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June 11, 2019

#PromiseSquare

This Week's Promise to Share

Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over. After three days the officers went throughout the camp, giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits between you and the ark; do not go near it.”

Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”

Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people.” So they took it up and went ahead of them.

And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses. Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’”

Joshua 3:1-8, NIV
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:: ADVENTIST STORY connections

:: GROWING IN FAITH events

June 14-22 | Join Us At #WACampMeeting!


#WACampMeeting starts this weekend! Immerse yourself in 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!


Read Now :: Digital Program Guide

Discover all the #WACampMeeting ministry activities, Discipleship workshops, Day of Ministry trainings, featured speakers, division activities and more in the digital Camp Meeting program guide!
See the #WACampMeeting Digital Program Guide TODAY!

Family Worship :: Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 pm

Bring your chair (and/or a blanket) to the AAA Gazebo for an evening of worship at 7:30 pm! This will be a great evening of praising God with spiritual song, a devotional message, and visiting with friends! The whole family is invited!

Discipleship Workshops & Day of Ministry Trainings

This year, there are three tracks for trainings and workshops: Spiritual Growth, Leadership Development, and Health & Wholeness! Discover more online or on the Attendify app!
Discover #WACampMeeting Workshops & Trainings!

Reserve Your #WACampMeeting Lodging!

Looking to find a room, conference tent, or RV site? Reserve your Conference Tent or (Dry, Partial, or Full) RV site TODAY at washingtonconference.org/campmeeting!
Reserve Your Camp Meeting Lodging NOW!

A Health Reminder

Health Reminder for #WACampMeeting :: The Washington State Department of Health reminds people to take precautions to help stop the spread of measles. There have been 81 reported cases in Washington in 2019. The current outbreak began on May 9 in three Puget Sound counties.

If you have been exposed to measles and feel ill, stay home from Washington Conference campgrounds and other public spaces to help prevent the spread of the disease.
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:: GROWING YOUNG ADVENTISTS events

Your Chance to Hear Rome Ulia!


Get a head start on listening to a #WACampMeeting speaker at two ministry events this week!

Renton, Maple Valley and Kent churches will come together for two evenings of united prayer at the Kent Church this June 11-12 at 7 pm with Rome Ulia to help you connect with the new thing God wants to do in your lives.

At Tacoma Central Church, Rome Ulia will bring you the Word of God through his powerful personal testimony of the good work God has begun and continues to perform in his life at a Youth Vespers on Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 pm!
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:: HEALTH & WHOLENESS events

June 21 :: "Know Your Numbers" Health Fair at #WACampMeeting!


Know your numbers! A variety of health screenings, workshops, and resources will be shared at our new Health Fair at #WACampMeeting on Friday, June 21, from 10 am to 5 pm in and around Auburn Adventist Academy Church. The Dental Van will treat patients. Plus -- Help save lives with a blood donation. Scholarship monies will be donated to Auburn Adventist Academy if we meet a goal of 72 donors!
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:: TOTALLY INVOLVED events

Get Started with Your #WACampMeeting Experience!

  • Family Worship :: Start your camp meeting experience early with Family Worship at the Gazebo on Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 pm. Bring a chair or blanket!
     
  • Move-In Day :: Settle into your camp site or dorm room throughout Friday and prepare for the Sabbath day. Guest Services is open Friday from 9 am to 9 pm.
     
  • Friday Evening Worship :: The first official meeting of camp meeting begins Friday at 7:15 pm with 90 minutes of evening worship fro the kindergarten to adult divisions.
     
  • A Day Together :: This Sabbath, it's a full day worship experience from 6:30 am to 9 pm. Greet friends! Join a potluck at 12:30 pm! Attend Carlot Dorve's concert at 3 pm.
     
  • Ministry Trainings :: Connect in small learning groups with local church leaders who are doing what you do! 75-minute sessions are Sunday at 9:30 am and 11 am.
     
  • Service Project :: Bring the family to participate in an act of service! We'll be packaging World Vision kits behind Rainier Auditorium. Sign in Sunday by 10:45 am.
     
  • Family Fest :: Purchase food tickets to taste the specialties of Pathfinder clubs! Bounce house, family games, car show, and more on Sunday from 11 am - 4 pm.
     
  • Workshops :: Participate in 75 minutes of learning! Select workshop topics at 9:30 am, 2:30 pm, and 4 pm to grow spiritually, improve your health and more!
     
  • Grand Finale :: Conclude your camp meeting experience on the second Sabbath from 6:30 am to 9 pm. Potluck at 12:30, Sing-Along at 2, and Talent Show at 3!

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#AdventistLife

Never Giving Up

From Jed De La Paz and Port Orchard Adventist Church :: I still can’t get over the experience of baptizing someone for the first time last week. It was amazing! I didn’t think I would get emotional, but when Scott shared that the reason that he and his wife Steffany were standing in church is because of me, I started tearing up. He said he looked at his phone the night before and read all my texts from the past year. He realized that I never gave up on him no matter how busy he got.

I teared up because I reflected on the past year. I had times of doubts but God came through. In July I was just elected as a church elder, and Pastor Dustin asked us what we’d like to see Jesus do this year. I said I’d like to lead someone to baptism through personal Bible studies.

In August Dustin said there were a couple of Bible study requests from the AMEN health clinic we just did. He recommended Scott, a school security guard that checked out the clinic. Truthfully I was hesitant. Was a ready to give a Bible study? Was I good enough to do so? What if I don’t know how to answer their questions?

However in spite of those questions, I accepted Scott’s request. We would meet up when we could, but because he was so busy, there would be long stretches where we couldn’t meet. Those were the times I texted just to check in on him. In my mind though, I thought it wasn’t working. It’s been several months and we only met a couple of times.

However through God’s grace both him and Steffany started having regular Bible studies with me and Dustin, and I ended up baptizing not just Scott but also his wife 10 months later.

Things I learned from this experience:

  1. There were times I thought it was a failure, but actually God was still working. That’s how I know this was all God and not me. The Holy Spirit is the one that works and convicts someone, not me.
  2. We can have a mindset of witnessing to move people’s relationship with God from a 1 to a 10, and anything less than that is a failure. Sometimes moving someone from 3 to a 4, or a 8 to a 9 was what they needed at that time. We have to trust God’s timing, not ours. It’s about a relationship and a process, not about numbers.
  3. Witnessing gives us a glimpse of God’s love for us. He persistently reaches out to us even when we’re too busy for Him.
  4. They were just as much an answer to my prayer’s as I was for them. By blessing others, you are blessed in return.
  5. God can work through us, in us, and in spite of us. He allows us to be co-workers with Him and I have to say, it’s one of the most amazing experiences in the world.

Too often we rely on our pastors to do everything, but the Bible calls all of us to share and make disciples. Maybe you’re scared of doing Bible studies with someone like I was. I’d say build your friendships and relationships with the people around you first. People want to see God more than hear about Him. Then when they open up about spiritual things just share what you know from the Bible. You don’t have to know everything In order to share. From there you can follow easy to follow study guides if they want to dive deeper. It’s a life changing experience and if you haven’t done it yet, I highly recommend it.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” -- Matthew 28:19

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