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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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AI and Faith

Seattle Presbytery

Invitation from David Brenner (University PC Ruling Elder):

AI and Faith is an educational nonprofit created by University Presbyterian, Union Church, and 3 other faith congregations (MAPS, Temple DeHirsch and the Iman Center) as well as SPU, Seattle U and Jim Wellman’s Initiative for Global Christian Studies at UW. In addition to these 8 institutional partners, we have almost 40 distinguished expert Founding Members, including leaders at UPC and Union and new national members from Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Nashville and points east, and adding more weekly. Our goal is creating a voice for sophisticated AI professionals and ethicists/theologians/philosophers to help steer society toward artificial intelligence for human flourishing and not destruction.

Read the first issue of the monthly AI and Faith newsletter:

https://mailchi.mp/aiandfaith/august-2019-newsletter-390115 or on website at: https://aiandfaith.org/newsletters/

In Our Shoes: 2019 Justice Pilgrimage Exhibit @ Lake Burien PC

Seattle Presbytery

To Seattle Presbytery

Last month 31 of us from Lake Burien Church community participated in a week-long pilgrimage “The Gospel and the Politics of Race” through the US South. Our community began meeting and preparing from January to June, praying and learning together. Led by Lisa Sharon Harper and Freedom Road Consultants, we traced the story of the enslavement and confinement of people of African descent on US soil and confronted the evil reality of white supremacy.

It was a powerfully transformative experience for us - providing a sobering reminder of how deeply entrenched racialized violence is in the US. It also became painfully clear that the Church was cover for much of that sin. As most of us realize, our country has not yet healed from this original sin.

Our pilgrimage team, led by Crystal Hairston and Shannon Smythe, designed and created an exhibit to share some of the transformative learning about the history that continues to shape us all. The exhibit was the pilgrimage team's attempt to continue the journey, share the story, and to heal.

We invite you to make time to come see this exhibit. It is so well done you will not be disappointed. We have decided to keep the exhibit open for the month of August. We believe it to be an important resource for our community beyond our congregation as we do our part to contribute to a vision of shalom and justice.

Pastor Lina Thompson
Lake Burien Presbyterian Church

Learn more online.

Union Church in Seattle serves community through hospitality

Seattle Presbytery

August 9, 2019 by Robyn Davis Sekula (Vice President of Communication and Marketing for the Presbyterian Foundation)

Union Church in Seattle is “a church with a day job – a very involved day job,” says Scott Lumsden, Seattle Presbytery Co-Executive Presbyter.

Stick around for a few days at 415 Westlake Avenue and you’ll see he’s right.

On Sunday mornings, the building is a worship and fellowship space for Union Church, a PC(USA) congregation. Monday through Friday, it functions as a coffee and chocolate shop called Kakao. The large, open space dedicated to worship on Sunday mornings is an event space at other times and is named for its address, 415 Westlake.

Union Church hosts a Sunday worship experience that’s a remix of traditional church activities. The first and third Sundays are dedicated to traditional worship, the second Sunday is designed as a time for deep discussion in small groups and the fourth Sunday is reserved for community service.

The overarching goal of Union Church and its associated businesses is to be a blessing to Seattle, and to connect members of its congregation to the larger city so they can do the same. “The community of Union Church supports the work here because of the connections that it fosters, and because of the ways it addresses the needs of this community,” Lumsden says. “That’s what makes it special, and something we could all learn from as a Church.”

The Seattle Presbytery and University Presbyterian Church in Seattle have both provided funding and other support to help Union Church get established. The Presbyterian Foundation has consulted with the Seattle Presbytery on investments and spending strategies. “We love the opportunity to partner with church leaders to envision how God is calling them in new and creative ways to be the church and do ministry,” says Tom Taylor, President and CEO of the Presbyterian Foundation. “Union Church provides a beautiful sense of community in South Lake Union that would not exist without this commitment and vision of pastors James B. and Renee Notkin, and we’re so grateful for their dedication to the cause of Christ.”

Read more online.

