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This week's community joys & concerns from January 21, 2024

Among our Joys:

  • Pastor Doug, Gary Bosley, Dave Quiring, Gloria Utley, John Unterreiner, and Tom Moore gathered yesterday to mark the conclusion of a six-month program run by the local Lutheran Synod, called the Land Stewardship Cohort. The team also included Ruan Murphy. Through the program, Gary, Dave, Ruan, Gloria, John, and Tom built ecumenical relationships with six other congregations in Tacoma and beyond, and gained many vital tools and resources for imagining the future of our congregation and this land.

  • We also lift up in particular John and Tom for leading a conversation last week drawing on and sharing some of what they learned. 

  • Doug and I are also so grateful to those of you who led worship last week while we were unable to be there - what a joy to witness your leadership through the wonder that is digital recording!

Among our concerns, we pray for:

  • Lela Cox’s sister, Linda, died earlier this week after fighting cancer for several months. We pray for Lela, for Linda, and in particular for Linda’s children, Ana and Andrew. We lift them up in this time of transition.

  • Dan Leadbetter, who is a newer member of our community, asked for our prayers this week.

  • Marc Master, a friend of FCC Tacoma, was in the hospital with pneumonia last week and is now in rehab at Life Center of South Hill. 

  • Alex Tapia

  • Larry Levy

  • 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,

  • Those in harm's way in the Israel-Hamas conflict; that humanitarian aid and rebuilding begin; that no displacement occurs; 

  • Those in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Yemen, and many other places around the world in the midst of conflict and strife

  • We lift up the village on 6th and Orchard, remembering all of our neighbors who remain especially vulnerable in this season, as arctic air spreads across the whole United States. 

  • We pray for the fervor to continue doing all we can to care for the least among us in tangible, faith-filled ways

  • We lift up our Global Ministries partners in Thailand, especially the Church of Christ in Thailand, which organizes basic human rights and humanitarian work in poor and marginalized communities, especially communities of refugees and migrant workers from neighboring countries


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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