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1013 8th Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98104
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The mission of Seattle Presbytery is to participate, in word and deed, in God’s transforming work through the Gospel of Jesus Christ: †by strengthening the witness and mission of our congregations and members and by building strong partnerships with each other and the larger Christian community.

2016.07 Meeting

832 32ND AVE, SEATTLE, WA 98122

JULY 12, 2016

3:00 PM Pre-mtg event with Board of Pensions Plan Redesign Workshop, led by Regional Representative Rev. Mark Frey. Register now.

Proposed Agenda 

5:00         Welcome, Prayer & Agenda
5:05         Stated Clerk Report
5:10         Nominating Report
5:15         Coordinating Council Report
5:25         Seattle First PC Administrative Commission Report
5:45         Worship
6:30         Dinner
7:15         Mission Highlights
7:30         General Assembly Report
7:45         COM Report
7:50         CPM Report
7:55         Examinations
8:15         CMC Report
8:20         New Business
8:25         Consent Agenda
8:30         Adjourn & Prayer



Stated Clerk Report 2016-07 (added 7/8/16)
DRAFT April Presbytery Meeting Minutes (added 7/8/16)


2016-07 Nominating Report


For Action:

Motion: The presbytery authorizes Coordinating Council to invest up to $2M from the Mission Asset Reserve Account with the New Covenant Trust Company of the Presbyterian Foundation (PCUSA), in a Socially Responsible Portfolio with returns to be used to support the overall mission strategy of the Presbytery. The Coordinating Council will recommend the purpose for which the return on these funds is used.

Rationale: The presbytery has a current balance of $2.79M in the Mission Asset Reserve Account with another $1.8M to be added in November. The property & finance committee recommends that the presbytery invest $2M with the New Covenant Trust Company of the Presbyterian Foundation (PCUSA), specifically in a 60/40 Socially Responsible Portfolio. This portfolio represents better stewardship of our cash assets in that we expect to receive a better return than our current savings account. The return of this portfolio over the last 10 years was 6.34%. The P&F committee will establish an annual payout (4%) to be used for the Grant Program (average $88,000 per year over last 10 years). Over this same 10 period and accounting for the 4% payout, the initial investment grew from $2M to $2.4M. (These numbers also take into account the .50 (50 basis points) fee which is customary for an investment such as this.)

More Information:
60/40 Socially Responsible Portfolio
Annual 4% Distribution Illustration

For Information:

  1. Approved a sabbatical for Associate Executive Presbyter Eliana Maxim August 1-September 30, 2016.

  2. Approved a new title and job description for EJ Lee as Director of Operations.


Our First Pres congregation continues to worship weekly at Exeter House at 1 pm under the pastoral leadership of Heidi Husted Armstrong.  

There has been significant activity in the courts, all of which has been positive for the presbytery.  On May 27 the Court granted our motion for partial summary judgment and declaratory judgment and denied the former leadership’s motion for a preliminary injunction maintaining the status quo.  The Court found that the PCUSA is a hierarchical church and the that the findings of the presbytery through the AC are binding on the session, trustees and congregation of First Presbyterian of Seattle.  It also found that the AC is the current governing body of FPCS and that the efforts to amend the articles of incorporation and bylaws last fall were ineffective and void.  

In June the Court denied the former leadership’s requests for reconsideration and for a stay.  Additionally the court dismissed the claim for indemnification that the former leaders had asserted.  The former leaders have told us that they intend to seek discretionary review of the court’s May 27th orders by the Washington Supreme Court.

Please continue to pray for the people of First Pres and the ministry God has for them to do, as well as for the reconciliation of relationships and the rebuilding work that needs to happen.  


1.  Alexis Ruhumuritza's worshiping fellowship meets at Bellevue Presbyterian. This new community, serving East African immigrants on the eastside, formally launches August 14.

2.  Queen Anne PC Food for Kids outreach.  Watch video.


For action: 

Motion: The presbytery concurs with the congregation of BelPres to call Rev. Annie Duncan as full-time installed Associate Pastor in the position of Executive Pastor with the following terms: Effective Salary $105,000 (HA: $45,000) with full BOP; 4 weeks vacation; 4 weeks study leave; Cont Ed $800; Expense $500. The COM recommended the process by which BelPres conducted an open/national search which resulted in this call to Rev. Duncan, who was serving as a Temporary Associate Pastor. This requires a 2/3 vote of presbytery.  


For action:
Having received evidence that Certified Candidate Rebecca Cedergreen has fulfilled the educational requirements of the Constitution of the Church, and has a call for validated ministerial services as Educator-Pastoral Fellow at CHI Franciscan Health in Tacoma, the Committee on Preparation for Ministry presents her for examination. The examination shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of the candidate’s ability and commitment to fulfill all requirements as expressed in the constitutional questions for ordination and installation (W-4.4003). Councils shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to individual candidates. Consistent with (G-3.0304) the presbytery will examine candidates on; Christian faith, views on theology, the Bible, the Sacraments and the government of this church.


