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April 12, 2018
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Fishing Off the Map

by Colette Newer, Washington Conference Outreach Ministries associate director

I encountered a story recently on This American Life that captured my attention. The story took place in 1980 in Damascus, Arkansas, where a nuclear missile silo was housed.

In the vividly recounted story, two technicians were preparing for routine maintenance on one of the missile’s fuel tanks. Their job was to remove a dust cap (essentially a gas cap), pump in more liquid, and complete their maintenance. But it wasn’t so cut-and-dry simple.

A socket wrench fell…spectacularly and dangerously punching a hole in the missile. Fuel began spraying out.

They had a problem. A problem they don’t know what to do about and they were panicked and terrified. They don’t know what to do so they did nothing and the situation escalated. Alarms and sirens began going off in the missile’s command center. There was confusion and miscommunication, but no solutions. And it’s about this time in the story that they used the term that caught my attention. A commander stated, “We were off the map.”

Have you ever found yourself off the map? In unfamiliar situations? Surrounded by unplanned for circumstances? You’re unprepared, uncomfortable and often downright frightened?

The disciples did.
Read Why Christians Should Be Off the Map
Follow along this weekend with #UrbanSDA social media posts
on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

We will be posting from @washconf accounts!

WISE Visiting South Korean Sister Schools

Several of our office staff, academic leaders, and student representatives are abroad with WISE this week in South Korea visiting sister schools! Parents of current students at AAA were able to meet with principal Peter Fackenthall; Lewis County Adventist School and principal Karen Carlton signed a new sister school agreement with Donghae Middle School; principal Carisa Carr visited Northwest Christian's sister school at Wonju Sahmyook school;  and WISE leaders Lon Gruesbeck, Lynda Kim, and Jodi Iwankiw were able to visit with the students from Youngnam Sahmyook, Buena Vista's sister school, who visited Buena Vista this past January! It's been a great week of learning, interacting, and forming an even stronger education connection!
Keep Up-To-Date with WISE Facebook!

Pomp for A Special Circumstance

What happens when you finish your business degree in accounting and the graduation ceremony happens on Sabbath? Your office colleagues throw a surprise graduation party complete with gap-and-gown, pomp and circumstance (on a banjo!), graduation program (with spontaneous speeches and on-the-spot singing of "Great is Thy Faithfulness"), and a custom-made mushroom lei (in honor of the mushroom hunter).

This is what happened for Caleb Maccarone, our junior accountant, this week! Join us in congratulating Caleb on completing his degree!
Send a Note of Congratulations to Caleb!

Camp Meeting Concert Artist Signed!

We just signed the paper work to invite and bring singer Jennifer LaMountain to the first weekend of Washington Adventist Camp Meeting! LaMountain will be the featured artist for the first Sabbath afternoon concert on June 16, at 3pm, in Rainier Auditorium! LaMountain is no stranger to the stage, having appeared on television, radio and the stage. And she is no stranger to the Pacific Northwest! We look forward to welcoming her back this June!

Listen to Jennifer LaMountain's Music!

Help Sunset Lake Prep for Summer!

Sunset Lake Camp needs your help preparing for the summer season! The camp needs your help at a work bee on Sunday, May 6, at 9 am. Projects include deep cleaning the rustic and modern cabins, using string trimmers to clear trails, picking up brush, cleaning vehicles, and additional tasks.

Lodging will be provided for anyone who wishes to come the night before. Lunch will be provided for volunteers on Sunday. Interested in helping? Please RSVP by email to receive your thank-you lunch on Sunday!
RSVP to Volunteer for Sunset Lake's Work Bee!

Gift Card & Water Bottle Donations Needed for Supporting AMEN Everett Volunteers

AMEN Everett community health clinic is seeking Costco and Cash & Carry gift card donations to help feed 350 volunteers on April 20 and 22. With your gift cards in hand, the Food Service Coordinator will purchase the food items needed for the menu. Additionally, cases of water bottles are needed.

You may donate in-kind gift cards and water bottle cases to North Seattle area Adventist Churches (please call ahead to verify your drop off point; no donation receipts available) OR you may donate financially through (donation receipt available).

When giving online (via website or app), select an Adventist Church in western Washington and select the line-item for “WA Conference AMEN.” For any questions, please email
Donate Online for AMEN Volunteer Food

Share Invitations to Amen Everett Clinic!

Know someone who is uninsured or underinsured in Snohomish County (or area counties, too)? Invite your friends to the AMEN Everett dental, medical and vision clinic this April 20 & 22!

Download the postcard images (above) to share on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or email. Plus find more details at or
Amen Invitation in English
Amen Invitation in Spanish
Amen Invitation in Russian

Hear Dick Two Places!

Master storyteller Dick Duerksen has two speaking engagements in western Washington on the same weekend! That means multiple opportunities to hear great Bible, mission and ministry stories!

ASI Northwest: April 19-22

Adventist Laymen's Services & Industries (ASI) is having its northwest convention in Everett for any Adventist business owner. ASI encourages Adventist business owners to "share Jesus in the marketplace."

Dick Duerksen will open the ASI Northwest Convention with presentations on Friday night at the Angel of the Winds Convention Center/Arena (formerly Xfinity). The Friday evening program will be filled with singing and stories. Duerksen will continue his storytelling on Saturday evening. Additional presenters include Dr. John McVay (Sabbath School time) and Doug Bing (Church time). Fountainview Academy will also provide music features.

The full ASI member’s program runs April 19-22. Visit or contact Marella Rudebaugh at (360) 857-7037 to attend and participate. You don't have to be an ASI member to participate in the Friday night and Sabbath programs!
Learn More at

SAGE Seniors Reunion Sabbath: April 21

SAGE Seniors are coming together to celebrate how God has enabled them to be "seniors in action for God with excellence" in this last year. The Reunion Sabbath will be held April 21 at the Washington Conference Office Auditorium in Federal Way.
  • Stories from Dick Duerksen
  • Costa Rica Mission Presentation
  • Ken Lauren Tribute
  • Potluck Luncheon
RSVP for SAGE Sabbath to Carol Craig

Get Ready to Pitch Your Tent...

....or drive your RV.... or move into a dorm room at camp meeting time! There are plenty of sites available for conference tents and RV sites (for full hook-up, partial hook-up or dry sites). Witzel Hall dorm has a wait list.

Plan to join us in Auburn from Friday, June 15, through Sabbath, June 23, for a family-friendly week of spiritual growth and Christian community! Our team is finalizing a fantastic list of workshops and a brand new FamilyFest for Sunday afternoon!

Have a specific reservation questions or inquiries? You may email or call/text 253-259-4219!
Reserve Your Camp Meeting Lodging Now!

Connecting with You

We look forward to connecting with you at one (or more) of the following events:

April 13-15 | Urban Ministries Conference in Kenmore
April 19-22 | ASI Northwest Convention in Everett
April 20 & 22 | AMEN Clinic in Everett
April 21 | SAGE Reunion Day in Federal Way
April 21 | Michael Card Concert in Chehalis
April 28 | Women's Spring Day in Auburun
April 29 | Pathfinder Fair in Auburn
May 4-5 | AAA Alumni Weekend in Auburn
May 4-6 | Refresh Family Retreat is now cancelled

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