Lenten Intentions – Sitting with the Psalms
Set a Lenten intention to spend Lenten devotion time with God
Through Lent, daily or weekly devotions are available from our friends at LEAD.
“I intend to spend this day with all the curiosity and imagination that God gave me. I intend to live this day with God. I intend to share it.”
Reading through the Gospel of Luke
February 24th for about six months – 9:30 am
Starting Sunday, February 24th and for about six months, the FCC Sunday Learning Circle will read through the Book of Luke together. All adults are welcome to drop-in and participate in this read-through, bring their own favorite translation of the Bible (or borrow one in the classroom), and discuss this third book of the New Testament. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to listen and learn!
Lenten Study – Sundays from 5-7 pm
Join the 2019 Lenten Study
Courageous Conversations: Race, Privilege, and Loving God’s People
Have you ever looked at your life through the lens of race? If you are white, there’s a good
chance the answer to that question is no. If you are a person of color, you probably think of this
question quite differently. And all of us, just at the mention of race, may feel anxious and
overwhelmed. So let’s talk about it! This year’s Lenten study invites us into courageous and
transformational dialogue about race. Based on the United Church of Christ’s curriculum White
Privilege: Let’s Talk, this study helps predominantly white congregations engage faithfully in
difficult, yet sacred, conversations about race, privilege, grace, and what it means to love all of
Sign up now — All are welcome!
We will start with a light supper on
Sundays, March 10-April 7 from 5-7 pm
General Assembly Worship Preachers Selected
Abide in Me – Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) General Assembly – July 2019
Recognize the newly selected General Assembly Sunday night Worship preacher? It’s our very own Rev. Nancy Gowler! Nancy was encouraged by Northwest Regional Christian Church Minister Sandy Messick to apply for the honor by submitting a sermon on the 2019 General Assembly’s theme, Abide In Me. This is a great honor and we can be very proud of Nancy!
Other speakers will be General Minister & President Terri Hord Owens, Rev. Ruben del Pilar of Community Worship Center in CA, and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II… a prestigious group!
Follow along as more information unfolds about July 2019’s
General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Welcome Karen, FCC’s Pastoral Intern
FCC is pleased to welcome our first pastoral intern, Karen Ferguson!
Karen will worship alongside us for the next nine months as she discerns how God is calling her to serve as a Disciples of Christ minister. Karen will work closely with Pastor Nancy, giving her opportunities for trying on the mantle of leadership and expanding her imagination about what is possible in congregational life. Like every congregation, FCC Puyallup has unique characteristics, potential, and even quirks that can only be learned by having ministry experience in a congregation. We are so pleased to welcome her into our family!
Karen is a seminary student at Claremont School of Theology working toward ordination with the NW Region of Disciples of Christ. She lives in Olympia where she has been a member of FCC Olympia for the past 12 years. Her experience with the Disciples goes way back to young adolescence at First Christian Church in Vancouver, Washington. According to Karen, what’s most important to know about her is that she is the grandmother of two delightful 2½ year olds: Ruby, who just moved to New York City and Ember, who lives in Juneau, Alaska. In spite of geographical distance, they are very close. Karen also has three adult children, two son-in-laws, and a husband, Jeb, who will visit us from time to time. Karen left her career as a middle school teacher to answer God’s call to the ministry. She is discerning between chaplaincy and congregational ministry and looks forward to sharing her flute and ministerial gifts this year as we learn and grow together.
Thank you from Rev. David Bell of Yakama Christian Mission
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.
Children Worship and Wonder (Room 10) – 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 10) – 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) – Wednesdays at 10 am
Women building relationships and studying together.
Faith Connections and Conversations – A Facebook community sharing words of encouragement and ideas to spark conversation and inspire spiritual growth.
Faith Formation Speakers Series – A variety of presenters bring an array of topics to the forefront.
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.
Pub Theology – Summer Sundays at 6:30 pm (2019 location TBD)
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.
Seasonal and special studies are offered throughout the year