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November 2, 2017
We value (A)dventist education, (C)oaching leaders,
(T)otally involving members in ministry, & (S)piritually growing in Jesus. This is Washington ACTS!

Sharing God's Love in Every Community

by Doug Bing, Washington Conference president

When you travel by air, you have a little extra time for thinking, reading and praying. This is especially true for me in October with attending the General Conference Annual Council and North American Division Year-End Meetings. The two presentations delivered at these meetings keep ruminating in my mind.

All Hands on Deck
to Reach the Cities

Ted Wilson used the story of Jonah to talk about ministering to the cities. Where Jonah tried to run away from urban ministry, have we tried to run away from urban ministry, too? This is an interesting thought in light of the encouragement and counsel to be "centers of influence" both individually and as a church. Every member is a minister. Every member has opportunities to share their faith, whether you live in urban, suburban, or rural areas.

"God is still calling His servants today to reach the cities where there are many who are “reaching out after something better” and are willing to listen to Bible truth shared through various methods. Christ wants us to go into “all the cities and villages” teaching, preaching, and healing in His name. This is still His plan and longing desire," Wilson said.
Keep Reading: "All Hands on Deck"
The Church Must Love in Actions, Not Words
Then Dan Jackson shared several times at Year-End Meetings an appeal to love in actions, not words.

“[Our Church] can become meaningless in the world if we don’t learn how to reach the people of our territory. Words can be empty and meaningless if they don’t have action behind them," Jackson said.

And using the analogy of the Choluteca Bridge — to nowhere — in Honduras, Jackson warned that we must be able to adapt as the world changes, using words people can understand—and backing up those words with action. He referenced how technology has changed the way people live, learn, and communicate, saying “We are no longer keepers of the knowledge; we must become the facilitators of learning.”

I encourage you to read summaries or manuscripts of both presentations and pray about how God is leading you in your life to be a minister for Him in your home, neighborhood, workplace, and community.
Keep Reading: Church Must Love in Actions
:: THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON (AND BEYOND)

Year-End Meeting Summary


Washington Conference administrators and a couple pastors attended the North American Division's Year-End Meetings this week. Here are a few highlights about what we learned:

Membership
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America now has 1.2 million members worshiping in 5,530 churches and 833 companies as of June 30, 2017. In comparison, our membership in 1965 was 380,835 members.
Click to Read: NAD Year-End Meeting News & Presentations
Education
In North America, we have 13,001 early childhood, 38,904 elementary, 13,001 secondary, and 27,835 tertiary students learning in 812 schools (153 early childhood education centers, 677 elementary schools, 122 secondary schools, and 13 colleges/universities).
Click to Read: North America Continues Year End Meetings with Ministry Reports
Missionaries
Worldwide, Adventists have 1,073 long-term missionaries who serve a minimum of 1-2 years. This includes 434 Adventist Volunteer Services volunteers from North America, 546 from other church divisions, and 93 Adventist Frontier Missions volunteers.
Click to Read: "Adventist Church in North America Focuses on Mission"

3 New Ministries That Are Catching Our Attention


iBelieve Bible is a web series for youth and young adults who want to dig deeper into issues of faith and spirituality.
Click to Visit iBelieveBible.com
Gorgeous2God is a blog to inspire and uplift teen girls and provides a Christian perspective on how to navigate the unique issues teen girls face.

You may also find Gorgeous2God on Instagram and Pinterest: @Gorgeous2God
Click to Visit Gorgeous2God.com
Light Unshackled is a feature-length, on-location documentary on the Protestant Reformation. It contains stunning footage and powerful stories of the heroes of the Protestant Reformation who shaped the course of history forever. Join presenter Phil Mills, Jr., to travel through 11 countries and discover these inspiring stories.
Watch "Light Unshackled"
FROM WASHINGTON TREASURY STAFF

Hurricane Relief Offering Update


On September 9, 2017, churches across the Washington Conference collected a special offering totaling $39,680.85 to date to support the relief efforts of Adventist Community Services (ACS) after millions in Texas and Louisiana were impacted by the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey.

