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New HS/MS Bible Study of Book of Daniel Starts April 2

On Sunday, April 2 we are starting a new Middle School/High School class—a Bible study of the book of Daniel! We will explore how Daniel became a leader for God in a culture that was hostile to the true God, and we will study the amazing prophesies in Daniel about the coming of the true Messiah and about the future of the world. We meet in the Gold Room on Sundays at 9:15 am. Led by John and Sonja West.

Easter 2017 Events at First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma

You are invited to celebrate Easter 2017 at Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church at these FREE events.
Palm Sunday Worship Service, April 9 @ 10:30 am
Come for our traditional procession of the palms featuring the children of our church (bring your children so they can participate). Plus special music from our Chancel Choir, a message by Pastor Eric Jacobsen, and Holy Communion.
Good Friday Open House for Prayer, April 14, Noon-3:00 pm
Come for meditation and prayer in our cathedral-like sanctuary on Good Friday, April 14 from Noon-3:00 pm. Drop in for a few minutes or a few hours. This has been a powerful time for connecting with God one-on-one that draws people from throughout our neighborhood.
Good Friday Requiem and Communion Service, April 14, 7:00 pm
You  are invited to experience Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for us in a new way at our Good Friday service at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. In addition to participating in Holy Communion and hearing a meditation by Pastor Eric, we will be experiencing the world premiere of a Requiem composed by our own Jesús Gomez. The Requiem will be performed by the FPC Chancel Choir accompanied by a chamber orchestra.
Easter Sunday Brunch, April 16 @ 9:00 am
Join us Easter morning for a free hot Sunday brunch in Fellowship Hall starting at 9:00 am.
Easter Sunday Celebration Service, April 16 @ 10:30 am
On April 16, celebrate the Resurrection at FPC Tacoma’s festive Easter Sunday celebration featuring its Chancel Choir, praise team, Lindsey Bell Choir, chamber orchestra, and pipe organ. Plus, Pastor Eric will be preaching a special Easter message.

Books for Easter and Lent are in the Library!

Our books for Easter and Lent are now available for checking out. Each week before Easter some specific books will be highlighted on our display tables. We have books for both adults and for children.
Several of our children’s books help children learn the difference between a popular culture message of Easter (the Easter bunny, etc.) and the real meaning of Easter, which is Jesus’ death and resurrection for our sins. We also have free Easter coloring pages that kids can color at the library or take home to color later.
One highlight of our adult Easter books is  Jesus’ Seven Words, Our One Word by Pastor Martin Ives.
Make sure to stop by the library before or after the service to pick up some books! If you have any questions or want to locate a specific book you can also email us!

Lindsey Bell Choir Performances for April and May!

Our Lindsey Bell Choir (9th-12thgrades) has many performances coming up in April and May!
On Sunday, April 2,  our Lindsey Bell Choir will be performing in the 10:30 am service.
Next, the Lindsey Bell Choir will be performing in our Easter Sunday service (April 16th).
Sunday, May 7, the Lindsey Bell Choir will be heading to Community Presbyterian Church of Buckley to play in their church service.
Lastly, Sunday, May 14, the Lindsey Bell Choir will be performing in the 10:30 am service for Mother’s Day!
We hope to see you at some of these performances! Also, if you know anyone in 5th through 12th grade who is interested in joining either of our two bell choirs, we would love to have them!
To learn more please contact Daniel Heath or Sonja West.

Library Reward Program for K-5th grade!

The library is starting a reward program for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Every ten times a child visits the library they get to pick a prize! Some of the available prizes are toy cars, necklaces, hairclips, and coloring books.
One of our librarians will be visiting K-5th grade Sunday School this Sunday, March 26th, to tell the kids all about the new program. You can also stop by the library to learn more about it. K-5th graders who stop by on March 26th
can choose one free prize before they start the program!
If you have any questions, please email us!

Easter Memorial Tulips


Remember your loved ones this Easter with the purchase of an Easter tulip. The tulips will beautify our Sanctuary. Our Deacons and volunteers will deliver the tulips to our shut-in members. The cost is $13.00 each.

To order, use an envelope in the pew pockets, clearly print the name of your loved one on the envelope along with your name; enclose cash or check and place it in the offering plate or take to the church office.

Sunday, April 9th is the last day to purchase your tulip and have your loved ones name appear in the bulletin in time for Easter.



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?


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


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.)


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