Jul
24
Jul 28

Whitworth Institute of Ministry (WIM)

  • Whitworth University

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.

Sep
17
Sep 23

OlyPres 2017 Disaster Response Trip

September 17 – 23, 2017 The Olympia Presbytery Disaster Response Team will partner with the United Methodists to help rebuild homes following the Carleton Complex wildfires of 2014 and 2015.

We will work in Okanogan County in North Central Washington.  

PLEASE NOTE:  The individual cost for this trip is $250 and includes The United Methodist charges of $10 per night per person ($60 for the week) and $50 each for supplies.  We will also need to buy groceries for the week and pay our drivers for gas to and from eastern Washington as well as for on-site transportation.  As we have done in the past, registration fees will be sent to the Olympia Presbytery office. 

Contact Steve Klump, 360-219-8824.

Click here for the volunteer mission information packet and registration form.

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)


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.

Download bulletin insert.

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.

Justice Speaks! Student Leadership Event
Apr
28
Apr 29

Justice Speaks! Student Leadership Event

  • Seattle Pacific University

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.

Learn more.

Register online.

Apr
27
8:30 am08:30

Render Unto Caesar (BOP Seminar)

  • Seattle First PC

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

Read more.

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.

Register online.

Mar
29
6:00 pm18:00

Church Council of Greater Seattle Annual Assembly

  • Great Hall, Epiphany Parish of Seattle

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. 

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

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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