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Our Stories: Lance Kagey

Happy 2017! As we begin the new year, it’s good to reflect on how God might want us to use His gifts. One of our members, Lance Kagey, has thought a lot about that, and he’s learned the joy of offering up the creativity God has given him.
 
Lance is a descendant of Swiss Mennonites, and his heritage includes preachers and persecuted believers. Faith and generosity were part of his upbringing. Lance’s spiritual growth included some high points, especially a 1,200-mile bike trek listening to scripture on headphones. But as valuable as these moments were, “the long, slow trudge of faith is more pivotal,” Lance says. “The hurts and pains in life can make us more sympathetic.”
 
On the northern end of that bike trip years ago, Lance met his wife, Dana, in Des Moines. Their twin daughters, Ellie and Emily, are now twenty-five.
 
Lance believes in the importance of community, both within the church and outside of it. He is a graphic designer as well as a musician, and over the years he has loved connecting with others through his creative work. In 2002 Lance and his writer friend Tom Llewellyn began the Beautiful Angle poster project, which still continues. Using an old letterpress in Lance’s basement, each month they create new posters affirming our city’s uniqueness. Lance and Tom post these around town as a gift to Tacoma.
 
After many years of working for other design companies, Lance and two partners have recently opened their own firm, Rotator Creative. Part of the company’s mission is “place-making,” using design and creativity to make cities more livable and bring people together. It’s the concept that underlies Eric Jacobsen’s book Sidewalks in the Kingdom.
 
“God’s grace is wide,” Lance says, glad to be part of connecting people to each other. “We need each other’s stories.”


Alpha Preview Night 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
 


FPC SUMMER 2017 VBS & CAMP DATES

Announcing….
Summer 2017 Dates!

VBSMONDAY, JUNE 26- FRIDAY, JUNE 30

BEGINNER DAY CAMP THURSDAY, JULY 6 – SATURDAY, JULY 8

JR. CAMP 1 – SUNDAY, JULY 16 – THURSDAY, JULY 20

MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP – SUNDAY, JULY 23 – FRIDAY, JULY 28

JR. CAMP 2 – SUNDAY, JULY 30 – THURSDAY, AUGUST 3

HIGH SCHOOL CAMP – SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 12

 


FPC School Auction

FPC SCHOOL AUCTION

March 18th at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown 5:30pm-10:30pm

Please join us for the Great Gatsby Gala & Auction supporting FPC School! 

Enjoy a Silent & Live Auction, Dinner Catered by The Pacific Grill, Live Jazz provided by Gatsby Gang Jazz Band & our Keynote speaker: Brian Philips on “The Moral Imaginations of Children”

Tickets on sale now at https://fpcschool.ejoinme.org/great Gatsby

 



Family University

FAMILY UNIVERSITY

Saturday, January 21st at 6:00pm

Hey Parents!  Come enjoy an evening of yummy desserts, great conversations and engaging speakers, John & Carissa Lewis with Kingdom Story Ministries.

RSVP for FREE childcare. Contact Julie Brownlee jbrownlee@fpctacoma.org

 



Permanent Youth Ministry Director Search

PERMANENT YOUTH MINISTRY DIRECTOR SEARCH

We have begun our search for a permanent Youth Ministry Director. Beginning fall 2017, this person will lead our youth program for 6-12 grade, planning for the educational and spiritual needs of the youth. 

If you (or someone you know) are interested in applying, please send a cover letter & resume to the church office, Attention: Youth Pastor Search Committee or email kackerson@fpctacoma.org.

Applications due: Feb 15, 2017.

 



Join us for ALPHA

ALPHA                                                                                                                                                                                                         Beginning Thursday, January 19th Dinner at 6:30pm                                    
Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment.
No pressure. No follow up. No charge.
Typically Alpha has around ten sessions and includes food, a short talk and time at the end where you can share your thoughts. 

 



FPC Town Hall Meeting Tonight at 7:00pm

TOWN HALL MEETING

TONIGHT!!! January 11th at 7:00pm in Fellowship Hall

We will gather together in Fellowship Hall to talk about the next step with Camp McCullough. At our last meeting, we discussed sharing the management of Camp with a few other partner churches. The next step in this process involves a ‘Letter of Intent’ that would guide a potential lease agreement with the partner churches. We wanted give our congregation a chance to see a draft of this letter and give feedback or ask questions.  A few weeks after the Town Hall Meeting, we would like to call a Congregational Meeting to approve the final Letter of Intent.  

 



Draft Camp Letter of Intent for Town Hall

camp

Members of FPC are encouraged to attend the Town Hall on January 11 @ 7:00 pm to provide input and ask questions about the draft Letter of Intent for creating a new structure to manage the facilities at our Camp McCullough. After getting input at the Town Hall, Session will review the input and create a final draft of the Letter of Intent for approval by a vote of the congregation at a congregational meeting to be scheduled for later in January or February. Download the draft Letter of Intent to review it before the Town Hall.


Volunteer at FPC

INTROVERTS AND EXTROVERTS NEEDED!

We need more volunteers to join our greeters. Would you be more comfortable with a “behind the scenes” job?  We need volunteers to fill the pew racks. Interested in selling books in our new bookstore? Let Carol know.

Contact Carol Heath and be ready to start in the new year.

cheath@fpctacoma.org or 253-831-3651.

 




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