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Summer 2017

UCC clergy and members jointhousands at the March for Science in Seattle and other communities.
Pride Worship Service has more clergy of more faiths involved in planning and conducting it.
Helen Bonser who helped start the Pride Parade in Spokane is now a member of the Veradale UCC.

Seattle Pride Parade 2017

Seattle Pride Parade seeks to clearly demonstrate the commitment of the UCC to advocate for LGBT people and issues.
Eagle Harbor UCC plants a community cypress tree for Arbor Day/Earth Day event held at the church.
New Pilgrims Community in changes its name and its style, but not its ministry of outreach to the community.

 

April 2017

Nathaniel Mahlberg plans to engage his church in Walla Walla in General Synod before and after the gathering.
Synod delegate Jill Komura helps people address life transitions in her work at United Churches of Olympia.
Synod delegate Kyna Shilling brings together theater skills and worship planning at Plymouth UCC in Seattle.

 

February 2017

Anacortes In Anacortes, Pilgrim UCC has 15 members who volunteer to give out backpacks at Project Homeless Connect.
Ask a Muslim Northshore UCC holds events to meet Muslims, dismantle racism, offer meaningful movies and learn of white privilege.
Fox Island vigil About 40 members of Fox Island UCC have learned about complexities of immigration by vigils at detention center.
photos of women's marches Members of PNC churches from Spokane to Seattle to Bellingham joined in local Women's Marches.
sanctuary Richmond Beach UCC voted on Jan. 29 to become a sanctuary church to shelter refugees from deportation.

 

November-December 2016

Dee Eisenhauer deepens her roots in Cascadia region and learn about long-term ministries on her sabbatical.
Five members of PNC churches begin Justice Leadership Jubilee intensive program of training and service.
Jerry Chang serves Taiwanese Christian UCC in Seattle, helping connect members to language and culture.

September-October 2016

Colville's First Congregational UCC celebrates its 125th anniversary.
Pastor keeps faith and politicalleadership roles separate—in two counties.

June 2016

More than 20 PNC churchesreadily respond to call to display banners to show love for Muslim neighbors in time of bigotry.
Church leadership is important for both clergy and lay people to help implement a church's mission.
Congregations tell how their ministries go "out on a limb" to serve their communities and members.

April 2016

Fire at St. Paul's UCC in Ballard damages building and displaces members and groups temporarily.
Squammish UCC celebrates centennial with renovations of its building and grounds.
Bellevue First UCC moves to new downtown location more conducive for serving church's neighbors and more inviting.
United Churches of Olympia mark 100th anniversary of the federating of Congregational and Presbyterian churches.

Richmond
Beach UCC

Richmond Beach UCC celebrated 125 years in March; plans science-faith forum.

February 2016

Plymouth Housing Group names its newest building after Sylvia Odom, one of its founders in 1984.
Two UCC congregations display array of stars across sanctuaries during the Epiphany season.
Angela Ying's social justice commitment leads to visit to the White House to meet the Obamas.


November-December 2015

bob evans Emerge 'N See UCC started in Sandpoint installs Bob Evans as its pastor.
colville sign Colville First Congregational UCC faces hate incidents, receives messages of support.
kmbris bond Kmbris Bond helps Ten Thousand Villages Store in Seattle be successful.
eliza penik Eliza Penick promotes Heifer International projects to address poverty and community.
ken and james REACH is the expression of ecumenism through outreach to serve people in Renton.
Tom Sorenson Tom Sorenson writes book to introduce Bible, teaches classes on Russia-Ukraine relations.

 

September-October 2015

daytonbell Dayton UCC church restoresbell that calls people together to worship and to pray.
peace cranes Peace cranes travel to UCC churches in communities experiencing shootings.
virtacrouchbarber Communities of Practice offers clergy small groups for learning and support.
blaine ucc Blaine UCC openedits vacation Bible school to include adults, as well as children.
ann aidson Ann Eidson reports on June Intentional Interim Ministry Network Conference.

 

June-July 2015

cecilia mckean Walla Walla First startssmall groups to strengthen relationships among members.
ritzville Ritzville church grievesand holds Lenten study to discuss their experiences.
tom kobin Marshall Islands UCCshares with Annual Meeting its music and story of its islands.

