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Hundreds Attend Memorial Service for Tom Havel

Hundreds came to FPC this afternoon for the memorial service to celebrate the life of beloved FPC member and elder Tom Havel. They heard not only about Tom’s wonderful life, but also about his wonderful Lord, and were invited to accept Jesus as their own Savior and Lord. Thank you to everyone who came or helped!



Memorial Service for Tom Havel on Sept. 28 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for the memorial service for Tom Havel (81), longtime FPC member and elder, this Saturday, Sept. 28 at 2:00 pm. Reception to follow in Fellowship Hall. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Preschool Scholarship Fund.
 
Tom went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on the 18th of September. Tom’s deep love of the Lord, his family, and friends was evidenced by all who knew him. Tom taught in the Tacoma Public Schools for 43 years. Tom was a true servant and teacher for many years at Truman Elementary, Brown’s Point Elementary, Mason Junior High, and Stadium High School. He graduated from Stadium himself in 1956 and from the University of Puget Sound in 1961 with a Teacher’s Degree and a focus on ROTC.
 
Tom was then sent for his Navigation and Radar Intercept Training at James Connally Air Force Base where he met his wife-to-be, Carolyn, through the ministry of Young Life at Baylor University. After graduation and their marriage in 1962, Tom was assigned to fly as a Radar Interceptor Officer in the 75th Squadron, defending the East Coast at Dow Air Force Base in Bangor, MA, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Following his service time in Bangor, he served with the Maine Air Guard while getting his master’s degree at the University of Maine.
 
Tom returned to Tacoma with Carolyn and their daughter, Lisa, where Tom began his teaching career in 1966. Tom was born in 1938 to Edward and Isabel Havel in Tacoma, WA. He was preceded in death by his father, his mother, and his brother, Eddie. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn of 57 years, his daughter, Lisa (Greg) Hitchcock, his son, Christopher (Jennifer) Havel, his grandchildren, Stephen and Madison Hitchcock and Ethan and Lauren Havel, and his sisters, Kris Oglesby and Susan Olson. Tom was an outdoor enthusiast who used his brilliant mind to humbly impart knowledge of God’s great universe to all who would listen.
 
Tom was a man of impeccable character and integrity, though he would be quick to acknowledge that he was a sinner saved by grace. He was the embodiment of kindness and love. A servant warrior was he, and a man after God’s own heart. Tom was compassionate, others-focused, hospitable, and generous. His passion and zeal for life and its Creator were contagious. Private Family Interment with Military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery.


Resources on Grief

This Sunday (September 29), the FPC Library will be displaying books and resources on grief. Have you or someone you know been struggling with grief and hardships in your life? Our books by various Christian authors can be a good resource.
 
Our books on grief are listed in our online catalog, and you can take a look at them here. When our books on grief are not being displayed you can find them in our Non-Fiction section under the number 248.86. Stop by on Sunday and browse our collection of resources on grief.
 
The FPC Library is located in Fellowship Hall and open Sunday mornings before and after the service. You can contact us by email here.


Recommended Books on the Old Testament

This Sunday, September 22, stop by the FPC Library to see Pastor Eric’s recommended books on the Old Testament and other resources on the Old Testament.
 
You can take a look at Pastor Eric’s recommended books here. We also have a great variety of fiction, non-fiction, and biographies for all ages. All of our books, DVDs, CDs, and other resources have been fully catalogued in our online catalog here.
 
The FPC Library is located in Fellowship Hall and open before and after the service on Sunday mornings. Contact us by email here.


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.




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