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1544 South Snoqualmie St.
Seattle, WA 98108
USA

(206)762-1991

The mission of Seattle Presbytery is to participate, in word and deed, in God’s transforming work through the Gospel of Jesus Christ: †by strengthening the witness and mission of our congregations and members and by building strong partnerships with each other and the larger Christian community.

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Events

6/2: Seattle Presbytery Boundary Training (Ordained Clergy Only)
Jun
2
9:00 am09:00

6/2: Seattle Presbytery Boundary Training (Ordained Clergy Only)

  • Seattle First PC

4/21 UPDATE: This training will be for ordained clergy only. Space is limited; registration will close once max capacity is reached. Boundary training is mandatory for all presbytery clergy. Future trainings will be offered for church staff and leaders. Please check our neighboring presbyteries (Northwest Coast & Olympia) for other upcoming training workshops. Seattle Presbytery clergy, contact our stated clerk to report that you've completed training elsewhere.

Training Description:

Boundary Awareness workshops typically focus on sexual boundaries in ministry, but this training will also include: Financial boundaries, conflict of interest, complications of social media.

The workshop will explore internal and external reasons why it is so difficult to set and maintain boundaries in a church system, and the ways issues of the self interact with issues of the system.

Finally, the workshop will focus on prevention by helping us examine our own issues, as well as how we are impacted by the system dynamics within our congregations. Special attention will be placed on: improved levels of differentiation of self, improved emotional intelligence, and steps to begin to develop both.

Presenter: David C. Olsen, PhD

David Olsen has served as Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center of the Capital Region (Albany, NY) since its inception in 1985.  He holds an M.S. in counseling from Oneonta State University College, an M.S.W. from the University of Albany, and a Masters and a Ph.D. in psychology and religion from Drew University. He has done extensive post graduate work in family therapy.

David recently co-authored "Saying No to Say Yes: Everyday Boundaries and Pastoral Excellence (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, March 2015).

Registration fee: $25 (includes lunch). Pay online and complete registration form.  Space is limited.

Boundary Training
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6/3: Plant Sale Fundraiser
Jun
3
8:30 am08:30

6/3: Plant Sale Fundraiser

  • 35th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 80th Seattle, WA

University PC's Balkan Task Force will host a Huge Plant Sale on Saturday, June 3 from 8:30am-4:00pm in the Wedgwood area.

 Location:  35th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 80th just south of Wedgwood Presbyterian Church.  All the proceeds will go to help missions projects in the Former Yugoslavia (Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia).  All the plants are being donated by Smith Gardens Nursery of Bellingham.  There will be hanging baskets, flowers, and perennials. 

6/3: Seattle Presbytery Boundary Training (Ordained Clergy Only)
Jun
3
9:00 am09:00

6/3: Seattle Presbytery Boundary Training (Ordained Clergy Only)

  • Seattle First PC

4/21 UPDATE: This training will be for ordained clergy only. Space is limited; registration will close once max capacity is reached. Boundary training is mandatory for all presbytery clergy. Future trainings will be offered for church staff and leaders. Please check our neighboring presbyteries (Northwest Coast & Olympia) for other upcoming training workshops. Seattle Presbytery clergy, contact our stated clerk to report that you've completed training elsewhere.

Training Description:

Boundary Awareness workshops typically focus on sexual boundaries in ministry, but this training will also include: Financial boundaries, conflict of interest, complications of social media.

The workshop will explore internal and external reasons why it is so difficult to set and maintain boundaries in a church system, and the ways issues of the self interact with issues of the system.

Finally, the workshop will focus on prevention by helping us examine our own issues, as well as how we are impacted by the system dynamics within our congregations. Special attention will be placed on: improved levels of differentiation of self, improved emotional intelligence, and steps to begin to develop both.

Presenter: David C. Olsen, PhD

David Olsen has served as Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center of the Capital Region (Albany, NY) since its inception in 1985.  He holds an M.S. in counseling from Oneonta State University College, an M.S.W. from the University of Albany, and a Masters and a Ph.D. in psychology and religion from Drew University. He has done extensive post graduate work in family therapy.

David recently co-authored "Saying No to Say Yes: Everyday Boundaries and Pastoral Excellence (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, March 2015).

REGISTRATION FEE: $25 (INCLUDES LUNCH). PAY ONLINE AND COMPLETE REGISTRATION FORM. SPACE IS LIMITED.

Boundary Training
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6/3: Inviting the Stranger
Jun
3
1:00 pm13:00

6/3: Inviting the Stranger

  • Seattle First Baptist Church

We will begin our day by listening to leaders from several major spiritual backgrounds. Each presenter will offer the lens through which their spiritual formation instructs and guides them to be inviting and welcoming of strangers. Speakers include Rabbi Ted Falcon, Imam Jamal Rahman, Genjo Marinello, Anil Singh-Molares, Yogacharya Ellen O’Brian, Maria Barrera, and Miriam Frey.

