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Transitions announced

The Rev. Deanna Kay Murray is the new pastoral care associate for First Congregational Church UCC in Bellingham to support the lay Called to Care team.

The Rev. Roger Lynn resigned as transitional pastor at Veradale UCC to serve as transitional pastor at First Congregational UCC in Hillsboro, Ore.

Linda Kroll, a speech pathologist who was in Spokane from 1970 to 1978, and in Suquamish from 1978 to 2000, died Jan. 19, in Forest Grove.  She was active in Westminster UCC  and Suquamish UCC, which her husband, the Rev. Dick Kroll served before going to the UCC in Forest Grove in 2000.  while he served in the church there, died in Forest Grove.  She taught at Gonzaga and had a private practice in Suquamish. 

Chris Hayward will be the new pastor at Greenacres Christian Church.

The Rev. Dan Stern has resigned after 14 years of serving at Broadview Community UCC in Seattle.


Western Regional Youth Event registration opens

Registration is underway for the Western Regional Youth Event which the PNC is hosting for youth in grades seven to 12 June 29 to July 3 at Seattle University. 

Speakers on the conference theme based on John 20:19-22 and Luke 9:1to 6, “The Great Commission,” are J.Kwest, Julian DeShazier and Hoan Do. 

Participants will engage in workshops, conversations, worship, service projects and play, looking at “Deepening Faith,” “Got Faith - Now What?” and “Pilgrims, Not Tourists.”  Organizers Tara Barber and Susan Andresen said there will be a fund raiser at Annual Meeting.

For information, call 425-213-9335 or email or


Broadview launches campaign

Broadview Community UCC has launched the Warmth of the Spirit capital campaign to raise $16,000 to replace a worn-out furnace and install energy and cost-saving measures as part of their covenant to be earth friendly and mission to support environmental responsibility.

They will purchase a 95 percent efficient furnace and insulate the church to reduce their gas use 33 percent.


Young Adult Interns applying

Young adults, ages 21 to 30, may apply for the 2014-2015 team of social justice volunteers in Seattle until March 15. The year of service runs from late August 2014 through early August 2015, said Lauren Cannon of the PNC Justice and Witness Ministries Committee.

For information, contact Rich Gamble at 206-632-60212 or email


Prospect shows justice films

Prospect Congregational UCC launched its new Social Justice Movie Series with a showing of the documentary on climate change, “Chasing Ice,” on Feb. 21 at the church.  That film was offered in conjunction with Interfaith Power and Light’s National Preach-In on Climate Change, which was Sunday, Feb. 16.

For information, call 206-322-6030 or visit


OWL elementary training set

The Christian Education Board of First Congregational Church in Bellingham is hosting Our Whole Lives (OWL) Trainings Elementary for facilitators of the elementary sexuality education program.  It will be held from 6 p.m., Friday, March 14, through 5 p.m., Sunday, March 16

For information, call 360-734-3720 or email


Clergy Retreat is March 23-25

“Equipping our Ministries of the Word” is the theme for the retreat for authorized ministers in the PNC March 23 to 15 at Pilgrim Firs.  Participants will consider language as a tool of ministers, who not only preach and teach, but also blog, tweet, email, text, write church newsletters, committee reports and craft words for liturgies and times of life passages.

The retreat leader is the Rev. Rachel Hackenberg, minister for the Committee on Ministry Resources and Conference Support in the UCC national offices.  She will include conversations on words of Holy Week, for ministerial profiles and more.

For information, call or visit


Festival of Preaching planned

Congregational Leadership Northwest has invited 12 preachers to address “Preaching in a Post-Modern World” at the 2014 Festival of Preaching Northwest from Monday, April 28 to Thursday, May 1, at First United Methodist Church of Seattle, 180 Denny Way, Seattle.

The speakers are Debbie Blue of the House of Mercy, Anna Carter Florence of Columbia Seminary; Scott Kisker of Wesleyan Seminary; independent theologian Tony Jones; young Disciples of Christ leader Jose Morales; Heidi Neumark, Lutheran pastor and author; Rodger Nishioka of Columbia Seminary; Fleming Rutledge, Episcopal teacher and author; Melissa Skelton, of the Congregation for Congregational Development and pastor of St. Paul’s Episcopal in Seattle; Will Willimon of Duke, and Jim Forbes, pastor emeritus of The Riverside Church in New York City.

Four pre-festival workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday with Willimon or Carter Florence on the craft of preaching, and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., with Nishioka or Skelton on the “post-modern” landscape.  UCC co-sponsors include Plymouth and University Congregational UCC churches in Seattle.

For information, visit


June Lecture Series set

The Lecture Series of University Congregational UCC presents “The Dream of God: A World of Justice and Nonviolence” June 19 to 21, at University Congregational UCC, 4515 16th Ave., NE., in Seattle.

Featured speakers are Marcus Borg, biblical and Jesus scholar; Joan Chittister, writer, lecturer and executive director of Benetvision, and John Dominic Crossan, professor emeritus in religious studies at DePaul University and co-chair of the Jesus Seminar from 1985 to 1996.

For information, call 206-524-6255, ext. 3447 or email


Pipe Organ Encounter Plus planned during July in Seattle

The Seattle Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is planning an educational Pipe Organ Encounter for people with intermediate piano skills and planing the church organ with little or no organ training.  It will be held July 13 to 17. 

For information, visit and click on 2014 POE+


Plymouth UCC shows ‘Inequality for All’

Plymouth UCC and All Pilgrims churches will show the documentary, “Inequality for All,” at 1:30 p.m. after a 12:30 p.m. lunch on Sunday, March 30, at Plymouth in Seattle.

In the film, Robert Reich, professor, author and member of the Clinton cabinet, explains how the consolidation of wealth by a few threatens the American work force and the foundation of democracy.  He explains how economic inequality affects everyone.


February March 2014 © Pacific Northwest United Church of Christ Conference News


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