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October 19, 2017
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Heirs of Reformation

by Craig Mattson, Washington Conference vice president for education

The date 1517 is a date that has been memorialized in the Christian world as the date that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church doors in Wittenberg, Germany.  

If you look at your calendar you will notice that this event took place exactly 500 years ago this month. On this important anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, it is important to remember and uphold the essence Martin Luther's work.

As Seventh-day Adventists we are heirs to the reformation and we believe, like Luther, that scripture is the source of life, and that we are powered by God to seek a relationship with Jesus through our reading.

Discover & Learn More!
New video series helps explain reformation themes
"Reformation Journey" YouTube Series

Here We Stand

Five hundred years ago, on Oct. 31, 1517, an unknown Augustinian monk in an obscure university posted ninety-five propositions to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany.

Martin Luther's words were quickly translated and spread across Europe, igniting a Reformation that would alter the course of world history. As Seventh-day Adventist Christians, we find ourselves living at a time where the line between truth and error is becoming increasingly blurred.

The book Here We Stand is a timely reminder that God is directing His church, as He has done throughout time, and that truth will triumph.
Request "Here We Stand" from Auburn ABC!

A Pale Horse Rides

The Voice of Prophecy's "A Pale Horse Rides" series begins next week!  More than 700 churches across North America are partnering with the VOP to present "A Pale Horse Rides," which begins next Friday. This gripping follow-up to last year’s award-winning Shadow Empire" series will walk in the footsteps of an intriguing group of ancient barbarians who paved the way for Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation.

Shawn Boonstra traveled to Ireland, Scotland, Germany, and Italy to make history come alive for this series, and each local pastor will play a pivotal role in the three presentations. It all begins Oct. 27, and you’ll want to bring a friend! To find the host church near you and view the event trailer, visit
Host A Site & View Event Trailer!

Field Trip Session

Executive Committee for Washington Conference went on a field trip today as part of a regularly scheduled meeting this week. The committee heard about three growth plans for housing, meeting space, and dining services for Sunset Lake Camp.

Sunset Lake's dream is to be "the living room of the conference." We are eager to see how God will bring these plans together!
Visit Sunset Lake's Website

Ministry Reports

Each time Executive Committee convenes, they hear ministry reports about what is happening in western Washington. Here are a few highlights:

  • We have 70 evangelism meetings happening this fall.
  • Today, we've had 318 baptisms and 111 professions of faith.
  • South Tacoma Adventist Fellowship, who participated in the Restart program three years ago, is celebrating 7 months in a row of having at least one baptism and they are anticipating more baptisms next month.
  • 12-15 churches are participating in Voice of Prophecy's A Pale Horse Rides series this month, and more are expected to participate in the near future.
Evangelism Questions? Ask Tyler!
  • Tim Peterson is now a fully certified trust services officer.
  • Rachel Kibukevich, auditing intern, completed a record 70 audits this summer.
  • Bob Sundin from the North Pacific Union Conference affirmed Washington Conference for being a leader in developing business interns.
  • The Trust Services & Planned Giving staff is specifically helping parents to draft guardianship documents. Want to know more? Call 253-681-6008.
Planned Giving Questions? Ask Matthew & Tim!
  • Craig Mattson is out visiting schools and getting acquainted with the school campuses.
  • Opening enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is 1,306+ students. More students have enrolled since the opening reports were submitted. This enrollment number is an encouraging uptick for our schools.
  • For the first time in 10 years, Outdoor School was held at Sunset Lake Camp. Students interacted and made friends from other schools all while learning about nature and the Creator of nature.
Education Questions? Ask Craig & Becky!
  • Toward our evangelism offering goal is $172,936.96, we've received $144,770.31 or 83.7 percent of our goal. Thank you for your habit of giving to evangelism!
  • August tithe year-to-date was up 0.74 percent and September tithe was up 3.31 percent year-to-date.
  • The Treasury team is working on the budget for 2018 and is $175,000 away from having a balanced budget and still moving forward to fund as many ministry dreams as possible.
  • Washington Conference will be introducing a new Washington Youth Offering in 2018 that will provide extra funding for Education, Pathfinders/Adventurers, Children's Ministry, Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and Sunset Lake Camp. The Washington Youth Offering will replace Conference Ministries Offering. You will see more information about this new offering soon.
Church Finance Question? Ask Jerry!

Funding Above & Beyond

Brunch was over and emcee Jeff Keating started explaining how the Committee of 100 session for Auburn Adventist Academy would proceed, how much funding was available from membership dues, and how to call out a wish list number if you wanted to provide extra funding.

"I'd like to fund parts of items number 7, 17, and 22," a voice from the audience called out.

Keating hadn't identified where the voice was coming from in the room and asked the person to identify himself.

"My name is Doug Bing," said Rand Strobel in jest. The gathering of 116 committee donors plus faculty and students erupted laughter!

The jovial atmosphere continued as donors and supporters of Auburn Adventist Academy stepped forward to fund more than $120,000 in extra curriculum items needed for classrooms to expand and grow Auburn's academic, music, fine art, industrial education, residential and athletics program.

The Committee of 100 also recognized Bob and Carol Paulson's years of commitment to enhancing the education experience at Auburn Adventist Academy.
Make a Donation to Auburn's Committee of 100

Volunteers Still Needed for
AMEN Tacoma!

Volunteers are still needed to help provide health, medical and spiritual care to Tacoma residents who are underinsured, uninsured, or low-income. Medical, dental, vision, and non-medical support volunteers are needed. Thanks for signing up at!

AMEN Tacoma will be serving the community on November 10 and 12 at the Boys and Girls Club, 3875 S. 66th St., Tacoma, WA 98402.
You are needed!
Watch this video invitation from AMEN Tacoma!
Volunteer to help at AMEN Tacoma!

Meet & Greet

October 19-23
Greet Heidi Baumgartner and Katie Henderson at the Society of Adventist Communicators (Portland), NW Communication Advisory (Portland) & Washington Conference Local Communication Summit (Federal Way)

October 20
Greet Doug Bing at Breath of Life's 40 Hours of Prayer Friday Night Program

October 22
Greet Doug Bing at Skagit Adventist Academy Auction in Burlington area

October 28
Greet Doug Bing & Craig Carr at NAD Year-End Meeting in Maryland
Greet Tim Peterson at Enumclaw Adventist Church

November 4
Greet Tim Peterson at Centralia Adventist Church

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President: Doug Bing. VP Administration: Craig Carr.
VP Finance: Jerry Russell. VP Education: Craig Mattson.
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