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(11/20/20)

Letter to the Kittitas Valley Church –

New Regulations – there are some new regulations in place from the state regarding Covid and we are working on how to adjust in both churches. We are open to ideas on this as this is uncharted territory for many people groups.

There is a big need for volunteers at the Cold weather shelter. Last week there was only about half of the volunteers needed (50/100) and only 12 individuals had actually signed up out of the 50.

This Sunday, November 22nd at 10am there will be a training, specifically set up for our churches (all of the other trainings are held on Saturday mornings). This will be at the Grace Episcopal Church. Contact pastor, as he will be at this training.

There is somewhat of a need for donations for consumables such as:

Fruit and vegetables, earplugs(new), small snacks, plasticwear…

Fish food bank – Ellensburg

Community Thanksgiving – Wednesday November 25th 3-6pm

Volunteers needed for the “take-out dinner” for thanksgiving. We are expected to have over 400+ come through to grab a thanksgiving dinner. For further information call Fish @ 509-925-5990

To donate: www.kvfish.org

Community Christmas –

Gift distribution is December 20-21. Many families are in need and if you cannot support an entire family, please know that there are single elderly people that need a Christmas gift as well. For further information call Fish @ 509-925-5990 attn. Jenna Richter

Deadline is December 1st

We have officially changed YouTube channels, please subscribe to this one, as my personal account will soon be just my personal account.

If you have any prayer requests, please visit the website https://www.ellensburgadventist.org/ministries/prayerWe would love to pray with and for you!

Weekly meetings –

Prayer – Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

Sabbath School is on zoom at 9am

Tuesday night prayer and reading at 7pm on zoom

– contact pastor or Tami if you would like to join any of these.

New YouTube link for sermons–

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHogMV6sorKGMd17-9bwWuA...

Here is a look at our upcoming preaching schedule: The sermon being preached in Cle Elum is the sermon recorded

11/21

Ellensburg: Merilee Redburg – 1 Peter 2:13-25

Cle Elum: Pastor Jake – 1 Peter 3:1-17

11/28

Ellensburg: Pastor Jake – 1 Peter 3:1-17

Cle Elum: Randy Barber 1 Peter 3:18-4:6

12/5

Ellensburg: Randy Barber 1 Peter 3:18-4:6

Cle Elum: Pastor Jake 1 Peter 4:7-19

12/12

Ellensburg: Christmas Program

Cle Elum: TBA

Love, Pastor Jake Wilkinson

 

 

(11/5/2020)

Matthew 12:25 “Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.”

The Cold weather shelter in Ellensburg is in pretty desperate need of volunteers this year, as they have changed to a central location (Grace Episcopal church) and will not be changing from church to church each week due to Covid and overall simplicity. That being said, if it isn’t at specific churches, they are less likely to have volunteers because people seemed to volunteer at their church. Here are opportunities to get trained:

Nov 2 &3rd – 6pm

Nov 7th– 10 am

Nov 8th– 1 pm

All training will be held at the shelter (grace Episcopal church)

We have officially changed YouTube channels, please subscribe to this one, as my personal account will soon be just my personal account.

If you have any prayer requests, please visit the website https://www.ellensburgadventist.org/ministries/prayer. We would love to pray with and for you!

Weekly meetings –

Prayer – Thursday, 5:30 p.m.  

Sabbath School is on zoom at 9am 

Tuesday night prayer and reading at 7pm on zoom

– contact pastor or Tami if you would like to join any of these. 

New Youtube link for sermons–

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHogMV6sorKGMd17-9bwWuA...

Here is a look at our upcoming preaching schedule: The sermon being preached in Cle Elum is the sermon recorded

11/7

Ellensburg: Lauren W. – 1 Peter 2:4-8

Cle Elum: Pastor Jake – 1 Peter 2:9-12

11/14

Ellensburg: Pastor Jake – 1 Peter 2:9-12

Cle Elum: Randy Barber – 1 Peter 2:13-25

11/21

Ellensburg: Randy Barber – 1 Peter 2:13-25

Cle Elum: Pastor Jake – 1 Peter 3:1-17

11/28

Ellensburg: Pastor Jake – 1 Peter 3:1-17

Cle Elum: 1 Peter 3:18-4:6

Love, Pastor

Jake Wilkinson

 

(10/23/2020)

Mark 8:34 “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

We have a new YouTube channel! Pease subscribe to it instead of my personal one, as there will only be sermon being added to the new one from now on.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHogMV6sorKGMd17-9bwWuA...

