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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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Webinar: Middle Governing Commission's Report

Seattle Presbytery

The Synod of Alaska-Northwest invites you to a Webinar on
Monday, June 11, 7:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

Learn about the:
Middle Governing Commission's Report
to the 220th General Assembly (2012)

Learn what recommendations for synods and presbyteries that the Middle Governing Commission submitted to the 220th General Assembly (2012). Our Synod's two commissioners, Elder Barbara Ranta and Elder Roger Lee will present an overview and answer your questions. In preparation for this webinar you can see copies of the report, including the executive summary at

Once you register we will send you a link to a WebEx website. You will be able to access the meeting with your computer on Monday evening. It is not necessary to have a webcam, but your computer will need a microphone and a speaker, if you wish to ask questions. You will also be able to type questions.

The Webinar is free. Click here to register.

Session Saturday - June 2nd

Seattle Presbytery

"The Future of the PCUSA"

UPDATE - We are full up on lunch reservations, but invite you to bring along a sack lunch and join the conversation. (5/31/12 @ 4pm)

June 2, 9am - Noon, Lunch provided. RSVP requested.
Anticipating the many topics sure to be discussed at the upcoming General Assembly, we'll take a look at the various ideas regarding the future of the denomination including the Fellowship of Presbyterians, NEXT Church and ECO.

Session Saturdays take place at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.
Although free of charge, we do require RSVP for lunch planning purposes. RSVP to

2012 Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference

Seattle Presbytery

'Restorers of Streets to Live In'


Ghost Ranch labrynth

This conference is different: Peacemakers, we are listening to you and challenged by you! Peacemakers from across the country are invited to the sacred space of Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center in Abiquiu, New Mexico, to explore the Kin-dom of God as expressed in Isaiah 58:12, holding fast to our call to be Restorers of Streets to Live in.


Sound View Memorial Day Work Weekend

Seattle Presbytery

May 25-28, 2012 - All ages - Free!!!

Consider partnering with Sound View over Memorial Day Weekend as we prepare camp for our summer ministry. Numerous projects need to get done from cleaning to carpentry to trail maintenance to getting the tents ready for another great summer. There will be tasks for all abilities and skill levels. The majority of work is done on Saturday, May 26th so feel free to come for just the day or for the whole weekend. Please RSVP online with the days and meals you will be attending. This event is provided free of charge although donations to help cover weekend food costs are greatly appreciated.

A Scottish Tea in Moclips

Seattle Presbytery

Everyone is invited to “A Scottish Tea” Sunday, May 20 at Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian
Church in Moclips, Washington. This is the first year for this occasion and celebrates
Presbyterian Heritage Sunday. It is a free event, from noon-2 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

You will be able to enjoy traditional Scottish Shortbread, Oatcakes, Scottish tea and other
delectables associated with tea in Great Britain. Focus will be on items favored by those in
Scotland, following with Presbyterian heritage. Salmon is a favorite in Scotland and on the
Washington coast and will be featured at the tea.

Exclusive to Washington state, Chapel by the Sea will have a travelling display of Home
Missions provided by the Presbyterian Historical Society, located in Philadelphia. Other displays
in 2012 are the Civil War and Age to Age (300 years of Presbyterian History). Also, some of
the states displaying this year include: Arkansas, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Virginia,
Georgia, New Mexico, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas and Florida, according to Lorraine M.
Brown, Senior Administrative Assistant of the Presbyterian Historical Society.

Presbyterian Heritage Sunday has been set aside by the General Assembly of the PC(USA) as
an annual day to celebrate, reflect upon, and learn more about the long and rich history of the
Presbyterian movement in the United States. It falls on the Sunday closest to May 21, the date
of the opening of the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of
America in 1789, according to the Presbyterian Historical Society.

Chapel by the Sea is 52 years old, and serves Moclips, Pacific Beach and the North Beach
communities. Visitors to the area and those of all denominations and faiths are welcome.
Serving as pastor is Mark Dowdy, who served for over two decades with The United Churches of
Olympia (PCUSA and United Church of Christ).

Chapel by the Sea worship service is at 10:30 am Sundays. You are invited to attend prior to
the tea. The church is located at Moclips/Pacific Beach in North Beach at 4612 State Route 109
(P.O. Box 194, Pacific Beach, WA 98571). More events scheduled this year include North Beach
Singers Spring in June and 2nd Annual OktoberFEST the last weekend in September.

For more information or questions, please contact Pastor Mark Dowdy (360.701.0605)
or Cynthia Stearns (360.589.7751). Please call for reservations of groups (eight or more).
Arrangements may be made to view the Home to Home travelling display Friday, May 18
through Wednesday, May 23.

