Advent at FCC
Spreading the Joy & Revolutionary Love
This year the season of Advent begins December 1st and leads to Christmas. It marks the time in the Christian year focusing on Mary’s pregnancy and events surrounding the coming birth of Jesus (read the scripture here) as she waited and prepared. At FCC Puyallup we’ll consider Advent from two distinct viewpoints:
“Spreading the Joy” this Advent
Sundays through Advent at 9:30 am we’ll focus on spreading the joy of the birth! Highlighting the 300th anniversary of the beloved carol Joy to the World, special Advent activities, projects, and gifts will be available to make, take home, and share — spreading the joy — each week. (See the weekly projects here.)
A Revolution of Love
Then, the Advent theme during our 11 am Worship services will look from another angle at Mary’s pregnancy as “A Revolution of Love,” and consider the ways her response to God’s call created paradox — revolution — at every turn: shadow to light, war to peace, hate to love. “A Revolution of Love” will consider Mary’s courageous response that would change the world.
Following along at home
Don’t forget to take a bulletin cover or coloring sheet each week of Advent, and grab a devotional booklet, Advent in Full Color, to follow along from home. Each devotional contains ways to consider the four weeks of the season through prayer, song, conversation, and practices that will keep you focused on the meaning of the season.
Join us this Advent!
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.
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.
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