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February 15, 2018
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Awestruck by Our Creator

by Craig Mattson, Washington Conference vice president of education

I often try to imagine what it was like to experience a thunderstorm before the age of technology and science. Or to see a comet streak across the sky during medieval times.

The awesome power of lightening, the deep booms of the thunder, and the beautiful bright tail of the comet must have seemed totally overwhelming leaving the perceiver with a feeling of awestruck wonder.

Nature certainly has a distinct and beautiful voice, one that many in modern urban society have lost touch with. In our world today everything seems to have an description, a sense of understanding, and a definition. This characteristic of modern life can render otherwise awesome phenomena commonplace and leaving the awesome ignored.

King Solomon tells us in the very first chapter of Proverbs that the beginning of wisdom is a fear of the Lord. The word fear here is intended to communicate a sense of awe and reverence for the supremacy of God. 

When was the last time you felt awestruck by something in God’s creation? I challenge you to look at the world not through the modern illusion of understanding, but through the divine lens of the God’s creation.

Take time today to see the beauty and awesomeness of the natural world around you. Take a moment to truly be still knowing that you serve a loving and supreme Lord, the Creator and Sustainer of your life and the whole of nature around you.
Email Response: What fills you with awe for God?

Top Achieving Schools

Each year students in grades 3-12 participate in an assessment of their academic abilities.

The Iowa Test of Basic Skills is a national standardized test that educators use to study the progress students make in key academic areas.
In Washington Conference, we recently studied a four-year average of Iowa testing results to gauge how our schools stack up against the North Pacific Union Conference overall scores as well as the national averages.

The academic growth for Adventists schools in Washington Conference is particularly evident the longer a student is in the school system. By 12th grade, our students in western Washington are outpacing their peers academically and score in the top 26 percent of schools nationally.
Read How Each Grade Grows!

Your Invitation to ASI Northwest

This year the ASI Northwest convention is going to be different, but in a way I think you’ll like. We will begin with a devotional Thursday evening at 6:30 pm with our weekend speaker, Dick Duerksen, followed by an orientation for the Everett AMEN Clinic to be staffed by our ASI members and volunteers on Friday and Sunday!

The town of Everett has over 100,000 and represents a community with many needs—needs we can help fill with our time and skill. Whether you’re a healthcare worker, dental or vision professional, or a general volunteer, please plan on joining us to help serve the expected 800-1,000 patients.

Friday evening we’ll be blessed with a full program of singing and testimonies as we bring in the Sabbath in grand fashion in the Puget Sound. Elder Duerksen will again lead us on an adventure, which he’ll conclude Saturday evening.

Sabbath morning we’ll be treated to Sabbath School by Dr. John McVay, then church with Elder Doug Bing, a longtime friend and president of Washington Conference. Beautiful music will be provided throughout, and you’ll be treated to testimonies from several of our members in action.

Roll up your sleeves with me, let’s go to work for the Lord in Everett, Washington! (You do not have to be an ASI Northwest member to volunteer at the clinic or attend the weekend programming; all are invited!)
Download the ASI Northwest Registration Brochure
Download the ASI Northwest Registration Form

AMEN Everett Clinic

Already, more than 200 volunteers are signed up to help with Amen Everett. You'll want to help out, too!

AMEN Clinic is seeking Dental, Vision and Medical practitioners as well as general volunteers for a free clinic coming to the Xfinity Conference Center in Everett!

Sign up today at to volunteer! This is an opportunity you will not want to miss!

For questions, please email

Volunteer for AMEN Everett!

Share Your Heart of Gold

The Hearts of Gold benefit dinner and auction is GROWING this year!

Hearts of Gold is the premiere event for raising funds for Auburn Adventist Academy's student scholarship fund. This is an elegant evening filled with conversation, a silent auction, student showcase, fine vegetarian cuisine, and live auction.

All proceeds from this event on March 11 will benefit Auburn Adventist Academy’s essential student scholarship funds. Reservations are required for this event. Attend individually or host a table of guests!
Reserve Your Table!

Biblical Justice & Urban Ministry

Four out of five Americans now live in the city, creating one of the greatest evangelistic challenges facing the Adventist church in America: How do we effectively share the gospel of Christ in an urbanized world?

The Urban Ministries Conference from April 13-15 in Kenmore will highlight proven principles and practices that impact the holistic needs of diverse people groups in cities. It will spotlight innovative, successful and sustainable ministries operated by Adventist churches in the urban context. Attendees will be exposed to biblical principles that should influence and inform effective ministry in our current social climate.

We suggest sending 2-3 representatives from your church so your team can take better action on future urban ministry initiatives.

Lodging is available for this ministry conference. Find lodging contact information when you click to register now.
Register Now to Attend Urban Ministries Conference!


Safety Sabbath this March 24 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.
Find Free Church Safety Drill Resources
June 15-23, 2018

Camp Meeting Preview

Following last year’s theme of Living Generously, this year we are exploring God’s instructions for Sharing Faithfully. Please join us in Auburn from Friday, June 15, through Sabbath, June 23, for a family-friendly week of spiritual growth and Christian community.

Reserve your lodging (beginning Monday, March 5) at

Meet & Greet

Say hello to Doug Bing, Washington Conference president, at the following locations this spring.
  • February 17 - Preaching at Port Angeles and serving as a Pathfinder Bible Experience judge
  • February  24 - Preaching in Wichita, Kansas, for their spiritual convocation
  • March 3 - Preaching at Orcas Island, attending AAA Amateur Hour and visiting AAA Prospective Student Retreat at Sunset Lake Camp
  • March 10 - Preaching at Eastside SDA Fellowship in Kirkland
  • March 16 - Attending Journey to the Cross in Auburn
  • March 17 - Preaching in Arlington
  • March 22-April 2 - Holding an evangelism series in Guatemala with NPUC & Walla Walla University theology students
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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