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Transitions announced

Bob Evans is concluding his ministry at Wallace/Osborn and beginning a new church in Sand Point, Idaho.

David Krueger-Duncan will be installed May 5 at Cheney UCC.

Mary Jane Elliott, who retired in 1996 as head nurse in the nursery at Swedish Hospital, died Jan 14. She is survived by her husband Del, a retired minister.

Don Hanson, husband of conference moderator Chris, died March 2 in a skiing accident at Scottish Lakes High Camp, which he and Chris have owned and operated.

Lecture series set

The Lecture Series of University Congregational UCC in Seattle will feature Thomas Reynolds, associate professor of theology at Emmanuel College in the University of Toronto, speaking Tuesday and Wednesday, May 3 and 4, at the church, 4515 16th Ave NE in Seattle, on “Outside Inclusion: A Care-Ful Hospitality in the Church.” He will explore Christian engagement with diversity in a global context, promoting hospitality and reconciliation among people.

To prepare for the lectures, UCUCC is hosting a discussion group on disabilities and faith communities at 7 p.m., Tuesdays, April 16, 23 and 30, at the church.

For information, call 206-524-6555, ext 3447 or visit  

UCC Musicians Assn. meets

The national United Church of Christ Musicians Association Conference on “Worship and Music on the Edge” will be held July 14 to 17 at Plymouth Congregational UCC in Seattle. The early registration deadline at is April 15. It’s the first time the event for musicians and pastors has been held on the West Coast. For information, contact Linda Brindle, conference co-chair at 360-448-7531 or 509-953-3575.

Angela Ying speaks at Princeton

The Rev. Angela Ying, senior pastor of Bethany UCC, has been invited to speak at Princeton Theological Seminary, as the preacher and pastor-in-residence for Princeton’s Joe Engle Institute of Preaching July 21 to 26. The event is to mentor pastors who have been in ministry three to seven years, to strengthen preaching for pastors in city, suburbs, small towns and rural communities. Ying graduated from Princeton Seminary in 1991. For information, call 609-497-7990 or visit

Young adult mission trip to South Korea set in June

The Global Ministries Committee of the PNC and Northwest Region of the Disciples of Christ welcomes a nine-member delegation from the East Seoul Presbytery May 13 to 17, including a 20th anniversary dinner celebration of the partnership at a 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, at Normancy Park UCC.

The committee has three youth delegates and two adults, and is still recruiting for the Youth Exchange Visit to South Korea from June 17 to 26, 2013.
For information, email

Camp hosts Environmental Justice Workshop in July

Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center near Port Orchard will be the site of another train-the-trainer national UCC Environmental Justice Workshop from noon, Friday, July 19 to noon Sunday, July 21.
Participants will discuss how people of faith can work for environmental justice and can create Martin Luther King Jr.’s beloved community that is sustainable, healthy and inclusive. Participants explore five themes of a faith approach to environmental justice: gratitude, humility, responsibility, justice and community.

They will tour lower Duwamish River neighborhoods to see how air and water pollution have impact on communities and what steps communities are taking. The workshop is co-sponsored by the PNC and the UCC Justice and Witness Ministries.

For information, contact Jim Deming at or Meighan Pritchard at

Pride marches announced

Jack Johnson, co-chair of the Pride Committee and member of the Conference Justice and Witness Ministries Committee has announced upcoming Pride events.

There will be a benefit for the UCC, Disciples, Metropolitan Community Church Pride Committee at a Cinco de Mayo Lunch at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, May 5, at All Pilgrims in Seattle.

The Capital City Pride Weekend in Olympia is June 22 and 23. The Capitol Hill Pride Saturday is June 30.

Seattle Out and Proud will be held Sunday, June 20. Out in the Park Tacoma Pride is July 13.

For information, call 253-576-6260.

Camps gear up for summer

With the “All things New” curriculum for all summer camps, Mark Boyd, managing director at N-Sid-Sen, said campers and counselors will seek God in each moment through new friends and new adventures.

N-Sid-Sen camp dates are Work Camp, June 17 to 22; Director/Counselor Camp, June 21 to 23; Kids Camp, July 7 to 10; Intermediate Camp, July 7 to 13; Senior High Camp, July 14 to 20, Family Camp 1, July 28 to Aug. 3; Junior High Camp, Aug. 4 to 10, and Family Camp 2, Aug. 11 to 17.

Pilgrim Firs dates are Work Camp, June 10 to 16; GLBTQ Spiritual Retreat, June 1 to 3; Kids Camp, July 21 to 24; Intermediate Camp, July 14 to 20; Senior High Camp, June 30 to July 6; Junior High Camp, July 7 to 13 and Family Camp, Aug. 18 to 22.

Camps are on the UltraCamp Site for registration, available by clicking “register for camp” on the N-Sid-Sen, Pilgrim Firs and Pacific Northwest Conference websites. There is an early-bird discount for those who register three weeks before a camp. Deeg Nelson, managing director at Pilgrim Firs, is on sabbatical this spring.

For information, call Boyd at 800-844-3489.

Leadership Retreat is May 17-19

The Leadership Retreat, which is free for people on conference committees, is from 1 p.m., Friday, May 17 to Sunday breakfast, May 19 at N-Sid-Sen.

To register, visit

UCC seeks scarves for GS29

Scarves knit, crocheted or woven in rainbow colors to symbolize opposition to bullying—especially against those of lesbian, gay, bisexual or other sexual orientations—will be brought to the UCC General Synod 29 to be given to people who promise to do something to stop bullying.

PNC members can bring scarves to the Annual Meeting in Wenatchee to be taken to Long Beach to help meet the goal of 3,000 scarves for the UCC Scarf Project.

Copyright © April-May 2013 Pacific Northwest Conference United Church News


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