Dec
3
10:00 AM10:00

Jeani Shofner Commissioning

Commissioning of Jeani Shofner

The Presbytery of Olympia invites you to join in a worship service that will include commissioning Jeani Shofner as a Ruling Elder Commissioned to serve as the Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian and Saron Lutheran Church in Hoquiam. This is the beginning of joint worship and mission between these two historic churches of Hoquiam--come celebrate!

Luncheon to follow. 

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Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

OlyPres Grants Application Deadline

Grants Deadline--CHANGE

Just a reminder! All OlyPres Grants (Hunger, SEED and Revitalization) are being received on a quarterly basis! The next deadline is December 1, 2017 so as to allow the Granting Team time to recommend grants before year-end.

PLEASE NOTE: There is at least a one month span before you will hear whether a grant has been approved. Given the holidays, the wait could be longer.

March 15, 2018

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Nov
1
10:30 AM10:30

Retired Pastors' Luncheon

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church (map)
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SAVE THE DATE: November 1

We will be inviting all Retired Pastors within the Presbytery of Olympia along with their partners and surviving spouses to gather for a catered lunch, a time of fellowship and to hear from Rev. Mark Frey from the Board of Pensions. 

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Healthy Boundaries: Olympia
Oct
30
10:30 AM10:30

Healthy Boundaries: Olympia

Healthy Boundaries Olympia

MONDAY, October 30, 2017

Location: Westminster PC, OLYMPIA.  Registration fee: $35, please bring check or cash.

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Please choose a box lunch (1/2 sandwich AND 1/2 salad, 1 dessert) from the following:
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Healthy Boundaries: Tacoma
Oct
28
9:30 AM09:30

Healthy Boundaries: Tacoma

Healthy Boundaries Tacoma

SATURDAY, October 28, 2017

Location: Skyline Presbyterian Church.  Registration fee: $35, please bring check or cash.

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Christianity in Contemporary China: Dinner with Chinese Pastors
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Christianity in Contemporary China: Dinner with Chinese Pastors

Date/Time: October 18th, 6-8 pm
Location: UPPC, Fellowship Hall

Suggested donation: $10/person to cover the cost of dinner

DESCRIPTION

Did you know that Christianity is the fastest growing religion in China with nearly 500,000 new believers every year? University Place Presbyterian Church is hosting a dinner on October 18th where you can hear about the church in China from six Chinese pastors, including the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Jiangsu Provincial Committee of the Three Self Patriotic Movement church in China.

Click here to learn more & register online.

The delegation members include:    

1/  Rev. ZHANG Keyun, Chairman of the Jiangsu Provincial Committee of TSPM, the President of Jiangsu Theological Seminary.  Delegation leader.

2/  Rev. SHI Li, Vice Chairman and Secretary General of the Jiangsu Provincial Committee of TSPM.

3/  Rev. ZHU Minghua, Vice President of Jiangsu Provincial Christian Council.

4/  Rev. ZHAO Huijuan, General Secretary of Jiangsu Provincial Christian Council.

5/  Rev. ZHANG Kequan, Associate Secretary General of the Jiangsu Provincial Committee of TSPM, the vice President of Jiangsu Theological Seminary.

6/  Rev. SUN Maoke,  Associate General Secretary of Jiangsu Provincial Christian Council.

7/  Mr. ZHANG Guoping, Deputy Section Director of Jiangsu Provincial Religious Affairs Bureau.

8/  Mr. CHEN Ya, Director of Sihong County Religious Affairs Bureau. 

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Oct
16
to Oct 17

The Call to Hospitality: Workshop by Dr. Richard Beck

  • Fircrest United Methodist Church (map)
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About the Workshop

This workshop is designed for congregational leaders and interested lay leaders who desire to reach out to others but have also experienced some of the challenges of doing so. 

Dr. Beck summed up this challenge well when he wrote, 
 

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This workshop is designed to help congregations in the Tacoma area cultivate and expand those hospitality capacities.  

