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Annual Meeting Report

UCC Pacific Northwest Conference

April 28-29, 2017

One of the goals of this year's UCC Pacific Northwest Conference (PNC) was for more people to experience our UCC church camps. To that end, the business part of the annual meeting was held a Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center in Port Orchard, WA  April 28-29, 2017. The education part of the meeting will be held at N-Sid-Sen Camp and Retreat Center near Coeur d'Alene from September 29 - October 1, 2017.

Pilgrim Firs provided a beautiful and peaceful setting for gathering. Singing familiar camp songs on Friday after dinner was a fun, pleasant start to the weekend. Ann and I have a warm place in our hearts for camp ministry since we served for three years as Directors of a church camp in Vermont.

We enjoyed meeting members of the Pacific Northwest Conference staff including Peter Ilgenfritz, Moderator and Mike Denton, Conference Minister. We were impressed with their leadership and warm caring. Peter called us back from breaks with song. Mike was insightful and was spirit filled in his leading of worship. Wade Zick, managing Director of Pilgrim Firs and Mark Boyd from N-Sid-Sen welcomed over 200 participants.

The Saturday session was uplifting and thought provoking. The tasks of the business meeting were the budget,  the issue of vitality in the church,  and a proposed resolution. Let us share some take aways and challenges.

The budget discussion helped us realize that our church's participation in the Pacific Northwest Conference makes us part of something bigger than ourselves. “Church” keeps hope alive in communities and our world. We at Newport UCC are “church” and the town of Newport needs our “church” voice. Conference is also “church”. Conference is the UCC ministry beyond our Newport community. The 77 churches in our conference provide 68% of the PNC income through Our Church's Wider Mission (OCWM) giving. We were moved to recognize the wider impact that we are part of. The budget was passed after stimulating discussion.

Courtney Stange-Tregear was hired by the PNC to study church vitality. “Vitality” means a  living church. She used Micah 6:8 as a guide for what creates a living church  What does God require of us as a church? Micah says we are to “do justice, love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God.” A video from the UCC General Minister and National President, John Dorhauer, challenged us discover the vitality in our own church. He challenged us to figure out the Purpose of our individual churches (What do we LOVE to do? What are we good at?), to find our Mission (What are we called to do?) and have a Vision (What would Newport look like if we accomplished our mission?) We were challenged not to become something we are not, but to be the best of what we are. Whatever we do as “church” we should be able to say “We do this so that ___”. An example, “We put money in the offering plate “so that” we can meet our annual budget “so that” we can give to our community “so that” peoples lives are made better.

The proposed resolution was a “Call to Become Immigrant and Refugee Welcoming” as a conference and in congregations. The challenge for us is to be sure we are welcoming the disenfranchised. We were reminded that “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”.

Thanks for the privilege of representing our congregation in our wider “church”.

Mike and Ann Wenger



Council has approved a request for Bike the US for MS Northern Tier team to use our building for the night as this team of 22 bicyclists make their way from Bar Harbor, Maine to Seattle, Washington, to raise funds for MS research and treatment through cross country cycling trips. Our goal is to combine an important cause with an incredible experience. In addition to funding research, cyclists volunteer for MS patients as they pass through communities. A portion of the funds are used to fund projects like accessible ramps and bathrooms.

They will ride 69 days (we are on the last leg) from Bar Harbor, Maine to Seattle WA for a total of 4295 miles.

The support vans will arrive that morning and cyclists begin to arrive about 1 p.m.  Pastor Becky is working on arranging showers, dinner and breakfast as hospitality for the team.  They will also be available to visit with people about their mission. We hope to arrange for a time with teens where they can also hear about this trip.

They were in Newport last year at another church but scheduling did not permit that option in 2017.  We have been given the opportunity to host them and support this project!

To learn more or to donate go to    Northern Tier


Diaconate Committee News

We will have one more meeting before our committee takes a break.  It is on June 7th at 5:30 pm and is at Pastor Becky’s home.  We will meet again the first Wednesday of September. We will finalize who sets up for communion in July, August, and September and take care of any details that need to be addressed before we take a break.

