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Camps offer discount for youth going to camps and WRYE

The Outdoor Ministries Task Force, along with our wonderful camp site managers Deeg Nelson at Pilgrim Firs and Mark Boyd at N-Sid-Sen, are gearing up for a terrific summer at camp.

Nearly 40 gather for Midwinter at N-Sid-Sen.
Courtesy of Mark Boyd

The theme this year is “Get Real: Finding Your True Self in Jesus.”

“We’d love to come and talk to congregations about camp opportunities for all ages, including grown-ups and share the love!” said Mark.  “Contact us for more details.

He suggests that Eastside churches contact him at 208-689-3489 or and for Westside churches to contact Deeg at 360-876-2031 or or one of the Outdoor Ministries co-chairs, Katy Lloyd at 206-930-1639 or, or Kristen Almgren at 425-238-2038 or


 “For junior high and senior high youth attending the Western Regional Youth Event and camp this summer, we are offering a discount on both events because we want our youth to take advantage of both of these amazing opportunities in our conference,” Mark said.

WRYE planned in Seattle

The 2014 UCC Western Regional Youth Event will draw about 350 seventh to 12th graders from Hawaii to Texas an Montana to Seattle University June 29 to July 3.

Organizers Tara Barber and Susan Andresen expect about 90 PNC youth and adults.

Keynote speakers are  Julian “JKwest” DeShazier, pastor of University Church in Chicago, who uses hip hop rhythm to tell stories of meaning, and Hoan Do, an inspirational speaker from Federal Way who provides practical strategies for student success.  They will help youth explore the theme, “The Great Commission.”

Julian is a regular contributor to Sojourners and UrbanFaith publications. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School and McCormick Theological Seminary.

Hoan, a graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., is an author and student success coach whose immigrant parents escaped from Vietnam. 

Activities include worship, workshops, conversations, service projects, play and reflections on faith.

For information visit


Women to release creative spirit

“Release Your Creative Spirit” is the theme for the women’s spiritual retreat May 16 to 18 at N-Sid-Sen with Susan Jane Russell, an artist and teacher of Sumi ink painting.

For 10 years, she has been artist in residence for the Washington State Art Commission.  She previously taught high school art and was an adjunct instructor at Seattle Pacific University and the Frye Art Museum.

Coordinating the retreat are Pastor Lynn Nelson of Colfax at 509-397-3011 or and the Rev. Kaye Hult at 208-457-3142 or


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