Find Chapel by the Sea on Facebook:!/pages/Chapel-by-the-Sea-

Ignite @ UPC

Seattle Presbytery

Ignite is an introductory class on the person and work of the Holy Spirit from a Presbyterian-Reformed point of view. As Presbyterians, we don't talk about the Holy Spirit much. But we should! The Holy Spirit is an equal part of the Trinity and fills an important role in implementing God's purposes for the world. Learn about the Holy Spirit's inward work of transformation and outward work of empowerment over a day and a half. Mike Neelley from Tierra Nueva and Nick  Krantz from Foster Tukwila Presbyterian Church will facilitate the teaching, along with prayer teams and worship leaders.

When: Friday, May 18 at 6:30–9:30pm and Saturday, May 19 at 9am–4pm
Where: Calvin Lounge at University Presbyterian Church
Cost: FREE!
Facilitators: Mike Neelley from 
Tierra Nueva and Nick Krantz from Foster Tukwila Presbyterian Church
Questions? Contact 
Register here

Fuller NW: Master's Luncheon with Rev. Dr. Tobin Wilson

Seattle Presbytery

Rev. Dr. Tobin Wilson, author of Arete Again: Missional Adventures in Theology and Life.

“Arete means excellence in character and life. It is a move from the community of God, to a life of virtue, to a life well-lived. In this meditation on vice and virtue, the Rev. Tobin Wilson shares compelling and honest stories from his life in ministry - from the traumatic to the hilarious to the inspiring - that guide us to arete. Aided by the theologians, philosophers and artists of our past and present, Wilson weaves a narrative that strikes a balance between social justice and steadfast faith. His candid observations and insightful commentary will make you think differently about the Trinity, about salvation, and about grace.”

Join us for this wonderful conversation with pastor and author Tobin Wilson.  If you are interested in reading Dr. Wilson’s book ahead of time, Arete Again is available on

Date: 05/10/2012     Time: 12:15-1:15 PM
Venue: Fuller Northwest

Address: 101 Nickerson St., Ste. 330 Seattle, WA 98109

More information here.

Praying with the Arts Retreat, April 28

Seattle Presbytery

Easter Sunday marks the beginning of Eastertide — the period from Easter to Pentecost — the momentous transition from Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension to Pentecost.

This prayer retreat will provide an opportunity to prayerfully ponder these key events in salvation history and their relevance for us today. Three masterpieces of devotional art: Caravaggio’s “Supper at Emmaus,” Giotto’s “Ascension,” and el Greco’s “Pentecost” will inspire our prayer, along with relevant Scripture texts, sacred music, and poetry.

The goal is to deepen our relationship with our Triune God as we contemplate the spiritual dimensions of Eastertide.

For more details, visit or download the registration .pdf here.


Feasting On The Word Curriculum Workshop - Wedgwood

Seattle Presbytery

Feasting on the Word Curriculum Hands-On Workshop

Friday, April 20 from 11-1 at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church - 8008 35th Ave. N.E. Seattle

Guest Presenter:  Candace Hill, Coordinator for Educational Ministries Theology, Worship and Education from the GAMC (General Assembly Mission Council) in Louisville, Kentucky

“This curriculum provides a splendid way to take the rich insights we received from Feasting on the Word and to apply them to the whole educational ministry of our congregations.  I am excited by this very promising enterprise.”

David L. Bartlett, co-general editor, Feasting on the Word and professor of New Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

Lessons for all Ages:  Elementary, Tweens, Multi-Age, Youth, Young Adult and Adult Each level provides comprehensive, accessible biblical background for teachers from four perspectives.  WHAT? (Exegetical)  WHERE? (Theological)  SO WHAT?  (Pastoral) and NOW WHAT? (Homiletical) 

All Pastors, Educators, Elders, Teachers and Volunteers are welcome:

Come Join the Feast.”  We will enjoy a potluck feast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. while Candace guides us through an exploration of this new lectionary curriculum.  Finger-food Potluck Items and Coffee and Tea will be provided.  You may also bring your own contributions. 


Call 206-246-5898 for information.

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards To Preach at Madrona Grace

Seattle Presbytery

Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church is excited to welcome the Rev Dr. Janet Edwards, candidate for Moderator of the 220th General Assembly to Seattle.

Dr. Edwards will be preaching at Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church on Sunday April 29th.  We invite you to join us for worship at 11:00 AM to hear Dr. Edwards' vision of the Presbyterian Church in a post 10-A world.   A reception for Dr. Edwards will occur immediately following worship and a Question and Answer session will be held in the fellowship hall beginning at 1:00 PM.

