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The Soul Shepherd, HS/MS Sunday School, March 12

The Bible teaches us that our relationship with God is like the relationship between sheep and their shepherd. Sometimes, however, this deep truth is lost on us because we have never lived the life of a shepherd or become familiar with the ways of sheep. For the past five years, filmmaker, Joel Kramer, has captured the lives of Bedouin shepherds tending their sheep in the same places Abraham and David watched over their own flocks thousands of years ago. Here wolves still prowl and old men and young boys still shepherd in the ancient ways. Join the High School/Middle School class as we follow filmmaker Joel Kramer’s journey into the mountains of Israel as he captures the pastoral scenes that the Bible paints and helps us more fully understand our own relationship with our true Shepherd. The HS/MS class meets in the Gold Room (South Building) on Sundays at 9:15 am. All High School and Middle School students are invited to come on March 12. As long as there is room, interested parents and other adults are also welcome.


New Members Class

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

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 2.
  • 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 8.)

 



Second Wednesday Potluck on March 8

 
Join us Wednesday, March 8 from 6:00-7:00 pm for our monthly Wednesday night potluck. Spend an evening sharing stories and fellowship with others in our church. Please bring either soup, salad, entree or dessert to share as well as beverages for your own family. We will supply tables, plates, and cutlery. Because of allergies within our church, please don’t bring anything with nuts and label anything that contains gluten. For more information, contact Richard Shepard.


How to Be a Faithful Christian in the Midst of Political Divisions

Many Christians right now are wondering about how they and their churches might respond in a constructive manner to the current political divisions in our country. FPC’s Session (Board of Elders) held a discussion of this topic at its recent meeting in February, and our Elders and Pastor Eric decided to recommend that interested FPC members watch a recent sermon on this topic by Pastor John Ortberg, who leads a fellow ECO Presbyterian church in Menlo Park, California. Our Elders do not necessarily endorse absolutely everything Pastor Ortberg says, but they do think he has a lot of good insights for Christians to prayerfully consider in our current situation. You can watch or listen to or read the sermon, which is titled “National Reflections.”
 


New Adult Sunday School Class

NEW SPRING ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

BREAKING THE HUDDLE Beginning March 12th 9:15am S. Chapel

Pastor Eric Jacobsen teaching.

For the past few years, we have been working hard at becoming an ‘Inside Out’ church.  We are striving to be a church that exists for the sake of those who are not already members of our fellowship.  We’ve made great strides in this, but we still have a long way to go before we reach our goal of seeing new people regularly come to faith in Jesus through the ministries of First Pres.  This class will present a strategic church wide plan for moving from a huddled church, to a witnessing church, to a conversion church.   It is based on the book

Breaking the Huddle

by Everts, Gordon, and Schaupp.  Books can be           ordered through Amazon or will be available in the church library. 

 



2nd Wednesday Potluck

2nd WEDNESDAY POTLUCK

Wednesday, March 8th 6:00pm Fellowship Hall

Contact Richard Shepard for details rshepard42796@gmail.com

 



Easter Food Baskets

EASTER FOOD BASKETS

Preparations for the Easter Food Baskets are now underway. What better way to celebrate the joy of the Easter season than by sharing compassion in our community? This Deacon ministry enables those in need to celebrate Easter with a special meal for their families.

You can help in one, or all, of three ways:

  • Drop food donations off in the church entryways or Fellowship Hall before or after services through April 2nd. (See insert) 
  • Cash donations will be used to purchase fresh items.
  • Sign up to deliver a basket on April 8 at the Deacon’s table in Fellowship Hall, where you can get your questions answered and find out more details.

 

 



Jericho Unearthed: HS/MS Sunday School, March 5

 
The battle of Jericho is one of the most enduring biblical stores. The description of the “walls falling down” is among its most well-known accounts. Yet for more than fifty years, some scholars have built a wall of doubt against the historical accuracy of the Bible using Jericho as one of its cornerstones. Join the High School/Middle School class as we watch the documentary Jericho Unearthed and return to the site of one of history’s most important battles in order to explore the crucial question relating to Joshua’s conquest: Did the walls of Jericho really come tumbling down? The HS/MS class meets in the Gold Room (South Building) on Sundays at 9:15 am. All High School and Middle School students are invited to come on March 5. As long as there is room, interested parents and other adults are also welcome.
 
 



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