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Jul
24
to Jul 28

Whitworth Institute of Ministry (WIM)

REFORMATION AND RE-FORMATION: THE CHURCH AS WITNESS TO THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

  • What are the biblical and theological foundations that inform our practice of ministry?
  • What types of re-formation must take place in us and among us as Christians?
  • Finally, what do we envision as the future of our churches as witnesses to Jesus’ gospel?

These issues will guide our discussions and our worship during WIM 2017 on the beautiful campus of Whitworth University. We do hope that you will set aside five days for spiritual renewal, personal refreshment and ministry formation. We hope to see you July 24-28 in Spokane!

KEYNOTES

We are delighted to have two nationally renowned ministry leaders, who will guide our focus on Reformation and Re-Formation.

Reformation
Leonard Sweet

Five hundred years ago, the church faced challenges as a generation of pastors, lay leaders, theologians, and ordinary citizens from Western Europe decided to challenge the logic of Christendom by defining the church for their time. Their hope was to be part of a freer church, a church breaking free from the chains of de-humanizing ideologies, theologies, imperial powers and sociocultural stereotypes. Leonard Sweet, nationally renowned author and scholar, will unpack the assertion of five Reformation “solas,” taking the theme of “walk”: Sola Fide: The Essene Walk; Sola Scriptura: The Garden Walk; Solus Christus: The Emmaus Walk; Sola Gratia: The Damascus Walk; and Sola Deo Gloria: The Calvary Walk.

Re-Formation
Oscar García-Johnson

The re-formation of today's church is far from over, as challenges similar to those of the Reformation continue to raise questions about the church’s identity and mission. To guide our discussion on re-formation for the church in the 21st century, Garcia-Johnson will cast a vision of today’s re-formation by identifying the church without borders. Together, we will embark in the adventurous task of re-envisioning the Church of Jesus Christ for our future, as we assume our generational task in this re-formation agenda.

Please view our keynote speaker biographies here.

TRACKS

WIM 2017 will offer several tracks that will run over several days and times. Each WIM registrant will choose one track to attend throughout the entire week. Please view each track leader's biography here.

Planning and Leading Worship for Christian Formation: Theology, Pedagogy and Resources
Benjamin Brody
Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-noon / Tuesday & Thursday 3-5:15 p.m.

In this track, we will explore how to plan and lead worship services that both engage worshipers and serve to shape their faith. Over our three days together, we will explore a theological foundation for worship that forms faith, look at practical ways to plan and lead formational music and liturgy, and discover practical resources (song and prayer resources) for serving our congregations.

A Track for Pastor's Spouses
Suzette McGonigal
Tuesday & Thursday, 3-5:15 p.m.

This track is an opportunity for those in support roles to encourage each other and to connect and share with others who understand the joys and complexities of being in a ministry support role. Please join in the discussion, or just come and listen.

Re-Formation for the Church’s Responsibility to Embrace Immigrants and Refugees
Michelle Warren & Mike McClenahan
Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-noon / Tuesday & Thursday 3-5:15 p.m.

How can churches and Christians respond practically to the issue of immigration? What is the biblical basis for welcoming the stranger? Hear and interact with the story of one pastor who said yes, and became an accidental advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. McClenahan will share the practical way his church has been responding for 30 years with the love of Christ within the Latino/a community through a worshipping community, tutoring children, high school college prep and immigration services.

Minds & Hearts Set on Christ: Spiritual Formation and Biblical Teaching Enrichment
Ron Pyle, George Goodrich, Eric Peterson, & Mindy Smith
Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-noon / Tuesday & Thursday 3-5:15 p.m.

This biblical teaching track will focus on the intersection of the pastor-teacher's personal spiritual formation with the responsibility to communicate the biblical message with clarity, passion and conviction. The members of the teaching team have decades of experience studying the essential elements of Christian discipleship in relation to the biblical teachings. This track is primarily designed for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) pastors who are participating in a preaching/teaching cohort funded by the denominational grant. Others are welcome to join this track, and, if they choose, to join or form a cohort that will continue the learning process throughout the year.

