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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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"Will of God" Latest Book from Rev. Vern Elgin

Seattle Presbytery

THE WILL OF GOD: Re. The Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Common Worship entitles the latest book written by The Reverend Vernon G. Elgin, Ph. D. The Publisher is AuthorHOUSE. The Publication surveys, collates and critiques the more than one-hundred fifty uses and references to the word "will" and its synonyms in the Denomination's worship service book. The Preface to the BOOK OF COMMON WORSHIP defines the difference between a Service book and a Directory for Worship thus: "The church's service book...provides orders and texts for worship. It is in harmony with the directory and is approved for voluntary use."

Vernon's WILL includes an Appendix of the uses of the word in the liturgical material of the BOOK OF COMMON WORSHIP, and of references to their sources. The book's six chapters are embraced by a Pro- and a Postlegomenon. The Chapter titles bear the names: Defined, Discerned, Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit, Done and Disturbed.

The Book may prove helpful to Pastors, congregational worship leaders and persons interested and involved in liturgical organization and renewal. The book at $10.95 a copy may be purchased through major book sellers. The softcover ISBN number is: 978-1-4634-4904-9. 

Vernon is an honorably retired member of the Presbytery of Seattle. A clergy of sixty years ordination, he has had a career primarily as a Parish Pastor in different locations in the USA. In his retirement he has served as a Pastor and a Professor in New Zealand, Indonesia, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Malawi Africa. He is a graduate of the Pittsburgh (Xenia) Theological Seminary and holds a Ph.D degree from University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He and his wife Marjorie, also a graduate of the Pittsburgh Seminary, live in Kent WA. .  

Kent First Welcomes 16 New Members

Seattle Presbytery

On Easter Sunday, Kent First welcomed sixteen new members into their church community, half of whom are Kenyans. They also had the privelege of baptizing one of the new members. 

Pastor Carol Kirkpatrick shared some thoughts about what sixteen members mean to her church.

I know that doesn't sound like a huge amount to churches who are much larger than us, but it is the largest class of membership since I have seen here.  It was exciting!  Many thought we would die when I took a sabbatical.  The opposite happened!  There continue to be new faces at Kent Presbyterian Church through purposeful inclusion and nurturing of faith through small groups. We are praying that the church will change to meet the  spiritual needs of our surrounding community.

Praise God for glad tidings and join us in praying for Kent First's continued adaptation to its missional calling in its community. He is Risen!

Shalom My Friends

Seattle Presbytery


It is with both joy and sadness that I announce that as of Wednesday morning, I will no longer be an employee of the Seattle Presbytery. I have accepted a position with the School Employees Credit Union of WA (it's an affiliate of Pemco Insurance) managing their social media, and will start work there tomorrow. The entire process has been a whirlwind, and I found out mid-week last week what my start date would be.

We've been busy at the Presbytery office sorting out who will be taking over my responsibilities, and I'm confident that you'll still be able to get the same wonderful help that you're used to receiving from the presbytery staff.
- General questions / not sure who to contact: and the questions will be routed to the appropriate person
- Communications requests: Aaron Willett
- COM, Stated Clerk, Congregation, etc questions: Kevin Nollette
- Accounting, finance, money questions: Kris Green

Working at the Presbytery for the last two years has been such a blessing and a joy. I have been a lifelong Presbyterian, more as accident of birth than deliberate choice, but having a front-row seat to how well our system is designed to work and the ways that the presbytery is able to support its churches, I am more convinced than ever that deep down I really belong as a Presbyterian! I am so blessed to have met you all at the presbytery meetings and as you visit our offices - you are such wonderful people! I am so grateful for the friendships I will be leaving with, and I look forward to continuing to see you all at Presbytery events in the coming months and years.

Shalom my friends,
Christa Peck

Meet Sound View's New Assistant Director!

Seattle Presbytery

by the Reverend Ray Smith, Mission Woods Presbyterian Church

The Sound View Ministry Team is pleased to announce the hiring of an Assistant Camp Director at Sound View. After receiving 26 resumes and interviewing 4, we have selected David Edscorn of Hampton, Georgia. David is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a major in Recreation Management and a minor in Communications. He has a plethora of Christian camping experience as a Camp Counselor, Program Director, and Program Coordinator, primarily at two Presbyterian camps-- Camp Grier in Old Fort, NC and Calvin Center in Hampton, GA. He also has a background in the Presbyterian Church USA, with a firm understanding of the theology, polity, and organization of our denomination.

We, in the hiring process, were struck by the strength of his faith and his ability to speak clearly and openly, as well as passionately of his life in Christ. He was one of the few to express a solid concept of Stewardship and will fit in well with Sound View's emphasis in that regard.

