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The Language of Love with Rev. Earl Palmer—Sept. 15 & 29

Love is a word so familiar that we take for granted we know what it means—until we try to define it! The fact is that there are many different ways to understand what this word means. In this class, internationally renowned Bible teacher Earl Palmer will help shed light on this important topic by exploring the words used to express love in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. You are invited to join us on Sunday mornings Sept. 15 and Sept. 29 at 9:15 am in South Chapel for this class.
 
Rev. Palmer has served in pastoral ministries at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Union Church in Manila, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, and The National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. He has a commitment to expositional preaching of Biblical texts, as well as a strong interest in pursuing theological themes that are present in classic and contemporary literature, with particular focus on such authors as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He is a gifted teacher of the Bible, with a unique style that unfolds the text and allows the listener to make great discoveries. 


Brass, Choir, Praise Team and Communion THIS SUNDAY

Join us for (Re)Connect Sunday this weekend on September 8 at FPC Tacoma. Come at 9:15 in Fellowship Hall to learn about all of our exciting ministries and volunteer opportunities for the coming church year (and get free coffee and treats). Then join us for a celebration service at 10:30 am featuring brass, chancel choir, praise team, and pipe organ. Pastor Eric will also be launching a new sermon series on the book of Exodus in the Old Testament, and we will be celebrating the sacrament of Communion. This weekend will be a great time to reconnect with your church family and with God.


(Re)Connect Sunday at the Library

On (Re)Connect Sunday (Sunday, September 8) stop by the FPC Library table to enter a raffle for Amazon gift cards and free books and take a look at books about the Old Testament recommended by Pastor Eric!
 
Don’t forget that this is also the last Sunday of the 2019 Summer Reading Program. Turn in your books for your last chance to enter the raffle for the stuffed orca whale toy! You can read more about the program here. 
 
The FPC Library is located in Fellowship Hall and open before and after the service on Sunday mornings. Contact us by email here.


Come Explore the Book of Exodus in 2019-20

This church year as a congregation we will be exploring the timeless truths of the Old Testament book of Exodus as Pastor Eric delves into the book with his new sermon series, “Coming Home: The Gospel in the Book of Exodus.”
 
Pastor Eric explains the theme of the series: “Tim Keller claims that the scriptures present the gospel as one story told in three different ways. One of those ways is the story of exile and return home and that way of telling the gospel story is first laid out in the Book of Exodus. The book of Exodus helps us better understand the gospel of Jesus Christ by showing us patterns of God’s faithfulness to His people that are later fully realized in the New Testament. This year as we study this book together, my hope is that we can experience the book of Exodus not as a dusty and outdated tribute to our past, but rather as a vital link to our living faith in Jesus.”
 
Come join us as we explore Exodus together! There will be special music during worship tied to the sermon series, small groups on Exodus, books and DVDs in the FPC library on Exodus, and enrichment activities throughout the year. Make Exodus part of your personal study, and see what God wants to teach us this year both individually and as a community.


(Re)Connect Sunday on September 8

Join us for (Re)Connect Sunday this weekend on September 8 at FPC Tacoma. At 9:15 am, come to Fellowship Hall to learn about our ministries and volunteer opportunities. Discover what Breeze is and how it can help you. Coffee and treats will be provided! Then at 10:30 am, join us for a worship celebration featuring a special brass ensemble along with our chancel choir, praise team, and pipe organ. Plus we will be celebrating the sacrament of Communion and Pastor Eric will be starting an exciting new sermon series on the book of Exodus in the Old Testament. You won’t want to miss this Sunday at FPC!

 



Reminder: Worship at Camp McCullough This Sunday!

Remember to worship at Camp McCullough this Sunday (August 25) at 10:30 am. There will be NO service in our Sanctuary this Sunday. After the service, enjoy a FREE all-church BBQ plus free time on the waterfront. The address for Camp is 20665 SE 264th St, Covington.



Guiding Your Quiet Time

Are you looking for a devotional to guide you in your quiet time? Look no further! This Sunday (August 18), the FPC Library will be displaying our collection of devotionals. We have devotionals on a wide variety of topics. You can take a look at them in our online catalog here.
 
Also, don’t forget about the FPC Library Summer Reading Program, which goes until September 8. You can read more about the program here. Browse our online catalog for our books for kids here and our books for youth here to get ideas of what books to check out during the program.
 
The FPC Library is located in Fellowship Hall and open before and after the service on Sunday mornings. You can contact us by email here.


Memorial Service for Larry Ackerson on Saturday @ 2:00 pm

Larry Allen Ackerson, loving and faithful husband of Karen (Polkey) Ackerson, went to his Heavenly Father on August 3, 2019. Please join us for a Memorial Service celebrating Larry’s life on Saturday, August 17 at 2:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Tacoma, 20 Tacoma Avenue South. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Deacon Fund at FPC.
 
Larry was born on April 3, 1954 at Tacoma General Hospital to proud parents Marvin and Alice (Reznechenko) Ackerson,  who brought Larry home to N. 9th and Proctor. Larry’s sister, Lynn, was born three years later and made the family complete. We rejoice in knowing that Larry is in Heaven, healed. He is survived by his wife Karen; his sister Lynn; his sons Alan and Steven; and his daughter Marilee.


Town Hall Meeting THIS Sunday about Parking Lot and Construction

This Sunday at 9:15 am in Fellowship Hall, please come to a Town Hall about upcoming construction next to our church and how it will impact us. We want to update the congregation on the former Bible Pres Church and the Rush Development Senior Housing Project. We have a plan that will alter the parking lot and alley in order to make it safer for all of us after construction has been completed. Come hear the plans our team has been working on over the past months and ask questions and offer input.



Resources on Spiritual Gifts

This Sunday (August 11), the FPC Library will be displaying books on spiritual gifts. If you’ve ever wondered about what spiritual gifts are, what spiritual gifts you possess, or how to use your spiritual gifts, these books are for you!
 
Our books on spiritual gifts are can be found in our online catalog here. When they are not being displayed, our books on spiritual gifts can be found under the number 234.13 in our Non-Fiction section. Make sure to stop by on Sunday and see them in person!
 
Also, don’t forget about the FPC Library Summer Reading Program, which goes until September 8. You can read more about the program here. Browse our online catalog for our books for kids here and our books for youth here to get ideas of what books to check out during the program.
 
The FPC Library is located in Fellowship Hall and is open before and after the service on Sunday mornings. You can contact us through email here.



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