August 19, 2020
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Losing Your Mind?

Jesus wants to speak peace into your life!

By Craig Carr, Washington Conference vice president for administration

Anxiety is an interesting catalyst of behavior: for good or for bad.

We live in a chronically anxious society. It seems that anxiety, fear, anger, and even rage is closer to the surface than ever before: The current pandemic and its social distancing measures, the slowing of our economy and the financial uncertainty, and the recent racial unrest and the resulting protests and violence.

Have you noticed the anxiety in your own life and family circle? Have you noticed that small inconveniences in life can set you off?

There’s something to be said for “crisis fatigue,” as it relates to how we respond to the ongoing, chronic challenges of 2020 and how it affects our thinking and especially how we treat each other.

Let’s briefly look at two stories from the life of Jesus and His interactions with others in their anxious moments.

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Available by Appointment

Washington Conference Office employees are transitioning from working at home to working in the office once again. The building is currently closed to the public. In-person and virtual visits with ministry leaders are available by appointment.

Call 253-681-6008 or Email a Leader
A Collaborative Virtual Prayer Rally
for Northern California & Western Washington


Praying Together to Bring Back the Glory

In a partnership forged from adversity, the Prayer Ministries teams from Northern California and Western Washington are planning a virtual prayer  retreat for August 28-29. Covid closed Northern California's annual prayer retreat camp but opened a door to Renton Church's live stream.

"This collaboration with a sister conference widens the reach of prayer ministries to potentially impact thousands instead of hundreds," says Randy Maxwell, Washington Conference prayer ministries coordinator, Renton pastor, and virtual prayer retreat speaker. "What the enemy meant for harm God has turned into good."
See the Schedule
Watch on Renton's YouTube Channel

Family Time at Sunset Lake Camp

[Summer staff photo by Caleb Riston]

Just Approved for Family Overnight Stays!

Overnight Family Camp

Sunset Lake is finally open to families who wish to come and camp overnight! The camp is open this weekend August 21-23 and next weekend August 28-30. Four churches will be hosting Outdoor Church around campus. There are several Covid-19 regulations for your safety. Meals are on your own. Modern cabins (with plumbing and 10 beds) are $125 per night, RV sites are $35 per night, and tent sites are $20 per night. RSVP now, pay when you arrive.

Friday Night Campfire Program

Need to get away at the end of a long week? Bring your family to Sunset Lake Camp this Friday evening, August 21, at 7 pm, for an evening worship service with our camp staff. Enjoy music, skits and a short message at Cedar Island, then stay and watch the sunset light up the lake. There’s no better way to welcome in the Sabbath. This is the last planned campfire of summer 2020!

Online Campfire Program

Can’t make it to camp? Join us for our online campfire program, premiering on Sunset Lake Camp's YouTube channel on Friday evening at 7:30 pm. This week we will discover how God can help us experience victory if we place our abilities in His hands.

Sabbath at the Lake

We’ve missed spending the summer with our campers. But why not spend the day with us! This Sabbath afternoon from 4 to 6:30 pm the camp will be open for families to enjoy. We will have self-guided hikes, canoeing and swimming until 6:00 pm, followed by an outdoor worship service led by our staff.

Please RSVP to Sunset Lake by phone (360-829-0311) or email by Friday to reserve a firepit, request a cabin, or arrange for an upcoming Outdoor Church. Space is limited. Donations appreciated.
Email Sunset Lake Camp
Watch Friday Night Campfire at 7:30 pm!
Thank you to the 19 volunteers who came last Sunday!

Auburn Adventist Academy Clean-up Day

Sunday, August 23
9 am - 1 pm

From Auburn Adventist Academy :: Summer is almost over and school will be starting soon. Because of the current pandemic, our students who help keep our grounds with Jesse Plecker are not able to work. Therefore, we are inviting our AAA community and friends to help prepare our campus for the new school year. Bring your gardening tools, weed trimmers, hedge clippers, mowers, etc., to spruce up the outside of the campus. There will be a few inside projects as well.

All who come will be expected to abide by the current social distancing guidelines and masks must be worn inside the building, or when you are not able to keep a 6’ distance outside. We look forward to seeing you this Sunday at 9 am.

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Disaster Response Update :: Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is on the front lines of fighting the spread of COVID-19 and Adventist Disaster Response – Washington was blessed with a FEMA donation of eight 55-gallon drums! The product is being repackaged into gallon jugs and distributed to ACS centers, schools, churches and health ministries programs.
Thank you to:
  • Dale Hyde at Auburn Adventist Academy for receiving and storing the drums.
  • Auburn ABC for serving as the refill and distribution point.
  • Jim and Florence Steichen for making sure there’s a ready supply of gallons to pick up.
  • FEMA for the donation.
  • North American Division Adventist Community Services for facilitating the donation.
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Back to School Season Begins

It's back to school season and our teachers are one week into their contract for the 2020-2021 school year here in western Washington! We're still planning and praying for in-person learning in our 19 schools (thank you for taking health precautions at home just like educators are at schools).

Monday morning, our team of 91 educators and 8 guests joined for a virtual launch of a new school year. The hour-long Zoom session included prayer, a devotional message, introductions of seven new teachers, a 15 minute networking breakout session (it was super fun!), and instructions for self-directed professional development covering racism and equity in the classroom (required unit) and electives in standards-based learning, emotional intelligence, paper to digital learning shift, STEAM learning, and teaching in a time of Covid-19 among other materials.

"Covid-19 has reorganized our lives and gave us a forced reset switch," says Craig Mattson, Washington Conference vice president for education. "We look forward to more collaboration between teachers and schools especially for our professional learning communities."

Connect with your local Adventist school to get acquainted with our Impactful Teachers!

7 Advantages of Adventist Education

"Which churches are reopened?"

Washington Conference has TWO answers for you!
1) Browse a list of churches to see who has indoor, outdoor, or virtual worship services.

2) Check weekly plans with your local or neighboring churches. Service plans are typically shared on the church's website, Facebook, or e-newsletter by Thursday or Friday each week.
List of Church Reopenings


Ways to Connect
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