Please join in praying for the following:

THOSE WHO GRIEVE

Rev. Geofrey Nyaga (Umoja) & family - as they grieve the death of Nancy’s mother on May 12, 2019. Prayers for the Geofrey and Nancy as they prepare to return to Kenya to gather with the wider family.

Rev. Christine Long & family - as they grieve the death of Christine’s father-in-law, John Long on March 3, 2019. Prayers especially for Christine’s husband, James, during this time.

Rev. Aaron Stewart (UPPC) & family - as they mourn the death of Aaron’s father, Jim, who passed away on February 4, 2019. Read his obituary here.

NEW BEGINNINGS

Rev. Matt Robbins-Ghormley & family (Trinity, Tacoma) - as Matt, Amber, big brother, Sam and big sister, Madeleine, welcome baby #3 into their family! Lydia Anja Grace Robbins-Ghormley was born on April 11, and both mom and baby are doing well.

Rev. Taeler Morgan & family (Member-at-large) - as Taeler, Tim and big sister, Eliana, welcome child #2 into their family! Leonardo Isaiah Morgan joined their family on December 16, and was officially adopted on February 15, 2019.

HEALTH CONCERNS

Rev. Ralph Carr (HR/Harrison Square, Centralia) - as Ralph recovers from surgery to drain fluids around his lung after a fall that broke a rib. He had the procedures on 5/9, and is now home. Prayers for his wife, Joyce, as she cares for him.

Rev Mark Dowdy (HR) - who recently has been diagnosed with prostate cancer which appears to be confined to the prostate and will have radiation treatment in the next few months. Prayers for Mark and his wife, Cheryl, in this time.

Jeani Shofner (Commissioned Ruling Elder/Commissioned Pastor, First Pres. Hoquiam/Saron Lutheran) - as Jeani lives with cancer that has returned after receiving treatment for ovarian cancer. Prayers for Jeani, her husband, Ed, and their church community during this time. 

Rev. Jenny Rake-Marona (HR) - as her husband, Mark, is being treated for both a long term heart condition and a lymphoma diagnosis. Updates on his progress can be found here. 

 

CONGREGATIONS & PASTORS

Umoja Presbyterian - as we celebrate with this primarily-Kenyan immigrant faith community that worships at the Westminster building in east Tacoma. The Presbytery officially organized them as a congregation at its May 2018 Meeting! 

Hagar’s Community Church - the presbytery welcomed Rev. Lane B. Brubaker as the Organizing Pastor in October 2018! Please pray for the women who live at the WCCW, the staff and for Pastor Layne as they get to know one another.  

The following churches in Pastoral Transition:

  1. Westminster-Olympia: as they prepare to welcome their new pastor, Rev. Therin Fenner in June.

  2. Shepherd of the Hill-Puyallup: as they continue to partner with Rev. Heather James as their Transitional Pastor, and begin the PNC process.

  3. Immanuel-Tacoma: as they partner with Rev. Eyde Mabanglo as their Transitional Pastor.

  4. Harrison Square-Centralia: as they celebrated the ordination of Mark McHugh on March 10 (5pm) as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. He joins Rev. Ralph Carr in serving HSPC as Temporary Co-Pastors.

The members of the Administrative Commission for Westminster Tacoma - as they seek to faithfully respond to the commission given to them by the Presbytery in March 2017, a part of which is to determine what God might be calling forth in that neighborhood regarding future uses of the building. 

Sound View Camp - see what is new at camp here!  

 

If you have a Prayer Request to share or update with the Presbytery of Olympia, please email statedclerk@olypres.org.