Nov
18
10:00 am10:00

November Stated Meeting

(Saturday, November 18, 2017: 10am-4pm—Westminster, Olympia)

Election of Moderator/Vice-Moderator and all nominees for service.

Election of GA Commissioners for 2018 (June 16-23, 2018 St. Louis)


Feb
25
9:00 am09:00

State of the Presbytery - a Presbytery Gathering

2017 State of the Presbytery

 

“State of the Presbytery” in February—a Presbytery gathering

Come hear about what God has been up to in OlyPres--in 2016, and what God is calling us towards in 2017! 

  • Hear an update on the EP Search
  • Hear an update on the Purdy Pres Organizing Pastor Search
  • See the latest membership & finance numbers for OlyPres
  • Feel the fellowship of being with other leaders within the Presbytery

(Sat, Feb 25, 9am-12noon at Westminster-Olympia).

Jan
28
9:30 am09:30

Leadership for Healthier Churches

"LEADERSHIP FOR HEALTHIER CHURCHES"

Pastors and church leaders are invited to a workshop with Dr. Ronald W. Richardson hosted by Seattle Presbytery.

We are all aware of the special challenges of being a congregational leader in these times. The peace and unity that may once have existed in our churches is seriously damaged. Our life as leaders may be more chaotic and unsatisfying. Family systems theory puts the intensity of congregational life into a context that both allows us to be both more relaxed, more effective, and to clarify what we are responsible for and not responsible for. In the busyness and daily crises of being leaders and care-givers, we can lose the bigger picture of the mission and ministry of the church. This one-day workshop will help you refresh your vision of how you want to function as a leader in the emotional system of your congregation.

Ron Richardson is an accredited pastoral counselor (Diplomate, retired) in AAPC, and a marriage and family therapist (and until retirement Supervisor) in AAMFT. He was the Executive Director of a large, metropolitan-wide counseling agency in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of many books on the application of Bowen family system theory to the life of the church including: Creating a Healthier ChurchBecoming a Healthier Pastor, and Polarization and the Healthier Church.

Read: How Does a Systems Approach Help Us as Church Leaders, by Dr. Ron W. Richardson

Registration fee: $25* (includes workshop, lunch & book). Online registration and payment required. 

Learn more and register online.

Jan
13
Jan 14

January Term w/Princeton Theological Seminary

  • Bothell United Methodist Church

Join Princeton Theological Seminary faculty, staff, and students in the Pacific Northwest for a conference devoted to preparing for Holy Week services.  Through plenary sessions, worship, and workshops we will explore the theologies of the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus as these come to expression through preaching, song and liturgy. Join us Friday only, Saturday only, or both days.

November 19 Presbytery Meeting
Nov
19
10:00 am10:00

November 19 Presbytery Meeting

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church

“Adaptive leadership”Aaron Stewart, Senior Pastor of UPPC on “Leadership challenges.”
Celebration of Rev. Dr. Keith Tanis (EP)’s Ministry
2017 Budget, Nominations & Staffing Updates
Election & Installation of the Moderator & Vice-Moderator

Westminster PC, Olympia

MINUTES OF SEPT 15, 2016 MEETING

November 19 DOCKET

Manual of Operations (Nov 2016 Proposed Amendments)

2017 Financial Plan (coming soon...)

Nov
2
7:00 pm19:00

The Other Side of the Church Door

  • Little Church on the Prairie

To sharpen your missional focus, please join other church leaders for a stimulating presentation on how we can better interact with the community around us in our Presbytery!

Our presenter is Sean Chow, a trainer with 1001 Worshipping Communities of the PMA (Presbyterian Mission Agency). Sean will also introduce resources to help us in our ministry on “the other side of the church door!”

Rose Erickson Memorial
Oct
29
1:00 pm13:00

Rose Erickson Memorial

  • Westminster PC

A faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ, and passionate supporter of the work of the Presbytery, Elder Rose Erickson, died on Monday, Oct. 10 after a recent diagnosis of cancer. A celebration of Rose's life and witness to the resurrection will be held on Saturday, October 29 at 1 pm at Westminster PC, Chehalis. The family of Rose Erickson is requesting memorials be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church in Chehalis or Providence Hospice Program

Dear People of Faith... Now What?
Oct
27
7:00 pm19:00

Dear People of Faith... Now What?

  • Trinity PC

The pictures coming out of Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014 were eerily similar to iconic images seared into our collective, national memory from the 1950s and 1960s. What does that similarity have to show us? What should the #blacklivesmatter movement mean for Christians?

It is easy to feel overwhelmed in the face of systemic, persistent racism, and yet the Christian message still calls us to seek justice. How can we respond to racism in our daily lives as Christians?

