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Events

3/29: How to do a Financial Review Webinar
Mar
29
10:00 am10:00

3/29: How to do a Financial Review Webinar

Church Financial Officers Forum Webinar

How to do a Financial Review

Hosted by the Presbyterian Foundation using Joinme.com.  Directions on how to participate will be distributed three days prior to the webinar.  To register, email Rob Hagan (Ministry Relations Officer, Presbyterian Foundation).

3/29: Church Council of Greater Seattle Annual Assembly
Mar
29
6:00 pm18:00

3/29: Church Council of Greater Seattle Annual Assembly

  • Great Hall, Epiphany Parish of Seattle

It is a kairos moment, a critical time, calling for the unifying voice and faithful witness of the church. We need your voice.

You are invited to the Church Council of Greater Seattle’s Annual Assembly on Wednesday, March 29, at Epiphany Parish, 1805 38th Ave., Seattle 98122. There will be a reception with light finger food at 6 p.m. and the programming will begin at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome! 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. Our major consultative event of the year, the Annual Assembly 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. You will leave inspired to: participate in the collective power of faith in action; connect with neighbor churches to mutually inspire and ignite one another as the Body of Christ, and, catalyze and collaborate for peace, justice, and the well-being of all.

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

4/1: Online Giving Webinar
Apr
5
10:00 am10:00

4/1: Online Giving Webinar

Church Financial Officers Forum Webinar

Online Giving

Hosted by the Presbyterian Foundation using Joinme.com.  Directions on how to participate will be distributed three days prior to the webinar.  To register, email Rob Hagan (Ministry Relations Officer, Presbyterian Foundation).

4/18: Sanctuary - FAQs Webinar
Apr
18
11:00 am11:00

4/18: Sanctuary - FAQs Webinar

Do you know the legal implications if your church wants to be a sanctuary church for at-risk immigrants?

Heather Kimmel, General Counsel for the United Church of Christ, addresses the current interest of faith communities in operating as sanctuary churches, the legal risks, and ways churches can minister to undocumented persons.

This information is relevant and timely for all UCC, Disciples of Christ (Christian Church), Presbyterian Church(USA) and Alliance of Baptist churches.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Register online.

4/27: Render Under Caesar (Board of Pensions Seminar)
Apr
27
8:30 am08:30

4/27: Render Under Caesar (Board of Pensions Seminar)

  • Seattle First PC

Board University Seminar

A terms of call and clergy tax issues seminar facilitated by the Board of Pensions. This one-day seminar is for PC(USA) church treasurers, administrators, and active pastors. 

Topics covered include:

  • Board resources overview,
  • Benefits Plan summary,
  • Clergy taxes and housing allowance,
  • Reimbursements versus allowances,
  • Terms of call structure, and
  • Retirement savings with the 403(b)(9) Retirement Savings Plan of the PC(USA)

Seating limit: 30 registrants. Registration closes April 7.

Local meal fee: $20 per person for lunch & refreshments

Read more.

5/4: Board of Pensions Regional Benefits Connections - Seattle
May
4
8:30 am08:30

5/4: Board of Pensions Regional Benefits Connections - Seattle

Registration includes a continental breakfast, networking, learning, and lunch! Complimentary parking will be provided.

Seating is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

After reading the information in the tabs to the left, register online by selecting the Register button below to the right.

Registration will close on Friday, April 7, 2017, or when seating capacity is reached.

Benefits Connections are one-day gatherings for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) employers on benefits.

Who Should Attend?
People who drive benefits decisions and manage benefits, including but not limited to business administrators, office managers, clerks of session, personnel committee chairs, pastors; and Committee on Ministry (COM) members. Registration is open to anyone who would like to attend.  

Why Attend?  
During this one-day seminar, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the theological values that shape the Benefits Plan, ask questions during a Q-and-A with Board of Pensions leadership and staff, and enjoy fellowship with other benefit decision-makers.

You’ll leave with a better understanding of the plan, newly established peer relationships, and new strategies for being the best employer you can be.

Online registration.

7/24-28: Whitworth Institute of Ministry (WIM)
Jul
24
Jul 28

7/24-28: Whitworth Institute of Ministry (WIM)

  • Whitworth University

Reformation and Re-Formation: The Church as Witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ

  • What are the biblical and theological foundations that inform our practice of ministry?
  • What types of re-formation must take place in us and among us as Christians?
  • Finally, what do we envision as the future of our churches as witnesses to Jesus’ gospel?

These issues will guide our discussions and our worship during WIM 2017 on the beautiful campus of Whitworth University. We do hope that you will set aside five days for spiritual renewal, personal refreshment and ministry formation. We hope to see you July 24-28 in Spokane!