Please remember that June 4th is Pentecost Sunday so wear red.  It will also be communion Sunday.  Then we have Pastor Becky’s installation at 4 pm on that Sunday.  There will be a short service and her installation followed by a potluck meal.

We have summer musicians lined up for the time that Don and Chris are off.  If you are interested in providing special music during the summer, please contact Micki, Pastor Becky, or Chris.  We would enjoy having special music during our summer services.  Thank you to Don and Chris for providing our music.  Enjoy your much deserved summer off.

Please remember to check the signup boards for coffee hour, greeters, and lay readers.  There are plenty of openings in the coming months to give you an opportunity to do your share in providing a part of Sunday’s service and coffee hour.  Choir members; remember that now you can be a greeter.  Your help is always appreciated.

Have a great summer!

Micki Weisbarth,



Day Camp 2017

June 19-23!!

Our 2017 theme is based on Ephesians 2:10, “We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Jesus Christ, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”

Music, Bible stories, crafts, games, snacks, and an opportunity to make new friends!

9:00 - 3:00 -- 1st grade - 6th grade
9:00 - 11:30 – Preschool (age 4) - Kindergarten
Bring a sack lunch...and Bring Your Friends!!

Led by the team from Lutherhaven, it is held at the American Lutheran Church –Newport.  Contact Roberta Konkright 509-993-9936 if you would like to help with snacks.


Called to Care

We will continue to send cards, make phone calls, and make visits to those members of our church in long term care or assisted living or homebound during the summer. If you know of a need please call Diane Wilson 447-4723. We will not have meetings during the summer.


Women’s Fellowship

Twenty-two women met at noon on Friday, May 12, for lunch and business meeting. Micki and Roberta  served as hostesses, Susan  said grace, and Michele  read a poem for devotions.

We discussed the spring luncheon scheduled for the next day and the upcoming yard sale on June 2nd and 3rd. We also voted to provide the cake for Graduate Sunday on May 28th and gift certificates for the graduates. Pastor Becky informed us the River School has 35 students graduating this year. Their ceremony is scheduled for June 6th in the Newport High School cafeteria. They are in need of funds for decorations, we voted to donate money toward that cause. Installation for Pastor Becky is scheduled for the afternoon of June 4th, followed by a potluck. Several women volunteered to prepare meats for that event and the congregation will be asked to provide side dishes and desserts.

The Spring Luncheon was held Saturday, May 13th, with approximately 40 women and one husband in attendance. Pat was the chairperson for this event, it was a very enjoyable time for all. The decorations were in a nautical theme, we were all photographed and presented with “passports” and embarked on an imaginary cruise complete with stalled engines and a mermaid sighting. We arrived safely back at harbor after being well fed and entertained.

Our next meeting will be held June 9th at noon. Maxine  has again graciously offered to host this event at her home. It will be potluck. Carl’s golf cart limo service will be available for transportation from the parking area to the event site. We will be winding down our 2016-2017 year and electing officers for the upcoming 2017-2018 year. This meeting is always a lot of fun, you will not want to miss it. Please bring 2 White Elephant Gifts as Chris is planning some creative entertainment and there will be prizes! The first meeting of our 2017-2018 year will be held at the church fellowship hall on September 8th at noon. All women are encouraged to attend.



We will be working with others to make a pathway for all to use down to our memorial garden in back of the church. This pathway will be out the north door of the fellowship hall near the church driveway.


Strengthen the Church Offering

                    Will be taken June 25th

Strengthen the Church (STC) is a special mission offering to reimagine and build the future of the UCC. Shared at the conference and national levels, STC largely supports youth ministries and full-time leaders for new churches in parts of the country where the UCC voice has not been heard.  50% of the offering remains in the local Conference and is used at their discretion.  The hiring of Courtney Stange-Traeger as Minister for Church Vitality for our own PNW Conference was made possible by this offering in previous years!

