Sedro-Woolley City Scene Features Kevin & Danielle Riley

Sedro-Woolley City Scene, August 2018

By Amy Muia, Executive Director New Earth Recovery

Kevin and Danielle Riley know the darkness well.  From their youth they'd been using drugs and alcohol, and then later, on the heels of painful divorces, they met on the Plenty of Fish dating website.  Soon they were using meth together.  Things went downhill fast.  Danielle lost her 10-year job at a local hospital, and they both landed on the street.

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Summer Bible Camp Mission Group @ Riverside Community Church, Desert Aire/Mattawa

Foster-Tukwila Presbyterian Church sent its Summer Bible Camp Mission Group this year to do outreach with Mattawa and Desert Aire children. They also led worship this Sunday morning.

Presbyterians Gather to Observe End of Era

(Sentinel Photo)

Daily Sitka Sentinel     

Published on Friday, 13 July 2018 23:32

By Sentinel Staff
    Presbyterians and friends held the closing worship service last Sunday in Sitka’s 60-year-old First Presbyterian Church building.
    Calling the service a celebration of the church’s life, about 60 Presbyterians shared stories and viewed photos and other memorabilia at a legacy potluck afterward.

Read more online.

Nettie Covalt begins ministry as SE Alaska Cluster Coordinator

A message from Nettie:

 Nettie Covalt, SE Alaska Cluster Coordinator

Nettie Covalt, SE Alaska Cluster Coordinator

July 3, 2018

Greetings to all my PCUSA brothers and sisters located in beautiful SE Alaska,

This letter is an introduction of the new Southeast Alaska Cluster Coordinator, which is myself! Ta-da!  So…Hi!

For those who don’t know me; I have lived in southeast Alaska for 56 years. Almost all of that time in Wrangell, where I am currently the Commissioned Pastor. For the past 25 plus years I have been active in PCUSA in Southeast. Sharing the feelings, we have had with all of the changes in our churches. Mainly the decline of membership. The split of some of our churches that caused us to be no longer a viable presbytery and all the scary and new and wonderful places that has taken us the last few years.

I am also presently a member of COM (committee on ministry). I will also be representing all of you on that committee beginning this month.

I believe it is very important that we stay a community (cluster) as we are very unique in not only our locations but our ways of life. We need to keep our identity and still be a very viable part of North West Coast Presbytery.

I am retiring the middle of August from 22 years as a daycare provider.  I plan on spending more of my time focusing on the ministry God has called me to.  I believe that this position with the Presbytery is an extension of the call He has for me.

I will always just be a phone call/text message/email/ Facebook Messenger away.  I also will be able to have the joy of visiting you in person throughout the year depending on needs of your church community. If I don’t have the answer, I know who will. I will be your voice on COM and at Presbytery

I am known as Nettie Covalt.  My given name is Marie Jeanette Covalt, so you might also see me referred as that. But as my once young son said to an adult he had just met “her name is Marie Jeanette but all her friends call her Nettie”. So I introduce myself to you as Nettie, hoping this extends some and makes other new friendships.

Phone number: 907-470-0806

Email is:

There is a SE Alaska Cluster Facebook page that I will soon administrate as another way to keep lines of communication open.

Looking forward to this new journey with you,

In His peace 


Holm Family Northwest Visit

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Mission Co-worker Tyler Holm and his family are visiting Washington this summer. 

Update from the Holms:

These are the dates for churches as a family will be visiting in the next month to thank you, our supporters, in person and to celebrate what God is doing here in Malawi in our ministry. We hope to see as many of you as possible:

July 15th: First Presbyterian Church, 715 E Scootney St, Othello, WA

July 23nd: Edmonds Presbyterian Church, 22600 96th Ave. W Edmonds, WA

July 24th: St. James Presbyterian Church, 910 14th Street, Bellingham, WA (lunch)

July 24th: Acme Presbyterian Church, 2054 Valley Highway, Acme, WA (dinner)

July 26th: Port Angeles First Presbyterian Church, 139 W. 8th St., Port Angeles, WA

July 29th: Kennewick First Presbyterian Church, 2001 W Kennewick Ave, Kennewick, WA

July 30th to August 3rd: Cashmere Presbyterian Church, 303 Maple St., Cashmere, WA

For those of you in eastern Washington: Escape the summer afternoon heat and stop in and say hi to the three of us during an open house at the home of Jerry and Marian Holm (153 Greenview Drive, Richland, WA) on Sunday July 22nd, between 2:00 and 5:00.  