Keynotes

We are delighted to have two nationally renowned ministry leaders, who will guide our focus on Reformation and Re-Formation.

Reformation
Leonard Sweet

Five hundred years ago, the church faced challenges as a generation of pastors, lay leaders, theologians, and ordinary citizens from Western Europe decided to challenge the logic of Christendom by defining the church for their time. Their hope was to be part of a freer church, a church breaking free from the chains of de-humanizing ideologies, theologies, imperial powers and sociocultural stereotypes. Leonard Sweet, nationally renowned author and scholar, will unpack the assertion of five Reformation “solas,” taking the theme of “walk”: Sola Fide: The Essene Walk; Sola Scriptura: The Garden Walk; Solus Christus: The Emmaus Walk; Sola Gratia: The Damascus Walk; and Sola Deo Gloria: The Calvary Walk.

Re-Formation
Oscar García-Johnson

The re-formation of today's church is far from over, as challenges similar to those of the Reformation continue to raise questions about the church’s identity and mission. To guide our discussion on re-formation for the church in the 21st century, Garcia-Johnson will cast a vision of today’s re-formation by identifying the church without borders. Together, we will embark in the adventurous task of re-envisioning the Church of Jesus Christ for our future, as we assume our generational task in this re-formation agenda.

Please view our keynote speaker biographies here.


Tracks

WIM 2017 will offer several tracks that will run over several days and times. Each WIM registrant will choose one track to attend throughout the entire week. Please view each track leader's biography here.

Planning and Leading Worship for Christian Formation: Theology, Pedagogy and Resources
Benjamin Brody
Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-noon / Tuesday & Thursday 3-5:15 p.m.

In this track, we will explore how to plan and lead worship services that both engage worshipers and serve to shape their faith. Over our three days together, we will explore a theological foundation for worship that forms faith, look at practical ways to plan and lead formational music and liturgy, and discover practical resources (song and prayer resources) for serving our congregations.

A Track for Pastor's Spouses
Suzette McGonigal
Tuesday & Thursday, 3-5:15 p.m.

This track is an opportunity for those in support roles to encourage each other and to connect and share with others who understand the joys and complexities of being in a ministry support role. Please join in the discussion, or just come and listen.

Re-Formation for the Church’s Responsibility to Embrace Immigrants and Refugees
Michelle Warren & Mike McClenahan
Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-noon / Tuesday & Thursday 3-5:15 p.m.

How can churches and Christians respond practically to the issue of immigration? What is the biblical basis for welcoming the stranger? Hear and interact with the story of one pastor who said yes, and became an accidental advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. McClenahan will share the practical way his church has been responding for 30 years with the love of Christ within the Latino/a community through a worshipping community, tutoring children, high school college prep and immigration services.

Minds & Hearts Set on Christ: Spiritual Formation and Biblical Teaching Enrichment
Ron Pyle, George Goodrich, Eric Peterson, & Mindy Smith
Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-noon / Tuesday & Thursday 3-5:15 p.m.

This biblical teaching track will focus on the intersection of the pastor-teacher's personal spiritual formation with the responsibility to communicate the biblical message with clarity, passion and conviction. The members of the teaching team have decades of experience studying the essential elements of Christian discipleship in relation to the biblical teachings. This track is primarily designed for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) pastors who are participating in a preaching/teaching cohort funded by the denominational grant. Others are welcome to join this track, and, if they choose, to join or form a cohort that will continue the learning process throughout the year.

Re-Formation for the 21st Century Missional Church
Rob Fairbanks
Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-noon / Tuesday & Thursday 3-5:15 p.m.

In this season of significant political division permeated with racial and ethnic unrest, the significance of the church is increasingly being pressed to the margins of society. How can a community of faith position itself to remain faithful to its witness to the Gospel? What practices will encourage the church to live out its true missionary identity?

We will explore ecclesial practices that will help us to shape and build tangibly loving communities and to declare and demonstrate faithfully Jesus’ Good News as God’s people living in authentic community in an increasingly secular society.

The Book of Romans as Paul’s Theological Guide for Re-Formation
James Edwards
Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-noon / Tuesday & Thursday 3-5:15 p.m.

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the posting of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, which launched the Protestant Reformation. No biblical document made a greater contribution to the Reformation than the Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. Luther’s Commentary on Romans was the first exposition of Romans on the basis of four Reformation "solas" – Scripture alone, grace alone, faith alone, and Christ alone. In this track, we will consider Romans in light of its Reformation setting and its contemporary witness.

Learn more & register online.


3/22: Payroll Issues Webinar
Mar
22
10:00 am10:00

3/22: Payroll Issues Webinar

Church Financial Officers Forum Webinar

Payroll Issues

Hosted by the Presbyterian Foundation using Joinme.com.  Directions on how to participate will be distributed three days prior to the webinar.  To register, email Rob Hagan (Ministry Relations Officer, Presbyterian Foundation).

