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Library Closed This Sunday

The FPC Library will be closed this Sunday (June 9) for the Congregational Meeting after the service. Make sure to read our section in the Annual Report and stop by the next Sunday to check out books or DVDs!
 
The FPC Library is located in Fellowship Hall and usually open before and after the service on Sunday mornings. You can contact us by email here.


The Holy Spirit

This Sunday (June 2), in celebration of Pentecost, the FPC Library will be displaying our collection of books about the Holy Spirit! Pentecost is actually on June 9, but the FPC Library will be closed because of the Congregational Meeting after the service. So, we will be displaying our books this Sunday, the week before Pentecost.
 
Our books on the Holy Spirit can be browsed in our online catalog here. We have books for adults and children that allow you to learn more about the Holy Spirit. Our books can also serve as a great way to teach children about the Holy Spirit. Stop by on Sunday to see take a look at our books in person.
 
The FPC Library is located in Fellowship Hall and open before and after the service on Sunday mornings. Contact us by email here.


Memorial Day

This Sunday (May 26), in celebration of Memorial Day. the FPC Library will be displaying biographies of American heroes and fiction set during pivotal times in American history.
 
You can take a look at the selected biographies here in our online catalog. Our fiction is also available to be browsed here. If you are looking for some books to read or DVDs to watch over the Memorial Day holiday, you can stop by on Sunday and take a look at our collection!
 
The FPC Library is located in Fellowship Hall and open on Sunday mornings before and after the service. You can contact us by email here.


Watch the Lindsey Handbell 50th Anniversary Celebration

Last Sunday (May 19), 570 people filled FPC’s historic sanctuary to hear 37 handbell ringers celebrate the 50th anniversary of our beloved Lindsey Bell Choir along with brass, Chancel Choir, pipe organ and piano. Thanks to FPC member Chip Van Gilder, you can watch the three featured handbell presentations, including the official premiere of a new arrangement of “Come, Christians Join to Sing” by nationally recognized composer and arranger Joel Raney, which received a standing ovation. Enjoy!
 

 

 

 



Handbell Celebration THIS Sunday!

You are invited to a celebration of the 50th anniversary of FPC’s youth handbell program THIS Sunday at 10:30 am during worship. A special anniversary bell choir featuring ringers past and present will lead worship supplemented by brass, pipe organ, piano, and Chancel Choir in a special service you won’t want to miss. The handbell ringers will perform three specially commissioned pieces, “There is a Balm in Gilead,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and the official premiere of a dramatic new setting of “Come, Christians Join to Sing” written by nationally acclaimed composer and arranger Joel Raney, featuring handbells, brass, pipe organ, piano, and Chancel Choir. For a taste of what to expect, watch the performance of “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” by our Lindsey Bell Choir.
 



Human Zoos: Scientific Racism and the Christian Response

During adult Sunday School this Sunday (May 19), learn about the tragic history of scientific racism in our country—and how some Christians tried to counter it with the idea that all humans are created in the image of God. As part of the Sunday School class on “Human Beings and Intelligent Design,” we will screen FPC member John West’s award-winning documentary, Human Zoos. Human Zoos tells the shocking story of how thousands of indigenous peoples were put on public display in America in the early decades of the twentieth century. Often touted as “missing links” between humans and apes, these native people were harassed and demeaned. The film also explores the tragic story of eugenics in America, the effort to breed human beings based on Darwinian principles. Finally, the film tells how a number of courageous Christians sought to oppose scientific racism based on their understanding of human beings created in the image of God. Read an article on how this film has been used to pursue racial reconciliation in one community in Texas. The class meets at 9:15 am in South Chapel and is led by Sonja West.



Fiction For Everyone

This Sunday (May 19), the FPC Library will be displaying books from our collection of fiction. With over 600 fiction books for adults and over 400 fiction books for youth and children, we have something for everyone!
 
See our adult fiction in our online catalog here, our youth fiction here, and all of our children’s books here. We also have DVDs and Audio CDs (see our collection here) if that’s a better fit for your family. Stop by on Sunday and take a look!
 
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.


50th Anniversary Handbell Celebration: Sunday, May 19

You are invited to a joyous celebration of handbells and worship this Sunday, May 19 as First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Tacoma celebrates the 50th anniversary of its handbell program, founded by Bob Gorham. A special anniversary bell choir featuring ringers past and present will lead worship supplemented by brass, pipe organ, piano, and Chancel Choir in a special service you won’t want to miss. The handbell ringers will perform three specially commissioned pieces, “There is a Balm in Gilead,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and the official premiere of a dramatic new setting of “Come, Christians Join to Sing” written by nationally acclaimed composer and arranger Joel Raney, featuring handbells, brass, pipe organ, piano, and Chancel Choir. This new piece was commissioned just for this special celebration. Additional new arrangements of hymns will be supplied by FPC’s own Minister of Worship Dr. Daniel Perrin. The handbell choir will be directed by Daniel Heath and director emeritus Bob Gorham. You won’t want to miss this exciting service, starting at 10:30 am! For a taste of what to expect, watch last year’s performance of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” by our Lindsey Bell Choir.
 



Mother’s Day Books

This Sunday (May 12) the FPC Library will be displaying books on motherhood/mothering in honor of Mother’s Day! 
 
Take a look in our online catalog here to get a preview of the books. We also have fiction, non-fiction, and DVDs for the whole family. Make sure to stop by in person on Sunday and take a look at our collection. 
 
The FPC Library is located in Fellowship Hall and open before and after the service on Sunday morning. You can contact us by email here.


Sharing Jesus’ Love With Muslims

What is Jesus doing in the lives of Muslims? How can you reach out to your Muslim friends and neighbors? What does the Koran really say? This Sunday (May 5), stop by the FPC Library for books about these topics!
 
The FPC Library’s books on Islam can be found in our online catalog here. You’ll find fascinating stories of Muslims turning to Christ, information to help you better understand what your Muslim friends believe, and practical guides for explaining what you believe to them.
 
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.



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