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(5/29/2020)

Letter to the Kittitas Valley Church -

James 1:2-4 “2Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

 

Camp meeting will be virtual this year featuring Lee  Venden 

​Children’s program begins at 6:30 PM 

​Main program is at 7 PM 

https://www.uccsda.org/campmeeting

Camp Mivoden is a go! 

​It will look different, but we will have it! 

​It is looking like July 12th (youth camp) will be the start date and it will go through August 16

​For mor information visit – 

https://www.uccsda.org/camp-mivoden-prepares-to-reopen

Reopening 

Kittitas County has now been approved for phase 2! This opens up the possibility of us going back to church in both locations, as we are able to have groups of 50 or less! That being said church leadership will meet and make a plan on how and when we will go about reopening our doors for church services.

​Masks will be required 

We will be working on a plan to stream the sermon when we do go back, so that if someone wishes to listen in, can. 

Again, please let someone know if you are in need of assistance or even a phone call, we are here for you! 

Love,

Pastor Jake

 

(5/21/2020)

Letter to the Kittitas Valley church: 

Heb. 12:3 - “Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”

• We are still in phase 1 – we need to not have any new cases for three weeks in order to move to phase 2, which is where we can begin to talk about going back to church. 

o The press conference that was going to tell us more about religious gatherings was cancelled today as they need more time to develop a plan

o Pray and hope this is sooner than later and we can get back to church in a way that doesn’t put our community and members at risk. 

• Tuesday Study and Prayer @ 7pm on Zoom. Contact pastor for information. 

o Last week was really excellent! 

• Tithe was down a little over $5k between the two churches for the month of April from last year.

o The conference saw a 14% decrease. 

• Sabbath School is continuing and has been good as well. 

o David P. and pastor Jake will be the teachers this week 

• If you are in need of assistance or even just to talk to someone please do not hesitate to call our church leadership.

Love, Pastor Jake

 

(5/14/2020 @ 6pm)

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 

Here is information to stay up to date on for the week: 

• Please be good to one another. The most disturbing thing about this whole thing is how “Christians” are interacting and treating people. We are all stressed and under pressure, some more than others, and let’s do whatever we can do to alleviate some of the suffering that we are going through instead of making it worse. PLEASE! 

 

• We are on a 4-phase reopening plan in Washington state. Currently, Kittitas county is in phase 1 of the reopening plan and that has been delayed due to the outbreak at Twin Cities. Hopefully it will be an isolated outbreak and keep those people in our prayers. Hopefully we will get to phase 2 before too long. Many questions have come out as to when we can come back. From what I understand, we will look into meeting again between phase 3 and phase 4 as far as getting back to the actual church service. While that may be discouraging, phase 3 will definitely open us up to small groups. We will continue our zoom Sabbath school and I will continue to record sermons. I am going to have other people step in and have a video sermon’s in the near future as well. 

o I know there are a ton of political biases and opinions on what we should do as a church. What we will do is whatever safe for our community and especially our vulnerable population

o It’s disappointing that we were hoping to be back in church in early May and now we are hoping for June, but July seems more likely at this point. 

 

• When we get back to in person church, we will need to stay socially distanced and have a safety plan in place that we will work on as we approach that day. 

o This could be a liability issue if we were to have a breakout of the virus in one of the churches

 

• Zoom has been having issues as far as people logging on. The last couple weeks has been a challenge to get everyone in the room for Sabbath school. Please let one of us know if you were one of those persons trying to log on and unable to. 

 

• Online giving is available at both church websites! Conference tithe in our conference was down 13% for the month of April. That includes, but is not very telling how our tithe has been. Traditionally we have been two of the highest tithing churches in the conference per capita (on a single member to tithe ratio). I will know more about our church’s giving next week and will update then. 

 

• As many of you know Kittitas county has applied for stage two of the reopening process and things are looking good. There is a “potential outbreak” that is slowing the process a bit, but we are hoping for the best and can get one step closer to “normal life” and getting back to church. 

Love, Pastor Jake

 

5/8/2020 @ 5pm)

Letter to the Kittitas Valley church: 

 

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” – 2 Timothy 4:3,4

Hello church, hope you are doing well and staying positive during this time. Sorry for my lateness in getting this out. I will try to have this out by Thursday afternoon each week. 

