Upper Columbia Conference News


February Is Private Schools Month

Did you know that February is Private Schools Month in the state of Washington? It’s true! Governor Jay Inslee made the proclamation this past December encouraging people to observe this special designation. Read the story at news.uccsda.org/3aICiCE.

Sandpoint Offers New Series on New Covenant
Join Sandpoint Adventist Church as Pastor Angel Rodriguez presents The New Covenant Series. Topics include The Old & New Covenant in Christ, What is Biblical Grace?, and Myths of the Law. The series runs from February 6 - March 13 and is available on the Sandpoint Youtube page at youtube.com/sandpointsda.

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.

February Lay Advisory rescheduled
The Lay Advisory Council meeting that was scheduled for Sunday, February 28, 2021 has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 28, 2021.

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.

A Shift to The Shift Leadership Summit
What happens when the server supporting your webinar goes down just before you go live? You shift and reschedule! Dr. Jesse Wilson, director of the Pastoral Evangelism Leadership Council (PELC) at Oakwood University will be hosting a virtual church officers summit now on February 28. It's free for you to join with an optional paid feature for extra resources. You'll hear a devotional message from Barry Black and a missional church plenary session with Sung Kwon before joining several choices for a 60 minute leadership training workshop. The training will conclude with a message from Sandra Roberts. Be empowered and ready to shift your thinking to new possibilities! Learn more and register at drjessewilson.com.

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.

Praying Together – February 10, 2021 
This week our school to pray for is Rogers Elementary School in College Place, Washington. Their principal, Holley Bryant, asks us to pray for the following:  
1.    Students with anxiety/depression  
2.    Parent finances/loss of jobs 
3.    Families/Parents with terminal illnesses 
4.    Students considering baptism 
5.    New students from public school who are hearing about Jesus for the first time 
6.    Stress/exhaustion from teachers and staff 

  • Pray for Deary Adventist Church and their pastor, Kevin McGill. Pray that each member can find ways to praise God each day and share the love of God with their community. 
  • Pray for the Touchet Church and their pastor Ken LeBrun that their little group will grow in size and in grace. 
  • Pray for Farmington Adventist Church and pastor Robert Harvey. Pray they will be a warm, inviting fellowship where God's spirit is so evident that visitors will find peace and hope. 
  • Remember our leaders both in our conference, union, division and our world church. That God will lead them in His wisdom as they face daily challenges. 

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.

Education Administrative Assistant Position
The Upper Columbia Conference education department is searching for an administrative assistant. The position is part time and available now. For more information, see www.uccsda.org/jobs.
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.

PIVOT — NPUC Virtual Children's Ministries Expo
The NPUC Virtual Children's Ministries Expo is scheduled for March 5 and 6. A wonderful educational event for those of you who care deeply and serve our children and young teens: There will be 17 breakouts plus four breakouts presented in Spanish. Keynote Speaker – Pastor Manny Cruz. Free, but registration is required. To register, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/north-pacific-union-conference-virtual-childrens-ministries-expo-tickets-137829723413. For more information contact Patty Marsh pattym@uccsda.org or Wendy Urbin wendyu@uccsda.org. For detailed information visit www.npuc.org/ministries/children/childrenexpo/.

Teaching Position Available at Rogers Adventist School
Rogers Adventist School has an opening for a 3rd/4th grade teacher. Rogers is located in College Place, WA, right down the road from Walla Walla University. Candidates who apply should be organized, energetic, and friendly. We need a strong communicator with solid classroom management skills. The candidate will work closely with the other (2) 3rd/4th grade teachers in their pod and should value collaboration and be willing to contribute to the team. Most importantly, the candidate should have the desire to lead kids to Jesus. Faculty participation in school activities and events is expected throughout the school year. The candidate will be an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in good and regular standing. They must hold a current NAD teaching certification/credentials and preferably have a minimum of 3 to 5 years of teaching experience. Please submit by February 12, 2021 a copy of your current NAD certification, a cover letter, a resume, and four references to principal holley.bryant@rogersschool.org - (509) 529-1850.

Offering Appeal for February 13, 2021
NAD Evangelism
The young lad told his mother the news. Jesus, the Miracle Worker, would preach by the Sea of Galilee that day. He wanted to see Jesus. His mother packed him a lunch. The boy didn’t realize that what he had in his hand would touch the lives of thousands that day and for centuries to come. He arrived early and found a front-row seat. He never remembered his lunch until near evening. Then he heard the Master speaking to the disciples about a need for food. He offered Jesus all the food he had. Jesus thanked him and asked the multitude to sit down. He “took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.” Matthew 14:19 That day, 5,000 men, plus women and children, ate their fill of warm bread and salted fish. Jesus told them to gather up the leftovers. Can’t you see the boy filling his bag with the miracle food and rushing home to share with his mother? Not one of the four gospel writers tells us his name. But his actions are recorded for all eternity. As we give today to support evangelistic efforts throughout the North American Division, I want to ask you, what do you have in your hand? God can take the offering you have in your hand and by His touch multiply your offering to bless the lives of thousands.

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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