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Feb. 19, 2020
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He was happy in handcuffs

It is always a point of curiosity when you exit a store and find three police cars all pulled up and parked erratically right by the door of the store.

This was a recent scene my wife and I encountered at a storefront. In addition to the police officers, we witnessed three store security personnel and three individuals standing by a car. One of the individuals was standing there in handcuffs…smiling and chatty.

What struck me the most was how happy the person in handcuffs was. He was busily chatting with the officer closest to him and they were laughing together about something.

As I drew closer to them and my own car, I started to hear more of the conversation....

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Adventist Volunteers Respond to Flooding


After the flooding in southern Washington and north-central Oregon (particularly in Pendleton, Walla Walla, and outlying parts of Umatilla County), Adventist volunteers in Upper Columbia Conference have been aiding with response needs.

Walla Walla University students filled 30,000+ bags of sand while Walla Walla Valley Academy students with less time and students still filled over 8,000 bags of sand.

Individual members sheltered evacuees while other Adventist volunteers prepared meals for evacuees at the Red Cross shelter in Walla Walla.

Adventist Community Services provided free flood buckets with clean up supplies at Multi-Agency Response Centers in Pendleton and Walla Walla in addition to providing emotional and spiritual chaplaincy care. The flood buckets have their own story! They were prepared by Pathfinders a year ago and stored for the next emergency.
See the Buckets in this News Report!
Washington Conference also has a disaster response trailer available. If your community has a need, please let us know. If your community would like to stock and store response buckets for emergencies, arrangements may be made, too. Call Adventist Community Services - Washington at (253) 681-6008.

Auburn's New Program
Takes Flight

Your high school student can truly take flight at Auburn Adventist Academy!

High school students can earn a private pilot license during a new fast track aviation program offered at Auburn Academy. College credit is available for private and instrument licenses making it possible to become a Certified Flight Instructor by building hours earlier than most.

"This will be a four-year program that provides a diligent student to graduate with both their private and instrument at a significant discount while earning college credit," says Jay Coon, AAA vice principal of growth and development.

For more information visit: www.auburn.org/flight-school.

African American Churches Unite in Prayer & Purpose

Ten years ago, the regional African American churches of western Washington started meeting together the first Sabbath of the new year for a time of praise, prayer, preparation and preaching.

“We’re trying to get our people to come together to work as a team,” says EuGene Lewis, Washington Conference regional ministries director and pastor. “One church’s success is another church’s success. Days of Unity gives us one agenda for regional work in Washington Conference.”

Our network of African American churches would appreciate your prayers and ministry support (with Bible studies, community involvement, volunteering and more) as preparations continue for this fall's Breath of Life series in Federal Way with Dr. Carlton P. Byrd.

United in Prayer Gleaner Story
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Washington Youth: Education Focus

Students who understand the principles of right and wrong and the attributes of God’s kingdom are better scholars, leaders, family members, and citizens. Our society needs ethical leaders – and this developmental training experience for young people is a joint effort between home, school, and church.

We prepare scholars with life training and character development. Adventist education is the best way to educate citizen scholars who demonstrate respect, integrity, truthfulness, perseverance, responsibility, caring, courage and problem solving.

Thank you for investing, sharing, volunteering, recruiting, and praying for Adventist Education. You demonstrate and model character for our scholars. Your Washington Youth offering this month supports Adventist Education.

Discover more about the 7 Advantages of Adventist Education! Plus invite a prospective family to the school open house nearest your location on or around March 8!

7 Advantages of Adventist Education
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for February 2020

February is the month for ordinations! Our third and final ordination will be for John Miller on February 22 at 3 pm at Winlock Church.

Trending Topic: Social Inequality

Feb 22, 5 pm | Seattle

Trending Topic is a quarterly event hosted by Refuge Church at the heart of U District to tackle current social issues from a Christian perspective. This session will talk about Social Inequality, from the racial & financial perspectives, with presenter Colette Newer. Q&A session included.

Parent Empowerment Weekend

Feb. 28-29 | Tacoma Central

Parenting Program facilitator Donna Kelly will teach you how to have a peaceful, happy home. Four sessions: Friday night at 7 pm, Sabbath at 11 am, 2 pm, and 3 pm. Free. See flyer for more info

North Hill Café

Feb. 28 | Edgewood

Doc Lewis and his R&B/blues-flavored Gospel band are the featured artists along with JLM Worshipers featuring Sherril Mitchel. Doors open at 6:30 pm for a light meal followed by music at 7 pm. Free. Questions? Call Jeff at 253-880-4646.

Take Back Your Health

Feb. 28-Mar. 1  | Burlington

Ophthalmologist Dr Joyce Choe and Mercy Ballard, a nurse and director of the Years Restored Lifestyle Program, will present a free community health seminar focused on autoimmune and gut health and well-being. Sessions at various times. Free. Please email RSVP to Andrew Rice.

VBS/Sabbath School Expo

Mar 1, 2:30 pm | Dower Chapel (Auburn)

Children's Ministry directors, VBS coordinators and volunteers: you are invited to preview the new Vacation Bible School program and see a showcase of Adventist Sabbath School curriculum options for your local church. Inquire for more!

Diabetes Undone

Mar 1 | Tacoma Central

Jeannette Witzel, RN MSN, will guide you through a hope-filled 8-session video course from Dr. Wes Youngberg and dietician Brenda Davis to reverse diabetes and reclaim your health. Class begins March 1 at 6 pm, continues Sunday evenings until April 19. Kits are on special right now for $60. RSVP: Mark Witzel (253) 293-5862.

Marriage and Family Seminar

March 6-7 | Tacoma Central

It's a family focused weekend at Tacoma Central Church with Pastor and Marriage & Family Therapist Dr. César De León. Invite a friend!

Youth Rally

March 7 | Cedar Springs Camp (Lake Stevens)

A day for youth and youth leaders that you won't want to miss! Worship, friends, and fun activities! $25 per person. Register now!
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