Community Service then Camp Meeting

by Jay Wintermeyer

Liz Polanco preaches for the main services at camp meeting, encouraging members to live like Jesus.
Parents and young people volunteered to prep and serve for a weekly soup kitchen at the Salvation Army. 
César De León, North Pacific Union Conference ministerial and evangelism director, encourages members through the story of Lot. 

PASCO, Wash., June 25, 2016  - Members from across Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) spent a week touching their communities through service projects the entire week prior to the annual UCC Hispanic Camp Meeting, which began June 18. Teens, young adults and lifelong members rallied around their community through a variety of service projects that shared the love of Christ in practical ways.

Pendleton and Hermiston youth and church members volunteered at a soup kitchen; Young people from Walla Walla brought happiness to residents at a retirement home; Members from the Yakima Valley repaired a community church and cleaned a local park; In Wenatchee members assisted a young family with yard work; and some fire trucks in Tri-Cities were sparkly clean after an afternoon with the young people. (See videos below this article.)

Following this "Week of Compassion," members gathered in Pasco, Wash., to fellowship and gain encouragement for the coming year. Liz Polanco, pastor and camp meeting keynote speaker, shook the rafters with her powerful voice and energetic personality.

A native of Puerto Rico, Polanco exhorted members to keep their eyes on Jesus as they seek to lift Him up and make disciples. “Live your life for Christ with joy. Keep a smile on your face and love in your heart for others,” she said.

In addition to the adult meetings, there were also meetings for children and young adults. Each camp meeting track focused on leading people to Jesus and getting to know Him better.

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Week of Compassion - Tri-Cities from Upper Columbia Conference on Vimeo.

Week of Compassion - Wenatchee from Upper Columbia Conference on Vimeo.

Week of Compassion - Mabton from Upper Columbia Conference on Vimeo.

Week of Compassion - Walla Walla from Upper Columbia Conference on Vimeo.

Week of Compassion - Pendleton from Upper Columbia Conference on Vimeo.