10 of Our Community’s Outstanding Congregations

10 of Our Community’s Outstanding Congregations
by Mike Yoder, Executive Director

During my first year as Executive Director of Associated Ministries I’ve been on a nonstop tour meeting faith leaders, nonprofit agency leaders and government leaders all over Pierce County.  Among the most inspiring examples of groups who are contributing to the transformation of our community are our congregational partners.

From among the 600 faith communities in Pierce County, this summer I visited in person and recognized a very special group: the top 10 congregational teams that participated in the Hunger Walk in 2015.  Each was presented with a certificate of appreciation in a worship service recognizing their outstanding commitment to the Hunger Walk.  It’s obvious that these 10 faith communities understand the importance of caring for people in need and that they are committed to making a difference.

So who are the top 10? Join me in congratulating:

  • Fircrest United Methodist
  • Brown’s Point United Methodist
  • United Church in University Place
  • Puyallup United Methodist
  • Foothills United Methodist
  • Little Church on the Prairie
  • Creator Lutheran
  • St. Mark’s Lutheran by the Narrows
  • St. John’s Lutheran
  • Mountain View Lutheran

Associated Ministries has been making a difference in our community since 1969 by partnering with people of faith and people of good will, inspiring everyone to come together to respond to urgent needs.  In the 1980s there was a hunger crisis that led us to start the Emergency Food Network and FISH Food Banks, two outstanding organizations that continue to fight hunger in Pierce County to this very day.  At that time we also held the first Hunger Walk, an event that has taken place every year for 36 years now.

The 2016 Hunger Walk is coming up on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood and I invite you to be one of the 1,000 walkers we expect to turn out this year.  I pray you’ll join our faithful partners and compassionate friends and stand with us in our urgent calling to serve the most vulnerable people in Pierce County.  I’ll see you on Oct. 2 at the Hunger Walk!

Register for the Hunger Walk here!

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