Martin Luther King, Jr., Redeeming the Prophetic Vision is an annual, all volunteer-organized, interfaith community event. It seeks to honor Dr. King’s radical call for peace and justice for ALL people by helping our community to shine the light of his vision on our current local, national, and global situation; re-imagine unity across difference; renew our shared commitment to the path of social justice; and reconnect with peace and justice activists and advocates across our community. This inspiring event is produced by The Conversation in partnership with Associated Ministries and Urban Grace Church. Please join us on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2:30-4:00 pm at Urban Grace, 902 Market St., Tacoma. You can find more information at https://www.facebook.com/events/934091500083724/.
Come join us on Friday, December 8th for our annual Holiday Open House! Associated Ministries will be decorated to help show our creativity, inclusivity and festive side. There will be refreshments, tours of the building (did you know it used to be a mortuary?), and smiling faces.
This is an opportunity to chat with staff members, and learn more about our programs and how we help the most vulnerable in our community. RSVP would be appreciated but not required, just stop by our building at 901 South 13th Street between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm on Friday, December 8th to join in the fun!
We appreciate all the support we get each year from our volunteers, community partners, faith communities, sponsors, and individuals. Our hope is that you can come celebrate the holiday season with us, and that 2018 begins another wonderful year working together shared commitment to our community and those in need!
We are thankful to all the participants, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers who made our first AMAZING QUEST to Understand Homelessness a success! With their help, we were able to launch what we hope will grow into one of the most anticipated annual events in our community.
There was no doubt that this is a community who have a heart for struggling families, and want to learn and make a real difference in their lives. Seeing the passion everyone had for working together, and learning how to best help people experiencing homelessness, was uplifting. We are grateful to our sponsors, Chase, Amerigroup, United Healthcare, City of Tacoma, Alterius College, KBTC, CHI Franciscan, Holiday Inn Express, Peace Community Center and Catherine Place for their support.
Planning is already underway for our next AMAZING QUEST! If you participated, please share about your experience and the things you learned with your congregation, neighbors, classmates, work colleagues, and others. Please feel free to add your pictures and comments to our Facebook page.
We’ve been blessed to receive feedback like this note from our friends at First United Methodist Church, Tacoma:
“Thank you for working so hard to make the Amazing Quest a success. It was a valuable learning experience for our team. Even those of us who thought we had all the answers had something to learn. It’s opened our eyes to the challenges facing the homeless and those trying to provide services.”
If you were unable to attend, but would still like to support the programs of Associated Ministries that help the most vulnerable in our community, please visit our website. By uniting together, we are building a stronger community!
Come one, come all! Lay leaders, ministers, pastors, youth leaders, interested individuals, church leadership councils, outreach teams, social justice teams, mission teams, worship teams, …
Come to Weaving Our Strengths, a day-long conference of fellowship, inspiration and skill-building to strengthen local churches’ efforts for the common good. There will be worship, workshops, resource fair, the Rev. Gertrude Apel Pioneering Spirit Awards, and conversations to weave our strengths together. This year’s theme is For Such a Time as This.
Conference information is up on the website www.thechurchcouncil.org/wos including workshop descriptions and presenter bios, logistics, ways to share the invitation, and registration.
Workshop themes include faith-based community organizing; racial reconciliation and justice-making; building relationships across differences; spiritual discomfort; climate justice; the Reformation today; affordable housing; ways to call upon God; immigrant accompaniment; and allyship in the public square.
A few notes:
- Bring a team! Take advantage of more workshop offerings, build shared capacity and help implement learnings. There are group rates, along with student and individual rates.
- Early Bird rate for individuals ends Sept. 1
- Scholarships are available
- Free childcare available with pre-registration by Sept. 15
- Low-cost parking available nearby
- Coffee, tea, snacks provided. Food vendor invited for lunch.
Weaving Our Strengths is offered by the Church Council of Greater Seattle. Their mission is to create a diverse community of churches and individuals who respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ by building relationships of unity while working collaboratively for the common good. They partner with interfaith, community, and government organizations in our collective work for a more equitable and just society. Learn more about them and their efforts at thechurchcouncil.org.
Sponsors include: Dignity Memorial: Puget Sound Dignity Memorial providers including Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home, The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, SEIU 6 Property Services NW, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, UFCW 21, Community of Christ, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches, Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, Aerospace Machinists Union District Lodge 751, Faith Action Network, Presbytery of Seattle, Puget Sound Sage, Seattle District – United Methodist Church, and Teamsters Local 117.
Women’s tea and conversation, hosted by Temple Beth El Interfaith Group. Join us for a women’s only discussion about Holidays in different religions.
Please register for this free event at https://interfaithteaholiday.eventbrite.com to ensure space.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
(Please note, this event is not sponsored by the library.)
Can you build a shelter out of a pallet, a tarp, some rope and other things you might find by the side of the road within 5 minutes? How many hygiene kits can your team put together before time runs out? These are just two of the fun activities that teams and individuals will take part in at the AMAZING QUEST to Understand Homelessness.
