Hear from Taylor and Ali how they are encountering Jesus and being led into the full life that the Gospel offers. Isaiah 61 has guided us this year as we've set our focus on the enduring purposes of God where we can see elements of the Gospel: mercy, grace, identity and vocation.
NEW! Collide "Yes, You" Bible Study
Most of us desire to do amazing things with our lives, but often doubt that we can. We let our weaknesses boss around our strengths, and our insecurities drown out our giftings. We look at what we have to offer and often believe it isn’t enough. But what if God could use exactly what we’ve got to pull off something big? In this beautifully designed, full color twelve-part Bible study, we will center around the passage in John 6 where Jesus fed five thousand people with one boy’s lunch. As you engage Scripture, read personal stories, and reflect on questions that invite you to new places, you will be challenged, encouraged and inspired!
Living Waters for the World (LWW) invites you to share the Thirst For Life music video with the youth of your churches.
This song, written to support LWW, and subsequently recorded by YouTube “super group” Cimorelli with an accompanying video showing our work in Cuba, has been something of a sensation, already surpassing 100,000 views.
What is striking are the more than 800 comments on the video, almost all by young people.
With your help and those of your pastors, we have an opportunity to engage our PCUSA youth to share the video, thereby raising awareness of Living Waters for the World and serving as an example of how to be the church in this time and place. Without question, more clean water will flow as a result and the song will touch many more lives.
Living Waters for the World has been a grass-roots story, having trained church teams from virtually every Presbytery in the denomination, resulting in over 900 water system installations in 25 nations, bringing clean water to hundreds of thousands. For many in the communities we serve, Presbyterians are considered the “water people”, bringing health, hope and Christ’s love in a tangible way.
Thank you for sharing this letter with your pastors so that this video may be shared with their youth with a call to action to share this beautiful song of Christ’s love of living water for our bodies and our souls.
Twenty five members of the Northwest Coast Presbytery returned May 10 after traveling to Israel/Palestine April 27-May 10 for a spiritual pilgrimage with Pilgrims of Ibillin, a Living Stones tour. They saw a number of the holy sites and walked where Jesus walked, but they also met with Palestinian Christians and Muslims, as well as Israeli Jews to hear their stories. They went to see where Jesus is alive among the people of the land today, those in the three great monotheistic faith traditions who are seeking a just peace.
This “Living Stones” tour grows out of scriptures message from when the women arrive at the empty tomb and are told by an angel: “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” So too, we will not be seeking Jesus only among the stones and relics of the past, but among the “living stones,” the Christians, Muslims and Jews who are seeking Jesus’ way of peace in a conflict-ridden “unholy” land—and yet a land of the resurrection where anything is possible and we still hold on to hope.
Randy and Sally Hart, Ursula Gallagher, Gayle Gulick, Charlie Lewis, Howard and Rita Stoess, Herm and Carole VanLoo, George Vasil from Snohomish PC. Also in the group are Rev. Alan Dorway, Katherine Campbell, Steve and Judy Hammond, Jee Sook Kutz, Judy Kutz, Dana and Judy Wright—all from Everett First PC; Rev. Luke Hyder from Cascade View PC in Everett; Carol and Jerry Bates from Cottage Lake PC in Woodinville; Eli and Heidi Saikaly from Mukilteo, Jeanne Hoek and Minna Dimmick from North Creek PC.
Trailseekers Orcas Mission - June 15-20, 2018 – Opportunity to Serve!
Trailseekers is in need of adult (college-aged and up) cabin leaders and kitchen help for their Orcas Mission, June 15-20, 2018.
For over 30 years, the vision of the Trailseeker Program has remained the same: To equip children with the skills to navigate a sometimes difficult world, to know they are a children of God, to come alongside their families, and to give hope.
This particular summer mission involves traveling as a team to Camp Moran, located in Moran State Park on Orcas Island. Prior to arriving at camp, the team will spend their first night on the comfy J floors of Westminster Presbyterian Church. (It is such a blessing to have Westminster host us!) Once we arrive at Camp Moran, housing is in rustic camp-style cabins with bathrooms and showers. The cost per Individual for this mission is $25.00 (to cover t-shirt & ferry expense.)