 

April-May 2015

plymouth sanctuary Plymouth Seattle renovates sanctuary to improve acoustics for new organ and for flexibility.
ucucc signers University Congregational proposes resolution on Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
richmond beach Richmond Beach UCC hosts homeless encampment for 90 days this spring.
rominger Mercer Island UCC calls former general secretary of United Reformed Church in UK.

 

February-March 2015

walmart letter All Pilgrims Church supports Walmart and other workers seeking living wages.


December 2014

labyrinth Guemes Island UCC marksits 100th anniversary by creating a labyrinth and renovating foyer.
anna jenkins Instruments of Peace provides varied genre of music for worship and secular events.
mark schoesler Ritzville UCC member leads State Senate Majority Coalition for next two years.
lois whysong Lois Farnsworth-Whysong helps rewritehatonal UCC Manual on Ministry.
tara barger Three from PNC attend national UCC workshop on Authorizing Ministry.


September-October 2014

spokanealliance Westminster UCC participatesin the Spokane Alliance to address child care, mental health and safe sick leave issues.

 

June-July 2014

aleni tonuao Aleni Tonuao pleased to joinPacific NW Conference with New Beginnings Samoan Church.
solar panels University Congregational installs solar panels to save on energy and produce energy.
cathy gunstone Cathy Gunstone makes quilting into a ministry, incorporating color and art.

April-May 2014

walla walla Walla Walla church celebrates 150th anniversary throughout 2014.
rupert and shook Adult forum hears journal of a soldier in Iraq, sharing realities of war and coming home.
chairs Magnolia yard art draws interest of neighbors and church members.
marymackay The Fig Tree marks 30 years of publication made possible by the assistance of many from the UCC.


February-March 2014

Cheney UCC screen Cheney UCC finds ministries in new projection and audio systems.
catherine foote Catherine Foote invites her urban church's members to her farm.
Briana and Jenn Plymouth UCC promotes living wage ministry with Church Council of Greater Seattle.

December 2013

Ron Weightman Volunteers prepare meals, then share them with guests and listen to their stories.
Wayside UCC Wayside UCC rededicates its building after renovations to facilitate its ministries.
Bill Kirlin-Hackett Interfaith Task Force seeks to create the political will to end homelessness.

September-October 2013

warren johnson Warren Johnson, a member for 33 years, serves as lay minister for the Forks Congregational UCC.

Worship
together

Liberation UCC and Eastgate UCCs worshiped together during August.
marj johnston Dayton UCC trains volunteers and received a grant to help people apply for DSHS benefits online.


June-July 2013

Susan Chamberlain Chewelah stole maker displays stoles at Annual Meeting and shares story of pastor who inspired her work.


April-May 2013

Wally Prestbo Gardener and children grow food for Issaquah food bank as part of Spirit of Peace UCC mission.

Monroe
UCC

Monroe UCC changes lighting in sanctuary and fellowship hall.

Ongoing
upgrades

University UCC continues process of energy upgrades.
magnolia uccc Magnolia UCC earns Energy Star rating for improvements and draws community to educational program.
Bob Bakke Prospect UCC upgrades lighting and sets lighting and heat on timers to save energy costs.



 

February 2012

Jerry Montgomery Jerry Montgomery helps churches adopt soldiers serving in Afghanistan and keeps them in contact through online media.
Las Posadas Keystone UCC helps activate neighborhood to join Occupy Movement in family-friendly ways to do justice.
Linda Crowe Veradale and Mercer Island UCC churches each voted recently to be Open and Affirming.


April 2012

erikstrommen2 Erik Strommen finds technology helps connect people who might otherwise be isolated from their congregation.
patsonnenstuhl Volunteer webmaster helps United Churches work with consultant to re-design the church's website so it's more interactive.

September 2012

lisa clar Lisa Clark at Bellevue First nourished as part of national UCC programs to encourage long-term ministries by younger clergy.

December 2012

Marcia McLaughlin

Sculpture and bronze leaves call attention to homeless people in Seattle.

Alki tent

Tent on chancel for Advent represents Alki's concern about homeless families.

Debra Jarvis

Debra Jarvis is writer in residence at church and a UCC disaster chaplain.

