FPC News and Announcements

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.


Nominating Elders & Deacons

NOMINATING ELDERS AND DEACONS                                                    

If you love First Pres and want to see it continue to become the church God is calling us to be, one of the most helpful things you can do is to help us identify the next group of Elders and Deacons to lead the church. 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 FPC Library, the Narthex and in the front of the Sanctuary.                   
The deadline to nominate is Sunday, March 26th!


The Jesus Tomb Unmasked, HS/MS Sunday School, March 19

The New Testament records the first-century event. The disciples of Jesus reported that he was risen from the dead, while Roman soldiers were paid to claim his followers secretly removed him from the tomb. After 2,000 years, the latest challenge to the historical resurrection of Jesus comes in the form of a bone box discovered in Jerusalem. The  documentary, The Lost Tomb of Jesus, has popularized the hypothesis that Jesus’ followers stole his body from the tomb by suggesting that the bone box inscribed with “Jesus, son of Joseph” may contain the remains of Jesus of Nazareth. Join the High School/Middle School Sunday School class on March 19 as we take a hard look at the evidence and answer the questions concerning the reliability of the resurrection. Have the bones of Jesus of Nazareth really been found? Is the resurrection history of myth? 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.

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


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


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


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


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. 


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