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A Prayer Story From Rita Martin

Sometimes we become discouraged as we pray for our loved ones, asking that they would experience salvation or find a closer walk with Jesus. But can we be confident that God is answering our prayer? Is God drawing that person to Himself? Of course He is because we asked Him to do so. As we are waiting to see the results of our prayer, let’s not forget to thank God for what He’s already doing in the life of our loved one because we know that God is faithful and always answers our prayer.
 
I remember talking to the grown son of one of our dear members at her memorial service. He said, “I knew my mother was praying for me, and I returned to the Lord. It took a long time, but I’m so thankful for her prayers.”
 
Our prayer focus at church and the Love to Pray book have helped me to deliberately pray daily at a rich prayer time as well as throughout the day as things occur. As I pray, I’m becoming more aware of my need to listen to Him through the Holy Spirit and then to act on the prompts He gives me. It is definitely a work in progress for me but also a joyful journey.


Our Stories: Jesús Gomez

Jesús Gomez was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and raised in Keizer and Salem, Oregon. At the end of his high school years, Jesús was debating where to go to college. His tentative plans were to go to the University of Oregon and major in music production, but his plans changed (a recurring theme in our conversation). He felt a tugging towards PLU despite its higher cost. Looking back, he realizes now that it was God saying to him “Trust me. I’ve seen it all, and believe me, it works. Are you going to trust me?” Jesús took a leap of faith and went to PLU, beginning as a music education major.
 
While attending PLU, a classmate recommended FPC, and he began attending. At first it was just to sing in the choir, but later he also began playing with the worship band. Shortly thereafter, the church asked him to come on staff as a music intern. Jesús notes concerning the offer, “I have seen God’s provision when I didn’t see a way forward.” Regarding his recent marriage to Claire Perrin, Jesús says, “At every turn, whenever we asked how is this going to turn out, God one-upped himself, saying ‘You thought that last time I got you out of that pinch was impressive, just wait.’ Every single time there has been some sort of answer or provision.”
 
Jesús loves all aspects of music but confesses his favorite is conducting. He finds there is something special in bringing all of the moving parts together to create something special and unique. Additionally, he is blessed by seeing the piece take shape over the course of the rehearsals and performances. In fact, when he is teaching, he frequently records a first rehearsal to show his students how far the performance has come, which he believes is a valuable lesson for life and not just music.
 
Jesús gave a few suggestions for parishioners to maximize worship. First, be open to worshipping in ways with which you might not be familiar. There is a wide range of worship music, from Renaissance masses to classic hymns to contemporary worship choruses. All of them have something worthwhile to offer. Second, remember that worship is about seeking God. While the church service is shared and mutual, the prelude is designed to serve as a reminder to end the fellowship with those we love and wish we got to see more often, so that we can truly focus our attention on Him. Conversely, the postlude is the signal for us to celebrate what has happened in worship and resume our community-building and being a part of each other’s lives.


Sanctity of Life Sunday, Jan. 22

Join us this Sunday, January 22, as we celebrate the value of all human life during our worship service. Plus, you will be able to explore new pro-life resources in our church library in Fellowship Hall and learn about the important work of CareNet. You can also download a free 21-day prayer guide for life from the Charles Colson Center, and you can register for the “Evangelicals for Life” live simulcast from Washington DC on January 26-28. Below is a pro-life ad spot to get you thinking!
 
 
 


Congregational Meeting for Camp McCullough on Jan. 29

 
After the worship service on January 29, join us for a special congregational meeting in the Sanctuary to vote on a letter of intent that would allow us to partner with other ECO churches to manage and extend the ministry of FPC’s Camp McCullough. You can download the revised letter of intent (which incorporates changes suggested by the congregation) to read before the meeting.


New Pro-Life Resources for Sanctity of Life Sunday

Check out our NEW pro-life resources for Sanctity of Life Sunday in the Church Library in Fellowship Hall on January 22 before and after church. They include:
  • Abortion and the Early Church: Christian, Jewish and Pagan Attitudes in the Greco-Roman World. Learn how the Christian church from its earliest days stood against abortion and the destruction of innocent human life.
  • Why Pro-Life?: Caring for the Unborn and Their Mothers by Randy Alcorn. Check out this one-book resource about how we can help the unborn and their mothers and nourish a culture of life.
  • Won by Love by Norma McCorvey. Norma McCorvey is the “Jane Roe” of the Roe v. Wade decision that created a national “right” to abortion in America. But now Norma supports life. Learn what happened.
  • Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line. Read the riveting story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director who changed her views on abortion.
  • Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind. Bernard Nathanson personally supervised more than 60,000 abortions. Then he discovered God.


FPC Women’s Retreat at Camp McCullough

FPC WOMEN’S RETREAT “Holding Space for God’s Calling”

February 3rd & 4th at Camp McCullough    Speaker: Suzi Entwistle

Price is $80.  Register on Sundays in Fellowship Hall or contact Amy Forslund: 253-318-6913  amerforslund@yahoo.com 

 

 



FPC Congregational Meeting

 

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

Sunday, January 29th After the worship service in the Sanctuary

For the purpose of approving the letter of intent for Camp McCullough.

 

 



Alpha Begins TONIGHT at 6:30pm in Middleton Parlor at FPC

A relaxed place to share a meal and talk about questions: Alpha. Preview night
January 19, 6:30-8:30 pm
at First Pres Tacoma. #TryAlpha
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Alpha Preview Dinner & Discussion

What do you hunger for? #TryAlpha
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(YA) Young Adults Group

YA (YOUNG ADULTS) GROUP

Who: 18-30 year olds    What:

Small Group Bible Study

Where:

Metronome Coffee on 6th & Union in Tacoma

When:

7:00pm every Thursday night except holidays

Contact Lesley Kagey for more information  lesley.e.kagey@gmail.com

 




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