 

February 2011

Afghanistan petition Peace Action Group prepared petition to end war in Afghanistan. Church sent 250 signatures.
Ethical Will Senior lunch participants engage with each other, challenged by programs that build mutual caring.
Tara Leininger Pastor serves 100-year-old transforming church and is mayor of 100-year-old Metaline Falls.
Roger Ross Westminster hosts Kirkin' o' the Tartans, an American celebration of Scottish clans' plaids and colors.


April 2011

Horizon House residents Horizon House marks its 50th year as the first retirement community in downtown Seattle.


Summer 2011

Wesley teens repair roof Yakama Christian Mission seeks volunteers to help rebuild homes after February firestorm.
Marj Johnston Marj Johnston heads Shalom Ministries in Spokane, offering "dining with dignity" meals to homeless downtown.
First Congregational UCC Bellingham Bikes Church hosts Bike to Church Sundayas to explore how the church and members can reduce their environmental footprint..


October 2011

Kirkland Peace Pole Kirkland UCC's peace pole is readily visible to people who walk or drive by the church, which is near downtown.
Admiral UCC forest in sanctuary Admiral UCC worship leader creates a "forest" in the sanctuary to focus attention on the theme of "Seasons of Creation."
Broadview UCC parking lot Broadview researches how to mitigate flooding that cuts access to its parking lot and create a neighborhood "paradise."
Totes-To-Go Northshore UCC's witness of packing Totes-To-Go for hungry children in Woodinville schools spreads.


December 2011

Sally Shamp Cheney UCC works through Cheney Outreach to assure that Cheney children will have gifts for Christmas.
Jim Civarra Richmond Beach UCC partners to build 24 low-income housing units on its property for permanent housing with social services.

Tree of Sharing

Westminster UCC expects Tree of Sharing will fill 6,300 gift requests from 76 agencies for 2011, it's 31st year.

February 2010

-Retired clergy Retired clergy on Olympic Peninsula connect and form core group to start a new UCC church there.
Bob Jackson Retired clergy visit with retired colleagues to keep them informed of UCC Pension Board caring and changes.
Jerry Leggett Jerry Leggett gives concert on peace on March 7 at Everett First Congregational UCC.


April 2010

Tom Sorenson Tom Sorenson in Monroe finds digital publishing a way to spread his theological perspectives beyond his congregation.


June 2010

Kathleen Hosfeld Kathleen Hosfeld is on contract to survey PNC churches about means to connect for meetings and doing business.
Myrna Harrison Wayside UCC's history project offers ideas and model for preserving church records.
Maria Hoaglund Hospice chaplain finds the journey to death can be an adventure for the dying person and caregivers.

September 2010

Craig Rennebohm Mental health chaplain offers training to help clergy and congregations adopt companionship ministries of presence.
Diane Schmitz Pastor, consultant, educator offers training in Celtic spirituality and in improving racial relations.
Cliff Everett UCC remakes itself, changing its name, making improvements with church development funds.
Fauntleroy UCC Fauntleroy UCC in Seattle completesrenovations that help make its partnership with the YMCA more visible.


November 2010

Bob Evans North Idaho roots and music ministry give pastor rapport with churches in Wallace and Osburn.
Chris Causey Counselor-pastor creates art and moves from talk to action using his skills as a blacksmith.

September 2009

Dan Berg Deer Park church's name, Open Door' reflects its early years of leaving its door unlocked for people passing through. . .
jeremiah schmidt United Christian Church members work ecumenically to make 450 sandwiches a month for homeless people in Yakima.
deborah rose Fabric artist creates prayer cloths as awards and fund-raising art for Earth Ministry.


December 2009

Robbie Paul Robbie Paul shares her sacred storyof going to sacred spaces to heal history of unresolved grief of Native Americans.
Parish Nurse Lummi Island church celebrates its building's 100th anniversary and outreach through parish nurses and a labyrinth.
Linda Crowe UCC pastors are among leaders Spokane and Sound Alliance efforts to promote energy retrofits and jobs training.
Westminster  Soup Westminster serves soup to homeless who gather under the freeway across Fourth Ave.
Family Promise Churches open buildings to househomeless families through Family Promise and Interfaith Hospitality.

 

 

 

 

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