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Events

10/3-5: Preaching Pastors' Conference @ Zephyr Point
Oct
3
Oct 5

10/3-5: Preaching Pastors' Conference @ Zephyr Point

  • Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center

SAVE THE DATE!

The Presbytery of Sacramento’s Pastoral Support Committee would like to invite you to a 3-day preaching conference at Lake Tahoe.

2016 speakers and other details TBA.

To Register Please call (775) 588-6759 ext 107 or email Program@zephyrpoint.org

Learn more.

10/4-14: Journey to Korea
Oct
4
Oct 14

10/4-14: Journey to Korea

Study and Journey through the Spiritual History of the Korean Church

130 years ago the seeds of the gospel were planted by Presbyterian missionary Underwood. Join us in witnessing what one seed of the gospel can do for a nation.  We will tour Korea paying special attention to studying Korean churches, mapping out their spiritual history and finally experiencing the rich culture.

Join Moderator Rev. James Kwon for a Pilgrimage to Korea
October 4 – 14, 2016
$2,500 includes airfare, all travel and hotel accommodations and meals

A remarkable opportunity to experience the spiritual and cultural landscape of Korea for such a reasonable cost thanks to Community Church of Seattle.  

Learn about the mission legacy of the Presbyterian Church USA and the vibrant presence of the Presbyterian Church in Korea and around the world.  Get an up close experience of one of the most innovative economic engines in the world coupled with the tensions of the ongoing North Korea-South Korea conflict.  

Click here for attached brochure with more details.  
Get Application Form to register.
Email Rev. Paul Kim the registration form, or if you have questions or need more information, please call Rev. Kim at 425-984-3697. Note: limited space available.

Photo: Myung Sung Korean Church, Seoul, South Korea

10/9-11: Wright Lecture Series @ Menucha
Oct
9
Oct 11

10/9-11: Wright Lecture Series @ Menucha

  • Menucha Retreat & Conference Center

Wright Lecture Series

The Churches at the Four Corners

Sunday, October 9 – Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Guest Lecturer: REV. DR. TOM LONG

Rev. Dr. Tom Long

Rev. Dr. Tom Long

  • Named one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English speaking world by Baylor University in 1996, along with the likes of Fred Craddock, Billy Graham, James Forbes, Barbara Brown Taylor and William Willimon.
  • Author of The Witness of Preaching, named one of the 25 most influential books on preaching in the past 25 years by Preaching magazine.

Tom’s Description of the Program:

In a time when we are more aware than ever of religious diversity, both in the larger society and in the church as well, it is good to remember that diversity has been with us from the beginning of the Christian movement. In these talks, I will imagine an intersection of thoroughfares with a church at each corner – four corners and four churches: the churches of St. Mark, St. Mathew, St. Luke, and St. John. In each presentation we will spend a few minutes in the pews of each of these churches, experiencing their different understandings of Jesus and of the Christian life. We will discover what these communities of faith were like, how different these churches were from each other, and the very particular ways they understand Jesus, the nature of the Christian life, and the mission of Christ’s people.

Hopefully those who listen to these lectures will intrigued to see some flesh put on these four Gospel churches and informed about how each of these Gospels works to craft a coherent vision of being church and being Christian in the world. The four lectures will work together to make the point that even the earliest Christian churches were quite diverse. I think those who hear the lectures will be challenged to deepen their own commitment to the faith and to a greater appreciation for those who understand the faith differently.

Why I’m Attending this Year’s Wright Lectures with Tom Long

“Tom Long is as gifted a crystalizer of cultural trends and Biblical themes as I can think of. I expect every Wright Lectures participant will come away with tangible and memorable lenses for viewing each of the evangelists’ enduring take on Jesus and His gospel. Plus, there will be a clutch of stories so fitting to the text and so grippingly told that you’ll be dying for your next preaching or teaching opportunity to work one in.”

– Rev. Greg Ikehara-Martin, Laurehurst Presbyterian Church, Portland, OR

“It was good to be in the presence of Tom Long again at last fall’s Lectionary Retreat and I’m looking forward to having him back at the Wright Lectures.  Not only did Tom provide his unique take on preaching the Gospel of Luke, he also offered up-to-date insights about preaching in the 21st century.  He remains true to our roots and traditions while also probing the frontiers of the church’s current context and the challenges we all face here and now.”