Professor and author Dr. Jen Harvey will be leading a workshop on the topic as we seek to learn from this moment of conflict in our society and light the fires of our moral imagination so we can meaningfully engage the urgent question: where do we go from here?

Trinity is honored to be co-sponsoring this event with Bethany Presbyterian and First United Methodist.  All are welcome to take part in the workshop, no matter your faith or lack of it. 

To view an interview of Professor Harvey discussing this topic, clickhere.

Oct
23
3:00 pm15:00

Rev. Jim Thoburn Installation Service

  • Buckley Community Presbyterian Church

We are happy to invite all of Olympia Presbytery to gather for the Service of Installation for the Rev. Jim Thoburn as the Pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Buckley, WA. 

Please join us for this joyful occasion of our Presbytery.

Wright Lecture Series @ Menucha
Oct
9
4:00 pm16:00

Wright Lecture Series @ Menucha

  • Menucha Retreat Center

The Churches at the Four Corners

Sunday, October 9 – Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Guest Lecturer: REV. DR. TOM LONG

Registration now open!

  • Named one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English speaking world by Baylor University in 1996, along with the likes of Fred Craddock, Billy Graham, James Forbes, Barbara Brown Taylor and William Willimon.
  • Author of The Witness of Preaching, named one of the 25 most influential books on preaching in the past 25 years by Preaching magazine.

Program:

“In a time when we are more aware than ever of religious diversity, both in the larger society and in the church as well, it is good to remember that diversity has been with us from the beginning of the Christian movement. In these talks, I will imagine an intersection of thoroughfares with a church at each corner – four corners and four churches: the churches of St. Mark, St. Mathew, St. Luke, and St. John. In each presentation we will spend a few minutes in the pews of each of these churches, experiencing their different understandings of Jesus and of the Christian life.”

Schedule 2016

Cost to Attend

Alternate Dietary Request Form

General Packing List

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Purpose and History of the Wright Lecture Series at Menucha

Learn more

Journey to Korea
Oct
4
Oct 14

Journey to Korea

Study and Journey through the Spiritual History of the Korean Church

130 years ago the seeds of the gospel were planted by Presbyterian missionary Underwood. Join us in witnessing what one seed of the gospel can do for a nation.  We will tour Korea paying special attention to studying Korean churches, mapping out their spiritual history and finally experiencing the rich culture.

Join Moderator Rev. James Kwon for a Pilgrimage to Korea
October 4 – 14, 2016
$2,500 includes airfare, all travel and hotel accommodations and meals

A remarkable opportunity to experience the spiritual and cultural landscape of Korea for such a reasonable cost thanks to Community Church of Seattle.  

Learn about the mission legacy of the Presbyterian Church USA and the vibrant presence of the Presbyterian Church in Korea and around the world.  Get an up close experience of one of the most innovative economic engines in the world coupled with the tensions of the ongoing North Korea-South Korea conflict.  

Click here for attached brochure with more details.  
Get Application Form to register.
Email Rev. Paul Kim the registration form, or if you have questions or need more information, please call Rev. Kim at 425-984-3697. Note: limited space available.

Photo: Myung Sung Korean Church, Seoul, South Korea

Oct
2
4:00 pm16:00

Rev. Liz & Dexter Kearny Installation Service

  • Longview Presbyterian Church

We are happy to invite all of Olympia Presbytery to gather for the Service of Installation for the Rev. Elizabeth & Dexter Keanry as the Co-Pastors of Longview Presbyterian Church. 

Please join us for this joyful occasion of our Presbytery.

Healthy Boundaries
Sep
24
9:00 am09:00

Healthy Boundaries

September 24, 2016 Healthy Boundaries
Westminster PC, Olympia
9am-2pm
Taught by COM Moderator: Rev. Christine Long, and COM member Rev. Ben Robinson

Cost $30 for materials and lunch.

Brian McLaren Book Signing Reception
Sep
20
1:00 pm13:00

Brian McLaren Book Signing Reception

  • Immanuel PC

Host: Immanuel Presbyterian Church

Reflecting on almost four decades in ministry, Christian author/thinker/activist Brian McLaren says, “Christians are in the midst of a great spiritual migration. We are in motion toward something new and unprecedented, and the way forward is becoming clearer than it has been in my lifetime.” Host churches around the country are inviting groups of clergy and lay leaders to gather with Brian for an afternoon of reflection, interaction, and prayer about the way forward.

