From the UCC Administration

March 25, 2020
 

Dear Upper Columbia Conference family,

We face uncharted and unprecedented times, due to the COVID-19 virus. Each day our medical professionals are giving us new guidance on how best to navigate these waters. This week, the governor for each of our three states have issued strict “stay-at-home" mandates. According to Andre Wang, the NPUC attorney, these “stay-at-home” mandates do not allow for the gathering of a small group to video Sabbath School or Church services from the local church.

It has also come to our attention that a possible COVID-19 exposure has occurred at some of our Adventist services and in our schools. This serves as a reminder that this health crisis is directly affecting our churches, schools and families. The coronavirus is likely in all our communities and social distancing is a necessity. Please follow all local and state government mandates and self-quarantine whenever possible.

Decisive action is needed to protect those who are most at risk. This has included the difficult decision of suspending all in-person church services in the Upper Columbia Conference, with services possibly resuming after Easter weekend. It is the expectation of the Administrative team that all of our congregations will follow these mandates for the protection of our most vulnerable.

With in-person services suspending, our individual worship and family worship becomes that much more important. Stay close to God during these times. Rely on Him and encourage others.

This challenge may very well be an opportunity to bring us all closer to the Lord than ever before. Without assembly, we must do all that we can to care for our most vulnerable, while at the same time preparing each other for the Lord’s soon return.

We continue to pray for those affected, for the health care workers caring for those affected, and for those working on a vaccine. Do not let fear and anxiety diminish your faith. Instead, use these moments to draw closer to God. Take this time to talk with family, neighbors and friends on the phone and lift their spirits.

Our message is the same as it has always been: The Lord is coming soon; take action!

Prayerfully,

UCC Administration

 

 

 

March 16, 2020


Dear Upper Columbia Conference family,

We face uncharted and unprecedented times, due to the COVID-19 virus. Each day our medical professionals are giving us new guidance on how best to navigate these waters. Today, the White House is recommending groups of no more than 10 people gather together.

Decisive action is needed to protect those who are most at risk. This includes the difficult decision of suspending all church services in the Upper Columbia Conference, beginning March 21, with services possibly resuming on April 18, 2020.

As the virus continues to spread, your health and safety are extremely important to us. Due to the impact of the virus, the Upper Columbia Conference administrative offices in Spokane and College Place, Washington will be closed to the public. Even though we are closed to outside visitors, our departments will still be accessible by phone and email as we work remotely beginning March 17, 2020 until April 13, 2020. This date is subject to change in the future, based on government recommendations. Additionally, guidance from the North American Division recommends that we also cancel all work-related travel (both foreign and domestic), as well as church-sponsored events. The ABC Bookstore will remain open during this time.

With services suspending, our individual worship and family worship becomes that much more important. Stay close to God during these times. Rely on Him and encourage others.

This challenge may very well be an opportunity to bring us all closer to the Lord than ever before. Without assembly, we must do all that we can to care for our most vulnerable, while at the same time preparing each other for the Lord’s soon return.

Just as Mordecai said to Esther, we all may have been put here for “such a time as this.” Checking in with a neighbor, friend or family member just may give you that opportunity to bring One More to Him.

Please stay safe and healthy. May God protect our UCC family.

UCC Administration