Code for the Kingdom @ Microsoft is a weekend event held at Microsoft inviting all Microsoft FTEs, interns, and guests. With the theme of “Tackling the Giants through Marketplace Miracles,” we will have three separate tracks: (1) traditional hack-a-thon (MS FTEs and interns only) (2) pray-a-thon (open to guests) and (3) kids’ hackathon (for kids of MS FTEs, 1-6th grade).
Registration ends July 17 for Financial Well-Being Retreat 2015, hosted by Board University in partnership with the Presbyterian Foundation. If you haven't reserved your spot, now is the time to do so.
Over the years, Board University -- the educational program of the Board of Pensions -- has received requests from plan members, employers, and mid councils asking for new ways to help prepare them for improved well-being and stewardship. Board University staff members have listened to that feedback and are designing new offerings to complement established seminars and e-learning modules.
Financial Well-Being Retreat 2015 on August 17 and 18 at MontreatConference Center is a new offering. Dedicated to helping active Benefits Plan members achieve better stewardship of personal and church finances, here are a few key details about the retreat.
- 12 workshops presented three times during the event by staff from the Board of Pensions, the Presbyterian Foundation, and Fidelity Investments.
- Registrants select six workshops to attend when they register for the event.
- There is no Board of Pensions registration fee. A $20 per person meal fee is payable to Montreat Conference Center. (Meal service is being subsidized by the Board and the Foundation.)
- The retreat was recently approved by the Assistance Program as an alternative that may be used to fulfill the Seminary Debt Assistance Grant application requirement related to the Getting in Shape Fiscally seminar.
Online registration is the only way to register for Financial Well-Being Retreat 2015. It is available through Friday, July 17, requires a personal email address, and is limited to the first 150 people registered.
Whitworth Institute of Ministry 40th Anniversary: July 20-24, 2015
"Pursuing the Common Good: Engaging Culture with the Gospel"
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 their entire family. 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 for the combination of great bible teaching, dynamic preaching, vibrant worship, and time for personal renewal. Many ministry cohort groups find WIM to be an opportunity to gather with friends and families for a week of fellowship and retreat.
WIM will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year on July 20-24, 2015. For more information about our program and speakers, go online.
BIG TENT 2015
JULY 30 – AUGUST 1, 2015
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CAMPUS
Whether at church, school, business or home, you are leading people and projects every day. You’re leading in a culture that is constantly changing and redefining itself. Leadership takes perseverance, dedication and a commitment to stretch your mind, expand your heart and use your God-given gifts to impact your world in real and powerful ways. August 6 & 7, 2015 you’re invited to gather with thousands of leaders across North American for The Global Leadership Summit. Commit now to be a part of this annual event designed to stretch and challenge you with world-class speakers, interactive dialogue and practical training.
Bellevue Presbyterian Church is pleased to offer special pricing for new pastor and those from smaller churches who may not have the means to attend.
1. Current public price is $189 for team of 10 or more or $209 for individual
2. Student/Faculty/Military price is $89
3. If first time attendee contact Bellevue Presbyterian to be considered for host site discount
4. If small church or community outreach organization contact Bellevue Presbyterian to be considered for host site discount
September 14-16, 2015
Tall Timber Ranch
Theme: A Long Obedience; Staying Faithful, Fresh and Full over the long haul
Facilitator: The Rev. Kimberly Crispeno
We enter our ministries intent upon being faithful servants of Jesus Christ, each of us with a backpack of tools, expectations, and great intentions. But we quickly find it is not as easy as we hoped to live out what we know, and stay present, engaged, and fresh in our vocations and personal lives. In our time together, we will explore in our own stories how and why we sabotage ourselves and struggle to practice our values and what we know to be true and needed.
Kimberly grew up on the shores of Flathead Lake in Montana, the daughter of two pastors in a small town Pentecostal church. Her grandmother, Evelyn Peterson, and her uncles Eugene, and Kenneth Peterson, were also strong pastoral influences in her formative years. She has lived and seen the church from nearly every angel.
In November of 2014, Kimberly stepped away from a pastoral role at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Shoreline, WA. In order to devote more time to spiritual direction, speaking, writing, art, hospitality and her family. The mother of three, Kimberly never imagined how much time she’d spend in ice hockey rinks, on soccer fields, or trying to find a healthy balance between vocational ministry and personal life. She lives in Edmonds, WA. with her husband and family.
To register, go on line to Camp@TallTimber.org click on registration; click on Pastors’ Retreat. If this is not available, email: Cathi@TallTimber.org. give your name and address, and that you are registering for the Pastors’ Retreat, September 14-16 and that you will be paying the registration fee of $85 upon arrival.
The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) is a four-day intensive program with a practical application project, offered specifically for leaders in churches, nonprofits, and religious social service organizations. The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising program provides the research, tools, and training to meet the growing needs of religious leaders to inspire and transform philanthropic giving within their congregation and community.