Special Update from the Presbytery of the North Coast, Colombia

Seattle Presbytery

Special Update from the Presbytery of the North Coast, Colombia

This past July 20, while we celebrated independence day in our country, yet another human rights leader (and former FARC guerrilla) was assassinated. Our churches in Barranquilla will be joining Colombians all over the country this Saturday - A Day of Prayer and Action - in marching for peace. On Sunday, July 27, we will be praying for the peace we long for in Colombia. We invite you to please join us in prayer in your worship time: may the peace of God, which surpasses all human understanding, guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Thank you for your partnership and witness.

SeaPres Update: From Eliana Maxim

Seattle Presbytery

Dear friends,

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The Mission Agency of the PC(USA) recently issued an invitation to churches and mid-councils to commit themselves to be identified as a Matthew 25 faith community. And at the last Executive Board meeting, it was voted unanimously for the Seattle Presbytery to join the Matthew 25 movement. In order for the presbytery to live into this, we commit to have at least 20% of our congregations identify as a Matthew 25 church. I invite your church to be one of those… will you?

What is a Matthew 25 church?

Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. Convicted by this passage, both the 222nd and 223rd General Assemblies (2016 and 2018) exhorted the PC(USA) to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor.

How the vision unites all Presbyterians

By accepting the Matthew 25 invitation, you can help our denomination become a more relevant presence in the world. We recognize Christ’s urgent call to be a church of action, where God’s love, justice and mercy shine forth and are contagious. And we rejoice how our re-energized faith can unite all Presbyterians for a common and holy purpose: our common identity to do mission.

What are we committing to?

The Matthew 25 church has three foci: commitments to building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism, and eradicating systemic poverty.

Truth be told, many of our churches are already hard at work in one or more of these areas such as active partnership with their communities to help the poor, to engage in honest conversations around privilege and prejudice, and the revitalization of their congregations through commitment to their communities.

These can be expressed in a variety of ways and our denomination has provided helpful resources for churches seeking to find creative ways to pursue these goals. https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/matthew-25/become-a-matthew-25-church/

I invite you to embark on this missional journey with the presbytery. And share with us your stories of how your church is expressing the Matthew 25 identity. I look forward to how together we can be a presbytery that makes a loving commitment to fearless discipleship in our communities.

And one more invitation...

Over the past five years, the Seattle Presbytery and the presbytery of the North Coast in Colombia have built a foundational base of relationships that has enriched both our presbyteries. Through these years, one of the congregations we have come to know well in Barranquilla, Colombia is the Novena Iglesia Presbyteriana - affectionately called La Ceiba - led by Rev. Vilma Yanez who is spending a sabbatical month of July here in Seattle with us. “Ninth” Presbyterian has been providing significant hope, love, and service in a neighborhood very much longing for all three gifts. Up until recently, their ministry flowed out of very “humble” building. A couple of years ago, it was condemned and the congregation has been doing their best with a makeshift location.

With the help of their presbytery and contributions from the congregation, the church was recently able to purchase a house in the neighborhood which they hope to convert into their permanent worship space. Significant work needs to take place in order to make this structure safe and appropriate for their mission and ministry.

Seattle Presbytery has been invited to partner with our sister presbytery to help the Ninth Church. With materials and labor factored in, Rev. Yanez and her congregation need to raise an additional $20,670. Within one day of hearing of this need, our own Vashon Presbyterian Church voted to contribute $2500 toward this ask. We know that we have numerous, generous congregations in our presbytery who would welcome the opportunity to help out as well. 

If your congregation would like to come alongside of Ninth Presbyterian Church (and Vashon), please contact any member of the Colombia Task Force (Doug Early, Renee Notkin, Staci Imes, or Eliana Maxim). Any amount contributed will be deeply appreciated.

Checks can be made out to Seattle Presbytery, and mailed to 1013 8th Ave, Seattle 98104. PLEASE note in the memo section: "Ninth Pres. Church project."

Photos: La Ceiba’s previous location.

