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Transition announced

Suquamish United Church of Christ installed Mark Travis as their pastor on Oct. 29.

Annual Meeting vote planned

The 2018 PNC Annual Meeting delegates will gather April 27 to 29 at the Yakima Convention Center.  Business will include a vote amendments to the national UCC Constitution and Bylaws, recommended by the 31st General Synod.

WRYE will be in June in Hawaii

The Western Regional Youth Event (WRYE) of the UCC will be June 25 to 29 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The theme is “Come to the Water: E Hele Mai I Ka Wai” from Isaiah 55:1.

WRYE gathers youth from western UCC conferences to worship, hear keynote speakers and musicians, attend break-out workshops, engage in fellowship with other youth, and participate in service outreach and cultural appreciation, said Cristina Airaghi, pastor for children and youth at Bellevue First Congregational UCC, who is on the planning group.

Small groups will explore such topics as the spirituality of activism, “Blue Marine” theology, and liturgical music writing. There will be an afternoon of community service, plus traditional Hawaiian cultural experiences, like learning about the islands’ history and culture at the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Polynesian Voyaging Society, plus beach time.

The WRYE is for youth in 8th to 12th grades from 10 western states in the UCC.  Youth will stay at the University of Hawaii.  Youth will travel June 24 and 29.  The cost is $500 plus flights ranging from $700 to $1,000.

For information, call 425-454-5001 ext. 1021 or email

‘Faith over Fear” roadshow set

The Rev. Terry Kyllo and Aneelah Afzali, Esq. are touring Washington state in November with a “Faith Over Fear: Standing with Our Muslim Neighbors” roadshow to counter Islamophobia and the $30 million industry that promotes it. 

“We are committed as a Conference to welcome and educate ourselves about  immigrants and refugees through our Welcoming Resolution passed this April.  This is an excellent step on this path,” said Adele Reynolds.

Click here for a website with updated roadshow dates.

Kizzie Jones is on BookStop

Kizzie Jones invites folks to bring up and comment on her page on the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators BookStop event through Nov. 30.  She said to click the bottom line, Firma el Libro, of a mustard-colored comment box is on the right to comment.  It is at

Interfaith Pilgrimage set

Corey Passons from Community for Interfaith Celebration in Olympia will is traveling Nov. 6 to 16 in Israel as a guest with an Faith Journeys, a religious tour agency.  He is following Jesus’ footsteps from Bethlehem to Galilee to Jerusalem, visiting holy sites of Abrahamic faiths.  In spring 2019, he plans to lead Faith Journey’s first interfaith pilgrimage.

UCC DIsaster Ministries online

The UCC Disaster Ministries has a webpage with updates on responses to recent disasters, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Irma in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, California wild fires, Mexico’s earthquakes.

It also has follow-up on Hurricane Matthew in the U.S. and Caribbean, East Africa famine, West Viriginia floods, Nepal’s earthquake and more.

PNC Men’s Retreat is Feb.2-4

The PNC Men’s Retreat will be at Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center from Friday, Feb. 2 to Sunday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. The theme is “Male Relationships: When We Were Boys.” Men will talk about friendships that were meaningful and reflect on how they shaped them for life as adults. This is time away to be with other men for worship, music, sharing and hanging out.

There will be the usual Day of Silence option from Thursday night to Friday afternoon, Feb. 1 to 2. It may include a service component, said organizer Rick Russell

For information, call 206-999-6968 or visit

Eastgate blesses socks

Eastgate Congregational UCC recently blessed 152 pairs of socks that were collected for Operation Nightwatch in Seattle. Pastor Renee McCoy delivered them after worship to bring some comfort and blessing to people living on the streets in Seattle. For information, visit

JWM honors Mary Stamp

At the Fall Gathering, Steve Clagett presented a plaque to Mary Stamp, PNC News editor and outgoing member of the Justice Witness Ministries Committee for her communicating on justice witness actions by the committee and congregations.

Prospect holds musical event

In gratitude for its new improved sanctuary sound and lights, musicians and singers of Prospect UCC presented a multi-style, multi-band extravaganza, “A Harvest Celebration in Song,” on Sunday, Nov. 19. The concert started with an “acoustic” session with choir and vocal solos, accompanied by instruments. A band will come on with singers joining in. A freewill offering was received to benefit the church.


Pacific Northwest United Church of Christ News © November-December 2017


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