3/15: Creating Endowments Webinar
Mar
15
10:00 am10:00

3/15: Creating Endowments Webinar

Church Financial Officers Forum Webinar

Creating Endowments

Hosted by the Presbyterian Foundation using Joinme.com.  Directions on how to participate will be distributed three days prior to the webinar.  To register, email Rob Hagan (Ministry Relations Officer, Presbyterian Foundation).

Mar
11
10:00 am10:00

3/11: Accelerator YMCA Host Homes

  • 2100 24th Ave S., Suite 250 Seattle, WA 98114

Learn about a new and exciting program through the Accelerator YMCA on Saturday, March 11th from 10-11:30am. Please click to review our video.

During the 2016 One Night Count, 823 young people were found to be unsheltered in King County. There are not nearly enough shelter beds to provide a place for unstably housed youth to sleep each night. Building new shelters cannot happen quickly or inexpensively enough. But what if we told you there is a solution that already exists? What if Seattle Presbytery could help end youth homelessness, would you help?

The Accelerator YMCA has launched a new program that will efficiently and effectively house unstably housed youth: Host Homes. Host Homes connect unstably housed youth with supportive adults and/or families in the community that have a spare room and are willing to provide a safe space to work towards a plan of independence. We are seeking individuals and families who are willing to provide a caring and stable environment, and host a young person for up to 6 months. By filling vacant rooms in the homes of individuals and families, the YMCA aims to not only provide continuous shelter for youth, but to build lasting relationships with caring adults in their community.

As a 140-year-old organization, we know the profound effects of having a positive adult influence in the lives of young people. It is clear that our community wants to end homelessness, and individuals have struggled to find a way to get involved. This is how! Please consider spreading this information to the congregation of Seattle Presbytery. We know this opportunity will be life changing for the young person but it may even be life changing for the host too.

If members of Seattle Presbytery may be interested in learning more please come to our informational session on Saturday, March 11th from 10-11:30am at 2100 24th Ave S., Suite 250 Seattle, WA 98114 or contact Nicole Guiberteaux at Nguiberteaux@seattleymca.org or (206) 749-7545To RSVP click here .

3/5: Evening w/Andrew Peterson & Audrey Assad
Mar
5
7:00 pm19:00

3/5: Evening w/Andrew Peterson & Audrey Assad

  • Sammamish PC

An evening with Andrew Peterson and Audrey Assad!

On Sunday evening, March 5, Sammamish Presbyterian Church (22522 NE Inglewood Hill Rd, Sammamish, WA 98074) will host a special evening with critically acclaimed singers/songwriters Andrew Peterson and Audrey Assad.

Audrey Assad is the daughter of a Syrian refugee, an author, speaker, producer, and critically lauded songwriter and musician. She releases music she calls “soundtracks for prayer” on the label Fortunate Fall Records, which she co-owns with her husband. She is also one half of the pop band LEVV, whose debut EP peaked at #17 on the iTunes Alternative chart.

For more than twenty years now, Andrew Peterson has been about the business of quietly changing lives in four-minute increments. In the city of Nashville where music is an industry in the same way fast food, generic greeting cards, and bumper stickers are industries, Peterson has forged his own path, refusing the artistic compromises that so often come with chasing album sales and radio singles and creating instead a long line of songs that ache with sorrow, joy and integrity, and that are, at the end of the day, part of a real, ongoing, human conversation.

Invite your friends here: http://bit.ly/2jaGnmg

$25 tickets are available for purchase here: http://assad.brownpapertickets.com/

3/1: Church Financial Forum Webinar
Mar
1
10:00 am10:00

3/1: Church Financial Forum Webinar

Topic: Best Stewardship Practices

Hosted by Foundation Webinar using Joinme.com. Directions on how to join and call-in numbers will be distributed via email three days prior to the webinar.  To register, contact: Rob Hagan, Presbyterian Foundation.

Facilitators: Rob Hagan, Presbyterian Foundation
Cheryl Anderson, Presbytery of the Cascades
Karl Mattison, Presbyterian Foundation Vice President of Planned Giving

Presentation plus Q&A session.  

More info. & upcoming topics.

2/26: Steve Aeschbacher Ordination
Feb
26
2:00 pm14:00

2/26: Steve Aeschbacher Ordination

  • Overlake Park 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 Steve Aeschbacher, who has received a call at Overlake Park Presbyterian Church.

Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 PM

Reception will follow.

