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Transitions announced

Brigitta Remole’s installation as pastor, preacher and teacher at Plymouth UCC in Seattle is on Dec. 11.

Marj Johnston has been called to serve as pastor of First Congregational UCC in Dayton.

Clergy Retreat is Feb. 5 to 8

The annual Pilgrim Firs Clergy Retreat Feb. 5 to 8 will be a time of renewing and reconnecting with presenters Cheri Lovell and Barbara Blodgett discussing money and work.  For information, contact Tara Barber,

Volunteers can still help repair homesin New Orleans

A one-year partnership between Phoenix of New Orleans (PNOLA) and UCC Volunteer Ministries provides opportunities for volunteer groups to travel to New Orleans to repair homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina.  As New Orleans decides on areas to rebuild and areas for green space, PNOLA and the UCC will decide year to year on their roles. For information, visit

Church treasurers seminars planned for Jan. 28 and 29

“Church Numbers for Treasurers,” workshops led by the Rev. Cheri Lovell, who developed the UCC Cornerstone Fund’s educational programs and leads seminars, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, at Plymouth Church, 1217 6th Ave., in Seattle and from 1 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29, at Veradale United Church of Christ, 611 N. Progress Rd., in Spokane Valley.           

The seminars, which seek to strengthen churches’ financial health to make their ministries possible, are for financial leaders, committee members, pastors and others develop new skills in managing church financial issues.

Lovell, who earned a master of divinity at Emory University and was ordained in 1998, worked in Cleveland and then New York City with United Church Funds.

Sessions will help participants understand how church numbers are different, the treasurer’s responsibilities, church-friendly financial statements, the narrative budget for stewardship, and policies churches need.

For information and registration, call the PNC office at 206-725-8383.

Signups begin for National Youth Event in July 2012

PNC ninth through 12th graders are beginning to register for the National Youth Event NYE 2012 at Purdue University in Indianapolis.  NYE is a gathering every four years for youth to be inspired by people, programs, music, worship, workshops and service projects.  Youth will be gone from July 7 to 14.

A pre-registration form and questionnaire are due Jan. 1 with full registration due April 1, ready for commissioning at Annual Meeting in Pasco.  For information, contact Susan Andresen at or Tara Barber at

Men’s Retreat will be Feb. 3 to 5 at Pilgrim Firs

The PNC Men’s Gathering will be Friday to Sunday, Feb. 3 to 5, at Pilgrim Firs, preceded by a “Day of Silence,” 8:30 p.m. Thursday to 4 p.m. Friday.

Tom Colwell a corporate coach known to the PNC for his music leadership, will lead the retreat on “Music That Matters: Men Sharing Their Hearts.”

For information, call 800-448-3489 or email

Sexuality and Christian Faith workshop set at University UCC

“The Naked Truth: What Are You Saying about Sexuality and Christian Faith?” is the theme for a workshop for pastors, lay leaders, Christian educators and youth ministers from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at University Congregational UCC in Seattle.  Leaders are Kimbris and Kendal Bond, Amy Johnson and CLN founder Tony Robinson. For information, visit

Our Whole Lives retreat planned Feb. 10 to 12

A young adult retreat on “Our Whole Lives,” a sexual-health and relationships curriculum developed by the United Church of Christ and Unitarian Universalists, will be held Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10 to 12 at Pilgrim Firs in Port Orchard.

For information, call Kmbris and Kendal Bond at 541-953-4442 or email or Sally Warner at 206-992-1990 or

Camp director recruiting underway

Retreats and camps are on the calendar for 2012 are:

At Pilgrim Firs, the theme for Mid-Winter Retreats is “Justice,” with Junior High, Jan. 6 to 8; Senior High, Jan. 13 to 15.  Other events are Men’s Retreat, Feb. 2 to 5; Leadership Retreat, May 18 to 20; Work Camp, May 25 to 27; Spiritual Renewal GLBTQ, June 1 to 3; Young Adults, June 22 to 24; Senior High, July 1 to 7; Junior High, July 8 to 14; Intermediate, July 15 to 21; Kids, July 22 to 25, and Family, Aug. 19 to 23

At N-Sid-Sen events include a retirement party for managing director Randy Crowe on April 14.

The MidWinter Youth Retreat is March 9 to 11; Women’s Retreat, May 10 to 16; Work Camp, June 10 to 16; Kids, July 8 to 11; Intermediate, July 8 to 14; Junior High Aqua, Aug. 5 to 11; Senior High Aqua, July 22 to 28; Family Camp #1, July 29 to Aug. 4, and Family Camp #2, Aug. 12 to 18.

For information, call Pilgrim Firs at 360-876-2031 or N-Sid-Sen at 208-689-3489.

Marcus Borg speaks at University Congregational UCC

Marcus Borg, canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Ore., internationally known biblical and Jesus scholar, and author of 19 books, will lead the Lecture Series Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10 to 12, at University Congregational UCC in Seattle. 

His theme is “Speaking Christian:  Reclaiming Christian Language.”

For information, call 206-524-6255 or visit

Listserv connects conference

The conference’s listserv at is a way for churches to share about events and connect to others in the group.  People may join by sending an e-mail to


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