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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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Pacific Northwest Culture and Religious Identity

Seattle Presbytery

An invitation from Rev. Kelly Wadsworth:

Pacific Northwest Culture and Religious Identity: Seattle University

This online, professional development course runs Oct 1 – Nov 13, 2018 and will equip local faith leaders to 1) navigate the particular culture, history, and geography of the Pacific Northwest and 2) articulate one’s own ecclesial tradition within the context of this unique region and ethos. Cost: $210. Space limited, sign up soon. Contact Kelly Wadsworth @ wadswork@seattleu.edu for more information. Registration: https://www.seattleu.edu/stm/professional-development/

RAW Tools Service Reflection

Seattle Presbytery

A message from Rev. Lina Thompson, Lake Burien PC:
Like many communities in this region and across the country, we struggle to make real our desire for peace in the midst of senseless violence.  ON August 26th, nearly 250 people from our community, gathered to consider God’s word to us as peacemakers.   We had the privilege of partnering with RAW TOOLS 
www.rawtools.org to create liturgy that spoke to the transformation of violence into peace - all who were there were witness to a beautiful and powerful image that you can read about below in Rev. Aaron Willett’s reflection. 

Peacemaking Starts with the Heart

-Rev. Aaron Willett

The gun barrel entered the forge and the hammer pounded--bang, bang, bang--we prayed, we sang--bang, bang, bang--people whose sisters and brothers have died at the end of a gun shared their stories--bang, bang, bang--the Word was preached--bang, bang, bang--and then the forge was still and a pair of garden tools were given to those survivors as a sign of God’s redemption. We witnessed the hope-filled words of Isaiah 2:4 enacted before our eyes: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.”

I was particularly struck by the story of one young man who shared his story of having an older adopted brother killed by gang violence--killed by a gun. He told of the day, some years later, when another of his brothers shared a secret with him: a gun, hidden away. Together he and his brothers would just hold the gun, in awe of the power it represented. They bragged to each other of the people they would shoot if they were disrespected, threatened, or endangered. The gun represented safety, security, and strength. But then, on a fateful day in 2006, the gun went off and one brother was dead.

Here at Southminster, we had two students at Evergreen High School who were on the wrestling team with those brothers. They mourned with that family. That gun, acquired to be a sign of safety and power, brought darkness and powerlessness.

At Lake Burien Pres., on August 26th, members of John Knox PC, Highline UMC, and several other local congregations gathered under a gray sky that eventually broke into a chilling drizzle. In the discomfort of the cold, we heard the discomforting tones--bang, bang bang--as we faced the discomfort and darkness of violence in our community. Together we prayed:

“Lord, we know that if there is to be peace in the world,
there must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
there must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
there must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
there must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
there must be peace in the heart.”

We shared communion and we celebrated our God, incarnate in Jesus Christ, who makes peace in our hearts… that there might be peace in the world.


A Practice of Peacemaking

Each part of Isaiah 2:4 helps teach us the practice of peacemaking.

“[God] shall judge between the nations,
and shall arbitrate for many peoples;”

God establishes our peace. In Jesus Christ, the peaceable kingdom has begun. The first step in any practice of peacemaking is to relinquish the responsibility and pressure for that first step! In our own peacemaking, we are participating in God’s own action and desire to establish peace in the world and in our hearts.

“They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;”

The first action belongs to God… but we own our responses. We do carry the responsibility to choose to act in God’s way of peace, whether it be smithing weapons into garden tools or choosing compassion instead of judgment when someone cuts us off in traffic.

“Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.”

Finally, God’s peace impacts both the political world of the nations, as well as the much smaller world of our homes. “Neither shall they learn war any more.” Choosing to teach peace requires that we practice peace.

Next time you are faced with the choice between violence and peace, give yourself a moment to consider Isaiah’s call to you. Move past your own fight or flight instincts to consider how you can refashion the violence in your own heart into a tool of God’s peaceable kingdom.