ACS, along with its partner, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), has responded to the needs of those affected by this catastrophic storm. ACS is providing clothing, personal care kits, cleaning supplies, and emotional and spiritual care as an immediate response.

The remainder of the offering will help Adventist churches and schools impacted by the storm. ADRA is providing funding to ACS as they work directly with local partners responding to the needs in their communities. Through this combined effort, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is serving as the hands and feet of Jesus to the communities of southwest Texas and Louisiana.

Thank you for your generous and sacrificial giving!
Keep Up-to-Date with Adventist Community Services
FROM WASHINGTON CONFERENCE OFFICE OF EDUCATION

More Opportunities to Witness

For our Adventist students who are athletically-driven, they have more opportunities to extend their example of good sportsmanship. Previously, Adventist and Jewish schools were limited in their participation for state tournaments. With intervention of a lawsuit and a legal team who figured out a new, non-Friday/Saturday schedule earlier this year, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) is now changing to a Thursday-Friday format.

This is particularly good news for Puget Sound Adventist Academy! Principal Ron Jacaban reports PSAA's Lady Sharks volleyball team is now state bound in their first trip ever to the state tournament!
Seattle Times: WIAA State Volleyball Accommodation

Last Minute Volunteers Needed

Amen Tacoma is still in need of the following types of volunteers:

1) Interpreters who can speak Russian, Samoan, Korean, or other languages besides English and Spanish
2) Food Service
3) Childcare Support (volunteers need to have current background screening)
4) Dental Professionals
5) Optical Professionals

All interested volunteers need to sign up at amentacoma.com

AMEN Tacoma will be serving the underinsured, uninsured, or low-income community on November 10 and 12 at the Boys and Girls Club, 3875 S. 66th St., Tacoma, WA 98402.
Volunteer to help at AMEN Tacoma!
FROM PUYALLUP ADVENTIST CHURCH

How do you stay madly in love forever?


Marriage is a marvelous and complex relationship. Most couples have been “mad about marriage” because they've been madly in love with each other. But most of us have also been just plain mad.

The Mad About Marriage Seminar is marriage education, not marriage counseling. Mike Tucker shares lots of stories – some from his own life – and lots of practical advice that you can really use. He also examines some of the issues that can derail marriages, drawing on current research and the expertise of a variety of scholars, authors, and psychologists to find solutions to the problems.

Mad About Marriage will be coming to Puyallup Adventist Church on November 17 at 7 pm and November 18 from 2-5:30 pm. Couples welcome! Singles welcome! Registration is required online or by calling April at (253) 848-5548.

Sponsored by Washington Conference Family Ministries
Click to Access Your FREE RSVP for Mad About Marriage!

Time Change
& You

Daylight Savings Time comes to an end on Sunday, November 5. Not only do you need to "fall back" and reset your (manual) clocks, but you also need to reset your body clock.

Dr. Kamajilt Atwal, director of Adventist Health's Sleep Disorders Center, has some advice for you to lessen your sleep debt.
LivingWell: Surviving the Time Change

Meet & Greet

November 4
Greet Doug Bing at Transformation Life Center in Olympia
Greet Craig Carr at Oak Harbor Adventist Church
Greet Jerry Russell at Volunteer Park's Big Deaf Day in Seattle
Greet Tim Peterson at Centralia Adventist Church

November 11
Greet Doug Bing at Monroe Adventist Church
Greet Craig Carr at Renton Adventist Church

November 18
Greet Craig Carr at Anacortes Adventist Church

Schedules change sometimes. This is the best information we have at time of publishing. We love your friendly greetings! Thanks for saying hi!
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President: Doug Bing. VP Administration: Craig Carr.
VP Finance: Jerry Russell. VP Education: Craig Mattson.
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