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Transitions announced

The new pastor in Richmond Beach UCC in Shoreline is Paul Ashby

Ken Johnson, a PNC volunteer and member of The United UCC-Disciples Christian Church in Yakima, died in July.  He served on the PNC-UCC Board of Directors as Southeast Area Representative from 2006 to 2013; the Eastside Committee on Ministry, Ministry Resources Committee, the Christian Life Service and Action Committee and as host to global partner delegates from Korea.

Plymouth giving recognized

Plymouth Church in Seattle was recently lauded as a “5 for 5” in its basic support of Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM)and the denomination’s four special mission offerings. This is a first for Plymouth. OCWM includes Neighbors in Need, One Great Hour of Sharing, Strengthen the Church- and The Christmas Fund, per capita dues and gifts to the Conference, national setting or UCC-related institutions.

Day of learning is Oct. 17

Seattle Children’s Pastoral and Spiritual Care Department is organizing a day of learning and discussion at Seattle Children’s Hospital on Thursday, Oct. 17, with Daniel Sulmasy, a friar, medical internist and ethicist. He has written books including “A Balm for Gilead” about spirituality in health care. For information, email

Our Whole Lives sessions being planned

Two meetings are planned for South Puget Sound area churches interested in having youth join senior high “Our Whole Lives” sessions. The meetings are Monday, Oct. 28, at United Churches of University Place or Monday, Nov. 4, at Normandy Park UCC.  The plan is to offer the program to 10th to 12th graders in three monthly weekend retreats beginning in January.
For information, contact Amy Johnson at 253-874-2084 or

UCC video contest underway for young adults

The national UCC invites young adults, ages 18 to 35, to create a short videos, 60 seconds or less, expressing how their faith transforms, connects or touches the world.  The deadline is Oct. 31.  The creator of the video that earns the most votes on YouTube will be awarded $5,000 and national recognition on  
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Heifer speakers available for congregations

Heifer International, which works to build a just and peaceful world, is offering guest speakers for worship, mission groups or Sunday school to tell of Heifer’s work on food security, women’s empowerment and sustainability, said Eliza Penick, community engagement coordinator for Heifer in Seattle and a member of Keystone UCC. She has seen Heifer’s work in Honduras, Nepal and Peru.
For information, call 206-547-5696 or email

Turner Lectures is Oct. 7 to 9 at Englewood Christian in Yakima

The Turner Memorial Lectures, featuring Bonnie Bowman Thurston,  will be presented by the Northwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Monday to Wednesday, Oct. 7 to 9, at Englewood Christian Church in Yakima. 
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University Congregational UCC Lecture Series is Oct. 11 to 12

The Lecture Series of University Congregational UCC presents Gretta Vosper, founder of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity, as its lecturer Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12.  Her bestselling book, With or Without God: Why the Way We Live Is More Important Than What We Believe, calls the church to create communities grounded in values that promote the wellbeing of all life on the planet.  She will speak on “AMEN—What Prayer Can Mean in a World Beyond Belief,” at 7 p.m., Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday.  For information, call 206-524-6255 or

2014 Festival of Preaching features 12 renowned preachers

The “Festival of Preaching – Northwest 2014,” sponsored by Congregational Leadership Northwest, will be held April 28 to May 1, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Seattle, 180 Denny Way. Twelve renown preachers will share about “Preaching in a Post-Modern World.”

Preachers are Debbie Blue, Lillian Daniel, Anna Carter Florence, James Forbes, Tony Jones, Scott Kisker, Jose Morales, Heidi Neumark, Rodger Nishioka, Flaming Rutledge, Melissa Skelton and Will Willimon. 
For information, visit

Youth Event will be in Seattle

Western Regional Youth Event 2014 on the theme, “Join the Great Commission! And be Sent Out—Through our Faith Into the City and Into the World!” will be held June 29 to July 3, 2014, at Seattle University.  Registration opens this fall.  Susan Andresen and Tara Barber are also recruiting a planning committee. 
For information, email or

Women’s Retreat is Nov. 1 to 3

Northwest Regional Women’s Retreat X on “Celebrate the Joyful Journey, 1983 to 2013” will be held Friday through Sunday, Nov. 1 to 3, at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, Warm Springs Ore.

Da Vita McCallister, associate conference minister for Youth and young adults in the Connecticut Conference of the UCC, is keynote speaker.  Workshops include spiritual energy, spiritual dance, sexuality, women’s health, geology/environment, liturgical art, finger drawing, memoir writing, spiritual discernment, grace, and Chakra balancing.  
For information, visit

Global Ministries sets training

To establish Global Ministries connectors in all UCC and Disciples churches, the Global Ministries Committee is holding a training session from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at Englewood Christian Church in Yakima. Jon Barnes executive of the national Mission Interpretation and Constituency Relationships, Mission Education and Interpretation in the Indianapolis, will lead the training.  Connectors link congregations to the world, help their congregation become a Global Mission Church, share news and facilitate personal connections. 
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Wayside open house is Sept. 29

Wayside UCC in Federal Way is inviting folks to stop by and see what they did in their “Stepping Ahead” renovation project now that it’s complete.  They will hold an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2000 SW Dash Point Rd.
For information, call 253-838-0915 or visit

Tolt offers organ music

Judy West of Tolt UCC in Carnation has a box of organ music to give away, a selection of classical and sacred pieces. For information, 425-333-4254.

Liberation has couples group

On second Saturdays, Liberation UCC has a couple’s group from 10 a.m. to noon. For information, call 206-679-3432.

Prospect will give robes, hymnals

Prospect Congregational UCC has 27 choir robes and 31 Pilgrim Hymnals from 1956 to share with another congregation, said office manager Karen Eisenbrey.  For information, call 206-322-6030 or email

Broadview plans trunk sale

Broadview United Church Of Christ’s second annual All Church Trunk Sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at 325 N. 125th St., in Seattle.
For information, call 206-402-3845.

Copyright © September-October 2013 Pacific NW Conference UCC News


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