David starts at Sound View March 31st. We are so pleased to have a Camp Director in Zack Brown and now an Assistant Camp Director in David of such high caliber and with such passion for Christian camping ministry. We look forward to the work they will do at Sound View together with our wonderful Office Administrator Sue Clark this next year and beyond. And we look forward to having you all meet David and seeing why we are so excited about his coming.

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)

Prayer Request for GA Moderator Cynthia Bolbach

Seattle Presbytery

by Sharon Youngs, Communications Coordinator 
Office of the General Assembly

LOUISVILLE -- From Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly: We have received word from Cindy Bolbach, Moderator of the 219th General Assembly (2010), that the pathology report from her recent abdominal surgery indicates a malignancy.

Cindy will be following up with an oncologist in the next several days. Let us join in prayer for strength for our Moderator as she continues to heal from surgery and for a successful course of treatment.

Well wishes can be sent to Cindy’s Facebook, or First Presbyterian Church, 601 N. Vermont Street, Arlington, VA 22203.


Seattle Presbytery

Life is a journey with invitations to make pilgrimage throughout the way. We need waymarkers to guide our path to our sacred places and home again.
Waymarkers: the blog explores themes of intentional living/journeying on behalf of Other and the Future for the sake of knowing one another and our home-places better.  During this Lenten season, Waymarkers: the blog will examine archetypal themes inherent to pilgrimage and how we can be open to the spiritual journey of this season.  Make ready the road!

Get To Know Sound View Camp's New Director

Seattle Presbytery


My name is Zack Brown and I am the Camp Director here at Sound View Camp and Retreat Center. Some of you already know a little bit about me from my time involved with Sound View, but I wanted to take this time to introduce myself to you all. I have been involved with Sound View for the last nine and a half years. After graduating from Whitworth College in 2002 with a degree in Theatre, I worked on staff as a counselor in 2002 and as LIT mentor in 2003. It was during those two summers on staff that I first experienced how God works through Sound View and what an important ministry it is!

After my time on staff I worked in a lot of various career fields, everything from acting to retail. In 2006 I started attending Gonzaga University to obtain a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership as well as take part in their ROTC program. I was commissioned as an officer in the National Guard in 2008 and finally completed my Masters degree in 2009. After graduating from Gonzaga I went off to Ft. Benning, Georgia and Ft. Knox, Kentucky to complete my officer training. After that I worked as the Student Life Activities Coordinator at Heritage University and then moved into my current position as the Director of Sound View.

I count God's blessings everyday for giving me the opportunity to work in camping ministry. It is amazing to see how important Sound View is to so many people. It is my hope and goal to continue to grow Sound View's ministry and for it to remain a place where you can experience God's Kingdom in a very real and tangible way.

In His Holy and Precious Name,

Zachary "Tin-Tin" Brown
Director, Sound View Camp and Retreat Center

"The Junction" - PCUSA Mission Trip Database

Seattle Presbytery

If you are looking for a mission trip opportunity for your group and need some inspiration and information, or if you have a mission trip or mission-related event you want to promote, The Junction is your one-stop shop for getting and sharing details about what’s happening in global mission. The Junction is a new online database that allows you to connect and serve with churches, Mid Councils, individuals, mission networks, and others to post and search for information about upcoming mission trips and mission events.

Short-term Mission Trip Tip Sheet

Use these documents to help maximize the effectiveness of your mission trip adventure.  The tip sheet includes: Discerning Your Congregation’s Call; Assessing Your Congregation’s Global Mission Involvement; Presbyterians Do Mission In Partnership; Protocols for Partnership; and Google Me a Mission!  Visit

GA Commissioners From the Seattle Presbytery

Seattle Presbytery

As voted at the Jan 28, 2012 stated meeting of the presbytery, the Seattle Presbytery is pleased to announce the following people were elected as commissioners from Seattle Presbytery for the 220th General Assembly in Pittsburgh, PA:

Rev. Robert Bayley, John Knox PC
Rev. Scott Mann, Bellevue First PC
Rev. Karen Breckenridge, Wedgwood PC
Elder Irv Kellenberger, Lake City PC
Elder Brad Hurte, Rose Hill PC
Elder Tom Forstall, Central Kitsap PC

YAAD (Young Adult Advisory Delegate) Joshua Gritter, Bellevue First PC, with alternate Kari Cinderich, Mount View

TSAD (Theological Student Advisory Delegate) alternate Emily Mitchell, Bethany PC, from Princeton.

