School Supplies for Helping Hand House Families
Now through Sunday, August 28th, FCC Puyallup will collect school supplies
for children of families in transition from homelessness to housing
through Helping Hand House.
Make a brighter back to school for worthy kids in Puyallup and surrounding areas.
Here are some suggested supplies:
#2 Pencils – Boxes of 12
Crayola Crayons – Boxes of 24
Crayola Washable Broad Tip or Fine Tip Markers
Bottles of White School Glue
Boxes of Tissues
Bottles of Hand Sanitizer
Fiskar Blunt-Tip or Sharp-Tip Scissors
Plastic Pocket Folders with or without Brads
Wide-Ruled or College-Ruled Spiral Bound Notebooks
Primary or Collegiate Composition Notebooks
Crayola Colored Pencils – Package of 12
Wide-Ruled or College-Ruled Notebook Paper
Mechanical Pencil Leads
3×5 or 4×6 Index Cards
Meal Train for Bonita Goatz
Our dear friend Bonita was injured in a fall while hiking last, and is resting, recuperating, and doing better every day. While she’s on the mend, she would appreciate our support with meals delivered to the church. To sign up or learn more, visit Bonita’s Meal Train web page at https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/env0ky
Potato Drive benefits Puyallup Food Bank
For several weeks the Puyallup Food Bank had been without potatoes,
a basic staple that goes a long way for families in need of a hearty meal.
At FCC Puyallup we collected as many potatoes as we could over a few short weeks
and ended up donating 714 pounds! Way to go, First Christian Church of Puyallup!
Pub Theology is back for the summer!
Rice & Beans Drive
Thanks to First Christian Church of Puyallup for the generous donations of 315 lbs of beans and 216.75 lbs of rice! We’re thrilled to be able to make a big difference at St. Francis House – Puyallup Valley. Sister Pat told our Outreach Advocate Kerry Yanasak that this donation will last them 6 months! Well done, Friends!
Phases 1 & 2 complete! (Here comes #3!)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 are complete! Take a peek at both of the main restrooms now updated for the mission and ministry of First Christian Church of Puyallup in the 21st Century!
Next, Phase 3 of the project will be underway. Transforming a tiny preschool restroom into a unisex family-friendly ADA-compliant restroom to be accessed from the hallway by the other restrooms will ensure the experience is welcoming and accessible for everyone.
To help fund this stage of the project, drop checks in the offering plate marked “ADA.” Planners are grateful for the seed money provided by the Bob Crabb memorial fund. With that starting place and your generosity, the project which started in March will be completed in the summer.
FCC Celebrates: bless . dream . share
Annual self-evaluations by First Christian Puyallup ministry teams were held this spring… with a twist! This year as each team considered last year’s goals, this year’s successes, and how those milestones fit into the church’s long term Ministry Plan, team member shared the happy results with the rest of the congregation during Worship.
Stewardship, Disciple Formation, and Mission and their ministry teams all shared their celebrations with the congregation. Listen to the celebrations here.
The bottom line? Much good work was done. Come celebrate with us, Sundays during Worship.
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.
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?
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.
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.
- 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 pmSee New Hope Resource Center
- New Hope Resource Center – Puyallup’s Homeless drop-in center – Mon-Fri 11:30-5:30; Sat 11:30-6:00; Sun 9:00-12:00
- 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:
- 2 Overseas Platoons
- 30 Hour Famine
- Associated Ministries
- Brigadoon Service Dogs
- Centennial Missions throughout our 100th year (2005)
- Charity: Water
- Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
- Church World Service
- Churches Together for Oso Relief Northwest
- Communities in Schools of Puyallup
- Disciples Mission Fund
- Earth Ministry
- EarthShare WA
- FCC Puyallup Blessing Box (Food Bank)
- Friends & Servants (helping at-risk youth)
- Global Ministries
- Good Samaritan Hospital Wee Gowns
- Green Chalice Congregation Certification Program
- Gwinwood Camp
- Holiday Giving Tree & Thanksgiving Baskets
- Local Nursing Homes
- Local Schools (Backpack program; tutoring)
- Love, Inc.
- NW Christian University
- NW Regional Youth
- NW Region of the Christian Church (DoC)
- Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful (photos)
- Pastor’s Discretionary Fund
- Puyallup Food Bank
- Puyallup Ministerial Association Free Summer Lunch Program for Kids
- Salvation Army
- Souper Bowl of Caring
- Tacoma Rescue Mission
- Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
- Week of Compassion
- World Vision
- Yakama Christian Mission
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
Sunday morning adult studies (Room 10/Library) – Sundays at 9:45 am (summers off)
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 A New Kind of Christianity by Brian McLaren
Wednesday Learning Circle (Room 16) – Wednesdays 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.
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
Seasonal and special studies are offered throughout the year