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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.

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Listening Deeply & Moving Forward

Seattle Presbytery

by Scott Lumsden, EP
A special thank you to Lake Burien Presbyterian Church for a wonderful time together Tuesday night as a presbytery. The worship, conversation, and fellowship enriched us in our life as a community and our hosts contributed to that in such amazing ways.

There were a number of highlights in last night's Mark Frame during his exam.presbytery meeting. The first highlight camp from Rev. Paul Smith's sermon from James (via Wormwood) reminding us of God's desire for Christians to seek the truth and (and thereby model) unity in the Spirit despite our differences. From COM we welcomed new calls Rev. Renee Notkin as Associate Pastor at University Presbyterian Church, Rev. Paul Barrett to Co-Pastor of Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, and a new minister Rev. Rev. Andrea Saccoccio, as Associate Pastor at University  Presbyterian Church. CPM brought us two inquirers Kurt Heineman, University Presbytery Church, and Rich Gingrich, First Presbyterian Church Bellevue, for candidacy exams.  Both were well received and encouraged as they take this step forward in the care process.

After time at table, we took up the last of our proposed amendments from General Assembly--nFOG. The conversations before and during our deliberations lifted up some important themes within nFOG, grappling together to better understand the implications of such comprehensive change to our Form of Government. Thank you to Rev. Chris Griggs, Rev Bryan Burton, Elder Page Brenner, and the Bills & Overtures committee for their work in presenting nFOG and the all the proposed amendments (not an easy job). The amendment failed - 77 yes to 110 no (2 abstentions).

The newly redesigned Spirit newsletter made its debut and was shared with everyone before the last item of the evening--candidate Mark Frame's ordination examination. Mark's long and inspiring journey was celebrated by all with rousing approval of his exam. Mark’s examination proved a fitting conclusion to our evening.