• Lenten Study “In This Together”

    During the 2017 Lenten Study, “In This Together,” participants will explore films from the Work of the People encouraging “loving our way forward,” a perfect take-up for the Lenten season of reflection and renewal.  There are two sessions to choose from:

    Sundays at 7 pm starting March 5th
    Thursdays at 2 pm starting March 9th
    Sign up on the narthex bulletin board

    “This series is coming at a time when coming together is so important to say the least. These five films point to areas of fracture with ideas of how we can come together regardless of race, nationality, faith, sexual orientation, as one humanity for the healing of the world.”

    The film series will include thoughts from Brian McLaren, Miroslav Volf, Bishop Mano Rumalshah, Lisa Sharon Harper, and Father Gregory Boyle.

  • Baby Food Drive

    Making sure our smallest neighbors have food.

    FCC Puyallup is holding a collection drive, this time to help the little ones.  Baby food, formula and other baby items can be dropped by the church through February.

    Good nutrition, particularly in the first three years of life, is important for establishing a good foundation that has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity.

    According to Feeding America, an estimated 48.8 million Americans, including 16.2 million children, live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis.  As a result, about 1 in 5 children go hungry at some point during the year.

     

  • Bathroom Remodels Completed!

    With a successful fundraising and fund-matching effort (thank you!) and lots of volunteer hours (thank you!), Phases 1 & 2 of the restroom upgrade project were well worth the effort!

    Phase 3 of the project, transforming a tiny toddler-sized restroom into a unisex family-friendly ADA-compliant version, had a few twists and turns along the way, but the newest restroom is now open and ready to be used.   The ADA restroom is adjacent to the other restrooms.

    Planners are grateful for the seed money provided by the Bob Crabb memorial fund, and the generous donations by congregants and friends toward all three restroom overhauls.

  • FCC’s Guiding Vision

    First Christian Church of Puyallup is a gathering of diverse individuals
    called by God to live as a blessing in our own neighborhoods and in the world.

    We dream of being a faithful community of God’s people
    whose spiritual practices of worship, prayer, study, and ministry
    nurture those who are seeking to live in the way of Jesus.

    Believing that every follower of Christ is gifted by God,
    we dream of being a family in which each person discovers their gifts
    and is supported in sharing those gifts with the world.

    We experience God’s welcome in our celebration at the communion table
    and dream of being a reflection of that welcome in our acts
    of acceptance, forgiveness, generosity, justice and peacemaking.

    Learn more about our guiding vision, mission statement and ministry plan.

  • Being Church

    When someone says, “Come to church with me,” we may get a mental picture of going into a building called a “church.”  What if instead of a building, we thought of “church” as people, both individually and collectively, living the way of Jesus at work, at home, and at play?

    Working Together

    We think we’re called to “be the church” and not just “go to church.”  That’s why at First Christian we’re looking for ways of living out the compassionate way of Jesus every day.

    Being ChurchThe gospels are full of stories about Jesus out in his community–talking to people, healing people’s brokenness, feeding hungry folks and welcoming those who had been excluded.

    We know we don’t have all the answers and we can’t address every major societal problems on our own, so we partner with others to help make a difference.  And when someone has a passion for a situation or issue, we work at being a supportive place where others can join in and help out.

    Everyone has a calling

    We’re not just being church when we work on projects together, we believe each one of us is being the church wherever we are.  We try to live an authentic faith at work, in our neighborhoods, in our daily lives, wherever we find ourselves.

    You may see us volunteering in schools, at the Food Bank, in English as a Second Language groups, with other churches, or with Habitat for Humanity.  We may not be wearing a name tag that says, “I’m part of First Christian Church of Puyallup,” but that’s OK.  We hope God’s vision of compassion and reconciliation gets the credit… not us.

