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LIFE CENTER APPOINTS NEW SENIOR PASTOR

The Board of Directors of Life Center Assembly of God is pleased to announce the appointment of Pastor Tyler Sollie as the church’s Senior Pastor.

“We are thrilled to confirm Tyler and Amber Sollie as Life Center’s new Senior Pastors,” said Nate Angelo, chairman of the Life Center board of directors. “Their roots run deep in the 253 and their heart and passion for Jesus is clear. We look forward to this next season for Life Center as we celebrate 100 years. Tyler’s vision to sustain a generational church that impacts the 253 for Jesus excites us as a church body. Tyler and Amber’s years in ministry outside this area groomed them well for such a time as this. The humility with which Tyler leads will continue to plant seeds and grow roots.”

Tyler Sollie’s relationship with Life Center began in the 1970s when his parents met and were married at the church. He graduated from Life Christian Academy in 1998 before embarking on a ministry journey that would ultimately bring him and his wife Amber back to Life Center to serve as the lead pastors of Life Center Baker. Shortly thereafter, Sollie oversaw transitions in staff and location as Life Center Baker and Real Life Family Center merged into what is now Life Center Rainier. Before being confirmed as senior pastor of Life Center, Sollie acted as interim lead pastor, providing leadership, guidance, and prayer for staff members and church attendees alike.

Sollie is an accredited minister through the Assemblies of God with more than 20 years of experience working in ministry. He has served as youth pastor of Eastridge Church in Issaquah, senior associate pastor of Stone Church in Yakima, network youth director of the Northwest Ministry Network, and lead pastor of Life Center’s Rainier campus. In these roles, he developed strong leadership skills and a passion of knowing Jesus and making Him known.

Sollie holds a BA in Youth Ministry and Biblical Studies from Northwest University.

 

TACOMA POWER AWARDS GRANTS FOR SOLAR ENERGY PROJECTS

Tacoma Power has announced the winners of its Evergreen Options Renewable Energy Project grant, awarding more than $90,000 in grants to two local organizations. The funding for these grants comes from Tacoma Power customers who voluntarily pay a small monthly fee to support local renewable energy projects like wind and solar. This year’s winners, Tacoma Housing Authority and Bates Technical College, will use the funding to implement solar energy projects at their respective campuses in Tacoma.

“Thanks to the goodwill of local residents who have enrolled in this program, we’re excited to provide these new renewable opportunities – like rooftop solar panels – to organizations helping the community right here in our service territory,” said Chris Robinson, superintendent of Tacoma Power. “These projects complement the renewable hydroelectric power that makes up the majority of Tacoma Power’s electricity.”

Tacoma Housing Authority will use the $50,000 grant to integrate solar panels into the Crisis Residential Center (CRC) at its new Arlington Drive Youth Campus, which will break ground in 2019. The CRC will be a 12-bed facility to house, serve and save homeless youth ages 12 to 17. The CRC will be part of a larger campus that will also serve homeless young adults ages 18 to 24. The total capacity of the new solar energy system will be 21 kilowatts.

“We’re pleased to be awarded this grant for solar energy. It not only allows us to contribute to a greener and more sustainable future, it also saves us money,” said Michael Mirra, executive director of Tacoma Housing Authority. “Those savings will strengthen the services we can provide to homeless youth and young adults to give them a second chance at a reasonable adolescence and adulthood without exploitation, impoverishment, and fear. We’re grateful to Tacoma Power for helping us do that.”

The second grant recipient, Bates Technical College, is a two-year public institution that has been providing quality training and education to Tacoma/Pierce County for 80 years. The college is known for its commitment to helping students find family-wage level employment. The $41,500 renewable energy grant will allow the school to install solar lighting at its south campus parking lots, which will increase safety and support energy conservation. It is estimated that the project will produce 3,728-kilowatt hours of electricity per year.

“The South Campus hosts a number of instructional programs, including welding, carpentry, electrical construction and auto mechanics, among others,” said Bob Roehl, executive director of facilities and operations at Bates Technical College. “We are happy to be able to light up the parking lots with renewable energy generated on site.”

The winner of last year’s grant, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, used its $50,000 grant to help fund a solar project located in the Asian Forest Sanctuary area. The zoo anticipates its project will produce more than 26,000-kilowatt hours of electricity in the first year and save more than $200,000 over its 30-year lifetime.

The Evergreen Options program is available to all Tacoma Power customers. By paying a small additional monthly charge on their electric bill, customers support local renewable energy projects. Participants can choose a specific amount (minimum $3 per month) or a percentage of their electric use, up to 100 percent.

Visit MyTPU.org/Evergreen for more information about the Evergreen Options program.

