These highlights were shared at the recent Upper Columbia Conf church planting committee—
· The St. Mary’s, Idaho church, with guidance from Pastor John Pierce, is working to establish Adventist work in Plummer, ID among the native and non-native residents of the Coeur d’Alene Indian reservation. A survey was taken door to door, Native New Day Bible Study course invitations were sent to the 3,500 people in the area and now fifty people are involved with taking Bible studies. A health seminar will be held four evenings in February, and Native ministries evangelist Brian Bechtold will hold reaping meetings in the community center in March. Twenty-five are currently meeting Sabbath afternoons and ten Thursday evenings in a home.
· Richland’s The Reach Adventist Company has a new pastor, Jeremy Foss. They are averaging sixty in attendance, including about two dozen juniors and youth.
· Spokane Central, with Pastor Jeff Kinne, is targeting Spokane Airway Heights for establishing new Adventist work. There is a weekly mid-week service in the Microtel Inn & Suites in the area.· Spokane is one of the Top Ten Metro areas in the NPUC, and the largest mission field of the Upper Columbia Conf. Five areas of Spokane have been targeted for new Adventist work over the next few years.
· An NPUC- wide Church Planting Summit for lay leaders and pastors interested or involved in church planting has been scheduled for November 16-18, 2007 in Hermiston, Oregon. Upper Columbia Conf will serve as host. For more information contact Ritchie Brower at firstname.lastname@example.org.