– Rev. Jeff Sievert, Reedville Presbyterian, Aloha, OR

Learn more.

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10/14-15: Christ & Cascadia Conference
Oct
10
10:00 pm22:00

10/14-15: Christ & Cascadia Conference

  • University PC

Join us for 2 days of exploration and collaboration with 50 academic, cultural, and church leaders, 100s of conversations on Christianity in Cascadia, and 1,000s of possibilities.

Join an historic gathering of leaders, churches, scholars, and institutions from Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.

Explore the cultural questions, challenges, and opportunities for the church in this region.

Converse with Christian scholars from nearly every major Christian college, university and seminary in the region.

Collaborate with innovative leaders from a diverse array of cities, churches, backgrounds and cultural sectors.

Learn more & register.

10/22: Weaving Our Strengths
Oct
22
8:00 am08:00

10/22: Weaving Our Strengths

  • Seattle First Baptist Church

A day-long conference of fellowship, inspiration, and skill-building to strengthen local churches' efforts for the common good

Saturday, October 22, 2016
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle 98122

Early Bird through September 15: $40
Regular Rate: $55
Student Rate: $25
Groups (up to 5 people): $175
Groups (6-10 people): $275

Coffee, tea, and snacks provided
Food vendor invited for lunch

Scholarships available
No charge parking available

For more information:
206.525.1213, ext. 105 or email Ann

Visit the workshop section of our event website to see the line-up of dynamic workshops from exceptional faith leader presenters.Workshop themes include interfaith dialogue & approach to scripture; storytelling for community action; immigrant & refugee accompaniment; “habits of the heart” for healthy conversations; mental illness & the church; racial justice – through Scripture & in congregations; conflict & resolution in Colombia; church in the neighborhood; dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery; and creative worship.  

Nominate a community champion: At the conference, we’ll also celebrate the recipients of our annual Gertrude Apel Pioneering Spirit Awards, honoring a congregation and an individual who embody Rev. Apel’s spirit of ground-breaking, spirit-filled justice making. We encourage you to nominate. Learn more and submit nominations via the event website. Deadline for nominations is Monday, September 26, 2016.

Learn more.

11/16-18: Mid Council Financial Network Meeting
Nov
16
Nov 18

11/16-18: Mid Council Financial Network Meeting

Dates:  November 16-18, 2016 (Start with breakfast on Wednesday and end at noon Friday)

Location:                            Holiday Inn & Suites

                                           521 S. Gulfview Blvd.

                                           Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767

                                          (Group Room Rate $109 + tax)

Hotel Reservations:         Select the link below and enter requested dates and number of people: http://tinyurl.com/zscuu8n

                                            

If making reservations by phone, please call the hotel directly at (727) 447-6461.

Be sure to give the group code MCF.

This hotel is located directly on the Gulf of Mexico with beach access only 400 steps away.  Countless dining, shopping, and entertainment venues all within walking distance.  Other nearby attractions include the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Florida Aquarium, Adventure Island, and Busch Gardens.

Registration brochures will be sent out in July.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Diane Dulaney at (888) 728-7228, extension 5542.

Feb
17
Feb 28

2/17-28, 2017: SE Asia Trip

From SE Asia Ministries Team:

On February 17 - 28, 2017 we will organize a trip to Southeast Asia and visit four cities {Chiang Mai (Thailand), Vientiane (Laos), Siem Reap and Phnom Penh (Cambodia)}.

The estimated cost per traveler is $2,750.00. After the trip, each traveler will receive the details of his/her expenses. 
+ If the cost of a traveler is lower than $2,750.00, he/she will receive a check reimbursing for the remaining balance.

There is also an option of staying in Seoul (Korea) for 4 days and 3 nights (February 28 - March 03). The estimated cost of this option is $600.00. After the trip, each traveler will also receive the details of his/her expenses in Seoul.

+ If the cost of a traveler is lower than $600.00, he/she will receive a check reimbursing for the remaining balance.

As soon as a traveler makes a decision of joining the trip, he/she needs to send Binh Nguyen a copy of a passport, a Visa photo, and a $1,500.00 check, so he can book the international tickets (the earlier the better the price). 