Examination of Rebecca Cedergreen (Statement of Faith)

Rebecca Cedergreen bio: 

I am a born & bred pacific North Westerner, raised in Oregon and Alaska. I grew up enjoying the outdoors; skiing, snow shoeing, camping, hiking, swimming, kayaking, running and dancing. These became expressions of life and gave me a sense of being close to God and a part of nature. This contributed to my familial sense of God’s presence in my life even as a young child. By the time I was finishing elementary school I experienced a call to ordained ministry as a youth at North Bend Presbyterian Church. Rev. Dick Cochran had left a strong impression of being relational, progressive, genuine and making God tangible. I loved how he could relate to everyone and somehow remove the distance between the world and God. I wanted to emulate this.

I have spent most of my life seeking understanding, insight and relationship with my Creator and looking for ways to serve God the best I can, wherever I find myself.

I went to George Fox College and spent weekends working in Portland with homeless adults. I attended Fuller Theological Seminary and ran their Extended Education Program, while working with community youth programs. After spending my career working in the non-profit sector I found myself in Executive Leadership and feeling unfulfilled. Throughout my life and career there was a persistent idling call to ordained ministry. As I explored this I began meeting with hospital chaplains, supervisors, and students. I left my job and engaged this season of reexamining my heart and goals finding significant meaning and challenge within medical chaplaincy. Now, as I move into the role of Pastoral Educator within the ACPE (Association of Clinical Pastoral Education) I am also fully engaged in the PCUSA ordination journey. Having explored several expressions of Christian faith practice I continued to return to PCUSA. This has brought me a sense of belonging in a community of faith that holds the challenges and hope of grace and continued growth (the church reformed and always reforming) as central values that reflect my own hope for grace, and continued transformation. PCUSA has been central to my early faith development, where I experienced my call to ministry, where I have explored this call and now where I embrace it.

I live in West Seattle with my amazing husband Matthew Steven Cedergreen, and our beloved daughter Jessica (Jesse) Rose Cedergreen. Without their love, support, encouragement and grace I would not have formally embarked on this journey. They have been, and continue to be a place where I am fully known, and experience life, love, laughter and adventure.
Together we worship at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines.

Examination of Dan Hammer (Candidacy Essay) (added 7/8/16)

Dan Hammer bio: (added 7/8/16)

Dan Hammer grew up in Lancaster, PA, and received his undergrad degree in vocal/piano performance from Nyack College (Nyack, NY). He completed masters and doctoral degrees in worship studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies (Orange Park, FL). Dan is continuing his theological education at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry and currently serves as Director of Music for Morning Worship at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.

Beyond worship, music and arts, Dan feels called to ministry areas of preaching, teaching, social justice, team leadership and community formation. He enjoys spending time with his son Isaac, reading, theological conversation, film, theatre and Sounders FC.


The Catalyzing Missional Communities (CMC) ommittee is pleased to report that we have forward movement on new missional and worshiping communities forming within the bounds of Seattle Presbytery. We are meeting with leaders of innovative communities in our monthly committee meetings and extending timely resources to promote health and growth of severa new worshiping communities. Big Table ( has launched  in Seattle providing local congregations with a remarkable foothold for effective ministry to those in the service/restaurant industry.

City of Glory Worshiping Fellowship, led by Rev. Lauden Kangele and meeting at Steel Lake Presbyterian, continues to grow.  

Committee resources have provided Alexis Ruhumuriza's worshiping fellowship meeting at Bellevue Presbyterian with a set of musical instruments for worship. This new community, serving East African immigrants on the eastside, formally launches August 14.

We are sending several delegates from our Presbytery to participate in the New Church Development and Evangelism Conference in Florida this August where they can gain practical tools to help us move forward in missional communities here in Seattle.

Our CMC wants to introduce an innovative community-building (and church planting) opportunity and approach to the presbytery -Community Northwest ( This organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the value of apartment communities by recruiting, training and supervising on-site Community Teams that assist apartment building management by building intentional, on-site community and serving residents. Neighboring churches are a logical source to field these Community Teams, which have in-house access to express the love of Christ in often inaccessible urban apartment complexes. And the best part: the apartment complexes provide a residence for the Community Team at no cost! Please explore these options with Community Northwest VP of Partner Development Evan Happel or at 503-310-8305.


Welcome - Rev. Mark Zimmerly

                   Call To Worship - Rev. Lauden Kangele                           

   Let us worship the eternal God,
    the source of love and life, who creates us.
    Let us worship Jesus Christ,
    the risen one, who lives among us.

    Let us worship the Spirit,
    the holy fire, who renews us.
    To the one true God be praise
    in all times and places,
    through the grace of Jesus Christ.

    Let us pray: 
Give your church, O God,
    the grace to serve you with courage,
    that our lives may be a witness to your compassion
    and our actions a testimony to your mercy.
    Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    by the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

                        Call To Confession - Rev. Eliana Maxim                                

The God who demands justice from us
    is the God who pours out mercy upon us.
    Trusting in that gracious love,
    let us confess our sin before God and one another.

