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September 14, 2017
We value (A)dventist education, (C)oaching leaders,
(T)otally involving members in ministry, & (S)piritually growing in Jesus. This is Washington ACTS!

Letting God's Light Shine!

 by Craig Carr, Washington Conference vice president for administration

Jesus, the Light of the World, said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven,” (Matthew 5:16).

I can remember spelunking with some friends in a cave in Tennessee. Room after room, connected by passageways, buried us deep beneath earth’s surface. At one point, we all turned off our headlamps and flashlights. I’ve never experienced such darkness. We opened our eyes wider and waved our hands in front of our faces. It was difficult to tell whether my eyelids were open or shut!
 
The world around us needs the light of Jesus. The illumination of His glory and grace can penetrate the darkest spaces around us. Remember the song, “This Little Light of Mine”? With the commitment that, “I’m gonna let it shine,” was the application of, “all around the neighborhood,” and “won’t let Satan blow it out,” and finally, “let it shine til Jesus comes.”
 
Let us each let His light shine through us, so that they might see God’s works of love and grace!
How is God calling you to shine your light?
:: THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON

Conference Collaboration


The conference office in Federal Way may be a common gathering point for leaders, but it is rare to have ministry leaders all in the same location at the same time. We are frequently on the road visiting with churches, schools, and ministries. (We try to all gather on Tuesday mornings for staff worship.)

But this week was different.

Administrators, directors, associates, and interns set aside our normal tasks and retreated to Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory. With the hiring of several new (and younger!) employees, this created the right atmosphere for coaching, collaboration and conversation about how God is working in our lives and ministries.

We (mostly) set aside our emails and phone calls so we could focus on three priorities:

1. Connecting with God
2. Learning Together
3. Dreaming Together

What did this look like? We worshiped, sang, and prayed together. We made simple meals together in teams. We walked the beach and nearby trails. (A small group even stayed up to see bioluminescence one night!) We discussed leadership concepts and encouraged interaction between young and mature leaders. We prayed as a group and we prayed spontaneously and individually with colleagues. We even took a one-hour break for a Deception Pass boat ride!

Mostly we talked. We shared life. Our struggles, our victories. We asked many "What if?" questions. And we grew in our understanding, perceptions, and ministry knowledge.

"Growth starts with prayer to seek God's will for our church and community," says Doug Bing, Washington Conference president. "Following the model of Nehemiah, we are praying, asking questions, and seeking connections before we take action on big ministry dreams. Join us in prayer as we continue to seek God's will in our ministry dreams."
 
What's your ministry dream for Washington Conference?

NPUC Pathfinder Camporee

Pathfinder clubs from around the Northwest are heading this week to the Twin Falls County Fairgrounds in Filer, Idaho, for the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) Pathfinder Camporee, Sept. 14–17. The theme for this years camporee is "Pray Like Daniel!"

Club members and their adult leaders will spread out in camping formations by conference at the fairgrounds. Each Pathfinder will be involved in a host of camporee activities and enjoy specially planned programs. A unique NPUC patch and corresponding pin will be presented to each one who attends.

Selected programs will be live streamed by Sealing Time Ministries and linked via the NPUC Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as on this page. Northwest parents can follow the programs online at the same time as their children who are attending the camporee.

We invite the prayers of all Northwest members for this special event and for those who will be traveling to and from the camporee from all corners of the Northwest.

Connect with NPUC Pathfinder Camporee Social Media!

Northwest ACS DR Volunteers Join Relief Efforts

During the last week, Adventist Community Services Disaster Relief (ACS DR) volunteers throughout the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) have been torn between increasing storm devastation needs far to the east and the potential of wildfire recovery efforts close to home.

At this point, the loss of primary residences to forest fires has been minimal, so warehouse management, the customary strong point of ACS DR experience, has not been a current need in the Northwest.

And now, in addition, Hurricane Irma’s recent devastation and resultant flooding will stretch all support organizations to respond.

So what can you do?
1. Donate to www.communityservices.org
2. Sign up to attend the Disaster Operations Training on October 15 in Federal Way

Your prayers, involvement, and financial help all make a difference!
 

Read how Northwest DR volunteers are responding
USA Today: Faith groups provide the bulk of disaster recovery, in coordination with FEMA

Volunteer Medical Professionals Needed

An AMEN Clinic will be offered in Tacoma on November 10 and 12 to provide health, medical and spiritual care to Tacoma residents who are underinsured, uninsured, or low-income. Medical, dental, vision, and non-medical support volunteers are needed. Sign up at amentacoma.com.

Meet & Greet

Come say hi to Craig Carr at the following locations :
Come say hi to Doug Bing at the following locations in September:
  • Sept. 15-16 | Mount Tahoma Church's Health Emphasis Weekend
  • Sept. 23 | Enumclaw Church
  • Sept. 30 | The joint service for both Indonesian Churches plus Adventurer Family Camp
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President: Doug Bing. VP Administration: Craig Carr.
VP Finance: Jerry Russell. VP Education: Craig Mattson.
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