See trip itinerary.

2/21-23: Renewal Ministries NW Pastors' Oasis
Feb
21
Feb 23

2/21-23: Renewal Ministries NW Pastors' Oasis

  • Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center

Pastors’ Oasis takes place during three (3-day, 2-night) weekday retreats at the beautiful Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at The Palisades in Federal Way, WA.

You will enjoy your own private room and bath, take in sweeping views of the Puget Sound, have ample time to walk quietly along beautiful trails, and eat delicious food. 

2017 Retreat Datess

February 21-23 (Tuesday dinner through Thursday lunch) 
June 20-22 (Tuesday dinner through Thursday lunch) 
November 13-15 (Monday dinner through Wednesday lunch)

Following each Retreat, participants will receive a personal and confidential one-hour Skype and/or phone interaction with  
a retreat facilitator of choice.

REGISTRATION

Cost: $1900 – includes all 3 facilitated retreats with private room at The Palisades; all meals & snacks; and 3 one-hour individual mentoring sessions. (Scholarships and payment plans are available – please inquire)

In order to preserve the unique benefits of a small-group atmosphere, space is limited to 8 participants.  
A non-refundable $250 deposit will hold your registration.

Registration Due: January 20, 2017
Full payment due before the first gathering on February 21, 2017.

Where to Register 

6/20-22: Renewal Ministries NW Pastors' Oasis
Jun
20
Jun 22

6/20-22: Renewal Ministries NW Pastors' Oasis

  • Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center

Pastors’ Oasis takes place during three (3-day, 2-night) weekday retreats at the beautiful Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at The Palisades in Federal Way, WA.

You will enjoy your own private room and bath, take in sweeping views of the Puget Sound, have ample time to walk quietly along beautiful trails, and eat delicious food. 

2017 Retreat Datess

February 21-23 (Tuesday dinner through Thursday lunch) 
June 20-22 (Tuesday dinner through Thursday lunch) 
November 13-15 (Monday dinner through Wednesday lunch)

Following each Retreat, participants will receive a personal and confidential one-hour Skype and/or phone interaction with  
a retreat facilitator of choice.

REGISTRATION

Cost: $1900 – includes all 3 facilitated retreats with private room at The Palisades; all meals & snacks; and 3 one-hour individual mentoring sessions. (Scholarships and payment plans are available – please inquire)

In order to preserve the unique benefits of a small-group atmosphere, space is limited to 8 participants.  
A non-refundable $250 deposit will hold your registration.

Registration Due: January 20, 2017
Full payment due before the first gathering on February 21, 2017.

Where to Register 

11/13-15: Renewal Ministries NW Pastors' Oasis
Nov
13
Nov 15

11/13-15: Renewal Ministries NW Pastors' Oasis

  • Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center

Pastors’ Oasis takes place during three (3-day, 2-night) weekday retreats at the beautiful Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at The Palisades in Federal Way, WA.

You will enjoy your own private room and bath, take in sweeping views of the Puget Sound, have ample time to walk quietly along beautiful trails, and eat delicious food. 

2017 Retreat Datess

February 21-23 (Tuesday dinner through Thursday lunch) 
June 20-22 (Tuesday dinner through Thursday lunch) 
November 13-15 (Monday dinner through Wednesday lunch)

Following each Retreat, participants will receive a personal and confidential one-hour Skype and/or phone interaction with  
a retreat facilitator of choice.

REGISTRATION

Cost: $1900 – includes all 3 facilitated retreats with private room at The Palisades; all meals & snacks; and 3 one-hour individual mentoring sessions. (Scholarships and payment plans are available – please inquire)

In order to preserve the unique benefits of a small-group atmosphere, space is limited to 8 participants.  
A non-refundable $250 deposit will hold your registration.

Registration Due: January 20, 2017
Full payment due before the first gathering on February 21, 2017.

Where to Register 


8/19-21: Building an Inclusive Church Workshop
Aug
19
Aug 21

8/19-21: Building an Inclusive Church Workshop

  • Newport PC

8/19-21:  Building an Inclusive Church @ Newport PC

Basic Workshop 8/19-20; Optional Coaching Workshop 8/21

The Building an Inclusive Church trainings help you design and implement a process for your congregation to publicly and intentionally welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions. Building an Inclusive Church equips you with ways to create dialogue – deepening relationships throughout the congregation rather than sparking debate and division. You will have opportunities to engage through a mix of presentation, hands-on practice, and small group discussion. Grounded in scripture and discipleship, this training allows you to explore your own Christian call to hospitality and evangelism.