Thank you so much to everyone who has given money to my hurting friends in Cuba. We donated $750 altogether and this was sent on Thursday to Pastor Tye Davis who will be getting it to pastor Samuel, in Cuba. This is hopefully a trial run to see how things actually work out, but here is how I broke up the money to be distributed

$350 – Carlos (Single father of two working as a sho repair man)

I will probably ask him to distribute some of this either in food or money to his hurting community and much of it he can keep

$150 – Mr. Castillo (bible worker I worked with)

He has received some help already, but is still in need

$250 – Pastor Samuel (will receive and deliver the money, also consistently distributes to the needs of the community)

I asked for him to keep what he needs up to $100 for transportation and family needs

The other $150+ goes to community needs that he has been meeting

If you didn’t get the chance to donate this round and you are wanting to, let me know and hopefully we will send again in the near future.

If you have any prayer requests, please visit the website https://www.ellensburgadventist.org/ministries/prayerWe would love to pray with and for you!

Weekly meetings –

Prayer – Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

Sabbath School is on zoom at 9am

Tuesday night prayer and reading at 7pm on zoom

– contact pastor or Tami if you would like to join any of these.

New Youtube link for sermons–

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHogMV6sorKGMd17-9bwWuA...

Here is a look at our upcoming preaching schedule: The sermon being preached in Cle Elum is the sermon recorded

10/24

Ellensburg: Pastor Jake – 1 Peter 1:13-21

Cle Elum: Trevin – 1 Peter 1:22-2:3

10/31

Ellensburg: Trevin – 1 Peter 1:22-2:3

Cle Elum: Lauren W. – 1 Peter 2:4-8

11/7

Ellensburg: Lauren W. – 1 Peter 2:4-8

Cle Elum: Pastor Jake – 1 Peter 2:9-12

11/14

Ellensburg: Pastor Jake – 1 Peter 2:9-12

Cle Elum: Randy Barber – 1 Peter 2:13-25

Love, Pastor Jake

 

(10/16/2020)

1 Thessalonians 4:13 “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.”

Several years ago, I went on a mission trip to Cuba where I had an eye-opening experience into a third world country that has been ravaged by a strict and corrupt government. I have kept in contact with two of the individuals over the last three and a half years. Recently, they both have made me aware of the recent hardships the pandemic has created for them. They are both currently very poor and they are unable to obtain adequate food for their families. I have found a way in order to send them money to buy food (Cuba is difficult to send money to, due to strict regulations), as well as someone to distribute food to others if they have money to buy it. If you are interested in donating to this, our dollar goes much farther there than it does here. Contact me if you are interested.

Note: The YouTube link for sermons is changing (we are still working on the link for the new one)! We will post them to both youtube accounts for a few weeks, but we will be transitioning to the Cle Elum’s account that we will rename to suit both churches, as currently it is on my personal account.

If you have any prayer requests, please visit the website https://www.ellensburgadventist.org/ministries/prayerWe would love to pray with and for you!

Weekly meetings –

Prayer – Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

Sabbath School is on zoom at 9am

Tuesday night prayer and reading at 7pm on zoom

– contact pastor or Tami if you would like to join any of these.

Current Youtube link for sermons (will be changing soon)–

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSUdrLcM6WlG4LpJKy81_Hw

Here is a look at our upcoming preaching schedule:

10/17

Ellensburg: Chuck Z. – 1 Peter #2

Cle Elum: Pastor Jake – 1 Peter 1:13-21

10/24

Ellensburg: Pastor Jake – 1 Peter 1:13-21

Cle Elum: Trevin – 1 Peter 1:22-2:3

10/31

Ellensburg: Trevin – 1 Peter 1:22-2:3

Cle Elum: Pastor Jake – 1 Peter 2:9-12

11/7

Ellensburg: Pastor Jake - 1 Peter 2:9-12

Cle Elum: Lauren W. – 1 Peter 2:4-8

Love, Pastor

Jake Wilkinson

 

(10/9/2020)

1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”

The prayer meeting did start last week, it is strictly a prayer meeting and nothing else. We have a desire to pray more and nothing is needed more. It was really amazing and we are looking forward to how God answers our prayers.

If you have any prayer requests, please visit the website

https://www.ellensburgadventist.org/ministries/prayer

We would love to pray with and for you!