Re-Formation for the 21st Century Missional Church
Rob Fairbanks
Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-noon / Tuesday & Thursday 3-5:15 p.m.

In this season of significant political division permeated with racial and ethnic unrest, the significance of the church is increasingly being pressed to the margins of society. How can a community of faith position itself to remain faithful to its witness to the Gospel? What practices will encourage the church to live out its true missionary identity?

We will explore ecclesial practices that will help us to shape and build tangibly loving communities and to declare and demonstrate faithfully Jesus’ Good News as God’s people living in authentic community in an increasingly secular society.

The Book of Romans as Paul’s Theological Guide for Re-Formation
James Edwards
Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-noon / Tuesday & Thursday 3-5:15 p.m.

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the posting of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, which launched the Protestant Reformation. No biblical document made a greater contribution to the Reformation than the Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. Luther’s Commentary on Romans was the first exposition of Romans on the basis of four Reformation "solas" – Scripture alone, grace alone, faith alone, and Christ alone. In this track, we will consider Romans in light of its Reformation setting and its contemporary witness.

Learn more & register online.

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Jul
16
10:30 AM10:30

Rev. Don Keller & 60 Years of Ordination

Dear Presbytery, 

The Reverend Don Keller will celebrate his 60th Anniversary of Ordination into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) on July 14, 2017. A graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, he was called to John Knox (Seattle) as Associate Pastor. Serving five churches in these 60 years, he is now thankfully and honorably retired--twice--and leads a Sunday morning Adult Bible Study at Lakewood PC. Lakewood will help him celebrate his 60th Anniversary at Sunday worship on July 16 (10:30am) followed by a reception. 

The last 3 years have been difficult for Don. Falls, cognitive issues, and awareness of his 85-year-old frailty are not easy for one who pitched Fastpitch for 60 seasons and had not yet pitched his last game. As we celebrate his 60th year of ordination on July 16, could you, if possible, be there to share the celebration? Or could you recall a memory and send it to him? Or could you send him some tender thoughts? He will know, whatever you do. The relationships he has had with people, churches and presbyteries have meant so much to him as he continues to live, serve, learn and enjoy the life that God is entrusting to him. Thank you for your part in that. 

Please RSVP if you are coming on July 16: (253) 588-2479.

Sincerely, 

Carol Reeve-Keller

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Sound View Camp Open House & Disc Golf Challenge
May
13
2:00 PM14:00

Sound View Camp Open House & Disc Golf Challenge

Come explore Sound View Camp, Saturday May 13, 2:00 to 6:00, with disc in hand! We want to show off the place. What a creative way for the entire family to hike around camp and see what summer has in store - with the added bonus of improving your disc golf skills. Follow the map, record your score, find the hidden clues, and return to the dining hall for food, fun, more information, and prizes. Register for camp at the open house and receive a 10% discount.

Sound View Camp, near Longbranch, is the outdoor ministry for the
Presbytery of Olympia.

Please visit our website - soundviewcamp.com - for directions to camp and to discover more.

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May
4
8:30 AM08:30

Board of Pensions Regional Benefits Connections - Seattle

Registration includes a continental breakfast, networking, learning, and lunch! Complimentary parking will be provided.

Seating is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

After reading the information in the tabs to the left, register online by selecting the Register button below to the right.

Registration will close on Friday, April 7, 2017, or when seating capacity is reached.

Benefits Connections are one-day gatherings for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) employers on benefits.

Who Should Attend?
People who drive benefits decisions and manage benefits, including but not limited to business administrators, office managers, clerks of session, personnel committee chairs, pastors; and Committee on Ministry (COM) members. Registration is open to anyone who would like to attend.  