The Optional Sunday, 8/21 Coaching Workshop offers additional free training for those interested in becoming a local resource for churches engaged in the BIC process.  Updates on LGBTQ advocacy in Washington State will also be provided.

For all the workshop forms, open this hyperlink.

Read more.

8/11-12: Global Leadership Summit @ BelPres
Aug
12
8:30 am08:30

8/11-12: Global Leadership Summit @ BelPres

  • BelPres

The Global Leadership Summit will inspire and equip you with practical skills to help you reach your greatest potential. 

Faculty members deliver a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can immediately apply. Some of the topics to be covered include: Executing ideas that matter most - Harnessing the power of emotional intelligence - Navigating effectively through cultural differences - Building cultures that value efficiencies - Virtues that accelerate teamwork Ingredients of successful turnarounds.

Visit our web page at BelPres.org for registration, videos, blogs and scholarship info.

Additional information is easily accessible at The Global Leadership Summit website.

Contact Nancy Campi ncampi@belpres.org to learn about special pricing and scholarships for qualifying area churches and community organizations. Scholarship are only available on a limited bases and applications are due by June 24.

9/18: Rebecca Cedergreen Ordination
Jul
25
3:30 pm15:30

9/18: Rebecca Cedergreen Ordination

  • Southminster PC
And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.
— Acts 14:23 (NRSV)

Please join Seattle Presbytery in a service of worship for the ordination of Rebecca Cedergreen, who has received a call at CHI Franciscan Health.

Sunday, September 18 at 2:00 PM.

Southminster Presbyterian Church.

7/18-22: Whitworth Institute of Ministry
Jul
18
Jul 22

7/18-22: Whitworth Institute of Ministry

  • Whitworth University

The Whitworth Institute of Ministry (WIM) is an annual conference hosted on the university’s beautiful campus. WIM is designed to provide spiritual renewal for those involved in ministry leadership, as well as for their families. Special programs designed to support spouses, youth, and children run throughout the week, concurrent with plenary sessions (morning Bible Study and Convocation, afternoon seminars, and evening worship). WIM has been known throughout its history for its combination of great Bible teaching, dynamic preaching, vibrant worship, and time for personal renewal. Many ministry cohort groups find WIM a great opportunity to gather with friends and families for a week of fellowship and retreat.

Learn more and register online.

7/12: BOP Plan Redesign Workshop
Jul
12
3:00 pm15:00

7/12: BOP Plan Redesign Workshop

  • Madrona Grace PC

July 12 Pre-Presbytery Event @ Madrona Grace PC

Board of Pensions Plan Redesign Workshop led by Rev. Mark Frey, Regional BOP Representative

Mark will provide education related to the Benefits Plan Redesign for 2017, particularly as it relates to non-installed teaching elders and employees other than teaching elders. Learn how to navigate the new online pricing tool that's launching July 11. This will be a new opportunity to build a menu-based benefits program tailored to the specific needs and capabilities of each congregation. This workshop is timely since, for those who want to consider launching this program in 2017, congregations need to submit their information to the Board by the first week of September so that open enrollment can happen in October and early November. The Board of Pensions is hoping to provide congregations wth a new approach of competitively priced, flexible and trustworthy benefits.   

Target audience: those who serve local congregations in HR/benefits functions (administrators, personnel & finance staff or elders, HR, treasurers - essentially anyone who makes decisions related to employee benefits in your congregation.)  

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Jun
19
10:30 am10:30

6/19: Seattle Poet Anis Gisele Speaks @ Mt. Baker Park PC

  • Mt. Baker Park PC

Seattle Poet Anis Gisele to Be the Second Messenger Project Speaker at Mt Baker Park this Sunday, June 19, 10:30a.m.