August 30 SeaPres Update: NEXT Church 2019 in Seattle

Seattle Presbytery

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“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles.” ( Acts 2)

As a PresbyGeek or denominational nerd, I attend my fair share of national church gatherings. I’m always on the prowl to hear good news, insights, and innovative ways of rethinking church. Five years ago I attended what was then labeled as a “brand new gathering of Presbyterians” in Charlotte. They called themselves NEXT Church.

This gathering was unlike anything I had attended before. Rather than bemoaning the state of the church or how things aren’t as they used to be, I found leaders - ordained and not - engaged in thoughtful conversations about thinking of the church in a different way, of taking a chance to risk, of celebrating who we are and can be. Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of this event was that is was - by PCUSA standards anyway - far more culturally and ethnically diverse than other denominational gatherings. Yay! More people who looked and sounded like me, doing ministry, being PCUSA together!

Since then, I have attended the NEXT Church national gatherings in Chicago, Atlanta, Kansas City, and Baltimore. And in 2019 NEXT Church will be in Seattle. Yes, finally on the west coast!

Preparations have begun for Seattle Presbytery and Seattle First Presbyterian Church to host the event which usually gets about 400-600 attendees. We’ll need your help in order to roll out the hospitality. Please sign up if you’re interested in volunteering.

Mark your calendars for March 11-13. More details here.

The NEXT Church gathering  will be a place where we can revel in teaching and fellowship, break bread and pray together.

In grace and hope,

Rev. Eliana Maxim
Associate Executive Presbyter

August 23 SeaPres Update

Seattle Presbytery

By Ben McConaughy

Ben McConaughy is a ruling elder from Mercer Island Presbyterian Church and currently serves on Seattle Presbytery’s Permanent Judicial Commission and the Seattle First Presbyterian Church Administrative Commission. He shared this devotion at a recent AC meeting and gave us permission to share it with the presbytery. 


35 The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah.” (John, Chapter 1)

Twenty years ago, I found myself in Amalfi, Italy, with an afternoon on my hands. I randomly decided to stop in at the cathedral. There were signs all over the place pointing to the Crypta de Santo Andrea. Curious, I followed the signs, through the sanctuary, down hallways, around corners, until I got to . . .  the gift shop. I thought that was a bit strange, until I noticed one last sign pointing down some stairs. I asked one of the cashiers who Santo Andrea was, and she said, “That’s St. Andrew. Thke Andrew -- The first disciple of Jesus.” The Amalfians claim that during the crusades, they captured Andrew’s mremains from Constantinople, brought them back, and then built a cathedral to house them. I didn’t really believe this, but I went down into the crypt. It was dark and kind of creepy, and surprisingly, I was alone. As I approached this golden box of bones on an altar, I was overwhelmed by this powerful sense that I could be in the presence of the remains of someone who had actually been with Jesus. I wanted to touch the box, but wasn’t sure if it was allowed. But there was no one else there, and my hand was almost magnetically drawn to the box. I touched it, and felt this incredible surge of energy flowing through me. I felt like I had come into contact with a force more powerful than I could explain. When I told my pastor at the time this story, he said, “Maybe this wasn’t some deep spiritual phenomenon – maybe they just electrified the box to keep people from touching it.”

I bet Andrew’s encounter with Jesus was a bit like mine with Andrew – coming into contact with a force more powerful than one can explain.  One of the reasons I love this passage from John is its quirky dialogue. The disciples go walking after Jesus and he turns to them with a question – “what do you want?” In fact, these are the first words that Jesus speaks in the Gospel of John –“what do you want?” Given the context, it’s not a question about why the disciples are trailing after Jesus.  It’s a question about the deepest desires of being human. It’s a question about why it was necessary for Jesus to step into our world. And it’s a question for the church to ask itself. What do we want?