Last year nationally $305,750 was collected and these funds are used primarily towards supporting New and Renewing Grant program for churches, and to help revitalize and inspire new spiritual communities in the UCC. 10% went to produce graphics for a toolbox for churches promoting “God Is Still Speaking,”


Bible Study

Thursdays, at 10:00 am in the church Fellowship Hall is a Bible study group. The topic is the Parables taught by Jesus.. All are invited, and all you need is your Bible. Come join us for an interesting time. The leader is Pat.



The trustees will participate in the Annual Church Yard Sale, which will be held on Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd, 2017. The trustees will be responsible for the tool sales and will sell hot dogs, chips and drinks on both days. Set up for the tool sale will happen on Friday morning. If you wish to donate to the tool sale, items can be brought to the church at 7:00 am Friday morning.

Other summer projects will include concrete repair and carpet cleaning.


Blood Bank

The June Blood Bank “In Memory of Lois Lunden” will be Thursday, June 15th from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm See the posters (with Lois and George’s pictures) around town for more details or call 800-423-0151 to make an appointment


Will you join in prayer for discernment about our education programs at NUCC?  Where should we place our energy for outreach? How do we best serve the families who have children and youth in our church?  Information on this intentional prayer ministry will be available June 4 at the church. It will involve 3 meetings of those who wish to pray, to share insights and ideas.  We would like to have some shape to our ministry by September.  Let us open our hearts to where God is already leading us!

                    Pastor Becky


        Summer Camp

Brochures are in for both UCC summer camps!

Camps for all ages including family camps! See the brochures or go to

Scholarships  are available for those children and teens who would like to go to one of the two UCC camps in our Conference:  N-Sid-Sen (near Coeur d’Alene) and Pilgrim First (near Port Orchard). 

You can also go to the camp websites via our Conference website


Pend Oreille County Fair

The Pend Oreille County Fair will be August 17-20 at the Cusick fairgrounds. This is a great time to celebrate our county. If you would like to help out, please contact Chris  or Faith.


Spokane Indians Baseball

Fun, Fun, Fun!

Friday, July 7th at 6:30 pm

See Denny for tickets or call 447-4851


Relay for Life of Pend Oreille Valley

is looking for people to be on fundraising teams.

Friday Aug. 11 6:30 p.m. to Sat. Aug. 12th  6:30 a.m. at Newport High School.

Contact Terri Ivie, for more information.


Lenten Soup Suppers

Our Lenten soup suppers are one of the best parts of our church year.  During the six weeks of Lent our church, the Lutheran church, the Catholic church, and the Mennonite church in our community get together for soup and fellowship.  Our church, the Lutherans, and the Catholics each host two Wednesday nights.  We serve soup, rolls, and cookies then follow the meal with a short service.  The pastors of the churches get together and pick a theme for the services during the Lenten season.  That will be the basis for the services after the meals.  We have people from the community that don’t attend any of our churches, come for the meal and sometimes stay for the service so it is a way to do outreach in our community.  We enjoy the time we share with the members from each church.  


The Diaconate Committee
The Diaconate committee is the committee that works closely with the pastor and is responsible for different parts of the worship.  We are the committee that sets up and serves communion once a month.  We change the decorations on the altar table to reflect the different parts of the church year.  We are responsible for having greeters, and someone to do the coffee hour after the service for each Sunday. We find someone to cover the service if the pastor is going to be gone. We are the ones that are in charge of the Lenten soup suppers the weeks that our church is the host.


Prayer requests

If you have a prayer request to be put into the bulletin please write your name on the name line and your request  on the prayer request line on the welcome visitors tab and put it in the offering plate or give to Chris.  Last names are helpful to avoid confusion.  After one month the request will be removed.


 Sunday Transcriptions

Currently we deliver eight transcriptions of the Sunday services to people who are unable to come to our services, and we email the transcription to two others.  This is an excellent way for us to outreach to members of our community.  If you want us to email you the transcription, please email the church at