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This week's community joys & concerns from October 1, 2023

Among our Joys:

  • We welcomed AidNorthwest last night for a special immersive performance aimed at depicting the realities many face in the U.S. as they deal with Immigration Customs and Enforcement. The goal for the event was to raise $10,000 and I understand they raised over $17,000 at this event - money that will be used to continue supporting this vital service as it helps people who find themselves in immigration court, including at the immigration detention center here in Tacoma. AidNorthwest provides a variety of services, including greeting people who are released here in Tacoma and assisting them with whatever transportation or temporary housing needs they might have, providing phone funds to those who remain detained and providing backpacks with essential medical and hygiene items. You can volunteer with AidNorthwest, or find out more about how to donate to this program by visiting, or by reaching out to Tom or Kris Moore. We thank everyone who had a hand in supporting last night's event, and we pray for those who are on the frontlines of this systemic injustice, caring for some of the most vulnerable and disenfranchised in our midst. Jesus was a refugee.

Among our concerns, we pray for:

  • We add to our prayers, Dawn Fredricks' daughter, Holly, who had surgery this week.

  • We also add to our concerns Sue Simpson, who awaiting medical results.

  • We continue to pray Corrine's friend, Loralie

  • Alex Tapia

  • Mel Peabody's partner, Bear

  • Laura Cohthril (formerly Richholt) as she continues recovering at a transitional care facility here in town

  • Phyllis Jacobson

  • Mary Morford's daughter, Rachel

  • 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 concerns:

  • We pray for the community living here on 6th and Orchard at the Tiny House Village. We ask for God's comfort and peace to fill the spirits of all those who find themselves alone or without the fuel they need for this day, and for God to continue to awake those of us with resources and time to share to use what we have for the healing of our community, in every sense of the word.

  • We lift up our Global Ministries partners, this week, in Mexico.


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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