Andrew, perhaps taken aback by Jesus’ question, responds with his own question – “where are you staying?” He’s not asking who’s putting Jesus up for the night. The Greek here is closer to “where do you abide?” Where does Jesus abide? If we want to know more about Jesus, where can we expect to find Him? In my view, it is outside the walls of the church – in the streets, amidst the poor and the oppressed; the hungry and the lost. At homeless shelters, AA meetings, memory care units. At Charlottesville. This scripture invites us to ask where is Jesus calling us to.

Jesus responds to Andrew’s question with an invitation: “come and see.” This story tells us that the way to find the essence of Jesus isn’t through spiritual practices or theologizing. It is by following Him out into the world and enacting the love of God. Father Richard Rohr puts it this way: “we do not think ourselves into new ways of living – we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.”

Our work as an administrative commission, our call as followers of Jesus, is to go to the places where Jesus abides. To do, to see, to act. To change the lives of others, and to be changed in our own right.

I leave you with three questions:

What do we as a church want?

Given what we know about Jesus and His character, where can we expect to find Him?

How will we respond to the call to follow Christ into the places where He abides?

August 16 SeaPres Update

Seattle Presbytery

Dear friends,

I recently got together with a priest friend who serves in a local Catholic parish. We shared a little about current ministry challenges when he suddenly looked at me and said, “Wait. If you guys don’t have a bishop, who’s in charge?”

Not an uncommon question to ask, especially if you’ve been accustomed to a church system where the buck stops with a particular person, the official decision maker.

I responded to my friend as I have to many others who’ve asked me the same question. “The presbytery is in charge.”

You see where this is going, I’m sure.

You are the presbytery. We are the presbytery. Women and men, young and old, ruling elders and teaching elders (ministers of word and sacrament) coming together to serve together on committees, commissions, and task forces. And then quarterly gathering as a larger body at presbytery meetings to discuss and make decisions. As presbytery. The ones in charge.

This doesn’t happen organically or by happenstance. It requires pastors (teaching elders) to take time away from their already busy ministries to serve at the presbytery level. It also requires ruling elders from all our churches to prayerfully consider how they can serve the presbytery as well. I say requires, because serving “the higher council” (not just your church’s session but the presbytery committees, commissions, and task forces) is part of the ordination vows we all make.

“Will you share in government and discipline, serving in councils of the church, and in your ministry will you try to the show the love and justice of Jesus Christ?”

Our polity also directs ruling elders in this fashion.

G-3.0202 in the Book of Order states: “Sessions have a particular responsibility to participate in the life of the whole church through participation in other councils….(b) serve on committees or commissions, bearing in mind principles of inclusiveness and fair representation in the decision making of the church.”

If you are a congregational pastor reading this, we ask you to consider elders in your community who might be called to serve the presbytery.

If you are a ruling elder reading this, we need you.

How might you more fully live into your ordination promises to serve the councils of the church? Where within our presbytery leadership might you find your gifts needed?

I welcome and celebrate the opportunity to BE the presbytery with you all!

In grace and hope,

Rev. Eliana Maxim
Associate Executive Presbyter

p.s. Want to know about opportunities to serve at the Presbytery level?

Contact our Nominating Committee or any staff member.

August 10 SeaPres Update: A Hike and A Question

Seattle Presbytery

A Hike and A Question

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I remember as we were driving to the trailhead that there was still one question I had not yet asked about our trip. That question though was like the hazy, haunting smoke from the Diamond Creek and BC forest fires we were driving into -- it was all around me yet too ethereal and distant in my mind to think much about.  

It was day four when the question became clear. I was navigating Cutthroat Pass alone (we tended to get spread out on the trail) when it hit me. As I approached the first cutback on my descent, I peered out over the ledge to see the startling 1,000 foot drop into the valley below, and all of a sudden it popped into my mind like the terror that was beginning to envelope my body: "how high are these peaks we’re going to be hiking?" And a related question (actually many) also came: "Will there be any sheer cliffs on this hike?" 

I've always been a big fan of questions, and even more so now. Questions allow us to explore, learn, grow, and often times to assess things before we experience them for ourselves. They open us up to possibilities and understandings that help us navigate what's ahead. I'm convinced we make better, more faithful decisions when we lead with questions. 

