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By Request: New Library Items You Suggested!

In addition to our multitude of new books about prayer, the FPC Library has several new books and DVDs requested recently by congregation members. They include:
  • Impossible People: Christian Courage and the Struggle for the Soul of Civilization by Os Guinness
  • Living in Christ’s Presence: Final Words on Heaven and the Kingdom of God by Dallas Willard
  • Twelfth Prophecy and Eleventh Guest (AD Chronicles) by Brock and Bodie Thoene
  • The War Room DVD
  • Miracles from Heaven DVD
If you have more suggestions or requests, you can email them to We can’t guarantee we will be able to fill them, but we will certainly consider them and see what we can do.

New Resources on Prayer in the FPC Library

One of our key focuses at FPC this year is PRAYER, and to provide more resources on the practice of prayer, we asked Pastor Eric, our elders, and our Prayer Coordinator to come up with suggestions of their favorite prayer resources. We now have most of the books they recommended in the church library, and the books will be part of the table display for the next several weeks. So stop by and check out one or more of the books below!

Prayer Books

  • Greg Pruett, Extreme Prayer
  • C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcom, Chiefly on Prayer
  • John White, Daring to Draw Near
  • Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer
  • Bill Hybels, Too Busy Not to Pray
  • Richard Foster, Devotional Classics
  • Richard Foster, Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home
  • Timothy Keller, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
  • Matthew Henry, A Method for Prayer
  • Alvin VanderGriend, Love to Pray
  • Charles Spurgeon, The Power of Prayer in Believers
  • Brother Lawrence and Frank Laubach, Practicing His Presence
  • Dallas Willard, Hearing God
  • Rosalind Rinker, Prayer: Conversing with God
  • Hallesby, Prayer
  • Rosalind Goforth,How I Know God Answers Prayer
  • O. Fraser, The Prayer of Faith
  • E.M. Bounds,The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds

40-Day Prayer Challenge Week 7 Begins on October 24—Printed and Electronic Versions of the Book

The associated topics and Bible passages for Week 7 for the printed and electronic versions of the book are shown below:
Oct. 24: Jesus, Man of Prayer (Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16; 6:12)
Oct. 25: Paul, the Man Who Prayed Constantly (Romans 1:9-10; Colossians 1:3, 9; 2 Timothy 1:3)
Oct. 26: Elijah: An Ordinary Man Who Prayed Powerfully (James 5:17-18)
Oct. 27: Jehoshaphat: Victory Through Prayer (2 Chronicles 20:6, 12)
Oct. 28: David: Finding Renewal Through Confession (Psalm 51:7-10)

Differing Perspectives of Week 7’s Verses—Printed and Electronic Versions of the Book

Here are the links for Week 7’s verses (for the printed and electronic versions of the book) as presented in six alternate versions of the Bible. Hopefully, these reference sources will enhance your understanding of each devotion’s scriptural foundation.
Date Oct. 24 Oct. 25 Oct. 26 Oct. 27 Oct. 28
Passage Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16; 6:12 Romans 1:9-10; Colossians 1:3, 9; 2 Timothy 1:3 James 5:17-18 2 Chronicles 20:6, 12 Psalm 51:7-10
English Standard (ESV) Link Link Link Link Link
New International (NIV) Link Link Link Link Link
King James (KJV) Link Link Link Link Link
Contemporary English (CEV) Link Link Link Link Link
The Message (MSG) Link Link Link Link Link
New Revised Standard (NRSV) Link Link Link Link Link


Share Your Prayer Stories

As we participate in the 40-day prayer challenge by reading the book and investigating other resources, our understanding also can be enhanced by learning about the experiences of other FPC members and regular attenders. Each week we have been featuring short stories from a blogger. Everyone is invited to sign up to provide a posting by contacting Sonja West at You don’t need to be Ernest Hemingway to share your story! You just need to share your real-life experiences regarding prayer.
Volunteers will be contacted so that they can be scheduled for their comments to be posted during a specific week.
Bloggers are encouraged to consider the following questions when deciding what story to share:
  • Tell us a bit about your regular practice of prayer. Do you have a special place you use? Do you keep a list, pray spontaneously, or use some combination of both? What role does scripture or devotional literature provide in your prayer life?
  • Tell us about a season or an experience that has had a lasting influence on your understanding of prayer or prayer practice.
  • What is your favorite thing about prayer? What is the hardest thing about prayer for you?
  • Have you experienced an answer to prayer that really stands out for you?
  • If you were to give a new Christian some advice on prayer, what would you say?

See Pastor Eric in Our Parking Lot!

Actually, you can see a lot more in this wonderful new video on what people can expect when they visit First Pres Tacoma. Besides Pastor Eric in our parking lot, you can see jaw-dropping footage taken by a drone flying over our church, scenes from worship in our Sanctuary, and fellowship in Fellowship Hall. If you look quickly, you might even see yourself! This is a great video to share with friends and family you might want to invite to our church.
Thanks to Ingrid Hunter, our Communications Coordinator, for getting this new video project off the ground. Thanks to Kyle Pierson for the drone footage. And a BIG thank you to Jordan Brokaw of Life Center, who donated his time to film, edit, and produce this video as a gift to our congregation. Jordan, your example of Christ’s love is wonderful!

FPC Library: Finding Normal

Looking for a fun night at the movies? One of the new DVD arrivals this fall in the FPC library is the romantic comedy
Finding Normal, about what happens to big-city doctor Lisa Leland (Candice Cameron Bure) who gets stuck in a rural North Carolina town after getting one ticket too many. Confronted with a choice between jail or community service, Leland has her world turned upside down and finds out that there is a lot more to life than she could have ever imagined.

National Speaker Series Presents Rev. Earl Palmer Explains Paul


REVEREND EARL PALMER EXPLAINS PAUL:                                                             The Fulfillment of an Old Promise: St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans                  

Class Runs October 30-November 13th 9:15am South Chapel
Week 1: 10/30 – Romans 9   The Stone of Zion Fulfilled                                       Week 2: 11/6   – Romans 10  The Same Lord is Lord of All                                   Week 3: 11/13 – Romans 11 Chosen by Grace

Choral Evensong


Sunday, October 30th 6:00pm Sanctuary

Experience the ancient and profound musical tradition of choral Evensong. Incorporating elements of both Evening Prayer and Compline, the service of Evensong includes congregational hymns, choral chants and anthems, scripture readings, and prayers. 


A Fun Concert for Kids with Mr. Todd (Todd Koeppen)

FPC School Presents:


Friday, November 4th FPC School Gym (Fellowship Hall) 6:30pm

Free Admission! Donations will be accepted to support Mr. Todd’s Ministry

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