     You’re invited to worship at Mt Baker Park Presbyterian Church this Sunday, June 19, at 10:30a.m., when we present our second speaker in The Messenger Project series. This series of seven guest-speaker events is the congregation’s response to the divisive, un-Christian rhetoric of exclusion, othering, and diminishment that has been a central part of the presidential election cycle. On every third Sunday through November, our guest speaker will be a member of our community who has been affected by this rhetoric because of their gender, race, religious identity, or sexual orientation.

     Our speaker this Sunday will be Seattle poet and activist Anis Gisele. Anis brings a powerful call to justice for members of racial and sexual groups that have been ill-treated, and has worked with groups such as Youth Undoing Institutional Racism to make a better world.

6/12: Rev. Paul Smith Retirement
Jun
12
1:00 pm13:00

6/12: Rev. Paul Smith Retirement

  • West Side PC

June 12th will mark the end of 45 years of service and vocational ministry for Dr. Paul R. Smith of West Seattle. He has been the senior pastor at West Side Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) since 1981, when he moved with his family from Pennsylvania to Seattle. 

Read more.

Paul’s last Sunday to preach before he retires will be June 12 at 8:15am and 11:00am.

A retirement celebration for Dr. Paul Smith will be held:

June 12, Open House 1:00-4:00

(Special Program begins at 2:00)

West Side Presbyterian Church

3601 California Avenue SW

Seattle, WA 98116

More information can be found at http://wspc.org/2016/05/celebrate-with-us/

Jun
5
9:30 am09:30

6/5: Ray Moore Retirement Celebration @ UPC

  • University Presbyterian Church

From UPC:  

6/5/16 9:45 am - 10:45 am 

Larson Hall 

Ray Moore, Pastor of Visitation, is retiring after 44 years with UPC. Send contributions of your memories, congratulations, or a photo of Ray tocelebrate44@comcast.net, upload photos or documents to bit.ly/celebrate44, or send by US mail to Ray Moore Retirement, c/o Becky Riggers, 4540 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105. University Presbyterian Church, 4540 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA

Learn more.

5/22: Justin Beatty Ordination
May
22
3:00 pm15:00

5/22: Justin Beatty Ordination

  • Magnolia PC
And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.
— Acts 14:23 (NRSV)

Please join Seattle Presbytery in a service of worship for the ordination of Justin Beatty, who has received a call at Magnolia Presbyterian Church.

Sunday, May 22 at 3:00 PM

Magnolia Presbyterian Church

5/21: Leadership Training Event w/Tod Bolsinger
May
21
1:00 pm13:00

5/21: Leadership Training Event w/Tod Bolsinger

  • First PC Puyallup

Saturday, May 21 @ First Presbyterian Church, Puyallup

Tod Bolsinger will be interacting with Olympia Presbytery and its leaders around the topic of "CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP IN UNCHARTED TERRITORY." 

If you (or your entire leadership team) would like to buy a copy of the book, Canoeing the Mountains, at a discounted rate, a limited number of copies are available at $10. Email the Stated Clerk with your order. 

May
15
10:00 am10:00

5/15: Pentecost Celebration @ Steel Lake PC

  • Steel Lake PC

For Immediate Release

Steel Lake Presbyterian Church Launches New Mission Focusing on Underserved Aging and Caregiving Communities

FEDERAL WAY, Washington, May 2, 2016: Steel Lake Presbyterian Church will launch its new mission, focusing on underserved aging and caregiving communities in the greater Federal Way area, during a special Pentecost celebration on May 15, 2016.

“Our mission is in our name,” asserts Pastor Will Mason. “Presbyterian means elder. It’s not just our polity; it’s our identity.”

Read full press release.

 

5/2-4: Preaching Pastors' Conference @ Zephyr Point
May
2
May 4

5/2-4: Preaching Pastors' Conference @ Zephyr Point

  • Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center

The Presbytery of Sacramento’s Pastoral Support Committee would like to invite you to a 3-day preaching conference at Lake Tahoe.

Spring 2016 Preaching Pastors' Conference with Professor Kang Yup Na

The Conference Overview:  

We read... the New Testament. A new song (Psalm 33.3). A new covenant (Jeremiah 31.31). New wine (Matthew 9.17). A new commandment (John 13.34). Renewing of our minds (Romans 12.1). A new creation (2 Corinthians 5.17). A new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21.1). 

