August 12, 2020
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Share a Call of Encouragement This Week

By Bob Grady, SAGE president

As seniors, we have lived long enough to see it all! We have been through the joys and sorrows of a lifetime, so we can identify with others and understand their needs.

We’ve picked up a little wisdom along the way, too. And many of us are cuddly, loving grandpas and grandmas, or aunts and uncles.

That’s why Seniors in Action for God with Excellence (SAGE) has attracted so many of us in the last 25 years who wanted to help others.

However, right now the needs are shifted. Because of COVID-19 concerns, SAGE is not able to do ministry like SAGE is used to doing. We’ve spent a lifetime helping others and now we need your help.
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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

New Podcast Releases this Weekend!

Just Us, a brand new podcast from Washington Conference is launching on August 15! This monthly podcast will be available for listening on major podcast services as well as a video broadcast on social media.

"Our goal with the Just Us podcast is to talk about racial reconciliation, justice, and equity from a Christian perspective," says Bill Roberts. "When we listen to other people's stories, it creates empathy and understanding. We want to see a better world and a better community. Second Corinthians 7:2 gives counsel to "make room in your heart," and that is what we desire to do through this podcast. We may not always agree with each other, but we want to respect each other and move forward with understanding to bring glory to God and to help this world be a better place."

In this first episode of the “Just Us” podcast, the panel is introduced and their stories are told. The panel shares how the issue of the need for racial reconciliation became part of their lives and what motivates their passion for this subject. They share what they believe to be at stake for our country and for people of faith and what gives them hope.

Release Date: August 15

An Appeal for Your Help

There is no question that these last months have presented one of the greatest challenges to Adventist education in denominational history. Yet, here we are ready to welcome students back for the 2020-21 school year. Adventist schools are operating this year under very specific State of Washington guidelines related to Covid-19.

"I am making a direct appeal for your help; this is not a financial appeal, but a cultural appeal," says Craig Mattson, Washington Conference vice president for education. "The cultural shift I am praying for is that regardless of a person’s personal views on face coverings and masks, visitors to our schools this school year will comply with business guidelines for public health."

Keeping our schools open will depend directly on our collective ability to follow all Covid-19 related guidelines at home, at school, at church, or in the marketplace. For schools, these requirements include:
  1. Face coverings – all students, staff, and visitors must wear face coverings on campus
  2. Health screenings – students will be screened at the door each day for temperature and other symptoms
  3. Personal hygiene – teachers will be emphasizing healthy habits such as frequent hand washing
  4. School cleanliness – the state has asked schools to adopt elevated standards for cleaning, sanitation, and disinfecting
  5. Social distancing – a framework of 6 feet of personal space per person must be adopted by schools
"As with all reopening guidelines, our schools are under a legal directive to abide by the state reopening plans," Mattson says. "Failure to do will likely result in a local school being closed by the local health department for violation of health directives. We are all praying for a safe and productive reopening of our schools. Thank you once again for your support of Adventist education and the students we are training up."

Inquire with your local Adventist school for reopening plans, start date, and enrollment availability (many classrooms have a waiting list).
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Pictured: Pastor Ron Schultz, Sheriff Bill Elfo, and church member Malcolm Oliver hold the Bellingham prayer chain

Praying for Public Leaders

Before COVID-19 arrived, Bellingham Adventist Church began cultivating a connection with the local sheriff's office. The church arranged, for example, to be an inclement weather shelter. They also offered to pray for the sheriff.

One Sabbath this summer, when the church reopened for in-person services, Sheriff Bill Elfo visited the worship service to share about his role and service to the community.

Bellingham members learned that the sheriff's office has about 200 employees including three canines. A lady in the church, Kathy Langei, assembled a paper prayer chain for the church to pray for each employee (including the canines - a very specific request).

"This was a positive way for our church to engage with the community," says Ron Schultz, pastor. "It was a powerful experience to pray for our Sheriff's Office."

A Pastor in the Interim

The Sabbath morning routine is a little different now for four leaders on our Washington Conference office team who are now serving as interim pastors in addition to their administrative work.
  • Doug Bing, president, is also serving as interim pastor for Enumclaw Church after the retirement of Pastor Ken Parker.
  • Craig Carr, vice president, is also serving as interim pastor for Shelton and Brinnon churches after Pastor Cristian Bobocea moved to the Marysville/Arlington district (following Pastor Doug Sharp's retirement).
  • David Salazar, youth ministries director, is also serving as interim pastor for Port Orchard Church after Pastor Dustin Serns transitioned to launch LifeBridge Church in Tacoma.
  • Bill Roberts, ministerial director, is also serving as interim pastor for Kirkland Church after Pastor Kevin Wilfley moved to Upper Columbia Conference.
Thank you for your prayers for our pastoral team!
[Friday night campfire visitor photo by Caleb Riston]

Sunset Lake Summer Adventures Continue

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 14, 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.

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. Space is limited. Donations appreciated. You will be required to limit your interactions with your immediate family only. If you are sick, stay home. And don’t forget to bring and wear your mask!
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Watch Friday Night Campfire at 7:30 pm!

Auburn Adventist Academy Clean-up Day

Sunday, August 16 & 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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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."
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"Which churches are reopened?"

Washington Conference now 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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