Constituency Session is May 31, generic patient 2015, Sunday: The Upper Columbia Conference Constituency Session begins at 9:30 at Upper Columbia Academy. This meeting is open to the general church membership even if you are not a voting delegate. This is the grass roots governing body of the church. Delegates have been selected by each church to participate in decisions that direct the Adventist Church in Upper Columbia Conference for the next four years. You can also watch the stream at www.uccsda.org. The proceedings begin about 9:45 a.m.

God Bless the Children! Please pray for the children, the teachers, the directors of our preschools! We have ten different preschools or pre-k classrooms in our conference.  They are:
Brite Beginnings – Moses Lake, WA; Director, Tammi McIntyre
Cascade Christian Childcare & Preschool – Wenatchee, WA; Director, Tamika Williams
Grandview Adventist School Pre-K – Grandview, WA; Director, Richard Peterson
Lake City Jr. Academy Pre-K – Coeur d’Alene, ID; Director, Stephanie McAllister McAllister
Learning Tree Christian Kinderschool – Milton Freewater, OR; Director, Sherry Hamilton
Palisades Christian Learning Center – Spokane, WA; Director, Pat Wister
Palouse Hills Christian School Daycare – Moscow, ID; Director, Sarah Smits
Small World Learning Center – Pasco, WA; Director, Jennifer Lopez
Sonshine Preschool – Hermiston, OR; Director, Misty Baltazar
Yakima Adventist Christian School Pre-K – Yakima, WA; Director, Heidi Ruud
Please pray for each person at these preschools, that they will have energy, patience, and wisdom. That the staff can represent Jesus to each little one that they work with.  For each child to be touched by Jesus and for the ministry that goes on in each of these centers each weekday.

Ride Needed to General Conference: Esther Smith from the Spokane Central Church is looking for a ride to San Antonio approximately by July 2 for the General Conference Session. Call her at 509-828-8340.  She is willing to help drive if needed.

 

Handicap Equipment Needed: If you have a non-electric wheel chair or a shower chair, please contact Justine McAllister directly at this phone number: (208) 215-1009.
Melissa is working with an elderly gentleman who is in needs a loaner motorized wheelchair while waiting to be approved for one. Contact her directly at:minimelissaowens@yahoo.com.

 

It’s not too late: Invite neighbors to Messiah’s Mansion: “What a blessing,” “Great presenter” were some of the comments heard from the first tour. But there is still time to go through Messiahs Mansion at the Spokane Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church. Open through May 24, 2015. This is a full-scale model of the Mosaic Sanctuary. In a little more than an hour, they share the plan of salvation through the services done in the ancient sanctuary. Bring history buffs, neighbors, and all the people you know who can benefit from this replica. Tours are from 1-7 p.m. Located at 1603 S. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley, WA  99037. More info at:www.ValleySanctuary.com.

 

Summer Fun for Kids? For great summer fun, Camp MiVoden still has some openings in all youth camps for ages 8 – 17 years. We have cowboy camps, wakeboard/water ski camps, extreme camps, expedition camps that you can either white water raft or rock climb, high ropes course and our basic camps that include several activities to choose from. Come adventure with us and get to know our friend, Jesus and build a closer relationship with Him. Please visit www.mivoden.com or you can call 509.242.0506 or emaildenisek@uccsda.org
Adventure Camp     June 21-28 – 8-10 years – $310
Teen Camp             June 28-July 5 – 13-17 years – $310
Junior 1 Camp        July 5-12 – 11-13 years – $310
Junior 2 Camp        July 12-19 – 10-12 years – $310
Challenge Camp      June 21-28 – 12-15 years – $330
Extreme Camps      July 5-12, July 12-19 – 13-17 years – $355
Expedition Grande Ronde  June 28-July 3 – 13-17 years – $340
Expedition Smith Rock       July 19-24, July 26-31 – 13-17 years – $340
Family Camp 1 & 2  August 2-9, August 9-16 – $320 per person
Med/Dent Camp      July 26-August 2 – $320 per person
Wakeboard Camps  June 28-July 5, July 5-12, July 12-19 – 13-17 years –  $355
Cowboy Camps       June 21-28, June
Digging Deeper Young Adult Retreat is Right Around the Corner: You are invited to attend Digging Deeper, a weekend spiritual retreat for young adults and young families (ages 20’s-40’s) at Camp MiVoden, May 29-31, 2015. Peter Gregory, the keynote speaker, will be unpacking tools on how to dig deeper into the Bible. A children’s program for ages 4-12 yr., childcare for ages 18 mos-3 yr., and a mother’s room for infants will be provided at the retreat. For more information or to help financially sponsor a young adult or family, visit the websitewww.diggingdeeper2015.com.

