Join us on “Make a Difference Day” for a Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop where you will learn skills to make a difference right now in how you approach Christian care giving. You will also have the opportunity to explore the benefits of a Stephen Ministry Program in your church. The “Difference” can be life changing for those you assist and for you as a caregiver.
Finding God in the Pain and Messiness of Life
Dr. Rod J. K. Wilson
President and Professor of Counseling and Psychology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
Saturday, November 1 - 9AM to 3PM
North Creek Presbyterian Church, Mill Creek
$45 early-bird | $65 after 10/1
Join Southminster Presbyterian Church as the Presbytery of Seattle officially installs Ken Onstot as Southminster Presbyterian Church's Pastor on Sunday, November 2, at 3:00 PM.
Join World Vision's Mae Elise Cannon as she hosts a conversation with Sami Awad and Danny Sherman about Christian engagement in Israel and Palestine. Hope for the Holy Land is a movement of Christians that are genuinely Pro-Israeli and Pro-Palestinian, advocating for peace, security, freedom and dignity for all the people of the Holy Land.
Mark your calendar for November 9th, which is the actual day that Northminster began as a church 125 years ago! Come to worship that day at 10:30 and join in the festivities that will follow. A potluck will take place in our fellowship hall, so bring your favorite hotdish, salad or dessert to church that day. See old friends, meet new ones and see a fabulous display of Northminster through the years! Everyone is very welcome to join in our celebration.
Today, there is unprecedented momentum in the effort to stop fossil fuels and win climate justice.
However, with most of our attention focused on fighting short-term battles, we often forget to ask the question:What would the world look like if we won?
Hosted by Northwest Coast Presbytery at Tierra Nueva in Burlington. Healthy Boundaries: Beyond the Basics 201 is a refresher course with two new topics. In this shorter workshop you will be reminded of the need for healthy boundaries and good self-care. We will review the reality of power, and the policies & procedures necessary to protect vulnerable children, youth, & adults in your congregations. And we will consider the boundary challenges posed by finances and social media. The presentations will include material from the new FaithTrust Institute’s 201 course of the same name.
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.
Bread and Wine: A Lenten Journey
Co-Sponsored by Sound View Camp and Menucha Retreat and Conference Center
Where: Menucha Conference Center in Corbett, OR
Dates: March 10-12, 2015
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.
A shuttle to and from the event is available for an additional fee. The shuttle starts in Seattle and makes stops in Tacoma, Olympia, and Kelso.
For schedule and pricing visit menucha.org/programs/lentenjourney
BIG TENT 2015
JULY 30 – AUGUST 1, 2015
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CAMPUS
Training hosted by Northwest Coast Presbytery at Calvin Presbyterian Church (Shoreline). Healthy Boundaries: Beyond the Basics 201 is a refresher course with two new topics. In this shorter workshop you will be reminded of the need for healthy boundaries and good self-care. We will review the reality of power, and the policies & procedures necessary to protect vulnerable children, youth, & adults in your congregations. And we will consider the boundary challenges posed by finances and social media. The presentations will include material from the new FaithTrust Institute’s 201 course of the same name.
A retreat sponsored by Tall Timber Ranch and the Youth Leader Committee of Northwest Coast Presbytery. Sponsorship provided by Central Washington, Seattle, and Northwest Coast Presbyteries.
This two-day training, offered by InFaith Community Foundation and facilitated by FaithTrust Institute, is designed to help Christian pastors and lay leaders understand the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and the ramifications of violence on individuals, the church and the community. It also equips churches to develop protocols to protect victims, prevent future harm, and respond effectively and sensitively to victims/survivors, their families, and abusers. Location will be in the Seattle area (SeaTac), details TBA.
Wright Lecture Series at Menucha. Practical Approaches to Emerging Ministries: Creating, Growing and Sustaining New Possibilities.
What bright hope we have!
The brightness of the living God shimmers when we experience the ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is a privilege that we witness regularly: life-changing transformation reflected in the countenance of individuals, congregations, pastors and church leaders who radiate with hope and encouragement as they encounter God. Your support enables nothing short of the in-breaking of God’s Kingdom as people are equipped to discern, tap into and receive the empowering presence and work of the Spirit - bringing hope, comfort, strength, perspective, direction and empowerment to individuals and whole communities of faith.
Join us as the Presbytery of Seattle officially installs Austin Ashenbrenner as Sammamish PC's Associate Pastor of Adult and Mission during a special worship service on Sunday, October 5, at 5pm. Free childcare will be available for ages birth-5 years. A reception will follow the service in the Sanctuary Hall.
You are invited to Weaving Our Strengths, a day-long conference of fellowship, inspiration, and skill-building to strengthen local churches’ efforts for the common good.
What is “Faith Forming Faith” and why should I want it for my church? Every healthy congregation wants to share its greatest treasure: the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Faith Forming Faith is a lay-led process of shaping disciples of Christ and nurturing people – especially those new to the church - in a life-long journey of faith through small group study, table fellowship, and mentoring.