What questions are you asking in your life now? What are you curious about? What are your questions? 

I wish I had asked that one question before heading out on the PCT last summer, but even that was a learning experience. It didn't end terribly well (I'll share that story another time), but I lived to tell the tale, so that's got to count for something. 

"[Jesus] said to them, 'What are you talking about as you walk along?'"  Luke 24:17 (CEB)

Rev. Scott Lumsden
Executive Presbyter

2019 Youth Triennium

Seattle Presbytery

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Presbyterian Youth Triennium

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

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 for more information.

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

Resources to help separated immigrant families

Seattle Presbytery

On June 16, 2018, the PC(USA) Stated Clerk issued this statement on separated immigrant families:

Nelson: ‘We must not punish desperate parents by tearing their children away from them’

Office of the General Assembly Communications - June 16, 2018

ST. LOUIS

Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II —Randy Hobson

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II, issued a statement  from the denomination’s 223rd General Assembly condemning the Trump administration’s new policy of separating young children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“What has this nation become?” Nelson queried. “How have we wandered so far from Jesus’ kind admonition, “‘Let the little children come to me…’” He also criticized the Justice Department’s stated use of separate detention of parents and their children as a “deterrant” to immigration and accused the administration of selective use of scripture, saying the citing of Romans 13:1 to obey the law (presumably whatever the law says), while ignoring the higher scriptural demand that “love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:10) is a blatant misuse of the biblical message.

The full text of Nelson’s statement, dated June 16, 2018: 

As Presbyterians gather for the meeting of our 223rd General Assembly, we are mindful of the many issues of justice, peace and compassion we face, both as citizens of the United States and members of the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

While we face issues of peace on the Korean peninsula, tragic injustice in the Middle East, and the spectre of climate change in our nation and our world, there is nothing of more urgency than the tragedy that is unfolding at our borders, where children are ripped from their parents and placed in holding cells, while their frantic parents scream in agony at the separation.

What has this nation become? How have we wandered so far from Jesus’ kind admonition, “Let the little children come to me … for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs”? How can this be happening in a nation in which so many claim the traditions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam and the critical importance of families to the fabric of our lives together?

Perhaps the most egregious aspect of this policy is the willingness of the highest legal official of our nation to suggest that if a mother has fled violence in her own country to save herself and her children but has not had a chance to make a proper petition for safety in the U.S., she should be taught a lesson by having her children taken from her. It is almost incomprehensible that these acts should be used as a warning to others who would come.

What makes matters worse is the audacity of quoting the Apostle Paul’s admonition to believers in Romans 13:1 to obey the law (presumably whatever the law says), while ignoring the higher scriptural demand that “love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:10).

The crisis of tens of thousands of desperate people coming to the United States for relief seems almost overwhelming. But as the officials of our government attempt to address the crisis, we cannot afford to tarnish the highest values of our nation. We must not punish desperate parents by tearing their children away from them, leaving the parents without access to the children or assurance of their welfare. 

In the name of God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stop!

In the faith we share,

Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)


PC(USA) General Assembly 223 in St. Louis

Seattle Presbytery

Kindom Building for the 21st Century

"But strive first for the kingdom of God and His righteousness." Matthew 6:33

June 16-23, 2018 in St. Louis

GA 223 website 

Seattle Presbytery GA 223 Commissioners:

Leslie Ferrell, Mercer Island PC
Rev. Doug Kelly
Julia Sensenbrenner, Bethany PC
Rev. Eliana Maxim
Rachel Jewett, Mercer Island PC/YAAD

A comprehensive list of actions taken and groups formed at the General Assembly can be found here and here.