Overlake Park Presbyterian Church

2/24 & 2/25: Justice, the Bible, & Refugees
Feb
24
Feb 25

2/24 & 2/25: Justice, the Bible, & Refugees

  • Bethany PC

Justice, the Bible, & Refugees: With Tim Stafford

Feb 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Organizer: Dave Andersen

Join us at Bethany Presbyterian for our forum on Justice, the Bible, and Refugees.

Friday February 24, 7:00 – 9:00pm and Saturday February 25, 9:00am – noon.

This event is free, and all donations will go to World Relief.

The main speaker, Tim Stafford, is the general editor of Zondervan’s God’s Justice Bible, as well as a senior writer for Christianity Today. Stafford recently travelled to Europe to write about the refugee crisis for Books and Culture Magazine.

Dr. Tim Dearborn and Dr. Kerry Dearborn will lead a discussion about “welcoming the stranger” in the Bible. Luke Williams from World Relief, Seattle will offer several opportunities to connect and get involved with the refugee crisis.

Several others will present on personal experiences of connecting with marginalized communities.

You can find more information about the NIV God’s Justice Bible here. 

Location:

Bethany Presbyterian Church

Fellowship Hall
1818 Queen Anne Ave
Seattle, WA 98109

Download event flyer.

2/23-25: Inquirers Weekend @ San Francisco Theological Seminary
Feb
23
Feb 25

2/23-25: Inquirers Weekend @ San Francisco Theological Seminary

Cost: FREE to attend (and we’ll help get you here!)

Part academic seminar, part spiritual retreat, the SFTS Inquirers Weekend will introduce you to our robust theological education and inclusive and reflective community over two days in Marin County, California. This is a perfect opportunity to explore our innovative degree programs, courses, and beautiful campus, meet faculty and students, and explore the area surrounding the seminary grounds.

Let us help you get here! We will offer you:

  • Travel vouchers to help cover travel costs, including ground transportation from/to the airport.
  • Free room and board here on our beautiful campus in Marin County, California.
  • Application fees waived if you apply to one of our programs while you’re here.
  • Generous financial aid and scholarship opportunities for those who qualify.

See flyer.

Learn more.

2/22: Special Called Meeting
Feb
22
6:00 pm18:00

2/22: Special Called Meeting

  • Seattle First Presbyterian Church

SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

SEATTLE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
1013 8TH AVENUE, SEATTLE, WA 98104
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017

Limited parking available; please carpool.

Learn more.

2/21: Stockdale Farewell Open House
Feb
21
10:00 am10:00

2/21: Stockdale Farewell Open House

  • Seatlte First Presbyterian Church

Please join us for a farewell open house in honor of Boyd & Susan Stockdale, who are moving to Davis, CA on February 25 to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren.  

Light refreshments will be provided.  Everyone is welcome.  RSVP is not required, but appreciated for planning purposes.

Guests who would like to receive detailed parking instructions, including garage access information, please contact EJ Lee.  Garage space is limited.  

Feb
18
11:00 am11:00

2/18: A Disaster Preparedness Meeting

  • Mt. Calvary Christian Center

Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) is a state-wide disaster preparedness program that empowers neighborhoods to prepare for emergencies and disaster situations.

MYN is a wonderful resource that was designed with every neighborhood, community and individual in mind. MYN is designed to improve disaster readiness at the neighborhood level; urban homes; rural areas and in condos/apartment complexes; office buildings, etc.... MYN teaches neighbors to rely on each other during the hours or days before fire, medical, police, or utility responders arrive.

In a disaster your most immediate source of help are the neighbors living around you!

* How should you prepare for an Earthquake? What should an Earthquake kit contain?
* How much water should you have in storage? Will you need Ba eries, a ashlight, or a transistor radio?

* Do you Know your Neighbors? Do you Know the Importance of being able to Rely on your neighbors/co-workers, or those around you? MYN shows you how to identify the skills & equipment each neighbor has that are helpful in an evaluate disaster response.

The reality is that most neighborhoods will be on their own for the first hours following disaster, maybe for as long as three days or even longer! If people have been hurt, if there’s a fire, if property has been damaged, the real first responders will be you and your neighbors. Fire, police, medical and 9-1-1 personnel will be overwhelmed dealing with immediate life-threatening demands.

* Learn the first 9 Steps to take immediately following a Disaster to secure your home and protect your neighborhood. It is hard to think clearly following disaster. These steps will help you quickly and safely take ac ons that can minimize damage and protect lives. Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood a er a disaster and take the necessary actions.

Read more.

