This Week's Community Joys and Concerns
Among our Joys
We give thanks for the brilliant variety of animals God has made, not the least of which, the furry, swimming and flying companions that enhance our own families and lives. We pray for animals whose livlihoods are put in jeopardy due to human consumption and poor earth stewardship, and for those organizations and individuals who advocate and care for them. Enjoy the pics below from our first annual Blessing of the Animals last Sunday, and continue to give thanks for all the divinely diverse creation around us, signifiers of the depths of God's great depths love.
Among our Concerns
We hold in our hearts Susan Pearson and all who washed afresh with grief on the death of her former husband, Daniel Davis. We had been praying for Daniel the past several months since the troubling news that his doctors spotted a brain tumor. Daniel leaves behind his spouse and children.
We continue to surround Susie Mosher with our love and prayers on the death of her beloved husband, Larry Mosher. A memorial service will be held at FCC on Sunday, October 16th at 3pm. Click here for more information.
We lift up:
Charlene Housman, recovering from a series of seizures at St. Joseph. Please also pray for her spouse, Mark Housman as he continues physical recovery of his own, and as he cares for Charlene during this difficult time.
Rose Filgo, sister of Bill McDaniel, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
Bear, Melanie Peabody's partner
Rachel Morford, daughter of Mary Morford
We pray for our homebound friends, Helen Bosley, Harry and Margaret Lobberegt, Jane Nelson, Marylu and Joseph Mills and Jim and Kay Thompson.
Among our local and global community concerns:
This week, we pray for those in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Florida left in the wake of Hurricanes Ian and Fiona. Read more about how Week of Compassion is responding on the ground, and how you can help make a difference.
We pray for the needs and perspectives of Tacoma's most vulnerable to be central to the hearts and minds of our City Council members this Tuesday, as the 10-foot camping ban ordinance surrounding all temporary and future shelter sites in the city is called to a vote. Regardless of the outcome, ours is the task to carry the mantle for justice, not for but with the whole beloved community. We pray for those without safe places to eat, sleep, receive medical care, or simply to relax in our own neighborhoods in Tacoma. Jesus weeps, and asks us to do something about that.
For those living at the village on 6th and Orchard and in many shelters in our region.
We pray for a cooling of tone and hostility amongst global leaders in the midst of threats of nuclear warfare. May we study war NO MORE.
Lastly, please remember in our prayers our Global Ministries partners, this week in Egypt.
If you'd like to share a prayer joy or concern, please contact Pastor Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the church office. Please indicate whether your prayer is to be shared publicly, or if you'd like it to be kept private.