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March 15, 2018
We value (A)dventist education, (C)oaching leaders,
(T)otally involving members in ministry, & (S)piritually growing in Jesus. This is Washington ACTS!

Biblical Justice: Love God, Love Others, Do Good

by Doug Bing, Washington Conference  president

Jeremiah 29:11 is a famous text that is many times quoted as a message of assurance: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” When you read the context of the text, however, you come to the realization that the text was given as part of a challenge to live in captivity and to live in a city.

In fact, in reading verse 7, it says to seek the peace and prosperity of the city where you will end up as a captive. God was telling them to seek ministry in the city where they would be living. He wants them to seek or pray for the city and the prosperity of the city.

Jeremiah instructs the people to get married and have families in the city where they will be. In verse 5, God is telling them to become involved in what today we call Urban Ministry. He wants them to invest their lives into the city and to fully represent Him in the city.

The majority of the world’s population now lives in cities. Our conference is blessed to have a large mission field where the majority of our population lives in the Seattle metro area. This urban area has many people who are all creations of God and who God loves deeply.

Today, God is still calling us as people who love Him to also love the people of this area, and work to share the great news of His love and the assurance of salvation in this life and the life to come.

Washington Conference will be hosting an Urban Ministries Conference on April 13-15, 2018, on the campus of Bastyr University in Kenmore.  During this conference, they will be sharing how each Christian can help tackle the needs of people through wholistic ministries. They will address how we can truly be the hands and feet of Jesus as we help address problems such as gangs, substance abuse, homelessness and food insecurity.

You and your ministry team are encouraged to prayerfully plan to attend and learn together at this important conference. Our prayer is for you to return to your mission and center of influence in the city and begin to see the peace and prosperity of where God has sent you.
Explore How We Can Minister to the Cities!
:: THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON

Learning to Love Others Well

Registration is now open for the Biblical Justice & Urban Ministries Conference on April 13-15 in Kenmore, Wash. We suggest bringing 2-3 representatives from your church so your team can take better action on future urban ministry initiatives.

The Urban Ministries Conference from April 13-15 will highlight proven principles and practices that impact the holistic needs of diverse people groups in cities. It will spotlight innovative, successful and sustainable ministries operated by Adventist churches in the urban context. Attendees will be exposed to biblical principles that should influence and inform effective ministry in our current social climate.

Lodging is available for this ministry conference. Find lodging contact information when you click to register now.
Register Now to Attend Urban Ministries Conference!

FROM PETER FACKENTHALL

201 Thousand Blessings!

"We can never outgive the Lord.“

For those of you that came, thank you so much for being part of Hearts of Gold this last Sunday. Because of your amazing generosity and God's grace, $201,185.00 was raised for Auburn Adventist Academy and in support of the financial needs of students!

Our baskets are overflowing, God worked another miracle and you were a part of it. This is God’s school and we are all his stewards. Our eternal thanks to each and every one of you!

FROM CRAIG CARR

Hellos and Goodbyes

 
Pastor Kevin Rogers – After 18 years of ministry at the Mount Tahoma church, Pastor Kevin is following the Lord’s call to Indianapolis, Indiana, to pastor one of the largest churches in the Lake Region Conference. Kevin and Mernetha would like to invite you to their farewell, hosted by the Mount Tahoma Church, this Sabbath, March 17 at 3:00pm. May God richly bless Kevin and Mernetha as they transition east, and we look forward to seeing them again at GC Session 2020!
 
Pastor Pedro and Abby Pozo – Pastor Pedro is leaving the Kenmore/Lynwood/Seattle Hispanic district to accept a call to serve in the Las Vegas area of the Nevada-Utah Conference. We will also dearly miss Abby’s leadership in Children’s Ministries here in the office. Thank you, Pastor Pedro and Abby, for your kindness and dedication to ministry!
 
Pastor Jennifer Woody – Pastor Jennifer is transitioning from Bible Teacher/Chaplain at Auburn Adventist Academy to joining the pastoral team as an Associate Pastor at the Auburn Adventist Academy Church. We are grateful for how she will continue using her talents to serve the Auburn community in ministry. Please keep Pastor Jennifer and the group of AAA students in prayer as they travel to serve in Belize, March 17-29.
 
