Welcome To the Spirit Lake Seventh-day Adventist Church Website!
You can find out a lot about what is happening in our church by checking out the pages on our website. We hope that you will join us for worship on Saturday morning or can attend one of our many events, to experience an authentic, growing, and vibrant relationship with God and fulfill His purpose for your life. We connect with God in prayer, scripture, song, and study, to grow spiritually and relationally.
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God..." 1 John 3:1
Everyone is welcome!
9:00 a.m. Prayer Time
9:15 a.m. Welcome and Superintendant's Remarks
followed by Sabbath School
10:30 a.m. Intermission
10:40 a.m. Sabbath Worship Service
Following Sabbath Service, you are invited to join our fellowship potluck!
If you would like to see program bulletins for each Sabbath, they are published online at the end of the week in the Resources section of the website. Click here to view them.
Learn our Hymn of the Month! Click here
Local and Area Church News
The ABC Bookmobile is Coming
Sandpoint School Oct. 27 3:15 - 5:30 p.m.
New Cooking Class on the Horizon at Spirit Lake!
Coeur d' Alene School Nov. 1 3:15 - 6:00 p.m.
Tell the World: The Inspiring Story of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
Tell the World is a unique fully dramatized cinematic production which powerfully tells the story of the birth and development of the early Advent movement. Shot on location it features an original musical score, and a full cast of professional actors and film crew. In an effort to make the film as real as possible, all 170 pages of the Tell the World script and the 200+ scenes were meticulously scrutinized for historical accuracy by three of the church’s foremost historians—Dr. Alan Lindsay, Prof. George R. Knight and Dr. Jim Nix of the Ellen G White Estate.
Highlighting the major events that shaped the early church over a 60 year period, the film traces the period from William Miller's 1814 wartime experiences at the battle of Plattsburgh, through the rise of the Great Awakening and the disappointment of 1844, to the birth and formal organization of the Seventh-day Adventist church and the consequent beginnings of its dynamic worldwide missionary movement in the 1870's. As such, it provides wonderful insight into the dynamic characters that paved the way forward including William Miller, Joshua V. Himes, Ellen Harmon, Joseph Bates, James White and J.N. Andrews.
This is an amazing story full of pathos, drama, controversy, joy, sadness and inspiration, and consequently, needs to be told. Tell the World brings the story of these early pioneers comes to life as they wrestle to understand scripture, hotly debate theology and overcome bitter disappointment. See how God guided and inspired them in their earnest search for truth. Be reminded again of how God called a young lady, Ellen Harmon, to do a special work in leading the fledgling church.
Tell the world has been designed to have a worldwide appeal and it is envisaged that the film will be available for distribution in multiple languages, and suitable for global broadcast on Hope Channel. Thus, Tell the World is a powerful tool for all pastors, evangelists, teachers, schools, universities, lay people and youth, both for outreach and nurture.
"I believe we are all convinced that this film will be a tremendous spiritual encouragement to God’s People and the public" - Elder Ted Wilson (GC President)
For more information about Tell the World, go to: http://www.telltheworldfilm.org/
Camp MiVoden Registration 2017
Camp MiVoden registration for 2017 is now open. In addition to the regular kids camps, a lot of exciting Ultimate Camps and Family Camps are available. For more information, visit MiVoden.com or contact Denise Kinney, 509-242-0506, DeniseK@uccsda.org.
Attend Marriage Conversion Weekend in your Living Room
What: Marriage Conversion Web-cast with Richie and Timi Brower
When: November 4 - 5, 2016
Where: Live online across the NPUC
How Much: This is a free marriage building event
Web-cast registration: http://www.marriageconversionuniversity.com/webcast/
Watch a short invitation. https://youtu.be/o99zROPZ6OA
Weekend schedule: http://www.marriageconversionuniversity.com/schedule/
Answers to questions: http://www.marriageconversionuniversity.com/faq/
Pray for a PVA Student
How much could consistent, fervent prayer impact the life of a young person? This year, the PVA school would like to match each student with one prayer sponsor from each of its four constituent churches. If you are able to commit to regular prayer, contact Ann Waggoner at 509-447-1146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nehemiah's Builders Update
Pend Oreille Valley Adventist School is encouraged by the faithful giving to its Nehemiah's Builders campaign. These funds have been used to pay the final costs for the auditorium remodel, including new siding. Other projects to benefit from upcoming donations will include the Worthy Student fund, playground renovations, and completion of the gym. God has given us a great opportunity and responsibility to nurture and train the children in our community. Goal: 400 fellow builders making a 2-year commitment to raise $330,000 before July 2017 to benefit the students of PVA. Pledge forms available from PVA or your local church treasurer.
