Susanna Hoke, Director of Family Ministries

Susanna Hoke, Director of Family Ministries

An Announcement from Dave Rohrer

I am happy to announce that by a vote of the Session on Monday, March 4, Susanna Hoke is now Emmanuel’s Director of Family Ministries.  Upon Heidi Greider’s departure in April of last year we opened a search for a new Director of Christian Education.  The CE Director Advisory Group (Macy Walchenbach, Erik Sigurdson, Mark Kaetzel, Drema Cooper and Kim Courtney) and I reviewed a couple of resumes during that time, but it was not until Susanna joined us as an intern and began working occasionally on aspects of Sunday Children’s Ministry that we together began to discern that she might be a fit for this positon.  The conversations that ensued led to the conclusion to offer Susanna the position and also to change the job title to Director of Family Ministries.  While there was no significant change in the actual job description we felt the new title was a more accurate reflection of our goals for the positon.  (Copies of the position description are available in the narthex or you can view it online by clicking here).     

We know Susanna and appreciate her work among us.  And I am grateful to have such a gifted colleague become a part of Emmanuel’s staff.  So join me in welcoming her and letting her know how thankful we are that she will be working among us. The new position begins immediately and will be incorporated into her internship so that she can fulfill requirements for her M.Div at Seattle Pacific University.  The only difference is that she will now be staying on with us after May of this year.

To remind you a bit about Susanna’s biography: In addition to finishing up her M.Div at SPU she is also currently  working to fulfill her clinical pastoral education requirement in a part-time internship at Harborview Medical Center.  She is an Inquirer under care of Seattle Presbytery and in the process of discerning next steps toward Candidacy and possible ordination as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC (USA).  Susanna is a native of California and has a Master’s in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary. Prior to her move to Seattle, she was the director of Mission at Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Chico, CA.  She serves on the board of Agros International and served as an elder for University Presbyterian Church. She lives in the University District with her husband, Steve, and three children, Camille, Anna and Daniel.  

One Great Hour of Sharing

Every year during Lent we participate in our denomination’s One Great Hour of Sharing special offering. The proceeds from this offering are distributed among three programs: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Hunger Program and Self-Development of People. We’ll receive the offering on Palm Sunday during worship. Pick up one of the OGHS fish banks in the narthex and use it to collect your spare change during Lent. Watch for bulletin inserts with more details in the coming weeks.

Lenten Study Groups Begin March 11th

Lent begins on March 6th with our Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00pm.  This year’s theme for the sermons and small group studies is: “O Christ, Surround Me: Noticing God’s Presence in the Seasons of Life.”  Using the description of life’s seasons in Ecclesiastes 3 as our outline, we will unpack a variety of New Testament texts that speak to Jesus’ experience of and teaching about these seasons and the relationship with God that remains steadfast in spite of the ebb and flow of life.  Our small group studies will run for five weeks beginning the week of March 11 and ending the week before Holy Week (the week of April 8).  In addition to discussing the scripture text from the weekly sermon groups will also be looking at five short essays from Joan Chittister’s book on Ecclesiastes 3 entitled There is A Season.  Group study guides are available in the narthex, or you can download a PDF version at home by clicking here.

Rose Pruning Seminar, March 17th

March is time to prune roses. Larry Gibbons, the chief steward of Emmanuel’s rose garden, will be glad to meet with anyone interested in learning how to prune roses following worship on March 17th. The pruning seminar will only take about 30 minutes. Larry plans to prune the church roses on the following Saturday, March 23rd, starting at 9:30am. Anyone interested i helping prune the roses would be welcome to join him in that task. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Sign Painting for Emmanuel Farm, March 24th

Please join us after worship Sunday, March 24th to paint garden signs for the Emmanuel Farm.  Bring some paint friendly clothes and help us label and decorate the garden.  Pizza lunch will be provided.  Families and youth are encouraged to join in the fun and get to know one another.

Support Group for Caregivers

If you are a caregiver for a family member or friend and would appreciate meeting with other caregivers for the purpose of supporting and praying for one another, you are welcome to be a part of a new support group. If you have questions please contact Bryn Cannon at or Larry Beach at