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.
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 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:
- 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
Faith Formation Opportunities at FCC Puyallup
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.
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