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March 1, 2018
We value (A)dventist education, (C)oaching leaders,
(T)otally involving members in ministry, & (S)piritually growing in Jesus. This is Washington ACTS!

Heroes Come in All Colors

by EuGene Lewis, Washington Conference regional ministries director

Black History Month has always been somewhat of a mixed bag for me. While I believe with all my heart it is a good thing to celebrate the accomplishments of our African American heroes, they deserve it and much more. It saddens me how we celebrate so few of them and so infrequently.
 
I love the Bible and the stories found within it. The Bible has always been my primary source for inspiration, growth, and soul searching. I recently ran across a well-known story in Genesis. Genesis 37:19,20, to be exact, the story of Joseph and his brothers. I believe it offers the first clue to the strong possibility as to why we celebrate so few African Americans heroes.

Black people are dreamers by nature. We’ve had to be since the first day the slave ships of Europe left the shores of Africa for the Caribbean Islands and the Americas. When you’re at the bottom of a boat or in a pit as Joseph was, you naturally dream of getting up and out!
 
The ills of slavery have had a tremendous negative effect upon the minds of African Americans, as it did upon each succeeding generation in the Joseph narrative. It wasn’t the people outside of Joseph's cultural identity that first tried to kill him. It was his own brothers. And so, the saga unfolds.
 
And so, the saga unfolds... [Keep reading!]
:: THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON

Mission to Our Cities


What if we rethought our mission and ministry to the cities? A group of Adventist pastor and leaders met with Doug Venn from Adventist Global Mission to explore the details and logistics of creating Living Hope Centers in Seattle's urban communities.

Please pray for our leaders as they sort through ideas, pray over plans, and pay attention to how God is leading them in mission and ministry.
Is God Calling You to Urban Ministry? Learn More!

Chaplaincy


As part of their regular Excellence in Ministry training meetings, pastoral interns learned this week about the military and chaplaincy. Three representatives from the United States Navy came to talk about the needs and opportunities for supporting military personnel and their families.

Educators Explore "Encounter" Bible Curriculum

by Katie Henderson

Teachers from western Washington attended an interactive two-day in-service early this week to learn about the new Bible Encounter curriculum from the North American Division.

The new curriculum combines Bible lessons with brain-based thinking to consider the way students think and learn today. The primarily activity based curriculum also integrates nine types of learning for all types of learners: verbal, logical, visual, kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, natural, and spiritual. Furthermore, the curriculum includes Adventist history sections and connects fundamental beliefs to the lessons.

“I’m excited because for a long time I’ve wanted a more hands-on, tactile approach for sensory learners, and so I’m looking through these samples with excitement,” says Melissa Hammond, teacher at Shelton Valley Christian School. “It adds a dimension of fun that we don’t have in our Bible curriculum right now, and if we’re going to attract kids to the love of God it needs to be engaging!”

The Encounter training was also rewarding in another way: the North Pacific Union Conference and Washington Conference sponsored four learning resource kits prizes (valued between $500-800). Rewarded schools:
 
Additionally, two schools received similar kits for piloting the new curriculum this school year.
Explore "Encounter" For Yourself

A Festival of Music & Service

by Katie Henderson

Over 430 students from Washington Conference and Upper Columbia Conference, as well as homeschool students, gathered at Auburn Adventist Academy over the weekend to fill the campus with hard-practiced music.

Rehearsals were packed with choir students finding their harmony together, band members finding the right tune, bell members synchronizing the beat, and orchestra members fine tuning their strings to get ready for the long-awaited Music Festival concerts.

On Sabbath afternoon, 121 students signed up to package 807 student kits and 1,200 teacher baskets for World Vision to supply to impoverished areas around the world. Additionally, they separated out non-recyclable materials to yield 1 ton of recycled paper and collectively donated over 30,000 volunteer minutes!
See More Photos from Music Festival 2018!

Teaching Children to #SayYesToJesus


Grow your children's ministry leadership skills! The North American Division is continuing to grow its eight-track leadership certification program.

Already here in Washington, we've had 100 leaders work through the first two training tracks. The third training track will be presented the March 9 (in English, Spanish & Russian). Children's Ministry leaders will also preview Vacation Bible eXperience programs: March 10 (Spanish only) and March 11 (English & Russian only). These training sessions will be distinctly honored by the presence of world church children's ministry leader Linda Koh who will be the keynote trainer.

Encourage your children's ministry leaders to attend this training weekend, and consider giving your children's ministry leaders a "weekend off"!
Registration NOW Open!

Five Pathfinder Teams to Advance

by Katie Henderson

Eight qualified Pathfinder clubs traveled an average three-hour drive to Sequim Adventist Church to compete at the Conference-level Pathfinder Bible Experience. Parents and local church members filled the pews and balcony in support of Pathfinder clubs as they tested their Bible knowledge of Daniel and Esther.

Pathfinder clubs in Washington Conference have added ten clubs since September 2017, increasing their club numbers to 34, and are steadily becoming a more active ministry.

Five of the eight clubs will advance to the Union-level Pathfinder Bible Experience in Boise, ID!
 
  • Ocelots – Bonney Lake Church
  • Cascade Eagles – North Cascade Church
  • Chehalis Believers – Chehalis Church
  • Chehalis Interpreters – Chehalis Church
  • Evergreen Pathfinders – Startup Church
See More Photos from Pathfinder Bible Experience!

Two Volunteer Opportunities

VegFest Seattle: April 7 & 8
VegFest, an annual vegetarian food festival in Seattle, is seeking volunteers to be involved in all aspects of the festival. Families may volunteer; some volunteer roles require ages 15-18 or older.

Explore all the volunteer information at www.vegofwa.org!

AMEN Everett: April 20 & 22
AMEN Clinic is seeking Dental, Vision and Medical practitioners as well as general volunteers for a free clinic coming to the Xfinity Conference Center in Everett!

Sign up today at ameneverett.org to volunteer! This is an opportunity you will not want to miss! Any questions? Email everettvolunteers@gmail.com

Volunteer for AMEN Everett!
Volunteer for VegFest!
FROM BYRON DULAN & COLETTE NEWER

Practical Ministry to Reach Urban Communities

Registration is now open for the Biblical Justice & Urban Ministries Conference on April 13-15 in Kenmore, Wash. Bring 2-3 representatives from your church so your team can take better action on future urban ministry initiatives.

The Urban Ministries Conference from April 13-15 in Kenmore will highlight proven principles and practices that impact the holistic needs of diverse people groups in cities. It will spotlight innovative, successful and sustainable ministries operated by Adventist churches in the urban context. Attendees will be exposed to biblical principles that should influence and inform effective ministry in our current social climate.

Lodging is available for this ministry conference. Find lodging contact information when you click to register now.
Register Now to Attend Urban Ministries Conference!

Thank you for your prayers

On Wednesday, our president Doug Bing had a medical emergency while attending North Pacific Union Conference meetings at Walla Walla University. After a series of tests and observations, his medical providers identified a harsh case of vertigo. (He is recovering and in good humor.) While his world stops spinning, his schedule is likely to be adjusted for the near future. Thank you for your prayers and understanding.
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