Podcast Update from the INN University Ministries

Update from Jon Epps, INN Director: 

In this podcast, Jon and Ali discuss the topic of religious identity and share what they learned together through a process of cultural engagement in a communications class Ali took at WWU Fall Quarter of 2017.

It’s a story of a student who brought Christ into her class on the topic of identity in a compelling and winsome way as well as some of the process of how she got there that could perhaps encourage church leaders on how to equip the laity to bring a witness to the goodness of Jesus in their secular settings.  

Listen now. 

Honduras Delegation Updates

Rev. Lora Burge (under care of NWC Presbytery and Whidbey PC before she was ordained in the Chicago Presbytery) arrived in Honduras on Jan 24, 2018 as a member of a delegation of 50 faith leaders and social justice advocates from the U.S., Canada, Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador, Haiti, and Argentina. They are responding to the urgent request of Honduran religious partners for accompaniment and international presence at a time of turmoil and bloodshed. Widespread protest of the legitimacy of the Nov. 26, 2017 presidential election resulted in brutal military and police attacks and arrests of human rights defenders, land activists, journalists, and members of the clergy. More than 30 have been killed and hundreds injured. The U.S. and Honduran faith leaders seek peaceful resolution to the violence. Lora wrote, “All is going well so far. Very busy. We participated in the celebration of a mass and march today. We are told that our being here is making a difference and keeping people safer. Prayers are welcome.” You can follow the delegation’s blog at https://rootcausesdelegation.wordpress.com/

Tall Timber Spring Pastoral Retreat Inquiry

The staff at Tall Timber would like to invite you to our Spring Pastor’s Retreat! This will be a chance to relax after the pressures of Holy Week and Easter. It will be a 2-3 day event (depending on your responses to the survey below) that will include up to 6 meals, housing, access to our hiking trails and available recreation activities (weather dependant), as well as endless coffee, cocoa and tea.

We want to extend this invitation to any of your ministry professionals who work full-time or mostly full-time, that serve in key leadership roles in your church (i.e. Senior Pastor, Worship Pastor, Youth Pastor, Children’s Pastor, College Ministry pastor/leader, Administration, etc). Our goal is to make this retreat a time of rest and community for you and your team, to allow you time to meet other leaders who are serving in similar capacities with a similar heart for God’s call on our lives, and to cultivate relationships that extend beyond Tall Timber.

Tall Timber is a set apart place that the Spirit has blessed over the decades, allowing people time to disconnect from the pressures at home and reconnect with their Creator in a special and stunning natural sanctuary. Thanks to four pastors who fell in love with the dude ranch that was the camp’s predecessor, and with the support of the local presbytery, this amazing property was secured to begin building a place where people from all walks of life could encounter our Triune God. The property became a ministry for many youth from across Washington to encounter Jesus, to grow, and be discipled. It also became a place of rest for pastors, who could come and stay at the property and refocus on God. We are still committed to this long history of restoration and reconnection.

The cost of the retreat ($99 for a two-day, $139 for a three-day) covers food, housing, and any activities that are available (weather dependant). Attached, you will see a proposed schedule. You will also notice there is very little programming scheduled as we want this to be a time to breath and take a break, fully recognizing that everyone rests in their own way; we want to provide space for the rest you need.

Please contact zachary@talltimber.org with any questions that you have. If this is something that sparks your imagination then please take 3 minutes to fill out a survey that will measure your interest in a retreat like this.

Grace and Peace,

Dave Saugen Executive Director

Survey Link: https://goo.gl/forms/hykZPyHNeeRV2Rx82 

Download pastoral retreat schedule

Download retreat inquiry letter

Holms to Visit NWC Presbytery July 2018

Mission Co-Workers in Malawi, Tyler and Rochelle Holm to Visit NWC Presbytery in July.  

Our own Tyler and Rochelle Holm (members of Meadow Springs PC) have been mission co-workers in Malawi and will be returning stateside this summer.  They'd love to share about their remarkable ministry in Malawi with you and your congregation.  They have times especially the week of July 23-28 and others.  

