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November 10, 2017
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(T)otally involving members in ministry, & (S)piritually growing in Jesus. This is Washington ACTS!

Family Means Everything

by EuGene Lewis, Washington Conference Regional Ministries coordinator

The families that make up the biblical account had to deal with personalities, problems, and possibilities just as we do today.

The Bible writers have penned very accurately, the joys and the sorrows, the closeness and the separations, the loneliness and vulnerability one can be expose to when he or she is part of a family.

Through these relationships, and their analogies, we are able to see that all families have problems. But that’s not where their stories end, nor should ours.

I have a few more thoughts to share and invite you to keep reading!
"Family Means Everything" Devotional Thought

Live from Amen Tacoma!

We waited a day to send you Washington ACTS so we could show you images of professionals in volunteer action!

A few statistics:
  • 470 volunteers from 6 cities, 2 counties, and 4 states (Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Texas)
  • Up to 7,520 volunteer hours (set up, on site and planning) valued at $281,906 in donated time. However, given the rates of professional healthcare volunteers, a figure of more than $300,000 can easily be assumed.
  • Capacity to treat 800-1,500 people who otherwise may not have received assistance. Based on 1,000 people being treated the estimate the value of the clinical services is $438,000.

Every AMEN free clinic is made possible by the compassion and love of volunteers. From setup to tear down, from the first patient to the last, nothing could happen without the sacrifice of volunteers. Thank you!

(The next Amen Clinic in our area will be held next spring in Everett.)
Watch the "Amen Tacoma" Photo Collection Grow!

Prayer—the Heart of Ministry

It has more benefits than you might think.

What happens when you have all the right ministry components but little or no prayer support? One Sabbath School teacher (of many who have taken a prayer challenge) saw children in her classroom become more deeply engaged spiritually the more she and other teachers prayed for the children.

This week, our very own Craig Carr jointly published an Adventist Review article (with S. Joseph Kidder) on the power of prayer in ministry.

This article is primarily focused on the importance of personal spirituality and devotion to prayer and intercession for those who teach, mentor, and lead others and thus set the spiritual tone in the church. Local church leaders are called by God to be spiritual leaders and prayer warriors for their congregations. Even the effectiveness of the early church was attributed to active prayer life: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42).
Keep Reading: "Prayer - The Heart of Ministry"

With Sad Hearts

With sad hearts, we mourn once again for the tragic losses at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas. We join in praying for the families who are missing and mourning their loved ones, the church leaders as they sort out the congregation's future home, and the community as they process the shock and tragedy in their hometown. May each person feel the comforting presence of God (whether they acknowledge Him or not). May we join together to pray and work toward safer communities here on earth as we anticipate heaven.

We acknowledge that violence, tragedy and sadness will not disappear on this earth until Jesus returns. One way we seek to make our congregations a safe haven is to encourage churches to host a Safety Sabbath.
Discover What "Safety Sabbath" Involves

How do you stay madly in love forever?

Marriage is a marvelous and complex relationship. Most couples have been “mad about marriage” because they've been madly in love with each other. But most of us have also been just plain mad.

The Mad About Marriage Seminar is marriage education, not marriage counseling. Mike Tucker shares lots of stories – some from his own life – and lots of practical advice that you can really use. He also examines some of the issues that can derail marriages, drawing on current research and the expertise of a variety of scholars, authors, and psychologists to find solutions to the problems.

Mad About Marriage will be coming to Puyallup Adventist Church on November 17 at 7 pm and November 18 from 2-5:30 pm. Couples welcome! Singles welcome! Registration is required online or by calling April at (253) 848-5548.

Sponsored by Washington Conference Family Ministries
Click to Access Your FREE RSVP for Mad About Marriage!

Meet & Greet

November 11
Greet Doug Bing at Monroe Adventist Church
Greet Craig Carr at Renton Adventist Church

November 18
Greet Craig Carr at Anacortes Adventist Church

Schedules change sometimes. This is the best information we have at time of publishing. We love your friendly greetings! Thanks for saying hi!
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