This first time event, on Saturday, October 7th, will bring together people from throughout the community to compete with one another and work together to learn about homelessness, and some of the issues that people experiencing homelessness go through on a daily basis. Teams with the most points will receive prizes and there will be a special prize for the team with the most spirit! Points can be earned by completing the activities, locating individuals along the route who are handing out surprise points, and identifying special points of interest along the route.
You can also earn points by donating needed items and obtaining donations through friends, family and coworkers by having them sponsor you or your team.
- New or gently used: Outside sleeping bag, tarp, wool blanket
- New: Emergency blanket, socks
If you are looking for an easy team-bonding activity for your group, whether business, faith communities, service group, school, etc., this is a wonderful opportunity to spend a few hours together, working as a team and benefiting those that are the most vulnerable among us.
Registration is easy: just to http://www.associatedministries.org/amazing-quest to sign up. For more information about the event, feel free to contact Wendy Morris at email@example.com or 253-426-1501.
Join us at the Lead the Way Home Breakfast for a morning of inspiration and learn about our vision to end family homelessness in our community.
Reserve your FREE tickets by October 27th
AM Executive Director Mike Yoder, along with former Director David Alger and other special guests, will share stories of faith, courage, and transformation.
Discover how you can help families step out of poverty and homelessness and move into a life that offers hope.
November 2, 2017
7:30am – 8:30am
Foss Waterway Seaport 705 Dock Street, Tacoma, WA
(free parking available in the adjacent lot)
The Lead the Way Home Breakfast is a fundraising event; while the breakfast is free you will be asked to make a generous donation to this worthy cause. Proceeds benefit Associated Ministries and its programs that serve homeless families and individuals.
Our next Care Team training is happening soon! Please join us for this quarter’s topic, “Boundaries and Self-Care for Caregivers.”
Twelve years ago on August 29th, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana, becoming the most destructive hurricane in U.S. history. Hundreds of thousands of people in the hurricane’s path were displaced. To help communities of faith in Pierce County assist evacuees who were relocated here, Associated Ministries created the Care Teams program.
Today, AM continues to help communities of faith prepare to serve in times of disaster. We offer quarterly Care Team trainings to train volunteers to provide emotional, spiritual, and practical support for disaster survivors. Someday, it may be our own community in need. When that happens, will you be ready to help?
This is a free event. Coffee and refreshments served!
RSVP to Wendy Morris, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 253-426-1501.
When does a pallet, a tarp, rope and binder clips equal 75? When you are putting them together to create a shelter at our AMAZING QUEST!
That is just one of the activities that folks can participate in at our first AMAZING QUEST to Understand Homelessness. This brand new community event is designed to educate the community and raise funds to fight homelessness. While you will not only be earning points for a chance at some terrific prizes, you will be learning about the issue of homelessness that affects thousands of people in our community.
AMAZING QUEST will take place on Saturday, October 7, beginning and ending at People’s Park in Tacoma and teams will visit various landmarks around the Hilltop neighborhood to play, learn, and win points. You may even encounter other places and people to gather extra points!
We are excited about this event and welcome all faith communities, businesses, service clubs and other organizations to sign up, as well as share about this fun event. How can you help?
Ask your staff to form one or more teams of 2-8 people and show up to demonstrate your concern about homelessness in Pierce County. This is a great way to show your support for those in need and interact with other participants and leaders, and a fun team-building activity.
Hang posters on bulletin boards, distribute flyers on counters and in break rooms, and post flyers in your window to encourage participation in this unique event.
Encourage your workplace team to collect pledges from family and friends; your business, faith community or organization could also make a donation to support the team and/or the event itself.
Consider being an official event sponsor, aligning your business with a compelling cause and showcasing your services before hundreds of participants.
Be a volunteer and help make this fun event be the happening place! Volunteer as young as 15 are needed for a variety of tasks.
So join us for a day of fun, music, food and being part of a community who cares. Check out our website at associatedministries.org/amazing-quest to learn more and sign up!
On Friday, June 2, 2017, Associated Ministries will be welcoming groups of youth from different faith communities to our first-ever “Skating for Homes” skate-a-thon. This free and fun event, will be from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Rollin’ 253 Skate and Community Center.
Through our partnership with Rollin’ 253 Skate & Community Center, and Help Us Move In, we are able to help educate youth about the issue of homelessness and help raise funds for youth who, along with their families, are experiencing homelessness. Youth will have the opportunity to seek donations for either each lap they complete within one hour, or a flat donation. All funds raised will be matched dollar for dollar by the generosity of Help Us Move In and will be used to directly assist clients with children who are in need of help with housing.
This is also a wonderful opportunity for youth leaders at our partner faith communities to help their youth understand the issue of homelessness and discuss ways they are drawn to help. For more information or to request a housing specialist to speak to your group, please contact Wendy Morris, Community Engagement Coordinator at email@example.com or 253-383-3056 ext. 117.
Registration for “Skating for Homes” closes on Friday, May 26th so make sure to turn your request for tickets and receive pledge cards in to firstname.lastname@example.org before the deadline.