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This week's community joys and concerns from August 13, 2023


I am pleased to share that we will be welcoming a pastoral intern for the coming academic year, beginning September 24th. His name is Justin Carlson.

Justin (he/him) comes to FCC Tacoma this year from the Disciples Divinity House at the University of Chicago, where he is earning his Master of Divinity. He has deep roots in Minnesota, where he grew up as a fourth-generation member of FCC Minneapolis, earned his BA at Carleton College, then wandered from middle school special education into nonpartisan legal editing for the state legislature before finally giving in to God and heading to seminary. Justin is a dancer and musician and is extremely enthusiastic about how our scientific explorations and deep observations of this universe can illuminate the scriptures we've preserved and shared. Last in the Pacific Northwest over two decades ago on a family road trip, Justin is so excited to return to and experience this wonderful place while learning alongside each of you!

We are making a special appeal to the congregation with hopes of raising a total of $4,221 to fulfill FCC's commitment to fund 1/3 of Justin's housing for his time here. We about 1/3rd the way toward this goal and would love to have your support in helping meet this goal! If you'd like to help, please write in your memo line "Internship fundraiser" or indicate this same note on your online donation. We are also seeking donations of a few furniture items, including some floor and table lamps, a small desk and chair, and various side tables and other smaller furniture items. If you have something you'd be willing to donate that you think might be helpful, please contact me and I would be happy to discuss what is needed further.

Among our concerns, we pray for:

-Cassie's grandmother, Tali Cabaong





-For all our homebound friends, and for all who might find themselves in places of isolation or discomfort

Among our local and global community concerns:

  • We continue to pray for all in harm's ways in the midst of war and the threat of war, in Niger, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, North Korea, Ukraine, and many more.

  • We also add to our prayers all of God's life who stand in harm's way due to the spread of wildfires, throughout the Pacific Northwest and California, in Canada, and indeed, around the world, as all of us are faced with the threats to life and wellbeing due to the effects of climate change.

  • We continue to pray for the village on 6th and Orchard, that all who are serve or who served there, and indeed all of us who have a stake in the lives of our our share human race, would experience the love of God and the abundant blessing of Community through the means that God has already made amply available to us all.

  • For our Global Ministries partners, this week in Zimbabwe.


If you'd like to share a prayer joy or concern, please contact Pastor Doug at 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.

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