Pittsburgh Seminary Professor Videos

Seattle Presbytery

(excerpt from a letter by Rev. Dr. William J. Carl III, President and Professor of Homiletics, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary)

As I look forward to discovering [God's unexpected] works in 2012, I am also overwhelmed by the past gifts with which God surprised our predecessors at Pittsburgh Seminary. For example, as far back as the late 1800s God started stirring in benefactors a vision to endow our faculty chairs ...

[A]s of this month, you need not simply take my word for it—you can see and hear our current faculty for yourself ... On their PTS web pages, half our faculty members now give a video overview of their teaching, research, and related activities, with the rest of the faculty's videos to be posted this spring. After "tuning in" to them, I think you'll agree that God has blessed beyond expectation the part that Pittsburgh Seminary is able to play for Christ's Church through these truly outstanding Christian professors ...

To watch the new faculty videos, go to; click the individual's name to be directed to his or her biographical information. In addition to [Bill's], videos are available for professors Barnes, Hainsworth, Kendall, Purves, Robbins, Son, Sunquist, Tappy, Tuell, van Driel, and Wilson.

(Remember to support the seminaries by participating in the Theological Education Fund!)

YAADs for General Assembly 2012

Seattle Presbytery

In the midst of this Advent season, preparations are being made for a nationwide gathering of Presbyterians (PCUSA) we call General Assembly. In addition to elder commissioners, Young Adult Advisory Delegates (YAAD) are included in this meeting as well. Please consider whether there are young adults in your church who you would recommend to represent Seattle Presbytery this July.

Attached are three forms:
A letter addressing sought nominations,
An application for the young adult to fill out,
A form to be completed by the pastor and Session endorsing the candidate.

All forms must be returned no later than December 29, 2011, and interviews will be held on Saturday January 7th at the Presbytery offices.

Phillipines PDA Help

Seattle Presbytery

Rev. Pioux Canta, pastor of Christ Our Foundation Philippino Fellowship, encourages our churches to pray and respond to the desperate need in the southern Philippines where Friday night flash floods have displaced about 45,000 people.

Crowded evacuation centers have health officials worried about the spread of cholera, typhoid, respiratory infections and other communicable diseases.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has mobilized to assist in this emergency. You can follow the link to contribute to their efforts.

We lift up our brothers and sisters in the Philippines during their time of need. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.

PC(USA) Seminaries Update

Seattle Presbytery

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Cousins Family Foundation to help establish the AYAVA (Austin Young Adult Volunteer/AmeriCorps) House. AYAVA is a community for young adults engaged in a year of service through programs such as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Young Adult Volunteers and AmeriCorps. Learn more

Columbia Theological Seminary will present “Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening” Jan. 24-26, 2012. The event will explore how the Spirit might be leading God’s people to live into the future. Learn more

Field education, which includes congregational placements, is a large part of the preparation for ministry at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The congregational placement is done concurrently with participation in the academic course Practical Theology in Congregations, and students’ supervisors participate in some class sessions. Get details

“Does Your House Have Lions?” is the theme of the 2012 Allen Lectures at McCormick Theological Seminary, scheduled for February 20, 2012. The lectures will be presented by Emilie M. Townes, associate dean of academic affairs and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale Divinity School. Learn more

Princeton Theological Seminary will hold “Congregational Transformation,” a four-part series for teams including ministers and lay leaders, February 25, March 24, April 21, and May 12, 2012. Participants will explore a comprehensive way to lead congregations through transformational change. Get details

San Francisco Theological Seminary will sponsor “Deep Calls to Deep” March 18-23, 2012. The retreat will explore the way Jesus encouraged fishermen to push out into deep water despite their failed efforts to catch fish. The event is sponsored by the SFTS Program in Christian Spirituality. Learn more

The Interdenominational Theological Center, which includes Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, will present the Charles B. Copher Annual Faculty Lecture Series on March 21, 2012. The series enables faculty to be on the cutting edge of their respective disciplines and occurs during the ITC Charter Week. Get details

Union Presbyterian Seminary will present the conference “Pastoral Care in the Context of Wealth: The Rich Need Pastoral Care, Too!” April 23-25, 2012. The conference is designed to increase the confidence, knowledge, motivation, and understanding of clergy and other church leaders in the delivery of pastoral care to the affluent. Learn more

Auburn Theological Seminary’s president, the Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, will participate in a panel discussion on ethics and the economy at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City Jan. 22, 2012. Get details

Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico’s Office of Planning and Development oversees a wide range of activities that bless local churches and the community in general. Those activities include Seminary Day Celebration in congregations throughout the island and Apoyo a programas religiosos y cívicos de la comunisupport for religious and civic programs in the community.
Learn more