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Back 2 School Bash & Blessing

The 2nd Annual Back to School Bash & Blessing will be held Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Prayer Rescue House Ministries. At the Bash, students receive free school supplies and enjoy free snacks and Back to School Prayer Blessing for the new school year.

Primary Election Candidate Forum – Legislative District 25

Hear the candidates discuss the issues and ask your questions at the non-partisan candidates’ forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County and UW Tacoma Division of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. Candidates invited include:

House of Representatives Position 1:

Julie Door
Jamie Smith
Kelly Chambers
Emmett Smith

House of Representatives Position 2:

Brian Duthie
Chris Gildon
Ned Witting

 

Primary Election Candidates’ Forum – 26th Legislative District

Hear the candidates discuss the issues and ask your questions at the non-partisan candidates’ forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County and UW Tacoma Division of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. Candidates invited include:

Senate: 

Emily Randall
Bill Scheidler
Marty McClendon

House of Representatives Position 1:

Naomi Evans
Connie FitzPatrick
Jesse Young

House of Representatives Position 2:

Michelle Caldier
Joy Stanford
Marco Padilla
Randy Boss

Are You Ready to Go on an “Amazing Quest”?

Join us this October for the Amazing Quest to Understand Homelessness. Associated Ministries has designed this energizing new event to take participants on a compelling journey illustrating the challenges our neighbors experiencing homelessness face. Teams complete engaging activities related to homelessness at multiple learning stations inside the McGavick Conference Center in Lakewood; each encounter is designed to open your eyes, engage your mind, and touch your heart. At the end of the Quest there is music, food and fun for everyone!

To participate, form a team of four or more people by gathering your family and friends, workplace co-workers, fellow students from school, or adult or youth groups from your congregation to come together for this eye-opening and bonding experience. Register your team online here.

The team with the most points at the end of the Quest wins a great prize! How do you earn points? By successfully completing the learning activities at the Quest event, combined with bonus points you can earn for raising funds in advance (an online fundraising page is created for each registrant) and by collecting and bringing donated items to the Quest (such as blankets, socks, sleeping bags and tarps).

AM Executive Director Mike Yoder says, “I believe Amazing Quest can move the needle on awareness about the crisis of homelessness in Pierce County. There are so many misconceptions about homelessness; this event addresses these misconceptions in an accessible and family-friendly way. We have two goals: to illustrate the struggles of our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, and to raise money and resources to inspire change and make a lasting impact.”

DON’T MISS the 2nd annual Amazing Quest to Understand Homelessness on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 at McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College (4500 Steilacoom Blvd Lakewood, WA 98499); the course is open for you to take your 1-2 hour journey any time between noon and 4:00 pm.  More information is available online at https://associatedministries.org/amazing-quest-2018/.

Join us this fall to go on an eye-opening Quest you’ll never forget! Sign up today!

Volunteer Opportunities
It takes dozens of volunteers to run the Amazing Quest, and many serving opportunities available. Please click here to volunteer.

Primary Election Candidates Forum – County Council District 5 & District Court No. 6

Hear the candidates discuss the issues and ask your questions at the non-partisan candidates’ forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County and UW Tacoma Division of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. Candidates invited include:

County Council District 5: 

Marty Campbell
Justin VanDyk
Suzanne Skaar

District Court No. 6:

John Sheeran
Karl Williams
Matthew Wareham

Primary Election Candidates Forum – Legislative District 31

Hear the candidates discuss the issues and ask your questions at the non-partisan candidates’ forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County and UW Tacoma Division of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. Candidates invited include:

Senate: 

Phil Fortunato
Jeff Benson
Immaculate Ferreria

House of Representatives Position 2:

Morgan Irwin
Mark Boswell
Steve Skutt

 

Primary Candiate Forum – County Council District 1

Hear the candidates discuss the issues and ask your questions at the non-partisan candidates’ forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County and UW Tacoma Division of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. Candidates invited include:

Milton Tremblay
Sharon Hanek
Dave Morell
Lorra Jackson

Liturgy of Apology

“I believe that the Church . . . should apologize to the person who is gay.” ~ Pope Francis
In response to the Pope’s call for an apology from the Church to LGBTQ people . . .  we invite you to a community prayer where we can recognize the failure of the church, God’s people, to keep LGBTQ people safe from discrimination and hurt.

Please join us, gay and straight together, for a Liturgy of Apology on Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 710 S. 13th St., Tacoma 98405. All faith traditions are welcome! For more information, please contact Anna De Foe at amdefoe@stleoparish.org.

Putting Some Fun in Fundraising

For nearly 50 years Associated Ministries has united people in service to vulnerable populations, in both big and small ways. This summer we have a few new and fun ways people can help support us in our work to serve those in need.

Car Wash
We are offering, through a partnership with Puget Sound Car Wash Association, the opportunity to purchase basic car wash tickets that are good at many local car washes (when attendant is on duty) including Elephant Car Wash, Classy Chassis and Shur-Kleen and others in the Puget Sound area. And there is no expiration date!

Tickets are being sold for $8 each or three for $20, with all proceeds benefitting AM’s programs and services. You can find more information here.

Online Auction
Through the generosity of local merchants, we are able to offer some wonderful items for auction through eBay’s Charity Giving program. Two items are currently up for bid: dance lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studios, and a “Night in Seattle” package that includes multiple restaurant certificates and tickets to a Seattle Storm game. You can check them out online at www.ebay.com; item numbers 332679688598 and 332679674552.

Dining with a Difference
Come join us at our first restaurant “takeover” event on Monday, July 9th at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Downtown Tacoma.  Diners who show the flyer will have 15% of their total bill for dinner donated to Associated Ministries. This is an easy way to help support AM while simply enjoying a nice meal.  Remember to invite your friends and family to come too!  A door prize for four reserved tickets to the Tacoma Rainiers will be offered.  Reservations are not required but suggested for large groups. Stay tuned for additional Dining with a Difference opportunities to be announced later this summer.

Other ways to help
The donation of time is always a welcome gift.  Volunteers are needed to help with Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful.  You can find more information online at www.paintbeautiful.org.  For sponsorship or volunteer information, please contact Wendy Morris at wendym@associatedministries.org.

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