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Transitions announced

Susan Fairo will be ordained at 5 p.m., March 11 at Alki UCC.  She has been called as an intentional interim and began serving Spirit of Peace UCC in Sammamish in January.

Kris Forster of First Congregational church in Maltby has ongoing need for pulpit supply preachers.  It is located between Woodinville and Monroe.  For information, email


Climate Conference set

The Rev. Richenda Fairhurst, a pastor in Ashland, Ore., is organizing a Climate Conference for communities of faith, May 1 to 2 in Ashland.  The event is open to clergy and ministry leaders who want to know more about climate and how climate work intersects with the local church.

For information, email


UCC DataHub ready for data

The UCC DataHub resources webpage is available for churches to enter their 2017 data, information vital to the national UCC, as well as local churches.  There are tutorial videos at

Those wishing paper forms may contact Arlene Hobson at 206-725-8383 or email


Financial Vitality program starts

The Ministers’ Financial Vitality Initiative (MFVI) began in 2017 with 30 UCC ministers selected for the first group to participate in a three-year curriculum to help them achieve financial wellness.

Two more cohorts will be selected in 2018 and 2019. The MFVI program offers two matching grants of up to $1,000 to assist 1000 pastors serving local congregations in meeting immediate financial needs such as outstanding debt, unexpected medical expenses or setting up an emergency fund.  To quality for the grant, a minister’s congregation must raise an equal amount.

Applications are available online at http://bit.ly2BRjKDz.  For information, contact Darrell Goodwin, program director, at


‘Come to the Water’ is theme

“Come to the Water”— E Hele Mai’Ka Wai —is the theme for the 2018 Western Regional Youth Event June 25 to 29, at the University of Hawai’i in Honolulu.

The event for youth from 9th through 12th grades integrates community, music, justice, spirituality, joy and service, said Cristina Airaghi, pastor for children and youth at First Congregational UCC in Bellevue.  She is the PNC representative to the WRYE planning committee.

It is a time for youth to explore their faith, discover new friendships, share inspiration and engage in service around the island of Oahu, she said.

Once every four years, hundreds of youth from the Western United States come together as a movement within the UCC, she said. Local churches arrange registration and travel.

For information, email, follow WRYE on Twitter @WRYE_2018, or Instagram, wrye2018.


‘Let Justice Roll’ is Feb. 11

“Let Justice Roll: A Multi-Media Musical Journey to Selma and Back” is an original production with the choir, spoken word, instrumental solos and video clips focused on learning about white privilege and joining efforts to dismantle racism.  It is taking place at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 11, at Plymouth Congregational UCC in Seattle.

Dinner and discussion will follow.  The event co-sponsors are Plymouth, the Youth Forum, reSound, a Northwest Chamber Ensemble and the Institute for Social Change through the arts. A $15 donation is suggested.  For information, visit


Webinar offered on new tax law

Actively contributing members of the Annuity Plan of the UCC Pension Boards have an opportunity to learn about tax implications of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and steps to adjust tax strategies and financial plans under it.

Ernst & Young Financial Planning Services is offering a 30-minute webinar at the following times and dates: noon, Thursday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 19, 7 a.m., Friday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 6, and 8 a.m., Thursday, March 8. 

Registration is at 877-927-1047 or


Environmental Justice group starts

A new Environmental Justice Team is working as an offshoot of the PNC Justice and Witness Ministries Committee, said Meighan Pritchard, pastor at Prospect UCC in Seattle. A goal is to create communication channels among PNC congregations and with the national UCC setting on environmental justice issues.  The team holds monthly videoconference meetings on Zoom at 4:30 p.m., third Tuesdays.

For information, email 


Mardi Bras events held

Westminster Congregational UCC and several other Spokane churches and agencies held “MardiBras” Parties recently as opportunities for women to gather for a “Mardi Gras” theme party and bring bus passes, pads, tampons, underwear and bras for homeless and low-income women in the community.

For information, call 509-624-1366.



Pacific Northwest United Church of Christ News © February-March 2018


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