From the Church Council of Greater Seattle:
Community-Wide Prayer Vigils
Please join in community mourning at a community-wide prayer vigil for the victims of the hate crime shooting at Emanuel AME Church of Charleston, South Carolina.
In Seattle: at 6:30 p.m. at First African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1522 14th Ave., Seattle 98122.
In Tacoma: at 6 p.m. at Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1223 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma 98405
Lake City Presbyterian Church invites you to join them in the commissioning service of Nathan Sobers on Sunday, June 7 at 3:00 PM. Nathan will be serving Lake City Presbyterian Church as a Commissioned Ruling Elder.
A reception will follow the service.
Please join Seattle Presbytery in a service of worship for the ordination of Aaron Willett, who has received a call at Southminster Presbyterian Church.
Sunday, May 31 at 4:00 PM
Southminster Presbyterian Church
2015 Book Celebration
Join Seattle Pacific University’s Center for Biblical and Theological Education, School of Theology, and Seattle Pacific Seminary for a special event highlighting our faculty authors.
Newport Presbyterian Church invites you to join them in the commissioning service of Tony De La Rosa on Sunday, May 17 at 3:00 PM. Tony will be serving Newport Presbyterian Church as a Commissioned Ruling Elder.
- Keynote address: Missional communities have become one of the most important ways in which God is working in his church today. In this engaging presentation we will discover the 'Whats and Whys' of Missional community's in today's church.
- Oikoinia Workshop: Oikos maybe a brand of Greek yogurt but it's also the word most commonly used for the way in which the church gathered in the New Testament. In this fascinating workshop we will discover what it means for us today as we seek to build families that reflect God's purposes in the world.
- Special offering from Samaritan Counseling
- Church planting/new initiatives
- Exploring visual, musical, and literary art in faith
- Plus more workshops! All free for SeaPres members.
- Event includes lunch (must RSVP by Monday, May 11).
Many thanks to our host church, University Presbyterian Church.
Mike Breen has been a leading innovator of church and discipling movements throughout Europe and the United States for more than 25 years. He led a church re-plant in inner city London and in Sheffield, grew a church to the largest in England; all through pioneering the vehicles now known as Missional Communities and Huddles. In the late 2000's, they led a team that began a church planting movement in Europe; planting more than 1400 churches in 4 years.
Mike and Sally live in South Carolina, where they founded 3DM, a movement/organization which has now spread to 5 continents, training thousands of leaders and churches in how to move to a discipling culture and missional mindset.
Today Mike and Sally continue to invest in leaders of movements around the world, Writing and speaking on a variety of subjects.
Mike has authored numerous best selling books, most notably Building a Discipling Culture and Family on Mission.
You can follow Mike's at :
"Soul Care in the Crucible of Ministry"
A DAY OF RENEWAL – TOGETHER IN WORSHIP & WORD
PASTORS | ELDERS | MINISTRY TEAMS | DEACONDS | LEADERS | CHURCH STAFF
Renewal Ministries Northwest, Co-Sponsored by Seattle & Northwest Coast Presbyteries
Session 1 – Featured Presenter: Dr. James Forbes
Preaching Justice in the Power of the Spirit
In Luke 4 Jesus said,
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Dr. Forbes will explore this theme of Preaching Justice in the Power of the Spirit by looking at Jesus, Elijah and Ezekiel as the prototypes for the prophetic word in our world today. Dr. Forbes will look at the two themes of Preaching Justice and Preaching in the Power of the Spirit and how we can bring about a real impact in our churches and communities through the preached word of compassion peace and justice.
Additionally, there will be a Preaching Clinic where we will have a Q&A time with Dr. Forbes to address any preaching concerns that ministers may have. As he jokingly says, he will help “scratch where we itch” so that he can make sure that he is addressing our contextual preaching concerns. We will close our time together by looking at the spiritual renewal of the preacher and the impact that can have on our congregations, community, and world. Come join us for a powerful conference that will be sure to strengthen and refresh your preaching and spirit.
James is a phenomenal preacher and teacher. He is the Senior Minister Emeritus of Riverside Church in New York City. He has taught preaching at Union Theological Seminary and Auburn Theological Seminary in New York.
Sponsored by the Pastoral Support Committee – Sacramento Presbytery
With the grant that the Sacramento Presbytery was awarded, the cost is only $50 for all PC(USA) Ministers of the Word and Sacrament in the western five Synods. Invite your friends!
Join Calvary Presbyterian Church as the Presbytery of Seattle officially installs Lynell Caudillo as Calvary's Pastor on Sunday, May 3 at 4:00 PM.
Photo courtesy: Knok Studio
Please join Seattle Presbytery in a service of worship for the ordination of Daniel Triller, who has received a call at Bellevue Presbyterian Church.