Here is information to stay up to date on for the week: 

 

• Online giving is now available in both churches! We just used the online service for Cle Elum and it worked great! Thank you, Cheryl for your help with that. 

 

• We are going back to the format of prerecording sermons, as I really tried for a couple of weeks to do live over zoom and it is too much of a struggle for me and the presentation wasn’t what I wanted. I can’t wait until we are all back together again in person! 

 

• Sabbath School will continue online as it has been. Tami is doing a wonderful job at leading us there. 

 

• It was inaccurate information that I received last week concerning religious gatherings not being the same as others, so we are still under the same guidelines of social distancing and ten people or less. That being said, paid pastors and staff are considered essential personnel and can be at the church for recording sessions and some church business. 

 

• As many of you know Kittitas county has applied for stage two of the reopening process and things are looking good. There is a “potential outbreak” that is slowing the process a bit, but we are hoping for the best and can get one step closer to “normal life” and getting back to church. 

 

Love, Pastor Jake

 

(4/30/2020 @ 12:30pm)

 Letter to the Kittitas Valley SDA Church

“Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and depart from evil.” – Proverbs 3:7

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so sure of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” -Bertrand Russell

Tuesday, May 5th we will begin the slow process of opening back up as a state. We are going to do things slower than some other states and that is probably wise, as we have a very diverse group. Keep in mind are the fact that this is in no way religious persecution, in fact our churches have more rights to gather than most businesses. Religious organizations are not under the rule of ten persons or less, as far as I am informed. We are technically allowed to meet, but under heavy guidelines as to how we should be safe. Keep in mind that those that have more rights have more responsibility and should not simply “jump in the water” without thinking and praying about the future not just of our church, but of our communities and beyond. Both Cle Elum’s and Ellensburg’s elders have been meeting regarding this and will continue to try to make the best decision on when and how we will open our doors again. I know we are eager to get back to whatever normal life will look like after this and trust me we are with you! I cannot wait to see you all again without having a screed between us!  

On that note, there are certain guidelines that should be in place when we do open back up, but those are rather grey at best, right now. 

If you would like more information concerning our confernece

you can find it here https://www.uccsda.org/covid

Thank you for your patience.

Love,

Pastor Jake

(4/23/2020 @ 4:45pm)
Letter to the Kittitas Valley SDA Church

I spoke to a young man I used to work with. He had been fired from nearly every job that he had in his young carrier. He bounced around from job to job, most of them not lasting more than the three-month probation period. When talking with him through this problem he seemed to be having, I asked him if he knew why he couldn’t keep a job. He didn’t know. I was a bit perplexed, as this guy seemed to have it at least somewhat together. As we talked, he got more and more frustrated, and finally we discovered that there was one job that he had for almost two full years. I asked why he didn’t mention it before and he told me that it was before things went down hill for him. He said, the only reason he stayed at that job is because he knew people needed him. He told me how much he loved those people and would have done anything for them. It’s what got him up in the morning even when he had only a few hours of sleep. He left that job for more pay and later said that it was one of the biggest regrets of his life because his job was just that again, a job.

This made me think of our lesson last weekend that love must be our primary motivator in anything that we do. If we remove love as the necessity, it becomes either lifeless monotony or completely self-centered, both of which are miserable situations for us and the people around us. Love has a way of motivating when everything else has failed. 1 Corinthians 16:14 – “Do everything in Love.” 

What we are up to:

• Next Tuesday night will be the first of our mid-week Bible Study and prayer meetings on the book of Ephesians. This will be over zoom at 6pm for those that would like to join, contact pastor for zoom login information. 

• Online Tithe for Cle Elum will hopefully be available next week (ironically just in time for the quarantine lift 

o For now, mail tithe and offering for Cle Elum can be mailed in at:

Cle Elum SDA Church 

P.O. Box 54 

Cle Elum, WA 98922 

• On that note, I just want to update everyone on our financial giving. I am so proud of our churches as we both are not only two of the top giving churches, per capita, in the conference, but we are also ahead of last year’s budget as of the end of March despite our situation. 

• Please let me or someone able to help if you or someone else needs groceries or any other essential thing delivered. We are here to help! 

