Meet the New UCC President
David Jamieson, newly elected president of Upper Columbia Conference, introduces himself in a new video produced by the UCC Communications Department. Watch Pastor Jamieson share how God has led in his life and brought him and his wife Shandra to the decision to join UCC. The video can be viewed at news.uccsda.org/jamiesonwelcome.
Churches are encouraged to show this video during their service to help members become acquainted with their conference leadership.
Prayeradigm Shift — February 25-26
Prayeradigm Shift, an online prayer weekend presented by the Upper Columbia Conference and sponsored by Prayer Ministries at the North American Division, begins this weekend, starting February 25. This free virtual event allows you to join in prayer with members from across the UCC from the comfort of your home or church. For more information or to register, visit news.uccsda.org/prayeradigm122.
Teen Pathfinder Mission Adventure — Register Now
Register now for this year's Teen Pathfinder Mission Adventure held on March 20-17 in Wenatchee, Washington. Pathfinders will conduct various community projects, including painting and landscaping. Those who register by 11:30 p.m. TODAY and use code "APPLE" at checkout will receive $20 off per person. For more information, and to register, please visit ucc.regfox.com/tpma2022.
Spokane Central Church Spring Outreach Project: Volunteers and Tools Needed
Spokane Central Church is hosting a one-day event to help prepare cars for spring by exchanging studded tires for regular tires for individuals who have both sets already mounted on rims. The event will be on either March 20 or 27 depending on volunteer availability. To volunteer or loan tools for this special event, fill out the survey at news.uccsda.org/tires222. For general questions, contact Andrew McCrary at firstname.lastname@example.org or (509) 720-7511.
Help Needed at the Otis Orchards Food Pantry
The Otis Orchards Adventist Church, in Eastern Washington, is in need of volunteers for their food pantry, which is open every Tuesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They need people to help hand out food and monitor the clothing closet on a weekly basis as well as help receive and process food deliveries every second Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. They are also in need of a new director of the Food Pantry and clothing closet. If you are interested in helping with this vital ministry, please contact Matthew Burton (208) 416-8138.
Abba's Child Family Retreat at Camp MiVoden — March 3-6
Death in the immediate family can be devastating for families who don’t intentionally work to understand the grief that engulfs them. If you or someone you know has experienced this, there is support. The Abba’s Child Family Retreat at Camp MiVoden held March 3-6, 2022 can provide much-needed support to grieving families and children and is offered at no charge to the family. Please visit www.abbaschild.org for more information.
AMEN Northwest Conference — March 11-13
Registration for the AMEN Northwest Conference is open! The conference, titled "Building on the Basics," will be held at the UCC office on March 11-13, 2022. For more information and to register, visit uccsda.org/amenconference.
Get Ready for Safety Sabbath — March 24
This year, Safety Sabbath is dedicated to disability awareness and inclusive emergency preparedness. Learn useful tools for better identifying, communicating with, and safeguarding persons with disabilities if and when emergencies unfold. Take this opportunity on Sabbath, March 24 to ensure your church is prepared to assist everyone who participates in your church's ministries. For more information, please visit news.uccsda.org/safety222.
RE/STORED Virtual Health & Wellness Summit — March 31-April 3
The North American Division Health Ministries is hosting a Mental Health & Wellness Summit. The online, virtual summit will include more than 20 hours of programming from March 31 through April 3. To learn more and to register, visit news.uccsda.org/restored222.
Let's Pray Together: February 23, 2022
Provided by UCC prayer ministries
- Pray for our missionaries, who have answered the call to share Jesus to the ends of the earth. Pray that the power of the Holy Spirit will open doors for them to teach people about Jesus.
- Pray for Walla Walla University, that the staff and students will find and hold on to "Faith in God."
- Pray for LifeSource Community Adventist Church and their pastor, Ron Hessel. Pray they will put their trust completely in Jesus as they learn and share with their community.
- Pray for the Lewiston Orchards Eleventh Commandment church and their pastor, Justin Knapp. Pray that each member will reach One More for Jesus.
- Pray for Lewiston Adventist Church whose pastor is also Justin Knapp. Pray they can share the love, joy and peace of Jesus to their community.
- Pray that this verse is implemented in your life: "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
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: email@example.com.
Deadline for News You Need to Know
Please submit any content and announcements for News You Need to Know to firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
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