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Recruiting begins for Western Regional Youth Event

“Reach beyond the Big Sky” is the theme for the 2010 Western Regional Youth Event (WRYE), hosted July 6 to 10 by the Montana-Northern Wyoming Conference of the United Church of Christ at Montana State University in Billings

The event is for youth entering the ninth grade in the fall of 2010 through graduating seniors of 2010.

Tara Barber, co-chair of the PNC Education Ministries Committee, is helping recruit participants.

She said that PNC youth will leave for the WRYE from the Seattle area the morning of July 5.  They plan to spend that afternoon and evening at N-Sid-Sen doing some mission work. They will continue on to Billings on July 6 arriving by that evening when the program begins.

Founded in 1927, Montana State University-Billings is on 110-park-like acres at the base of the Rimrocks.  The campus is near parks, downtown, and river, prairie and canyon ecosystems.

After the WRYE closes the morning of July 10, the delegation will leave Billings and spend the night at Westminister Congregational UCC in Spokane before returning to Seattle mid-day July 11, in time for senior high camp at Pilgrim Firs.

 Susan Andresen of the PNC Ministry Resources Committee said the cost is $700 per youth. For information, email or call 206-265-2987.

Fund offers treasurers’ event

The Cornerstone Fund “Church Numbers for Treasurers” seminar will be hold 9 a.m. to 4 .m., Saturday, Jan. 23, at Cheney UCC, 423 N 6th, and 1 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 24, at Northshore UCC, 18900 168th Ave. NE in Woodinville. For information, call 206-725-8383.


Delegation will visit Korea

The conference Global Ministries Committee is recruiting a delegation to visit the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, its global partner in the East Seoul Presbytery, during May.  For information, call 206-382-3785.


Committee sets up website

Christian Life Service and Action Committee (CLSA) has set up a website——to facilitate committee work as it plans events and reviews resolutions submitted for Annual Meeting.

CLSA is responsible for forming networks among UCC churches and friends on such issues as justice, peace, creation and affirming all God’s people.  Current networks are the Veterans Welcome Resources Network prepared by Katy Lloyd and the Caring for Creation Network coordinated by Nancy Hannah and Paige Garratt.  For information, email


PNC announces schedules for retreats, camps

The 2010 retreats and camps have been set for Pilgrim Firs and N-Sid-Sen.

Pilgrim Firs retreats are Junior High Mid-Winter, Jan. 8 to 10, and Senior High Mid-Winter, Jan. 15 to 17. Suzanne Seaton will lead the Clergy Retreat Jan. 24 to 26. The Men’s Silent Retreat is Feb. 18 to 19; Men’s Retreat, Feb. 19 to 21; Women’s Retreat, March 5 to 7; Confirmation Retreat, April 16 to 18; LGBTQ Family and Friends Camp, May 29 to 31, and Young Adult Retreat, June 26 to 28.

The summer schedule at Pilgrim Firs includes Work Camp, May 28 to 30, with Deeg Nelson, managing director, as director. Other camps will be Intermediate, July 5 to 10; Senior High, July 11 to 17; Junior High Camp, July 18 to 24; Kids Camp, July 25 to 28, and Family Camp, August 29 to Sept. 2.

Dates at N-Sid-Sen are the Clergy Retreat, Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 with Celeste Crine; Junior and Senior High Mid-Winter Retreat, Feb. 26 to 28; Women’s Retreat, May 14 to 16; Work Camp, June 6 to 12; Kids Camp, June 27 to 30; Intermediate Camp, July 5 to 11; Senior High Aqua Camp, July 11 to 17; Family Camp #1, July 25 to 31; Junior High Aqua Camp, Aug. 1 to 7, and Family Camp #2, Aug. 8 to 14.
Registration is online at


Two work camps scheduled to rebuild in New Orleans

Two work camps in New Orleans, assisting with long-term recovery and rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Randy Crowe, managing director of N-Sid-Sen, will lead Work Camp I, which will be Feb. 8 to 14, and Bobbi Virta, pastor of Ferndale UCC, will lead a Work Camp II from March 20 to 27.  Both groups will stay at the Little Farms United Church of Christ.

“We will continue to help people re-build their homes,” said Bobbi.  “To raise funds, Ferndale is planning a Mardi Gras dinner on Feb. 6.”

There is space for both trips to join the group.  For information, call 208-689-3489 or 360-384-3302.  Registration is online at


Pugetarians learn of PNC’s global ministries connections

At their November luncheon at Horizon House, the Pugetarians—retired UCC clergy—had a program on “What in the World Are We Doing?”

Mary Margaret Pruitt and Marvin Eckfeldt of the PNC Global Ministries Committee shared about the partnership between the UCC conference and the Disciples of Christ Northwest Region.

They shared about Global Ministries work and recognized retired Global Ministries personnel in the conference, including hearing reflections from people who have had global mission experience: Lloyd Van Vactor, who served in the Philippines, and Bob Porter, who served in Sri Lanka, plus Carlos Madrazo, who is currently serving in East Timor.

Pugetarians learned about the conference’s 15-year global partnership with the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, trips to China, Haiti and Dominican Republic, and joint UCC-Disciples hosting of itinerating mission personnel.


New national UCC President and General Minister to visit in March

Geoffrey Black, the new national UCC president and general minister, will visit Seattle on March 12 and at Westminster Congregational UCC in Spokane on March 13 as part of his national “Listening Tour” to have direct contact with and speak with UCC members and friends.


Copyright Pacific Northwest Conference News © December 2009


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