In you are interested in volunteering for this mission, contact Kathy Owen by phone 509-308-1390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, preferably by May 15th and no later than May 25th.
For more information about Trailseekers, visit their website: www.trailseekerswa.org
In this 40-hour Genesis counselor training, we'll explore the roots of destructive patterns that keep others—and ourselves—trapped in cycles of bondage: workaholism, food, anxiety, codependency, sex, shopping, alcohol, porn, substances, and other self-comforts.
We'll tackle questions like: How do our compulsions work in the brain? Why is it so hard to get free, despite our promises and resolve? How do false beliefs contribute to our stuck behaviors? How do destructive patterns get started? What's the role of trusting relationships in healing? How can we get free? And how can we best help those who are struggling?
This full Genesis training is designed for those who are interested in leading Genesis Change Groups in churches or those who desire to do Genesis counseling one-on-one with clients. The training will be completed over the course of these dates:
Saturday June 2 (9 am—5 pm) and Sunday June 3 (8 am—3 pm) Saturday June 9 (9 am—5 pm) and Sunday June 10 (8 am—3 pm)
This is a facilitated video course. For homework, participants will watch videos prepared by Michael Dye (the author of Genesis), and come together for sessions on the above dates for expanded material prepared by Alan and Amy Muia (co-directors of New Earth Recovery).
In group sessions we’ll go deeper with the video content, provide space for questions, and most important—practice the Genesis tools and counseling skills together.
Attendance on all dates is required. Following the Sunday sessions,
all are welcome to stay for the 4:30 pm church service at our host, Tierra Nueva. Bring your own lunch; snacks are provided.
Deadline to pay and register—Monday, May 21, 2018 ▪ cost $300/person
For more information, email info@NERecovery.org, or call 360-848-9281 Live sessions will meet at 701 E Fairhaven, Burlington, WA.
REGISTER BY EMAILING: INFO@NERECOVERY.ORG
Alan and Amy Muia are ministers with the Covenant church, serve as jail chaplains in Skagit County, are certified Genesis counselors, and direct three recovery homes in Mount Vernon, WA, using the Genesis Process.
You are invited to partner with Yukon Presbytery to help finish a significant project for one of its Alaskan village churches. Gambell Presbyterian Church, the community of Gambell, and the Yukon Presbytery are working together to build a new church/community services building for the community.
Learn more about the Gambell PC vision by watching this video:
Ways You Can Help:
Organize a team for Gambell:
Mission teams are needed to help finish the building from July to October. A church or presbytery can form a team of adult volunteers. Individuals are also invited to sign up individually if one wants to help with the construction. Our hope is to have teams on site from July to October of 2018. A building project manager will be on site to supervise the volunteers.
Donate Alaska Airline miles to send volunteers to Gambell:
Round trip (Anchorage –Nome) is 15,000 miles. Share your miles with someone from your church or presbytery who is going.
Contribute financially to help with mission team costs:
Find out who is going from your presbytery and support this team. You can also send money to help with the building materials:
Donate online here
Earmark your check: Gambell Building Project and send to Yukon
Presbyery (616 W 10th Ave. , Anchorage, AK 99501)
Yukon Presbytery Coordinator of Mission Teams for Gambell New Church Building
616 W 10th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501
The Religious Imagination of Children Project
Dr. J. Bradley Wigger, Professor of education and childhood studies at Louisville Seminary, is directing a research project to better understand children’s thinking and imagination, including the ways children reflect upon God and religious life.
If you are a parent with a child (3-12 years old), who would be willing to participate in the study, we would appreciate a chance to talk with you, and with your child’s assent, interview your child. Interviews typically last about 30 minutes and are set up at your convenience. Participation could make important contributions to better understanding children.
If you are possibly willing to participate, have questions, concerns, or are curious, please contact:
J. Bradley Wigger
The study is funded by the Henry Luce III Foundation through Louisville Seminary and conforms to the ethical standards of research with human subjects as approved by the school’s Institutional Review Board. Confidentiality will be maintained by disguising the names or other identifying features of participants.
Rev. Elizabeth Shen O'Connor was installed as pastor of Meadow Springs Presbyterian Church on April 15, 2018.
At long last, a church of his own
After years of filling in elsewhere, Hallack Greider is the new pastor at Maplewood Presbyterian.