Following the presentations, we will break into small groups facilitated by spiritual companions to discuss what the obstacles and challenges around welcoming a stranger can look and feel like, what it might take to step beyond our fears and out of our comfort zones, and which practical tools we might be able to employ to reach.

Lastly, we will end our time sharing with each other across common themes and approaches that may be emerging. Our hope is to build connections in the community and begin to answer the question of what is our call to action?

RSVP to events@sdiworld.org and join the conversation!

6/4: Steel Lake Celebration Sunday
Jun
4
10:00 am10:00

6/4: Steel Lake Celebration Sunday

  • Steel Lake PC

June 4th will be Steel Lake's final worship “Celebration Sunday”, at the Steel Lake Presbyterian Church campus. Service starts at 10:00 a.m. and there will be a farewell reception in the Starkey Friendship Center following worship. We are temporarily moving and will be worshipping out of Calvary Lutheran Church starting June 11th, service starts at 11:15 a.m. Our Adult Christian Education program will resume on the 11th as well and that starts at 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran.

6/11: Kent First PC Celebration Service
Jun
11
1:00 pm13:00

6/11: Kent First PC Celebration Service

  • Kent First PC

After 150 plus years of serving the Lord in the Auburn/Kent area Kent First Presbyterian Church will be closing its doors on June 11th, 2017.  Please join us in our Celebration service on June 11th.  The service will start at 1:00p.m. with a reception following.

Please R.S.V.P. to fpck@centurylink.net by June 4th and indicate number of guests attending.

6/25: Shannon Smythe Ordination
Jun
25
3:00 pm15:00

6/25: Shannon Smythe Ordination

  • Lake Burien 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 Shannon Smythe, who has received a call at Seattle Pacific University. 

Sunday, June 25 at 3:00 PM. Reception to follow.

Lake Burien Presbyterian Church

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.

8/10-11: The Global Leadership Summit @ BelPres
Aug
10
Aug 11

8/10-11: The Global Leadership Summit @ BelPres

  • BelPres

REGISTRATION

Registration is now open for the 2017 Leadership Summit at BelPres. 

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 10 & 11, 2017you’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.

Questions? Or for further information about scholarships or special pricing considerations, contact Christine Corneille in the Leadership Development Department at (425) 454-3082 ext. 3321.

Learn more & register online.


5/23: The Confirmation Project Research Findings
May
23
11:30 am11:30

5/23: The Confirmation Project Research Findings

  • Mercer Island PC

Are you rethinking how to strengthen the faith of youth and integrate them into the body of Christ?

Learn more about research findings from The Confirmation Project.

Join researcher Katie Douglass (Seattle Presbytery, Validated Ministry). This project, housed at Princeton Theological Seminary and funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc., studied the confirmation and equivalent programs of over 3,000 congregations and found that confirmation programs that engaged parents, utilized mentors, went to camp, and engaged the theological curiosity and questions of youth had the greatest success in making disciples of Jesus Christ. 

While there is no easy formula for great faith formation, the findings of this research show ministry leaders what other congregations are doing, what youth are interested in, and what parents are hoping.

After the lecture there will be time for you to reflect on your own program and imagine with other ministry leaders what small or large changes you might consider making based on this research.

11:30am Lecture, 12:30pm Workshop ($20 for both lecture & workshop, includes lunch).

Contact: Lindsay Harris Murphy.

See event flyer.

5/15-18: 2nd Generation Korean-American Pastors' Conference
May
15
May 18

5/15-18: 2nd Generation Korean-American Pastors' Conference

Shepherding Our Call

THIS CONFERENCE IS GEARED TOWARDS PASTORS SERVING WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF A KOREAN CHURCH. HOWEVER, OTHERS ARE MORE THAN WELCOME TO ATTEND!

DATES: MAY 15-18, 2017 (MON-THURS)

LOCATION: SEATTLE HYUNGJAE CHURCH (KM: www.hyungjae.org, EM: New Life - www.seattlenewlife.org)
3700 MONTE VILLA PKWY BOTHELL, WA 98021

LODGING: Red Lion Inn & Suites Bothwell - 3850 Monte Villa Parkway
Bothell, WA 98021. www.redlion.com/bothell

THEME: "SHEPHERDING OUR CALLING" PSALM 78:72

GUEST SPEAKERS:
* REV. EUGENE CHO (LEAD PASTOR - QUEST CHURCH - SEATTLE, WA)
* REV. BEN SHIN (ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF BIBLICAL THEOLOGY, TALBOT SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY, LA MIRADA, CA).
* REV. MIN CHUNG (SENIOR PASTOR, COVENANT FELLOWSHIP CHURCH, URBANA, IL)

Register online.

May
13
11:00 am11:00

5/13: Disaster Preparedness Meeting

  • Mt Baker Park PC

The State of WA is asking faith-based leaders to help get neighborhoods prepared.