Documentary: True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality

Seattle Presbytery

Documentary: True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality

For more than three decades, Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has advocated on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned, seeking to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. An intimate portrait of this remarkable man, True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality follows his struggle to create greater fairness in the system and shows how racial injustice emerged, evolved and continues to threaten the country, challenging viewers to confront it.

Currently free on HBO.

Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama

Author of Just Mercy, a Story of Justice and Redemption

Bel Pres member Lori Taylor moved to Montgomery and began working for EJI about 3 years ago.

PC(USA) exam readers needed

Seattle Presbytery

PC(USA) ordination exam readers needed during the week of October 7-11, 2019. All training and scoring takes place online and can be done from your home. Seattle Presbytery must provide two ruling elders and two ministers, and currently has one ruling elder vacancy. Contact cpm@seapres.org to learn more.

Various items available for SeaPres churches & new worshiping communities

Seattle Presbytery

Please contact Seattle Presbytery if your church or new worshiping community needs the following:

  • Pianos: We have several lovely grand pianos needing temporary (or possibly permanent) homes. At the top of the list is a gorgeous concert grand Steinway. We also have 6 foot grands - several Chickerings, a couple of Howards, and a Merrill upright. If your church would like to host one of our pianos, contact SeaPres to make arrangements. If you know individuals who would be interested in purchasing one, reasonable offers may be considered. You will need to make moving arrangements.

  • Cushioned black chairs

  • Cushioned red chairs

  • Other assorted chairs

  • Assorted tables

  • Blue hymnals

Music library - If your church music library could use a refresh or some filling in, both First PC Seattle and Kent had extensive choral music libraries.  From Bach to Vivaldi, Hayes to Sleeth - there's a wide variety of individual anthems, collections, and oratorios/cantatas. Number of copies varies by selection.  

Churches are responsible for all pick-up (including any associated costs). Items are currently only available to Seattle Presbytery churches and new worshiping communities.  Contact Seattle Presbytery for more details.

Seattle Pride Parade

Seattle Presbytery

From Woodland Park PC & Madrona Grace PC:

Sunday, June 30

Interested in joining with others in the Seattle Presbytery at the Seattle Pride Parade (June 30)? Folks at Woodland Park PC are planning on walking and have opened space to join with them. If you'd like to coordinate this group opportunity to walk in the parade as a public display of our values of love and inclusion, and belief in the full participation of LGBTQIA+ people in the life, ministry and witness of the church and society, contact Todd Peterson.

SeaPres Update: From the Anti-Racism Task Force

Seattle Presbytery

From: Haley Ballast, on behalf of the Anti-Racism Task Force

Dear friends,

The Anti-Racism Task Force of the Seattle Presbytery began meeting nearly a year ago, after being established and appointed by the Executive Board. Our charter instructs us to facilitate transformative conversations around issues of race and equity, and to serve as a reflective body within the presbytery to help us identify and address our complicity in systemic racism.

With summer approaching, churches across the country are preparing for Vacation Bible Camps with the children in their communities. One of the new curriculum options on the market, ROAR! by Group Publishing, has been the focus of a great deal of media attention and controversy. This Africa-themed curriculum contains content which instructs children to pretend to be slaves while being insulted and called “lazy” by a leader, names Africa as a country, and mimics a “click language.” As a task force, we have reviewed these materials and find them to be inconsistent with our biblical values, as well as culturally and racially insensitive and harmful.

We understand that some churches within the Seattle Presbytery have already purchased and planned to use this curriculum. We ask that you reflect critically on the materials and prayerfully consider alternatives. Should you decide to move forward with this curriculum, we recommend that you review the changes provided by Group Publishing, and also consider any additional adaptations and edits to the material that may be appropriate for your particular context. If you have questions or need support in this process, please feel free to reach out to the task force.

We believe that this lamentable situation provides an opportunity for critical reflection for all our congregations as we plan to welcome thousands of children through our doors across the presbytery this summer. The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news for all people, across race, culture, ethnicity, country of origin, and native language. Let us endeavor to share this good news with our communities, and to do so with integrity, compassion, and love.

