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Transitions announced

Arthur Mampel, who served churches in Minnesota and Hawaii, and retired after serving Beacon Ave. UCC from 1978 to 1996, died Sept. 18 in Seattle.  He published 10 books of poetry, mentored other poets and gave many poetry readings. A memorial service was Oct. 1 at Prospect UCC.

Michael Ellick will be installed as minister of worship and care at University Congregational UCC on Sunday, Oct 22. He previously served First Congregational UCC and was director of public engagement at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon in Portland.

Ann-Marie Illsley will be installed as minister at Walla Walla UCC on Sunday Oct. 22.

Rachael Haxtema was ordained on Sept. 24, at Keystone Church, UCC in Seattle.

Deborah Tyler, whose transfer of standing was approved in August, is serving at Dayton UCC.

Janel Rieve retired as licensed minister at Ritzville Zion-Philadelphia UCC the end of August.

On June 4, the Newport UCC voted to sever their relationship from the PNC-UCC and the national UCC. Their new name is The Newport Community Church.

Cristina Airaghi has resigned from UCC ministerial standing.

Bill Maurey-Holmes transferred his standing into the PNC-UCC. Patty Ebner transfered her standing to the Southwest Conference in August.

Alyssa de Wolfe had her four-way covenant approved for a ministry teaching the Our Whole Lives curriculum.

Support groups resume

Communities of Practice, support groups organized by the Committee on Ministry (COM) and led by trained facilitators, are for folks who are in a variety of ministries in the Conference..

Most groups for specialized ministers, pastors in different contexts and congregation sizes, retired clergy, and more Inclusive for members in discernment meet on Zoom from September through June.

Amy Hitchens, pastor of Normandy Park UCC in Seattle, is coordinating the groups for 2023-24. She shared comments from past participants.

• “I am new to the UCC ministry and find it very helpful to be in a group with others who are further along and who offer both encouragement and guidance as I learn to do ministry the UCC way. Our leader poses good questions to get us talking and offers insightful reflections after each one shares.”

• “Being able to meet regularly with a CoP group of colleagues is one of the best things I do for myself. This group keeps me connected & relative to the PNC & UCC, supports me in my life and ministry and inspires me to grow as we support and learn from one another.”

The cost is $250 and scholarships are available. For information, email


Musicians present chat

The United Church of Christ Musicians Association is offering a Saturday Sharing chat session on Zoom on “Music Copyright for Churches” with Siobhán Maguire, assistant manager of ONE LICENSE and host Jim Boratko. A one-hour ZOOM session was held at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 30. The chat is recorded and will be available for those who cannot attend.

For the link and video link, visit


Admiral UCC offers hymnals

Admiral Church in West Seattle has more New Century Hymnals than it needs and is offering extras to others on request for the cost of shipping.

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OWL session is Oct. 4

Amy Johnson, who leads Our Whole Lives (OWL) workshops for the UCC, reported that there will be an Our Whole Lives Taking Flight webinar on LGBTQ+ and Aging at 9 a.m. Pacific Time, Wednesday, Oct. 4.  Panelists for the discussion include Wilhelmina Perry, Anne Holmes, Jane Fleishman and Meg Riley.

Registration is at

All of of the OWL webinars are recorded and available after the fact

Churches reclaim city’s welfare

This fall a coalition of congregations and partners in Seattle are hosting a four-night revival on the theme, “Reclaiming the Welfare of the City: A Revival for Racial Reconciliation,” based on Jeremiah 29.

The revival includes vibrant music, powerful preaching, creative expression and multi-racial community building.

It begins on Oct. 3 at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle’s Central District. Yolanda Norton, an ordained minister and founder of Global Arts and Theology Experience (GATE) and the curator of the Beyoncé Mass, is the preacher. GATE’s Black Girl Magic Ensemble will lead music. This is the worship team that brought the Beyoncé Mass to Seattle in the spring of 2021.

On Oct. 4, the service is at Quest Church in Ballard. In partnership with Acts On Stage theater, there will be an arts-based, interactive worship and workshop. This event invites attendees to witness and discuss a theatrical presentation, “Story of An Off Brand Band.” Written by Michelle Lang-Raymond, this one-act play is an art imitating life piece that centers on the Micah 6:8 call to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.”  Discussion groups will be based on age.

On Oct. 5, attendees will meet at Plymouth UCC. The preacher is Steve Jerbi, minister of Christian formation, love and justice at University Congregational UCC in Seattle. The UCUCC choir will offer music and the Black Girl Magic Ensemble returns as the praise band.

The closing night, Oct. 6, is at UCUCC. Joe Kim, lead pastor at Bothell United Methodist Church, is the preacher. Musical selections are from the Black Girl Magic Ensemble and the praise team at Kingdom Family Worship Center.

Attendees are asked to bring material goods for Immanuel Community Services.

The congregations and groups for the revival are: Acts on Stage, Bothell UMC, The Global Arts & Theology Experience, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kingdom Family Worship Center, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Plymouth UCC, Quest Church, UCUCC and University Gathering UMC.

Seed money is from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Phyllis and Ralph Swanson Endowment, and the PNC-UCC Church Development Committee.

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