2/18: A Day of Solace With God
Feb
18
9:00 am09:00

2/18: A Day of Solace With God

  • North Creek PC

A Day of Solace With God

Saturday, February 18, 9AM—4:30PM Cost $35 (includes snacks & lunch)

North Creek Presbyterian Church

621 164th St. SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.   John 14:27

Finding Peace in the Midst of an Anxious Climate

It was not long ago when anxiety was primarily understood as a psychological problem requiring some sort of intervention.  Now we are seeing massive change in the global culture, an increase in terrorist threats, and a volatile economic climate throughout the world.  Younger people are concerned about their long term job prospects and seniors are wondering if they will outlive their financial resources.  While many of us still experience psychological distress, a new kind of anxiety is washing over the planet, one that demands a fresh look at the shalom/peace that is provided by the triune God.  

This day will combine teaching, reflection, prayer, silence, and art to explore these themes and to invite people into a space where they can find solace in the midst of disruption.

Facilitators Rev. Dr. Rod and Bev Wilson

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Rod and Bev are Canadians living in Vancouver, B.C. As a renowned Christian leader in Canada and the U.S., Rod received an honorary doctorate from Trinity Western in recognition for his gifts of leadership and acuity in vision. He travels the world with Bev to teach and counsel Christians, pastors, and leaders. He was President and Professor at Regent College (2000-2015). Originally trained as a clinical psychologist, he pursued theological training. He has served in the fields of counselling, consulting, academia, and congregational ministry. Rod authored two award –winning books,

·         Counseling and Community

·         How Do I Help a Hurting Friend? And…

·         Exploring Your Anger: Friend of Foe

·         Keeping Faith in Fundraising. 

Bev’s early employment was in the area of Human Resources and Staff Training. She moved from these roles into work with the homeless, street kids, mentally disabled, and single moms. She served in volunteer roles alongside Rod while he was President at Regent. Bev is an artist who purposefully blends the contemplative with her art in photography and acrylic abstract painting.  She is involved in soul care and spiritual direction with people on-line around the world.

Saturday February 18, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. North Creek Presbyterian Church, Mill Creek.  Cost $35 (includes snacks and lunch)

Co-Sponsored by Renewal Ministries Northwest (Covenant Partner with Northwest Coast Presbytery) and North Creek Presbyterian Church

Registration form.

2/17-28, 2017: SE Asia Trip
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.

2/13-16: Transitional Ministry Workshops @ Menucha
Feb
13
Feb 16

2/13-16: Transitional Ministry Workshops @ Menucha

Change happens - in interim situations and in congregations of longstanding. Build your skills with Week 1 and Week 2 of training (also qualifies as Interim Ministry Training).

Dates:  February 13 - 16, 2017    (Week 1 and Week 2 programs)

Cost: $695 (Includes program fee, triple occupancy room, all meals and materials. Other accommodations available; see our website for details). 

Facilitators: Scott Lumsden, Heidi Husted Armstrong, Eliana Maxim.

More Info and Registration:  Click Here (Registration is now closed for Feb.)

2/12: Rev. Roger Harwerth Installation
Feb
12
2:00 pm14:00

2/12: Rev. Roger Harwerth Installation

  • Newport PC

With joy, the Congregation of Newport Presbyterian Church

invites you to attend the Presbytery of Seattle's Installation Service for

Roger Harwerth

Sunday, February 12 at 2:00

Reception following.

Feb
11
8:00 am08:00

2/11: Craft of Worship Workshop with Marcia McFee

University UCC Worship and Music Ministry is delighted to announce that we are bringing Marcia McFee to UCUCC February 11 to lead an experiential Saturday workshop on Saturday February 11 on the craft of worship with members and friends of our congregation and other congregations in our area.  Drawing on a first career in professional dance and musical theater, and equipped with a Master's in Theology and a PhD in Liturgical Studies, Marcia McFee understands the role of any worship artist in the church as that of creating extraordinary portals through which communities journey with the Spirit. The task is at once deeply theological and wonderfully artistic. Connecting worship professionals and volunteers to their passion and depth of spiritual leadership is her aim in teaching and consulting as well as equipping them with skills to carry this out.

Dr. McFee has designed and led worship for regional, national and international gatherings of several denominations for the last 20 years. She is the creator and visionary of the Worship Design Studio (www.worshipdesignstudio.com), an online experience of coaching, education, inspiration and a design application. Her new book, Think Like a Filmmaker: Sensory-Rich Worship Design for Unforgettable Messages came out in June 2016.

Her Saturday workshop on February 11

(8:00—4:00 at UCUCC) will include presentations and conversations on:

  •   “Creating Worship with Deep Soul”: In this session Marcia will introduce what she means by "M-M-Good" Worship and why this is the most exciting time in worship history to be planning worship - no matter the "style!"

  •   “Think Like a Filmmaker”: What can we learn from filmmakers that can inform our work in offering the greatest Story ever told in sensory-rich ways?

  •   The Rhythms of Liturgy and Life & The Politics of Change: With lots of interactive music we will explore the various rhythms of worship vocabularies and why we benefit from utilizing a diversity of rhythms (AND why we get into "worship wars" and how to avoid it) and...