Why Attend?  
During this one-day seminar, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the theological values that shape the Benefits Plan, ask questions during a Q-and-A with Board of Pensions leadership and staff, and enjoy fellowship with other benefit decision-makers.

You’ll leave with a better understanding of the plan, newly established peer relationships, and new strategies for being the best employer you can be.

Online registration.

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Justice Speaks! Student Leadership Event
Apr
28
to Apr 29

Justice Speaks! Student Leadership Event

  • Seattle Pacific University (map)
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Join the John Perkins Center and youth leaders across the region at the 2017 Justice Speaks Student Leadership Event! Justice Speaks will engage students alongside their faith in areas of social justice and civic engagement through presentations, performances, and break-out groups. This leadership event is designed to provide creative spaces where you can experience your motivations for faith and social justice. The two-day event will use performances, story-telling, and artistic expressions to interact with topics focused on justice for the Stranger, justice for the Prisoner, and justice for the Land and its People. Our hope is for everyone to walk away with new relationships, role models, and an inspiration to pursue justice. Performances will include: Naomi Wachira, and Good Foot Collective. Speakers will include: Randy Woodley, Sabrina Chacon-Barajas, Jerrell Davis, Kim Powe, Sel Bariamichael, Emmanuel Mancilla, and Lish Olson.

Free event.

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Apr
27
8:30 AM08:30

Render Unto Caesar (BOP Seminar)

Board of Pensions Board University Seminar

A terms of call and clergy tax issues seminar facilitated by the Board of Pensions. This one-day seminar is for PC(USA) church treasurers, administrators, and active pastors. 

Topics covered include:

  • Board resources overview,
  • Benefits Plan summary,
  • Clergy taxes and housing allowance,
  • Reimbursements versus allowances,
  • Terms of call structure, and
  • Retirement savings with the 403(b)(9) Retirement Savings Plan of the PC(USA)

Seating limit: 30 registrants. Registration closes April 7.

Local meal fee: $20 per person for lunch & refreshments

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Apr
18
11:00 AM11:00

Sanctuary - FAQs Webinar

Do you know the legal implications if your church wants to be a sanctuary church for at-risk immigrants?

Heather Kimmel, General Counsel for the United Church of Christ, addresses the current interest of faith communities in operating as sanctuary churches, the legal risks, and ways churches can minister to undocumented persons.

This information is relevant and timely for all UCC, Disciples of Christ (Christian Church), Presbyterian Church(USA) and Alliance of Baptist churches.

Everyone is invited to attend.

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Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

Church Council of Greater Seattle Annual Assembly

  • Great Hall, Epiphany Parish of Seattle (map)
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It is a kairos moment, a critical time, calling for the unifying voice and faithful witness of the church. We need your voice.

You are invited to the Church Council of Greater Seattle’s Annual Assembly on Wednesday, March 29, at Epiphany Parish, 1805 38th Ave., Seattle 98122. There will be a reception with light finger food at 6 p.m. and the programming will begin at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome! Parking is available in the lot without charge on a first come, first serve basis.

The Church Council of Greater Seattle is the region’s ecumenical body serving King and South Snohomish Counties. Our major consultative event of the year, the Annual Assembly is a time to gather with members of the wider ecumenical church, to hold rich conversations, to learn what is happening currently with the Church Council, and to inform the Church Council’s work. You will leave inspired to: participate in the collective power of faith in action; connect with neighbor churches to mutually inspire and ignite one another as the Body of Christ, and, catalyze and collaborate for peace, justice, and the well-being of all.

All are welcome!  More information can be found at www.thechurchcouncil.org or by contacting Ann at 206.204.3855 or aerickson@thechurchcouncil.org.  An RSVP to Ann is requested but not necessary. 

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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).

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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.

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Jan
13
to Jan 14

January Term w/Princeton Theological Seminary

  • Bothell United Methodist Church (map)
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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.

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November 19 Presbytery Meeting
Nov
19
10:00 AM10:00

November 19 Presbytery Meeting

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church (map)
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“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...)

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