Ellensburg: We have a vespers and church business meeting tomorrow, October 10th! It will mostly be budget related. This is also time for other issues to be discussed even if they aren’t on the agenda. We would love to have you join and share on what is happening in church.

Weekly meetings –

Prayer Meeting – Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

Sabbath School is on zoom at 9am

Tuesday night prayer and reading at 7pm on zoom

– contact pastor or Tami if you would like to join any of these.

Youtube link for sermons - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSUdrLcM6WlG4LpJKy81_Hw...

Here is a look at our upcoming preaching schedule:

10/10

Ellensburg: Pastor Jake – 1 Peter #1

Cle Elum: Chuck Z – 1 Peter #2

10/17

Ellensburg: Chuck Z. – 1 Peter #2

Cle Elum: Pastor Jake – 1 Peter #3

10/24

Ellensburg: Pastor Jake – 1 Peter #3

Cle Elum: Trevin – 1 Peter #4

10/31

Ellensburg: Trevin – 1 Peter #4

Cle Elum: Pastor Jake – 1 Peter #5

Love, Pastor Jake

 

9/11/2020)

Letter to the Kittitas Valley Church:

Joshua 1:9 - “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

We will be having a baby dedication for Zane Alexander Murray, son of Tennecia this Sabbath, September 12th at the Ellensburg church.

We will have church board in Ellensburg (zoom), Septemeber 16th at 7pm

Here is a look at the upcoming preaching schedule:

9/12

Ellensburg: Pastor Jake – Jonah #6

Cle Elum: Donna M – Jonah #7

9/19

Ellensburg: Donna M. – Jonah #7

Cle Elum: Pastor Jake – Jonah #8

9/26

Ellensburg: Pastor Jake – Jonah #8

Cle Elum: Al M – Jonah #9

10/3

Ellensburg: Al M. – Jonah #9

Cle Elum: Pastor Jake – TBD

Youtube link for sermons - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSUdrLcM6WlG4LpJKy81_Hw?view_as=subscriber

Sabbath School is on Zoom at 9am

Tuesday night prayer and reading at 7pm on Zoom

– contact pastor or Tami if you would like to join either of these.

Love,

Pastor Jake

 

(9/4/2020)

Letter to the Kittitas Valley Church:

2 Corinthians 6:2 - “For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.”

The foodbank still needs volunteers, please contact pastor if you are willing to help for even an hour per week or so. Thank you to those that are helping, it makes a huge difference.

Here is a look at the upcoming schedule:

9/5

Ellensburg: Chuck Z – Jonah #5

Cle Elum: Pastor Jake – Jonah #6

9/12

Ellensburg: Pastor Jake – Jonah #6

Cle Elum: Donna M – Jonah #7

9/19

Ellensburg: Donna M. – Jonah #7

Cle Elum: Pastor Jake – Jonah #8

9/26

Ellensburg: Pastor Jake – Jonah #8

Cle Elum: Al M – TBD

Youtube link for sermons - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSUdrLcM6WlG4LpJKy81_Hw?view_as=subscriber

We will be having a baby dedication for Zane Murray, son of Tennecia on the weekend of the 12th, come shower them with love as they are still relatively new to the valley.

Sabbath School is on zoom at 9am – contact pastor or Tami if you would like to join.

Love,

Pastor Jake

 

(8/27/2020)

Letter to the Kittitas Valley Church:

1 Corinthians 1:10 – “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.”

A reminder to all that we voted as a church to wear masks to both services. If we are to enter the building, we should be wearing a mask per our church vote for the sake of the vulnerable population. Thank you to all who have made an effort to do this, no matter our feelings on this. We are a family.

Shout out to Lauren Woyke for helping out A TON at the food bank. You go girl! If anyone else is willing to help out, there is still a big need, please contact pastor. They need help at almost all positions and this is our opportunity to plug into our community where it needs help.

Things seem to be going smoothly with the new schedule, thank you everyone for your patience as we try something new in an already difficult time. Your support is appreciated and needed.

Here is a look at the upcoming preaching schedule:

8/29 -

Ellensburg: Trevin – Jonah #4

Cle Elum: Chuck Z – Jonah #5

9/5

Ellensburg: Chuck Z – Jonah #5

Cle Elum: Pastor Jake – Jonah #6

9/12

Ellensburg: Pastor Jake – Jonah #6

Cle Elum: Donna M – Jonah #7

9/19

Ellensburg: Donna M. – Jonah #7

Cle Elum: Pastor Jake – Jonah #8

Sabbath School is on zoom at 9am – contact pastor or Tami if you would like to join.

