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Second Wednesday Potluck this Wednesday, May 11

Join us Wednesday, May 11, from 6:00-7:00 pm for our monthly Wednesday night potluck! Spend an evening sharing stories and fellowship with others in our church. Please bring either soup, salad, entree or dessert to share as well as beverages for your own family. We will supply tables, plates, and cutlery. Because of allergies within our church, please don’t bring anything with nuts and label anything that contains gluten.
 


FPC Men’s Slow Pitch Baseball Schedule

Come root for the FPC Men’s Slow Pitch Baseball Team at the South End Recreation Area (SERA) fields on Mondays in May and June. Team members include Aaron Byers, Jim Brownlee, Devon Duval, Chad Edinger, Tim Erford, Terry Forslund, Scott Ginnis, Josh Harris, Eric Jacobsen,Scott Juergens, Brad Kilgus, Mike McEvilly, Andrew Pope, Dan Russell, and Brandon Woods. The schedule is:
 
5/2    7:20 pm (Red field)
5/9    7:20 pm (Red field)
5/16  8:20 pm (Blue field)
5/23  7:20 pm (Blue field)
6/6   7:20 pm (Blue field)
6/13  6:10 pm (Red field)
6/20 7:20 pm (Red field)
 
SERA is at 6002 S. Adams Street, Tacoma.
 


Adult Sunday School Classes Room Change

Starting this Sunday, the Intentional Parenting class will be meeting in the Gold Room in the South building, and the Sermon on the Mount class will be meeting in Middleton. Both begin at 9:15 am.
 


Bible Memory Banquet on May 15

Bible Memory will be celebrating the achievements of all the incredible memorizers with a potluck banquet on Sunday, May 15 in South Chapel at Noon. Come to the Bible Memory Table in Fellowship Hall to RSVP. Questions? Contact Sonja West.
 
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Youth Talent Show on April 27!

Come enjoy dinner at 6:00 pm and the youth talent show at 7:00 pm in Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, April 27th! Tickets will be on sale this coming Sunday—$5.00 per person or $15.00 per family. Proceeds will fund the Youth Ministry summer mission trip to Gleanings For The Hungry. Questions? Ask McKenzie Iverson. There will also be a youth bake sale in Fellowship Hall on Sunday to benefit the Gleanings trip.
 

Multiethnicity



Be a Clean-Up Hero at Camp McCullough

You can help make our youth camps at Camp McCullough a reality this summer by being a “clean-up hero.” Pick a day and volunteer 1-3 hours to help prepare the Camp for its next group! Find out more about how easy it is.


Camp News for April

Learn about the exciting things happening this spring and summer at Camp McCullough in its latest newsletter.


Latest Update from Dorothy Forsberg

Dear supporting church Friends,

 

I have just learned that 10 videos about various aspects of SIM’s work in Benin are available on Vimeo. Here’s the link:

https://vimeo.com/channels/simbenin

 

You can see me talking in the video about Bible translation. The African man that speaks in French is our Bible translation consultant, Pastor Pierre Barassounon. My Yom colleagues are also in the video. The second part is about the Sola translation. That’s my German colleague Ulrike Heyder speaking – in English.

 

I tried to download at least the one about translation to share with you when I visit but they must have locked them. So I’m sending the link so you can see something of Benin. They are quite well done, by an Irishman.

 

I’m looking forward to visiting each of your churches, one this weekend in Flushing NY and the others on the West Coast in the weeks to come.

 

Thank you so much for standing with me over all these years for the translation of God’s Word into the Yom language. We’re nearly there. Two more years, three years max, should see it in the hands of Yom people in Benin.

 

May God richly bless you all,

 

Dorothy

Dorothy (Dodi) Forsberg

 

The Bible for the Yom People

 

on Home Assignment

from SIM Benin



Update from the Mills!

Happy 2016! We are excited to share with you in this update where we are in our funding efforts, about our move to North Carolina, and about how abundantly the Lord has been providing!
We are currently 86% fully funded for this next year, and still have more partners joining our team in the works! We have loved this fundraising time of our mission because it has provided an opportunity to strengthen and re-kindle many friendships as well as create new ones.

Our move to North Carolina went smoothly. Housing was provided to us through another Navigator couple who own their home in Jacksonville who was transitioning to ROTC ministry in Raleigh. They decided to expedite their move from June to February so that they could rent their home to us! Our new address is:

709 Vernon Drive

Jacksonville, NC 28540

We moved out of our Seattle apartment January 31st. Zack drove across country with Nadia’s dad, Bruce Richey and arrived Super Bowl Sunday. Nadia flew out to Jacksonville with Gracie (turning 2 in May), our newest addition Caleb (born 11/12/15), and her two sisters Tasha and Brooke February 18th after saying some final “see ya later’s” to friends and family in the Tacoma-Seattle area.

As we have been reflecting on this past year, with the anticipation of the birth of Caleb (who arrived 8lbs 7oz just like his sister, but wanted to beat her by being an inch longer at 21”) and the impending move, we have been considering what it means to “not forget the Lord your God.” We recently read the book of Hosea and throughout we saw God saying, “But you forgot me.” In that small sentence Zack and I hear His love and desire for us; that we would not forget Him, but that we would seek Him in everything. The prayer we have for our family and for you at the start of this year (with all of our collective plans and ambitions for 2016) is that we will not forget Him, but hear Him calling us back. Additionally, we want to let His love be the thing that motivates us to seek Him more. Lastly, we want to involve Him in our plans and allow Him to enter in and own them, altering them as He would for better.

Thank you again for joining us, please be praying for the Marines that our lives will be crossing paths with this year and the Navigator community with which we will be co-laboring.

Love always,

Zack, Nadia, Graceyn, and Caleb




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