  •   "O Lord, Is it Sunday Already?!": Worship planning can be relentless with Sunday coming EVERY week! We'll talk about planning substantive and vital worship without getting burned out, drawing on the model offered in Marcia's Worship Design Studio.

2/9: Interfaith Advocacy Day 2017
Feb
9
9:00 am09:00

2/9: Interfaith Advocacy Day 2017

FAITH ACTION NETWORK’s Interfaith Advocacy Day on Thursday, February 9, 2017 in Olympia brings to our elected leaders the voice of compassion and justice. We partner for the common good with people of all faiths who stand up boldly for our shared values. Your meeting with legislators and/or their staff on this day is the most important thing our faith advocates can do.

On Interfaith Advocacy Day, you will be able to:

Don’t miss this important day in Olympia!

REGISTRATION: $15.00 when paid in advance, and $20.00 if you pay at the door. Your registration fee helps to cover some of the cost of renting our meeting space, catering, and materials. Contact us if you need a scholarship. REGISTER HERE.

2/7: Spiritual Discernment Pastors' Luncheon
Feb
7
12:00 pm12:00

2/7: Spiritual Discernment Pastors' Luncheon

  • Taste of India Restaurant

Co-Sponsored by Seattle Presbytery and Renewal Ministries Northwest 

Purpose:  To enjoy a catered lunch and to hear about the communal discernment process led by Renewal Ministries Northwest, Covenant Partner with Northwest Coast Presbytery.

Pastors Doug Kelly, Bethany PC, and Lynell Caudillo, Calvary PC, will share their how their churches benefited from the process.

Location:  Taste of India Restaurant, 5517 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
(Lunch menu: Paneer and Vegetable Pakoras, Tandoori Chicken, Sauteed Vegies and Rice, Coconut Vegetable Curry, Spinach Naan)

RSVP no later than January 31, 2017.  Register online using the form below.

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Feb
7
8:30 am08:30

2/7-8: Crossroads Vocational Discernment & Transition Seminar

  • Concordia University, Portland

THERE ARE STILL A FEW SPOTS LEFT AT THE CROSSROADS VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT AND TRANSITION SEMINAR AT IN PORTLAND, FEBRUARY 7-8, 2017.   

This workshop is designed specifically for professional church workers who may be asking questions about the next steps on their professional journey.  The Crossroads Seminar provides tools and resources that empower pastors and other church-work professionals to assess their core vocational strengths and interests, develop approaches to creatively apply these strengths in their current work, look at other vocational options where these strengths may apply, and develop a plan and strategy for navigating the road ahead with its various options.

So, if you (or a colleague you know) may be considering a transition to a ministry setting that may be a better "fit" for your skills, are in-between calls, are open to re-writing your next vocational chapter, are looking at the potential of bi-vocational work, or, because of various circumstances may be exploring the possibility of "re-careering" outside of the church altogether, this workshop is designed for you.  Please see the attached flyer for details and feel free to share this flyer as you are able.  Call me if you have questions or need additional information.   We have been doing this seminar now for 5+ years and have had great reviews from prior participants.  Participants consistently have described it as a significant resource for discerning the road ahead. 

If you would like to participate, please scan and email the registration form and then return the registration form and fee (payable to Consultation to Clergy) to: Consultation to Clergy, 4130 University Way NE #105, Seattle WA 98105.

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2/3-5: Race, Reconciliation, and Justice Workshop w/Tali Hairston
Feb
3
Feb 5

2/3-5: Race, Reconciliation, and Justice Workshop w/Tali Hairston

Workshop on Race, Reconciliation, and Justice with Tali Hairston.

Join us February 3-5 at Sammamish Presbyterian Church, 22522 SE Inglewood Hill Rd, Sammamish, WA 98074 for a weekend with acclaimed writer and speaker Tali Hairston. Tali is the director of the John Perkins Center working for reconciliation, leadership training, and community development at Seattle Pacific University. He will be at SPC to speak and facilitate dialogue on the topic of race and justice. In addition to being a dynamic speaker, Hairston oversees co-curricular programs in global and urban service learning programs, intergroup dialogue, and experiential education opportunities in justice, poverty, ethnic identity, and cultural capacity. This two-day workshop will be intensive, thoughtful, and hard-work. This timely conversation in our world is open to the community, so invite a friend and come for a much needed conversation.

Details: 
3 Workshop Sessions
Friday from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  An evening workshop with discussion and dialogue followed by dessert reception.

Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Two workshops with light breakfast and coffee
Sunday 9:00 a.m. + 10:45 a.m. Tali will deliver the sermon at our regular morning worship services.  

