Prayer for Brewster School: Pray for teachers John and Tonya McCombs, best diagnosis John, mind who leads out as principal, stuff says, “It has been a real blessing to be in the northwest again. We have been blessed with more students this year than last year and will have two more by Christmas, making our total 29. We have a supportive church and board who give time and money allowing the school to operate in a small community that would otherwise be unable to support this school.

Please pray for one family whose mother has a serious looming court date; Pray  we can continue receiving help from volunteers for students who are below grade level; pray for Jesus to put a desire in our students to dedicate their hearts and lives to God; and pray for divine help for the teachers to have energy and wisdom in the way we teach and interact with all our community, both inside and outside of the school.
Camp Meeting Registration Open: On October 1 registration opened for our 2016 camp meeting. The link is open on the home page of the UCC website. www.uccsda.org
or click here. Our main speaker will be John Bradshaw. Please take note of new camp meeting policies that will be refreshing to some. See you at camp meeting!

Devoted, a New Devotional App: Finding time for daily devotions seems to get harder all the time. Even though we know and can quote the counsel to spend a “thoughtful hour each day,” for many of us it is simply not happening. What to do? Pacific Press® has developed a devotional app called DEVOTED that is receiving great reviews. “Our goal is to provide busy people with something short, powerful, and inspiring to read each day,” says Stephen Ertel, director of electronic marketing at Pacific Press. The free app is available for both android and iPhone users

Drop, Cover & Hold On: Because Washington, Idaho and Oregon are three of the most seismically active states in the country, the month of October is Earthquake Awareness Month.  Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On** at 10:15 a.m. on October 15 or anytime during that week as part of the Great Shakeout Drill. You can join them today. To register your committee, club, school or family, go towww.Shakeout.org.  Or . . . you can just practice the following!
** DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

A Heartfelt Response to the Umpqua Tragedy: The Oregon Conference and North Pacific Union Conference church family of members extend our prayers on behalf of all those personally impacted by the tragic events on Thursday, October 1, at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Christian Martin, Grants Pass (Oregon) Adventist Church pastor, reports additional sad news, confirmed today by Douglas County authorities. Sarena Moore, one of his church members, was among those killed by the gunman. She was 44. It’s been reported that one of Sarena’s last posts on Facebook was an affirmation of her desire to stand up for Jesus and Christianity. We urge all Northwest members to pray specifically for the Grants Pass Church and Sarena’s extended family as well as our Roseburg area churches. Please continue to pray for all the students and families impacted along with the first responders and medical personnel. Al Reimche, Oregon Conference president, says tragedies like this remind us to “join together in praying that God will fill our hearts with a passion to share His love in a world that desperately needs Him.” In addition, we echo the thoughts of Dan Jackson, North American Division president, For full message click here.

School Treasurer Needed: Palisades Christian Academy is seeking a qualified person for the position of School Treasure beginning October 2015. (This is a part-time position of approximately 30 hours per week). The qualified individual must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in the area of accounting, school business management, or related fields, as well as past job related experience. They must have a working knowledge of accounting software programs and demonstrate proficiency in the use of QuickBooks, Excel, and Microsoft Office. The treasure duties include preparing the school budget, accounts receivable, preparing monthly financial reports, payroll, etc. The position requires the highest level of confidentiality and the ability to work as part of the administrative team. Good speaking and writing skills are a must. For additional information please call the school office at 509-325-1985. Resumes and references should be e-mailed to: principal@pcasda.org

The Refugee Crisis: Thousands of refugees have nowhere to turn and need help now.  Your donations will help refugees who have traveled to Servia, Slovenia and other parts of Europe. You can be an answer to prayer. At least 15 ADRA offices in Europe are actively involved in helping refugees. Your emergency donation today will reach even more people in need.

Pathfinder Adventurer Leaders Retreat: UCC Annual Pathfinder Adventurer Leadership Retreat.  Friday, November 6 through Sunday, November 8 at Camp MiVoden.  Early bird rate $99.00 until October 25.  $115 per person afterwards. Email cherylw@uccsda.org for more details.