About Tyler and Rochelle Holm's ministry:

Tyler and Rochelle Holm are serving in Mzuzu, Malawi (Africa), at the invitation of the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP), Synod of Livingstonia and PC (USA), PC (USA) Presbyterian World Mission and Mzuzu University. Tyler teaches theology at the University of Livingstonia, one of the synod’s institutions.  The Faculty of Theology on the Ekwendeni campus is training future pastors and church leaders for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian.  Rochelle works directly for Mzuzu University and manages the Water and Sanitation Centres, which are committed to increasing the availability and sustainable of clean water and improved sanitation in northern Malawi and beyond.  

To visit our PCUSA website which introduces our ministry: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/dr-rochelle-holm-and-tyler-holm/ 

To support us financially: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/donate/E200532/ 

To watch a video on our work and life in Mzuzu: http://www.holminafrica.blogspot.com/p/video.html 

Contact Rochelle: rochelle@rochelleholm.com 

Contact Tyler: tyler@tylerholm.com  

Renewal Ministries 5-Month Guided Prayer Retreat 2018

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Dates: 1 Saturday a Month – January 27 to May 19, 2018
Facilitated By: Rev. Denise Easter, Rev. Dianna Kunce, Rev. Dr. Bob Slater
Location: Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace – Peace and Spirituality Center
1665 Killarney Way, Bellevue, WA

This retreat introduces us to the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola (16th century). They help us to engage in a regular practice of “time apart with God” while going about our everyday lives. Through these prayer practices, we grow in our ability to be attentive and aware of God’s presence and to listen to God speak into our lives.

What are the Spiritual Exercises?
The Spiritual Exercises are an invitation to renew and deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer and meditation on Scripture. The Exercises are not intellectual exercises – teaching a set of theological propositions, but rather a series of prayerful meditations on Scripture that helps us to clarify and deepen our devotion to Jesus Christ.

What does the commitment look like?
Meet one Saturday a month, January through May, with an optional follow-up day in June as well as committing to a daily time of prayer. Participants are provided with guided prayer exercises to aide in this time of meditation and prayer.

Cost: (includes retreat materials and snacks). Pay $50 deposit before January 13 for discounted rate. Payment plans & Scholarships available upon request.
Early-Bird Extended (Before January 13) $390
General Registration, $450
Married Couple, $750
Retreat Alumni, $350

Dates of January to May 2018 5-Month Guided Prayer Retreat:
Saturday, January 27, 2018 – 9AM to 3:30PM *lunch provided
Saturday, February 24, 2018 – 9AM to 1PM
Saturday, March 24, 2018 – 9AM to 1PM
Saturday, April 21, 2018 – 9AM to 1PM
Saturday, May 19, 2018 – 9AM to 1PM
Optional Wrap-up Retreat: Saturday, June 9, 2017 – 9AM to 2PM | $55

Learn more and register online.

Update from Kevin & Danielle Riley

Hope for the New Year

Kevin Riley is ordained as an elder. From left: Naomi Rumpff, Mount Baker Park PC Clerk of Session, Rev. Tom Ross, former Mount Baker Park PC Pastor, Kevin Riley, Janice Smith, NWC Pastoral Associate for Village Ministry.

Kevin Riley is ordained as an elder. From left: Naomi Rumpff, Mount Baker Park PC Clerk of Session, Rev. Tom Ross, former Mount Baker Park PC Pastor, Kevin Riley, Janice Smith, NWC Pastoral Associate for Village Ministry.

We have made the decision to do ministry full time! After lots of prayer and many confirmations from God, we have decided for Kevin to discontinue his job at Mount Vernon Building Center and make our calling the priority. Thank you so much for all of your prayers and financial contributions. This is possible because of all of you. We are still raising support to make up the difference and where we are lacking. Currently, we are short of our goal $1412.50 monthly. We are stepping out in faith that this is what God is calling us to do and we trust Him and His desire to care for us as we do this. 

