FPC News and Announcements

Survey about FPC Reopening—Your Input Needed

The FPC Reopening Team is seeking your feedback about your needs and preferences as we look to start reopening in coming weeks and months. If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to complete our brief confidential survey which includes questions about your current feelings regarding returning to regular church activities as the state and local governments lift restrictions on public gatherings through their phased plan. As a thank you, you will be entered into a raffle to win an Anthem gift card! Complete the survey now. 



FPC’s Phased Reopening Plan

Exciting news! FPC’s Session (board of Elders) has adopted a phased reopening plan drafted by FPC’s Reopening Team. The new plan follows state guidance and is a living document that will be updated by the Reopening Team as circumstances continue to develop. Download the summary of the plan here. We are now in “Phase 2” of the plan. If you want to submit comments or questions, remember to visit the FPC Reopening Team web page.



Visit FPC’s Reopening Web Page

Pierce County has entered “Phase 2” of Washington State’s reopening plan. That means our church may be able to start reopening some in-person activities in coming weeks. Our Reopening Team and Session (board of Elders) will be working hard on our reopening plans in coming days. Please keep these groups in your prayers as they seek to figure out what we can do to safely reopen as our government allows. Stay updated about our reopening plans by visiting our new web page for the Reopening Team at www.fpctacoma.org/reopen. This page will be your one-stop site for the latest news and announcements about our timeline for reopening. You will also find there the names of  members of our Reopening Team, and a way you can submit your questions, concerns, and suggestions to the Reopening Team. We are all in this together!



Message from Pastor Eric about FPC Reopening Team

Dear First Pres Family,

I just wanted to let everyone know that we are going to be continuing to meet via livestream for the foreseeable future. We have recently formed a reopening team that is developing a strategy for reopening the church which maintains the safety of our church members and the community as a whole. You can expect to receive regular updates from this team in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we are so grateful for all of the ways that we have been able to continue to pursue the mission of FPC during these challenging times. Thank you all for your partnership in this important work.

Blessings,

Pastor Eric



Update from FPC Missionaries Mark and Iris Barnes

Watch two updates from FPC-supported missionaries Mark and Iris Barnes in Brazil.
 


Update from FPC Missionaries Brendan and Erin Connally

Hear an update from from FPC-supported missionaries Brendan and Erin Connally.
 


Update from FPC Missionaries Barry and Jan Potter

Learn what’s happening with FPC-supported missionaries Barry and Jan Potter.
 


Update from FPC Missionary Sue Mills

Learn what’s happening with FPC-supported missionary Sue Mills.
 


VBS 2020—Bolt! A 3-Day At-Home Experience for Your Kids!

 
We are going to miss the energy of VBS in person with your kids this summer! But don’t be dismayed! We have an incredible 3-day virtual AND physical VBS to offer you! With minimal preparation, easy-to-follow instructions, and a video that leads you and your kids step-by-step through each of the 3 days, BOLT is designed for you to perform with your family at home. It’s so simple!
 
During BOLT, your family will participate in fun games that illustrate what it means to listen to, focus on, and follow Jesus. Depending on your pace, you can expect that each day’s experience will last about an hour and a half. It’s great for kids 5 and up. Even middle and high school kids can enjoy it!
 
If you want to get a better idea of what BOLT is, you can watch the Day 2 sample video below. (But don’t let your kiddos see it just yet—we want to save the fun for later.)
 

 
To sign up for a link to BOLT!, simply register below. We are asking for a $25 donation per family which will go to Jumpah Ministries, our beloved school and Christian ministry for kids & families in Cambodia. You can watch a video about Jumpah Ministries below.
 
 
We’ll be sending you more information as we get closer to June 22nd. In the meantime, get your family excited about BOLT. This is going to be SO MUCH FUN!
 



Sign Up for The Marriage Course!

 
With so much time on our hands because of COVID-19, now is the most opportune moment to strengthen your relationship with your spouse and focus on navigating life together. Whether you’ve been married 6 months or 40 years, whether you’re in a good place or struggling, The Marriage Course will give you practical support to continue moving forward in your relationship.
 
Because of this unprecedented time, HTB Church in London (the same church that brings us Alpha) is offering The Marriage Course online for free!
 
Starting on May 17th, we’ll begin this seven week course together. All you have to do is sign up, order the course journals ($12 on Amazon), and then set aside a weekly in-home “date night”  to watch a new video online with your spouse. Sessions last approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes, with half of the time spent in conversation together.
 
Topics include:
• Building Strong Foundations
• The Art of Communication
• Resolving Conflict
• The Power of Forgiveness
• The Impact of Family
• Good Sex
• Love in Action
 



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