Serve Thurston

Local churches from around Thurston County are uniting together to lead their churches in an unifying effort to make sure every foster care child has a home to sleep in. In 2016, there were less than 80 licensed and active foster care families to serve more than 300 children who were currently in the foster care system. As Christians, we realize we were once spiritual orphans separated by our rebellious sin from our loving God and Father who saved, redeemed, and reconciled us to Him for his glory and our great delight. 

Because of this good news, we know that the church is the answer to this foster care problem. As Jesus sacrificed his life for us, we display the gospel of Christ by sacrificing our comforts and conveniences to serve these children in need. For some of you, your participation will lead you to becoming a licensed foster care parent and taking these beautiful children into your home. For others, it will be serving these foster parents by offering respite by watching their children for short stays to give them the rest and refreshment needed to continue their service. There are many ways to get involved. You can make a difference!

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On Friday, November 17th, a team of churches in Thurston County will host Foster Aware 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the gym of Westwood Baptist Church. Our hope is to build on the success from last year’s initial event where nearly 300 people attended and 86 families signed up to engage with serving foster children in some way. This year’s event will include dessert, a message from Chris Gough (Union Gospel Mission Seattle), and practical breakouts that will answer questions and provide clear and direct next steps. We hope you will join us in mobilizing the Body of Christ in Thurston County to share the heart of God for the modern day orphans among us.

Below is a collection of print, graphic, and other resources you can use to promote Foster Aware 20117 and tell the story of the orphans among us.

Don't miss this chance to be inspired, learn about the challenges and solutions, and attend a breakout session to learn how YOU can get involved.

PLEASE REGISTER SO WE CAN PREPARE A GREAT EVENING FOR YOU.  IT'S NOT REQUIRED BUT IT SURE HELPS.

LIMITED CHILDCARE IS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO PRE-REGISTER

 Watch the video report of last year's event to see what God did.

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Foster Aware & Orphan Sunday Resources

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Whether your church is interested in ministering to foster children or already involved, emphasizing the need on Orphan Sunday and encouraging your congregation to attend Foster Aware 2017 is a great way to keep the need close to the heart of  your people. Many churches are devoting the entire service that Sunday to the biblical mandate to care for the fatherless. Others are offering simple reminders to pray and opportunities to serve.  

Below are links to print and graphic materials for both events as well as sermon resources and background material from the Christian Alliance for Orphans and local pastors. We hope they will provide additional inspiration and insight as you lead your community. Thank you for partnering together to ensure that every child has a home to sleep in

Resource Packet for Foster Aware 2017

Web and social media graphics you can download. (print masters coming soon)

Orphan Sunday Web Graphic Resources

Web and social media graphics you can download.

Orphan Sunday Bulletin Insert

Download and print this bulletin insert for Orphan Sunday.

God’s Heart for the Orphan Study Guide

A look at God’s call for us to care for Orphans taught by Rick & Kay Warren.

A Series of 3 sermons (that could lead up to Orphan Sunday)

Sermon notes outline for three messages.

God’s Gift of Adoption

An article by Jason Cornwell

The Cosmic Significance of Adoption

An article by Dan Cruver

The Prodigal’s Suspicion and the Global Orphan Crisis

An article by Dan Cruver