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Fall Gathering seeks to give churches tools, encouragement

‘Answering God’s Call in this Season’ is the theme for PNC Fall Gathering

“Answering God’s Call in this Season” is the theme for the Gathering of the Beloved PNC Community Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, at N-Sid-Sen Camp and Conference Center on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

The program is designed to give churches tools, encouragement and inspiration with opportunities for church communities to learn from each other and share best practices in faith education, worship and justice, said Wendy Blight, PNC vice moderator.

There will be affinity groups around church leadership roles including treasurer/bookkeeper.  Other groups will focus on pastoral care and spiritual formation.

Conference staff will share from their expertise.

The program opens with a board of directors meeting at 1 p.m. Committees and task forces meet at 4 p.m.

After hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., Courtney will be installed as minister of church vitality at 6:30 p.m.

Courtney Stange-Tregear will give keynote and be installed.

Courtney Stange-Tregear, PNC’s minister for church vitality, will be keynote speaker and discussion leader on Saturday morning, using the art of facilitated listening to deepen connections.

“Our progressive Christian voices are stronger and our ministry has more impact when we know who’s walking with us and who has resources and energy to share as we move toward the beloved community of God,” she said.

Staff-facilitated conversations are on search and call, overcoming obstacles to change, hospitality as spiritual practice, best practices for service/mission trips and healthy conversations.

Ministry and local church role groups, also Saturday morning are on personnel, stewardship and finance, community outreach, church leadership, lay pastoral care, deepening faith and relationships, faith formation with children and justice work around anti-racism/white privilege.

Sunday worship will celebrate World Wide Communion Sunday camp style.

For information, call 425-213-9313 or register online at


Pacific Northwest United Church News © September-October 2017


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