Love,

Pastor Jake

 

(4/10/2020 @ 4:45pm)

The letter to the Kittitas Valley SDA church: (we are one church) 

The Apocalypse is upon us! Wait… it’s not what you think. The Greek word, “Apokalypsis” doesn’t mean the ending, but the revelation, and unveiling of something. Times of crisis have a way of applying pressure to us, and when pressure is applied, we often show our true colors. We are seeing what we are made of, and the results are varying. There are people who are continually attacking and pointing the finger, name calling and hating each other. On the other hand, we see many people rising to the challenge set before us, helping those around us and we are connecting in new ways, despite the bleak situation. This is the revealing of us.

​We talked about the beginning of Revelation last week in Sabbath school and here is what it says, “The revelation of Jesus Christ” (Rev 1:1). We think of revelation like we think of the apocalypse, the mark of the beast and the time of trouble that will bring this world to a close. Revelation/the apocalypse is God’s way of not only revealing himself, but revealing sin for what it is. That happens throughout the world and it will happen in our own lives as well. We are having the opportunity right now to see what we are made of, in other words, what is on the inside. Whatever is in there will come out when enough pressure is applied. This is our opportunity to see things that we did not know about ourselves(good and bad) and to truly turn everything over to Him because He is our Rock and our Salvation. 

Here is what we are up to this week: 

• You all should be contacted by a leader from our church by this weekend. We have divided the names for both churches between the leaders, so that we can hopefully stay a bit more connected. If you did not get a call, it may be because you either aren’t on our list or got missed somehow. If you didn’t receive a call or message by the end of this weekend, please reach out to me or a church leader that you trust. 

• On Tuesday I interviewed Dr. Fish concerning the Corona Virus for those of you wanting some information from a local health source. That link is on both Facebook pages as well as 

• Sabbath school has been going well over zoom, but there are still some kinks to work out. Not everyone will get into the group that they want, as it is random. We should use this opportunity to get to know new people. 

• In addition to the sermon, we should have a short video produced by ACF (Our college group) for the children. 

• Please let me or someone able to help if you or someone else needs groceries or any other essential thing delivered. We are here to help! I will already be doing this early next week, so I would love to include anyone else that needs this done for them.

Love,

Pastor Jake

 

(4/2/2020 @ 4:00pm)

Letter to the Kittitas Valley SDA churches: 

​Paul’s statement in Philippians ceases to amaze me, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, rejoice”(Philippians 4:4).  Paul is in prison when he writes this, and he is writing to people that are free. While the people that he was writing to were under persecution, they were in a far greater physical environment than he was, yet he was the oneencouraging them! This is a lesson for us, as there is definitely cause for concern in the recent days as well as the days to come. God never promises us that bad things won’t happen. In fact, just the opposite is true. Bad things will happen, yet He will be with us and He will see us through, and that is something to rejoice about. We have a God that will never be separated from unless we choose the separation! We can rejoice even when the world is shaken because there is one that sits on the throne and he loves us. Our conquering king will see us through this storm, one way or another. 

Psalm 75:2-3 “At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity. When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars.” 

Here is what we are up to this week: 

• You all should be contacted by a leader from our church by this weekend. We have divided the names for both churches between the leaders, so that we can hopefully stay a bit more connected. If you did not get a call, it may be because you either aren’t on our list or got missed somehow. If you didn’t receive a call or message by the end of this weekend, please reach out to me or a church leader that you trust. 

• A sermon should be online by Sabbath morning each week 

• We are trying to get Sabbath school up and running on zoom. We had a trial run last week and it went well.

o Contact Tami Sawyer or myself for more info on this

• Online offering and tithe are available right now for Ellensburg and I am working on getting it for Cle Elm

o For now, mail tithe and offering for Cle Elum can be mailed in at:

Cle Elum SDA Church 

P.O. Box 54 

Cle Elum, WA 98922 

• Please let me or someone able to help if you or someone else needs groceries or any other essential thing delivered. We are here to help! 

 

Love,

Pastor Jake 

 

(3/27/2020 @ 7:30pm)

Letter to the church
Hey everyone! Hope you are staying well. I would like to say first and foremost, that we need to be good to one another, now more than ever. Someone immediately popped into your head as you read that and you’re thinking that they need this advice. We are all under pressure right now. You know what happens to things under a lot of pressure? The things on the inside come out. This is a good reality check for ourselves in how we view other people—how we talk and think about them. It is also a good opportunity to be calm when the rest of the world is not.

Some things have come to my attention that merit talking about for this short newsletter. I hear people on both ends of the spectrum as far as our current situation. This is a health crisis, that is going to have other ramifications that will follow. We need to please be on the same page as to what we are going through. I believe we are all trying to do what is best for our families, communities (churches included), nation, and beyond.