  • Hunger Work

  • Homelessness Issues

    • Freezing Nights – Friday nights at FCC Puyallup (November through March) – 7 pm to 7 am
      Click here for volunteer forms.
    • The Hangout – Monday, Wednesday, Friday afternoons at FCC Puyallup (June through August) – 12 noon to 5 pm  See New Hope Resource Center
    • New Hope Resource Center – Puyallup’s homeless drop-in center hours for the 2016-17 season:
      Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:  7 am to 3 pm
      Tuesday, Thursday:  7 am to noon  (Guests may go to Community of Christ Church for lunch)
      Sunday:  7 am to 9 am (no food served)
      Note:  Open Sundays and second, fourth, and fifth Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 5:30 pm as a pickup site for transportation to the host church for those nights.
    • Helping Hand House – Family homeless shelter & transitional housing
    • Homeward Bound Puyallup – Oversight for community-based programs such as Open Hearth & Freezing Night
  • Others we’ve partnered with and support

    Over recent years we’ve partnered with and supported many local groups and far-reaching ministries:

    …and more!

  • On The Way

    The first folks that followed Christ became known as people of The Way.  They lived out their faith in their everyday lives–

    • praying and worshiping God together,
    • studying together,
    • eating together,
    • and sharing what they had with one another.
      (Read Acts 2:42-47 and Pastor Nancy’s reflections on this passage of Scripture here).

    Somewhere along The Way, things changed.  What it meant to be a Christian shifted.  It became less about following Jesus and more about saying yes to a lot of propositions about Jesus (and God, and human beings, and the world–you get the idea).

    We’re trying to reclaim that idea of being people of The Way.  It’s part of our church’s history.  The people who formed our church tradition wanted to free people from strict adherence to creedal statements about God and instead create a place where each person can discover what it means to follow Christ in their own lives today.

    Following Jesus is exciting–a little risky–but an adventure of a lifetime…

     

  • Join the Adventure

    Faith Formation Opportunities at FCC Puyallup

    Sunday morning adult studies (Room 10/Library) – Sundays at 9:45 am (summers off) Now reading Ruth & Esther: Women of Faith, Bravery, and Hope by John F. MacArthur

    Sunday Learning Circle (Room 16) – Sundays at 9:30 am
    The Men’s Group wanted to share the fun and now all are invited!
    Now reading 
    The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr

    Thursday Learning Circle (Room 16) – Thursdays at 11 am
    Lessons are standalone, no prep or prior experience necessary, all are welcome!
    Now reading 
    We Make the Road by Walking by Brian McLaren

    Art Studio (Room 12) – Sundays at 9:45 am
    Let your inner creativity loose as a prelude to Worship.  Many materials are available.  All are welcome.

    Stretching Toward Sunday (STS)
    A short weekly publication reflecting on upcoming scriptures
    (Request weekly emails here, print copies available on request)

    Faith Formation Speakers Series
    A variety of presenters bring an array of topics to the forefront

    Book Club  through winter the Book Club will meet at varying times; check the newsletter for updates.  Regular date and time is the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm, varying locations
    A casual group of readers meeting for conversation and fun

    Back Row Broads (BRB) – Wednesdays at 10 am
    Mature women building relationships and having conversations
    Now Reading 
    Jesus’ Parables of the Lost and Found by James W. Moore

    Children’s Worship Area
    A child friendly section of the sanctuary hosts revolving activities, projects and hands on play experiences for children of all ages.  Children have an innate sense of the presence of God.  Based on the Godly Play approach, activities are designed to help them to explore their faith through story, gain religious language and enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play, all while enjoying worship with the congregation as a whole.

    Seasonal and special studies are offered throughout the year

    Lenten Study 2017
    We’re in This Together – 5 Films on Loving Our Way Forward by Work of the People
    Two Groups to choose from:  
    Sundays at 7 pm March 5th – April 2nd
    Thursdays at 2 pm March 9th – April 6th

     

     

  • Our Guiding Vision

    ...we are a gathering
    of diverse individuals
    called by God
    to live as a blessing
    in our own neighborhoods
    and in the world...

    ...read the entire vision

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    Hours & Directions

    Find us (one block west of the Puyallup Fair roller coaster!):

    623 – 9th Avenue SW
    P.O. Box 516
    Puyallup, Washington  98371

    253.845.6232

    Click to view an interactive map and get driving directions

    Church office hours:  Weekdays 9 am-1 pm
    Sunday Worship:  Oct.-May 11 am; June-Sept. 10 am