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September 2, 2020
God Still ACTS in Washington and Beyond!
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The Pink Eraser, Back to School & Sharing Faith

by Doug Bing, Washington Conference president

Like most children, I liked getting new back to school supplies in getting ready for the first day of school.

While in elementary school each year I would get a pink eraser. It was totally unmarred and ready to do the work of correcting errors. By the end of the year I had usually drilled a hole in the eraser, and it was all marred up and dirty.

There is much about 2020 that many would like to erase and wish had never happened.

Back to school routines this year are also much different. We certainly need to be praying for and supporting our school children and teachers this year that we may avoid virus outbreaks and have a Christ-filled year.

Through all of the pandemic shutdowns there is another part of Adventist education that needed to never stop. That is the religious education that takes place in our homes.

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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

Episode 01 - Sundown Towns & Green Books


In the first episode of the Just Us podcast, Bill, Hanz, John and Mimi take a look at two important terms that help us understand the racial reality and issues of today: sundown towns and green books.

You are welcome to share your feedback, ask questions, or share future episode ideas via washingtonconference.org/podcast.
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Training Future Leaders


Each fall, the Treasury team pays a visit to Walla Walla University to talk with business and accounting majors about what it's like to work for the church, to offer summer internship interviews, and to visit with business professors to receive their recommendations. The result: hiring a summer auditing team!

"The interns we get from Walla Walla every year are top notch," says Jerry Russell, Washington Conference vice president for finance. "We try to especially hire auditors who are from the local area, but they come from all over, too. This year, we have two Auburn graduates on our auditing team."

The auditors review financial records from 140 entities every other year. The auditing interns also learn about additional aspects of the Treasury department, help with special projects, and learn about the conference budgeting process.

"We're trying to introduce them to the concept of working for the church someday, so we give them a well-rounded feel of what we do and the mission of the church," Russell says. "Many interns through the years continue in careers within the church. We love training future leaders."
 
Thank you Ryan, Destinie, and Nathan
for your auditing services this summer!
Know potential auditing interns? Let us know!

Feel Whole Challenge

Begins Now!

You have the power to change your life. Prove it by taking the Feel Whole Challenge, a 21-Day devotion to every part of you, made for all ages and stages of wellness.

Washington Conference Health Ministries is inviting our conference family to join the Feel Whole Challenge beginning now. This challenge is kindly provided to us by AdventHealth in Florida. We appreciate the opportunity to grow in our health and wellness. (The daily email prompts will come via AdventHealth.)

Review the daily challenges. Sign up for the daily e-mail prompts.
Get ready to feel whole!

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It's Bookmobile Time for Northwest Washington!

Auburn ABC will make deliveries to the following drop-off locations on Sunday, September 13:
  • Bellevue Church | 10:00 - 10:30 am
  • Edmonds Church | 11:15 - 11:45 am
  • Forest Park Church (Everett) | 12:15 – 1:00 pm
  • Arlington Area (Smoky Pt. Costco) | 1:45 – 2:15 pm
  • Stanwood (Park & Ride @ I-5) | 2:45 - 3:00 pm
  • Mount Vernon Church | 3:30 – 4:00 pm
  • Bellingham Church | 5:00 – 5:45 pm
Call in your order: 253-833-6707
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Auburn ABC NEW Store Hours


Sunday - 11 am - 3 pm  (closing 1 hr. sooner)
Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday - 10 am - 5:30 pm (closing 30 min. sooner)
Wednesday & Friday - 10 am - 2:30 pm  (Wed. 3.5 hrs. early, Friday no change)

Outdoor & Virtual Planned Giving Visits


Need to set up your estate documents? Make adjustments to your will? Ask an attorney your planned giving questions?

Jose Jerez and Rita Gruesbeck from Washington Conference's Planned Giving team are happy to meet with you outside, by phone, or online. Plus - our estate planning attorney is available for free 30-minute consultations (by phone or online).

"We'll answer your questions, explain your options, and walk you through the process of planned giving all while keeping you safe," Jerez says.
Set Up Your Planned Giving Appointment!

Quality programming is worth sharing!


Many Adventist families have been blessed by the biblically-based productions by Sight & Sound Theater. There's a production coming live to Sight & Sound TV this weekend with the beautiful and moving story of Queen Esther.

Sight & Sound says: "For the first time ever Sight & Sound is bringing a live televised show to the world! For one weekend only, Esther’s timely story will come to life like never before in this special worldwide pay-per-view event. Join us for the live broadcast Friday, September 4, 2020, at 7PM ET. Exclusively right here on Sight & Sound TV!"
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"Which churches are reopened?"

Washington Conference 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

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