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Retirement Celebration for Rev. Moe

Please join us on Sunday, June 4 for a retirement celebration for Rev. Sharon Moe.

We will share together in a special worship service at 10:30 a.m. in the First Church Sanctuary, and gather in the Fellowship Hall at 12 p.m. for a luncheon in honor of Rev. Moe.

Rev. Moe is retiring after 31 years of local church ministry. All are welcome to celebrate with us and thank Rev. Moe for her years of service. Prior to coming to First Church, Rev. Moe was the Tacoma District Superintendent for seven years. Sharon has served five other churches in the Pacific Northwest Conference since her graduation from Union Theological Seminary in NYC and ordination in the Pacific Northwest Conference: Orofino and Peck UMC’s in northern Idaho, Centralia First UMC in Centralia, University Temple UMC in Seattle, and Tibbetts UMC in West Seattle.

If you would like to give a gift in appreciation for Rev. Moe, the First Church Committee on Staff-Parish Relations recommends making a donation in her honor to SCM Medical Missions, a Seattle-based non-profit founded by Rita Zawaideh, bringing relief and aid to people affected by conflict and natural disaster within the Middle East and North Africa, or to the bi-annual medical mission trips to Gaza through Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, organized by Gerri Haynes, formerly Chairperson of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Rev. Moe has known Gerri Haynes and traveled with her in the Middle East since 2002. In 2007, toward the end of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Rev. Moe traveled with Gerri to Syria, to assess the Iraqi Refugee situation in Syria. Since 2010 Gerri has been making two trips into Gaza on medical mission projects every year and plans another in September 2017.

Rev. Moe came to know Rita Zawaideh as a result of her relationship with Gerri, and learned of Rita’s brilliant and committed work in Syria, Jordan and Greece. Her projects have grown over the past few years, as she has included work with Syrian refugees in her cultural programs.

Gifts can be made to the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, with the notation “Gaza” on the memo line, and can be mailed to Laura Skelton, Executive Director, 4500 9th Ave NE Suite 300, Seattle, Washington 98105 or donate online with “Gaza” in the comment line. Gifts for SCM Medical Missions can be mailed to Rita Zawaideh, 3806 Whitman Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103 with “Syrian Refugees” in the memo line, or donate online.

Gifts to both projects are tax-deductible and used to provide materials and services needed by the most desperate people in Gaza and Jordan, and now by Syrian refugees who are relocating in Seattle.