Dear Upper Columbia Conference family,
We face uncharted and unprecedented times, due to the COVID-19 virus. Each day our medical professionals are giving us new guidance on how best to navigate these waters. Today, the White House is recommending groups of no more than 10 people gather together.
Decisive action is needed to protect those who are most at risk. This includes the difficult decision of suspending all church services in the Upper Columbia Conference, beginning March 21, with services possibly resuming on April 18, 2020.
As the virus continues to spread, your health and safety are extremely important to us. Due to the impact of the virus, the Upper Columbia Conference administrative offices in Spokane and College Place, Washington will be closed to the public. Even though we are closed to outside visitors, our departments will still be accessible by phone and email as we work remotely beginning March 17, 2020, until April 13, 2020. This date is subject to change in the future, based on government recommendations. Additionally, guidance from the North American Division recommends that we also cancel all work-related travel (both foreign and domestic), as well as church-sponsored events. The ABC Bookstore will remain open during this time.
With services suspending, our individual worship and family worship becomes that much more important. Stay close to God during these times. Rely on Him and encourage others.
This challenge may very well be an opportunity to bring us all closer to the Lord than ever before. Without assembly, we must do all that we can to care for our most vulnerable, while at the same time preparing each other for the Lord’s soon return.
Just as Mordecai said to Esther, we all may have been put here for “such a time as this.” Checking in with a neighbor, friend or family member just may give you that opportunity to bring One More to Him.
Please stay safe and healthy. May God protect our UCC family.
For more information on how the conference is responding to this health crisis, along with frequently asked questions, please see our website at www.uccsda.org/coronavirus_response
Here is the recent President's Report.
Are You In Need of Prayer?
We have opened a Prayer Ministry page to help with both church members and community members. This page is for those who would like to submit a prayer request or have someone pray with them. If you would like to volunteer to pray with others, please ask your pastor to give us your name, phone, and email address so we can contact you. https://l.uccsda.org/PrayerMinistry
Giving to the Lord's Work During this Crisis
On most UCC Seventh-day Adventist Church web sites, "Online Giving" is one of the navigational links. Simply click on that link to give towards your own church expense, tithe, and local ministries. If your church does not have this available, feel free to utilize the following link. https://adventistgiving.org/#/org/ANIIII/envelope/start
Events that have been Postponed or canceled
Rosario Singles Retreat -- April 2-5, 2020
UCA Academy Days - April 9-10
UCC Women's & Young Women's Spring One-Day Retreat - May 2
Equipping for Service Weekends to be Rescheduled
The upcoming Equipping for Service weekends in Colville, Wash. and Lewiston, Idaho are being rescheduled. The new dates will be announced as soon as possible.
UCC Women’s & Young Women’s Spring One-Day Retreat - May 2
This event will be postponed to 2021. The Women's Ministry Department will work on refunds for those registered.
AMEN Northwest Conference: Saving More Than Bodies - May 7-9
While this event is canceled, it may be possible to hold it online. You will be notified here if that happens.
Emotional & Spiritual Care Provider II (Group Crisis Intervention) Training - April 8-9
This event will be postponed. We will give you the date as soon as it is rescheduled. For questions or to register, email Patty Marsh at email@example.com or email Wendy Urbin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509-838-2761.
Events Still on the Schedule
Medical Staff still needed for this summer for Camp MiVoden
We still need a couple of registered nurses or doctors to assist with a couple of our youth camps this summer. We ask our volunteers to stay for the whole week and your children get to attend camp for free in exchange for volunteering to assist with our camper's medical needs. If interested please contact Denise Kinney at 509-242-0506 or email: email@example.com
Youth Summer Camps still available at Camp MiVoden
We still have openings in all our Basic Youth Camps, 3-week DiscipleTrek and some of our Ultimate Camps. Youth from ages 8-16 can attend. Please visit www.mivoden.com and register today. If any questions please call 509-242-0506 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Living Last Supper - April 10 - 11
This event will likely be going online or will be canceled. We will update you next week as to their decision!
The Yakima Seventh-day Adventist Church will present the "Living Last Supper" which is a dramatic re-enactment of the moment just after Jesus makes His announcement that one of the disciples will betray Him that very night. See and hear the disciples' reactions. For more information call 509-452-2041 or 509-698-2324.
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