Kevin has been asked to pastor Mount Baker Presbyterian Church in Concrete. He has begun a 9 month internship with the Presbytery to gain the skills he will need to be commissioned. He is officially the ruling elder of the church.  Please pray for this in every way you can think to! God has placed a call on our family and we have felt that call be blessed again and again.

I (Danielle) have continued to do bible study in the Skagit County Jail with the women there and have felt more and more like this is my calling at Tierra Nueva. I have loved my time there sharing my testimony with my sisters and even reconnecting with a few women I was incarcerated with three years ago as an inmate. 

Kevin has applied as a chaplain at Skagit County Jail and is waiting to hear if he is approved. Please pray that he will be.

NWC Presbytery Staff Openings

NWC Presbytery is looking and listening for who God might call…

We believe God is calling us to invest in the abundant life of Christ seeking to be born among us (John 10:7-10).  NWC Presbytery at the October leadership summit, and the Executive Board approved a 5-year ministry plan to pursue God’s calling through 3-initiatives:  1) Village Ministries; 2) Congregational Renewal/Transformation (through Studio E3); and 3) New Expressions of Christ’s Church (through Cyclical).  These temporary staff roles will help extend and deepen this call! 

Please forward these roles to people who you think might serve well. We will watch and wait for who God is calling and act when the right people show up.  

Cyclical Catalyst
to engage, equip and encourage new church expressions and their leaders and the congregations who support them

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Studio E3 Catalyst
to engage, equip, and encourage (E3) congregations in renewal/transformation

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SE Alaska Cluster Coordinator
to coordinate and encourage our 9 SE Alaska congregations and their leaders

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5-Month Guided Prayer Retreat - Renewal Ministries NW

What are the Spiritual Exercises?

The Spiritual Exercises are an invitation to renew and deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer and meditation on Scripture. The Exercises are not intellectual exercises – teaching a set of theological propositions, but rather a series of prayerful meditations on Scripture that help us to clarify and deepen our devotion to Jesus Christ.

What does the commitment look like?

We meet one Saturday a month from January to May. A commitment to a daily time of prayer. You are provided with guided prayer exercises to aide you in your daily times of meditation and prayer.

Facilitated byRev. Denise EasterRev. Dianna KunceRev. Dr. Bob Slater

Location: St Mary on-the-Lake Peace & Spirituality Center, Bellevue

Cost: (includes retreat materials and snacks).  Pay in full before January 1 for discounted rate.  For payments after January 1, $50 deposit due at time of registration with installments beginning January 27; to be paid in full by May 19. Payment plans & Scholarships available upon request.

Early-Bird (Before January 1) $390

General Registration, $450

Married Couple, $750

Retreat Alumni, $350

Dates of January to May 2018 5-Month Guided Prayer Retreat:

Saturday, January 27, 2018 – 9AM to 3:30PM *lunch provided

Saturday, February 24, 2018 – 9AM to 1PM

Saturday, March 24, 2018 – 9AM to 1PM

Saturday, April 21, 2018 – 9AM to 1PM

Saturday, May 19, 2018 – 9AM to 1PM

Optional Wrap-up Retreat: Saturday, June 9, 2017 – 9AM to 2PM | $55

Registration: Download Registration Form and mail to:  
RMNW, PO Box 12243, Mill Creek, WA 98082

Download flyer. 

Post Leadership Summit Resources Available

THANK YOU for your consistent and generous support of NWC Presbytery’s mission and ministry.  Because of your financial support we anticipate ending 2017 with a smaller net loss than we budgeted which is good news!  Each fall the presbytery (all minister members and elder commissioners from each congregation) determines a budget for NWC Presbytery’s ministry and mission during the following year and how much we are willing to pay per member (per capita) along with identifying mission partners and how to allocate your giving to NWC Presbytery Mission. Click here to see what the presbytery approved during the October 20, 2017 Leadership Summit.