Installation Service: Rev. Dr. Tammy Stampfli
Sep
18
5:00 pm17:00

Installation Service: Rev. Dr. Tammy Stampfli

  • United Churches of Olympia

We are happy to invite all of Olympia Presbytery to gather for the Service of Installation for the Rev. Dr. Tammy Stampfli as the Pastor of The United Churches of Olympia. 

Please join us for this joyful occasion of our Presbytery.

Sep
18
12:00 am00:00

OlyPres Disaster Response Work Group

Kamiah, Idaho

September 18 - 24, 2016 

Why:  Responding to August 2015 Wildfire

What We Will Be Doing:  Work sites will be assigned when we arrive and will depend upon the skills we bring.  Previous experience indicates the tasks can involve grubby clean up or skilled building tasks.  Some will be tedious.  Some require more strength than others.  Some are perfect for the “golden agers” J! 

Jul
25
Jul 29

VBS with Chapel by the Sea

  • St. John's Chapel by the Sea

Does a Week at the Beach This Summer Appeal to You? 

St. John's Chapel by the Sea at the border of Moclips and Pacific Beach, is interested in providing a VBS to area children. "Tiny, but mighty" with a small congregation (actually the smallest in the Presbytery of Olympia), we are looking for bodies to assist us with a week-long bible school. 

The dates may be adjusted depending on who may be able to assist. We are looking at late July or early August. 

"Waters All Around the World" is the PCUSA curriculum we are considering, with 10 leader roles. In addition, we would be looking at a few assistants to make this happen. 

If you do not have access to lodging, we'll see what we may do for you. This is a morning program Monday-Friday, so you'll have the afternoon to play at the beach, travel the area or just relax at the ocean. 

(Elder Phyllis Shaughnessy has designed a kids' summer lunch program for the North Beach area. Last year 10,006 lunches were served. This program has received national attention! We hope to attract some of these children to attend a VBS.) 

And how about a BBQ at the beach! Maybe we end the week with a BBQ! 

Please join us! If your group is interested, please contact Cindy Stearns

Service of Ordination for Su Cobban
Jul
24
3:00 pm15:00

Service of Ordination for Su Cobban

  • University Place PC

We are happy to invite all of Olympia Presbytery to gather for the Service of Ordination for Su Cobban as a Teaching Elder.

Su will be serving as a Director of Religious Education for the US Army at Camp Henry (Taegu, South Korea).  Please join us for this joyful occasion of our Presbytery.

Sunday, July 24
3:00 p.m.
University Place Presbyterian Church

Special Called Presbytery Meeting
Jul
24
2:00 pm14:00

Special Called Presbytery Meeting

  • University Place PC

Special Called Presbytery Meeting

Sun., July 24, 2:00 PM

University Place Presbyterian Church

COM has called a Special Meeting for the purpose of examining Elizabeth & Dexter Kearny as Teaching Elders.

Longview Presbyterian has called Liz & Dexter to be Co-Pastors pending a successful ordination examination by the Presbytery. 

This short meeting has been scheduled immediately prior to the Service of Ordination for Su Cobban (3pm).

RULING ELDERS/PASTORS: Please email the Stated Clerk if you know you will be able to attend for a quorum. 

Sound View 30th Anniversary Celebration
Jul
23
12:00 am00:00

Sound View 30th Anniversary Celebration

  • Sound View Camp

Saturday July 23, 2016

Join us for a day of fun activities, fellowship, and reminiscing to celebrate 30 years of summer ministry at Sound View. The day will also honor the rich camping history that we come from including our partnership in Presbyterian Outdoor Ministries with Buck Creek and Kalatawa Adventures and our historical ministries at Cardai Hill and Camp Calvinwood.

Please RSVP to Susie Zych <zychsusie@gmail.com>, including any dietary preferences and the total # in your group including children by July 1st.

We'd love to collect as many photos, videos, and memorabilia (t-shirts, brochures, etc) as possible of Sound View as well as the other camp programs.  Please send any physical photos,  videos, and memorabilia to:

Sound View Camp
8515 Key Peninsula Hwy S
Longbranch, WA 98351

Electronic files for Sound View can be left at:

www.dropbox.com/request/FjgbQ0GuHfuZeVJxBiCJ

Electronic files for other camps or camp related pictures can be left at:

www.dropbox.com/request/jGvCTypj7LkQmxeDV5dD

Whitworth Institute of Ministry
Jul
18
Jul 22

Whitworth Institute of Ministry

  • Whitworth University

The Whitworth Institute of Ministry (WIM) is an annual conference hosted on the university’s beautiful campus. WIM is designed to provide spiritual renewal for those involved in ministry leadership, as well as for their families. Special programs designed to support spouses, youth, and children run throughout the week, concurrent with plenary sessions (morning Bible Study and Convocation, afternoon seminars, and evening worship). WIM has been known throughout its history for its combination of great Bible teaching, dynamic preaching, vibrant worship, and time for personal renewal. Many ministry cohort groups find WIM a great opportunity to gather with friends and families for a week of fellowship and retreat.