Love,

Pastor Jake

 

(8/14/2020)

Letter to the Kittitas valley church: 

1Pet. 1:3   Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you… 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,

The food bank is in desperate need for volunteers. Most of their volunteers were of the age range that are most at risk from Covid, so they lost almost all of them. That being said, there is no age restriction for volunteering, anyone can do it. They really need help delivering meals to people who cannot drive or leave their homes. This is what I will be doing every week and let me tell you, I wanted to adopt all of them but one, as my grandparent (he was a little grumpy). Needless to say, it was amazing for me and it really is fulfilling to help people that are actually in need. Contact pastor for more information, even if you only have an hour or two to spare. 

We are into our series in Jonah. Lauren will be doing the second of the series in Ellensburg this week. I will be doing the third in Cle Elum.

We will start posting a sermon once a week prior to when church begins. It should match whatever sermon is happening in Ellensburg at that time.  

Church has been going well at both locations, services are at 11:30.

Feel free to contact about Sabbath school on zoom at 9am

Tuesday night prayer and reading @ 7pm. We are reading Prophets and Kings. 

Love, Pastor Jake

Jacob Wilkinson

 

 

7/2020)

Letter to the Kittitas valley church: 

The food bank is in desperate need for volunteers. Most of their volunteers were of the age range that are most at risk from Covid, so they lost almost all of them. They need help almost every single shift with various tasks. Please contact pastor if you can volunteer. 

We have kicked off our series in Jonah. I started last week in Cle Elum with the first of the series and Lauren Woyke, one of our ACF members will be following up with the second sermon this week in Cle Elum and next week in Ellensburg. 


Church has been going well at both locations, services are at 11:30, not 11! That was my mistake last week. 

Sabbath school over zoom will continue at 9am, both churches welcome. 

Love, Pastor Jake
Jacob Wilkinson

 

7/17/2020)

Letter to the Kittitas Valley churches:

Romans 2:1-2 “Therefore, you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgement on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practices the very same things. We know that the judgement of God rightly falls on those who practice such things.”

The recent news about reduced social gatherings does not apply to religious gatherings, so we are relatively unaffected by this for our normal church services.

Church will continue at 11:30am in both churches and Sabbath School will be at 9am on zoom for the foreseeable future (except the last Sabbath in July, see below). We will continue to mask up. I appreciate all of you who are willing, despite how we may feel about them.

This Sunday July 19th at 1pm, we will leave the Ellensburg church parking lot with signs made and/or cars painted to celebrate two 50th anniversaries (Coleman's and Sawyer's) that have recently happened. They aren’t aware, but probably will be after they see this. Show up around noon if you want to make a sign or paint your vehicle. People should bring their own supplies if they want to make a sign or talk to me or Linda Rinaldi in advance. I will try to bring enough removable car paint for everyone if I know how many are coming.

Church Campout – July 23rd-26th Teanaway campground –

Teanaway Campground (Old Boise Cascade Campground in Middle Fork). Anyone who wants to join us for the weekend or on Sabbath for the day is welcome. No fires are being allowed. I have asked about propane fire pits but have not gotten a response yet. They are usually allowed after a burn ban. There will be no service in either church that weekend.

There will be no virtual Sabbath School on Saturday, July 25th due to the church campout.

The campout will also be a fond farewell Sabbath to our longtime pillars, Chuck and Ruth Stafford. Come share your favorite memory and how God has worked through them as we send them off. We love you two and are sad to see you go.

If we are really wanting to show them how much we have appreciated them, we will be having a moving party for them the following morning. Some of you may need to leave camp a bit early, but they are well worth it. We will meet at their house on Sunday, July 26th around 10am.

In August we will begin a New Sermon series on Jonah that will take a bit of a different format. I am excited to see where this is going. It will start on the first week in August in Cle Elum and second in Ellensburg.

Tuesday night reading and prayer – we are reading Prophets and kings - 7pm. Contact pastor if you are interested.