Christmas Joy Special Offerings



The Christmas Joy Offering is traditionally received during the Advent Season. However, you can help sustain the important PC(USA) ministries and programs that are supported by the Christmas Joy Offering by by making an online gift at any time throughout the year at any time throughout the year. Checks can be mailed care of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to P.O. Box 643700; Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.


Each year during the Advent and Christmas season, we turn our eyes to Bethlehem and celebrate the wondrous gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior. By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you honor this gift by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges.

Get resources and learn more.

UNITE 2017 Youth Winter Retreat

“UNITE!” 2017

The purpose of this project: Unite! Youth Winter Retreat 2017, is a collaboration of Christian youth & youth ministries for the purpose of encouraging a larger and diverse community of faith among middle, high school, and college-age youth. By participating in this event you give your youth and young adults the opportunity to feel connected to the larger church body in our local North West Region.

When: Pre-Rally: December 8
Untie Retreat: December 27-30

Where: Tall Timber Ranch
27875 White River Rd, Leavenworth, WA 98826

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Paul McDonald shares his grandparents' legacy

Photo: Shawn Gust Yakima Herald-Republic


As U.S. sent Japanese to camps, Yakima Valley duo took a stand


Yakima Herald-Republic

OCTOBER 15, 2017 2:53 PM

Esther Short Boyd was working as usual at the R.R. Short Hardware store in Wapato when a man walked in and identified himself as president of one of the local Granges, a national fraternal association for farmers.

“You went to the Tolan Hearing,” he said. That’s correct, she replied. “Then we can’t trade with you,” he added, reflecting the anti-Japanese sentiment running high in the wake of Pearl Harbor.

She told him that was his privilege.

“It was my privilege to make my own decisions and do what I considered right,” Boyd recalled years later of the brief exchange in the spring of 1942.

Boyd and Wapato farmer Dan McDonald Sr. had testified in Seattle in March of that year on behalf of Yakima Valley residents of Japanese heritage potentially impacted by Executive Order 9066.

Signed by President Franklin Roosevelt on Feb. 19, 1942, the order forced approximately 120,000 West Coast residents of Japanese ancestry into remote prison camps. The order would eventually include 1,017 from the Valley, who were sent to Heart Mountain Relocation Center near Powell, Wyo.

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Oct. 21: VERGE 2.0 @ United PC of Seattle

8:30am     Gather, register, enjoy coffee & breakfast
9:00am     VERGE 2.0 Welcome and Introductions
9:10am      VERGE 2.0 Speakers
12:00pm    Lunch
12:45pm    VERGE 2.0 Speakers & Conversations
3:00pm     Sending

VERGE 2.0 2017 is inspired by NWC Presbytery's 3 core initiatives:  
     Congregational Renewal
     New Expressions of the Church (new worshipping communities)
     Village Ministries (congregations in communities of less than 1000 people in rural orisolated areas).  

6 speakers will be giving TED-style talks focused on one or more of these three areas. 2017 speakers include

Dave RohrerPastor of Emmanuel PC, Bothell. (Renewal)

Seth NormingtonPastor Waterville Federated Church, Waterville. (Village)

Becki BarrettPastor of Overlake Park PC, Bellevue. (Renewal/New Expression)

Lina ThompsonPastor of Lake Burien PC, Burien, WA. (Renewal)

Nick WarnesPastor of Northland Village Church and Director of Cyclical LA. (New Expressions). 

Tamisha TylerPastor of a New Church Expression in LA Area and Ph.D. Student at Fuller Seminary.  Works with Nick Warnes through Cyclical. (New Expressions). 

Learn more and register online.


Profound Change After War

From Rev. Kelly Wadsworth, Seattle Presbytery:

From October 1-31, 2017, I am spearheading an important project for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in our Greater Seattle congregations.

Profound Change after War” is a way for service members to reflect on their own spiritual encounter and transformation from their own perspective.

