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This Is Me book from Lenten stories raises funds

Courtney Stange-Tregear, the conference’s minister for church vitality, compiled stories and devotionals during Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday 2020.  Since then, she edited them had them published as a book that is available for purchase on Amazon.

Lenten book sold at Amazon.

The book, This Is Me: Stories of Lent during a Time of Pandemic, is a compilation of stories written by 35 people from across the PNC and beyond.

“Ash Wednesday began was the first recorded U.S. death in Covid-19,” said Courtney, noting that it was revised later. 

Most of Washington went on lockdown, making “loneliness, isolation and disconnect more real than ever,” she said, so the daily stories “were a lifeline” to many in the PNC.

Proceeds from sales go to the Conference. The paperback is $13.99 and on Kindle it is $9.99.

Copies are available to purchase at

Courtney also created a Worship Video Library as a resource for churches on behalf of the Pacific Northwest Conference. After registering at no cost, pastors and worship leaders may download videos for worship.

The videos worship resources, recorded by PNC leaders for PNC churches. A Worship Video Library is a private, curated collection of videos which can be borrowed for use in local church worship services, said Courtney.

The video library includes videos of worship music, sermons, prayers, litanies and more. Resources have been shared to the library with permission by the musician, preacher, leader and creator. Any PNC church is welcome to use videos from the library, at their convenience, and at no cost to the local church. 

This library is intended to help support local churches with the ongoing work of creating online worship experiences. Videos can be used to supplement a worship service, for instance, by adding an additional musical interlude, or several videos can be compiled into an entire worship service.

The PNC Worship Video Library is hosted on Vimeo, a free-to-join video sharing website. Access to the PNC Worship Video Library is also free, but it is on a private channel on Vimeo and registration is required.

To register, it’s necessary to create a Vimeo account and opt to “follow” the Pacific Northwest Conference on Vimeo. The PNC account is at

For information, email conference administrator Arlene Hobson at with your name, title or role in the church, email address, Vimeo username, phone number, church name, church address and, optional, church moderator’s name and email address.

Arlene will grant permission, by adding each individual user to an “allowed” list on Vimeo.

Applicants will receive an email that indicates their registration has been received. Then the channel can be followed and the videos can be viewed.



Pacific NW Conference United Church News - Copyright © Summer 2020


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