Madrona Grace is located at 832 32nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122.

Pre-Presbytery Event

Seattle Presbytery

Before Tuesday's Presbytery meeting there will be a pre-presbytery event: Rev. J.P. Kang (Japanese PC) will be giving a talk about Bible Software. Below is a brief abstract:
Based on twenty years' experience using and developing Bible software, J. P. Kang will offer a brief overview of current digital Bible study and research tools and platforms (web, mobile, and desktop). Bring your questions!
We hope to see you there!

Lenten Taizé Prayer Service - Mt. Baker Park PC

Seattle Presbytery

A Time for Meditation and Reflection 

Are you looking for a way to make Lent more meaningful?

If so, please join us at Mt. Baker Park Presbyterian Church. The Taizé form of prayer comes from the Christian monastic community of Taizé, France. The service will be filled with beautiful mantra llight and a lengthy period of silence. You will be able to invite God’s presence to penetrate your innermost being. This meditative atmosphere helps you join heart and mind in a respite from the chaotic distractions in the world.

Friday March 30, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.
Mount Baker Park Presbyterian Church3201 Hunter Blvd. South,
Seattle, WA 98144206-722-5884

The service is ecumenical. All are welcome.

Institute of Ministry - Whitworth

Seattle Presbytery

July 9-13, 2012

Whitworth University invites you to the 37th annual Institute of Ministry.

OUR HOPE FOR YEARS TO COME: Theological Foundations during Turbulent Times

We invite you to join us for the 37th annual Whitworth Institute of Ministry, to take place July 9-13 on our beautiful campus here in Spokane, Washington. 

Tension has always been present in the church, sometimes from internal theological disagreements and at other times from threats incubated in external host cultures.  Many Christian leaders today experience these dual tensions In such turbulent times the church leaders have found strength and wisdom and guidance from those who have gone before us in order to envision a trajectory for adaptive change.  What can we learn from our past which will help us lead better in the future as we strive to live faithfully in our commitments to the gospel and to the church? 

Register online at or by phone at 509.777.4345.

Click here to read more information about the Institute.

Lunch with Dr. Mark Lau Branson - Hales Ales

Seattle Presbytery

Lunch with nationally recognized authority on congregations and church leadership, Dr. Mark Lau Branson (author of Memories, Hopes and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change and Churches, Cultures and Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations and Ethnicities) on Thursday, March 15th, 2012 at Hales Ales Brewery in Ballard.

Topic: "Leadership During Discontinuous Change"

Our churches, our members, and our neighbors live in a context of significant and at times unpredictable changes. As leaders, those of us who provide pastoral leadership often find that the skills we developed and the work we anticipated doing are not especially suited to this environment. How do we employ the skills we have and gain new competencies for adaptive challenges? How do we provide appropriate leadership as we give the work to the everyday people of God? We will discuss how Practical Theology, as a method, can be a mode of discernment for leaders and congregations. We will also look at frameworks of missional ecclesiology and adaptive leadership.

When:  Thursday, March 15th, starting at 12:30 - 2pm
Where:  Hales Ales  2nd floor meeting room - 4301 Leary Way Northwest  Seattle, WA 98107
Cost: $15.00 for a great lunch and priceless conversation
RSVP or Questions:  Contact Fuller Seminary Northwest 262-584-900 or email
Seating is limited so reserve your place today.


Call for March Stated Meeting

Seattle Presbytery

At: Union Church, an extended congregation of University Presbyterian Church, located at 415 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

On: Tuesday March 20, 2012
        3:45 pm Pre-Presbytery Meeting
        5:00 pm Meeting Convenes and Worship
        6:30 pm Dinner
        7:15 pm Meeting continues

Presiding: Elder Bruce Manger, Moderator

Directions: click here Please note: Union Church is located at 415 Westlake Ave, and NOT at University PC.

Emergency Calls: To reach anyone at this meeting, call Presbytery Coordinator Christa Peck at 206.569.8551

Handicapped Facilities: The facilities are handicapped accessible.

Child Care: Childcare will not be available for this meeting.

Meal Arrangements: The cost of the meal is covered Seattle Presbytery's per capita budget. A freewill offering will be taken at the table during dinner, which will be donated to a mission of the host church's choosing.

Parking:  Four Parking Options:
1. Union lot 25 spaces (after 6 pm)
2. Street parking (free after 6:00 pm)
3. Pay lot behind Union (on corner of Republican and 9th Avenue)
4. South Lake Union Park (free and a three block walk or a $1.50 trolley fare)