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Tacoma UM Churches’ Easter Sunrise Service

Join us for Easter Sunrise Service!

The best reason to get up before the sun!

              Where:  At Jack Hyde Park (aka Sundial park) located on Ruston Way

              When:  Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

Sponsored by the United Methodist Churches of Tacoma

The Tracyton United Methodist Women are Proud to Present Rev. Lyda Pierce

Over 2 million immigrants have been deported so far during the Obama Administration. Immigration Reform is one of the most important issues of our time. What do we know about Immigration and Immigration Reform?

Come hear Rev. Lyda Pierce, Coordinator of Hispanic/Latino Ministries for the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church, speak on this subject on Wednesday, April 23, at Tracyton UMC. A light supper at 6:00pm will be followed by a presentation at 7:00pm.


Please RSVP LylaBegor, Tracyton UMW Secretary at 360-373-6425 or e-mail (this is Tracyton (underscore) umc) with an estimate of the number of guests attending.


Dear Churches of the Tacoma District,

My name is Janjay Innis and I am a General Board of Global Ministries missionary working at Tacoma Community House.  As spring is often an “out with the old, in with the new” season,  I want you to please keep me in mind as you do spring cleaning. I am seeking a few pieces of furniture to create a more inviting, homelike atmosphere.  The house I live in belongs to Tacoma Community house, thus, all items donated will belong to them and will be used by missionaries to come.  The Items I’m looking for include:  A recliner ( Or some chair like it that is used, but in good shape),  two end tables to put lamps on ( nothing fancy, I’ll take the ones made out of metal too)  and two chairs that match or look somewhat like the attached photo for my dining room. If you  have and are no longer in need of these items or if you know of someone who has and are no longer in need of such items, please contact me at



Tacoma District United Methodist Men

SPRING Meeting

Saturday APRIL 26 2014

8:00 a.m.        Registration, light snacks, & beverages (all morning)

8:30 a.m.        Welcome, introductions, opening remarks, singing

9:00 a.m.   Al Harmon, District Chaplain and Lay Speaker

9:30 a.m.        Break

9:45 a.m.—11:15 a.m.   Program –Our presenter is Rev. Jim Head-Corliss, Pastor of Gig Harbor UMC. Following Jesus involves change: changed lives, changed marriages, changed churches, and a changed world. Pastor Jim will lead us in a discussion of what God’s good news means for us and how we can become good news for others. We were meant for mighty works in Christ. Let’s get to work! 

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To:  The Tacoma District

Re:  Donations for the Mud Slide Disaster in Snohomish County

The following request has come from Rev. George Abrams and Rev. Stan Norman: PNW Disaster Response Team Co-Coordinators.

Please ask your churches to make financial donations for the Mud Slide Disaster to the Conference Office or to UMCOR. ‎There is a special Conference Advance Special number 352 for “Disaster Relief.” (see 2013 Conference Journal H-33).  They also ask that people do not send clothing or other “stuff.”  The Conference Office address is PO Box 13650, Des Moines, WA  98198-1009.  Please note on your check the Advance Number.

Thanks for your very important help.

George Abrams and Stan Norman

Registration is now open for the final of four CLM trainings in the two-year cycle.  CLM Intermediate Course Cycle D: Disciplemaking Systems

 CLM  Intermediate Course Cycle D: Disciplemaking Systems

May 10 (Westside) . May 17 (Eastside)

 Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world is the mission of The United Methodist Church.  But how do we do that?  How does a church focus its activity and efforts on helping people to know and follow Jesus?  How can church leaders shape their ministry to assist people in their discipleship journey?  In this training event, we will lead participants as they consider these core questions, explore models of disciple making systems, and build some next steps for our congregations.

The course will be offered on the Westside at Wesley Homes in Des Moines, WA on May 10 from 9AM to 4PM.    Please click here to register for the Westside course.

On May 17, an identical training will be held on the Eastside at Moran United Methodist Church in Spokane. Click here to register for the Eastside course.

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A Lenten Reflection

The days are getting longer, and the sun is beginning to show up more often. Flowers are beginning to poke through the soil and start to bud.  The weather greatly varies, the time change slows us down a bit, and the kids count the days until Spring Break.