More links: 

2018 Gift Project

GA223 news updates from Office of the General Assembly

Spirit of GA on Facebook

GA223 news updates from The Presbyterian Outlook

Post-GA bulletin inserts from The Presbyterian Outlook

Eliana Maxim & Jeff Keuss Featured on KUOW

Seattle Presbytery

Is Seattle a 'None Zone?' And the future of the church

By MATT MARTIN & BILL RADKE

Did you know that Seattle has the second most places of worship per capita in the nation? Meanwhile, we are also the second most religiously unaffiliated city in America. So basically, Seattle has a lot of empty churches. And after June 24th, there will be one more empty church. That will be the last day of service for the Capitol Hill Presbyterian church.

Bill Radke speaks with Seattle Pacific University Professor Jeff Keuss, Reverend Eliana Maxim with the Seattle Presbytery, and Pastor Tyler Gorsline from A Seattle Church about the landscape among Chrisitian churches in Seattle and what the future of these institutions looks like in the city.

Listen online.

Meet those standing for moderator

Seattle Presbytery

June 6, 2018 by The Presbyterian Outlook 

The Presbyterian Outlook asked those standing for co-moderator or moderator and vice moderator to share their sense of call as well as their vision of what God may be calling the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to do and be in the years ahead. We are grateful to each of these candidates for their willingness to serve, their honest responses and their faithfulness to seeking God’s will. 

Read more.

The PC(USA) needs gender equity

Seattle Presbytery

Time’s up, #MeToo and #ChurchToo

By Rhashell Hunter | The Racial Ethnic Torch

LOUISVILLE – The 2016 presidential electoral campaign brought up issues that were disturbing to many women. The criteria for fitness of the woman candidate for the office of president, such as comments about the clothes she wore, for example, were standards seemingly not imposed on male candidates in the race. The comments surrounding women’s bodies were also alarming. These conversations brought up a sort of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for some women, as they themselves have experienced sexual harassment and discrimination.

Read more.

 

Sustenance to Bloom - NEXT Church blog article by Eliana Maxim

Seattle Presbytery

Sustenance to Bloom

May 2, 2018/in National Gathering /

Each month, we post a series of blogs around a common topic. This month, Jeff Bryan is curating a series reflecting on the 2018 National Gathering in late February. You’ll hear from clergy, lay people, community leaders, and others reflect on their experiences of the National Gathering and what’s stuck with them since. How does the “Desert in Bloom” look on the resurrection side of Easter? What are your own thoughts of your National Gathering experience, or on what these reflections spark for you? We invite you to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter

by Eliana Maxim

In a busy season of ministry, the opportunity to attend the NEXT Church National Gathering popped up on my calendar quite unexpectedly. I remembered the enthusiasm with which I had registered back in early winter, but now with to-do lists multiplying magically, I wasn’t sure I would find the time or “head space” to engage.

I am so glad I did.

The theme of “The Desert in Bloom” appropriately described what many of the pastoral leaders with whom I work have been experiencing. The realities of ministry can certainly make one feel as if you are in extended wilderness time. And that you are doing it alone.

In order to bloom in said desert would require sustenance, at least for this pastor. A desert in bloom means hope above all else.

Read more.

The Religious Imagination of Children Project

Seattle Presbytery

The Religious Imagination of Children Project

Dr. J. Bradley Wigger, Professor of education and childhood studies at Louisville Seminary, is directing a research project to better understand children’s thinking and imagination, including the ways children reflect upon God and religious life.

If you are a parent with a child (3-12 years old), who would be willing to participate in the study, we would appreciate a chance to talk with you, and with your child’s assent, interview your child. Interviews typically last about 30 minutes and are set up at your convenience.  Participation could make important contributions to better understanding children.

If you are possibly willing to participate, have questions, concerns, or are curious, please contact:

            J. Bradley Wigger

            bwigger@lpts.edu

            502.489.2842

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The study is funded by the Henry Luce III Foundation through Louisville Seminary and conforms to the ethical standards of research with human subjects as approved by the school’s Institutional Review Board. Confidentiality will be maintained by disguising the names or other identifying features of participants.

