Things You Need to Know

News and events for June 29, 2022


New UCC Newsletter
Focuses on Grief and Loss

Upper Columbia Conference is now offering complementary support as you journey through the shadows of grief and loss. Sent each Friday, the Peace Be Still weekly grief support newsletter will help you find practical insights into the grieving experience paired with promises of hope and strength sent straight to your inbox. To register please email Wendy Urbin at



CALLED Convention Provides Mental Health Seminar for Pastors

The 2022 CALLED Pastors’ Family Convention started on June 19, in Lexington, Kentucky, with a special pre-session on mental health. Of the nearly 6,000 expected CALLED attendees, more than 1,100 registered for the Kettering Health Mental Health Seminar. Read the full story of how CALLED provided support for our pastors and their families at

Sandpoint Church Knits and Donates 100 Baby Caps – correction
The Bonner County Daily Bee printed a photo in celebration of 100 baby caps that the Sandpoint Adventist Church knitted and donated to Bonner Health. View the photo and caption at last week's newsletter, we incorrectly stated that it was the Bonner's Ferry Adventist Church.

Melashenko Trio to Present Worship Service at Spokane Valley
Pastor Joedy Melashenko & The Melashenko Trio Gospel Outreach Ambassadors will be providing a special mission emphasis worship service on Sabbath, July 9 at 10:45 a.m. at Spokane Valley Adventist Church. The Melashenkos are Ambassadors for Gospel Outreach, a volunteer organization located in College Place, Wash., that sponsors 2,200 bible workers in more than 50 countries in the predominately Muslim 10-40 window. For more than five decades, the Melashenko family has been blessing audiences all around the world with their Christ-centered music and preaching. Bring a friend and be inspired by how God is working in one of the most unreached areas of our world.

Did You Miss Out On UCC Camp Meeting?
Sad that you couldn't make it to Camp Meeting this year at Spokane Valley Church? No problem! We have all of the presentations available on our Youtube channel. John Bradshaw, president and speaker of It Is Written, and David Jamieson, UCC president, were the main speakers. Our theme was "His Soon Return: Getting Serious About the Second Coming." To watch the presentations, please visit

NPUC Pathfinder Camporee Early Bird Discount Ends June 30
The early bird discount cut-off date for the NPUC Pathfinder Camporee ends June 30 at 11:30 p.m. The camporee will be held in Kalispell, Montana, on September 21-25, 2022. The camporee theme is "Let's Go." The cost for each ticket is $55, but the early bird discount reduces that to $45 per person. Everyone attending camporee must have a ticket. For more information, and to register, please visit

Health Professional Needed in Colville, WA
Health professional (PA, ARNP, or family practice physician) needed to work July 5-17 at a direct primary care/urgent care practice in Colville, WA while the physician/owner is in Ethiopia/South Sudan working to set up a medical school there. The practice is also seeking a service-minded health professional to join the practice full time. To get more information, email Dr. Barry Bacon at

Long-lost Photo of First Licensed Female Pastor Located
Veteran historian and educator, Brian E. Strayer, at Andrews University would regularly offer in his class a reward of $100 to any student who could find a photograph of Sarah Lindsey (1832-1914), the first woman licensed as a Seventh-day Adventist minister. This challenge remained until a recently discovered photograph in the George I. Butler Collection at Loma Linda University. To read the full story, see

Walla Walla University’s School of Nursing is Hiring
Would you or someone you know like to join the WWU nursing team in Portland, Oregon? They are hiring for several positions including advanced acute clinical instructors, community health clinic instructors, and a full-time faculty in family nursing. You can review these and other openings at

New Look for Website has recently updated its website with a fresh look. The website features regular news from the North Pacific Union and other Conferences within the Union. Take a look at the new design at