 

STILL TIME TO HELP MAKE CHRISTMAS MERRY FOR CHILDREN

Missed the deadline for The Salvation Army-Puyallup Valley Corps’ #AngelTree Program? Many local children will go without because their families are struggling. You can still give toys and #Hope in the following ways:

  • Check donation, payable to The Salvation Army (memo Puyallup Valley Corps), 4009 9th S.W., Puyallup, WA 98373.
  • Donate through The Salvation Army Catalog athttps://bit.ly/2Bl5TBQ
  • Online atorg

Your support this Holiday Season, and year-round, enables us to serve those in need in our community. Thank you so much.

 

KILMER JOINS BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO UP TRANSPARENCY IN POLITICAL SPENDING

U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Mike Gallagher (R-WI), and Derek Kilmer (D-WA), three of the co-chairs of the Congressional Reformers Caucus, announced the introduction of a bipartisan bill to increase disclosure and accountability of political spending. The Political Accountability and Transparency Act, H.R. 7267, would strengthen coordination rules between super PACs and individual campaigns to ensure that super PACs truly operate independently from candidates, require political advertisements to disclose the top donors to the organization paying for the advertisements, and would apply the “personal use” restriction on campaign funds to all political committees, including leadership PACs.

“For too long, we’ve allowed outside money to play an outsized and shadowy role in our politics, blurring the lines between special interest groups and the candidates they support,” said Rice. “The Political Accountability and Transparency Act will close some of the most gaping loopholes in our campaign finance laws by increasing restrictions and reporting requirements for outside groups. This bipartisan bill will help restore integrity and trust in our nation’s political process.”

“The American people deserve to know who is spending hundreds of millions of dollars every election cycle to influence their vote and muddy our politics,” said Gallagher. “This bipartisan bill is critical to injecting more transparency into our campaign finance system and helping reduce the corrosive influence of dark money in our elections. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this important piece of legislation.”
“Sunlight is the best disinfectant,” Kilmer said. “Americans deserve to know who is paying for the political ads they see regardless of how those ads are purchased. The Political Accountability and Transparency Act slams shut campaign finance loopholes and shines a light on the murky world of dark money.”

“The Political Accountability and Transparency Act addresses some of the most obvious flaws in federal campaign law that repeatedly frustrate members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. We are pleased to see these leaders of the bipartisan Congressional Reformers Caucus put forward solutions to help fix America’s broken political system,” said Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee.

“The Political Accountability and Transparency Act will address some of the worst loopholes in our campaign finance system while giving Americans much-needed transparency about who’s trying to influence the policy-making process in Washington. We’re proud to support this bill to increase integrity and accountability in our elections,” said Tiffany Muller, president of End Citizens United Action Fund.

“Strengthening the law requiring independence of candidates from outside groups is critical to loosening the influence that megadonors who fund super PACs holdover candidates and officeholders,” said Trevor Potter, President of the Campaign Legal Center, and a former Republican Chairman of the Federal Election Commission. “Similarly, increasing political spending transparency and stopping politicians from using leadership PACs as slush funds are broadly popular bipartisan reforms. Voters have a right to know who is bankrolling campaign ads. And it would seem obvious that lawmakers shouldn’t be using donors’ PAC money to fund golf memberships, trips to five-star resorts, and Disney World vacations.”

“The Political Accountability and Transparency Act represents a much-needed step toward strengthening a culture of transparency and accountability in our politics. Stand Up Republic is proud to support this bipartisan initiative,” said Greg Spenchian, Director of Policy and Partnerships for Stand Up Republic.

H.R. 7267 tightens coordination rules between Super PACs and individual campaigns in several ways. For one, the bill would apply to the coordination that happens before a candidate is officially running for office if the spending occurs after the candidate is running for office. The bill would also apply broadly to any ads paid for by super PACs that promote, attack, support or oppose a candidate. Further, H.R. 7267 would apply to any communications that mention a candidate starting 120 days before a primary and going through the general election, and it explicitly covers all types of activity in addition to mass-broadcast communications, including mail and canvassing literature. Lastly, this bill strengthens the restriction on staff moving from a campaign or official office to an outside spender and, in the case that it does happen, requires a robust firewall.

Another goal of H.R. 7267 is to provide voters with additional information on who pays for political advertisements. The bill would require television, radio, and internet advertisements to display, within the advertisement itself, the three largest donors to the organization paying for the advertisement. This would apply to super PACs, 501(c) nonprofits, and other corporate entities.

Finally, H.R. 7267 aims to limit the widespread abuse of leadership PAC funds. Issue One and the Campaign Legal Center revealed widespread abuse of leadership PACs by Members of Congress, who are increasingly using these funds for five-star dinners, high-end vacations, and country club memberships, all under the guise of “fundraising expenses.”

H.R. 7267 has been endorsed by Issue One, the Campaign Legal Center, Stand Up Republic, and End Citizens United Action Fund.

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