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New Minister for Church Vitality to be welcomed

The highlight of the 2016 PNC-UCC Annual Meeting Friday, April 29, to Sunday, May 1, at the Wenatchee Convention Center will be the introduction of the PNC’s new Minister for Church Vitality, Courtney Stange-Tregear.

Courtney Stange-Tregear is the PNC Minister for Church Vitality.

Courtney, a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School who werved churches in the Boston and Bay areas, and is now pastor of Zion UCC in Perry Hall, MD, will preach at the Friday evening worship service. She has been president of the Chesapeake Association and on the Church Vitality Commission for the Central Atlantic Conference. She will move with her family in the summer.

The Planning Committee Invites churches to contribute up to 10 photos of ways in which they are going out on a limb with their congregations as part of a Saturday evening presentation on the theme, “Out on a Limb.”

The featured presenter is Rob Leveridge, a UCC musician and pastor from Davenport, Iowa. In addition to preaching and speaking, Rob writes worship music shaped by themes of peacemaking and the common good. He will help lead music, worship, a workshop and a concert on Saturday evening.

Photos for Saturday evening may be sent to Gen Heywood at

There will also be a gallery of local church art on Friday. Those with something to show and items for an auction may email Scott Ward at

Scott, coordinator of the planning committee, also invited churches to bring their banners and banner stands, which will be placed along the walls in the meeting hall.

“Another great way to share your out-on-a-limb ideas is to sign up for a ‘Speak Out on a Limb’ to tell in two minutes or less, how your congregation has followed the Spirit to do things perhaps outside your comfort zone or in a way that is yet unpopular,” he said.

To participate in that, email Arlene Hobson at or check in at the Registration Desk on site.

Based on feedback from last year, the planning committee decided to continue the “TED Talk” style mini-workshops again this year. Along with the shorter workshops, there will be three 90-minute workshops on Friday. The Saturday workshop sessions will be 55-minutes long.

Friday workshops will be on a new Economic Justice Ministry Network, other Justice Ministry Networks, Radical Hospitality for Hospitality Workers, Guerilla Gospel, Funding Out-on-a-Limb Ideas, Engaging Science through a Progressive Christian Lens, Out on a Limb with Church Financial Statements, Church Needs for Social Media, Justice Leadership Jubilee, Engaging People of Faith during the Election Season, Farm Worker Ministry Northwest, Gender Inclusion, Small Group Ministry and Photography Skills.

Saturday workshops will be on the Justice Leadership Program, Beyond Direct Service, Radical Approaches to Doing Justice, Small Group Ministry, Contemporary Worship, Immigrant Welcoming Congregation Education and Organizing, Paradigm Shifts for the 21st Century, Climate Change and Fossil Fuel Divestment, White Congregations and Black Power, and Conversing with Rob Leveridge.

Business will include the budget, a bylaw change and welcoming a new congregation from Alaska.

Voting cards for delegates the churches choose will be in a church packet at the registration desk.

From 5 to 6:30 a.m., Saturday, there will be a sunrise photo meditation.  Saturday evening is a concert.

Registration is by mail or at

For information, call Arlene at 206-725-8383 or 800-954-8777, or email at


Copyright © April 2016 Pacific Northwest Conference News


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