Peace,

Haley Ballast, on behalf of the Anti-Racism Task Force

Task Force Members

Haley Ballast
Nichelle Keatley
Renee Notkin
Pulemau Savusa
Lina Thompson
Staff: Eliana Maxim, Tali Hairston

SeaPres Update: From Tali Hairston

Seattle Presbytery

Recently, a local news outlet prompted a conversation about the death of Seattle. In the docu-news piece it presented an analysis of the social issues of a “struggling” Seattle. While the piece created a whirlwind of conversations about drug abuse, mental health, policing, and other important social policy determinants; the changing geography of housing and gentrifying land seemed the obvious elephant in the room.

Every day the news is more and more difficult to hear on these fronts. Families are negatively impacted by a lack of affordable and accessible housing, not only in Seattle but King County. And while the region may be considered a creative space, solutions to housing instability and affordability seem hard to come by at the social and political levels; which is also seemingly true to some degree in cities like San Francisco, Boston, and Washington D.C.

Faith communities seem somewhat predisposed to solutions located in the charitable use of their properties. At least at a minimum, congregations continue to seek ways to utilize the church property as a tool to temporarily address housing instability. But what some may find interesting is the extremely high percentage of church buildings that are sold to cover budget shortfalls. In other words, as congregations reach the point of closing the overwhelming majority end up selling for economic reasons, and not charitable ones.

In the last year we have not only learned important statistics like what was previously mentioned, but also we have learned and continue to be mindful of church property development challenges. Here are just a few findings and ways we are continuing to engage the very important issue of church property.

Active Discernment

The challenge and opportunity of urban spaces across our nation is for historic mainline churches to actively engage the discernment of its resources. In particular there is a need to discern the future development of church property with intentionality. Yet we must engage property questions and concerns, challenges, and opportunities with an eye on the future of the Presbyterian mission. We must not forget that we are not called to a building; we are called be a people who use all available resources as tools for ministry. As important as resources are our mission is with, for, and to people. Therefore, it is important we take a holistic view of land and buildings as a means-and not the end. In reading the theological work of our Native community, they remind us of this very fact. We have been informed by a Manifest Destiny in our understanding of land. To lose or own land means something economic and related to power. We must discern using the theological lens of Pentecost. The power we seek is not contained in what we own. 

It is a Community Issue also

We are learning that congregations normally consider church property as simply a church conversation and church decision. This is to be expected as the church members seek to discern how to address property issues. What we are learning is how much this is also a community issue that impacts the future presence of the presbytery in many communities. Church property issues not only are of great concerns to the congregation but often community stakeholders are asking questions the congregation may not be asking. Therefore, it is important for there to be a thoughtful discernment process that includes community.

Inviting this type of dialogue with the community can be overwhelming and inconvenient. But in our early conversations with local communities over the last year, what is clear is each community has its own story and churches sit within those stories. Also, a one-size fits all approach to church property will not work given the story each church sits within. We are reminded in Acts 17 how Paul the Apostle entered the cities of Thessalonica, Berea, and Athens. Each had their own story and each presented different approaches.

Discernment With

This may go without saying for some but after Lina Thompson’s homily and presentation at our April 30th presbytery meeting, we must name this. Our discernment process must always lend itself to being WITH and not simply FOR or TO the community. This requires time and patience in our discernment process. There are no quick and easy answers and simple solutions.  

Finally, this is why the presbytery is beginning to take the long view in regards to these challenges. Ten years ago, the presbytery was struggling to right its books so it could support its churches. Today however, we are looking to right our approach in order to advance our collective mission with our communities. It's time for a different approach when it comes to the challenges we are facing in our presbytery and in our community. Can we leverage our properties to support a renewed mission to engage our communities? Yes! Can we also build congregations on or around these properties at the same time? If we listen to and discern with communities and congregations, it is possible.   

