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Transitions announced

  • Kent French is the new lead pastor for First Congregational United Church of Christ in Bellingham.
  • Amy Roon was installed as associate pastor of University Congregational UCC in Seattle during January.
  • Debi Hasdorff has left Cheney UCC to serve a church in White Bear Lake, Minn.
  • Amos Smith at Zion Philadelphia in Ritzville has accepted a call in Oregon.
  • Donald Schmidt is ending his interim at Bellevue First and will start at Admiral UCC in Seattle on March 1.
  • Deb Allen left University place Jan. 24.

UCC President visits Seattle and Spokane during March

UCC General Minister and President Geoffrey Black will visit the conference March 12 and 13, meeting with clergy for lunch at noon, Friday, March 12, and present at an open potluck dinner at 7 p.m. at First Congregational UCC in Bellevue.

He will be in Spokane for an open potluck lunch at noon, Saturday, March 13.

UCC youth leaders meet

UCC youth leaders—volunteers, paid staff and clergy—will meet from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, at University Congregational UCC, 4515 16th NE in Seattle.  For information, contact Tara Barber at or Margaret Irribarra

Transitional ministry training set for March 16 to 18

Bill Peterson, professional transition specialist with the Interim Ministry Network, will lead a workshop on Fundamentals of Transition Tuesday to Thursday, March 16 to 18, at Palisades Retreat Center in Federal Way.  For information, visit

Profile writing workshop set

The Conference will give a profile writing workshop for any member in discernment or clergy from 10 a.m.  to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 27 at the Conference office.

Northwest Women’s Retreat is in fall

The Northwest Regional Women’s Retreat #9 will be held Nov. 5 to 7 at Kah-Nee-Ta resort in Warm Springs, Ore., on the theme, “Come to the Oasis, Our Affirmation of Spirit, Inspiration and Soul,” with keynote speaker Carolyn Kortge.

Pilgrim Firs Women's Retreat is March 5-7

“Wholesome Bread: The Sustenance We Need for Life” is the theme for the 2010 PNC Women’s Retreat from 7 p.m., Friday to 11 a.m., Sunday, March 5 to 7, at Pilgrim Firs.  Register at

Men’s retreat is Feb. 19-21

The 19th annual PNC Men’s Gathering and Retreat will be held Feb. 19 to 21 at Pilgrim Firs Conference Center to consider the importance of imagination for creating vision about possibilities and helping participants understand God’s will.  Register at

Benefit set for Tent City 4

Amy Florence, Susan Strick and members of Kirkland Congregational UCC choir will present “Songs of Life,” a benefit concert  for Tent City 4 and the Emergency Feeding Program, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 6, at the church, 106 5th Ave.  For information, call 425-233-9097 or email

Teams rebuild in New Orleans

Randy Crowe, managing director of N-Sid-Sen, led a work camp in February at New Orleans, continuing work at long-term recovery and rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  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.

For information on the March team, call 360-384-3302.  Register online at

Walter Brueggemann speaks

The Lecture Series of University Congregational UCC in Seattle and the Dale & Leone Turner Lectures features Walter Brueggemann, professor emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary.  The UCC pastor, author and theologian will speak on “The Drama of Rehabilitation,” with a focus on “The Descent into Truth at 7 p.m., Friday, April 9, and on “The Ascent into Hope,” from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 10, at the church, 4515 16th Ave. NE.  

He will speak at 9 a.m., Sunday on “From Obedience to Praise: Psalm 73” and preach at 10 a.m., on “Authorized for Risk.”  For information, call 206-524-6244, ext 3447 or email

PNC plans retreats and camps

The 2010 retreats and camps sessions at Pilgrim Firs and N-Sid-Sen have begun.

At Pilgrim Firs, the Confirmation Retreat, April 16 to 18; LGBTQ Family and Friendss, May 29 to 31, and Young Adults, June 26 to 28.

Summer at Pilgrim Firs includes Work Camp, May 28 to 30, led by Deeg Nelson, managing director.  Other camps are Intermediate, July 5 to 10; Senior High, July 11 to 17; Junior High, July 18 to 24;  Kids, July 25 to 28, and Family, August 29 to Sept. 2.

Upcoming events at N-Sid-Sen are the Women’s Retreat, May 14 to 16; Work Camp, June 6 to 12; Kids, June 27 to 30; Intermediate, July 5 to 11; Senior High Aqua, July 11 to 17; Family Camp #1, July 25 to 31; Junior High Aqua, Aug. 1 to 7, and Family Camp #2, Aug. 8 to 14.

Sabeel-Puget Sound pland event

Sabeel-Puget Sound, a nonprofit promoting justice through nonviolence in the Holy Land, plans a conference Friday to Saturday, Feb. 19 to 20, at St. Mark’s Cathedral to explore the situation in Israel and Palestine today, the role of U.S. policy and nonviolent strategies for peace.  Sabeel founder and leader Naim Ateek will speak.  For information, call 800-838-3006 or visit


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