The Weekly Courier

June 6, 2024

"We seek to connect people to God, each other, and the wider community and to welcome and affirm all people"

Sunday at First Olympia

Worship this Sunday, June 9, will be

in-person at 10am, as well as live-streamed at this YouTube Link.

This week we will continue our Summer worship series "Treasures in Clay Jars" where we'll be making sense of contradictions in order to understand ourselves as fully human and called to God's eternal work. This week, Pastor Heather will preach on 2 Corinthians 4:13- 5:1, Patty will lead our music, and the CommonGround Choir will bless us with an offertory.

Be sure to complete a Digital Connect Card each Sunday you attend online worship. You may also give online, using our online giving platform.

Prepare Your Heart...

Before you hear Patty lead our Song Team in singing "Everlasting God," by Brenton Brown and Ken Riley, check out this performance from Lucy Grimble and the Nexus Institute of Creative Arts.

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This Week's Calls to Action!

  • Download the Pacer app for our virtual June pilgrimage (follow the link below)
  • RSVP for Anti-Racist Film Club (screening Sun, 6/9 and/or discussion Mon, 6/10)
  • Consider volunteering to spread some bark with our trustees
  • Grab your Rainiers tickets from the front office

For more information about all of these events and opportunities, read on below...

Happenings At & Around First Olympia

Anti-Racist Film Club

Have you heard that ARFC has a new schedule? And we're NOT taking a Summer break!

Instead of Thursdays, Anti-Racist Film Club will now meet on second Monday evenings @7pm over Zoom. And our in-person screenings will be offered the day before (Sundays) @12:30pm here at First Olympia. We are also glad to provide a light lunch at each of our screenings. There's also popcorn!

We hope that our new schedule will give folks who've wanted to join in discussion but have had schedule conflicts a new chance to participate. All are always welcome!

Our film this month is Bend It Like Beckham (2002). Written and directed by Gurinder Chadha, this is a coming of age sports movie about Jess—a young girl who dreams of becoming a professional "football" player. Unfortunately, Jess's family (British Indian Punjabi Sikhs) have a more traditional vision for their daughter's future. So, unable to sacrifice her dream, Jess sneaks behind her parents' backs to join a local women's team and begins to navigate between the worlds she loves.

This is a PG-13 film with light profanity. Parent discretion is advised. Click this link to watch a full trailer.

Our June Schedule looks like this:

  • Sunday, 6/9 @12:30pm - Bend It Like Beckham (2002) screening at FUMCO, lunch provided.
  • Monday, 6/10 @ 7:00PM - Zoom film discussion

If you're interested in either of these events, please RSVP here:

Can't wait until this weekend? Check out the ARFC podcast! This month, Lauren sat down with Pastor Heather to discuss themes of intersectionality, family dynamics, and multiculturalism in this film. Also a fair bit of soccer.

Listen and subscribe here:

Join Us In Neighborhood Pilgrimage!

In June, we are taking up the practice of pilgrimage, in order to become better, more connected neighbors in the places we worship! You are invited to walk the Co-Op with us!

The First Olympia pilgrimage (around the neighborhoods surrounding our church) will take place on Monday, June 17 @5:30pm. For more information (or to RSVP), please reach out to Pastor Alexa as soon as possible so we can ensure there is food for you!

Each pilgrimage will be different, focusing on different things. Additionally, the St. Andrews (Lacey) pilgrimage will be a driving pilgrimage, for those unable to walk very far. Each pilgrimage will be an hour (or less!) long, including stops at 'holy sites' in our neighborhoods. Then, we will gather after our pilgrimage to feast together, hear from a community liaison, and gather our observations.

Pastor Alexa is facilitating these pilgrimages as an invitation into a spiritual practice that she finds deeply transformational! The meals and other supports are funded by a grant from the Polaris Young Adult Leadership Network at Princeton Seminary. We hope you'll join us!

Sign up for In-Person Pilgrimages here:

And everyone, whether or not you're joining the in-person pilgrimages, is invited to participate (and contribute their steps) to a virtual pilgrimage! Adding up all of our steps together over the course of June, so far we're over 300 miles into our goal of 1000!

Download the app here (you'll want to click this link on your smartphone):

If you do not have a smartphone, which will count your steps for you, or if you have trouble with the technology, please count your steps anyway (with a physical pedometer) and share them with the front office each Sunday! We will manually add your steps to the virtual pilgrimage. If you need a pedometer, we've purchased a few that will be available in the church office starting on Sunday. 

Let's Spread Some Bark!

Have you noticed the bark in our parking lot looks a little sad?

In an effort to make our building more welcoming, we're inviting you to a re-barking work party on Saturday, June 15 from 10-2. Bring your own picnic lunch and join Trustees in investing in our home!

If you want to get involved, please contact Savannah ( to sign up. All help is appreciated!

Rainiers Baseball Game Tickets

The South Sound Co-Op wants to take YOU out to the ballgame this Summer! The Tacoma Rainiers are playing against the Reno Aces on Sunday, July 21st at 1:35pm, and we'd love it if you joined in. A $15.50 ticket includes a reserved seat and a ballpark meal (hot dog & bottled water), while a $25.50 ticket includes your seat, ballpark meal, AND a limited edition Rainiers hat. Sorry, the peanuts and crackerjacks you'll have to buy yourselves!

Buy your tickets at the FUMCO front desk. Your LAST day to buy a ticket will be Sunday, June 23. Make sure to note how many seats you need to be handicap accessible, so the stadium can accommodate you. Play ball! 

May-June Upper Rooms

May-June issues of the Upper Room are ready for pick-up for $1.00!

You may get yours on a Sunday morning, before or after worship. Or swing by the church Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm.

Interfaith Works Needs Interviewers

Are you curious about the past and what motivated people to do good works? Interfaith Works is looking for volunteers who would be willing to be trained to interview others in order to ascertain their in-depth stories.

Hearing from folks who were directly involved in what Interfaith Works has accomplished over the years will be a key part of the organization’s 50th Anniversary Party celebration on September 21, 2024 from 4:00 to 6:00pm at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. If you would like to become an interviewer please contact IFW’ board member Mary Wharton at

Summer Breakfast Club: Call For Volunteers

FUMCO is hosting a Summer Breakfast Club for Madison School families! During the summer months families might not have access to resources that are provided during the schoolyear, so we are offering breakfast to these families in the Great Hall on Sunday mornings from 8:30-9:30am, June 23-August 25.


Kim Fuchs and Peggy Rule are co-facilitating the program, and they are looking for volunteers to help with set-up, serving, meal prep, and clean-up. Please visit their Sign-Up page for more details about how you can be part of an Anchor Team or a Crew Team this summer:

Life of the Church

Last night, we wrapped up this round of Spring Affinity Nights with an all-church BBQ! We had about 70 folks join us from around the co-op to enjoy delicious hamburgers and play lawn games to kick off summer with a night of fun and fellowship.

Affinity Nights is now on hiatus until fall, but consider filling your Wednesday evenings by weeding the Tumwater UMC community garden. For more information, reach out to the TUMC office.

You can find more photos from these event (and many more) on our Facebook page:

Crest to Coast Newsletter

Want more news from around our district? Check out the Crest2Coast newsletter for more exciting events and opportunities in the coming months. Click here to check it out!

We Remember...

Sharon Morrow passed away on May 29. A Celebration of Life service will be planned to take place at FUMCO.

Dana Garson passed Friday, May 31st. Memorial plans are pending.

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all sexual orientations and gender identities, all nationalities and ethnicities,

the poor and the rich, single people and the many forms of family.

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The Weekly Courier editor: Lauren Fontanilla