FPC News and Announcements



How is it going with your #FORtacoma assignment?  We want to know!! Did you meet anybody or learn about how best to pray for your location? 

Please register your assignment location E-mail Carol Heath today at cheath@fpctacoma.org or write your location name on the back of your Communication Card.  We also want your stories. Please take an additional minute and include a brief message about your experience with #FORtacoma.

It’s not too late to participate!  If you did not get started, start today. If you did not get a location, see Carol Heath or any staff member and we will get you a location. 


This Summer at FPC: Encounters with Jesus

Join us for worship this summer as we start an exciting new sermon series, Encounters with Jesus, which will explore Jesus’s life-transforming encounters with key people in the Gospel of John. In addition to Pastor Eric, the summer series will feature special guest preachers, including missionary Steve Baughman, Matt and Sara Koenig, and FPC elders Michelle Martinez, Dan O’Connor, and John West. We will also be hearing personal testimonies each week from FPC members who have had a transforming encounter with Jesus Christ. You won’t want to miss growing in your relationship with Jesus through this new series that runs from June 25 until late August.

Prayer for Revival on Sunday Mornings

Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:45 am in Middleton Parlor through August 20 as we pray for revival. Contact  Sonja West for more info.

Important Information for Families Participating in VBS 2017


If your kids are signed up for FPC’s Vacation Bible School this year, this article contains important information you need to read! (If your kids aren’t currently signed up for VBS, we are sorry to say that we are already completely full and so we aren’t able to accept walk-ups.)

VBS begins Monday, June 26th and will run each day through June 30th from 9 am-12 pm.

Arrive to check in your little “Inventor” on Monday between 8:30-8:50 am in the Playground area. Sign in your child, put on his/her new VBS t-shirt, and take home your family’s very own Maker Fun Factory CD! Don’t forget to grab your “pick-up” card so that you can easily and safely pick up your child at the end of the day.

For the rest of the week, drop off your Inventor beginning at 8:45 at the awning door to Fellowship Hall (aka: The Fun Factory) where a Crew Leader will show your child to his/her group.

Pick-up Procedure:
  • Line up at the awning door at 12 pm.
  • Show your “pick up” card to the person sitting at the check-out booth.
  • A Crew Leader will retrieve your child from the Factory and bring him/her to you at the school entrance door.
  • Any adult who does not have a pick-up slip will need to show ID and be listed as authorized to pick up your child.

Please bring your “pick up” card with you each day. This ensures the safety of each child and makes things go a lot quicker!

Mission Project: We’ll be raising money for Jumpah Ministries, a school & orphanage in Cambodia. We have a personal connection to this school and will tell our kids all about the mission during our week at VBS. Kids are encouraged to bring in change each day to support this worthy cause and send needy kids to school!

Friday’s Funshop Finale: Please join us at our last Funshop Finale on Friday at 11:30 am, where you will get to be a part of the singing, slideshow and fun that your kids have experienced all week!

VBS Sunday: FPC invites your family to join us on Sunday, July 2nd for the 10:30am service in the FPC sanctuary. The kids will sing some of their favorite songs from VBS and a video highlighting the week will be shown. Come, wear your VBS shirt and share in this fun morning!

We look forward to seeing you and the rest of the crew on Monday!



FOR Tacoma T-Shirts

FOR Tacoma T-shirts will be available THIS Sunday after the worship service!
Come to the table set up just outside the church entrance doors to get your shirt.
While supplies last!

All Church Family Camp-Out at Camp McCullough


Saturday & Sunday, August 26th- 27th at Camp McCullough

Spend the day on the lake, camp out on the ball field and experience a lake-side Sunday morning worship service. Registration coming soon. 

If you or your children would like to be baptized in the lake at Camp, please contact Karen Ackerson kackerson@fpctacoma.org              



Appreciation Reception for Jesús Gomez, Worship Intern


Join us in Fellowship Hall to honor Worship Intern, Jesús Gomez and his wife, Claire;  as he moves forward to a new position as Director of Choral Music at Mt. Vernon High School.


Annual Congregational Meeting


Sunday, June 25th 12:00pm Fellowship Hall

For the purpose of year end review, electing Elders & Deacons, In Memoriam and hearing from Pastor Eric about what is coming up for FPC. 


Our Stories: Deborah Hopen

Debbie Hopen is originally from outside of Philadelphia but on the New Jersey side of the river. She worked in the paper industry for many years and moved to Washington to work at Weyerhaeuser after having positions in New York, Wisconsin, and Michigan. She has two daughters—Liz and her husband Greg are in Portland and Jen and her husband Brett and their daughter Penelope are in Green Lake. She laughingly tells people that her daughters were born only three months apart because Jen was one of the 12 foster children and foreign exchange students that resided with her over the years—the one she was able “to keep for good!”
Debbie’s family members were not practicing Christians when she was young, but her Dad was the mayor, and he thought that people expected his children to attend church. He made a deal with the minister at the local Methodist church, and he would drop his three kids off for Sunday School and read the newspaper while they learned about God and Jesus. By the time she was a teenager and no longer was being taken to that church, she had accepted Christ and was anxious to get back into fellowship. So when she got her driver’s license at 17 and her folks gave her permission to go out without a chaperone, she immediately headed to the nearest church, which was Presbyterian. She was welcomed warmly even though she wasn’t attending with a family and became deeply committed for the remainder of her life. “Just a few friendly words from the parishioners, interesting sermons, and a request for me to teach the three and four year old Sunday School children told me I had found my Christian home,” she commented.
Prior to coming to First Presbyterian Church, she attended Marine View in Northeast Tacoma. She has served in many capacities at her churches, including Elder and Deacon Moderator, junior and senior youth group advisor, music ministry (children’s’ choir director, bell choir director, and chancel choir member), Stephen Minister, business manager, and Mission and Worship Commission Chair. She also served on the Olympia Presbytery Committee on Ministry for four years and provided training or conflict resolution assistance to many churches in this area.
Most recently Debbie has become involved in FPC’s “Year of Prayer.” She and Logan Farrell help with the blog postings, and she is one of the members who prays with people who come forward after the service on Communion Sundays. “The ministry of prayer is a blessing to me. It is a great gift to set aside my own concerns and pray with someone else who needs God’s care and Christ’s intercession. Because this is a new ministry, people still are getting accustomed to its availability. I am praying that more people who have concerns on their hearts will come forward each month and join with us in communal prayer to turn their burdens over to God. Although it may feel uncomfortable to share your concerns with a relative stranger, I hope that our congregation members know that there is great power in communal prayer. All concerns that are shared with our prayer team are kept confidential; our focus is on lifting those concerns up and having the people for whom we are praying know that we will be keeping them in our thoughts and prayers even after our time together.”



Network is a non-profit organization established in 1990 to help homeless  families with children get off the streets and achieve self-sufficiency.  Network owns 33 housing units in Tacoma where they have assisted over 3,000 families with a 70 percent success rate.  

The mission of Network Tacoma is to provide a program that addresses the root causes of the cycle of homelessness in order to keep the next generation of children off the streets. The typical barriers for families experiencing homelessness are stable employment, transportation, and affordable housing.  Network addresses other issues through case management (e.g. job training, resources, emotional support). After graduating from a transitional program, many of the families often move into Network’s long-term low-income housing while they continue to progress.



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