This afternoon marks the first of many board meetings this year - those whom we have named as our leaders will gather for a retreat. Along with training and getting themselves organized for the year, there will be much fellowship, joy, and time to listen for the spirit as it moves among them.
Tacoma Joint Youth Group gathers again this Wednesday at Bethany Presbyterian Church. Each of these gatherings has been a time of joy and of belonging; we will host next month!
Among our concerns:
Marc Master is planning to transition home from his rehab facility. We pray that the transition goes smoothly and that his recovery continues.
We continue to pray for:
Dan Jablonski and his partner, Gordon
Sue Simpson’s friend, Misty
Corrine Bahrke's friend, Loralie
Martha Redford's friends, Margo and Teresa
For all our homebound friends, including Harry and Margaret Lobberegt, Helen Bosley, Marylu and Joseph Mills and Jane Nelson.
Among our local and global community,
TAll affected by the flooding in California. May those who evacuate find safe harbor, and may we all adapt to the realities of climate change as it makes storms more intense and more frequent. May we return to a right relationship with the land.
Those in harm's way in Gaza and the surrounding region; that humanitarian aid and rebuilding begin; that no displacement occurs; that all who have been forced from their homes be allowed to return
Those in Ukraine, Yemen, and many other places around the world in the midst of conflict and strife
We lift up the village on 6th and Orchard, and we remember all of our neighbors who remain vulnerable - grant us the fervor we need to do all we can to care for the least among us
As tensions build along the US-Mexico border in Texas, we pray for the dignity of those fleeing violence and the reminder of Jesus who himself was born a refugee to calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. God’s realm transcends human borders. We pray for peace, for the breaking down of barriers, for the melting of weapons, and for the building of true community among all the peoples of the world.
We lift up our Global Ministries partners in Fiji, the Pacific Council of Churches, which works to cast out demons of colonialism and exploitation, restoring self-determination and empowering the Pacific to confront the climate crisis and lead the rest of the world to a better relationship with our resources.
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.