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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.



VBS Volunteer Training and VBS Needs


Tuesday, June 13th 7:00pm South Chapel                                                              

Any questions contact Julie Brownlee jbrownlee@fpctacoma.org


Please bring items to the FPC office by June 20th.
Here’s what we need for our ROBOT FACTORY:
Small boxes – size of macaroni and cheese or tissue box, tin cans – clean of paper and no sharp edges, plastic lids and caps – from sour cream or yogurt containers, soda bottle caps, pop tabs, bottle caps, milk carton lids, squeezy apple sauce caps, nuts, bolts, washers, buttons, metallic paper, google eyes, pipe cleaners, glue guns and any small accessories to decorate our robots!



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

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

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




Dont forget to keep praying for our neighbors!

If you take any pictures of your assigned building or business, we encourage you to post them on our various social media, such as Facebook & Twitter. Don’t forget to use the #FORtacoma when you post. If you need help learning how to do this, Todd Pressley will be available after the worship service by the Pulpit side of the church to help you get started this Sunday! 


Annual Congregational Meeting & Light Lunch


Sunday, June 25th 12:00pm Fellowship Hall

For the purpose of year end review, electing Elders & Deacons, In Memoriam and looking to the future.


Church Library Open BEFORE the Service on Sunday

Because of our “Prayers for Tacoma” activity after the worship service, the church library won’t be open after the service. But it WILL be open before the worship service. So you can get your books and DVDs and other resources then!

Prayers for Tacoma Sunday

As Pastor Eric explained last Sunday, our worship service this Sunday will be about 10 minutes shorter than usual so people can go out into the neighborhood after the service and pray for the people and businesses and organizations in our neighborhood. Those who aren’t able to walk or drive to their assigned building can pray at home. So whether or not you can participate in this activity after church, we hope to see you in church for a special service of worship and celebration!

[Photo Credit: Joe Mabel, Wikimedia.]

Deacon Supported Ministry


Please consider donating clothing items to Pat’s Close.t
The Deacons will be collecting new & gently used clothing in the Deacon barrel every Sunday throughout the year. 


The Orion Apartments


The Orion apartments located at 29 St. Helens across the street from our church, were build in 1979. There are 15 stories and 168 apartment units. Last week the Orion suffered an apartment fire that severely burned one of their residents. The fire was contained to one unit but there was massive water damage to over 60 different apartments and 20 of those families are displaced for the next few months while they work to clean up the damage. Please be praying for the Orion and the many families affected by this tragedy.


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