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Transitions announced

Gary Southerton was installed Jan. 22 as pastor at Broadview UCC.

David Zaworski recently began as trained intentional interim at Everett UCC.

Nathaniel Mahlberg will be installed March 5 as pastor at First Congregational Church of Walla Walla, UCC.

Marvin Eckfeldt is moving to a retirement living apartment and downsizing.  He has a 1977 commemorative United Ministries wall-plate, a symbol of the 13 year journey the Pacific Northwest UCC Conference, the Northwest Region of The Christian Church (Disciples) and the Washington-Oregon District Church of the Church of the Brethren in shared ministries and acts of justice and peace.  He received it from a UCC colleague and would like to pass it on to someone who will appreciate it.  For information, email


National Youth Event is July 26-30

Pacific Northwest Conference youth in grades eight to 12 will join youth from across the United States at the United Church of Christ National Youth Event July 26 to 30, at Walt Disney World, Florida.

In 2016, Disciples of Christ youth will join in this once in four years event that includes workshops, speakers, worship and community service, plus a day at the Disney parks. 

PNC youth will gathering July 23 to 25 in Seattle for a pre-event with service projects and community building.  They will stay at a local church and fly together.

Youth who are participating in the NYE are asked to attend the Annual Meeting to meet, be commissioned by the conference and participate in fund raising..

The estimated cost of the trip is to be $1,200 with financial assistance available through the PNC and local churches fund raisers, said Kristen Almgren, Tara Barber, and Staci Schulmerich, coordinators.

For information, email, or


Plymouth sets concerts

Plymouth Church UCC at University and Sixth Ave in Seattle presents Chanticleer in concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5.

Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, the San Francisco based Grammy award-winning ensemble, celebrates its 38th season. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for their “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer is known for its seamless blend of 12 male voices ranging from soprano to bass and original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz and popular genre and contemporary compositions.

Tickets, $35, are available at or


Children, adults role play

Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry’s Faith and Family Homelessness Project invites children from age 12 up and adults to role play a month in the lives of low-income families and meet others who care about the issue, from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31, at Plymouth Church, 1217 Sixth Ave. in Seattle.  Middle school youth will provide sandwiches. Proceeds benefit the poverty concern of their choice.

Preregistration is done by emailing or calling 206.296.6954.  For information, call 206.622.4865 ext. 10.


Horizon House has new info

Horizon House, known for its forward-thinking approach to senior living, has added “Possibility Papers” to its communication mix. Director of communication Hollis Palmer said they “hope to provide information for consumers and colleagues on a variety of creative aging topics.”

The first report will be, “Good and Good for You, Healthy Eating Supports a Healthy Planet.”

For information, call 206-922-2776 email

National UCC head’s installation includes Plymouth UCC in Seattle

Rev. John Dorhauer, the new General Minister and President of the UCC, will be installed in three worship services in three different parts of the country over the weekend of April 15 to 17.  

The last of these services will be in the Pacific Northwest Conference at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 17, at Plymouth Church in Seattle.  The other celebrations are in New York and Chicago. The whole of the UCC is engaged in mission together.  The work of the national setting belongs to us all,” said John.  “We are literally going coast to coast with this as a way of giving testimony to that shared mission.”

An article in United Church News that talks about this weekend of activities is at


Ritzville Church has conversation

Zion Philadelphia UCC in Ritzville is offering a conversation on environmental issues as seen by UCC members east of the Cascades.  It will be held March 18 and 19.

Some of the issues include agriculture life with climate change, salmon, Hanford clean-up, water quality and quantity, energy - renewable, oil and coal.  Members will talk about how they deal with the environment in their daily lives and work.

Members of eastside UCC churches can share environmental concerns in 20 minute presentations with 10 minutes of questions.

The program begins with a spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m., Friday, followed by a presentation until 8:30 p.m. At 9 a.m., Saturday after a pancake breakfast, there will be presentations until noon.  There will be afternoon tours.  Housing is available.

For information, call 360-337-0975 or email  RSVP by March 11.


Grieving Church retreat set

A retreat on “The Grieving Church,” how grief affects churches, will be held from 4 p.m., Monday, April 4 to breakfast, Wednesday, April 6, at N-Sid-Sen.  Register at


Spokane forms RESULTS group

A Spokane area RESULTS group began meeting in January at Westminster Congregational UCC. RESULTS is a volunteer organization that creates the political will to end poverty, said organizer Randy Crowe, retired managing director of N-Sid-Sen.   He is concerned that worldwide more than 16,000 children under the age of five die from preventable causes, like pneumonia or malaria.

“We can spend a few hours a month to use our voices to save a child’s life,” he said. “RESULTS advocates are volunteers, not paid lobbyists.

Volunteers receive training, support and inspiration to become advocates who advise policy makers to make decisions that improve access to education, health and economic opportunity.

For information, call 232-9589 or email


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