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February 1, 2018
We value (A)dventist education, (C)oaching leaders,
(T)otally involving members in ministry, & (S)piritually growing in Jesus. This is Washington ACTS!

You're a Big Deal to God

by Craig Carr, Washington Conference vice president

Recently I was in Florida with my family and we decided to tour the Kennedy Space Center. From the welcome center we boarded a bus to tour a launch pad and its massive operational facilities. I felt insignificant in comparison.

Upon return to the main campus I was particularly impressed by the immense display that featured the Space Shuttle Atlantis that completed several space missions. This massive, 122-foot long vehicle had traveled over 126 million miles, having orbited the earth a total of 4,848 times. Wow, I felt small in contrast.

We paused at NASA’s memorial that paid tribute to the events of 27th of January 1986 on which seven astronauts paid the ultimate price when the Space Shuttle Columbia exploded just minutes after takeoff. NASA honors that crew and many others that have sacrificed so much in the quest to explore the vast galaxies around us. I felt humbled in my own journey.

In my devotions recently, I ran across the text in Job where God asks him, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding” (Job 38:4).

Through all of Job’s life struggles, the Creator was asking him this question to remind him of a very important perspective: while we may seem small, insignificant, or puny; we are loved! The God Who created the world and galaxies beyond our imaginings also made us, loves us, and has redeemed us. Our Creator is also our Redeemer who said:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)
How May I Pray for You?
:: THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON

Remembering Del Delker

For more than five decades, whether over the airwaves, in a church or at an evangelistic meeting, Del Delker's strong contralto voice unabashedly shared Christ's love with rapt audiences around the world. Now...we say good bye.

Please join in sharing your favorite Del Delker ministry memory or song.

Share Your Memory of Del Delker

Remembering Ken Lauren

Two weeks after sustaining a major injury on a SAGE mission trip with Maranatha Volunteers International, volunteer Ken Lauren, member of the Kirkland Church, passed away on Friday evening, Jan. 26. He was 71 years old. Lauren was serving in Costa Rica as part of a Washington-based Seniors in Action for God in Excellence (SAGE) team. On Jan. 11, while painting a church in Costa Rica, Lauren fell from a ladder. There will be a memorial service on Feb. 24, at 3 p.m., at the Kirkland Church. Read more at Volunteer Injured During Costa Rica Project and Injured Volunteer Passes Away.

FROM JERRY RUSSELL

Evangelism Offering Progress

We are praising God for already having 104% of our evangelism offering goal. Thank you for systematically supporting evangelism activities that help spread the gospel message!
Ask a Question about the Evangelism Offering!

Workshops Announced for Men's Day

Fellowship with your brothers in Christ on Sabbath, February 3, from 10 am to 3 pm at Auburn Adventist Academy's Dower Chapel. Dr. Jon Paulien from Loma Linda University School of Religion will be the keynote speaker.

Afternoon breakout workshops on the following men's topics will be offered after lunch at 2 pm.

  • Dr. Jon Paulien - "Issues of Current Relevance"
     
  • Troy Ahrens - "Understanding the World of Teenagers & Helping Them Navigate the World"
    Ahrens is the Chaplain and Bible teacher at Puget Sound Adventist Academy.
     
  • John Neuman - "It’s You and me, Lord"
    Neuman, former choral director at Auburn Adventist Academy, was awarded a Silver Star for his bravery as a combat medic in Vietnam.
Respond Now to Men's Day!

AMEN Everett Clinic

There is a heart out there that needs you! We are seeking Dental, Vision and Medical practitioners as well as general volunteers for a free clinic coming to the Xfinity Conference center in Everett!

Join us in April to support the AMEN Everett Free Clinic by serving those in need in this community! Sign up at ameneverett.org This is an opportunity you will not want to miss!

For questions, please email everettvolunteers@gmail.com

Volunteer for AMEN Everett!

Tips for Your Member Care Strategy

by Jamie Schneider Domm, Digital Strategist for the North American Division.

Global social media usage is on the rise, and this year, 33% of the world’s population will be on social media (TrackMaven). Depending on how we respond to this reality, social media presents either a huge opportunity or a huge challenge for the gospel.

Social media is a valuable tool for listening to the needs of your audience and building relationships. Simply having a social media presence is not enough anymore. Your audience expects a response when they engage with you online—often within a few hours. Your goal in using social media for ministry should be to ultimately understand and fulfill a need, making a tangible impact in the real world. This means listening and taking action on a daily basis.
Read More at the Big Data & Social Media blog!
FROM DOUG BING & CRAIG CARR

Urban Centers of Influence

Did you know? We have thirteen (13) key urban areas are located here in western Washington! We are seeking your feedback! What ideas do you have for a Center of Influence? Read more about the concept of Centers of Influence, and then send us your ministry ideas!

One of the ways to reach these urban areas is through a Global Mission Urban Center of Influence. It's a project that is usually built on a business model for the specific purpose to leading unreached urban people groups into Adventist fellowship. The primary outreach approach involves relationship building and meeting specific community needs in long-term, day-to-day interaction.
Read More About Centers of Influence!
Register Now for Biblical Justice: Urban Ministries Conference

Find Personal Revival in Your Life


"The sign that we really believe and trust Jesus is that we completely surrender ourselves to Him. It has to do with out complete surrender; our willingness to follow Him in everything." - Helmut Haubeil, pg. 44

Steps to Personal Revival shares stories, insights, encouragement, and prayers. It is perfect for personal devotions, prayer groups, and Sabbath reading. Read it now!
 
FROM ADVENTIST RISK MANAGEMENT

Are You Ready for Safety Sabbath?


The safety of every church is a top priority for Adventist Risk Management, and we believe that Safety Sabbath is a way for church leaders to learn how to truly protect their congregations. We hope you will join us in conducting a safety drill in your church on March 24.
 
Safety Sabbath is all about preparation and practice. It is a day set aside for churches to emphasize emergency and safety planning. It is a day to practice the plan you have prepared, and make sure the congregation is ready for emergencies. It is an opportunity for churches to learn about the risks and potential incidents they may face, and prepare themselves to navigate those incidents.
 
You'll find a wide variety of #SafetySabbath2018 resources online for registered participating sites.
Get Free Safety Drill Resources for Your Church!
Request a Conference Speaker for Your Church in 2018!

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President: Doug Bing. VP Administration: Craig Carr.
VP Finance: Jerry Russell. VP Education: Craig Mattson.
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