Sunday, May 3 at 4:00 PM
Bellevue Presbyterian Church
A SEMINAR FOR LIFE POST-EMPLOYMENT
March 27, 2015
North Creek PC
GETTING IN SHAPE FISCALLY
A FINANCIAL PLANNING SEMINAR
March 26, 2015
North Creek PC
A 90-minute webinar on Tuesday March 24 at (11 a.m. PT)
featuring Eric Heinekamp
Church finances are unique and challenging - and yet are often managed by volunteers and staff with little training.
But there is hope! In this webinar we will look at real financial challenges facing our congregations and simple, practical ways to improve money management so your congregation can focus on their mission.
- Hear common mistakes church volunteers and staff make related to money;
- Learn practical tips, tactics and tools to reduce operating costs and increase income;
- Discover useful resources to help churches be better at financial planning, spending, taxes, audits and stewardship.
Presenter ERIC HEINEKAMP is director of business affairs for the Presbytery of Chicago. He is responsible for the finance, accounting and real estate of the presbytery and meets frequently with churches in the presbytery to consult on these topics.
GROWING INTO TOMORROW... TODAY
A RETIREMENT PLANNING SEMINAR
March 24-25, 2015
North Creek PC
There's an opportunity for about 20 men to join the men of West Side and Rose Hill on Saturday, March 21 at Camp McCullough near Kent to hear Dr. Bruce McNichol of TrueFaced Ministry teach from his book, The Cure. This is an all-day event, meals and copy of The Cure provided, for only $55 per person.
During the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, Christians draw closer to God through prayer and repentance. Lent is a time to re-establish the harmony with God that was broken by sin; a time to put off the old and put on the new (2 Corinthians 5). It is a time for a deeper conversion of our hearts. A time to overcome in ourselves what is of the flesh so the life of Christ may prevail in us. Lent is a time to recognize that we cannot do this for ourselves. We are utterly dependent on the rescuing love of Christ.
This reflective yet experiential journey includes sessions on the art of making bread, a trip and travel component to local wineries to taste and discover wine making, as well as morning and evening devotions around Lenten themes. Devotional times will include community devotional practices as well as opportunities to engage in self-directed spiritual disciplines on your own.
Could you survive a month in poverty? Participate in a poverty simulation:
- Role play a month in the lives of low-income families
- meet others who care about the issue, and
- explore the impact of poverty on our community.
Earl Palmer Ministries presents:
Monday, February 23, 2015, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Upper Gwinn Commons, Seattle Pacific University, 3307 3rd Avenue West, Seattle, WA , Seattle, WA US 98119
Attendance Limit: 200
Earl Palmer Ministries is pleased to present this seminar - a one day event/series of sessions for pastors and lay teachers to join together with a three fold purpose:
- to hear the case/examine the importance/value of exposition;
- to learn the methods/steps of/for preparation of exposition in the worship/teaching setting:
- to learn ways to communicate and affirm the Gospel through exposition.
What exactly does “Exposition of the Bible” mean?
To understand the Bible we begin by first listening to the Biblical text. Then we move forward by asking simple questions that go from “What is the writer/speaker/narrator in the text saying?” to include “What do the words of the writer/speaker/narrator in the text/context mean?” When the preacher/teacher shares this journey of understanding with the listeners we call this exposition. The goal of exposition is to present the text of the Bible in such a way that the listener- including the teacher/preacher- discovers for himself/herself a personal connection to the message of the text.
The Resource Teacher for this event is Earl Palmer who will present the case for exposition and then teach through example in studies of separate New Testament texts. In addition there will be a designated responder for each presentation who will offer a reflection after each of three sessions. Time will be arranged also for Q and A with the large group.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 7:00 PM
Calvin Presbyterian Church, Shoreline
Facilitated by: Jeff Johnson
Cost: Free-will offering will be taken
The Selah Service offers the opportunity to pause and rest together in prayer, song, reflection and worship before God. Join us for this very special observance of Ash Wednesday, as we begin the Lenten Journey to Easter.
Sunday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m.: a spectacular musical by a Presbyterian choir from New Jersey at Newport Presbyterian, Bellevue, called "The Children of Eden."
Estimated trip cost: (February 14 - 24) is $2,500. Optional trip to Siem Reap, Feb. 23-Feb.25 (see itinerary).
Registration deadline: November 30, 2014 but please note that international airline tickets will be cheaper if purchased earlier.
When: February 14th, 2015
Where: Union Church Kakao Cafe
Please join Seattle Presbytery in a service of worship for the ordination of Maggie Breen, who has received a call to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.
Join Lake Burien Presbyterian Church as the Presbytery of Seattle officially installs Rev. Lina Thompson as Lake Burien's pastor on Sunday, February 8 at 4:00 PM.
Sammamish PC will welcome Rev. Earl Palmer the weekend of February 6-8 as he teaches on the topic, "In Faithful Hands - A New Look At The Book Of Revelation."