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.
Twenty five members of the Northwest Coast Presbytery will be traveling soon to Israel/Palestine for a spiritual pilgrimage with Pilgrims of Ibillin, a Living Stones tour. Not only will they be seeing a number of the holy sites and walking where Jesus walked, but they will be meeting with Palestinian Christians and Muslims as well as Israeli Jews to hear their stories. They’ll be going 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.
You are invited to pray as well for a rich and meaningful spiritual pilgrimage for:
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 509.949.1923) or SLAM Trips director, Molly George (email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/
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.
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/
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 email@example.com 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Tyler: email@example.com
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Hosted by Mountain View PC, Marysville:
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
Hope for the New Year
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.