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July 18, 2019

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

Is My Jesus Sweeter Than My Oranges?

By Vivien Vasquez, Washington Conference administrative assistant

There's an infamous camp song that goes, “I like bananas, I think that mangoes are sweet, I like papayas, PAPAYAS! But nothing can beat that sweet love of God.” And then in Psalm 119:103 we have an instruction and command: “How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth,” and it is our delight to keep them.

I was sitting in the work break room a couple months ago enjoying two sweet oranges. One of my friends, seeing I was devouring the oranges, asked me if they were good. My response made its way right through my orange-filled mouth as I said, “They are delicious and extremely sweet.”

Oranges got me thinking about my Christian experience!

Continue reading to see what insights Vivien has to her love of oranges to how we share our love for God with others!
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A Northwest Partnership and a Blessing

A different type of assignment! When Washington Conference finance leaders learned how Montana Conference needed help with church and school auditing, they made arrangements for a partnership.

Jerry Russell, Washington Conference vice president for finance, says: "What a blessing it is to work alongside the great staff here while completing an important work."

During their time in Montana, they also encountered a couple from Texas whose care had broken down in Yellowstone. Caleb, Washington Conference treasury intern, and Josh, Washington Conference assistant treasurer, said that they should stop to help them. So, the treasury team stopped and jumped their car several times, getting only 1-2 miles per charge. At 10 miles from West Yellowstone, Mont., our Washington Conference treasury team piled them and their guitars into an already crowded truck cab to drive them into town and made sure they were taken care of.

"I'm so proud to work with a Christ-centered, committed team," says Russell.

July 27 :: Washington Youth Offering

Built around 1920, Timber Lodge is the oldest building at Sunset Lake Camp. Age and weather have taken their toll on the structure. A major permitted, engineered, and contracted remodel project is underway to save the building. Improvements include a new five-point truss system using carefully selected trees harvested and milled on camp, improved lighting, new heating, and plans for a wood-burning fireplace and a remodeled kitchen.

These phased building improvements to Timber Lodge will give groups the option to cook and prepare their own meals and use the building for worship and activities.

Thanks to several generous donations, 75% of the funds have been raised. Your Washington Youth offering throughout July can help us save a piece of history!

To support this special project, please mark your tithe and offering envelope for "Washington Youth" to specifically designate your generous offering to this project.

Thank you for helping us save a piece of Sunset Lake Camp history!
Support the Washington Youth Offering!

Do you know someone in need?

Have you ever driven through a neighborhood and seen a need? Do you have a neighbor or know a family who could use help with basic living supplies? In western Washington, there are many local nonprofit ministries that are committed to providing families and individuals in need with basic living supplies. One recent addition to this ministry is the new Washington Conference Essential Supplies Warehouse on the campus of Auburn Adventist Academy in Auburn, Wash.

If you know someone in need, we encourage you to talk with your pastor to see how you can share the love of God with them through Essential Supplies! Your Pastor will then make contact  to see what is available for you to share.
Read How the Warehouse is Impacting Communities!

Gordon Botting Passes Away

You might know him best as the author of the Stewpot newsletter. It is with great sadness that we share the news that Gordon Botting, retired Northern California Conference pastor and department director, passed away Thursday night, July 11. He most recently served as director of NCC community services, health, and stewardship—three ministries he was very passionate about because they enabled church members to reach out to their communities. At the time of his death, he was serving as Pacific Union Conference stewardship director.

“Gordon helped countless people during his lifetime of service,” said NCC President Marc Woodson. “Only in heaven will we know how many lives he impacted. We are so thankful for the assurance that we will see our friend again—soon!”

Read More About Gordon's Ministry

Meet & Greet

Washington Conference leaders would like to say hello to you at one (or more) of these upcoming events. When you see them, please mention this "hello invitation" from Washington ACTS!
July 20 | Craig Carr preaching at Elma Church in Elma
July 22-25 | Craig Mattson attending NPUC Leadership Meetings
July 27 | Doug Bing preaching at Federal Way Hispanic Church in Federal Way

Aug 3 | Craig Carr introducing Ron Preast at Cedarhome Church in Stanwood

Aug 10 | Craig Carr preaching at Puyallup Church in Puyallup
Aug 12-17 | Conference Leaders attending Oshkosh Camporee in Wisconsin

Aug 21 | Craig Mattson attending Teaching Excellence Workshop
Aug 22 | Craig Mattson leading Teachers' In-Service
Aug 26 | Craig Mattson visiting schools during the First Day of School

Aug 30 | Craig Carr visiting Family Adventure Camp at Sunset Lake Camp
Aug 31 | Craig Carr preaching at True Vine Group in Seattle

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Copyright © 2019 Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, All rights reserved.
President: Doug Bing. VP Administration: Craig Carr.
VP Finance: Jerry Russell. VP Education: Craig Mattson.
Managing Editor: Heidi Baumgartner  Contributing Editor: Katie Henderson

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