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

Mt. Baker Park Presbyterian Church is hosting a

“Disaster Preparedness Meeting”

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 11:00am to 1:30pm, 3201 Hunter Blvd. South, Seattle, 98144 

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!

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.

We believe that we are on the verge of experiencing one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the U.S. Come and learn what you need to do to prepare for this disaster.

At Mt. Baker Park Presbyterian Church we are committed to helping our neighbors & our community to be equipped, to get prepared, and to helping one another.

MYN Presenters: Scott & Susan Burbank of Bellevue Presbyterian Church

Fire Department Official: Chief Randy Krause—SeaTac Fire & Rescue

Disaster Preparedness Facilitator - Judy Scott

Host - Pastor Lee Seese, Mt. Baker Park Presbyterian Church

5/7: Tyler Kirkpatrick Ordination
May
7
4:00 pm16:00

5/7: Tyler Kirkpatrick Ordination

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 Tyler Kirkpatrick, who has received a call at Central Kitsap Presbyterian Church.

Sunday, May 7 @ 4:00 PM

Central Kitsap Presbyterian Church

5/6: Discovering Your Path in Life - Renewal Ministries NW
May
6
9:00 am09:00

5/6: Discovering Your Path in Life - Renewal Ministries NW

  • North Creek Presbyterian Church

When: Saturday - May 6, 2017    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Location: North Creek Presbyterian Church

621 164th Street S.E, Mill Creek, WA 98012

Cost: $45.00 (includes snacks and lunch)

Facilitators: Rev(s) Denise Easter and Dianna Kunce

Title:  Discovering Your Path in Life ~ A Workshop on Spiritual Discernment

Description:

No matter what stage in life we find ourselves, we want to discover the path that God has for us now that gives meaning and purpose.  We want to experience the joy of discovering more of our true self and to live more fully into the person God has created us to be.  We were not created to conform to some abstract ideal but to live authentically and fully embrace our limitations.  Parker Palmer, in his book, “Let Your Life Speak” invites us to ask this compelling question: “Is the life I am living the same as the life that wants to live in me?”  Spiritual discernment is a pathway for listening to and accepting our true self with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As we discover and live as God created us to be, we find greater fulfillment. We are better able to find communion with others and ways to serve the world with passion and creativity.

At this all-day workshop we will explore these questions together.  You will receive tools to enable you to be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit as you listen to your inner longings and desires.  You will learn how to discern the way in which God is speaking into your life.

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.

4/30: Samaritan Center Spring Fundraising Event
Apr
30
12:30 pm12:30

4/30: Samaritan Center Spring Fundraising Event

  • Museum of Flight

Samaritan Center of Puget Sound

Spring Fundraising Event

To support counseling that integrates mind, body, spirit and relationship

12:30 PM    Doors Open
1-3:00 PM  Luncheon & Program (Come early or stay late for a free visit in the Museum)

Featured Guest Speaker: James L. Furrow, PhD
Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Fuller Theological Seminary

$75 per person, $750 per table of 10 guests

RSVP: registrar@samaritanps.org or 206-527-2266

Read the Samaritan Spring newsletter.

4/28-29: Justice Speaks! Student Leadership Event (John Perkins Center)
Apr
28
Apr 29

4/28-29: Justice Speaks! Student Leadership Event (John Perkins Center)

  • Seattle Pacific University

Join the John Perkins Center and youth leaders across the region at the 2017 Justice Speaks Student Leadership Event! Justice Speaks will engage students alongside their faith in areas of social justice and civic engagement through presentations, performances, and break-out groups. This leadership event is designed to provide creative spaces where you can experience your motivations for faith and social justice. The two-day event will use performances, story-telling, and artistic expressions to interact with topics focused on justice for the Stranger, justice for the Prisoner, and justice for the Land and its People. Our hope is for everyone to walk away with new relationships, role models, and an inspiration to pursue justice. Performances will include: Naomi Wachira, and Good Foot Collective. Speakers will include: Randy Woodley, Sabrina Chacon-Barajas, Jerrell Davis, Kim Powe, Sel Bariamichael, Emmanuel Mancilla, and Lish Olson.

Free event.

Learn more.

Register online.

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

4/27: Render Unto 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.

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.

4/9: Westminster PC Final Open House
Apr
9
1:00 pm13:00

4/9: Westminster PC Final Open House

  • Westminster PC

Join us at Westminster for a final open house, time of friendship, and giveaway of things that might be of use.   We are opening up rooms and setting out resources for people to browse and take - sets of hymnals, stacks and stacks of choral music, children's curriculum, play equipment, art supplies, school supplies, general books, theological and pastoral books, children's books, worship supplies, banners, etc.   You may find that treasure you always wanted, or come across helpful supplies for your school  or church.   A fellowship area will be set up with coffee and cookies for those who would simply like to visit.   Drop in and join us!

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

4/5: 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).

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. 

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).

3/22: 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.)