Learn more and register online.

Jun
21
7:00 pm19:00

Caregiver Information Presentation

  • Fircrest PC

Fircrest Presbyterian Church is hosting a FREE community event called "Caregiver?  Need Help?  Planning Ahead?  Want to Talk?" on Tuesday June 21 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.  Could you please advertise this event to your church community?  I expect there may be people in your congregation that are interested in the resources that will be presented.  

This presentation is for seniors/families who are planning ahead, for caregivers, and for anyone who may become a caregiver.  

Presenters will provide information on community options for caregiving needs and services. The speakers will be Lisa Doyle, RN (Elder Care/Senior Living Adviser with CayCare Services), and Denise Carlock RN (Multicare Palliative & Hospice Services.)  Resource materials will be provided, and there will be time for questions.  

Download flyer.

Jun
18
11:00 am11:00

GENERAL ASSEMBLY Opening Worship

Join with thousands of others in worship as the General Assembly begins to gathers in Portland, Oregon. Live streaming, as well as worship materials are available, so that even if you aren't able to BE in Portland, you can still worship with us!

LEARN MORE...

222nd General Assembly 2016
Jun
18
Jun 25

222nd General Assembly 2016

222nd General Assembly 2016 

Interested in attending GA in Portland as an observer?  Here's what you need to know! 

June 18-25, 2016, Portland, OR

The assembly is an open meeting, but admission to plenary sessions is limited to registered participants wearing an official assembly name badge. The advance assembly registration fee is $95; this is required for those who wish to reserve a room in one of the assembly hotels.

Those who do not need assistance with housing arrangements may wait to register on-site. The on-site registration fee is $30, which will be waived for those for whom it is a financial hardship.

*Registration Deadlines:

  • April 15—for commissioners, advisory delegates, agency staff, and mid council staff and seminary staff who will have assigned seating
  • May 16—for other participants requesting assembly housing
  • June 3—for advance registration and ticket sales
  • June 3—cancellation deadline (registration fees, less a cancellation fee of $25 or 15 percent of total registration/ticket fees, whichever is greater), will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received by this date). Other than for canceled events, the G.A. Meeting Service does not refund payment for ticket orders canceled after May 30.
    *Please note this information applies to participants with assigned seating & those requesting assembly housing.

See the General Information and FAQs for additional information about assembly registration, travel, lodging, and other arrangements.

OGA General Assembly Page

Read reports & recommendations the assembly will consider

Join opening worship via live stream

Contact the G.A. Meeting Service (gameetingservice@pcusa.org) or 888-728-7228, ext. 2417 to request a registration form or assistance.

Special Called Meeting
Jun
7
7:00 pm19:00

Special Called Meeting

  • Westminster PC Olympia

Special Called Meeting

Strategic Board has called this Special Meeting for the purpose:

  1. of voting on the negotiated settlements for four congregations seeking dismissal from PCUSA (Tacoma Central, Woodland, Alder and Onalaska Community).
  2. And two COM items: 1) Possible ordination examination of a Certified Candidate pursuing a validated ministry; 2) Responding to a request to allow a Transitional Pastor to be eligible (per Book of Order G-2.0504c) to be the next Called Pastor. [Full docket materials will be available on June 2]. 

JUNE 7 DOCKET (2 pages)

JUNE 7 PRESBYTERY PACKET (33 pages)

May
25
12:00 pm12:00

Conversation with Heath Rada (Moderator of the General Assembly)

The Presbyterian Outlook is offering this webinar at no charge so that as many Presbyterians as possible may participate in this time of discernment in the life of the PC(USA).

Heath Rada will present for 45 minutes and then there will be 45 minutes for questions and answers. All are welcome. Commissioners and delegates to the 222nd GA are encouraged to attend.

READ MORE HERE

May
21
1:00 pm13:00

Leadership Training Event Featuring Tod Bolsinger

  • First Presbyterian Church, Puyallup

Tod Bolsinger will be interacting with Olympia Presbytery and its leaders around the topic of "CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP IN UNCHARTED TERRITORY." 

If you (or your entire leadership team) would like to buy a copy of the book, Canoeing the Mountains, at a discounted rate, a limited number of copies are available at $10. Email the Stated Clerk with your order. 

PLEASE NOTE: The May Stated Presbytery Meeting will be held 10am-12noon with lunch following.