Participation involves a 40-60 minute in-person interview describing “an experience when you recognized that you had been profoundly changed by war.” In honor of our veterans, each participant will receive a $75 Amazon gift certificate.

Visit www.profoundchangeafterwar.com for more information. The attached flyer provides additional details and is available in hard copy as well.

As a Teaching Elder in the Seattle Presbytery and as an Army Chaplain who served with the 1-161 INF BN in Balad, Iraq (‘07-‘08), I am the lead on this project. I am happy to speak further with congregations about why profound encounters are a critical piece of our national conversations.

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Holm in Malawi Prayer Requests - October 2017

Check out our blog at: http://www.holminafrica.blogspot.com/ . You can subscribe to e-mail updates of our family blog on weekly work and life in Malawi by entering your email into the box "Follow by Email" and then confirming your e-mail.


* We have kicked off a new school year for little Mphatso, and thankful all is going well.  We are blessed she has a preschool that is part of the CCAP church that is a good fit for our family.

* An encouraging visit to Mzuzu by a member of our home church family, from West Side Church, Richland, WA who is leading a 3-day gender training at the University of Livingstonia this week.

* Tyler and Rochelle celebrate their 11th wedding anniversary this month.

* The University of Livingstonia will hold graduation on October 7th.

Prayer requests

* We have had numerous power cuts and water supply problems the past few weeks, which are unpredictable and often make even simple tasks very time consuming. At home, we have some things on our backup solar power unit and some water stockpiled.

* For grace while juggling busy academic and work-related travel schedules for both Tyler and Rochelle during October.

* As of last month, we were at 55% of our Presbyterian World Mission funding target for the year. As 2017 winds down, many of you give large gifts at the end of the year, please pray about giving an early gift to meet the needs of our sending and support and accompany us in our ministry work in Malawi.

* Pray for the country of Malawi, its government, its leaders, its students, its future, and also pray for our local partner the CCAP, and the universities that we work for.

Contact Rochelle: rochelle@rochelleholm.com

Contact Tyler: tyler@tylerholm.com          

To support us financially: http://www.presbyterianmission.org/donate/E200532/

To support the University of Livingstonia Faculty of Theology:  http://www.presbyterianmission.org/donate/E052124

To visit our weekly family blog: http://www.holminafrica.blogspot.com/      


Grace and Peace,

Tyler, Rochelle and Mphatso Holm

Presbyterian World Mission/University of Livingstonia (Tyler) and Mzuzu University (Rochelle)

Mzuzu, Malawi

NWCP Pilgrimage to the Holy Land (and possible Egypt option): April 27-May 10, 2018


Join fellow Northwest Coast Presbyterians on a life-changing pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine and experience the Holy Land first-hand as “the fifth gospel.”   The trip includes six days in Bethlehem, with trips to Jerusalem, Hebron, Ramallah and the Dead Sea, an overnight stay with a Palestinian family, and then several nights in the Galilee region as honored guests at the Mar Elias School, which was founded by three-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Archbishop Elias Chacour. 

Three of our NWCP pastors are coordinating the trip: Charlie Lewis (Snohomish First), Alan Dorway Everett First), and Milad Nahkla (Calvin) have teamed up with Pilgrims of Ibillin and a seasoned tour leader, Joan Deming, a UMC pastor from Madison, Wisconsin.

Go to www.pilgrimsofibillin.org and look up “Living Stones Pilgrimage” for the details of the trip (the website shows only the 2017 fall trip which will be duplicated for the April 27-May 10 trip we take).  We could be doing an optional extension trip to Egypt (Milad Nahkla’s home) should the conditions become safe enough.  Please contact one of the three pastors who are organizing the trip if you’re interested in going and they would be happy to give you more specifics and answer any questions.   We’re limited to the first 25 people to sign up and are already half way there!   Total cost of for the Holy Land portion of the trip will be approximately $3200 (covers airfare, insurance, hotels, meals, and ground transportation).  The Egypt portion of the trip, should it happen, will be extra.

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