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This week's community joys & concerns from November 5, 2023


Among our Joys:

  • We celebrate with Dorothy Beeles and her whole family on the birth of her third great-great granddaughter, last week, Lainey Lyn Banatta. Baby, parents, and family are all doing well.

  • Board Meeting today after worship - grateful for their commitment and work this year and for their continued leadership into the coming year.

  • Our special offering song is an original by our own Walker Sherman, entitled "Shelter." It carries a profound message of mutual support, unity, and the significance of leaning on one another during life's trials and challenges. As part of our emphasis on stewardship through these weeks in November, this song underscores the essence of community as a shared responsibility. While life may present with difficulties and burdens, we don't have to face them alone. The idea of being a shelter or helper to one another aligns with the core principles of stewardship in Christianity, which encourage individuals to come together, share their burdens, and support each other. Stewardship, at its core, is about being there for one another, not only in material ways but also in terms of emotional and spiritual support. "Shelter" inspires a sense of unity and service, illustrating the power of a collective effort in making life's journey more manageable and fulfilling.

  • Nativity animals!

Among our new concerns this week:

  • We add to our prayers Don Tripp's parents, Marsha and Bud, who said their last goodbye to their sweet dog, Hoku last week. We pray for Marsha and Bud and commend Hoku to God’s everlasting care.

  • We also lift up Cassie Tripp’s Hanai father, Ron Wagner-Wright, was recently diagnosed with two new health issues. We pray for Ron as he adjusts to some lifestyle changes these diagnoses have necessitated for him.

  • We also also lift up our friend Larry Levy and his family as he enters hospice care. We pray for God's peace and comfort to be unmistakably present with each of them during throughout this difficult season of life

Among our concerns, we pray for:

  • Sue Simpson she await medical test results

  • Kathy Francis, friend of Betty Alvarado who was in a serious motorcycle accident this week

  • Alex Tapia

  • Mel Peabody, her partner, Bear and their family

  • Mary Morford's daughter, Rachel and her family

  • Corrine Bahrke's friend, Loralie

  • Martha Redford's friends, Margo and Teresa

  • For all our homebound friends, for Harry and Margaret Lobberegt, Helen Bosley, Marylu and Joseph Mills and Jane Nelson.

Among our local and global community,

  • Those in harm's way due to war and the warring ways of those with power, we pray for those in Gaza and all whose lives are at risk in the midst of the Israel-Hamas conflict, and for the many whose lives have been cut short at the hands of a collective of nations' so-called interests, including the United States. We continue to pray for those in Ukraine, Afghanistan, and many more places around the world

  • We lift up the village on 6th and Orchard, remembering too those of our neighbors who remain especially vulnerable in this season. 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 this week in Brazil.

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






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