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New Members Class

NEW MEMBERS CLASS

Saturday, April 1st 9:00am-1:00pm Gold Room                                                

Light Lunch Served/Childcare available with RSVP

Are you interested in becoming a member of our congregation? Come with your questions for Pastor Eric and learn about what it means to be a member of our church community. RSVP through the church office at 253-272-3286 or email Karen Ackerson at kackerson@fpctacoma.org

 

 

 



All Church Bingo & Chili Night

ALL CHURCH BINGO & CHILI NIGHT

Friday, March 31st at 5:30pm in Fellowship Hall

Come one and all!! Free admission and chili provided. Hope to see you there!!

 

 



Easter Food Baskets

EASTER FOOD BASKETS

Do you know a family who would be blessed by receiving an Easter Food Basket?  If so, please stop by the Deacons’ Table after worship today. This ministry of the Deacons enables those in need to celebrate Easter with a special meal.   Your faithful support of this ministry is a blessing!      
You can help in one, or all, of three ways:
  • Drop non-perishable food donations off in the church entryways or Fellowship Hall before or after services through April 2.
  • Cash donations will be used to purchase hams, potatoes, sweet potatoes, fresh fruit, eggs, rolls butter and dessert.
  • Sign up to deliver a basket at the Deacon’s table in Fellowship Hall. (Delivery will be on Saturday, April 8.)

 



Second Wednesday Potluck on March 8

 
Join us Wednesday, March 8 from 6:00-7:00 pm for our monthly Wednesday night potluck. Spend an evening sharing stories and fellowship with others in our church. Please bring either soup, salad, entree or dessert to share as well as beverages for your own family. We will supply tables, plates, and cutlery. Because of allergies within our church, please don’t bring anything with nuts and label anything that contains gluten. For more information, contact Richard Shepard.


How to Be a Faithful Christian in the Midst of Political Divisions

Many Christians right now are wondering about how they and their churches might respond in a constructive manner to the current political divisions in our country. FPC’s Session (Board of Elders) held a discussion of this topic at its recent meeting in February, and our Elders and Pastor Eric decided to recommend that interested FPC members watch a recent sermon on this topic by Pastor John Ortberg, who leads a fellow ECO Presbyterian church in Menlo Park, California. Our Elders do not necessarily endorse absolutely everything Pastor Ortberg says, but they do think he has a lot of good insights for Christians to prayerfully consider in our current situation. You can watch or listen to or read the sermon, which is titled “National Reflections.”
 


New Adult Sunday School Class

NEW SPRING ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

BREAKING THE HUDDLE Beginning March 12th 9:15am S. Chapel

Pastor Eric Jacobsen teaching.

For the past few years, we have been working hard at becoming an ‘Inside Out’ church.  We are striving to be a church that exists for the sake of those who are not already members of our fellowship.  We’ve made great strides in this, but we still have a long way to go before we reach our goal of seeing new people regularly come to faith in Jesus through the ministries of First Pres.  This class will present a strategic church wide plan for moving from a huddled church, to a witnessing church, to a conversion church.   It is based on the book

Breaking the Huddle

by Everts, Gordon, and Schaupp.  Books can be           ordered through Amazon or will be available in the church library. 

 



2nd Wednesday Potluck

2nd WEDNESDAY POTLUCK

Wednesday, March 8th 6:00pm Fellowship Hall

Contact Richard Shepard for details rshepard42796@gmail.com

 



Easter Food Baskets

EASTER FOOD BASKETS

Preparations for the Easter Food Baskets are now underway. What better way to celebrate the joy of the Easter season than by sharing compassion in our community? This Deacon ministry enables those in need to celebrate Easter with a special meal for their families.

You can help in one, or all, of three ways:

  • Drop food donations off in the church entryways or Fellowship Hall before or after services through April 2nd. (See insert) 
  • Cash donations will be used to purchase fresh items.
  • Sign up to deliver a basket on April 8 at the Deacon’s table in Fellowship Hall, where you can get your questions answered and find out more details.