 

Naomi Striemer, Desert Praise, Open Book Russian Choir, Hand Picked… are just some of the concerts music lovers will enjoy at camp meeting this year. The Sabbath afternoon concert by Naomi Striemer and four mini-concerts 45 minutes before each evening meeting will add a rich flavor to this years camp meeting. Here is a link to Naomi Striemer’s music. Give me Jesus. There are still a few camp sites, RV sites and rooms available. Be sure to reserve soon to be assured of a place to stay. Camp meeting is June 17-20, Wednesday through Sabbath.www.uccsda.org/campmeeting.

 

Last Chance to Volunteer at Camp Meeting: If you have volunteered in the past and want to volunteer this year, please contact us. We’re looking for just a few more people who can drive the golf cart taxis, sign for the hearing impaired, give first aid coverage and operate cameras for the live streaming. Volunteer positions will close by the end of May. For more info contact Kathy at 509-242-0512. Volunteers receive compensation in meals and possibly lodging depending on hours. Camp Meeting is June 17 to 21, 2015.

 

Experience God this Summer: One student shared “Youth Rush was such a blessing for my spiritual life… worship was the highlight of every morning.” Applications are still being accepted for the 2015 Youth Rush program, which begins in June. In addition to experiencing God firsthand, last year’s participants averaged $4,000 in earnings. Most Adventist schools give additional matching funds on top of student earnings. To learn more and apply, visit www.uccsda.org/youthrush or contact us at (509) 731-3650 by text or voice call.

Are you looking for an inspirational travel experience? Join the Steps of Jesus Bible study tour MARCH 16-27, 2016:  You are invited to experience a life changing, faith building Bible Study Tour led by Dr. Carl Cosaert, Professor of Biblical Studies at Walla Walla University. You will have the opportunity to visit Ancient Biblical sites that will make the Bible come alive. The tour will begin in Jordan and will continue on to Israel. The cost of the tour is based on doubly occupancy and includes breakfast and most suppers. It also includes your stay in four star hotels, travel in a private deluxe coach, entrance fees for all tour sites and museums, tips for driver and guide. The cost of the tour does not include your flight and will be determined by the number of participants. For a detailed itinerary, information sheet and registration form, please contact Sharon Searson at sharons@uccsda.org.
Scandinavian tour is one more inspirational opportunity… JULY 21 – AUGUST 1, 2016  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to travel with fellow Adventists on a guided, educational tour of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The tour will be led by Gerald and Kathleen Martin, retired Adventist Educators and owners of Star Mountain Travel. The cost of the tour includes your hotels, travel in a private deluxe coach, entrance fees for all sites listed, tips for the driver, all breakfasts and some suppers. The cost does not include your flight and will be determined by the number of participants and is based on double occupancy. For a more detailed itinerary, information sheet and registration form, please contact Sharon Searson atsharons@uccsda.org.

You are Needed for a Huge Health Clinic: Look for important donation information about “Your Best Pathway to Health” to be included next week in this publication. This is a large health clinic to be held in Spokane August 3-4, 2015. This event promises to be one of, if not THE Largest health clinics ever held in Upper Columbia Conference. This event will be held at the Spokane County fairgrounds on August 3 and 4 with set-up on August 2. Volunteers (500 – 1,000) are needed in all areas: dental, vision, medical, child care, food service, hospitality, chaplaincy and more. You may register to volunteer atwww.pathwaytohealthvolunteer.org. There is also a need for donors. We will be posting a donor link on our web site in the near future.