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Announcements given for Sunday 8/20/23

Below are the announcements given on 8/20/23.  Please refer to your directory for contact information.

Pastor Ferdie on Renewal Leave until Sept 1st

A renewal leave is a well-established clergy practice in the United Methodist Church and is supported by the Book of Discipline. Renewal leaves give pastors extended time to step away from the demands of pastoral leadership to rest, renew and recharge. The key word is renewal. Renewal leaves provide pastors time for spiritual growth, practicing self-care and for reflection in order to become more effective in ministry and to better serve their congregations. Pastoral renewal leaves can also be renewing for the congregations they serve.

Our Staff-Parish Relations Committee approved Pastor Ferdie’s 2-month renewal leave for July and August.

During his renewal leave, Pastor Ferdie will not be responding directly to your emails. Please contact our Lay Leader, Donna Stock, with any urgent needs to contact him (soupstock2@msn.com, home phone 425-226-9023, cell phone 206-465-7121). Our Congregational Care team will be here to assist as needed (Catherine L, care@fairwoodumc.org). Emergency pastoral care will be offered by Job P. (Jgplaw1@gmail.com, 206-334-6475) and Tom C.


Worship Leaders for the remainder of August

While Pastor Ferdie continues his renewal leave, we will hear from a variety of wonderful speakers.

August 20   Job Pangilinan – (now serving as Student Pastor at Tibbetts UMC in West Seattle)

August 27   Andy Lang – (educator and author of Unmasking the Inner Critic)

Vision House Visit

Our Fairwood United Women in Faith (UWF) is going to tour the Renton Highlands location of Vision House. Join us as we learn about the work that Vision House has been doing for over 30 years to help those experiencing homelessness in our area.

We’ll meet at our church at 10:00 on Thursday, September 14th to carpool.

Questions? Contact Donna S.

Learn more about Vision House at:  https://visionhouse.org/


New Church Sign Is Now Installed

Our new church sign is installed in front! Thank you to all the people involved in the project.

Sunday, August 27- Children’s Creation Care

Blackberry picking and Ice Cream Sundaes.

Yummmm!  We will be outside enjoying nature, exploring, doing crafts, playing nature games, and planting things.  Be sure to wear “OK to get dirty” clothes, no sandals, and bring a jacket and dress for the weather!  As we explore, there is a great chance you will see our friendly rabbits, ducks, blue damselflies, squirrels, and hopefully our three deer.

Join The Choir

We will be starting a new choir season the last Wednesday of August, (8/30/2023).  If you have sung in choirs before or have had musical training, you will have no trouble learning the anthems. Performances are twice a month and rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. or after the Sunday services.

For more details contact Rae Colborne

Community Groups and All Church Picnic Sunday 8/20/23 3:30 PM

Community Groups would like to celebrate our groups and church by having an all-church picnic on Sunday August 20 @ 3:30 out on our church lawn. Bring your own food, drink and chairs/blankets. After the picnic, we’ll attend the concert at Allen Park in Fairwood which begins at 5:00pm. This is mostly about fun and food, but we’d also like to process how groups have been going and how to proceed from here.

What are community groups you might ask?? Six Community Groups were organized at a potluck lunch in March when 53 people attended, enjoying good food and fellowship together.  Groups are meeting on Tuesday and Friday evenings, Saturday mornings and Sunday after worship for approximately ninety minutes. Most groups have been meeting monthly for 4-5 months. (If you are interested in joining a group please contact Jan Bigbee-Hansen.  We want to keep the sizes balanced as much as we can.)

Generally, groups begin their meetings with prayer, meditation or a spiritual reading, then check in with each other and after that participate in an activity of the group’s choice (or just visit). One group prepared and ate ice cream sundaes.  That’s the idea of Community Groups, three simple actions. Centering, Checking In, and Play/Conversation/Meal.


Are You Interested In Becoming A Member?

We welcome and dedicate new members on Sunday, September 10th. If you’re interested in exploring membership at Fairwood Community United Methodist Church, please contact Pastor Ferdie after his renewal leave ends, September 1st

Help the people of Maui

In response to the devastating fires which have ripped through Hawai`i recently, a special giving link has been set up at the California-Pacific United Methodist Conference center. 100% of all you give will go towards helping the people of Hawai`i.

We are committed to supporting the community of Lahaina as they navigate the challenges before them. All of the money collected will go towards helping this community in their time of need.


Individuals can give to the California-Pacific UMC Conference Lahaina Relief Fund (under Special Offerings) at: http://calpacumc.org/donate

Or give through our Fairwood Community UMC  “GIVE” page on our website (fairwoodumc.org) or:  https://secure.myvanco.com/L-Z2TE/home


New Website Is Now Live!

Our new church website is now live!  Visit www.fairwoodumc.org for a newly designed website.  This visitor-focused site has simple navigation and is viewable on all types of devices (mobile, tablet and desktop/laptop).  Since it is a work in progress (yes, we know some things still need work), please let Heather Spates know if you see something that needs updating. communications@fairwoodumc.org

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