By Caleb Hutton
Saturday, January 20, 2018 1:30am
EDMONDS — The Rev. Hallack Greider has shepherded many churches through transitions, as an interim pastor in Silverdale, Kirkland, Mill Creek, Oak Harbor and Edmonds.
“Some churches I’ve gone into have been troubled, where there was a conflict or something,” he said. “So it’s my job to kind of go in and triage the situation, and kind of get (the church) to a settled place. And I actually kind of like that.”
Some were grieving the loss of their longtime beloved leader. Greider would parachute in to unfamiliar ground to deliver a sermon, searching for the right tone. He would fill in for months or even a couple of years, to prepare things for the next long-term pastor.
He would keep in mind: “If I were stepping into this new job, what would I want the interim pastor to have done?” More than two years into his stint at Maplewood Presbyterian in Edmonds, in fall he found out who the successor would be. Himself.
VST and St. Andrew’s Hall Cont. Ed
Our neighbors to the north at the Vancouver School of Theology in cooperation with St. Andrews Hall (the PCC Seminary) are offering some interesting continuing education this summer. And they have scholarships!
See the message below along with the link to course descriptions and registration. Also, relatively inexpensive and well-located housing is available at St. Andrew’s Hall during the summer.
The application deadline has been extended to April 29.
Besides the application form, applicants are required to provide proof of their good standing from the Presbytery Clerk.
Here’s a link to the form:
Link to VST Summer School information:
Contact Helen Anderson for more information.
The Presbyterian Outlook
Guest commentary by Lora Burge, who was under care of NW Coast Presbytery from Whidbey PC in Oak Harbor:
Representing PC(USA) World Mission and Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, I recently spent a week in Honduras as part of an emergency delegation of ecumenical faith leaders. We went to be present during the national strike leading up to the January 26th presidential inauguration and, more specifically, to accompany Fr. Ismael Moreno and human rights organizations in the city of El Progreso. Fr. Moreno, known and “Padre Melo,” and a number of others within the organizations have received death threats, been watched and persecuted in other ways by security forces for their social justice work.
Six men from Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church traveled to Houston, Texas, in conjunction with North Creek Presbyterian Church, for 7 days to help people rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. We were told that within 48 hours the area where we labored in Dickenson, TX received 55 inches of rain within 48 hours. Somewhere between 130,000 and 150,000 homes in the Houston area were damaged or destroyed as a result of the storm that hit in late August 2017. Our trip took place Sunday, February 25 – Saturday, March 3, 2018. The goal was to help restore hope and shelter for some special people whose lives had been shattered.
Our group worked in cooperation with Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Houston became our base of operation from which we went into the community to serve people with the heart of Christ. Men and women with varying kinds and levels of skills were invited on the trip, and our team ended up being comprised of 2 skilled electricians, 2 very knowledgeable assistances to the electricians, a gifted builder, and a willing pastor who tackled much needed yard work. Our team included Mike Adams, Don Anderson, Jeff Johnson, Butch Slayton, Ernie Swanson, and Mike Young. The majority of our work was done on the home of Jerome and JoAnn Anselmo. Our team was blessed to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus to the Anselmos and experienced the joy of sharing Christ’s love in tangible ways.
Watch videos below about Lake Forest Park PC's 2018 Houston Relief Mission Trip.
First 40 seconds of the CNN story shows the neighborhood where the Lake Forest Park PC team went:
Watch two videos of a 1) Trip photo collage and 2) Testimony from a participant, Jeff Johnston:
As you, your mission teams and youth ministry plan toward summer we want to share some opps in NW Coast Presbytery for camp, service and learning.
Campbell Farm can host groups and work teams as well.
An opportunity that you may not yet know about is in partnership with with Mending Wings, our covenant partner, native youth ministry on the Yakama Reservation. They offer SLAM Trips over the summer. SLAM = Students Learning About Missions together. This is an opportunity for your young people and adults to live and learn with Director, Corey Greaves and others on the Yakama Reservation about their way of life. It also educates people about the difficulties caused by "fly by" mission trips for native peoples. And to build more enduring relationships and partnerships in Christ that make a positive difference. If you are interested we encourage you to watch this video about SLAM trips, visit the website and especially reach out to Director, Corey Greaves (email@example.com or 509.949.1923) or SLAM Trips director, Molly George (firstname.lastname@example.org or 509.930.7558).