Grace and Peace,
Tyler, Rochelle and Mphatso Holm
Mzuzu, Malawi

Tyler Holm Mission Co-Worker information online

Holm in Africa blog

NWC Presbytery Regional Gatherings

Engage, Equip, and Encourage

Friends in Christ, 

Come together as NWC Presbyterians in various regions for a night of engaging in fellowship, encouraging through ministry stories, and equipping with a short ministry lesson by Dr. Corey Schlosser-Hall and sharing resources available from each other and NWC Presbytery for your ministry.

Please send 2 or more folks from your congregation for this evening.  Here are the times and locations:  

Regions & Dates

·      Eastern Washington:  Monday, July 16th, 6:30-9:00pm at Kennewick First Presbyterian Church

·      Whatcom/Skagit:  Thursday, July 19th, 6:30-9:00pm at Bellingham First Presbyterian Church

·      Snohomish/King:  Monday, August 6th, 6:30-9:00pm at North Creek Presbyterian Church

·      Olympic Peninsula:  Wednesday, August 8th, 6:30-9:00pm at Port Townsend First Presbyterian Church

Dessert and drinks will be provided.  Thank you to our hosts!

Come curious, leave encouraged. 

Please plan to share up to 3 minutes on the current mission of your congregation or ministry. One share session per congregation or ministry.  Hope to see you there!  

Gratefully in Christ,

Corey Schlosser-Hall

Volunteers needed for July 21-29 Gambell Church work team


Message from: 

Danna Larson
Gambell New Church Build Mission Team Coordinator
Yukon Presbytery
616 W 10th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501


We are working hard to get folks from our Presbytery to Gambell this summer so the building can be completed by 2018.   We have an urgent need to find two more men to even out a current team of one man and four women.   The date this team is going to Gambell is July 21-29.   The team leader is Frank Lombardo (United Protestant Church in Palmer).  He went to Gambell last summer and is very committed in helping us finish the building.  

Frank's contact information:  


cell:  907 982-2834

Please share this information with your congregation and be in prayer with us that we can find an additional two men to  join this team.  Please contact Frank with the information so he can contact the person and work out the details. 

Tall Timber Scholarship drive update

Because of so many of YOU — We did it!!!

Thank you all for supporting the Tall Timber Scholarship drive. We hit the $15,000 mark last week, which is evidence of God’s provision. Tall Timber is sustained by God, through partners like you, who make it possible for so many kids to come come to camp.

God is already at work filling camps to capacity. I talked to Dave last week and learned that three camps are full already!. The staff is excited and ready to share the love of Christ with campers. This is going to be an incredible summer at Tall Timber.

If for some reason you were unable to support the Scholarship drive, or want to give again, there are multiple ways that you can support Tall Timber in the future. Go to, there you will be able to donate to the Scholarship fund or become a “Friend of Tall Timber” by making a monthly financial commitment. Even $10 a month makes a difference! We are grateful to be witnesses to the amazing work God is doing at Tall Timber and trust He will continue to provide through generous partners like you!.

Thank you again for your partnership with God’s work at Tall Timber.

Duard King

Tall Timber Board of Directors President

Collide Bible study available now

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!

Order online.


Thirst for Life music video available


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.

NW Coast Presbyterians return from Holy Land pilgrimage

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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.    

You can read our reflections through a daily blog here and on Facebook.


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


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, preferably by May 15th and no later than May 25th.

For more information about Trailseekers, visit their website: 

Genesis Counselor Training @ Tierra Nueva

Genesis Process

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, or call 360-848-9281 Live sessions will meet at 701 E Fairhaven, Burlington, WA.


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.

Gambell Presbyterian Church Partnership


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)


Danna Larson
Yukon Presbytery Coordinator of Mission Teams for Gambell New Church Building
Yukon Presbytery
616 W 10th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 538-7313

The Religious Imagination of Children Project

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.

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