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Transitions announced

Jim CastroLang will be installed Nov. 13 as pastor of First Congregational UCC in Colville.

Kerby Jewell Avedovech will be ordained on Nov. 20 at Tolt UCC in Carnation.  She will serve a church in Indiana.

2011 retreats, camps scheduled

The 2011 retreats and camps have been set for Pilgrim Firs and N-Sid-Sen.

Pilgrim Firs retreats start with Junior High Mid-Winter, Jan. 7 to 9, led by Mark Boyd of United Churches in Olympia, and Senior High Mid-Winter, Jan. 14 to 16 led by Margaret Irribarra and Kaila Russell of University Congregational UCC.  . 

The Men’s Retreat will be held Feb. 3 to 6, and the Women’s Retreat is March 25 to 27.

 Work Camp at Pilgrim Firs is May 27 to 30, followed by the GLBTQ Spiritual Retreat at Pilgrim Firs, June 3 to 5, and the Young Adult Retreat June 24 to 26.

The 2011 PNC Leadership Retreat will be June 17 to 19 at Pilgrim Firs.

Mid-Winter Youth Retreat at N-Sid-Sen will be held March 11 to 13; the Women’s Retreat will be May 20 to 22, and Work Camp is June 12 to 18.

Summer camps at Pilgrim Firs are Senior High, July 3 to 9; July 10 to 16, Junior High; Intermediate, July 17 to 23; Kids, July 24 to 27, and Family, August 21 to 25.

N-Sid-Sen camps are Kids, June 26 to 29; Intermediate, July 10 to 16; Senior High Aqua, July 17 to 23; Family Camp #1, July 31 to Aug. 6; Junior High Aqua, Aug. 7 to 13, and Family Camp #2, Aug. 14 to 20.

For information, call 360-876-2031 or 208-689-3489 or visit or,

Two Work Camps set in 2011

Randy Crowe, managing director at N-Sid-Sen will lead the 2011 Work Camp in New Orleans, continuing with assistance through the Little Farms UCC to rebuild homes after Hurricane Katrina.

Bobbi Virta, pastor at Ferndale UCC will lead her fourth work camp to New Orleans April 2 to 9.

For information, call 208-689-3489 or visit

Clergy Retreat is Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at Pilgrim Firs

“Clergy Support and Renewal” is the theme for the 2011 Clergy Retreat from Sunday, Jan. 30, to Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Pilgrim Firs.

Annual Meeting will be held April 29 to May 1 in Seattle

The Annual Meeting Planning Committee is making arrangements for logistics related to holding the first Annual Meeting in years in a church. 

The gathering is planned for Friday through Sunday, April 29 to May 1, at University Congregational UCC in Seattle.  They are recruiting host homes to save hotel costs. 

For information, call 206-725-8383.

James Forbes speak at WAC

James Forbes, Jr., pastor emeritus of Riverside Church in New York City, will be featured speaker for the Annual Awards Dinner of the Washington Association of Churches on Sunday, Dec. 5, at University Christian, 4731 15th Ave NE in Seattle.

Forbes, who is recognized for his preaching and advocacy for social justice, will speak on “Let Justice Light Our Way,” said Alice Woldt, director of the WAC.

The WAC is seeking nominees of ecumenical and interfaith programs and leaders to honor for their leadership in ecumenism, justice and interreligious relationships.

The WAC and Lutheran Public Policy Office will give presentations on issues before the Washington State Legislature at the Eastern Washington Legislative Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Cathedral of St. John in Spokane, and on Saturday, Feb. 12, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Yakima.

For information, call 206-625-9790 or visit

Seven attend MissionWorks

Seven UCC and Disciple from the Northwest attended the fifth biennial ¡MissionWorks! Festival Oct. 7 to 9 in Cleveland. 

Clint Cannon, Ed Evans, Lillian Moir, Rick and Jennnifer Russell, Lloyd Van Vactor and John Williams are available to share what they learned about mission as accompaniment, about missionaries and global partnerships, and about ways UCC churches and conferences are involved.

For information, call 360-683-4704.


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