When we read in Isaiah 43.19, "I am about to do a new thing; . . . do you not perceive it?" Our reply is, sometimes - often? - "no." How might we think of our new (baptismal) life in Christ, spiritual renewal, our faith journey, and our church life in terms of new? How might we attain new perspectives on the scriptures that we have known so long?

One of the important "methods" of preparing ourselves for seeing and hearing God's Word afresh, especially those beloved and familiar parts of the Bible we know all too well, is to indeed follow Yoda's Zen-Exodus lesson, "You must unlearn what you have learned."

The Trainer: 

Reverend Kang Na

Rev. Kang Yup Na is an Associate Professor of Religion at Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA), where he teaches courses on the Bible, biblical interpretation, and Reformed theology. His area of specialty is the New Testament (Paul's letters in particular) and hermeneutics. The son of first-generation Christian parents, he was baptized in South Korea, moved to Tennessee just before turning ten, and since then has lived, studied, taught, and served churches in various places in New Jersey, Korea, Atlanta,

Germany, and New York City. He earned an AB at Princeton University, an M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary, and a PhD in New Testament from Emory University. He is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

A generous grant from the PC(USA) Mission Agency allows for two conferences to be sponsored each year during the spring and autumn seasons.  Those Ministers of the Word & Sacrament within the Western 5 Synods can take advantage of a $50 registration fee.  All ordained ministers and others in a pastoral role are invited to attend (cost $299).  Many conferences like this cost more than $1,000 just for the registration, hotel room and food. This truly is a bargain! If you are a parishioner, please encourage your pastor to attend this or another upcoming Preaching Pastors' Conference.  It is truly a time for study, reflection, and camaraderie in a serene setting.

To Register Please call (775) 588-6759 ext 107 or email Program@zephyrpoint.org

Learn more.

5/1: Samaritan Center Spring Fundraising Event
May
1
4:00 pm16:00

5/1: Samaritan Center Spring Fundraising Event

  • Bellevue Hilton

4:00 PM Registration & No-Host bar
5:00 PM Dinner followed by Program/Speaker

Space may be available at tables. Call Mary Eaves Mitchell: 206-527-2266 ext. 117.

Speaker: Author, William Paul Young

Tickets: $70 person*

*Donations above ticket price for this event go to help replenish funds that provide counseling and services for those in significant financial need.  

4/22-23: Discovering Relational Wisdom Seminar w/Ken Sande
Apr
22
Apr 23

4/22-23: Discovering Relational Wisdom Seminar w/Ken Sande

  • Highlands Community Church

Brothers and Sisters in Seattle Presbytery,

I’d like to invite you to a seminar that could change the way your church does relationships.

This training will introduce your people to a discipleship paradigm called relational wisdom, which is a God-centered, gospel-driven form of emotional intelligence. This paradigm is designed to equip Christians with six specific skills that will help them to fulfill Jesus’ command to love God with all their hearts and to love their neighbors as themselves.  

As believers improve their relational skills, they can build stronger families, (leading to fewer divorces and meltdowns with their teens), find greater fulfillment and success in their work, and, most importantly, develop relationships that attract others to Christ (John 13:34-35).

Refined in the Fires of Conflict

This seminar will be taught by Ken Sande, who has had over thirty years of “relationship-repairing” experience with Peacemaker Ministries and Relational Wisdom 360. Ken has mediated hundreds of conflicts and learned what destroys relationships and what strengthens them. Many of these lessons are set forth in the books he’s authored, including The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict.

Proven Benefits in Multiple Settings

As illustrated by testimonies, the six skills of relational wisdom are producing benefits in a wide variety of settings, including churches, counseling centers, Christian-owned businesses, mission teams, pregnancy centers, Christian schools, law enforcement, and on military bases. As one pastor wrote: 

“I apply RW every day, either with church staff and volunteers, in elders’ meetings, or in pastoral counseling. To keep the concepts fresh, I deliberately revisit them with my congregation every other month … it’s so easy to work into sermons. I am amazed by how effective RW is for all sorts of ministry settings! While most churches in my area are declining, divided and dying, my church is growing and united. RW360 and peacemaking have kept us unified and relevant. David Mason, Pastor of Green Valley Church 

RW Seminar: An Opportunity to Grow

Ken is scheduled to teach a Discovering Relational Wisdom Seminar at Highlands Community Church in Renton, on April 22-23. The seminar is interactive and involves biblical exposition, analysis of film clips, group discussion, and real-life application exercises.

