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May 16, 2019

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

Vanilla

By Doug Bing, Washington Conference president

Do you have a favorite smell that you are drawn to? I’m a big fan of vanilla, especially the smell of it. When smelling candles with my daughter in the store I am always drawn to the vanilla ones. Vanilla adds so much to so many things. It’s a great seasoning and is the most popular spice in the world.

This week I curiously read about the history of the vanilla bean. Back in 1841, the world produced less than 2,000 vanilla beans which all came from Mexico. Because of its rarity, it was expensive. The physician to the king of Spain called vanilla a miracle drug that could cure a snake bit and sooth an upset stomach. A fun fact: Thomas Jefferson was the author of the first recipe for vanilla ice cream.

But the way vanilla came to be so common is all because of a 12-year-old slave boy named Edmond.

Continue reading to see how Doug connects the story of Edmond and the vanilla plant to growing our faith in God's gentle instruction!
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:: THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON

Continuing to Coach Leaders


Yesterday, all our administrators, directors, associates, interns and a few guests were actively involved with Leadership Coaching sponsored by North Pacific Union Conference. During the training, leaders explored their individual coaching reports to determine in what areas they could grow, practiced "Closing the Gap" during a tough conversation, and learning how certain behaviors can work together to develop a skill.

Quick Takeaways from the Training:
  • Not making a decision is a decision.
  • Having a team with diverse behaviors and skills is a great value.
  • "Your goals as an Adventist Coach is to provide feedback in a non-judgmental and caring way."
  • Hope is not a strategy.
  • When having a tough conversation, take the time to be a reflective listener and really listen to what they're saying. Follow up by asking calm and open questions based on what you're hearing from them.

Leadership training is an important Washington Conference mission that we are committed to that helps us develop our coaching and leadership skills.

Rodriguez Ordained to Gospel Ministry


Victor Rodriguez held just about every church office from deacon to Sabbath school teacher to youth director and Pathfinder instructor, director and area coordinator, and more. But it wasn’t enough to satisfy the calling God had placed in his life.

His spiritual gifts and talents led him to become a dynamic preacher, Christian songwriter and literature author. He was the first Adventist recording artist of his province in the Dominican Republic, which allow him to present the gospel in variety of ways in many places in the United States and overseas. His passion for evangelism and youth ministry moved him to establish clubs, support church planting and be a literature evangelist in his native country.

This satisfied his ministry calling, he thought.

But God had something more in mind. God was calling Rodriguez to pastoral ministry.

Read the Full Gleaner Story!

June 14-22 | Join Us At #WACampMeeting!


#WACampMeeting is coming soon this June 14-22! Camp Meeting is a time for spiritual renewal, personal prayer time, and daily seminars from our fantastic Camp Meeting speakers: Dan Jackson, Dr. David Smith, Brant Berglin, Bill McClendon, and Dr. Sung Kwon!

Some Workshop and trainings will include:
  • CPR renewal with Waiyego Pearson
  • Morning Exercise Class with fitness instructor Teresa Joy
  • Pay it Forward service workshop with Jodi Iwankiw
  • Sharing the Gospel with Mormons with Pastor Jason Canfield
  • Children's Ministry Certification with Nitza Salazar & Gerry Lopez
  • Family Disaster Preparedness with Robert Duvall
  • Ukulele Class with Elizabeth Grgurich
  • Guitar Class with Maylan Schurch
  • and more!

Reserve Your #WACampMeeting Lodging!


Get ready to camp at #WACampMeeting! Reserve your Conference Tent or (Dry, Partial, or Full) RV site TODAY at washingtonconference.org/campmeeting!
Reserve Your #WACampMeeting Lodging!

We Say Farewell to Joyce Bahnmiller


Adventist Prison Ministry Fellowship has lost one of its beloved and faithful Volunteers. Joyce Bahnmiller, Monroe Prison Ministry Chapter and Monroe Church member, was indeed a stalwart in the Adventist Prison Ministry Fellowship. She faithfully committed herself to Prison Ministry for 30 years to coordinate many of the Services and read numerous stories to the inmates.

It was a joy for Joyce to read to the inmates and even with her deteriorating health, she would have her husband wheel her in to the prison in a wheel chair. She was able to read her last story to them on Sabbath, April 6.

Joyce was loved by the inmates and they certainly looked forward to her stories. One inmate was so touched by her commitment that after she read the story to them on April 6, he stood up and said “Joyce I am so proud of you for coming into this prison for all these years, even in a wheel chair.”

Joyce’s Memorial Service will take place this Sabbath, May 18 at 4 pm at the Monroe Church.
Find More Details for Joyce Bahnmiller's Memorial Service

Meet & Greet


Washington Conference leaders would like to say hello to you at one (or more) of these upcoming events. When you see them, please mention this "hello invitation" from Washington ACTS!
 
May 17-18 | Doug Bing will attend NPUC Regional Convocation in Gladstone, Ore.

May 25 | Doug Bing will preach at Chehalis Adventist Church in Chehalis
May 29 | Craig Carr will attend Northwest Christian School Graduation
May 30 | Craig Carr will attend Olympia Christian School Graduation
May 31 | Doug Bing will attend Auburn Adventist Academy Graduation
June 1-2 | Craig Carr will attend Auburn Adventist Academy Graduation

June 14-22 | Conference Leaders attending #WACampMeeting in Auburn

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Copyright © 2019 Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, All rights reserved.
President: Doug Bing. VP Administration: Craig Carr.
VP Finance: Jerry Russell. VP Education: Craig Mattson.
Managing Editor: Heidi Baumgartner  Contributing Editor: Katie Henderson



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