Love, Pastor Jake

 

7/11/2020)

Letter to the Kittitas Valley Church:
1 Timothy 2:1 “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and
thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that
we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
We have a new North America Division president –
https://www.adventistreview.org/church-news/story15149-g-alexander-bryant-named-north-
american-division-
president?fbclid=IwAR2XJ7Uz4o1IAw6cGar33FJLkdi6BgFUTDzzlk8AFK9VLq0yD7b2AVWNVxE
This week we will be live from the Ellensburg facebook page. I have tested it and it seems to be working
so hopefully there will be no further hiccups. We need to do a little more work to get Cle Elum’s running
due to the difference in the page setup. Thank you for your patience on this matter. We probably wont
have super quality video unless someone else does it, but please keep telling us on the page or contact
me directly if there is issues with audio or something else that is fixable.
Church Campout – July 23 rd -26 th Teanaway campground –
“Since we haven’t had bulletins in a while I should have sent this out sooner, but the
church campout is still scheduled for Thursday July 23 - Sunday July 26. Our
reservation for a group site was cancelled due to COVID but the Teanaway
Campground (Old Boise Cascade Campground in Middle Fork) opened yesterday so
we will be there. Anyone who wants to join us for the weekend or on Sabbath for the
day is welcome. No fires are being allowed. I have asked about propane fire pits but
have not gotten a response yet. They are usually allowed after a burn ban. There will
be no service in Cle Elum that weekend.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Happy Camping!!”
– Cheryl M.

This has been a very challenging time for many, we would like to put together short testimonies of how
God has worked since Covid has begun (March). If you can type a 300 word or less testimonial and
would like to share it, please send it to pastor Jake or the church email. We will compile them for
everyone to read for encouragement and faith.
Sabbath School will remain at 9am on zoom for the subsequent future.
Tuesday night reading and prayer – we are reading Prophets and kings - 7pm
Love,
Pastor Jake

 

(72/2020)

Newsletter to the Kittitas Valley church: 

Psalm 118:8 – “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.”

Church services have now begun and are proceeding at 11:30amat both Cle Elum and Ellensburg 

We will be doing a sermon series in a unique way on the book of Jonah starting in August

This has been a very challenging time for many, we would like to put together short testimonies of how God has worked since Covid has begun (March). If you can type a 300 word or less testimonial and would like to share it, please send it to pastor Jake. We will compile them for everyone to read for encouragement and faith.

This will be our first week attempting Facebook live, at least in Cle Elum, but hopefully in Ellensburg as well. 

Sabbath School will remain at 9am on zoom for the subsequent future. 

Tuesday night reading and prayer – we are reading Prophets and kings - 7pm 

Contact Pastor Jake if you would like more information regarding any of the items above.

Love, 

Pastor Jake

 

(6/26/2020)

newsletter to the Kittitas Valley church: 

Isaiah 40:31 – “31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Cle Elum church service went great! Thank you everyone who made that such a success. 

We recorded the entire service and can be found either on the Cle Elum facebook page or on pastor Jake’s youtube channel

Ellensburg will resume meeting in person for the first time this week since early march

For both church services heading forward, these are the brief guidelines

​Both will begin at 11:30am 

Masks will be required 

​It will be a simplified service, but we will be back in action! 

​Social distancing will also be recognized

If there is someone who is unable to wear a mask, we will have a space, separate from the sanctuary, so you are able to join.

Potluck will be postponed until further notice 

Sabbath school is continuing at 9am, which is an hour earlier than previous weeks to help those of us to prepare for church in person. 

If you have any questions, feel free to text, call or email me

Love, 

Pastor Jake

 

(6/4/2020)

Letter to the Kittitas Valley Church –

Romans 16:17-18 – 17 “I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18For such people are not serving our LORD Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery, they deceive the minds of naive people.”

Reopening –

We are a week and a half into phase two and both Cle Elumand Ellensburg church leadership have met regarding reopening. 

There will be a church business meeting per request for Ellensburg church only, on Sunday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m.This means all church members should try to attend. Please pass this information along. The link for this zoom meeting will be emailed out as this date approaches.

Cle Elum’s leadership has made a tentative decision when we will go back, and it looks like that time will be when we are eligible to go into phase 3 of the reopening plan. Currently that would make our first Sabbath back at church, Saturday, June 20th 2020. 

There is a lengthy list of requirements we will need to adhere to in order to go back to church and for some reason I cannot find the PDF online, but I did have it sent to me. If you would like this, contact the pastor. I will 

June 17-20th - 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

Love,

Pastor Jake

 

(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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