Ellen G. White Writings Now Available in 58 Languages
UCC Tour to Costa Rica, March 2017
Travel with fellow Adventists to beautiful Costa Rico to enjoy breath taking sides such as the Pos Volcano. Awaken to the sounds of the jungle in Tortuguero, a magical place where lagoons, rivers and canals are an ongoing story of marine biology. Travel by motor launch and coach Arenal and much more. Each day you will be able to hike trails and see a variety of birds and scenery. For a complete itinerary and more information contact Sharon Searson at sharons@uccsda org.
Church Remodel is Happening!
Several church remodeling projects are underway and more are planned, but everyone's help is needed to make them possible. Your contributions to the Little Red Church will become part of our Building Fund. Please pray for all the efforts to upkeep our church.
Loose Offerings and Tithe Envelope
Our local Church Board has voted to use the loose offering each week for our local Church budget. This decision was based on the understanding that most people expect the funds they put into loose offerings to be used to support the local church. It is important that we do our best to meet the expectations of the givers in the use of the funds they have so generously given. If you have concerns regarding this decision, please bring them to any member of the Board.
The following is a brief explanation of the Tithe and Offerings Envelope. The first line on the envelope is for the title. The main use of Tithe money is to support the ministers in our conference. Although the majority of the Tithe money is used in our conference, a portion is shared with the world church to support the ministry in other conferences around the world.
Below that is a section marked Local Church Needs. Church Budget and Church School are printed on the envelope so you can donate to our local church budget or to Pend Oreille Valley Adventist School. Blank lines are provided as well, so that you can write in any of our local funds that you wish to donate to.
The next section is labeled Conference-wide Needs. UCC Advance, Streams of Light, and Share the Life are preprinted on the envelope so you can donate to any of those funds. Lines also are provided to write in any of our local Conference funds.
The final section is World-wide Needs. Printed on the envelope here are World Budget and Sabbath School Missions, along with lines to write in other world funds. The Sabbath School Missions is the same fund as the brown envelopes that are passed around during Sabbath School. The specific mission that the money goes to each quarter is printed on the back of the adult Sabbath School quarterly. The money put into the brown envelopes during Sabbath School does not go to pay for our quarterlies or other Sabbath School supplies. That money comes from Sabbath School Expense, which is one of our local funds.
Weekly Prayer Meetings
Welcome to Wednesday night prayer meetings, from 6:30, at the Spirit Lake SDA Church! We are reading Ellen White's book, The Desire of Ages. We read paragraph by paragraph, discussing at each interval.
Got a rock?
Someone is praying for you in our church family.
Select your Prayer Rock for the week (or longer)
for someone in our congregation.
Prayer Rocks are available in the church entry.
Please remember to bring items to fill the basket at the church entry.
ShieldTheVulnerable.org offers online courses to help protect students, tweens, teens,
vulnerable adults, and the elderly from physical and emotional abuse,
bullying, financial exploitation, and neglect.
Over the past years, Shield The Vulnerable has provided online training to thousands of individuals and families about preventing abuse and neglect, and ways to help kids, tweens, teens, and elders stay safe. Our purpose is simple: as the number of trained individuals grows, so does the number of persons who are protected.
By being aware and reporting suspected mistreatment, everyone has the potential to help protect the vulnerable. That's what Shield the Vulnerable is about – teaching people how to recognize, report, and prevent abuse, bullying, exploitation, and neglect.
What Do You Know about Bananas?
A bunch of fresh bananas is a staple in almost every kitchen. A banana deserves the title of America’s favorite fruit for its cheery yellow color, sweet flavor, great nutritional qualities, variety of uses and recipes and low cost. Bananas remain the nation’s most consumed fruit for decades, ranking at 11.4 pounds of bananas per person each year.
Grab a banana for your 100-calorie snack, as each banana only has about 105 calories. They contain a lot of dietary fiber and antioxidants, which prevent heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Bananas are famously rich in potassium, a mineral that Americans often lack. Get your potassium from bananas to support all tissues and organs in your body, especially your blood pressure. A banana a day can help reduce high blood pressure and minimize the risk of a stroke.
