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Transitions announced

Bruce Allen Wilson Jr will be ordained at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13, at University Congregational UCC.  A graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, ill, he serves at CHI-Franciscan System Services in Tacoma as a chaplain.

The Congregational Church on Mercer Island will install Roberta Rominger at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27.  A high tea will follow.  She has served as General Secretary of the United Reformed Church in England, where she and her husband have lived for 30 years.

Alice Ling will be installed as pastor at First Congregational Church in Wallace, Idaho, at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4   

Brandon Duran, formerly associate minister at Plymouth UCC in Seattle, is now pastor at Central Union Church (UCC) in Honolulu.

Mike Titus, who served Sunnyslope Brethren UCC Church as pastor, died Sept. 7 of a heart attack.

Tom Thresher, pastor at Suquamish UCC, died July 9.  His service was Aug. 29 in Suquamish.

A memorial service for Dave Knight, a supporter of PNCUCC Outdoor Ministries was held Aug. 1 at Prospect UCC Church in Seattle. A memorial fund has been established for the campership program.


PNC has new ONA consultant

Jan Shannon, licensed to serve at Westminster Congregational UCC in Spokane, is the newly-appointed ONA consultant for the PNC-UCC.  She recently participated in training in Minnesota.  She will help the Conference engage further and live into being an ONA conference.  

Marj Johnston of Dayton previously served in the ONA role.  


Water Wheelchair Fund starts

Jenny Palmason Kaiton set up “Let’s get a water-wheelchair for N-SID-SEN! “ at

“The idea came to me because my father is a long time UCC member and has been going to family camp for more than 30 years. A rare muscle disease doesn’t allow him to enjoy the water any more.  

Jenny decided to try crowd funding among the UCC community so Mark Boyd can purchase one and all disabled persons who come to N-Sid-Sen can enjoy the water safely.

The crowd fund site is at


Environmental Justice Workshop will be Oct. 7 to 9

The fall 2015 Environmental Justice Workshop will be held from dinner Wednesday to noon Friday, Oct. 7 to 9, at N-Sid-Sen Camp and Retreat Center.

Participants in the event sponsored by the PNC and the UCC Justice and Witness Ministries will explore how people of faith can work for environmental justice for all, and how they can create a sustainable, healthy, inclusive community.  This “train the trainer” workshop will explore these questions to empower conversation and actions for environmental justice.

In initial sessions, participants consider a faith-based approach to environmental justice that considers gratitude, humility, responsibility, justice and community.  Themes include biblical readings, selections from the video “Renewal,” insights from respected leaders and study questions.

On Thursday afternoon, the group will visit Kellogg, Idaho, to learn about environmental damage from abandoned mines, cleanup efforts and impacts on communities and individuals.

They will work through issues of environmental despair to build communities based on hope; develop strategies and activities for participants’ local communities, and create a plan for participants’ workshops.

For information, call 288-689-3489 or register at


Church Council sets event

The Church Council of Greater Seattle’s “Weaving Our Strengths” Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 3, at University Congregational UCC, 4515 16th Ave. NE in Seattle.

This year Carrie Newcomer will be in Concert at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct.   

Weaving Our Strengths is a day-long conference of fellowship, inspiration, and skill-building to strengthen local churches’ efforts for the common good.  

The day includes worship, two sessions of workshops, a resource fair, a celebration of the Gertrude Apel Pioneering Spirit Awardees, and an opportunity to weave together what we’ve learned through small group conversations. Workshop themes include worship, church management, tending the spirit, and social justice, including racial reconciliation, environment, homelessness, and human trafficking awareness.

For information, call 206-206-3855 email or visit


Lecture Series begins Oct. 9

The Lecture Series at University Congregational United Church of Christ will present Diana Butler Bass, speaking on “Grounded: The Spiritual Revolution All Around Us” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9, 10 and 11 at the church, 4515 16th Ave Ne in Seattle.

Her latest book is Grounded: Finding God in the World – A Spiritual Revolution.  

She suggests a spiritual revolution is underway “when we understand that soil is holy, water gives life, the sky opens the imagination, our roots matter, home is a divine place, and our lives are entwined with our neighbors’ across the globe. This world, not heaven, is the sacred stage of our times.”

An exhibit on “Grounded in the Word,” with works by artist Sandra Bowden, including a series of 23 collagraphs, images created from a printing process incorporating collage will be on display Sept. 27 through Nov. 22.  

For information, call 206-524-2322 or email


Bellevue First offers chairs

Bellevue First Congregational Church is relocating and currently has 60 chapel chairs to donate to any congregation that would like to have them.  The chairs are padded and connect together with places for hymnals, said Kevin Brown, lead pastor.   

For information, contact Kevin Brown at 425-454-5001.



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