1/28: Leadership for Healthier Churches with Dr. Ron W. Richardson
Jan
28
9:30 am09:30

1/28: Leadership for Healthier Churches with Dr. Ron W. Richardson

  • Seattle First Presbyterian Church

"Leadership for Healthier Churches"

Pastors and church leaders are invited to a workshop with Dr. Ronald W. Richardson hosted by Seattle Presbytery.

We are all aware of the special challenges of being a congregational leader in these times. The peace and unity that may once have existed in our churches is seriously damaged. Our life as leaders may be more chaotic and unsatisfying. Family systems theory puts the intensity of congregational life into a context that both allows us to be both more relaxed, more effective, and to clarify what we are responsible for and not responsible for. In the busyness and daily crises of being leaders and care-givers, we can lose the bigger picture of the mission and ministry of the church. This one-day workshop will help you refresh your vision of how you want to function as a leader in the emotional system of your congregation.

Ron Richardson is an accredited pastoral counselor (Diplomate, retired) in AAPC, and a marriage and family therapist (and until retirement Supervisor) in AAMFT. He was the Executive Director of a large, metropolitan-wide counseling agency in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of many books on the application of Bowen family system theory to the life of the church including: Creating a Healthier Church, Becoming a Healthier Pastor, and Polarization and the Healthier Church.

Read: How Does a Systems Approach Help Us as Church Leaders, by Dr. Ron W. Richardson

Registration fee: $25* (includes workshop, lunch & book). Online registration and payment required. *Seattle Presbytery members & Samaritan Counseling employees only: $10; enter discount code seapres2017 at checkout.

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1/27: Family Systems with Dr. Ron W. Richardson
Jan
27
9:30 am09:30

1/27: Family Systems with Dr. Ron W. Richardson

  • Seattle First Presbyterian Church

“From Our Home to Theirs: The Importance of the Therapist’s Own Emotional System in Doing Clinical Work.”  

Therapists and counselors are invited to a special workshop with Dr. Ronald W. Richardson hosted by Seattle Presbytery.

A major omission in much of the training of clinicians today is the lack of focus on the person of the therapist and what they bring from their own family of origin to the clinical effort. The triangle of Client, Therapist, and Therapist’s Own Family is ignored. The focus of this workshop will be on the importance of doing one’s own family of origin work and how that can help our clinical work.

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Ron Richardson is an accredited marriage and family therapist (and until retirement Supervisor) in AAMFT. He is a Diplomate in AAPC. He was the Executive Director of a large, metropolitan-wide counseling agency in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of many books on the application of Bowen family system theory to the practice of counseling: Family Ties That Bind, Couples in Conflict, Becoming Your Best (on Jane Austen and Bowen systems theory), Birth Order and You, and Jane Austen's Guide to Good Relationships

Registration fee: $25* (includes workshop, lunch & book). Online registration and payment required.  *Seattle Presbytery members & Samaritan Counseling employees only: $10; enter discount code seapres2017 at checkout.

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1/14: Humanity Through Community
Jan
14
9:30 am09:30

1/14: Humanity Through Community

  • The Seattle School

In a world in which thoughtful conversation and responsible engagement with differing perspectives seem to be in short supply, The Seattle School seeks to equip thinkers, practitioners, artists, and organizations in awareness, skill-building, and advocacy as they work toward justice in our communities.

To that end, we are hosting Humanity Through Community, a two-hour summit designed to empower us to live, work, and lead in culturally responsive ways. With The Myth of the Single Story as our theme, we will wrestle with the grand narrative that connects us all—one of justice, the imago dei, and a new heaven and new earth—as well as the imperative to recognize the biases in each of us and to recognize the particularity of each person in our diverse and changing culture.

This year’s keynote speaker is Jimmy McGee, founder of the Bitumen Group, President of the Impact Movement, and former Director of the Pilgrimage for Reconciliation at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. McGee, who describes himself as “unashamedly Black, unapologetically Christian,” has devoted his life to impacting the lives of college students, church practitioners, and community leaders through mentoring, training, and directing conferences. You can learn more about him in this interview on the Intersections blog.

Humanity Through Community will also feature a compelling panel discussion engaging our work in the midst of changing demographics and culture. At the core of all of this, we look forward to gathering faith-based people and organizations to wrestle together with the question, “What does it mean to be human in a diverse, biased, and rapidly changing context?”

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1/14: 5-Month Guided Prayer Retreat
Jan
14
9:00 am09:00

1/14: 5-Month Guided Prayer Retreat

2017 Ignatian 5-Month Prayer Retreat

Presented by Renewal Ministries Northwest

Hearing, Recognizing and Responding to the Voice of Jesus through Prayer

and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.— John 10:4

A Guided 5-Month Prayer Retreat This retreat introduces you to the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola (16th century). They will help you to engage in a regular practice of “ me apart with God” while going about your everyday life. Through these prayer practices, you will grow in your ability to be attentive and aware of God’s presence and to listen to God speak into your life. 

