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First Church Staff Changes


The First Church Committee on Staff-Parish Relations (COSPAR) reports with sadness that Dr. Glenn Gregg will be stepping down from his role as the Music Director at First Church. He is making this change in order to prioritize time with his family in Seattle and with extended family on Whidbey Island. Glenn has shared his musical gifts with First Church for the past eight years, and he and his family look forward to continuing to worship with the First Church community even after Glenn’s time on staff comes to an end.

Please join us for a reception in Glenn’s honor after worship on Sunday, January 29.

ELLIS-ELISABETH-125COSPAR is pleased to announce that Elisabeth Ellis, First Church’s Organist/Accompanist, will take over the Music Director position in February. Elisabeth is a Seattle-based pianist with a focus on opera, ballet and vocal collaborations. In addition to her work at First Church, she is a Company Pianist at the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Elisabeth has a master’s degree in Collaborative Piano.

Kids and Race Workshop

Sunday, February 12, First Church Fellowship Hall

Race still matters in America today. How can we raise children who go beyond the superficial notion of colorblindness to see and challenge the ways that privilege still shapes our lives? How can parents prepare to seize the teachable moments that arise when we least expect them? Join us after worship on Sunday, February 12 for this two and a half hour workshop in partnership with The Well and Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Children and parents will have separate programs to engage them. This workshop will focus on identity development and cultural norms. Early childhood educator Jasen Frelot will present on how narratives and counter-narratives shape our children’s personal and racial identity development.

The workshops are especially suited for preschool through elementary age children and their parents but the content will be valuable for all — everyone is welcome!

Please note the date for this workshop has changed from what was previously announced.

Wedding Coordinator Needed

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First Church needs a new wedding coordinator to help manage logistics for couples who choose to be married in our lovely building. We have several weddings per year at First Church; the scope of work includes an initial planning meeting with the couple, email and phone communication with them and with the church office, and of course your presence at the rehearsal and wedding ceremony. Compensation is $300 per wedding before taxes. If you have experience with events and are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact Eric in the church office.

New Year’s Day Worship


We will celebrate the start of a new year together with a worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2017. Join us!

Duuna Evans


Our First Church Food Services Coordinator, Duuna Evans, will be taking six months of leave from her work at the church to focus on training for a leadership role at her new Monday – Friday job.

Duuna’s last service as our Food Services Coordinator will be on Christmas Eve. We look forward to having her back with us in June!

Duuna coordinates our Sunday coffee hour, monthly meals at the Blaine Center men’s shelter, church lunches and much more. We’ll be looking for extra volunteers to help with these roles during her absence. Please contact the church office (office@firstchurchseattle.org; 206-622-7278) if you are interested in helping with coffee hour or church meals.