Another opportunity is for Mending Wings to come to your congregation and lead worship or an evening worship program with Dancing Our Prayers (DOP). First PC of Bellingham has done this and was really encouraged. Corey Greaves would like to come and meet with you at your church to talk about these opportunities if you are open to it. Give Corey an email or a call (email@example.com or 509.949.1923).
Walking the labyrinth is a centuries-old meditation or prayer practice.
By walking a pathway in prayer and meditation, we can focus our thoughts,
listen for the Divine, seek comfort, or spark our creativity.
Maplewood Presbyterian Church
19523 84th Ave W
Edmonds, WA 98026
March 26-30, 2018
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8am-8pm
From March 26-30 (Holy Week), we will have a prayer labyrinth available at Maplewood Presbyterian from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The labyrinth will be in the sanctuary Monday through Wednesday, and in the lounge on Thursday and Friday morning until noon.
While this may not be familiar to many of us, walking the labyrinth is a centuries-old meditation or prayer practice. By walking a pathway in prayer and meditation, we can focus our thoughts on hearing God’s voice, feeling God’s presence, sparking our creativity, or relinquishing and receiving.
We can walk a labyrinth just to see what insights God may give us, or to gain a resolution for a problem, or for many other reasons. There is no “right” way to do this, no set time. You can stop anywhere along the way to rest or to explore insights further.
Because there will be some who are unfamiliar with this practice, we will have guidelines available to help you get started, as well as volunteers to answer questions. We will have supplies if you want to jot notes and chairs to sit in if you get tired along the way.
We hope you will come and explore this new opportunity to expand our awareness of God’s presence in our lives. Again, Holy Week, March 26-30, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Oh, and the difference between a labyrinth and a maze? A maze has many paths to follow, some of which lead nowhere. A labyrinth has only one path, and leads to our Center.
Open to All
Summer 2018: It's almost here and we want to invite you to spend part of it in Alaska!
Some of our Alaska congregations are inviting mission teams to do building projects and people preparing for ministry to intern or serve for the summer.
We need at least two skilled builders and 4 or 5 people who can follow his or her lead, swing a hammer, push a broom or pick up the leftover pieces in one of several locations in Alaska. One group will assemble in Yakutat, another in Hydaburg, and a third in Ketchikan/Metlakatla to assist the intrepid members of each Presbyterian Church in the repair of their classic church buildings. The church and/or the manse will be your home for a time as you demonstrate Jesus' skills as carpenters, serving the community and blessing these congregations.
There are three projects:
The Yakutat Project will focus on painting and repairing rot. For more info please contact Evelyn Derrick, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please review the project information for the Ketchikan PC & Metlakatla PC Work & Mission Trip Opportunities and please read the project information for Hydaburg PC Repair Project.
Thank you for considering a visit to our small congregations. We look forward to hearing from you.
Pastoral Internships and opportunities in Alaska for the summer or longer:
Petersburg Presbyterian Church in Petersburg, AK. See position description.
Ketchikan and Metlakatla Presbyterian Churches. Joint internship. See position description.
Yakutat Presbyterian Church. To all pastors, retired or otherwise, who desire something more, something adventurous, something to do for a sabbatical, or while you write a book or figure out your next move, God’s people in Yakutat, Alaska have a place for you. They are in need of a pastor for a time and are looking for someone who has a pastor’s heart but also desires time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
There is a manse to stay in and a stipend to help pay other expenses. See the position description.
Interested in any of these opportunities you can contact those listed in the descriptions or contact Janice Smith, Pastoral Associate for the Northwest Coast Presbytery at email@example.com or by telephone at her home office, 360.595.1033.
We praise the Lord for the life of long-time Northwest Coast Presbyterian Ed Pack, who passed away recently at the age of 101, just shy of his 102nd birthday. His memorial service will be held at North Creek Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 3, at 3:00 PM. Ed was a member of the Terrace View, Discovery, and North Creek congregations. Learn more about Ed from this Seattle Times feature on his 100th birthday celebration held two years ago. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/100-years-and-counting/