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October 5, 2017
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(T)otally involving members in ministry, & (S)piritually growing in Jesus. This is Washington ACTS!

The Memories You Leave Behind

by Tim Peterson, Washington Conference planned giving officer

One day a young man found the will of his great grandfather. In it he read, "I don't have much money to leave behind, but what I have is the belief that the gospel message of Jesus from the Bible is true. And that is the main thing I want to leave with you."

That made a deep impression on the young man, and made me think about the memories I will leave behind for my descendents. It's not like we can control what people will remember about us, but thinking about it can have a profound impact in the way we live. It's not too late or too early to start thinking about the legacy you will leave behind.

I have more thoughts to share on this subject. Click to read more!
Want to build an awesome legacy? Let's talk!

Outdoor School

Now this is a great way to spend three school days! This week, 150 scholars in grades 5-8 are learning together in the great outdoors. Eleven Washington Conference schools are represented at Outdoor School.

"It is great for the kids to get out of the classroom," says Leanna Decker, first-year teaching principal at Poulsbo Adventist School. "I wish we could do all our education outdoors because the kids love it!"

Activity rotations include zip line, horsemanship, fishing, pond life, and nature life on the campus of Sunset Lake Camp.

It's been a while since Sunset Lake and the Office of Education teamed up to present an Outdoor School, and we're proud of this collaboration!
See a Facebook Gallery from Outdoor School

Growing Young Cohort

Three Washington Conference churches (and other northwest conferences) have representatives attending the Growing Young cohort at Fuller Youth Institute this week and learning how to empathize with emerging adults. Here's some initial insights:

Dustin Serns, Port Orchard pastor
"Churches Growing Young is not about changing youth ministry. It's about changing church culture."

"Young people are not looking for church hype. They're looking for church health."

-Stoked to be learning from cutting edge research on engaging and activating youth and young adults at the Growing Young Cohort.

Jason Bulgin, Emerald City associate pastor
"You can download good preaching, but you can't download a vibrant community." #MillennialsSay

"It's not doubt that's toxic to faith...It's silence."

We're excited about working with Fuller Theological Seminary for the next year on a mission to GROW YOUNG and bring overall VITALITY to our entire congregation.

Volunteer Park SDA Church
Two of our young leaders at VPC are in California today for the Growing Young cohort with Fuller Youth Institute. We're excited for what's to come!

Review of Growing Young by Eugene Cho:
"There's a fine line between catering to young people and understanding the context of our fast-changing culture so that we can engage young people and invite them into discipleship and mission. Growing Young is a gift to the wider church."

Explore More About "Growing Young"

Planning for Camp Meeting

Our typical planning cycle starts in January of each year with many teams coordinating different details. We are trying something new and starting planning team meetings beginning in October!

In the first meeting this week, we talked about your speaker requests, campus upgrades, and new programming ideas. You'll want to save the date for June 15-23, 2018!

(Yes, we know camp meeting in 2018 overlaps with WWU graduation. With other summer activities on the schedule, our options are limited. We'll try to arrange for a graduation livestream location where you can watch.)

Take a quick survey and let us know what program features you would like to see at camp meeting!
Camp Meeting Activity Survey

October 7: NPUC Day of Prayer

Washington Conference leaders highly encourage you to join the NPUC Day of Prayer on October 7.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church Annual Council will be held Oct. 8–11 in Silver Spring, Md. Important discussions will be held and critical decisions may be made that will impact the governance and unity of our church.

With this important gathering in mind, North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) leaders are calling all Northwest members to join in a Day of Prayer, Sabbath, Oct. 7. There is no formal schedule for this, no specific format that must be followed. We encourage each member, in his or her own way, wherever and whenever possible, to lift up the mission of our church, and the hearts and minds of our world church leaders in prayer. We desire God's Spirit to be the unifying presence throughout these meetings, and that our divinely-inspired mission will be enhanced, not hindered, by decisions made.

NPUC President John Freedman has a video invitation to prayer plus a prayer for our nation and our church for you to share with your church family (3 videos in all).

Watch John Freedman's Invitation to Prayer + 2 Prayers
Follow #GCAC2017 Twitter Updates

October Ministry Highlights

The 2017 Children's Leader Convention is around the corner. I am so excited to see how God is going to bless us this year. If you are still thinking about attending, think no more. It is time to act and get registered for this great event. There is still time for you to register and get the discounted price of $99, but hurry there is only two more days left. Any last minute questions? Email

October 12-15
Training for Children's Ministry Sabbath School Leaders in Portland | Register Now (final opportunity!)

October 23
Local Communication Summit with social media coaching and training in Federal Way | RSVP Now

October 27-29
Women's & Teens' Fall Retreat in Ocean Shores | Register Now

New AMEN Tacoma Location Secured!

AMEN Clinic has a new location secured for November 10 and 12! AMEN Tacoma will be held at the Boys and Girls Club, 3875 S. 66th St., Tacoma, WA 98402.

Volunteers are still needed to help provide health, medical and spiritual care to Tacoma residents who are underinsured, uninsured, or low-income. Medical, dental, vision, and non-medical support volunteers are needed. Thanks for signing up at!
Volunteer to help at AMEN Tacoma!

Meet & Greet

Doug Bing (president) is on the road in October to several locations. If you see him, please say hello!

Meet & Greet

Say hello to Craig Carr (VP Admininstration):
Say hello to Tim Peterson (Planned Giving):
Request a conference speaker for your church!

Let's Connect!

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