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Frid Nutley Memorial Service, Saturday, April 29

Celebrate the life of FPC member Frid Nutley on Saturday morning, April 29 @ 11:00 am in our Sanctuary. Patrice Barnett will be playing the organ, Vicki Melton will be singing, and Pastor Eric will deliver the message. Frid was the Mom of Sonja Nutley. A light lunch will follow in Fellowship Hall. You can read more about Frid here.

FPC Slow Pitch Baseball

MEN’S SLOW PITCH BASEBALL                                                    

Come Out and Cheer On the FPC Men’s Slow Pitch Softball Team.                         
All Games are at SERA Gold Field SERA Athletic Fields 6002 S. Adams St.                                                                     
Game Schedule:                                                                                                             
APRIL: April 20th  8:30pm  *  April 27th  6:10pm                                                                       
MAY:  May 4th  7:20pm *  May 11th 8:30pm  *  May 18th  BYE *  May 25th 8:30pm  
JUNE:  June 1st 6:10pm *  June 8th 7:20pm *   June 15th 8:30pm *  June 22 7:20pm
June 29th 7:20pm                                                                                                                                    
JULY: July 6th Bye                                                                                                       


Coffee Hour Helpers Needed


Carol Heath is looking for volunteers to team up and help with Coffee Hour Clean-up.  This would be a once a month commitment that would entail leaving the worship service a few minutes early, setting out the prepared coffee and treats, checking for refills during coffee hour and cleaning up afterwards. 11:30 – 12:15ish. 
Connections are made and friendships are formed over a cup of coffee and a doughnut. Please contact Carol Heath at 253-831-3651 or . 


Adult Sunday School Resumes this Sunday at 9:15am

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL RESUMES THIS SUNDAY                                                                 
1, 2 & 3 John Class continues at 9:15am South Chapel                                                                                                       Continuation of 1, 2 and 3rd John class with Matt Pickard. We will pick up our study in the 5th chapter of 1 John. Join us as we work together to understand what the Lord is teaching us through the Letters of John.


VBS Volunteers Needed


Join in the fun and serve at VBS this June!
Sign up on the website at or contact Children’s Ministry Co-Director, Julie Brownlee at


FPC Gleanings Fundraiser


Wednesday, May 10th 6:00pm Dinner & Entertainment

Join us in Fellowship Hall for the 2017 Gleanings Fundraiser. Tickets are $5.00 per person or $15.00 per family. Tickets available at the door. For more information contact McKenzie Iverson at                 


Mentoring Ministry Celebration


Mentoring Ministry end-of-year celebration

Sunday, April 30, 12:00 Noon in Middleton Parlor

Come to Middleton right after the service for a ​salad lunch, to share blessings and celebrate what God has done in lives as we talk, share and pray together. 

We would love to have your suggestions for this ongoing ministry. Some changes are being planned and we welcome your input.


FPC Gleanings Fundraiser


Wednesday, May 10th 6:00pm Dinner & Entertainment

Join us in Fellowship Hall for the 2017 Gleanings Fundraiser. Tickets are $5.00 per person or $15.00 per family. Tickets available at the door. For more information contact McKenzie Iverson at                 


Town Hall Meeting This Sunday!


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.



Sunday, April 16—He is Risen!

This study on Christ’s walk to the cross and atonement comes to a close today, as we celebrate His resurrection and our salvation. As Christians, we are well aware of the significance of the event recognized by this annual holiday. When Christ died and rose again, He fulfilled God’s merciful plan for our redemption. He addressed our inability to atone for our sins personally, and He provided us with a specific process that grants us access to His forgiveness—accept Christ as our savior, confess and repent for our sins, and accept His pardon. When performed sincerely, these actions prepare the path for our walk to Heaven. What a glorious day Easter is, and what a wonderful gift it gives to us!
So we will provide a series of scriptural passages today in hopes that they will capture the true spirit of Easter for you, making this year a time of special connection for you.
“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how He told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.’ Then they remembered His words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.” (Luke 24:1-12, New Revised Standard Version)
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20, Revised Standard Version)
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared also to me.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-8, Revised Standard Version)
“But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) He entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” (Hebrews. 9:11-14, Revised Standard Version)
“You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was destined before the foundation of the world but was made manifest at the end of the times for your sake… For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. He committed no sin; no guile was found on His lips. When He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten; but He trusted to Him who judges justly. He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:18-20 and 2:21-25, Revised Standard Version)

Prayer Suggestion

The following prayer of adoration and responsive prayer for Easter come from the Common Book of Worship. Read them out loud to make them more meaningful and present in your consciousness. Then lift up your own prayer of thanksgiving that Christ has risen and saved us from eternal damnation.

Prayer of Adoration

“Glory to you, O God: on this day you won victory over death, raising Jesus from the grave and giving us eternal life. Glory to you, O Christ: for us and for our salvation you overcame death and opened the gate to everlasting life. Glory to you, O Holy Spirit: you lead us into the truth. Glory to you, O Blessed Trinity, now and forever. Amen.

Responsive Prayer for Easter

O Christ, in your resurrection, the heavens and the earth rejoice. Alleluia! By your resurrection you broke open the gates of hell, and destroyed sin and death.
Keep us victorious over sin.
By your resurrection you raised the dead, and brought us from death to life.
Guide us in the way of eternal life.
By your resurrection you confounded your guards and executioners, and filled the disciples with joy.
Give us joy in your service.
By your resurrection you proclaimed good news to the women and apostles, and brought salvation to the whole world.
Direct our lives as your new creation.
     Book of Common Worship (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993), p. 315.

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