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October 18, 2018

We value (A)dventist education, (C)oaching leaders,
(T)otally involving members in ministry, & (S)piritually growing in Jesus. This is Washington ACTS!
"Side by side we stand, awaiting God's command, worshiping the saving King. Living by His grace and moving on in faith, Jesus will see us through."

In memory of composer Jeff Wood, in anticipation of heaven,
and in a collective anthem of hope and wholeness

First Responders....Worship

by Randy Maxwell, Washington Conference Prayer Ministries coordinator, and Doug Bing, Washington Conference president

It is doubtful anyone has had a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, quite like Job (apologies to Alexander).

In one day, Job lost his oxen, donkeys, sheep, camels, servants, and all his children. No one could have blamed Job had he cursed God and said, “I’m done with you!” But that’s not what he did. “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship,” (Job 1:20).

In the midst of unimaginable grief, Job’s first response to calamity was to worship. “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised,” (vs. 21).

We believe Job has something to teach us about first responses.

Some of the actions taken at Annual Council in Battle Creek, Michigan, have left many feeling like they’re living through a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day…again. Though not to be compared with Job, some are grieving and lashing out in ways that all but say to the church, “I’m done with you!”

But for a people whose very identity is defined by the three angels in Revelation 14, the first of which gives a global call to “Fear God and…Worship Him,” worship should be our habitual and first response in any circumstance.

MORE > Let Your Worship Do The Talking

Walking with Jesus: Adventures in Adventist Education

Student artwork makes the best gift for a teacher! Sherri Crooker, Washington Conference's instructional coach, recently presented a Week of Prayer for Sky Valley Adventist School in Monroe. She shared with scholars about her trek over the Washington section of the Pacific Crest Trail.

As the students learned about walking with Jesus, they decorated a walking stick (among other activities) with Bible verse cards they had collected. One of Crooker's favorite moments: being gifted with student artwork depicting a plane flying away to a pre-paid destination vacation!

"My heart and soul were filled as I got to sing, pray, share, and learn alongside the precious scholars and educators on campus," Crooker says. "It’s amazing how quickly friendships are made when hearts are open."
Thank you for supporting Adventist Christian Education
with your prayers, your presence at school events,
and your financial support for student scholarships!
All through October, your financial gifts to the
Washington Youth Offering benefit Adventist Christian Education.

Upcoming Education Survey

Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is reaching out to current and former parents, members, and prospective families to gain their perceptions of Adventist Education and how we can improve for the future.

You, as a Washington Conference e-subscriber, will be receiving up to four survey-related email invitations from that will be co-signed by Doug Bing, president, and Craig Mattson, vice president for education.

The survey has about 30 questions and should take about 10 minutes of your time. Your answers are held in confidence by our research partner Campbell Rinker, who will present them in aggregate to Washington Conference. This survey is jointly presented by Washington and Potomac Conferences, funded by the North American Division, and coordinated by Campbell Rinker.
Whatever your experience with Adventist Christian Education,
we value your feedback and thank you for your time and input!

Changed Plans for Camp Innovation Lab

The Sunset Lake Innovation Lab scheduled for this weekend is postponed until a later date. The camp still wants your BIG IDEA feedback!'s your invitation to share your BIG IDEAS for summer camp ministry at!

Thanks for your time, creativity, and input to help make Sunset Lake Camp an even better place to belong!
Share Your BIG IDEA for Sunset Lake Camp!

A New Team Member

Vivien Vasquez is joining our Washington Conference ministry team as an executive administrative assistant. She will be working with Kaitlyn Herman to provide executive support for Doug Bing, Craig Carr, and Jerry Russell. Vivien and her husband, Pastor Ruddy Vivanco, just moved from Colorado to Washington to pastor at South Tacoma Adventist Fellowship. Vivien most recently served in the Human Resources department for Rocky Mountain Conference. It's an honor to have this couple join our ministry team!
Send a Note of Welcome to Vivien!

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!
Oct. 27 | Craig Carr at Forest Park Adventist Church in Everett
Oct. 27 | Doug Bing & Jerry Russell at Big Deaf Day in Puyallup
Oct. 27 | Doug Bing at Hispanic Prayer Emphasis Day in Federal Way
Nov. 10 | Craig Carr at Monroe Adventist Church
Nov. 11 | Craig Carr, Jerry Russell & Craig Mattson at Giving Hearts Auction in Puyallup

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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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