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Our Stories: Suzanne Messenger

Suzanne Messenger, originally from Idaho Falls, has lived in Tacoma since 1971. She has been a member of our congregation since she accepted Christ in 1977 through a friendship with Susie and Bill Givens and also by being a part of the FPC Women’s Bible Study. Her life verse is Jeremiah 31:3, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, with loving kindness I have drawn you.” (KJV)
In her early years at FPC, she was one of the Friday night youth leaders and whole-heartedly joined in with the youth in various activities. She laughs as she says, “I’ve pushed everything with my nose, while on my hands and knees, up and down the gym floor before it was carpeted!” She is currently involved with Women’s Bible Study and the Prayer Shawl Ministry.
Suzanne is also a lifelong reader and finds beauty in words and how authors frame sentences. She has fond childhood memories of riding her bicycle to the library every week to get a basketful of books! Last summer she led the Women’s Summer Book Group.
Suzanne has learned much about prayer from many people in this congregation who have prayed for her over the years. She is confident that God speaks to each of us and interacts with each of us individually, as well as corporately. “We always have a choice between fear and faith. I listen for His voice and even though I am not in charge, I am not afraid to ask and speak the power of His name.” Suzanne has prayed for many people, including those she has never met and looks forward to seeing them in heaven. “Prayer is such a privilege God has given us to join with Him in our lives and in the lives of others,” she adds.
Prior to recent cataract surgeries, she had to stop wearing her contact lenses for a few months for her eyes to regain their natural shape. “Waiting was very challenging, but God is faithful. Pauses in life can give us a glimpse of His perspective on our lives.” Now she exclaims, “It is absolutely amazing to see better than I ever have!”

Ash Wednesday Service, March 1

Please join us as we begin our Lenten journey with a worship service of contemplation and reflection on Ash Wednesday, March 1st at 7 pm in the Sanctuary. Come early at 6:00 pm for a Soup Dinner in Fellowship Hall. Dinner is $3 per person or $10 per family.


CHORAL EVENSONG – “Seeking the One who found us”

CHORAL EVENSONG – “Seeking the One who found us”

Sunday, February 26th at 6:00pm  Sanctuary

Please join us for a contemplative service of spirituality and worship




Utility bills are high during the winter months, and low income families and seniors are struggling to pay them. During January you kept the heat on in  eleven homes through your contributions to the Deacon Fund. 

(All requests for assistance are carefully screened by the trained staff at Love INC before payment is made to the utility company.)

Thank you for your partnership in this ministry.


Congregational Meeting


Sunday, February 19th Directly after the worship service

Members, please stay for a quick congregational meeting for the purpose of electing corporate trustees.


FYI Ladies Fellowship Cancelled

Ladies Fellowship Group is cancelled for tomorrow, Tuesday, February 7th.

Summer Dates To Note


GLEANINGS –  Saturday, June 24th – Monday, July 3rd

VBS – Monday, June 26th-Friday, June 30th

BEGINNER DAY CAMP – (K grads-2nd grads) Thursday, July 6th – Saturday, July 8th

Jr CAMP 1 – (2nd grads -5th grads) Sunday, July 16th – Thursday, July 20th

MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP – (6th grads-8th grads) Sunday, July 23rd – Friday, July 28th

Junior CAMP 2 – (2nd grads-5th grads) Sunday, July 30th – Thursday, August 3rd

HIGH SCHOOL CAMP – (9th grads -12th grads) Sunday, August 6th – Saturday, August 12th


Short Congregational Meeting


Sunday, February 19th Directly after the worship service

Members, please stay for a quick congregational meeting for the purpose of electing corporate trustees.


2nd Wednesday Potluck


Wednesday, February 8th at 6:00pm in Fellowship Hall

For questions about the potluck contact Richard Shepard rshepard42796@gmail.com


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.

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