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Reformation Sunday Celebration on October 29

 
Join us for worship on this Sunday, Oct. 29, as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses on the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany on Oct. 31, ushering in the start of the great revival known as the Reformation. Our Chancel Choir will present both an introit and an offertory, our world-class pipe organist Patrice Barnett will be joined by a world-class trumpeter, we will have special readings, and we will sing Martin Luther’s great hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” Pastor Eric will be giving a special message on revival from Isaiah 64. We will also be bringing food forward for Thanksgiving baskets (see below). You won’t want to miss this Sunday’s celebration at FPC!

Bring Food for Thanksgiving Baskets THIS Sunday

Please bring your donations to church this Sunday and through November 12 for our Thanksgiving baskets. If you bring food this Sunday, bring it with you into the worship service, for we will have a time to take the food forward during the service. Non-perishables needed are: Canned fruit, applesauce, Stovetop stuffing, black olives, Rice A Roni, canned cranberry sauce, and canned vegetables. Cash donations, made out to First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma, will be used for turkeys, potatoes and yams, eggs, fresh fruit, butter, rolls and pumpkin pie.  Please note your donation is for Thanksgiving Baskets. If you know someone who may need a basket please contact Kathy Hawkins at khawkins@fpctacoma.org.
 

The Five Solas of the Reformation

Want to know what the Reformation was all about? Read this short article about five key ideas the Protestant Reformers focused on as they sought to bring Christians back to a deeper relationship with Jesus.

Martin Luther Resources

FPC Library Resources on the Reformation

Come by the FPC Library this Sunday for a great selection of resources on the Reformation, including a copy of Eric Metaxas’s brand new biography of Martin Luther just released a few days ago!


Prayer Books for Revival!

 
As many of you know, our church is having a Solemn Assembly on Saturday, November 4 to pray for revival. We are aiming to have continuous prayer from Thursday the 2nd to right before the Assembly on the 4th. If you are interested in signing up, check out the available times here. If you see one you want to sign up for, email Sonja West here.
 
This Sunday (October 22), the FPC Library will be highlighting our numerous prayer books on the library display tables. The object of this display is to provide resources to people who are interested in learning more about prayer and learning new ways to pray. We especially hope it will be helpful to those people who have signed up to pray for an hour leading up to the Solemn Assembly and that it will advance our church’s goal of praying for revival as well as facilitating personal growth.
 
Many of our prayer books (especially our new ones) are in our online catalog and you can take a look at them here. Also, stop by the table on Sunday to see many of our other books on prayer. In addition, we have a selection of prayer books for children that may be helpful in involving children in our focus of praying for revival.
 
The library is open before and after the service every Sunday. Stop by and see us! As always, if you have any questions, please send us an email here!


Reminder for Spiritual Self Assessment

FPC Folks…Just a reminder…

**DON’T FORGET TO FILL OUT YOUR SPIRITUAL                  

SELF ASSESSMENT BEFORE NOV 4th!

 



Solemn Assembly

SOLEMN ASSEMBLY

Saturday, November 4th 4:00pm Sanctuary All ages welcome to participate

A Solemn Assembly provides a time for God’s people to gather for the purpose of repentance and mourning. We are hoping that the Solemn Assembly will give us an opportunity to repent of anything that may be preventing us from receiving what God wants to give us and we hope that it may also be a time where we can express our deep longing to experience God’s love, holiness and glory.

 



Meet Greet & Treat at FPC

MEET, GREET & TREAT

Tuesday, October 31st 4:00pm-6:00pm Dickson (Inner) Courtyard

For all FPC and School families!

Costume parade starts at 4:30pm. Hot Dogs, Chili, Cider, Treat bags, Glow Sticks! So much fun and then you can join the Street of Treats in the Stadium District!

 



Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive For Tacoma

THANKSGIVING FOOD BASKETS DRIVE FOR TACOMA

Let’s share Thanksgiving with Tacoma by joining the Deacons in our annual Thanksgiving Basket effort. Items needed for the baskets include:
Canned fruit; Applesauce; Stovetop Stuffing; black olives; Rice A Roni; canned cranberry sauce; and canned vegetables. Cash donations will be used to purchase turkeys, potatoes and yams, eggs, fresh fruit, rolls, butter and                pumpkin pies. Volunteers for basket delivery are also needed.  Please stop by the Deacons’ table in Fellowship Hall after service or deposit packaged foods from our menu list in the barrels located around the church.

If you know of a family in need, please talk to a deacon or contact the church office at 253-272-3286.   Thank you for supporting this ministry.

 



Books on Immigration!

 
In our country today, the topic of immigration is unfortunately a polarizing issue, and many Christians want to understand how to apply their faith to questions relating to immigration. This Sunday (October 15) the FPC Library will be featuring two books that seek to offer a Biblical view of immigration from civil yet markedly different perspectives.
 
The books are The Immigration Crisis by James K. Hoffmeier and Christians at the Border by M. Daniel Carroll R. You can find them in our online catalog here. We only have one copy of each book, so get to the library early if you are interested in either book!
 
Don’t worry if the books are already checked out when you arrive, though. If a book is checked out, a sheet will be started so that people can sign up to check out the book next. Then, you can browse our other books (Fiction, Biographies, Youth, Children’s, Commentaries, and more) and our DVDs.
 
There is a Town Hall Meeting in Fellowship Hall this Sunday, but the library will still be open. Stop by and see us before or after the service! If you have any questions, please send us an email here.
 
 


Prayers For Revival

PRAYER FOR REVIVAL
7:00pm in Middleton Parlor  Meeting Sunday: Oct. 15 & 29.

Also, November (Nov. 2-4), leading up to the Solemn Assembly on Nov 4.      

We are encouraging people to sign up to pray for a one-hour time slot.                

Go to https://www.fpctacoma.org/revival and find the time slot you would like to cover. 
Then you can email Sonja West sonja@nutley.org and your name will be added to the time you selected.  

 



Pastor Eric to Speak in West Palm Beach

PASTOR ERIC TO SPEAK IN WEST PALM BEACH

Please pray for Pastor Jacobsen as he travels to West Palm Beach on Thursday to give a public lecture on “Walkability”.  The lecture is sponsored by a number of civic groups in West Palm Beach.  An ECO church plant called Providencia http://providenciawpb.org/has been partnering with these groups to ‘seek the shalom’ of that area and is hoping to provide positive modeling of how the church can show love for their neighborhood.

 



FPC Town Hall Meeting This Sunday!

TOWN HALL MEETING 

THIS Sunday, October 15 Fellowship Hall 9:15am

What will life be like at First Pres when Cor Deo, our grade school,  moves to a new location?  What are we doing to make our campus more inviting as our neighborhood grows and changes?  These and other questions about improvements and use of our facility over the next couple of years will be the topic of our next Town Hall Meeting.  We hope that you can be there for this important conversation. We want to hear your thoughts and your questions.  

 




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