Many Congregations, One Spirit

This is the worship service from May 31, 2017 in Bellingham of 12 congregations worshipping together at Pentecost including 4 Presbyterian Churches in Whatcom County. This was a vision of Rev. Doug Bunnell 8 years ago. And this was the 8th service of its sort. 

Here's a little backstory: Eight years ago FPC, Birchwood, Acme, St. James, the local Covenant Church and maybe one or two more did a combined service for Pentecost. Those churches closed down that day and moved to the Mt Baker Theater. It was Doug's idea, Presbytery gave seed money. Last Sunday, for the eighth time, it was held again, now at the local high school with a better auditorium. Now ten churches, including St James PC (at Seth's urging) after not participating for a few years, and a network of Hispanic churches (a story of its own).

The service is video recorded (Facebook link above). If you can't view the whole thing, at least check out the hymn done in both Spanish and English at 12 minutes and Rev. Darrell Johnson's incredible sermon at 40.00 (notice the very visible translator to his left who was translating for folks with head sets) and the benediction that you gotta see at 1.24 where he does prophecy in front of a bunch of Presbyterians.

Apple picking weekends at Campbell Farm

A weekend filled with apple picking!

Weekend includes: 2 night stay here on the farm, all meals, and 1000lbs of apples to share with your congregation.

$2000/20 people. Additional people negotiable

Weekends marked in green are available. Weekend marked in yellow is our Harvest Festival

For more info or to book contact:
The Campbell Farm 2527 Campbell Road Wapato WA 98951 Office phone 509)877-6413

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How serving its community transformed a dwindling church

Photo by Rachel Boisen

Through a modest tutoring program, a congregation discovered its calling in mission to the community. And then it started to grow.

TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017

At the end of a recent Sunday service at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, Washington, a long line of worshippers headed outside to a scrubby lawn where a galvanized horse trough stood full of fresh, cold water.

The Rev. Matthew Robbins-Ghormley, in khaki shorts and a dark blue T-shirt, climbed in and waited for the first of three young adult catechumens to join him, beneath the blue sky for all to see.

The smiling crowd was full of children and families. Driving by, you might have thought a magic show or birthday party was underway, especially when cheers went up as each person was dunked under the water.

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Tall Timber Expeditions

Summer is off to an incredible start! We’ve already had lots of laughs, campfires, s’mores, stories, friendships, and fun at Tall Timber this year.

Have you heard of Tall Timber Expeditions yet? It’s a classic Tall Timber program with a new name (formerly Caravans) that gives kids from grade 7 through adults the chance to get trained in an outdoor skill and experience it firsthand with a team of competent instructors over the course of 5-6 days. This year, we’re offering expeditions that are focused on these incredible activities:

To learn more, contact us at the information below.


Dave Saugen

Executive Director
Phone: 509-763-3127

Book Riverfest: Paddling and Camping

Rock Climbing in Renowned Leavenworth

Backpacking in the Central Cascades

Mountaineering to summit: Glacier Peak

Tall Timber Youth Camps

A Whitworth University Professor had THIS to say about Tall Timber...

Jerry Sittser, Whitworth University's Professor of Theology, had this to say about Tall Timber:

I can't think of a more beautiful and inspiring setting for a camp anywhere in the country.

I think this perfectly sums up what Tall Timber summer camps offer to kids of all ages. Between the beautiful and inspiring setting at Tall Timber, the chance to make lifelong friends while on an outdoor adventure, and our dedication to God and all that He has created, we hope your kids will join us this summer.

Only a few weeks left to book


Dave Saugen, Executive Director


Phone: 509-763-3127

Blessing of the Fleet in Metlakatla

Metlakatla Presbyterian Church

POB 37 Metlakatla AK 99926 (907) 886-7581


SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2017

There will be a Blessing of the Fleet in Metlakatla at 10 AM this Sunday, June 7.  It will be broadcast from the “Sovereign T” – operated by Fishing Enforcement Officer, Roger McKeehan. Those interested can listen on VHF radio 80 or, live on the Metlakatla Presbyterian Church Facebook page.  Pastor Larry Emery of the Metlakatla Presbyterian Church will say the blessing and the Lord’s Prayer will be sung in Sm'álgyax by Pamela McGilton.

For more information please contact Pastor Larry Emery, 916.895.8810/, or Roger McKeehan (907)821-1014.   Attached picture, Metlakatla breakwater, photo by Marcella Brendible.

Welcome Janice Smith

On Thursday, May 18 the Executive Board of NWC Presbytery approved Janice Smith, CRE from Acme PC as NWC Presbytery's Pastoral Associate for Village Ministries (position description).

Janice brings so much energy, insight, and hopefulness to ministering in villages.  She wakes up in the morning to inspiration and new ideas about how God wants to raise up our villages for Christ's ministry.  And we are enthused to partner with her to help that happen.  Please reach out to her and welcome her!  

Janice has served as Pastoral/CRE for Acme PC in Acme, WA since 2006.  Prior to that she was Clinical Director and Internship Supervisor for Communication Disorders Department at Western WA University in Bellingham.  She's been a ruling elder at FPC Bellingham for many years before going to Acme and in 2010 she was Moderator of the former North Puget Sound Presbytery.  

Please join me (Corey) and our Exec Board in welcoming Janice Smith, M.Div. to this unique and timely ministry! Praise be to God.  E-mail her at or call 360.595.1033.