FaithCamp — July 5-10
FaithCamp is scheduled for July 5-10, 2022 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Presented by Jesus for Asia at the Hayden Lake Adventist Church. A camp meeting for everyone focused on faith and the great commission. For all ages! Focus is on faith and the great commission. Come be challenged and inspired to serve God. Meet real-life missionaries; hear frontline mission stories; learn how to live by faith; see the impact YOU can make! Meals and registration are free. With questions call, (423) 413-7321. Please register to attend at

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

Let's Pray Together: June 29, 2022  
Provided by UCC prayer ministries

  • Pray for our Disaster Relief personnel that they will be filled with wisdom 
  • Pray for His Travelers as they minister this summer at local VBS programs. 
  • Pray for Cle Elum Adventist Church and their pastor Jake Wilkinson, that they will be a light to college students and families in their community. 
  • Pray for Clarkston Adventist Church and their pastor Matthew Vixie. Pray that each member will be the hands and feet of Jesus to others around them. 
  • Pray for all people to be hungry for time with Jesus 
  • Pray through this promise for your life: "The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth" Psalm 145:18. 
Are you struggling? You are not alone! The UCC Prayer Team is ready to pray for your situation, help is only a click away. Please send in your prayer request by going to

Offering Appeal for July 2, 2022
Local Church Budget
Appeal: Matthew 24:14
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
Hasten His Coming. We worship with our tithe and offerings because we wait eagerly to see our God face to face. The Scripture associates the Second Coming with the proclamation of the gospel to the whole world (Matt. 24:14). He desires all to come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9). Our involvement in doing and supporting God’s mission makes it possible for others to hear and receive the good news. Peter describes the waiting experience as an active one: “as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.” Ellen G. White clarifies Peter’s words: “By giving the gospel to the world it is in our power to hasten our Lord’s return. We are not only to look for but to hasten the coming of the day of God” (The Desire of Ages, 633, 634). It appears that God has given us the possibility to hasten His coming. The example of a sled helps us to understand the meaning of hastening His return. If you put a sled at the top of a hill and allow it to glide, it will reach the bottom after some time. This is the natural course due to gravity and normal force. However, kids who like playing in the snow know that you can speed up your sled as it goes downhill. Among other tricks, you can spray cooking oil at the bottom of the sled, pack down the snow on the track, stay low on the sled, or balance your weight on the sled. As a result, you go faster, and it is more fun. In the same way, the reality of His Second Coming is unalterable; it will take place, but it can happen earlier if we associate with Him to reach out to others. Are we going to forsake this opportunity to speed up his coming? This week, as we worship with our tithe and regular offerings, we can reveal how hard we wish for Second Coming.
Lord, as a friendly God, You don’t want to be separated from Your children any longer. Please help us to demonstrate the same desire through our actions and giving.

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…

Sheridan Meadows Camp Meeting 2022 — July 26-30
Northeast Washington Camp Meeting will be be held on July 26-30, 2022 at the Sheridan Meadows SDA Retreat Center. The keynote speaker is Anil Kanda. Other speakers include Jay Gallimore, Vicki Griffin, Greg Griffitts, Howard Tello, Anthony Burrell, and UCC president David Jamieson. For more information, please visit

Total Health Spokane Health Coach & Medical Ministry Intensive  —  August 14-27
Save the date for the Total Health Spokane Health Coach and Medical Ministry Intensive held August 14-17. Trainers include Dr. Lilly Tryon, professor from Southern Adventist University with a doctorate in nursing practice with an emphasis in lifestyle medicine. Lectures will also feature Dr. Elvin Adams, retired specialist in internal medicine and public health and author of multiple books. More details to come. 

Quilting Event at Camp MiVoden
Elaine Shaw of Highland Quilts in Athena, Ore., a member of the Blue Mountain Adventist Church, and Marlene Oddie of KISSed Quilts in Grand Coulee, Wash., a member of the Grand Coulee Adventist Church, are combining efforts and to host quilters at Camp MiVoden October 17-21, 2022. Join us! Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the camp chef. Bring your own projects to work on and be inspired by others. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact (509) 386-5715 or