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1/13-15: Meekhof Lecture Series 2017
Jan
13
Jan 15

1/13-15: Meekhof Lecture Series 2017

  • Newport PC

Newport Presbyterian Church is delighted to welcome the Rev. Tim Phillips as our 2017 Meekhof lecturer on January 13-15, and we invite you to attend!

Tim’s message is focused on “Evolutionary Theology and Revolutionary Worship.”  Can the modern mainline church be saved?  Yes!...if modern mainline churches can make the shift into the reality of post-modernity. This series begins a conversation about that shift and the possibilities for an authentic and energizing spiritual practice of worship.

This event is free and open to the public. 

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1/13-14: January Term w/Princeton Theological Seminary
Jan
13
Jan 14

1/13-14: January Term w/Princeton Theological Seminary

  • Bothell United Methodist Church

Holy Week Proclamation in Sermon and Song
January 13-14, 2017

This event is taking place in the Pacific Northwest
Bothell United Methodist Church
Bothel, Washington

Join Princeton Theological Seminary faculty, staff, and students in the Pacific Northwest for a conference devoted to preparing for Holy Week services.  Through plenary sessions, worship, and workshops we will explore the theologies of the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus as these come to expression through preaching, song and liturgy. Join us Friday only, Saturday only, or both days.

On Friday we will focus on the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday gospel narratives and collaborate together in creating liturgical resources. Sessions will be led by Gerald Liu, Martin Tel, and the Princeton Seminary Touring Choir. Come ready for engaging presentations, singing, collaborative preparation, enactment of liturgy, and working groups. The day concludes with an evening service which explores the meaning of Christ’s suffering and death through song and proclamation.

Saturday morning will begin with the plenary Timbres from the Tomb. Join Martin Tel and Gerald Liu as they discuss possibilities for expressing the gravity of Holy Saturday through music and proclamation. Along with singing from the touring choir, they will demonstrate how silence, song, and female-authored liturgy and proclamation (Mary and Mary were the first to bear witness to the emptiness that led to Easter celebration) can punctuate the death of Jesus with extraordinary depth and range.   Participants will then take part in two workshops designed for pastors, musicians, worship planners, educators, and those who work particularly with youth and young adults.

This seminar is offered with support from the William J. Wiseman Seminar Fund.

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12/30-1/1: Annual Family Snow Camp @ Tall Timber
Dec
30
Jan 1

12/30-1/1: Annual Family Snow Camp @ Tall Timber

  • Tall Timber

The folks at Tall Timber in Leavenworth are busy planning their annual Family Snow Camp, (link to: http://www.talltimber.org/programs/family_snow.html) which is scheduled this winter from Dec. 30 through Jan 1st. This year, they have a fun-filled lineup of activities, daily devotions, music, good food, great friends, and laughter!

This event is perfect for the whole family, regardless of age or how many are in your clan. There will be endless snow activities, from Nordic skiing to snowshoeing, to fort building and sledding. When you’ve had enough of the snow, warm up inside by the fire with some hot cocoa, coffee, or tea. Meals will be hearty and winter-themed.

They've scheduled lively music by All Strings Considered, so bring your dancing shoes (just in case!).

And yes, there will be a New Year’s Eve party, complete with fireworks, sparklers, and intention setting for the new year.

If you haven’t seen Tall Timber blanketed in snow, and illuminated by the magic of winter, it’s a great year to meet the team and experience the camp in this wondrous, revitalizing, and serene winter mountain setting.

Book today by clicking here. (linkto: http://www.talltimber.org/programs/family_snow.html)

12/10: Renewal Ministries NW Advent Prayer Retreat
Dec
10
9:00 am09:00

12/10: Renewal Ministries NW Advent Prayer Retreat

  • Peace and Spirituality Center

When have you stumbled or stubbed your toe while making your way in the dark? As Christ’s followers, learning to walk in the dark is an essential skill but, for many of us, in times or seasons of darkness, we falter, stumble, or have trouble seeing.  Advent, practiced well, can train and strengthen us so that we can walk confidently in the dark.

In our time together on this retreat, we will explore how the season of Advent can help us see and function better while we are waiting for more light.

Facilitated by Rev. Kimberly Crispeno
Dec. 10, 9AM-12:30PM
Peace and Spirituality Center
1663 Killarny Way, Bellevue, WA 98009
Cost:  $50 (snacks included)

Registration: Download our registration form 2016-advent-prayer-retreat-registration and send it to:
Renewal Ministries, P.O. Box 12243, Mill Creek, WA98082