All these signs make me hopeful that spring is coming, and I’m a tad bit more hopeful that the grey and rainy days might be coming to an end.  I’m excited to imagine the warm days of summer that lie ahead.  Yet, I’m painfully aware that summer isn’t here quite yet.  There’s more waiting to be done….

As we wait for spring, there’s this “in between” time in which we live.   It is in this space that we have the opportunity to make shifts in our daily lives and spiritual journeys. Our faith instructs us to spend time in prayer, study, fasting, service, and acts of mercy.  These practices help us to down shift from the pace of our everyday lives, connect more deeply with the Living Christ and prepare for the new life that is coming.

As people of faith we are called to be filled with the hope and promise of the Good News that God is in our midst and has a plan for our lives.

As we walk in the footsteps of Christ during this season, I invite you to make space in your heart and life for the Good News that is breaking into our world yet once again.

Take heart and let’s remember and claim the promise that death is not the end, but rather the beginning of a new life journey.

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Denise (Whitesel Mallek, Tumwater UMC)


Our Neighbors’ Beliefs

The Puyallup UMC invites local churches to come and learn more about four different faiths found in our area:  Judaism, Wiccan, Buddhist and Islam.  For more information contact the church office via email, Keith Jenkins,, or 253.845.0547

Mondays, March 10—31

Puyallup United Methodist Church . 1919 W Pioneer . Puyallup, WA  98371

March 10, 7 p.m.  Fireside Room
Rabbi Bruce Kadden
Temple Beth El, Tacoma

March 17, 7 p.m. Wesley Hall
Priestess Cassie Gendlek
Priestess Jamie Sumner
Aquarian Tabernacle Church of Wicca

March 24, 7 p.m. Wesley Hall
Reverend Kojo Kakihara
Tacoma Buddhist Temple

March 31, 7 p.m.  Wesley Hall
Turan Kayaoglu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of International Relations Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program
University of Washington

6:30 p.m. Potluck, followed by the 7:00 p.m. Presentation. Join us as neighbors share their religious beliefs.  We begin with a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. (no pork for the 10th or the 31st due to the religious beliefs of our guests). View full article »

The Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI) is hosting the following public workshops this winter in Portland.  Register early and save 10%.

De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations
Portland:  May 30, 2014 (Early   Deadline:  April 30)

For   those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is   important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. This   workshop is designed to teach people to de-escalate potentially violent   situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication.  The   training will explore how anger and violence interplay, including   opportunities for self-assessment of personal styles.  Participants will   develop a clear understanding of how to assess the potential for violence and   respond with a diverse set of interpersonal tools and strategies designed to   defuse potentially violent situations.

Early registration rate:  $170;  Regular registration   rate:  $190 

Restorative Justice – Guiding Principles for Communities and   Organizations
Portland:  April 4, 2014 (Early   Deadline:  March 5)

How do we respond   meaningfully to harmful or criminal actions? Based on the principles of   restorative justice, this workshop offers a framework for answering this   question as it relates to your own context. The timeless philosophy of   restorative justice invites people to look beyond a merely punitive view of   justice and discipline. Instead, there is a focus on the needs of everyone   involved, emphasizing direct accountability, reparation, prevention, dialogue   and, in some cases, renewed relationship. If you work in a community, school,   government or other organizational setting and make decisions about how to   respond to harmful actions, this workshop will provide you with insights for   incorporating restorative justice principles into your environment.

Early registration rate:  $170;  Regular registration   rate:  $190   

For information on other services offered, please visit our website   at:

Delayne Hogan
Public Workshop Coordinator, CTRI Inc.

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United Methodist Men to Meet April 26

Mark your calendars for Saturday April 26, the day for the Tacoma District United Methodist Men’s Spring meeting. The featured presenter will be Pastor Jim Head-Corliss, Pastor, Gig Harbor United Methodist Church. The Spring Meeting begins at 8:00 am at the Lakewood UMC, 6900 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA.  More details to come!  (From Bill Rhodes, United Methodist Men)


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