 

 



Jericho Unearthed: HS/MS Sunday School, March 5

 
The battle of Jericho is one of the most enduring biblical stores. The description of the “walls falling down” is among its most well-known accounts. Yet for more than fifty years, some scholars have built a wall of doubt against the historical accuracy of the Bible using Jericho as one of its cornerstones. Join the High School/Middle School class as we watch the documentary Jericho Unearthed and return to the site of one of history’s most important battles in order to explore the crucial question relating to Joshua’s conquest: Did the walls of Jericho really come tumbling down? The HS/MS class meets in the Gold Room (South Building) on Sundays at 9:15 am. All High School and Middle School students are invited to come on March 5. As long as there is room, interested parents and other adults are also welcome.
 
 


Tuesday, February 28—For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever, Amen.

“[Jesus] must have been either the prince of impostors or what He really was, the lord of lords, the king of kings, the savior of mankind,” claims William Booth.
 
Jesus was born during the reign of Caesar Augustus, the most powerful man in the world. Augustus’ kingdom was enormous, and he was able to enforce a strict peace (the Pax Romana) within its borders. In many ways, Augustus was the best the world could offer as far as power and glory were concerned. Against this imposing king we see the familiar setting of the nativity—a poor couple away from home and a young woman giving birth in a room occupied by animals. It does not seem very impressive at all; yet the nativity is very much about the competition between two rival kingdoms, one represented by Caesar and the other by a little, wailing baby called Jesus. Where did the real power and glory exist?
 
Augustus caused the known world to be counted in his census; the birth of Jesus caused the angels to sing in the heavens. Augustus altered the course of a young couple’s lives, making them journey to Bethlehem for the birth of their son; the birth of that son altered the course of world history forever. Augustus used the threat of his armies to force a temporary peace amongst men; Jesus used obedience, humility, and suffering to bring about an eternal peace between God and humanity. It was under the authority of another Caesar that Jesus was put to death; that death and His subsequent resurrection made salvation possible for all who call Jesus lord. Augustus and Rome reflected all the glory of the world; Jesus reflected all the glory of the God who made the world.
 
The kingdom that Jesus introduced was and is the dangerous, radical alternative to the powers of this world. By praying this last part of the “Lord’s Prayer,” we are declaring that we pledge our allegiance to the kingdom of God. We also are declaring that we will dedicate our lives to seeing this alternative kingdom become a reality here on earth. It is thus a prayer of mission, a subversive prayer, and a commitment to not simply accepting the kingdoms of this world or their values.
 
It is also a prayer of empowerment. Jesus spoke and acted the way He did because He was the rightful king of kings. We are His children and, therefore, are rightful heirs to the kingdom. We have within us the very Spirit of Jesus, and that is a Spirit of true power, authority, and glory.
 
Finally, this is a prayer of confidence. It is only because God is king that we can pray the rest of the “Lord’s Prayer” with conviction. We pray with boldness because we are praying in the name of the king, the victor over evil, the true light of heaven who outshone the glory of this world with the glory of the cross.
 
Jesus showed us that the world’s understanding of power and glory is flawed. Real power and glory is found in obedience, humility, grace, justice, love, forgiveness, and all the things that characterized His life. This is the power and glory that exists in the kingdom of God.
 

Study and Prayer Suggestions

  • Write a list of things that count for power and glory in this world. Then write the things that count for power and glory in the kingdom of God. Pray that your life and the life of your family, friends, and other Christians will find its identity in the kingdom of God.
  • Read Revelations 5:1-14. Jesus is described here as both a lion and a slain lamb. What images do both of these descriptions bring to your mind? In a small group, discuss what these images tell you about the power and glory of Jesus, and how they can help you in your prayer life.
  • Take some time to reflect on what you have learned about the “Lord’s Prayer.” Give all the praise and the glory for the week of study you have had to God, including your prayers that will be answered in the future.



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