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Transitions announced

Michelle Doherty, who has served the PNC nine years as accounting manager, leaves her position April 9, because of family commitments.  “She leaves our financial records in an excellent state and has put in place systems to help us organize our financial life,” said Conference Minister Mike Denton, who recently hired Kara Newsome to fill that position.

Lara Crutsinger-Perry will be ordained and installed as associate pastor at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 22, at the United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave. SE in Olympia. She joined the staff in 2012.

Darrell Goodwin will be installed as pastor of Everett UCC at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at 2624 Rockefeller Ave., as part of the church’s 125th anniversary.

Laura Robinson will be ordained at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 5, at Plymouth UCC in Seattle.  Laura, who grew up in Plymouth UCC, Seattle, did the discernment process with the PNC.  She graduated from Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Ga., in May 2017, and is now associate minister in the transition into ministry program at Plymouth UCC in Des Moines, Iowa.

Andrew Conley-Holcolm, pastor at Admiral Congregational UCC, welcomes a son, Asher Finnigan Conley-Holcom, born March 22.

Catherine Colwell, a homemaker and wife of the late David Colwell—pastor of Plymouth UCC in Seattle from 1967 to 1982—died recently at the age of 99. She lived in Horizon House since 1993.  A service celebrating her life will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 28, at Plymouth.

Women’s Retreat is May 18-20

“Circle of Souls” is the theme for the 2018 PNC Spiritual Retreat for Women from May 18 to 20 at N-Sid-Sen Camp and Conference Center.

The retreat will consider how a circle is a place of safety, where all are welcome to explore and remember the truth of who each is.  In a world where many are told what to believe, accept and repel, retreat leaders will encourage participants to ease into the sacred space within themselves.

The retreat is a time for discovery, sharing, singing, worshiping, praying and relaxing in community and solitude.

The leaders are Lynn Nelson, pastor of Affirmational Congregational UCC in Colfax, Linda Crowe, retired pastor, and Courtney Stange-Tregear, PNC minister for church vitality. 

For information, email, or  Registration is $105 to $120 online at, eith a discount before April 23.


Forum on ‘Finding Space to Solve Homelessness’ is April 14

Seattle University School of Law, SU Homeless Rights Advocacy Project and Seattle Journal for Social Justice are bringing together 23 leaders in homelessness for the “Finding Space to Solve Homelessness” Forum on Saturday,April 14, at the School of Law. 

They will discuss ideas, solutions and challenges around using public and private property to address homelessness—such as safe parking lots, authorized encampments, faith-based shelters and construction of dwelling units in back yards.

For information, visit


Sunnyslope honors David Brown for his service to that church

On Sunday, April 15, Sunnyslope Church—UCC and Church of the Brethren—in Wenatchee will honor retired Conference Minister David Brown for the talents he has shared with the church.

The recognition will be part of worship at 10:25 a.m. and after worship at the church, 3330 School St.

David continues to serve the church doing pulpit supply and various forms of lay leadership, from serving on the leadership team to serving in the kitchen.

He was conference minister from 1992 to 1996. He started the Small Church Project with the conference in 1975.

For information, call 509-663-5745, email or visit


WRYE is June 25-29 in Hawaii

Fifty-five youth in 9th to 12 grades have registered so far for the 2018 Western Regional Youth Event, which isJune 25 to 29 at the University of Hawai’i in Honolulu. The program includes community, music, justice, spirituality, joy and service under the theme, “Come to the Water”— E Hele Mai’Ka Wai,” said Cristina Airaghi, pastor for children and youth at First Congregational UCC in Bellevue.  She is the on the WRYE planning committee. Youth will explore faith, make friends and engage in service. The early registration rate ends April 15, but registration continues after that.

For information, email, follow WRYE on Twitter @WRYE_2018.


Pacific Northwest United Church News © April-May 2018

Pacific NW United Church Conference News April 2018 - news briefs include transitions and events for the PNC


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