Grace and peace,

Tali Hairston
Director of Community Engagement & Reconciliation

PDA response to flooding and tornadoes

Seattle Presbytery

Record breaking flooding and tornadoes have devastated lives and communities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Mississippi. Your hearts, like ours, have been broken as the fatalities increase. Levee breaches are causing flooding in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana and Arkansas, which will further the destruction in residential areas and agricultural land, and result in greater loss of life.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is strongly engaged in responding to flooding and tornadoes in twenty presbyteries and six synods. Because of your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing, PDA has been able to respond immediately, offering initial grants and National Response Team members to assist with assessments, and will be able to respond throughout the long term recovery. Church damage grants have been disbursed to support affected churches’ continuing ministries, such as food pantries and emergency shelters, to be able to assist their communities in this time of great need.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Your gifts to OG100000 will ensure PDA has adequate resources to support the immediate and long term recovery. Gift of the Heart kits are a hands-on way to help others. You can also share this bulletin insert in church on Sunday. To be notified of volunteer opportunities as they become available, email pda.callcenter@pcusa.org to be placed on the interest list.

SeaPres Update: From the Presbytery Moderator

Seattle Presbytery

Dear Presbytery colleagues:

About a year ago I jumped into a certificate program at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  I know, I know – I need another certificate like a need a hole in the head – but even as I edge toward retirement age I just couldn’t shake this one off: The Church Planting and Revitalization Initiative.  As the Transitional Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Seattle (and a pastor in a denomination that has lost 3 million members in my lifetime - down from 4.3 to 1.3 million today) I knew something hasn’t been working.   But I didn’t have any tricks up my sleeve besides doing the same old things, and just trying harder.

I’d be lying to you if I told you a little part of me wasn’t hoping to discover some silver bullet, some secret sauce that would magically heal all our ecclesiological ills and set us on the path to growth (=numbers!). What I have gotten is some great professors, some great books to read, meaningful discussions, spiritual renewal, insight, nudges, and a few crazy ideas.  And some courage.     

Maybe you’re like me: I realize that much of the time my driving question in the church has been something along the lines of (a somewhat panicky): “Holy cow, the church is struggling, or dying - what are we going to do? How are we going to get more members?” Lately however, I’ve been learning to ask a better question, like:   “What is God up to? Where is the Holy Spirit at work, right here in the neighborhood? How can we participate in the mission of God?”

Big generalization: many congregations tend to value leadership that doesn’t really rock the boat, but rather preserves congregational identity, keeping things the same, only bigger. Maybe.

But the way forward into a new (that would be God’s) future requires leaders who can be more risk-taking, willing to trust in the power of the Holy Spirit (yep, this is spiritual work), and and guiding the congregation to a place it did not intend to go!

Yikes! How do we really get at this stuff? How do we stop dragging our feet? How do we develop an imagination for what we do not even know, and have not yet experienced?!  Where do we start?

Seattle Presbytery received a grant from the Presbyterian Foundation to grapple with these questions, and on behalf of First Pres. Seattle, I’ll be helping with the research in the coming months – which will benefit all of SeaPres.

In addition, I mentioned I’ve had a lot of great professors, and have been reading a lot of great books – and if there’s one book in particular that I could pass along that has helped me grasp some of the big ideas of church planting and revitalization, it’s The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age, by Dwight Zscheile. The book has some great background and theory but also some very practical stuff in it, and it’s not too thick (only 158 pages).

Seattle Presbytery will be sending some copies of the book to all our churches in the coming weeks.  Think of it as a SeaPres Summer Read.  We encourage pastors and leaders to read it, and join us at the July 16 Presbytery meeting on Vashon for deeper conversation together.  Also, if you find it fruitful or generative, you might consider buying copies for your Session to inspire their imagination for being church in the 21st century.

Looking forward to sharing with you in July!