Pastor Wayne Culmore – Pastor Wayne will be leaving the Cedarhome Church family at the end of June. We wish Wayne and Sylvia God’s richest blessings as they embark on full retirement mode. What a blessing of leadership has been provided during his time there.

Stop Scams Before They Start

 
Are you being careful about what information you give out? The Stewpot has 7 good tips for avoiding fraud and scams when they come your way.
  1. Don't leave a paper trail
  2. Use a service to monitor all three credit bureaus
  3. Avoid checks and using debit cards
  4. Don't leave anything of value in your car
  5. Password protect your phone
  6. Don't give personal information over the phone
  7. Don't carry your Social Security number or Medicare card with you
Small habits can protect you from being a victim!
Read More from Stewpot!
Read More in Espanol
FROM DUSTIN SERNS

Port Orchard 'LIKE' Cards

Our own Pastor Dustin Serns was featured on the NAD Ministerial website! In the article he shares about how he gave everyone two "LIKE Card" Bookmarks at the end of his first sermon when he arrived at Port Orchard.

LIKE is an acronym

·      List 5-10 people you’d like to see baptized.

·      Intercede for them daily.

·      Kindness shown through words and acts.

·      Encourage Bible study & decisions.

"The members kept one card in their Bibles as a prayer list and handed in the other copy for the church leaders to pray for. It didn’t take long before we started seeing God answer."

Read More About the Port Orchard LIKE Cards!

Small Group Inspiration


If you're looking for small group ideas, also check out Port Orchard's just released Spring Groups list for inspiration!
Click to See their Small Group Catalog!

Tips from Adventist Health on 'Going Green'

St. Patrick's day is just around the corner! In celebration of the green holiday, Adventist Health has a few tips to share about making the world a little more environmentally friendly!
  1. Take a 5 minute shower
  2. Make a home-grown breakfast
  3. Be thrifty with your shopping
  4. Reduce pollution and use public transit
  5. Be a green influence
What's your personal way of staying green?
Read More About How to Go Green!

Do your taxes and benefit a nonprofit!


Did you know when you do your taxes with any H&R Block you can also benefit KACS 90.5 FM? It's a simple task! Just reference KACS, and H&R Block will donate $20 to the KACS Family-Friendly Radio.

Here's the simple steps!
  1. Inform your tax consultant that you are participating in the Nonprofit Referral Program for KACS Radio
  2. Provide the referral number - #40010001097868
KACS has already received their first donations from the program with H&R Block. Small donations can add up!
Connect with KACS!

Calling First-time Amazon Smile Participants


You have the opportunity from March 12-31 to make a first-time purchase and benefit a local Adventist charity of your choosing! Amazon will triple the donation rate to 1.5% on your first eligible purchase!

Find a local Adventist ministry, school, or church near you to benefit!
Benefit a Local Adventist Ministry Near You!

Two Volunteer Opportunities

VegFest Seattle: April 7 & 8
VegFest, an annual vegetarian food festival in Seattle, is seeking volunteers to be involved in all aspects of the festival. Families may volunteer; some volunteer roles require ages 15-18 or older.

Explore all the volunteer information at www.vegofwa.org!

AMEN Everett: April 20 & 22
AMEN Clinic is seeking Dental, Vision and Medical practitioners as well as general volunteers for a free clinic coming to the Xfinity Conference Center in Everett!

Sign up today at ameneverett.org to volunteer! This is an opportunity you will not want to miss! Any questions? Email everettvolunteers@gmail.com

Volunteer for AMEN Everett!
Volunteer for VegFest!

Meet & Greet


Say hello to Doug Bing, Washington Conference president, at the following locations this spring.
 
  • March 16 - Attending Journey to the Cross in Auburn
  • March 17 - Preaching in Arlington
  • March 22-April 2 - Holding an evangelism series in Guatemala with NPUC & Walla Walla University theology students

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President: Doug Bing. VP Administration: Craig Carr.
VP Finance: Jerry Russell. VP Education: Craig Mattson.
Managing Editor: Heidi Baumgartner



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