Reminder: Memorial Service for John West on Saturday

Everyone is invited to the Memorial Service to celebrate the life of John West Sr. this Saturday (Jan. 18) at 2:00 pm. A reception with food and refreshments will follow. A World War II veteran, John had a wonderful life serving the community, the church, and his family. John, Sonja, Katherine, and Garrett West invite you to join them in marking the homecoming of a beloved dad and grandfather.

Early Warning: FPC Summer Camp 2020 Information

Information is now available about FPC’s 2020 summer camps for youth and kids at Camp McCullough. Download a flyer with the dates and information.

FPC Women’s Retreat 2020: Register Now!

Register now for the FPC Women’s Retreat at Camp McCullough on Feb. 21-22. The theme is “Go and See: An Invitation to Believe You Have a Divine Purpose.” The featured speaker is Jaci Loween. Cost is $70 by February 9, or $80 after February 9. There is also a $10 discount for first-timers.  Again, you can register now.

Memorial Service for John West

Join us this Saturday, January 18th for a Memorial Service for FPC member John West (Sr.) at 2:00 pm in the Sanctuary. A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall. John was 100 years old when he graduated to heaven last November.

Save the Date for VBS 2020

Save the date: FPC’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) this year will be on June 22-26. Registration will open in April, and more information will come in the spring.

Watch Vision 2020 Summary from Pastor Eric

FPC Tacoma is embarking on an exciting new 10-year vision for its mission in and around Tacoma. Watch this short summary presentation of what Vision 2020 is all about from Pastor Eric Jacobsen.

Vision 2020 Summary


New Year’s Eve 2019 Family Game Morning

Stay in those PJs, and get ready to celebrate at the best family New Year’s Eve Party in Tacoma, hosted by FPC Kids’ Ministry! Come ready to play dozens of board games for all ages, over-sized games, romp & bounce in the toddler room, navigate the 30-foot long-obstacle bounce house, chow down on snacks, and countdown to the New Year at noon!  It’s free of charge, and you’re encouraged to bring a friend!  New friends (*kids) will be entered into a drawing for an awesome prize!  RSVPs are encouraged and spread the word!
December 31, 10am to noon
Fellowship Hall
First Presbyterian Church, 20 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church

Yearning to experience the reality of Christmas? Join us for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma. This not-to-be-missed celebration unfolds in a cathedral-like sanctuary with soaring arches and features readings and carols and special music performed by chancel choir, handbell choir, worship band, soloists, instrumentalists, and a pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes.
The service climaxes with the sanctuary lit by more than 800 candles during the singing of “Silent Night.” The service concludes with the performance of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” on the pipe organ for the postlude. This event is a Tacoma-area treasure and starts at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 24. Everyone is welcome—that means you!
First Presbyterian Church is located at 20 Tacoma Ave. S. Free parking is available in the church parking lot off of South G Street.
Music for this year’s service will include “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella” and “Arise and Shine, Your Light Has Come” performed by the FPC Chancel Choir; “It Came upon the Midnight Clear” performed by the Lindsey Bell Choir; and “Joy to the World” performed by organ, handbells, and Chancel Choir. In addition, you well get to sing favorite Christmas carols accompanied by handbells, pipe organ, and an instrumental ensemble.

Today: Celebration of Carols!

Join us this afternoon (Dec. 7) at First Presbyterian Church for our joyous “Celebration of Carols” concert and sing-a-long, where you will get to sing accompanied by an orchestra and pipe organ with 3,000 pipes. It’s a free event for the entire family! The concert takes place from 4:00-5:15 pm and will be followed by a holiday reception with cookies and hot cider. We will be highlighting favorite carols from France this year such as “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella,” “O Holy Night,” “Sing We Now of Christmas,” and more. Plus, don’t miss the wonderful “March of the Kings,” which will be played on our magnificent pipe organ by organist Patrice Barnett. First Presbyterian is located at 20 Tacoma Ave. S., at the corner of Division and Tacoma Ave. S.

Celebration of Carols Concert on Saturday, Dec. 7

Our annual Celebration of Carols concert is just a couple of days away. Have you made your plans yet? You don’t want to miss this free event that is becoming a family tradition for many. This year we are highlighting some of the most beloved carols inspired by France, including “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Sing We Now of Christmas,” “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella,” “O Holy Night,” “March of the Kings,” and more.  We chose to highlight French carols this year in honor of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which was ravaged by a terrible fire this past spring. Join us on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 4:00-5:15 pm in our soaring sanctuary. They stay for a holiday reception of hot cider and cookies.