This training is relevant to anyone who wants to develop better relational skills, especially those who are called to lead, serve and set an example of godly relationships for others. The fee for the seminar is $25 and scholarships are available.

Evangelistic Opportunity

This training is designed to facilitate witnessing and evangelism in two ways. First, the seminar itself is designed to be welcoming and relevant to nonbelievers, so church members can feel comfortable inviting non-Christian friends, relatives, and co-workers to come and learn practical relational skills … and hear how the gospel empowers relational wisdom.

Second, as Christians practice these skills, their marriages, friendships, and working relationships can become more appealing to nonbelievers, thus fulfilling Jesus’ teaching that our love for one another is one of the most vivid ways we can demonstrate the transforming power of the gospel (see John 13:34-35; 17:20-23).

To register for the seminar, please visit www.rw360.org/seminar 

Please feel free to email or call me if you’d like to learn more about why we are excited to promote this upcoming seminar.

Warmly in Christ, 

Pastor Tom Dabasinskas
Adult Ministries Team Leader

4/22-24: Millexer Retreat
Apr
22
Apr 24

4/22-24: Millexer Retreat

  • Soundview Camp & Retreat Center

"Millexer Retreat" at Sound View Camp on April 22nd-24th (Friday-Sunday) for adults & young families.  Limited registration is now available at the following link on a first-come, first served basis.  Registration closes on 4/15.  

Register online: www.spcdesmoines.org/millexer2016

We are pleased to announce that Rev. Eliana Maxim will be leading our devotional times on the topic of Sabbath.  The weekend will also include waterfront time (boats & such), crafts, food, music, and childcare for only $65 per adult (kids are free).  

Three good reasons to join in (or to encourage others to register):

1.  We all need Sabbath!

2.  Fellowship with Christians from other churches is fun and fruitful.

3.  This is an affordable, easy, restful getaway.  

4/19: Colombia Mission Co-Worker
Apr
19
4:00 pm16:00

4/19: Colombia Mission Co-Worker

  • North Point Church
Rev. Sarah Henken, Mission Co-Worker

Rev. Sarah Henken, Mission Co-Worker

Join PCUSA Mission co-worker Sarah Henken for a conversation on the civil war, peace and reconciliation in Colombia and how the Church can and has played a significant role in the ministering the people of Colombia. Sarah has been instrumental in helping Seattle Presbytery craft the historical covenant partnership with the Presbytery of the Coast in Colombia.
 
Sarah is the appointed regional liaison for the Andean region since July 2010. She provides support for partner ministries, implements regional strategies, and strengthens the work of mission personnel by providing guidance and assistance. She also facilitates the work of grassroots Presbyterians from the United States who are directly involved in mission in the region—Bolivia, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela.

4/6: Rev. Kristy Farber Installation Service
Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

4/6: Rev. Kristy Farber Installation Service

  • Mercer Island PC

Join Mercer Island Presbyterian Church as the Presbytery of Seattle officially installs Kristy Farber as Mercer Island's Pastor on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00 PM. All are welcome to this worship service. 

3/31: Church Council of Greater Seattle Annual Assembly
Mar
31
6:00 pm18:00

3/31: Church Council of Greater Seattle Annual Assembly

  • Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

You are invited to the Church Council of Greater Seattle’s Annual Assembly on Thursday, March 31, at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Bloedel Hall, 1245 Tenth Ave. E., Seattle 98102. There will be a reception with light finger food at 6 p.m. and the programming will begin at 6:30 p.m. Parking is available in the lot without charge on a first come, first serve basis.

The Church Council of Greater Seattle is the region’s ecumenical body serving King and South Snohomish Counties.  The Annual Assembly is our major consultative event of the year. It is a time to gather with members of the wider ecumenical church, to hold rich conversations, to learn what is happening currently with the Church Council, and to inform the Church Council’s work. 

All are welcome!  More information can be found at www.thechurchcouncil.org or by contacting Ann Erickson at 206.204.3855 or aerickson@thechurchcouncil.org.  An RSVP to Ann is requested but not necessary. 

