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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.

 



Interested in becoming a member of FPC?

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: We need your help!

EASTER FOOD BASKETS                                                      

Preparations for Easter Food Baskets are well underway.  This ministry of the Deacons enables those in need to celebrate Easter with a special meal for their families.  We are hoping to provide for more than 50 families this Easter and there is still time to help!  Please consider these options:                                                                            
  • Drop food donations off in Fellowship Hall before or after the service on April 2. For a specific list of food needed, see the Info Board in Fellowship Hall.
  • Cash donations will be used to purchase fresh items. Use a yellow Deacon Envelope and drop your donation in the collection plate or bring it to the Deacons’ table in Fellowship Hall after the service.
  • Sign up to deliver a basket at the Deacon’s table in Fellowship Hall. (Delivery will be on Saturday morning, April 8.)

 



Want to join our church? We have a class for you!

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

 

 



Nominating Elders and Deacons

NOMINATING ELDERS AND DEACONS

This Sunday is the deadline to nominate Elders & Deacons.
Please take some time this week to think and pray about who you think are some individuals who are persons of Godly character and who exhibit potential to lead this congregation. Don’t worry if you are not 100% sure whether a particular individual is ready to be an Elder or Deacon. Our Nominating Committee will do a thorough job of assessing their qualifications and helping to discern whether they are being called into leadership at this time.

Forms are available in the Narthex and the FPC Library and in the front of the Sanctuary. The deadline to nominate is Sunday, March 26th!

 



A Prayer Story From Morf Morford

CS Lewis used to describe the Gospel as “a good contagion.” I would describe the continuing emergence or out-working of the Gospel as the equivalent of good weeds.
 
No matter how much solid legalism, suffocating dogma, or toxic confusion and distortion we pour or build on the living spirit of God, it will pop up—pure and alive—somewhere else, and like some particularly hardy weeds, the true Gospel will never be fully eradicated. Even the deadest church holds some smoldering spark or latent, hibernating seed waiting maybe decades or possibly even centuries, for the right mix of nutrients, receptivity, and opportunity.
 
“Can these bones live?,” was the question in Ezekiel. “Only God knows” is the eternal answer. We like to imagine that we know with our bi-polar yes or no, but our hope is too shallow, and we give up too easily. Some trees takes centuries to reach maturity; some movements takes generations just to take root.
 
Many of these “good weeds” are constant irritations that annoy us and take our time. Our private projects are disturbed, and then when we didn’t even notice, our precious projects are over-shadowed by an immense monument of beauty and strength we had done our best to ignore or even stamp out.
 
God’s grace is like that. It emerges without our permission, beyond our will, and most of the time, in defiance of our expectations. Jesus described the Holy Spirit as being like the wind. We never know where it came from, what it will do, where it will go, or where it went. This is how I see the Holy Spirit in my life; it catches me by surprise when I do see it, but mostly I only see its effects or its absence. There’s the lingering sense that something holy was here, and perhaps the spores still remain, but they’ve scattered, and we step on them and capture, isolate, and fossilize the few we do find. Like children, we expect them to be our pets, do our bidding, wear our cute little costumes, and take part in our eager charades. How little we realize that we have taken in a whirlwind—a loving storm that will turn us upside down and inside out.
 
We will be, if we allow it, far more, far deeper, and more real than we were in the past We will be more uniquely ourselves than we could have ever imagined. No matter how old we are, our story is just beginning.


3RD ANNUAL CAMP MCCULLOUGH WOMEN’S GOLF TOURNAMENT

3RD ANNUAL CAMP MCCULLOUGH WOMEN’S GOLF TOURNAMENT

June 3rd, 2017 1:30pm Meadowpark Golf Course – Williams Nine 

Beginners to seasoned golfers will love this fun afternoon on the greens.

We’re raising funds to give every child the opportunity to meet Jesus at Camp!

To sponsor, donate or sign up to golf: www.fpctacoma.org/golf

Contact Amy Forslund: amerforslund@yahoo.com

 



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 2nd. For a specific list of food needed, see the Info Board in Fellowship Hall.
  • 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 8th.)

 




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