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Annual Meeting 2016 theme is ‘Out on a Limb’

Plans are underway for the Pacific Northwest Conference UCC Annual Meeting 2016 April 29 to May 1, at the Wenatchee Convention Center with the theme, “Out on a Limb.”

Delegates and visitors will share what they and their churches are doing that is risky and out on a limb, said conference vice moderator and Annual Meeting planning coordinator Scott Ward of Magnolia UCC in Seattle.

“We covenant to support one another, share with one another the joys and sorrows of ministry, and regularly gather for prayer and celebration together,” said conference moderator, Andy CastroLang, pastor of Westminster Congregational UCC, describing the purpose of annual meetings.

The inspiration for the theme is Proverby 25:11:  “The right words at the right time are like golden apples in a silver setting.”

“When we gather for Annual Meeting we enjoy meeting new and old companions from around the Conference, we offer clever workshops, smart speakers, wonderful music and art, Saturday night socializing, and worship throughout our time together,” she said.

Rob Leveridge, a UCC pastor and singer/songwriter, will be the guest musician, leading song and story.

There will be business to conduct and new congregations to welcome into the Pacific Northwest Conference.

The Planning Team for Annual Meeting are Genevieve Heywood of Veradale UCC, Tara Leininger of First Congregational UCC in Metaline Falls, Maureen McLain of MagnoliaUCC, Jan Shannon of Westminster UCC, Scott Ward of Magnolia UCC, and Arlene Hobson, conference administrator.

The Ministry Resources Committee is making personal contacts with leaders on conference committees as part of recruiting volunteers to fill vacancies.  They are seeking 80 individuals to serve on the boards, committees and tasks forces beginning in 2016.

“That’s a great many servants needed, but we feel confident that a coordinated effort will yield a terrific set of covenant partners.  We need everyone’s help,” said Ministry Resources members Cindy Bauleke, Deborah Baden, Jan VanPelt, Linda Crowe, Randy Crowe, Sara Weaver and Dee Eisenhauer.

To submit nominees, call Cindy Bauleke at 360-303-1941 or email

Instead of having the usual guest speaker at Annual Meeting, the focus is on connection and community with several unexpected happenings, said Scott Ward, director of community life at Magnolia UCC.

There will be 20-, 60- and 90-minute workshops and an art gallery, being arranged by Scott.

“We are looking for artists from across the conference to submit art pieces to the gallery.  Any medium with a focus on the theme, ‘Out on a Limb.”

Scott said planners expect to welcome the new Minister of Church Vitality and that person will preach at the Friday evening worship service. 

Mike Denton will preach for the Sunday morning worship.

For information, call 206-969-2671 or email


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