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Conference announces transitions

Janet Matthew’s installation as pastor at Fox Island United Church of Christ was on Sept. 12.

Jan Van Pelt’s ordination is set for Sept. 19 at Plymouth Congregational UCC in Seattle.

Jason Boyd was ordained August 1 at St. Paul's UCC.  He will be installed on Oct. 22.

Tammy Stampfli is interim at the United Churches of Olympia.

Jon Hoadley is interim at Newport UCC.

Tara Olsen is the new associate pastor at Bellingham First Congregational UCC.

Jason Gackle is pastor at the German UCC church in Seattle.

Judith Rinehart-Nelson is the designated pastor at Zion Philadelphia Congregational UCC in Ritzville.

Jill Komura and Maureen McLain have been approved for ordination.

Chris Causey is interim at Blaine UCC.

Disciples plan Ministry Boundary Training for Sept. 15

Minister’s Boundary Training, sponsored by the Northwest Region of the Disciples of Christ, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 15, at First Christian Church of Kent, 11717 SE 240th St.  To register call 253-893-7202 ext 100 or visit


UCC youth leaders meet

UCC youth leaders—volunteers, paid staff and clergy—will meet from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, at University Congregational UCC, 4515 16th NE in Seattle.  For information, contact Tara Barber at or Margaret Irribarra


Our Whole Lives training may come to Pacific NW

There will be a free training for the “Our Whole Lives” curriculum in the Pacific Northwest Conference for congregations signing up by Dec. 31 to implement a 27-week or 13-week program for youth or to be part of a control group after the research of the Evaluation Promotion Project is complete.  The more churches that apply, the greater the chance the PNC will be chosen as a Regional Training Site.  Delegates will receive free training, materials and coaching.

Our Whole Lives is the Lifespan Sexuality Education Curricula developed by the UCC and the Unitarian Universalist Assn.  For information, visit or call 253-874-2084.


NW Women’s Retreat is in fall

The Northwest Regional Women’s Retreat #9 will be held Nov. 5 to 7 at Kah-Nee-
Ta resort in Warm Springs, Ore., on the theme, “Come to the Oasis, Our Affirmation of Spirit, Inspiration and Soul,” with keynote speaker Carolyn Kortge, author of The Spirited Walker.  An award-winning journalist and past master racewalker with medals from the USA Track and Field Association’s Masters Championships, she blends athletic performance with meditation—care of the spirit and Workshops are on fiber art, liturgical dance, stone carving, midlife transitions, labyrinth walk, economic diversity, stress reduction, fair trade and yoga.

Planners have invited First Lady Michelle Obama and hope she will come.

For information, call 503-631-3063 or email


MissionWorks is Oct. 7-9

Ed Evans, chair of the PNC’s Global Ministries Committee, will be emcee for the 2010 MissionWorks Global Mission Event Oct. 7 to 9 in Cleveland, Ohio.  The event informs Disciples and UCC members about shared Global Mission efforts so they can tell the story in their congregations.  For information, call 317-713-2571 by Sept. 17 to register.  Training for Ministries and Mission Interpreters will follow.  For information, email


Ecumenical bodies call for prayer, action against hate

The Washington Association of Churches, the Church Council of Greater Seattle and the Lutheran Public Policy Office of Washington State urge that in these times, Christians in Washington “state unequivocally that intolerance and bigotry are our enemy, not Islam.”  While condemning acts of terror by any group or individual, the agencies call for affirming “Muslims in America as our kin in faith and fellow citizens,” supporting their “right to practice their religion without fear of slander or harassment.”

For resources call 206-625-9790 ext. 11 or email


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