91st Annual Blessing of the Fleet this weekend at Fishermen’s Terminal

The spring departure of the local fishing fleet is approaching, and this Sunday, they’ll be honored in the 91st annual Blessing of the Fleet.

The blessing will be on March 17 at 2pm at the Fishermen’s Memorial site at the terminal.

The tradition was started 91 years ago by the late Pastor O.L. Haavik of Ballard First Lutheran Church. Now, it’s led by First Lutheran Pastors Erik R. Wilson Weiberg and Elise Scott. In the ceremony, they’ll offer thanks for the fishing community, “remember the risks they take each day to provide seafood for our tables,” the church writes in the event info.

“We will also pray that their families will be healthy and protected during their time of separation. We will remember those who went out to sea and never returned.”

The North Pacific Fishing Fleet will be represented by “The Admiral” owner Tom Meiners during the ceremony.

The Blessing of the Fleet is free and open to the public — coffee and cookies will be available after the service.

Photo from the 2018 Blessing of the Fleet, from First Lutheran’s Facebook page

66 thoughts to “91st Annual Blessing of the Fleet this weekend at Fishermen’s Terminal”

        1. You’re the one who made the misogynistic comment. Also, your ignorance is showing. Take a look at the local Mennonite church. They have multiple female pastors.

      1. So judging by the down votes on these messages i/we can assume that either UB has two logins or there are two people that agree with his posts! Why?

          1. Paitking – not extremes but the fact that he can blatantly bully and abuse other members is not acceptable to me and I intend to get it stopped after it accused me of doing that, which I did not.

          2. Paintking, liken UB to termites or cockroaches. Yeah you could live with them, but they are annoying, have no helpful or redeeming qualities and only ruin a good thing, so why would you not want them gone?

          3. Huh. I was just pointing out a FACT
            Tell me how many Orthodox Jewish Rabbis or Muslim Imams are women?
            Pathetic censorship hags with your religious and cultural double standards.

          4. Sorry, if you are specifically referring to the Bible then you are actually NOT pointing out fact.
            Pathetic troll with your tired and boring comments.

          5. UB – again, you were not pointing out a “fact” when you posted “Female clergy is against Scripture. Is this some kind of pagan ceremony? “If you were than post the “fact”.
            And FWIW this topic is about Blessing the Fleet with the Ballard First Lutheran Church, so try to keep on topic.

  1. Its sad everyone here feels their political ideology is more important then Fisherman’s lives.
    So shallow, go tweet something, in fact just GO!

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