On one end of the spectrum we have some who are resisting recommendations and continuing to meet together—which has only led to more outbreaks of this virus. In other words, they are not taking this seriously. I saw that several pastors in the Midwest continue to have services and being very “courageous” and defiant. They are calling it religious persecution because they are being criticized and even threatened by many people, yet according to the article I read, the transmission rate is the highest in that state over any other. It is this type of mentality that will make things far more difficult for us that are not overreacting and attempting to see the big picture for what it is.

On the other end of the spectrum we have people that are completely terrified that this is Revelation 13, happening right now, and some are scared for their lives. To that I will say, we have to wait and see. From my current perspective it looks like there is potential for more control from political powers. This could lead to more laws and regulations that have potential to go against our beliefs, but that is not happening now. That is something we should be ready for when the time comes, but we need to stop pushing back against those trying to help us because then we become the problem. What is happening right now is something that is not against our religious beliefs, but is actually promoted by Leviticus 13.

Our church has been really wrong about this stuff in the past and I would advise us to take the wait and see approach. Will we act differently when things turn into actual religious persecution? Yes. Be ready. We will act differently because we will have to when there is a conflict between the law of man and of God. In closing, we should remember we are called to love Him supremely and love others, not just to the best of our abilities, but beyond our abilities. He is our life giver and sustainer, and we should not trust in any other thing, as it will fail us.

This is Leviticus 13, not Revelation 13…yet...so practice Romans 13 until we are no longer able to. Lastly, always, always, always practice 1 Corinthians 13 (I stole this from one of my professors, as I am not clever enough to come with stuff like this on my own).

We will get through this.
Pastor Jake

 

(3/20/2020 @ 2:55pm)

Hello everyone!


I hope you are all staying well and sane, as both things are becoming increasingly difficult. It is so easy to watch this spiral out of control and get caught up in the drama and panic. I’m no exception to this and found myself feeling a bit panicky and even a bit helpless on Wednesday night. My wife wisely pointed out to me that I should take a break from media for a day. I think that is advice we should all listen to if we find ourselves being overcome with information about what is happening. It is overwhelming. I saw something the other day that said that we should limit our media time to 1 hour a day or less because of the mental toll it can have on us. On that note it takes the average reader seventy-two hours to read the entire Bible (it would take me a lot longer). There are plenty of other things to be growing us instead of leading us into a downward mental spiral. Stay up to date on what is happening as that is rather easy to do, but do not let it consume us. Romans 12:2
Do not let this bug kill our momentum! While this may seem to halt what was happening in our churches, we can use time to advance them instead. Will it look different? Yes. Opportunity for innovation and creativity as well as catching up with the 21 st century in our technology are all at our fingertips. It will take some learning, and for some of us that means learning what YouTube is and how to use it, but it is possible.


We now have online giving in Ellensburg (shout out to Norm) and I will be working on getting that going in the next week or two for Cle Elum. Throughout history, crisis have actually been an opportunity for Christians to shine. This will be no exception to that. There will be a need for many people. There seems to be some national aid on the way for those that will be not only physically affected by this pandemic, but economically too. That being said, but we are underestimating the overall ramifications of this plague. Think about those that were struggling with anxiety or those with depression or loneliness and how this can put them over the edge. There are people that need help. We don’t necessarily have to go out and be with them physically but we can reach out through other avenues. If you are on any social media platform you have undoubtedly seen the quote by Mr. Rogers that says, “when I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers, you will always find people who are helping.’” I love that. The church is not a building. It is us. We are to be the hands and feet of our Lord to a hurting world and there will be no better time to show who Jesus is than in a time of crisis. I hope to never forget when my professor at Walla Walla, Dave Thomas looked at the dozen or so of us about to graduate and said, “ministry is seldom convenient.” He was right. People notice when we sacrifice and help them at our own cost, especially in this self-centered, “me first” world that we live in. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13: 34,35

In the coming week(s) I will be talking with leaders and members about how we can support each other through this time and how we can best help those that we are able to. Cheryl is going to get a Facebook thread started for Cle Elum and we will get something started for Ellensburg as well to stay connected though this time.

Love, Jake

Pastor Jake Wilkinson
509-200-7437
jakewilkinson123@gmail.com

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