda.org/eating62321 to find a sermon, PowerPoint presentation, and more resources for Health Sabbath.

Let's Pray Together – June 23, 2021 

  • Pray for Milton Adventist Church and pastors Lloyd Perrin and Nancy Canwell. Pray that they, and their congregation, will be the hands of Jesus, bringing hope to their community.  
  • Pray for Blue Mt. Valley – Mission Adventist Church. This church is also pastored by Lloyd Perrin and Nancy Canwell. Pray they will focus on discipleship, mission and unity so they can reach more for Jesus. 
  • Pray for the Good Neighbor Adventist Company as they seek to be disciples. Pray they will each be faithful in their time and relationship with Jesus and help others know Jesus. 
  • Pray for the Walla Walla City Adventist Church and their pastor Mike Barnett. Pray they will live to bless others and bring others to Jesus.  
  • Pray this verse for your life: For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 
  • Pray for our UCC Leadership. That God will provide wisdom and His leadership within our leadership team!  

Are you in need of prayer. The UCC Prayer Team will pray for you personally, No request is too small. Please send in your prayer request by going to uccsda.org/#prayer

Praying Together Newsletter
UCC Prayer Ministries is sending out a newsletter called, “Praying Together News” once a month. This is specifically to help prayer ministries grow and flourish in your church. If you would like to subscribe, please send in your name and email to: prayer@uccsda.org.

Deadline for News You Need to Know
Please submit any content and announcements for News You Need to Know to news@uccsda.org by noon on Tuesdays. We reserve the right to edit, use or not use any submissions. This newsletter is sent throughout the Upper Columbia Conference each Wednesday morning. Thank you!

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 www.personalgivingplan.com 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.
Giving Options
In giving to the Lord's Work during this crisis, use your local church website or go to UCC Giving site: www.uccsda.org/giving


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