Grace and peace,

Rev. Dr. Heidi Husted Armstrong
Seattle Presbytery Moderator
Transitional Pastor, Seattle First PC

Venezuelan refugees’ plight tugs at the heart of mission co-worker in Colombia

Seattle Presbytery

César Carhuachin puts into practice the principles he teaches future Colombian ministers

by Pat Cole | Presbyterian News Service

Mission Co-Worker César Carhuachin, second from left, visits with some of his Venezuelan friends. (Contributed photo)

LOUISVILLE — Just steps away from the Reformed University campus where he teaches, Presbyterian mission co-worker César Carhuachincomes face to face with some of Colombia’s most marginalized people.

He encounters Venezuelan refugees who seek to survive by selling candy on the streets. Earlier this year, the United Nations estimated that 3.4 million Venezuelans have fled their homeland, where political repression has created severe economic hardship and pervasive shortages of food and medicine.

Read more.

SeaPres Update: May 17, 2019

Seattle Presbytery

April 30, 2019 Seattle Presbytery Meeting draft minutes available online.

From April 30, 2019 Presbytery meeting: The Stated Clerk proposed a standing rule for approving minutes since the two decision making bodies of the presbytery meet quarterly and their minutes are required to execute approved actions. Waiting until until the minutes are approved at the next meeting creates an inconvenience.

The presbytery APPROVED the following resolution, “Resolved, That the following standing rule be adopted regarding the minutes of the Executive Board and the presbytery: The Stated Clerk will draft the minutes and distribute them, in the case of the presbytery, to the continuing members and the churches, in the case of the Executive Board, its members, for review and suggested additions, corrections or deletions. Ten days after the distribution and after reviewing any suggestions, the moderator, vice moderator and immediate past moderator may approve the minutes.”

Contact Stated Clerk Dean Strong with suggested corrections.


Seattle Presbytery Boundary Training

Boundary training is required for all minister members of Seattle Presbytery. If unable to attend a presbytery sponsored training, ministers must submit a copy of his/her boundary training completion certificate every three years to the stated clerk.

The following online training option will fulfill the training requirement in 2019 (through December 31 only): https://www.keepingoursacredtrust.org/Default.  Email a completion certificate to: clerk@seattlepresbytery.org.

In-person training options will be offered in 2020.


Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2019

Please pray for our Seattle Presbytery Triennium delegation, who will travel to Indiana July 16-20, 2019:

Christine Stratton (Chaperone), Southminster PC
Rev. Ken Onstot (Chaperone), Southminster PC
Jessica Cedergreen, Southminster PC
Emma LaRochelle, Southminster PC
Linda Engen (Chaperone), Overlake Park PC
Erik Engen, Overlake Park PC
Carissa Bartlow, Bethany PC (Inland NW Presbytery)

Mt. Baker Park PC helps Rainier Valley Food Bank through "Operation Sandwich"

Seattle Presbytery

What would you do for lunch if you had no permanent home and a full-time job?

When would you find time to make a sandwich if you were a single, non-English-speaking mom?

How would you manage your diabetes if you had no income and could not work?

Who would take the time to help you find food if you were struggling with mental illness and addiction?

If you found yourself at the Rainier Valley Food Bank RVFB), you would receive a hearty sandwich, made from quality ingredients, ready for you. Every Sunday after worship, a small team of people from Mount Baker Park Presbyterian Church make 100 sandwiches and deliver them to RVFB, to be distributed on Monday. This is part of an effort to make almost 1000 sandwiches every week for clients of the food bank.

Is this only a bandaid solution? Does it perpetuate the problem? According to staff at RVFB, Peter’s Place Shelter, Union Gospel Mission, and a nearby Nickelsville camp, these sandwiches are a vital piece of a larger puzzle. For some recipients, the sandwiches are their only meal in a day. Shelter workers report that hunger — even missing a meal — exacerbates physical, mental, and emotional issues for many of their clients.

There is plenty of room for additional congregations to join Operation Sandwich by preparing and delivering sandwiches to RVFB. If this sounds like a local mission opportunity for you, please contact Pastor Lee Seese at pastor@mtbakerchurch.org.