Bananas are also a good source of prebiotics that activate friendly probiotic bacteria found in yogurt and kefir. Probiotics are important because they support your immune system, keep your digestive system healthy and promote urinal and genital health. Add some banana to your yogurt or smoothie to make the best out of the probiotic live cultures.
Find out more about how colorful fruits and veggies impact your health.
Green vs. Brown
Bananas taste and look the best at their prime time – when they are yellow. If you are unsure whether a banana is too green or too ripe for you to eat, check out these facts about green and brown bananas:
- Greener bananas contain the most vitamins and minerals. As the ripeness of the banana increases, the vitamin concertation decreases.
- The greener the banana, the less sugar it contains.
- High resistant starch and complex carbs help control your weight, blood sugar and lower cholesterol levels but it is also harder to digest.
- Buy your bananas while they are still a little green so that you have a couple of days to eat them before they go too ripe for your taste.
- Brown spots on ripe bananas produce a cancer-fighting protein called Tumor Necrosis Factor, which can reduce dangerous tumors.
- The riper the banana, the more antioxidants it has.
- Overripe bananas are sweeter and easier to digest because of simple sugars. If you are trying to avoid sugar, watch out for bananas that are getting brown.
- Slow down the ripening process by keeping the bananas in the fridge.
Alternate different types of bananas to get the most benefits in your diet. You can use bananas in your breakfast, add them to your cereal or oatmeal or use overripe mushy ones for baking delicious treats. Bananas are an easy convenient snack with some great health benefits.
The Air We Breath
We have heard what scientists say about air, now, let’s see what
God says about it!
He himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. Acts 17:25
Air is the free blessing of heaven, calculated to electrify the whole system. The lungs are constantly throwing off impurities, and they need to be constantly supplied with fresh air. We are more dependent upon the air we breathe than upon the food we eat. Men and women, young and old, who desire health, and who would enjoy active life, should remember that they cannot have these without a good circulation. Whatever their business and inclinations, they should make up their minds to exercise in the open air as much as they can. They should feel it a religious duty to overcome the conditions of health which have kept them confined indoors, deprived of exercise in the open air.
Air, the precious boon (blessing or benefit) of heaven, which all may have, will bless you with its invigorating influence if you will not refuse its entrance. Welcome it, cultivate a love for it, and it will prove a precious soother of the nerves. . . . The influence of pure, fresh air is to cause the blood to circulate healthfully through the system. It refreshes the body and tends to render it strong and healthy, while at the same time its influence is decidedly felt upon the mind, imparting a degree of composure and serenity. It excites the appetite and renders the digestion of food more perfect, and induces sound, sweet sleep.
The pure, invigorating air of heaven is God's free gift to men and women, and it is impossible for them to be cheerful, healthful, and happy unless they appreciate these rich bounties and allow them to answer the purpose for which they were designed.
The free, pure air of heaven is one of the richest blessings we can enjoy.
--My Life Today - Ellen G. White, page 142
World Flora Online
There are an estimated 400,000 species of vascular plants on Earth, with some 10 percent more yet to be discovered. These plants, both known and unknown may hold answers to many of the world’s health, social, environmental and economic problems. A full inventory of plant life is vital if many threatened species are to be protected and if their full potential is to be realized before many of these species, and the possibilities they offer, become extinct.
In 2010, the updated Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity included as its first target (Target 1) the need for “An online flora of all known plants.” With this background in mind, in January 2012 in St Louis, Missouri, U.S.A., representatives from four institutions: the Missouri Botanical Garden, the New York Botanical Garden, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew—all members of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation (GPPC) took the initiative to meet and discuss how to achieve GSPC Target 1 by 2020. The meeting resulted in a proposed outline of the scope and content of a World Flora Online, as well as a decision to form an international consortium of institutions and organizations to collaborate on providing that content.
The World Flora Online project was subsequently launched in India, at an event held during the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in October, 2012 where the COP also adopted a decision welcoming the World Flora Online initiative. In January, 2013 a Memorandum of Understanding on the World Flora Online, was opened for signature. Up to the end of August 2014, 24 institutions and organizations had signed the MOU. A range of other institutions and organizations worldwide is also being invited to participate in the WFO Consortium.
The World Flora Online will be an open-access, Web-based compendium of the world’s plant species. It will be a collaborative, international project, building upon existing knowledge and published floras, checklists and revisions but will also require the collection and generation of new information on poorly know plant groups and plants in unexplored regions.
The project represents a major step forward in developing a consolidated global information service on the world’s flora. Go to: worldfloraonline.org for more information.
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