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OCT 2018

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ADVOCATES the one Easterlin came to six years later. "It was my rst connection to Trinity," she said. "The rst thing I remember is fun. It was a place where I could be a kid." The Bryant after-school program was a turning point for the church. As children came to Trinity, rela- tionships began to form with others in the neighborhood, and that led to a weekly soup and conversation ministry. "The seeds for resurrec- tion were planted — and they have blossomed," said Trinity's current pastor, the Rev. Matt Robbins-Ghormley. By the early 1990s, with the help D espite being part of the same church family, Hazel Pˆugmacher and Jaquette Easterlin never met. "I've heard a lot about her," Easterlin said. "She was a big part of creating a place where I could go and be loved on." The place Pˆugmacher and others helped create was in a dingy, old church basement in Tacoma, Washington, where Easterlin now works. In 1987, the year Easterlin was born, Trinity Presbyterian Church was down to 25 members — in a neighborhood caught in the crossre of drug trafcking, gang violence and poverty. Built in 1922, the church was near Bryant Elementary, which, at the time, had the highest free and reduced lunch enrollment in Tacoma. Pˆugmacher — one of Tacoma's rst female school prin- cipals — was told by a friend, the principal of Bryant Elementary, that the school needed help. Eighty years old at the time, Pˆugmacher recruited retired schoolteachers. Together, with other Trinity members, they started a reading and mentoring program for rst- and second-graders at Bryant, A church's refusal to die leads to growth New life found in a hard-hit neighborhood BY PAUL SEEBECK OCTOBER Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Jaquette Easterlin, right, Trinity Presbyterian Church's learning center coordinator, is now paying forward the support she got as a teen to today's students, like these girls from Jason Lee Middle School. Endorsed Mover for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Stevens is proud to deliver over 110 years of family-owned moving expertise and quality services to Presbyterian Church (USA) Members, Clergy and Employees and Educators: • Discounted pricing • Top-rated drivers and crews • Customized moving packages • Stevens Home Protection Kit™ • Free no-obligation move estimate • Single point-of-contact Trust the Stevens Worldwide Van Lines www.stevensworldwide.com/pcusa USDOT 72029 CALL VICKI BIERLEIN: 800.248.8313 Clergy Move Center ™ T h e w a y t o m o v e

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