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Town Hall Meeting at FPC

TOWN HALL MEETING 

Sunday, April 23rd at 9:15am in Fellowship Hall

Over the past two years, we have made a commitment to being a church that cares about the people outside of our walls. While that is a great goal, we feel that we could be more effective in striving towards this goal if we were more specific about which people we feel especially called to reach as a church.

Come to the Town Hall meeting to find out more. Coffee, juice, and treats will be provided.

 

 



Easter Morning at FPC

EASTER SUNDAY BREAKFAST & SERVICE

Sunday, April 16th  Breakfast at 9:00am & Service at 10:30am

Please join us in Fellowship Hall for a free Easter breakfast followed by our Easter service in the Sanctuary at 10:30am.Celebrate the Resurrection at FPC Tacoma’s festive Easter Sunday celebration featuring our Chancel Choir, praise team, Lindsey Bell Choir, chamber orchestra, and pipe organ. Plus, Pastor Eric will be preaching a special Easter message.  

Members & Regular Attenders                                                                                                                                                            
For all able bodied members and regular attenders, we are asking you to park on the outer edges of church in order to leave room in the parking lot for our elderly folks and new visitors on Easter morning, Thank you!

 

 



Good Friday Events at FPC

GOOD FRIDAY OPEN HOUSE FOR PRAYER

Friday, April 14th 12:00pm-3:00pm Sanctuary

Come for meditation and prayer in our cathedral-like sanctuary. Drop in for a few minutes or a few hours. This has been a powerful time for connecting with God one-on-one, which draws people from throughout our neighborhood.

 

GOOD FRIDAY REQUIEM & COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, April 14th 7:00pm Sanctuary

This year’s Good Friday service will be a reflective evening of worship as we experience the premiere of Jesús Gomez’s Requiem. This powerful and beautiful work has been written for our Chancel Singers, Chancel Choir,  Chamber Orchestra, and Organ. Jesús, who has been our worship intern for two years, has graduated from PLU in choral conducting and is now teaching choral music at Glacier View Jr. High.

In the context of the this ancient liturgical form, we will receive communion together. Pastor Eric will share devotional thoughts and familiar passion hymns will also be sung. Prepare for a thrilling Easter celebration by experiencing the rich musical heritage of a Requiem written for Good Friday.

 



World Premiere of Good Friday Requiem on April 14

Join us for the premiere of a new Requiem by Jesús Gomez on Good Friday, April 14 at 7:00 pm in the historic cathedral-like Sanctuary of Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church. The Requiem will be performed by chancel choir, chancel singers, chamber orchestra, and pipe organ as part of a Good Friday service featuring Holy Communion and a special message. This event is FREE and open to all.


Good Friday Prayer and Reflection in Historic Sanctuary of Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church

Commemorate the last hours of Jesus on the Cross in the cathedral-like Sanctuary of Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church on Good Friday from Noon-3:00 pm. In the midst of stained glass and candlelight, pause to pray, meditate, and reflect. Times of silence will alternate with readings and soft music, but most of the time will be spent in silence. Come for a few minutes or a couple of hours. This annual open house for prayer and reflection is a powerful time for renewal and self-analysis. Then come back later at 7:00 pm for our Good Friday communion service, which will feature the world premiere of a new Requiem written by Jesús Gomez.
 


LENTEN SEASON DATES TO NOTE

Sunday, April 9th Palm Sunday Service at 10:30am
 
Friday, April 14th Good Friday Open House for Prayer  12:00pm:-3:00pm

Good Friday Serviceat 7:00pm Sanctuary

Sunday, April 16th Easter Brunch at 9:00am & Easter Service at 10:30am

 

Members & Regular Attender
For all able bodied members and regular attenders we are asking you to park on the outer edges of church in order to leave room in the parking lot for our elderly folks and new visitors on Easter morning, Thank you!

 



FPC Work Party

FPC WORK PARTY

Saturday, April 8th 9:00am-1:00pm

Everyone is invited to help with a variety of jobs around the church.

Please bring garden tools and gloves if you have them. Rain or shine. Morning snacks will be provided. Call Jerry Heath 253-537-7980 for more info.

 



Good Friday Events

GOOD FRIDAY OPEN HOUSE FOR PRAYER

Friday, April 14th 12:0pm-3:00pm Sanctuary

Come for meditation and prayer in our cathedral-like sanctuary. Drop in for a few minutes or a few hours. This has been a powerful time for connecting with God one-on-one that draws people from throughout our neighborhood.

 

GOOD FRIDAY REQUIEM & COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, April 14th 7:00pm Sanctuary

This year’s Good Friday service will be a reflective evening of worship as we experience the premiere of Jesús Gomez’s Requiem. This powerful and beautiful work has been written for our Chancel Singers, Chancel Choir,  Chamber Orchestra, and Organ. Jesús, who has been our worship intern for two years, has graduated from PLU in choral conducting and is now teaching choral music at Glacier View Jr. High.

In the context of the this ancient liturgical form, we will receive communion together. Pastor Eric will share devotional thoughts and familiar passion hymns will also be sung.

Prepare for a thrilling Easter celebration by experiencing the rich musical heritage of a Requiem written for Good Friday.

 



A Prayer Story From Diana Farrell

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20 ESV)
 
Praying with others has been one of the greatest blessings that God has given me. With each new person I pray with, I am able to find something that helps me to deepen my own prayer life.
 
I have one friend who begins each prayer by painting a picture of God’s throne room. She talks about kneeling in front of the throne. Every time I think of this image I am reminded of the sovereignty of our God. Another friend approaches prayer with joy and celebration, and I am reminded of how wonderful it is to spend time in the presence of our God and how amazing his works are. Another friend uses Psalms and other Bible verses in her prayers which makes me feel connected to the Saints of old and the promises of God, and yet another taught me to pray in the Jewish tradition, which roots me to God’s chosen people.
 
What an amazing thing to be able to learn from these wonderful prayer warriors; however, not only do we have the ability to learn how to pray from one another, but we also are granted the opportunity to build relationships with the people with whom we pray. Sincere prayer always shows the heart. It shows what we love, what we need, and what we fear. Therefore, by its very nature, praying with another is an act of intimacy. What an amazing gift and responsibility. We not only are now able to pray more effectively for that person, but they are now able to pray more effectively for us, and through this process a bond grows, and we become true sisters and brothers in Christ.
 
For those who are anxious about praying with another, may I just take a moment to encourage you to try it? God isn’t looking for the most eloquent of speakers; he is looking for the sincere heart. I love how children pray. They say what they mean, and they say it plainly. Are we not children, too? Trust God; he gave you this gift of praying with one another, and he will help you through the Holy Spirit.
 
Thanks be to God for encouraging us to pray with one another, and a sincere thank you to all of the wonderful people with whom I have had the privilege of praying.


New HS/MS Bible Study of Book of Daniel Starts April 2

On Sunday, April 2 we are starting a new Middle School/High School class—a Bible study of the book of Daniel! We will explore how Daniel became a leader for God in a culture that was hostile to the true God, and we will study the amazing prophesies in Daniel about the coming of the true Messiah and about the future of the world. We meet in the Gold Room on Sundays at 9:15 am. Led by John and Sonja West.
 




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