Elizabeth Juarez Memorial Fund

Seattle Presbytery

A message from Lake Burien PC:

 

Dear Friends and Family - 

Wednesday night, April 4th,  near the Alturas apartments in Burien, two young women's lives were taken.

The Juarez family is now without a sister and daughter, and our community is now without a classmate and friend.

Below, you'll find the remembrances of older sister, Maria, about her younger sister, Elizabeth.

"Elizabeth always put her friends and family before herself, making sure they were doing alright before focusing on herself. She had big plans; always talking about how she was going to change her life around. For a 13 year old to handle a hard life the way she did is impressive. She made mistakes but once she realized what mistake she made she went back and tried to fix it or do things differently so she could do things the right way. She never gave up. I would like for Elizabeth to be remembered as the loving caring silly person she was. That a 13 year old child had such a big heart and so much love to give is amazing."

Thirteen years old, can you imagine?

Our commitment to raising funds for Elizabeth's funeral costs flows out of our commitment to the health and wellness of young people in our community. We want them to know that they are not alone - in life and in death - and that we build this community together, alongside them and their dreams for a transformed community. Will you join us in raising funds for this untimely, tragic death? With your donation, we come alongside a grief-stricken family and offer the hope and generosity of a loving community.

Ways to give:

Please donate to Lake Burien Presbyterian online or with cash/check in person with the memo "Elizabeth Juarez”.

Make checks payable to:

Lake Burien Presbyterian Church and mail to

15003 14th Ave. SW

Burien, WA 98166

or you can make a donation via our website - (see information below) 

visit: SQUAREUP.COM/STORE/LBPC

scroll to memorials, enter amount and note: "Elizabeth Juarez Memorial" in the notes section at the end of checkout process. 

My relatively short time as a pastor in this community has been both beautiful and during times like this, heartbreaking.  Mostly, my days and weeks are filled with lots of promise and hope. Holding on to and proclaiming  the promise of resurrection,  not just for the "hereafter" but for justice, shalom and redemption in the  "here-and-now" is the unique and profound calling of the Church.  May we be bold enough to live, pray and proclaim, "on earth as it is in heaven"....

With Love and great thanks to you in advance, for your consideration,  generosity AND prayers for all those directly affected by this tragedy.  I'm very grateful to be able to call on you for help.  

Blessings to all of you...

Lina

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Muslim Association of Puget Sound Open House

Seattle Presbytery

As-Salam Alaikum (peace be upon you),

The Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) invites you to meet your Muslim neighbors, tour our mosque and community center (especially if you have never visited a mosque), learn about Islam, observe (and if you wish, participate in) an Islamic prayer, have your questions answered about Islam/Muslims, and enjoy a small meal together! All for free, as our guest. Registration required (http://maps.gd/openhouse). Please arrive no later than 3pm.

Please also share this invitation with your friends, neighbors, coworkers, family and others so they can attend this special event as well.

We look forward to welcoming you to MAPS, regardless of your religion, faith tradition, race, national origin, gender, sexuality, age (but no childcare provided), different abilities, or political viewpoints.

Thank you  

MAPS Outreach Team  

outreach@mapsredmond.org 

Learn more.

Letter Writing Campaign

Seattle Presbytery

LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN

A great idea has come to us via James Potts, Director of Family Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood.  He has networked with churches across the nation to begin a Children’s Letter Writing Campaign to the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  If you would like to have your children or youth ministries participate, please begin the campaign as soon as you can, gather the letters and send them to the Presbytery Center, without envelopes (one envelope for all is fine).  We will give them to Rev. Willy Figueredo to hand deliver them to a guidance counselor at Stoneman Douglas.  There will not be a time frame for this project in frequency or duration.  However immediate response will be beneficial for the students as they are currently in shock and in grief.

Should you have any questions, please call Sandra 954-785-2220 or email sandra@tfpby.org.

Mail items to:

Presbytery of Tropical Florida
Attn: Sandra Figueredo
1919 SE 5th Street
Deerfield Beach, FL  33441