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News and events from Upper Columbia Conference.

News and events for July 21, 2021


UCC President Search Committee
As many of you know, Minner Labrador Jr. has accepted a call to serve as the vice president for multilingual ministries at the North American Division. As we prayerfully begin our search process for his replacement, we want to solicit input from a wide range of groups within the Upper Columbia Conference. The North Pacific Union administrative team will collect and collate the information from a survey and share it with the appropriate committees. One of the sources for developing a list of potential nominees will be the survey submissions. The survey will be sent out on Thursday and we encourage your participation and prayer!



President's Report — July 2021

Minner Labrador Jr., UCC president, shares his most recent President's Report, including actions from the Executive Committee, which met on July 15. To read the report, go to

Administrative Assistant Needed for UCC
Upper Columbia Conference is seeking an individual for a part-time administrative assistant position that assists the ministerial department, men's ministries and family ministries. The successful candidate performs diverse office assignments and secretarial duties for the assigned supervisor and assists in designated office details using initiative and sound judgment. The position requires tact, friendliness, and effective interpersonal skills. For more information, see

Summer Sale at ABC
The June Super Sale is BACK!!! Road construction around the ABC made it difficult for customers to find us, so we decided to bring the June Super Sale back. For 1 week only, enjoy the savings again. If you missed out the first time around, or you simply want to save money again, come in July 25-29 to take advantage of this second chance.

Are You Interested in Radio Evangelism?
An exciting and rare opportunity is coming in November this year: the FCC will open a filing window for applications for full-power noncommercial educational (NCE) FM radio stations from November 2-9, 2021. If you want to learn more about this once-in-a-decade opportunity for a full-power radio station, visit for details. Also, if you want assistance on how to complete the application for a new radio station for your area, media lawyer Don Martin is planning to present an online webinar on how to complete the FCC application. If you want to receive an invitation to this instructional webinar, send your request by email to

Free On-Demand Masterclass: Preventing Sabbath School Hijackers
Join this masterclass to learn how to quickly handle participants who talk long and often, disrupt your class flow, and lead you off-topic, and how to proactively disable their attempts before they try. Ensure that your class always has a successful takeoff, a smooth ride without turbulence from hijackers, and a safe landing where all participants walk away blessed and satisfied with a Holy Spirit-led experience. For more information and to register, go to

Adventist Conference on Family Research and Practice — July 22-24
Register for the free 2021 Adventist Conference on Family Research and Practice. This event, held July 22-24, will be facilitated virtually from Andrews University. It is designed to provide professionals and family ministries leaders alike the opportunity to be exposed to best practice strategies and research in the area of family therapy, family studies, family ministry, social work, and psychology in order to enhance ministry to families. For more information and to register, go to

Get Ready for Health Sabbath on July 24
God created nutritious and delicious food for our health and pleasure. The North American Division Health Sabbath on July 24 is an opportunity to relish the Joy of Eating that comes when we see it from God’s original design. All churches are invited to host their own Health Sabbath, in person, online, or both! A free sermon, resources for youth/young adults, and an afternoon presentation are available to download and share at

Weekend Seminar with Clifford Goldstein — August 6-7, 2021
The Coeur d'Alene Seventh-day Adventist Church invites you to join us August 6-7, 2021 for our next quarterly Pacific Yew weekend seminar led by visiting scholar Clifford Goldstein, author and editor of the Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide. He will give his personal testimony, “Called by Name,” Friday night, August 6 at 6:00 p.m. On Sabbath, August 7 at 9:30 a.m. he will present part 1 of "Faith & Science''; at 10:45 a.m. his message for worship is "Thief on the Cross."  He will conclude with part 2 of "Faith & Science" at 2:00 p.m. A fellowship meal will be provided following the worship service. Child care is available for Friday evening and Sabbath afternoon. These seminars will also be live-streamed at
Location: 111 E Locust Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Free Dental Clinic — September 10 & 12
Omak Adventist Church and Caring Hands Worldwide are planning to have a free dental clinic on September 10 & 12 this year. We still have some opening slots for dentists and dental hygienists, so if you are inspired to join us please contact Adrian Tomarere at or (509) 846-3649. Please consider spreading this news to your dental professional friends.

