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Whole Library Completely Catalogued!

All the books and materials in the FPC Library have been completely catalogued in our online catalog here! In total we have over 4,100 resources. This includes over 100 DVDs (which you can search specifically for here)!
 
We use tags in our online catalog to let people know where to find resources in the library and what subjects the resource is applicable to. Our DVDs have the tag DVD and our audiobooks and CDs have the tags Audio and CD. Our books and DVDs for children have the tag Children, while our books for youth have the tags Youth Fiction, Youth Biography, and Youth Non-Fiction. Our nonfiction books for adults have the tag Adult Non-Fiction and an additional number tag (like 649) that shows what number the book is catalogued under. Our fiction books for adults have the tag Adult Fiction. Our reference works and Bible commentaries have the tags Reference and Commentary respectively. Materials may also have additional tags that denote the subject of a book. Find a book in our online catalog that you want to read and stop by and Sunday and check it out!
 
The FPC Library is located in Fellowship Hall and open before and after the service on Sunday mornings. You can contact us through email here.


Your Opportunity to Support the Missions Trip to Guatemala

Hi!  We are Shannon & Grace Pressley, and Leah & Ella Browning—two mother and daughter teams that will be representing FPC church for a 10-day missions trip to Guatemala with FPC-supported missionary Edwin Martinez this Christmas Break.  We are currently in the process of raising support for this trip, and we would like to make our church family aware of the opportunities that you have to support us.

Greeting Card Fundraiser

We are currently selling “Cards for a Cause” through Usborne Books.  There are four different themed boxes of 30 different cards: Two different All Occasions boxes, a Kids Birthday box, and a box of mixed Thanks and blanks.  These boxes sell for $30 a box and 40% of that goes to the mission trip cost.  Below are links that show more details about the cards.  If you are interested in purchasing a box, please see us at the Guatemala table after church this Sunday.  We can accept cash or checks made out to FPC. Sunday, October 21st, will be the last Sunday we are selling them and accepting money. Check out this video to see the different boxes available, and this video to see some examples of cards from each box.

Christmas Gift Sale

For two Sundays sometime after Thanksgiving we plan to sell stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts that our families or friends have made.  These dates are to be determined soon.  Please plan to stop by our table after church and do some Christmas shopping!  100% of these proceeds will go to the trip.

Donations
If you would like to just make a donation to this mission trip please send a check to church made out to FPC with a note “Guatemala Trip” in the memo line.

Prayers
Last but not least we need your prayers to make this a safe and successful experience.  If you are willing to pray for us before and during our trip we would love to know that.  Please email Shannon Pressley at thepressleys@gmail.com to get on an email list that will receive updates and prayer requests while we are in Guatemala as well. 



Word Study Tools

This Sunday (October 7), the FPC Library will be displaying our Bible word study tools. In his sermon on Sunday, Pastor Eric will show us how he uses word study tools while engaging with the Bible. After the service, you can stop by and pick up some tools to use for yourself!
 
You can find our word study tools listed in our online catalog here. We have wide range of resources including concordances, dictionaries, and interlinear Bibles. Of specific interest relating to our current sermon series on Philippians would be our Greek-English dictionaries and interlinear Bible. A great online word study resource is the Blue Letter Bible, which you can find here.
 
The FPC Library is located in Fellowship Hall and open before and after the service on Sunday mornings. You can contact us through email here.


FPC Canon: The Days of Elijah

Last Sunday during worship we sang “The Days of Elijah.” This song is on the list of the FPC Canon. It has a special meaning for FPC Tacoma, because it became a theme song for our “Year of Jubilee” a few years ago when our congregation was seeking God’s grace to heal from some hard things that had taken place in our midst. If you want to dig deeper, you can read the thoughts of the composer who wrote the song or you can explore the Biblical characters described in the song. And if you want to experience the song in a new way, watch the embedded playlist below to see it being joyfully sung by U.S. Marines, youth from Uganda, and liturgical dancers on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem.
 



Self-Feeding Disciple Resources

This Sunday (September 30), the FPC Library will be displaying our books and resources for the Self-Feeding Disciple Initiative.

We have the two pamphlets “7 Minutes With God: How to Plan a Quiet Time” and “Tyranny of the Urgent” that were mentioned in the church service last week. You can pick up a copy of each for free!

We also have books recommended by Pastor Eric to help you go deeper into God’s Word. You can take a look at these books in our online catalog here or on the display table at the library on Sunday.

The FPC Library is located in Fellowship Hall and open before and after the service on Sunday mornings. You can contact us through email here.



Spiritual Gifts

This Sunday (September 23), 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!
 
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.


Fall Sermon Series on Philippians

FPC Pastor Eric Jacobsen will begin a new sermon series on the New Testament book of Philippians on Sunday, September 23. Join us! And explore more about the book of Philippians using the resources below.
 
 



Earl Palmer Class to Explore the Psalms and the New Testament

Internationally renowned pastor and speaker the Rev. Earl Palmer will be teaching a special 3-week adult Sunday School class at FPC on Sept. 23, Sept. 30, and Oct. 7. The class will explore the the Old Testament Book of Psalms and how it relates to New Testament faith.



Bible Commentaries for Every Book of the Bible

This Sunday (September 16), the FPC Library will be displaying a selection of books from our comprehensive section of Bible commentaries. One of the books that we will be displaying is “First, Second, and Third John, Revelation” by Rev. Earl Palmer who will also be preaching this Sunday.

We have commentaries on every book of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation! You can take a look at all our commentaries in our online catalog here.

The FPC Library is located in Fellowship Hall and open before and after the service on Sunday mornings. If you have any questions, send us an email here!



Introducing the FPC Canon

Earlier this year, Pastor Eric asked our Worship Committee to come up with an “FPC Canon”—a select list of  hymns and praise songs that are especially meaningful to the FPC community. After receiving more than 100 nominations from the congregation earlier this year, FPC’s Worship Committee came up with a list of 26 hymns and praise songs. Now you can explore the complete list on the new FPC Canon web page  We also encourage you to listen to these songs during the week and use them in your own worship. Then they will have an even deeper meaning when you sing them in worship at FPC. These aren’t the only songs we will be singing during worship, but they are songs that for various reasons have meaning for our particular community. You can also start exploring the songs by using the YouTube playlist below. And stay tuned for future blog posts about specific songs on the list.
 



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