Prayer of Confession

God of mercy:
    We confess that we have failed to live
    as your beloved sons and daughters.
    We have turned a blind eye, a deaf ear, a closed mind,
    to innocents killed because of the color of their skin;
    and to our own privilege and power that allows this to happen over and over;
    to those who wander seeking shelter at night; 
    and to our ease with neighborhood gentrification and outrageous housing
    to children who worry about hunger during summer months;
    and to our belief that there is a level playing field in society for all to succeed.     

    Forgive us, we pray.
    Free us from our selfish ways, our passivity and inaction;
    give us eyes to see those standing on corners or sleeping in doorways,
    give us ears to hear the cries of our black brothers and sisters, 
    give us minds willing to engage in the hard truth of what it means
    to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ in this world,
    and lead into tangible, just ways to speak and act on behalf of all your beloved,
    as Jesus did, in whose name we pray. Amen.

Declaration of Forgiveness

    Hear the good news!
    Though this sinful world and wayward ways breaks the heart of God,
Christ is merciful to all who turn to him in repentance.
    In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
    Thanks be to God!
    Let us share the peace of Christ with one another!

Sharing of the Peace

Song - City of Glory Praise Team
        You are Alpha and Omega, we worship you.
        You are worthy to be praised.
        We give you all the glory, we worship you.
        You are worthy to be praised.

Triennium Prayer - Derona Burkholder
Triennium 2016

Scripture - Rev. Colin Robeson


The Lord’s Supper - Rev. Mark Zimmerly & Madrona Grace RE

Blessing & Sending


Motion: To approve a refinancing of the current mortgages at Sammamish Presbyterian Church, amounting to $2.5 million, with Northwest Mission Development Certificates Program. 
Background: The current debt is held by US Bank ($1.5 million) and the Northwest Mission Development Certificates Program ($1 million), which both came due July 2016. 


1.  Granted the session of Bellevue Presbyterian approval to call a congregational meeting to approve the call of Rev. Annie Duncan as Executive Pastor according to the following terms of call: Start date: May 1, 2016, Total compensation: $105,000 annual (to include housing allowance), Full-time installed Associate Pastor, Vacation:  4 weeks/year, BOP benefits, Professional education reimbursement benefit of $800/year, Professional expense reimbursement benefit of $500/year.

2.  Concurred with the affirmative vote of the session of University Presbyterian Church on January 26, 2016 to: “concur in the request of the Senior Pastor to the Seattle Presbytery to continue the Rev. Bruce Baker and the Rev. Gary Barckert as Parish Associates at University Presbyterian Church.”

3.  Concurred with the affirmative vote of the session of University Presbyterian Church on January 26, 2016 to: “approve the extension of Temporary Pastor roles of JJ Kissinger, Janie Stuart and Charlie Scoma through January 2017 under their current terms of employment, requesting the concurrence of Seattle Presbytery.”

4.  Concurred with the affirmative vote of the congregation of West Side Presbyterian Church on May 20, 2016 to: “formally dissolve the pastoral relationship with the Reverend Dr. Paul R. Smith with the congregation of West Side Presbyterian Church.”

5.  Approved the request of Rev. Paul Smith (West Side Presbyterian Church) that Seattle Presbytery accept his retirement effective 7/1/2016.

6.  Approved the request for Redmond Presbyterian Church to form a Pastor Nominating Committee to be elected on June 12, 2016. 

7.  Approved the transfer of Nancy Anderson to Presbytery of Prospect Hill if the way be clear. 

8.  Validated the ministry of Educator-Pastoral Fellow at CHI Franciscan Health and recommend that Rebecca Cedergreen, SP candidate, be examined for ordination in July.  


1.  Annual Consultation was held with Brenna Hesch, University PC and she was certified as ready to receive a call. She was given permission to circulate a PIF.

2.  Annual Consultation was held with Michelle Ward, University PC and she was certified as ready to receive a call.  She was given permission to circulate a PIF.

3.  The Committee on Preparation for Ministry recommends that the following Inquirer having been Inquirer for sufficient length of time, having fulfilled the requirements stated in the Book of Order, and upon satisfactory examination by the Presbytery, be enrolled as Candidates: 
     Dan Hammer, Mercer Island PC    
     Rob Mathis, Sammamish PC (to be examined at the October presbytery meeting)    

4.  Received Laura Nile, Bethany PC, as an Inquirer.

5.  Received Zac Calvo, Mercer Island PC, as an Inquirer.

6.  Annual Consultation was held with Bianca Quezada, Rolling Bay PC, and she was approved to continue as a Candidate.

7.  Annual Consultation was held with Erin Rodenbiker, University PC, and he was approved to continue as a Candidate. 

8.  Annual Consultation was held with Amber Slate, Sammamish PC, and she was approved to continue as a Candidate.