Welcoming the Stranger

By the Rev. Cara Scriven | Tacoma District Superintendent

As a pastor serving a local church, I enjoyed preaching and worshiping with my congregation but I did miss sitting with my family each week. While I am only a couple of weeks into my new position, I am enjoying visiting churches within the District on Sunday mornings with my family.

I know that as a preacher I was always nervous when the district superintendent arrived; I’ll try my best to remember that. I often wondered if I did enough to prepare and if they would take note of all of my mistakes. With the roles reversed I’m finding that I do notice good preaching and preparation but they are not the primary thing I am interested in each Sunday. Instead, my attention is repeatedly drawn to the hospitality that is offered to visitors upon arrival.

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Round Table Take Over for Tracyton UMC

On Wednesday the 25th of June Tracyton UMC will hold a takeover of the Round Table Pizza, in Silverdale from 5:00 to 7:00pm.  We need to fill the restaurant. TUMC will receive 25-40% of the profits for items sold from 5-7pm.  Bring your family and friends, enjoy a pizza and support Tracyton UMC at the same time. Please spread the word!  

Round Table Pizza is located at 3276 N.W. Plaza Rd, Suite 101, Silverdale, WA 

V2V Bike Ride through the Tacoma District

Join us, Saturday, May 31st from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Yelm UMC for a picnic and activities in support of our Conference’s Vancouver 2 Vancouver bike riders!  There will be food, fellowship, games and activities and its all in support of the PNW Ministry Fund Drive.

Schedule for the Day

12:30ish – setting up, Curtis Brown arrives with banners and signs and other hoopla

1:00  –  Set up and ready to go

1:30  –  ETA, though we will see them when we see them; followed by cheers, prayers, presentations, rally cries and general ballyhoos

2:15  –  those riding out a ways leave with the Bike Team on the Yelm-Tenino Western Chehalis Bike Trail, riding as far as you wish

2:30  –  more food, playing, chatting and clean up


If you have any questions or to sign up to help, please contact Meredith Brown at Meredith@4evergreenumc.org


Were you a camper, group leader, program leader or camp pastor or just a person who loves Lazy F?  

On Saturday, June 7, at 1:00 pm there will be an Alumni Dessert at Lazy F. Come visit the camp (we’ll be meeting in the Barn), hear from Dave Burfeind about upcoming projects (specifically the new dining/meeting hall!) and all that is going on at our Sacred Space at Lazy F! We’d love to see you to share stories and memories, and discuss what the Lazy F Alumni can contribute as a gift for the new dining area (we’ve had several ideas already)!

If you can make it, please RSVP to Lazy F 509-962-2780 so we have an idea about how many will be in attendance.  If you can’t make it, but want to hear more and be in conversation, please join us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/455325564573584/

For the Alumni Team – Bethany & David Riddle; Al & Sharon Meeds

Ushers Still Needed for Annual Conference!

Ushers are still needed to pass out bulletins and collect the offering at the Memorial (Friday evening), and Ordination (Saturday evening) worship services. These services will each take place at the Showplex Center in Puyallup, WA.  We’ve had only two responses thus far, so if you are available, please consider helping.

Please contact Noriko Lao (norikolao@gmail.com) if you are willing to serve. You do not need to be a member of Annual Conference.