Presbyterian Youth Triennium

Seattle Presbytery

Presbyterian Youth Triennium

July 16-20, 2019
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

Please pray for our 2019 Seattle Presbytery Triennium delegation:

Christine Stratton (Chaperone), Southminster PC

Rev. Ken Onstot (Chaperone), Southminster PC

Jessica Cedergreen, Southminster PC

Emma LaRochelle, Southminster PC

Linda Engen (Chaperone), Overlake Park PC

Erik Engen, Overlake Park PC

Carissa Bartlow, Bethany PC (Inland NW Presbytery)


SEATTLE PRESBYTERY DELEGATION REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED DEADLINE WAS: FEBRUARY 24, 2019

Get ready for the 2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium - a gathering held every three years for high school age students in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Youth from churches across the country come together for this life-changing, life-giving, faith-growing gathering! This is a week that feeds young disciples and shapes their leadership gifts. Participants are invited into a deepening life of discipleship and service to the world.

For our Seattle Presbytery Delegation, we invite participants from all Seattle Presbytery Churches and Fellowships. There is no limit on the number of students per church. We are also interested in accommodating an engaged adult advisor from as many churches as possible.

Learn more about Triennium by visiting www.presbyterianyouthtriennium.org

REGISTER ONLINE FOR TRIENNIUM AND CONTACT SEAPRES REGISTRAR SCOTT ANDERSON.

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Five days of CONVERSATION, RECREATION, LEARNING, WORSHIP AND FUN! Drawing from the rich and diverse theology, history and education of the Presbyterian tradition – the Triennium experience is packed with the information students long to explore!

Digging into faith through a variety of activities and experiences – all focused around the theme “Here’s My Heart” (Recognize the line yet? Hint: It’s a lyric from a classic tune / hymn we sing!) participants at the Triennium will re-enter their lives with a fresh sense of inspiration grounded in the context of personal and communal worship!

Seattle Presbytery will lead a delegation to attend this event. Rev. Scott Anderson (St. Andrew PC) is our 2019 registrar. Contact Seattle Presbytery or go to SeaPres Triennium page.

Presbyterian Youth Triennium is a gathering for high school age youth (entering 9th grade through graduated 12th grade) from the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church that occurs every three years. All participants must be registered through a local presbytery or church delegation.

Presbyterian Youth Triennium website

Presbyterian Youth Triennium on Facebook

‘Here’s my Heart’ named 2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium theme

Rental space available at Magnolia PC

Seattle Presbytery

April 17, 2019

Dear Friends,

We are writing to let you know that Magnolia Presbyterian Church has a refurbished office space available for rent by a non-profit organization. If in the course of your work you learn of an organization looking for office space, we hope you will tell them about us.

The space is about 450 square feet, has natural light (west-facing windows), storage, and has use of a nearby conference room and other shared space. The office could accommodate up to 4 desks. There is an elevator (office is on second floor) and an entry ramp to the building. On-street parking is readily available.

We are offering a 1-year lease, with the opportunity to extend the lease for future years. The monthly rent is $1000, including utilities. The space has new paint and carpet, and is available now.

We appreciate you keeping us in mind, should you hear of an organization looking for this type of space to rent. Please direct any questions to our Board President and Facilities point-person, Cheri Yonich (206)412-1448 cyonich@msn.com.

Many thanks,

Linda Keylon

Treasurer
Magnolia Presbyterian Church
3051 28th Ave W.
Seattle, WA 98199

Seattle Times features Woodland Park PC exhibit

Seattle Presbytery

Seattle Times article

Subversive saints show up in Phinney Ridge, just in time for Easter

By Nicole Brodeur
Seattle Times columnist

There’s a silent revolution going on at the Woodland Park Presbyterian Church in Phinney Ridge.

It comes in the form of a series of paintings depicting “Subversive Saints,” selected and created by parishioners and hung on the sanctuary walls.

The project makes strange bedfellows of a U.S. Supreme Court justice (Ruth Bader Ginsburg), a labor leader (Dolores Huerta), a children’s television host (Fred Rogers), and a 100-year-old activist from Detroit (Grace Lee Boggs).

Read more online.