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July 16, 2020

UCA Receives Wellness Center Grant

Statistics indicate 50% of students will struggle with mental health issues during adolescence. To proactively meet the growing needs of students, Upper Columbia Academy created the vision for a campus Wellness Center to offer stress management, mental health screening and information, career planning, and Christian counseling. The school was blessed with a grant of $130,000 to remodel the Olin Peach Power House, hire a coordinator, and provide counseling scholarships for uninsured or underinsured students.

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NAD Launches New Science Textbook

The North American Division Office of Education, has developed a timely and robust creation-based high school biology textbook, ByDesign Biology, to support student learning of real-life issues. ByDesign Biology provides a coherent science curriculum acknowledging God as Creator.

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2020 Northwest Camp Meetings

Camp meeting is a time to connect deeper with Christ and reflect on the hope of His soon return and wholeness He brings to our lives. With COVID-19 disrupting our world, this connection with God and fellow believers is more important than ever. While camp meeting will look a little different this year, the blessing of gathering and worshiping as a body remains the same. Camp Meetings happening this week:

  • Oregon Conference Campestre Hispano, July 16–18
  • Alaska Conference, July 21–25
  • Oregon Conference English, July 21–25
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Returning to the Classroom

In July, Adventist Risk Management is offering four free webinars to assist schools in planning for a return to the classroom this fall. They have partnered with a leading facility engineering firm and the North American Division Office of Education to cover important Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) standards, as well as risk management and security concerns. Click for more information or to register for these webinars.

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One in Three Has Stopped Attending Church During COVID-19

With COVID-19 upending regular church service, people are changing how they engage in community worship. Recent data shows that, over half of Christians (53%) say they have streamed their regular church online within the past four weeks. Another 34% admits to streaming a different church service online other than their own, essentially "church hopping" digitally. Finally, about one-third of practicing Christians (32%) says they have done neither of these things. 

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Break the Stigma: Seeking Help for Mental Health

Recent research has shown over half of those with mental illness never seek treatment. Many people who struggle with the symptoms of depression, anxiety or another mental illness don't feel that they can be open with their friends or family. Here are some of the steps we can all take to break the stigma.

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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week
Elk on the Run, Okanogan, Washington Credit: Veronica E. Skelton
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Journey Towards Love

When it comes to the marathon of pursuing racial injustice, we are all at different points. Some at mile 18, bleary-eyed with fatigue; others at mile 2, still feeling the adrenaline. Wherever you are in the journey, as leaders, you are better equipped to help those on their journey towards love, bring us into the presence of God, and open the door to His transforming work within us. Here are four spiritual practices to help us intentionally enter into God's presence.

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Prophetic Lament

In the after match of George Floyd death, what is the way forward? How do we help? What should pastors be talking about? Explore this perspective on how to stop in lament and medicate the wounds.

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