ACS Appreciation Luncheon: The deadline to register for the ACS Appreciation Luncheon was October 5, but if your plans changed and you are now able to come on Sunday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., please let us know as we have ordered a few extra meals so you could be there. Simply call (509) 242-0478 or email tamarat@uccsda.org so we can plan and not be surprised by too many extras. We look forward to this wonderful time to hear what is happening with community services in Upper Columbia Conference churches.

A Wonderful Women’s Weekend: There is still room if you would like to register for the Upper Columbia Conference Christian Women’s & Young Women’s Retreat scheduled for October 23-25, 2015, at Camp MiVoden, Idaho. Register before October 15 to take advantage of the discounted rate. We have another wonderful group this year. JoAnn Davidson, keynote speaker and breakout speaker. Margie Salcedo Rice, featured musician and breakout speaker. Other breakout speakers include: Becky Chen, Anabel Facemire, Patti Hoover and Sara Peterson. Our young women will have a treat with teen breakout speaker Natalie Weir. Our presenters have prayerfully prepared their presentations. We hope you will be able to join us and hear what God has laid on their hearts to share. For more information or to register, visit our website atwww.uccsda.org/womensretreat2015 or call (509) 242-0478.

Help with Long Term Fire Recovery: Volunteer to participate in the Community Rebuilding Mission Trip planned for October 25-November 2. Northwest Adventists will be working with faith-based organizations to help families in Chelan and Okanogan counties to rebuild homes from last year’s fire and help with recovery from this year’s fire. Complete a volunteer interest form if you would like to help ACS Disaster Response with this Northwest mission project! For more information contact Sue Johnson at sue.johnson@wc.npuc.org or call the Washington Conference at (253) 681-6008.

Once Every Two Years: UCA Tech Fair: UCA Tech Fair+ Provides Hands-On Classes and an exciting line up for students in grades 7 and up to attend. This biannual event is scheduled for Thursday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required. Call (509) 245-3600 or email info@ucaa.org for a class list, more information or to receive instructions for the online registration.

Attention Bookworms and Vegetarians:

The ABC Bookmobile and food sale will be in your area soon.
If you need to order in advance call the Spokane ABC at: 509-838-3168
Hermiston School    Oct. 10    7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Goldendale Church    Oct. 11    12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Colville Church    Oct. 13    3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Omak School    Oct. 17    6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Brewster School    Oct. 18    12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Tri-Cities School    Oct. 24    6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Grandview School    Oct. 25    12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Bonner’s Ferry School    Oct. 27    3:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Libby School    Oct. 28    3:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Sandpoint School    Oct. 29    3:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Moscow School    Nov. 4    3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Lewiston School    Nov. 7    5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Orofino Church    Nov. 8    12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Yakima School    Nov. 14    5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Coeur d’ Alene School    Nov. 17    3:15 – 6:00 p.m.
Wenatchee School    Nov. 21    5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

He’s Alive TV Dinner?
Not the frozen kind, but a banquet held by He’s Alive Television for all friends and supporters of the television ministry in Spokane. Suggested donation for the evening meal and entertainment is $15. Mark your calendar for November 8 at 6 p.m. at Upper Columbia Conference Assembly Rooms.

 

Last Chance to Register for the Steps of Jesus Tour: The deadline to register for the Steps of Jesus 2016 Bible Study Tour has been extended to October 15.  You are invited to participate in this life-changing, faith-building experience March 16-27, 2016, which will be 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.

 

Room for More on the Educational Tour to Scandinavia: Don’t miss the opportunity to travel with fellow Adventists on a guided, educational tour of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, July 21 through August 1, 2016. There is also an optional extension of the tour to Krakow, Poland from August 1 until August 5, 2016. 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.  For a more detailed itinerary, information sheet and registration form, please contact Sharon Searson at sharons@uccsda.org

 

Northwest Passages: Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once. (Cervantes) Posted on Facebook by Mark Weir
The faculty and staff of Walla Walla Valley Academy are so excited to be beginning a new year! ‘Cause we really really really like school.
From their facebook page.
More great quotes from the Children’s Ministry Workshops in Portland can be foundhere: