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News and events for January 19, 2022


Winter Pastor's Retreat 2022 —
 Available to View Online 

On January 10-12, pastors from throughout Upper Columbia Conference gathered for the Winter Pastor's Retreat. Among the presentations given, David Jamieson, UCC president, shared his mission in morning worship. To view this and the other sessions, visit



AMEN Northwest Conference —
Register Now!  

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

WWU Receives Grant to Upgrade Bioengineering Laboratories
Walla Walla University’s School of Engineering has been awarded a $351,000 grant by the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust to redesign space and provide new equipment for bioengineering labs. The grant will be matched by generous WWU donors to provide more than $700,000 to be invested in the new laboratories. Read more at

Pacific Yew Seminar Weekend — January 28-29, 2022 
Dr. Jon Paulien, professor of theology at Loma Linda University, will be presenting a weekend seminar at Coeur d'Alene Adventist Church. He will be speaking on Friday, January 28 at 6 p.m., and Saturday, January 29 at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 2 p.m. Childcare is available for the Friday evening and Saturday afternoon sessions, and lunch will be provided on Saturday. The sessions will also be livestreamed on Youtube at

Food and Mood: What We Eat Affects How We Feel
Depression rates among adults in the U.S. have tripled from a pre-pandemic rate of 8.5 percent to 32.8 percent. What are the contributing factors? Has the pandemic affected eating habits?  Is there a biblical connection between lifestyle choices and mental health? The North American Division Heath Ministries' Joy of Eating Club discusses all this and more at

Pathfinder Teen Retreat — Registration Now Open 
Registration is now open for this year's Pathfinder Teen Retreat. The theme, "Within the Struggle," will address personal and spiritual struggles our teens are facing today. The retreat will be held January 28-30, 2022 at Camp MiVoden. A discount of $10 per teen is available if you register before 11:30 p.m. on January 20 and enter code EARLY at checkout. For more information and to register, visit

A Dream Brings an Unexpected Gift
Jared, career military man and former Adventist, had a dream one night about Jesus’ second coming, but it felt more like a nightmare. Jared couldn’t shake the dream off, but when his wife Carissa surprised him with a Bible for their anniversary, Jared was guided back to Jesus. Read the full story at

Office Manager Needed at Lewiston Adventist Church 
The Lewiston Adventist Church is in need of an office manager to work 20-30 hours a week. A detailed job description for this paid position is available upon request. Please call (208) 743-1981 or email for more information. 

Let's Pray Together: January 19, 2022  
Provided by UCC prayer ministries

  • Pray for all centers of higher education, that teachers and professors will hear the voice of God and follow his leading. 
  • Pray for Sandpoint Junior Academy, that the teachers will help each student increase in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. 
  • Pray for Oroville Adventist Church and their pastor, Dan Cole. Pray that they will be an example in their community of trusting completely in God and that each visitor will accept Jesus into their heart. 
  • Pray that this verse is implemented in your life: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6) 
  • Pray for pastor Steve Rogers and the Orofino Adventist Church. Pray that they will each be able to reach one more for Jesus through the miracles of God. 
  • Pray for the Orient Adventist Fellowship Company and their pastor, Jim McCurdy. Pray that they will be a light in their community and reach people for Jesus. 
  • Pray that the leadership team in Upper Columbia will be a powerful force for God. 
Every day is a good day to pray for someone you know! If you would like to have the UCC Prayer Team pray for a situation, help is only a click away. The UCC Prayer Team is ready and willing. Please send in your prayer request at

Offering Appeal for January 22, 2022
Upper Columbia Conference Advance
We worship God with our best resources because God has provided what we need the most, salvation: “apart from me there is no savior.” And His salvation embraces all aspects of life; in Him, there is full redemption. This was the experience of a man named Roger. His dad was a fisherman, and his mother died during his early childhood. Roger coped well because of the love and support of his dad until something terrible happened. While at sea, his dad had to climb to the top of the mast. He fell into the water and was nowhere to be found. At the age of 14, Roger was an orphan with no one to pay for his school fees. He became partially homeless, spending some nights at some relatives’ homes, some nights sleeping in fishing boats by the sea, and other nights sleeping in trees! He would steal raw vegetables from people’s gardens to fill his empty stomach. He was so poor that he had to wear all three pairs of his pants, one on top of the other, to cover himself. To escape this harsh reality, he started drinking alcohol, and rapidly, he became a heavy drinker. But one day, Roger heard about the Gospel and accepted Jesus as Savior. His life was transformed. He was healed of his painful emotions, quit alcohol, settled in a job, ran his own business, grew a happy family, owned a house, sent his kids to school, and lived with a life’s purpose of introducing others to His savior. In response to the exceptional redemption he experienced, among other things, Roger decided to worship God by faithfully returning his tithe and offerings until he died. What has the Savior accomplished in your existence? This week, as we worship with our tithe and regular offerings, let us show an appropriate response to His salvation.

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% 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% of a member’s personal income as tithe, certain percentages may be dedicated as offerings to three main categories:
• Local Church Budget: 3-5%
• Conference Advance: 1-2%
(Education, evangelism, VBS, summer camps, and union magazines)
• World Budget: 1-3%
*Visit to see a more extensive breakdown for each category.

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In Case You Missed It…

January/February Issue of the Gleaner Available Online
Many parents and students feel pressure when making education choices. Sometimes, the simplest gestures or the grandest miracles can show God’s calling. In this issue, discover 10 reasons Adventist Education is a good choice. Also, meet six students who felt guided to Walla Walla University on their unique path to Adventist education. Read online at

Open Positions at UCC 
• Administrative Assistant, Trust (PT) (College Place)
• Associate Treasurer (FT)
For more information and to apply, see