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May 23, 2019

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

Pathfinders Strong

By Doug Bing, Washington Conference president

Pathfinders from around Washington Conference filled the Auburn Adventist Academy auditorium for the annual Pathfinder Fair this past weekend. There were small clubs, large clubs, some brand new clubs that had never been to the fair, and clubs that have come to the fair for years. It’s a great event with many different activities for the young people.

One part of the program stood out to me. After the parade, the Pathfinders all marched into the auditorium and stood in their dress uniforms with different flags flying above each club.  They sang the Pathfinder song that begins with the phrase, “Oh we are the Pathfinders strong.”

Then selected club members led them in the Pathfinder pledge and law. It was a neat moment to listen as hundreds of Pathfinders recited the pledge together. The pledge goes like this: “By the grace of God, I will be pure and kind and true. I will keep the Pathfinder Law. I will be a servant of God and a friend to man.”

Continue reading to see how Doug connects the Pathfinder Law to how we walk with God!

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New Executive Committee Convenes

Introductions, ministry reports, and prayer were key features of this week’s first convening of Washington Conference’s newly elected and re-elected Executive Committee for the next quinquennium.
Bryce Pascoe, a retired church leader, provided board training to help orientate new members to their responsibilities as representatives of the conference territory.
“Boardsmanship represents a trust,” Pascoe observes. “You’ll depend on God to see you through. Be the best committee to further God’s work.”
Board members heard ministry reports for evangelism, education, church planting, corporation matters, and finances. Please join us in praying for our leaders and our ministries.


The Debate Grows Over What Religious Freedom Means

The principle of religious freedom in America used to be a bipartisan issue. Twenty-five years ago, Congress approved the Religious Freedom Restoration Act almost unanimously. But that consensus has unraveled. Our religion correspondent Tom Gjelten sees a growing debate over what religious freedom actually means.

TOM GJELTEN, BYLINE: Religious freedom is part of America's foundation because it was colonized by people who experienced religious persecution. Baptists and others wanted freedom from the semi-official Anglican church establishment. Later on, Seventh-day Adventists were among those pushing for religious liberty. They had a faith tradition of their own, though their places of worship looked like other Christian churches.

Listen to or Read the Full Article on Religious Freedom!

Remembering Two Leaders

Leonard Bailey, MD

Leonard Bailey, MD, the renowned Loma Linda University Health surgeon who garnered international media attention in 1984 for transplanting a baboon’s heart into a human infant known as “Baby Fae,” the research from which spawned human-to-human infant heart transplants and other cardiac treatment breakthroughs, dies May 12, 2019, at the age of 76 following a battle with cancer.

Bailey’s pioneering and controversial procedure became one of 1984’s biggest news stories, drawing daily attention of national news networks to the case in which the patient died 21 days later. He went on to transplant hearts in 376 infants and became an authority on congenital heart surgery and a consultant to physicians around the world.

Read more about Leonard Bailey


Don C. Schneider

Don C. Schneider, former president (of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America (NAD), passed away this morning, May 23, 2019, in Texas, where he was living with Marti, his wife and partner in ministry. He was 76.

Schneider served as NAD president for 10 years. He was elected to the office in 2000 at the General Conference Session in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Prior to this, he served as Lake Union Conference president for almost six years.

Several friends and former colleagues shared the following words upon hearing of Schneider's death.

“Don was 'the Jesus man.' There is no more eloquent statement that can be made," said Daniel R. Jackson, current NAD president. "He travelled throughout the NAD and the world declaring that Jesus was his best friend. His loss will never be equated with being forgotten. He was a 'one of a kind' man and leader.”

Juan Prestol-Puésan, current General Conference treasurer and former NAD treasurer, said he had the pleasure of working with Schneider for nine years. "He was a man of impeccable integrity, and a balanced, spiritual leader who was always engaged with people and issues," said Prestol-Puésan.

He is survived by Marti, daughter Carol, son Don Jr., and daughter-in-law Dorothy. A more detailed report will be published soon.
Read the Full NAD Statement on Don C. Schneider
Read a Full Article on Leonard Bailey

May 25 :: Girls' & Mother's Retreat in Federal Way

Mothers and Daughters, ages newborn to 12-years-old, are invited to a Girls' and Mother's Retreat THIS SABBATH, May 25, from 10 am to 4 pm for a day of laughter, crafts, bonding activities, and a connection with God! Adult registration is $10 and children are $5. Lunch will be provided.

There's still room for you!, register online at Girls' and Mother's Retreat TODAY!
Register NOW for the Girls' & Mother's Retreat!

June 14-22 | Join Us At #WACampMeeting!

#WACampMeeting is coming soon this June 14-22! Camp Meeting is a time for spiritual renewal, personal prayer time, and daily seminars from our fantastic Camp Meeting speakers: Dan Jackson, Dr. David Smith, Brant Berglin, Bill McClendon, and Dr. Sung Kwon!

Join us for Day of Ministry Trainings on Sunday, June 16, that includes:
  • Will Clinic 101 with David Duncan
  • CPR Training with Waiyego Pearson
  • How to Start a Health Ministry with Elida Jerez
  • Mobile Communications with Katie Henderson
  • Writing for Publication with Heidi Baumgartner
  • Next-Level Praying & Conflict Resolution with Randy Maxwell
  • Clerk Training with Craig Carr, Kaitlyn Herman, and Vivien Vasquez
  • Estate Planning for Grandkids with David Duncan
  • 3 Principles that Lead to Spiritual Renewal with Tyler Long
  • and more!

Reserve Your #WACampMeeting Lodging!

Get ready to camp at #WACampMeeting! Reserve your Conference Tent or (Dry, Partial, or Full) RV site TODAY at!
Reserve Your #WACampMeeting Lodging TODAY!

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!
May 25 | Doug Bing will preach at Chehalis Adventist Church in Chehalis
May 29 | Craig Carr will attend Northwest Christian School Graduation
May 30 | Craig Carr will attend Olympia Christian School Graduation

May 31 | Doug Bing will attend Auburn Adventist Academy Graduation
June 1-2 | Doug Bing will preach at 24-Seven Church in Bellevue
June 1-2 | Craig Carr will attend Auburn Adventist Academy Graduation

June 14-22 | Conference Leaders attending #WACampMeeting in Auburn

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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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