Virtual Urban Ministries Convention — September 16-18
North Pacific Union Conference Urban Ministries Convention, a virtual event, is taking place from September 16-18, 2021. This Convention will help you serve and influence your community regardless of your locale in a rural or urban setting. There will be excellent plenary sessions and seminars presented. Seminar tracks include Adventist Community Services, Children’s Ministries, Conscience & Social Justice, Disaster Response, Health Ministries, Prison Ministries Thrift Store Ministries, Urban Ministries. For Upper Columbia Conference members, please contact either Patty Marsh at or Wendy Urbin at for a discount code for registration and for questions. To register and for detailed information, visit

Fall Virtual Women's & Young Women's Retreat — October 23
Save the date, October 23, 2021, for the Fall Virtual Women’s and Young Women’s Retreat with keynote speaker Carla Gober Parks. More details will follow.

Let's Pray Together – July 21, 2021 

  • Pray for the Ione Adventist Church and their pastor, Greg Griffits. Pray that they will be prayer warriors for their community and that each member will be able to share Jesus with one more. 
  • Pray for the Colville Adventist Church. Pray that they will be a beacon of hope to their community as they communicate God's love through all their ministries. 
  • Pray for the Kennewick Adventist Church and praise God for their new pastor couple, Cary and Tracy Fry. Pray for God's Spirit as members are proactive in sharing the gospel with their neighbors.  
  • Pray for children and families who have been or will be impacted by Summer Camp that God will have their hearts! 
  • Pray for God's blessing on our schools, teachers and students as they gear up for a new school year. 
  • Pray through this verse for your life and your family: "But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand." Isaiah 64:8. 
Your prayer requests are important to the UCC Prayer Team and we will pray for you personally, No request is too small. Please send in your prayer request by going to  

Offering Appeal for July 24, 2021
KEEP Endowment
A UCC teacher writes: “He was not happy to be there. I could tell that on the first day. He was there because his former school was not meeting in person due to COVID and we were. His quiet insolence continued despite many efforts by his fellow classmates and me to engage him in conversation and interact with him. I reminded him that I was glad that he was there and that we had a wonderful group of students in our classroom. ‘Why don’t you give them a chance,’ I said. I also prayed...a lot...about him and his peace at our school. God heard my prayers. Gradually I saw smiles, and he even began to turn in a few assignments. Then, one morning during our classroom worship, we spent time going over the ADRA gift catalogue to determine which projects we would sponsor as a class for Christmas. After worship, when I asked the students to hand in their assignments from yesterday and as I prepared to teach class, he approached me with tears in his eyes. ‘Would it be okay if our family chose some more of those projects at home?’ I see a lot of evidence in this world of a Creator but the biggest evidence to me that my God is alive and at work is the power of transformation in a changed life. He answers prayer every day!” Your generous offering today benefits the Kids Educational Endowment Program which stewards your contributions to help bring one more into the kingdom of God!
—Brian Harris, UCC vice president of education 

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 to see a more extensive breakdown for each category.

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In Case You Missed It…

NAD Youth Ministries Offers Online Youth Congress — August 12-14
GO DO IT! is the first annual Youth Congress sponsored by the North American Division Youth and Young Adult Ministries Department. Join this free virtual event on August 12-14 for sessions on relationships, mental health, spiritual gifts, and much more. Don't miss out on random backpack giveaways during the event that will include a MacBook or iPhone. To learn more, go to

ASI Northwest Family Camp at MiVoden — August 17-22
The annual convention for ASI Northwest is scheduled for August 17-22 at Camp MiVoden. ASI Northwest is part of ASI International, a membership-based organization of Seventh-day Adventist laypeople who enthusiastically participate in the church’s worldwide mission to serve others and to share the good news of Christ’s love and His soon return. The family camp will feature many of the amenities and activities that Mivoden offers with our typical family camps, but with an added emphasis on missions. Any members of UCC churches who are looking for ways to impact local and international communities are invited to join. For more information and to register, go to

Sandpoint Church to Host Northern Idaho Camp Meeting — August 27, 28
On August 27, and 28, Sandpoint Adventist Church will host a camp meeting featuring Doug Batchelor, speaker/director of Amazing Facts Ministries. The series will be located at the Bonner County Fairgrounds at 4203 N. Boyer Road, Sandpoint, Idaho. For more information, see