Our COVID-19 Response: Love one another
In light of the widespread effort to slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, First Christian Church of Puyallup has suspended all in person congregational activities that involve groups, including public worship. This is one of many ways we can show our love for each other and our community at this time.
In order to abide by the state guidelines, our building is also closed to everything except essential tasks. This means that for now, our recycling center is also closed.
Public crises like the outbreak of coronavirus can define the character of a community. The temporary cancellation of in person church activities can either cause us to withdraw from each other or to pull together in new and creative ways, and that we have.
Together we are living out the inclusive love of Jesus and his welcome to all by worshiping and being in ministry, prayer, and communion virtually until we can all be together in person. For as Christ commanded: “Love one another as I have loved you.” ~ John 15:12
New ways of being Church – Online Worship!
Health and safety concerns have us canceling activities at First Christian of Puyallup, but we’re also thinking of new ways to be in community together. One opportunity is our curated online Sunday worship services, available at 7 am Sundays and then at your convenience. You can find links right here on the FCC Puyallup website’s home page and on the FCC Sermons page.
So grab your own home version of the bread and cup and get comfortable. Click the link, scroll and follow our interactive services through Scripture, music, prayers, and of course, communion, as we continue to be faithful followers of Jesus, mindful of where God and Spirit are leading us.
*Other new ways to connect:
May the Lord bless you & keep you, Nancy!
Thank you, Nancy! Her longtime flock wishes her every happiness and gives great thanks for her passionate and wise leadership. Click here to see the farewell celebrations and activities.
Update: FCC Puyallup Worship & groups canceled through March
March 12, 2020
Dear FCC Puyallup Family and Friends,
Currently Washington State and the City of Puyallup have declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We urge everyone to take appropriate precautions to care for themselves and for our communities.
Two weeks ago we began implementing changes to our worship service to implement social distancing and other hygienic practices. We’ve also increased our cleaning and sanitation of regularly used areas in our building.
Thank you to those who heeded the counsel of public health experts and stayed home last Sunday, the second Sunday of Lent. We are grateful for your concern for your own health and for the larger community.
Because of the presence of community spread of COVID-19 we will be suspending public worship services and all planned gatherings at First Christian Puyallup through the month of March. All meetings, studies, groups, and worship services are canceled through March. In April we will assess the recommended practices from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as well as our local public health departments, to determine how and when to resume gatherings.
Each Sunday in March we will share an order of worship online on our website. You’re invited to read along and watch the videos presented as a part of your spiritual practices at home. This is a new venture for us, so bear with us as we learn the ins and outs of our technological options.
If you have been part of this year’s Lenten study, we will be working on online options to continue that discussion.
The elders and I will be working to develop ways for us to stay connected even though we are not able to meet together. Perhaps we’ll find a modern twist on the old school phone tree so we can share information readily! Please contact the office, me, or your elder with any concerns or suggestions you may have during this time. If you or a loved one are directly affected by the virus, please let us know so that we may pray for you.
Office hours will be limited. If staff are ill, they will not come into work.
We can choose how we respond to this disruption in our daily lives. I invite all of us to welcome the Spirit into our responses. May we speak and act in ways which reflect Christ’s compassion for the poor, for those cast aside, for the least of those among us.
In faith and in hope,
FCC Puyallup health and hygiene practices in light of Coronavirus
March 4, 2020
With the ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) now affecting our state, we are monitoring the recommendations of the Washington Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control. Our priority is the health and safety of our community.
We encourage you to follow these health precautions:
– Stay home when you or a family member are sick, except to get medical care.
– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
– Use hand sanitizer when washing hands is not an option.
– Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or your arm.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
– In place of shaking hands, try offering a friendly wave or a smile.
We are also implementing cleaning changes in order to promote the health and safety of everyone who uses our building.
– We will sanitize highly touched surfaces before and after every service such as doors, handles, tables, and more.
– Our staff and volunteer teams will wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick.
– We will provide additional hand sanitizer stations around the building.
The following changes are being made to our worship services.
– We will continue to pass the peace, but we encourage you to use greetings without touching hands, such as elbow to elbow touches, friendly waves, bows, etc.
– Offering plates will be relocated to the sides of the sanctuary rather than passed down the rows. Remember, you can also give online.
– Communion will be served at the front of the sanctuary. Servers will sanitize their hands prior to serving.
– In order to limit the number of hands which touch the communion elements, Individual cups with grape juice and pieces of bread will be handed to worshippers by the servers.
– Our baptismal font will temporarily be removed to avoid transmission of infectious diseases.
How you can help.
– Stay home if you or someone in your household becomes ill.
– Volunteer. The additional cleaning and sanitizing practices will require extra time and effort. If you would like to help, contact the church office.
– Pray for all those affected by this outbreak and for the many health professionals working to care for the sick and to help contain the spread of the disease.
– If you or someone you know tests positive for COVID-19, please let us know so we can find a way to help, pray for everyone involved and take any necessary precautions here at FCC Puyallup.
While we cannot control the virus, the spread or the impact it has in our church, we’re doing everything we can to make our facility as safe and clean as possible. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to help us do just that. If you’d like to share your thoughts, concerns, questions, and ideas with us as we navigate our response to this situation, we’d love to hear from you. If you do need to stay home, remember you can listen to Sunday sermons on our website or on Apple Podcasts.
In Christ’s peace,
Rev. Nancy C. Gowler
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-March) – 7 pm to 7 am
Click here for volunteer forms.
The HangoutSee New Hope Resource Center
- New Hope Resource Center – Puyallup’s homeless drop-in center
- Helping Hand House – Family homeless shelter & transitional housing
- Homeward Bound Puyallup – Oversight for community-based programs such as Open Hearth & Freezing Nights
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 Summer Lunch Program
- 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,
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 at FCC Puyallup
“Goal: To honor and nurture the spiritual lives of individuals, wherever they are in their faith journeys, by engaging in meaningful worship, cultivating a communal life of prayer, creating a learning environment, and committing to share our experiences.”
Forming our faith happens no matter what. Guiding and fostering ways for that trans-formation to blossom is where FCC’s Faith Formation leadership shines, offering a broad palette of opportunities – creating that learning environment – for growth and community. The Disciples way is to open the conversation, provide the space and resources, and then to listen, explore, and discern. Challenging ourselves or finding a comfortable fit, we know that our faith journeys never really end.
Pub Theology – Summer Sundays at 6:30 pm
Asking the hard – and easy – questions, we learn from each other’s experiences and beliefs. This drop-in group is in a public setting with the hopes of a casual atmosphere setting the tone for good conversation and good food. We always welcome new voices and actively listen with respect for all views.
Children Worship and Wonder (Room 10/Library) – Sundays during Worship
An innovative method of faith formation for childhood and beyond. Hands-on props and elements of worship allow children and adults to experience faith-building storytelling and imaginative wondering. Learn more
Children’s Worship Area – Our Worship services are child-friendly with a special area in the sanctuary offering hands-on play experiences for children of all ages. Based on the Godly Play learning method, activities are designed to help kids explore their faith through story, gain religious language, and enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play, all while worshiping with the congregation as a whole.
Sunday Studies (Room 9) – Sundays at 9:45 am
A small group adult study and fellowship time
Sunday Learning Circle (Room 16) – Sundays at 9:30 am
Lively discussion and study for adults
Back Row Broads (BRB) (Parlor) – Wednesdays at 10 am
Women building relationships and studying together.
Book Club – First Tuesdays of each month, though days and times may vary; check our calendar to be sure you don’t miss it!
A casual group of readers meeting for conversation and fun, discussing a new book each month.
Seasonal and special studies are offered throughout the year