3/25: Seven Sisters sharing the Seven Last Words of Jesus
Mar
25
12:00 pm12:00

3/25: Seven Sisters sharing the Seven Last Words of Jesus

  • Plymouth Church United Church of Christ

Seven Sisters Sharing the Seven Last Words of Jesus

An Ecumenical Observance of Good Friday

featuring

Rev. Eliana Maxim, Minister Emily Linderman, Rev. Dr. Linda Smith, Rev. Monica Corsaro, Rev. Jane Pauw, Rev. Dr. Patricia Hunter, Rev. Kelle Brown, with Rev. Brigitta Remole, Host & Officiant

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3/20: Requiem by Gabriel Fauré
Mar
20
4:00 pm16:00

3/20: Requiem by Gabriel Fauré

  • Mount Baker Park PC

The Mount Baker Park Presbyterian Church Choir and guest singers will present the “Requiem” by Gabriel Fauré on Palm Sunday afternoon, March 20, at 4:00 p.m., with organ and harp accompaniment, conducted by MBPPC Director of Music, Allan J. Andrews. Come join us for this beautiful way to celebrate the Easter season.

3/6: Newport PC Welcomes You to Worship!
Mar
6
8:45 am08:45

3/6: Newport PC Welcomes You to Worship!

  • Newport PC

On Sunday, March 6 at the 8:45 and 11:00 worship services, Newport Presbyterian Church will be led in worship by all five of its head of staff pastors:  Founding pastor, David Meekhof (1959-69), David Yeaworth (1970-81),  Dennis Hughes (1982-89), Gary Schwab (1991-2002) and Jim Patten (2004-2014).   The pastors will each share a few stories from their tenure at Newport and communion will be served.  All are welcome!

2/22-25: Transitional Ministry Workshops @ Menucha
Feb
22
8:00 am08:00

2/22-25: Transitional Ministry Workshops @ Menucha

TRANSITIONAL MINISTRY WORKSHOPS

February 22-25, 2016: Transitional Ministry Workshops with SeaPres Executive Scott Lumsden, Heidi Husted Armstrong and Tom Green. This includes the curriculum for interim ministry training, weeks 1 and 2, and more. Whether a pastor ever intends to serve as an interim or not, all churches experience transitions, so this workshop assists pastors in building skills to lead during those times.

Read More Describing the Training

Faculty Biographies

Content and Workshop Schedule

Cost to Attend

Is This “Real” Interim Training? and Other Frequently Asked Questions

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Cancellation Policy

PC(USA) Article on Interim/Transitional Ministry 


2/22-24: NEXT Church National Gathering
Feb
22
Feb 24

2/22-24: NEXT Church National Gathering

  • First PC Atlanta

Faith at the Crossroads

What’s at stake?

For you? For your congregation? For your community?

First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta

Feb 22-24, 2016

This NEXT Church National Gathering—timed at the beginning of Lent—will engage questions that invite us into the transformative power of reconciliation and inspire us by the stories of those witnesses who go before us. We will hear stories of reconciliation from Allan Boesak, liberation theologian and advocate for social justice in apartheid South Africa. Atlanta native, Bob Lupton will share experience to prevent charity from becoming toxic. Andrew Foster Connors, Bishop Doug Miles, and Glenna Huber of BUILD (Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development) will witness to the importance of community organizing in creating social change and reconciliation.

We will worship together and be enriched in workshops, testimonies, IGNITE presentations, and relationship building. The questions framing our time together are:

  • How do we navigate the choices before us in faith-filled, Christ-honoring ways?
  • What’s at stake in the mission of the church today? Why does the church matter to the world?
  • What does it look like when the community of faith engages in reconciling work in a fractured city?
  • For what are we willing to give up the past and present form of the church we know and love? For what are we willing to sacrifice ourselves and lose our lives?
  • How do we practice the reconciling work about which we preach without giving in to partisanship or confines of ideology?
  • How do we give voice to places of sin, brokenness, and violence without becoming stuck and overcome by guilt, but able to move forward in hope and humility?

There are choices to be made in how we go forward as Christ’s church — as individual disciples, as congregations, as a denomination.

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