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December 21, 2017
We value (A)dventist education, (C)oaching leaders,
(T)otally involving members in ministry, & (S)piritually growing in Jesus. This is Washington ACTS!

Merry Christmas,
#WAAdventist Family!


We wish you God's blessings of hope and wholeness! Our office will be closed the week of Christmas and will reopen after the new year. May your time with family (or friends who are like family) be filled with laughter, joy, and peace!

'Twas the Night of Christ's Birth

An original Christmas story poem by Craig Carr,
Washington Conference VP for administration


'Twas the night, that first Christmas,
and throughout the hen-house,
Not a few creatures were stirring, including a mouse!
The prophecies had been told,
the details they shared,
With hopes that King Jesus would soon be there!
 
While the sheep were all nestled
all snug in their beds,
Visions of Messiah danced in the shepherd’s heads.
They talked quietly of prophecies as the night elapsed,
The day-shift settled in for their much needed naps.
 
When out in the field there arose angelic clatter,
They sprang to their feet to see if it mattered.
For across the sky their appeared a great flash,
Bright as lightening; they waited for thunder to crash!
 
In courses to commoners the angels they flew,
To herald to them excitedly, “The prophecies are true!”
More rapid than eagles their courses they came,
They hovered, and heralded, and called Him by Name!
 
A wink of their eye and a twist of their head,
An angel said, “Dear shepherds, you’ve nothing to dread.”
“I bring you good news, great tidings of joy,
Which will be to all people; every girl and boy!”
“Unto you this very night, a Savior is born,
You must go and see Him, this first Christmas morn.”
“In a manger you’ll find Him, in a lowly cattle stall,
“Now dash away, dash way, dash away all!”
 
The shepherds stumbled and mumbled and turned with a jerk,
As they realized the old prophecies were truly at work!
But before they could say, “To the manger, let’s hustle!”
Suddenly there displayed an angelic bustle.
 
The shepherds heard them exclaim as they flew into the night.
“Glory to God in the highest; peace to all in God’s sight.”
 
Take a Facebook Poll: Do you read Matthew or Luke's version of the Nativity Story at Christmastime?

The Nativity Story....According to Kirkland Children


The children of Kirkland Adventist Church have a special story to share with you! Associate pastor Jordan Stephan interviewed the super cute children of Kirkland to learn more about the Nativity Story from their perspective. It's adorable...and deep!
Watch "The Nativity Story" on Facebook!
:: A MATTER OF PRAYER

Praying for Timmy


A Pacific Northwest family with Adventist connections is surrounding 16-year-old Timmy Brodigan as he recovers following the Amtrak derailment accident in DuPont.

His oldest sister, Kali, reports in a GoFundMe profile: "He was rushed by medivac to Mary Bridge and immediately underwent multiple surgeries. His injuries were a compressed spinal cord at C5 vertebra as well as some brain bleeding and head lasuration. He has a long road ahead."

Timmy and his brother previously went to Buena Vista Elementary School. Timmy's mother, Robyn, is a member of Highline Adventist Church. The family is providing updates via their GoFundMe profile.

Thank you for caring and praying for this family and other family's impacted by the train derailment.
:: LOOKING FORWARD TO 2018

Starting the Year with Prayer


Start the new year strong with two days of prayer, fellowship, and celebration. Regional Ministries will be hosting Days of Celebration from January 5-6 at Clover Park's McGavick Conference Center (in Lakewood). We'll have several representatives from Washington Conference there, and hope to see you!
Interested in Attending? Click Yes on Facebook!

Young Adult Innovation Labs


The Washington Conference Young Adult department will kick off in January with two innovation lab events that will help to shape the future of next-generation ministry in western Washington.

Based on the design-thinking process, this fast-paced evening will feature honest listening, open dialogue, creative thinking and a lot of coloring outside the lines. Come prepared to be heard and be ready to dare, dream and design.

At this event senior church leaders are encouraged sit at the feet of their young adults to listen, learn and then innovate together new ministry ideas. The event will be held twice on consecutive Friday nights – on January 5 at Auburn Adventist Academy Church and on January 12 at the Bellevue SDA Church. Both events run from 7-9 pm. A light dinner will be served and the event is free to all.

RSVP is encouraged, but not required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Elizabeth Yeagley at 253-681-6008.
 
Email RSVP For "Think Outside The Lines"
Read about "Is This Thing On?" - a Similar-Type Interaction

Grant Writing: Take Your Fundraising to the Next Level


A special learning convention is schedule for President's Day weekend to accommodate busy working professionals who want to learn how to effectively write grants to support ministry causes.

This fundraising intensive, scheduled for late Sabbath afternoon to mid-day Tuesday, February 17-20, 2018, is designed for ministry directors, pastors, principals, board members, and other interested individuals.

To make the most of this opportunity, it's recommended to bring more than one person from each ministry. Representatives will want to bring a laptop which can access onsite wi-fi to search for appropriate grants. Any additional materials about the organization and/or project you wish to raise money for will also be helpful.
 
Questions? Email with Colette Newer
Ready to Register? Sign Up Now!
FROM JAPHET DE OLIVEIRA & THE ONE PROJECT

Register for the One project before December 31


The grand finale promises to be a unique and moving experience. No recordings will be made of this gathering, and since it will include an open session for everyone to share thoughts and experiences, we anticipate that it will be challenging and refreshing. We invite speakers and participants alike to proclaim “Oh, How I Love Jesus!” 

Register at www.the1project.org before December 31, 2017, for the best prices. Prices increase on January 1, 2018 and the gathering is likely to sell out.

QUICK FAQ
  1. Where is the One project gathering taking place? We are returning to the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, and all our guests will be in the newly refurbished Palm Tower. You can reserve your room online at the One project website for the best rates.
  2. What is the theme for this final gathering? For the first day, all our presenters will be speaking on “"Oh, How I Love Jesus!” The second day is a surprise - come and experience it!
  3. Why can’t you tell us what the second day is about? It is only for those in the room on that day. There are some things that need to be said, and you will understand only after we have shared them.
  4. Why did is it on Sunday and Monday? For several years, we have always held our gatherings on Sunday and Monday; we tried one year to move it to Saturday/Sunday and had many requests to return it back to Sunday/Monday to honor the importance of the local Churches. We all value the local Church. 
  5. How much does it cost? The best price requires registration before December 31, so register soon. The adult registration is now $220. 
  6. Who are the presenters?  See the list of presenters here.  https://the1project.org/gatherings/san-diego-2018#schedule 
  7. Why is this the last gathering? https://the1project.org/updates 
Register Now for The One Project in San Diego

Coming Soon: Washington Youth Offering


The Conference Ministries offering as we currently know it (for Education, Evangelism, and Sunset Lake) is changing beginning in January 2018. Local church representatives affirmed a decision in 2017 to transition this offering to become the new Washington Youth offering to specifically fund efforts to grow young Adventists.

The Washington Youth Offering will benefit the full spectrum of ministry to young people: children's ministry, Pathfinders/Adventurers, youth ministry, young adult ministry, Sunset Lake Camp, and Adventist Education.

Thank you for helping to instill Hope & Wholeness in the next generation!
Give Your Year-End Donations Online!

Check Your Mail Box Next Week!


We have a holiday letter, the annual offering and sunset calendar bookmark, and a special gift offer in the mail to you next week!
Request a Conference Speaker for Your Church in 2018!

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President: Doug Bing. VP Administration: Craig Carr.
VP Finance: Jerry Russell. VP Education: Craig Mattson.
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