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Transitions announced

Elsa Peters has been called as senior pastor at the United Churches of Olympia, beginning in September.

Becky Withington was ordained on Sept. 8 at Everett UCC.

Jason Boyd has announced his resignation at Kirkland UCC.

Deborah Nelson has been approved for ordination pending a call.

William Youngdahl, who served  churches in Minnesota, California, Oregon and at University Congregational UCC in Seattle—died Aug. 15 in North Carolina.

Ted Hastings, who died on July 7, served churches in California, Oregon and Washington.  A member of the United Churches of Olympia, he served as a mentor to in-care students.

Greta Jensen, who died June 24, served two United Methodist churches before she was ordained in the UCC in 2004.  She did interim ministries at St. Paul’s and Normandy Park in Seattle and at Tolt in Carnation.

Jim Gilliom, who served UCC churches in New Jersey, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and at Mercer Island, died on June 4.

Planned giving workshops set Sept. 27, 28 and 29

Donaldson Hill, minister and team leader of financial development in the Office of General Ministries at the UCC national setting, will be in the Pacific Northwest Conference to lead three workshops on planned giving. 

He speaks from 3 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, at Community Congregational UCC in Pullman; from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, at First Congregational Church in Bellingham, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at Plymouth Congregational UCC in Seattle. 

The workshops are an outreach of the Stewardship Committee of the Conference and Our Church’s Wider Mission. 

Jesus Seminar speakers set

Eagle Harbor Congregational Church is hosting the Jesus Seminar On the Road, featuring speakers Bernard Brandon Scott and Jarmo Tarkki, for a weekend seminar on Bainbridge Island on Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22. The topic: “Politics of the Real Jesus.”

For information or to register call 877-523 3545 or visit

University Congregational announces lecture series

University Congregation continues its Lecture Series in October with John Bell, a pastor in the church of Scotland who did youth ministry before focusing on music and worship. 

The hymn writer, author and broadcaster lectures, preaches and conducts seminary in Europe, North America, Australasia and Southern Africa. 

He will give presentations on “Spirituality and Music” at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, on “Ancient Celtic Gifts for Contemporary People,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, on “Why do God’s People Sing?” and at 9 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, on “The Importance of Imagination.”

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


Plymouth hosts workshop on sexuality education

OWL Trainings for junior/senior high and young adult/adult levels will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept 21 to 23 at Plymouth Church, UCC in Seattle. 

For information, visit


Faith Action Network hosts advocacy trainings this fall

The Faith Action Network of Washington will host two Advocating Congregations Summits in Western and Eastern Washington in September and October.

The Western Washington summit will be held at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30, at Seattle First Baptist, 1111 Harvard Ave.

The Eastern Washington summit will be held at 4:30, Sunday, Oct. 14, at First United Methodist Church of Ellensburg, 210 N. Ruby.

The FAN recently hired Sam Rennebohm of Prospect UCC as their new director of the advocating congregations program.  An article about him is in the September issue of The Fig Tree, media covering the faith and nonprofit communities in the Inland Northwest.  The story is at sept12/090512fanrennebohm.html.

For information, call 206-625-9790 or visit


Two congregations vote to be Open and Affirming

After months of discernment, education, discussion and prayer, two PNC congregations became Open and Affirming.

On May 30, Fox Island UCC approved their Open and Affirming Statement.

On June 3, Lummi Island Congregational UCC voted y in favor of their Open and Affirming Statement. 


Young adult delegation goes to South Korea in June 2013

The 2013 young adult exchange delegation visit to South Korea will be June 17 to 26.  The Global Ministries committee is recruiting young adults interested in learning about life in the churches of the PNC’s global partner, the East Seoul Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea.

For information, call 360-683-4704 or email


CROP Hunger Walks set

Ten CROP Hunger Walks will help hungry people in the Northwest and around the globe, said Christopher Carpenter, assistant regional director of the Pacific Northwest Church World Service.

There are walks scheduled on Sept. 30 in Watcom County; on Oct. 7 in Bainbridge Island, Everett, Kent, Lewis County, Pullman-Moscow, Richland and Seattle; on Oct. 14 in Snohomish, and on Oct. 21 in Yakima Valley.  

For information, call 888-297-2767 or email


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