2 days of exploration and collaboration
30 academic, cultural and church leaders
100s of conversations on Christianity in Cascadia
1,000s of possibilities
Newport Presbyterian Church to Host Community Wide Event
Documentary screening and discussion on gun violence
Seattle, like many communities across the nation, has been impacted by gun violence. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has produced a documentary titled “Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence” that examines the ripple effect one shooting has on a survivor, a family, a community and a society. It is told from the perspective of those who have been directly impacted and those who are called daily to respond to this ongoing tragedy.
Join other parents, pastors, and youth ministry staff as we explore what it means to take seriously the spiritual formation of children and adolescents. Chap Clark, Fuller Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture will provide training and tools to help us understand the adolescent experience and more more faithfully journey with children and youth as they become followers of Jesus.
The Oso Relief Committee of the Northwest Coast Presbytery is planning to hold two one-day retreats entitled Caring for the Caregiver on September 4 and 6 at Camp Brotherhood near Mt. Vernon. Each retreat will offer the same program, designed to help volunteers and various responders deal with the emotional after-effects of the Hwy 530/Oso Slide. The facilitators will be a national team from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, all trained counselors with experience in disaster response and the emotional impact it can have on volunteers and workers later.
Spend a day exploring these key texts with SPU Professor of Old Testament Dr. Frank Spina. We’ll discuss the nature of creation; God’s engaging of the created order; the nature and role of humanity; the themes of sin, judgment, and grace; the election of the ancestors; the rescuing of God’s people; and the eventful trek through the wilderness.
Together we call out injustice.
The tragedy of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of the police is an ongoing reminder of the violence and abuses waged upon people of color and the poor throughout our country and the world. Too often many are left feeling despair and a lack vision of how to respond to abuses of power and privilege. As with the prophets before us, God is calling people of faith to speak and work to end acts of injustice against all people.
You are invited to not just watch as events unfold, but to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Ferguson, MO and Seattle who call out for God’s justice and an end to racially based violence.
We will peaceably gather at
3:00 pm at Westlake Center (400 Pine Street, Seattle)
for a time of prayer, worship, and vigil.
All who are grieved, seek justice, and pursue equality are invited to attend.
For more information, please contact Rev. Bertram Johnson at 206.251.6443.
BelPres is hosting the Willow Creek Association's annual Global Leadership Summit on Aug. 14-15. The event is inspiring, practical and applicable for leaders in all spheres of life. BelPres is offering a free/discounted rate for those who qualify. Learn more online.
Rev. Alex Awad will be at Bellevue Presbyterian Church on Monday 8/11, sharing a Christian perspective on the Arab-Israeli conflict and discuss the challenges and opportunities for peacemaking in the Middle East. The forum begins at 7:00 pm in Room S-140.
Renewal Ministries Northwest.
August 9, 2014 Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church, Seattle
“Praying with Hope – Claiming our True Identity”, with Rev. Denise Easter
This twenty-two voice ensemble, lead by Dr. Nathan Frank, includes eight talented young singers from the Puget Sound area and fourteen professional singers from around the United States and Canada. Through our fund raising efforts, our goal to offer these concerts free of admission has been reached. Those who wish to make an offering to aid the 93 percent of the Burkina Faso's population who lack access to clean water and sanitation, will be given that opportunity during the concert.
Second Saturday of each month. July 12, 2014 North Creek Presbyterian Church, Mill Creek
“Held Together: Finding Cohesion in a Fragmenting World”, with Rev. David Rohrer
Join Wellspring Seattle in supporting the 24th Annual Walk for Rice, a fundraising event featuring a 2.5 mile walk or run. Proceeds benefit the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS), to help them buy rice and other food for its food bank. The ACRS Food Bank serves more than 5,000 low-income people.
Practical Steps to Spiritual Discernment in Community
A great practical follow up to RMNW Spring Teaching Retreat: “Listening Together, Deciding Together: Practicing Spiritual Discernment in Community” with Gordon T. Smith.
Join Wellspring for the 26th annual Trip to Korea for Christian College Students June 17-July 1, 2014, sponsored by the National Korean Presbyterian Men. Cost is $400 plus cost of airfare to Korea. Contact Wellspring Co-Executive Director Ken Sunoo to learn more.
Due to lack of enrollment, this training has been canceled.
Please keep our commissioners, staff and leaders in prayer as they participate in the 221st General Assembly in Detroit:
Adrienne Schlosser-Hall, Karen Breckenridge, Mark Zimmerly, Shelley Dahl, Keith Heino, Steve Henry, Anna Bintinger, Kari Olson, Aaron Willett, Kathy Lueckert, Scott Lumsden, Eliana Maxim, and Kevin Nollette.
Finding Your Rhythm: Developing Your Own Way of Life
Rev. Kimberly Crispeno
Cost: $50 includes materials, snacks & lunch
What is a rhythm of life? Why should we consider having one of our own? How do we create our own?
TOMORROW'S CHURCH TODAY
FEATURING REV. ROGER DERMODY
DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR MISSION, PCUSA
Workshops: NEXT Church Resources, Spirituality of Children and their Families, 221st General Assembly Preview
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church presents "Godspell", through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.