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March 21, 2019

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


By Doug Bing, Washington Conference president

This past Wednesday was the first day of spring! I celebrated by going out into my front yard and taking pictures of the flowers and the cherry trees that were blooming. I really like spring. I like to plant things and I like to see them grow. I also like to harvest the produce. A few years ago, our cherry trees came out in full bloom. The color was amazing and the bees were quite happy. You could stand below the trees and just listen to the humming that was coming from the trees above you. It was a glorious sight.

The problem, however, was when it came to harvest. For some reason, that year the ratio of cherries to cherry blossoms was not even close! In fact, it was hardly worth the time to go out and try to find the few cherries that did ripen. It was very disappointing and I was thinking that it was a total waste and that maybe we needed different kind of trees. But the next year for whatever reason we had a great crop!

Continue reading to see how Doug connects his experience with the cherry blossom trees harvest to the story of the fig tree!
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How does the Washington Youth Offering benefit ministry?

One Sabbath each month, we have an opportunity to give to the Washington Youth offering. This important offering helps to benefit Children's and Youth ministries, Pathfinders & Adventurers, Sunset Lake Camp, Youth Adult ministries, and Adventist Education. Jerry Russell, Washington Conference vice president for finance, reports that in 2018 a total of $221,352 was given to benefit these ministries! We thank you for giving to and supporting these important ministries.

This Sabbath's Washington Youth offering goes to benefit Young Adult ministries! As you think and pray about your offering, please consider supporting this ministry to continue helping churches in the Growing Young Cohort to grow young in their ministry, host spiritual retreats to build community and support, and reach the young adults in western Washington.
Help Support Young Adult Ministry This Sabbath!
Watch a Story About the Growing Youth Cohort!

What is a Constituency Session?

The Seventh-day Adventist church as a representative form of governance. It recognizes that authority rests in the membership and is expressed through duly elected representatives at each level of organization. This authority is expressed by a constituency session, a gathering where delegates representing the member units in a church organization meet to conduct essential business for that organization.

How does this constituency session work in the Adventist church? Watch this video from the North American Division Secretariat to learn more!
Discover More About Constituency Session!

April 6 :: Women's Spring Day

Discover God’s design and destiny for your life and learn how to unleash the queen God created you to be on Sabbath, April 6, at Women's Spring Day with guest speaker Dr. Andrea King! Esther had a queen hiding inside of her and so do you! Women's Spring day is two weeks away! Register Today!

Mar. 23 :: Safety Sabbath

This Sabbath on March 23, get ready to make your Church or Ministry a safer place by participating in the Safety Sabbath drill! This is an important part of being prepared when a natural disaster or emergency situation happens. As your church makes final preparations, discover what Safety Sabbath Resources you can use to be more prepared for your drill!

Is your church participating in Safety Sabbath? If not, consider working with your church to schedule your own Safety Sabbath locally!
Download Your Safety Sabbath Resources!

Youth and Volunteers "Be the Sermon" on Global Youth Day!

150 Washington Conference youth and volunteers committed to "Be the Sermon" during Global Youth Day this past weekend! The groups spent their day helping the City of Kirkland's Park and Recreation Department to beautify and clean up various parks across the city and partnering with the local Boys & Girls club to help them with a project.
  • Video 1 :: Kirkland Park representatives share the impact of what Global Youth Day does to help their community!
  • Video 2 :: Global Youth Day participants share what their favorite part during the day or  service projects!

Spring Break Mission Trips

This week, student groups from Puget Sound Adventist Academy and Auburn Adventist Academy have left on their spring break mission trips! Pray for their safety as they spread God's love to communities in Dominican Republic and the Philippines.

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!
Mar. 23 | Doug Bing speaking at Southcenter Church in Des Moines
Mar. 24-27 | Craig Carr & Jerry Russell at Beyond the Bottom Line Conference
Mar. 31
| Leaders at Large Committee Meeting at Auburn Adventist Academy Church
Mar. 31 | Doug Bing, Craig Carr, & Jerry Russell previewing HOPE House in Tacoma
Apr. 1 | Leaders at Delegate Information Meeting in Bremerton
Apr. 2 | Leaders at Delegate Information Meeting in Burlington
Apr. 6 | Craig Carr speaking at Centralia SDA Church in Centralia
Apr. 6 | Craig Carr visiting Fire Rekindled at South Tacoma Adventist Fellowship
Apr. 8 | Leaders at Delegate Information Meeting in Chehalis
Apr. 9 | Leaders at Delegate Information Meeting (English) in Federal Way
Apr. 10 | Leaders at Delegate Information Meeting in Kirkland
Apr. 11 | Leaders at Delegate Information Meeting in Seattle
Apr. 13 | Leaders at Delegate Information Meeting (Spanish) in Federal Way
Apr. 14 | Leaders at Nominating Committee in Federal Way

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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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