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New Members Class

NEW MEMBERS CLASS

Saturday, October 22nd 9:00am-1:00pm Gold Room

Light Lunch Served/Childcare available with RSVP

Are you interested in becoming a member of our congregation? Do you have questions about what it means to be a Presbyterian? Then this class is just for YOU!!!  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

 



Lydia Fellowship…All Ladies Welcome!

LYDIA FELLOWSHIP

Tuesday October 18th 12:00pm Held at the home of Dorothy Hayden

Marge Warner will serve as co-hostess.  Please bring a sack lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided.  We will continue our DVD series on prayer. All women interested in a wonderful Fellowship time are invited.  Carpooling is available. Call Rita Martin, 253-472-0973.

 



2nd Wednesday Potluck

2ND WEDENSDAY POTLUCK

Wednesday, October 12th at 6:00pm Fellowship Hall

Join us for our monthly Wednesday night potluck! Spend an evening sharing stories and fellowship with others in our church. For those so inclined, we will end with a brief time for announcements or prayer requests that people may want to share. Please bring either soup, salad, entree, or dessert to share as well as beverages for your own family. 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 – rshepard42796@gmail.com.

 



Shaping the Culture: The Call of Every Disciple (October 19)

As Christians, we have been blessed in order to be a blessing to others.  We can do this directly through the mission and ministries of the local church and we can do this through having a positive impact on the wider culture.  Join us for an evening of learning and worship as we look at what it means to shape and engage culture as disciples of Jesus Christ in the South Puget Sound. Pastors Eric Jacobsen (First Presbyterian Church), Bo Noonan (New Community Church) and Bubba Jennings (Resurrection Church) will each be speaking on different aspects of what it means to shape culture and fulfill our call as disciples.  The topics will include:
 
Shaping the Culture of Your Neighborhood (Eric Jacobsen)
Connecting Your Job to God’s Work of Redemption (Bo Noonan)
God’s Story and Our Story (Bubba Jennings)
 
The event is free and will be hosted at 7:00 pm on October 19 at Resurrection Church at 918 Division Ave, Tacoma, WA.
 
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The Beautiful Angle Story

Come hear our very own Lance Kagey tell the back story of Tacoma’s coolest guerrilla art project,
Beautiful Angle tonight from 8:00-8:45 at the Harmon Tap Room!
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beautiful_Angle 


A Prayer Story From Debbie Hopen

During the summer of 2000, I was heading to St. Louis, and the airline was showing music videos as people were boarding the flight. As I took my seat, a new video started, and it had lovely music and was being song by an angelic voice. The images on the screen were disturbing and seemed to conflict with the beautiful sound, so I began to watch more intently. The song was One Voice by Billy Gilman, and that experience changed my prayer life.
 
Let me share the words of the song here.
 
There’s too much stuff that’s making her cry
We need some help
Down here on earth
A thousand prayers, a million words
But one voice was heard
 
A house, a yard, a neighborhood
Where you can ride your new bike to school
A kinda world where mom and dad
Still believe the golden rule
Life’s not that simple
Down here on earth
A thousand prayers, a million words
But one voice was heard
 
One voice
One simple word
Hearts know what to say
One dream can change the world
Keep believing till you find your way
 
Yesterday while walking home
I saw some kid on Newbury Road
He pulled a pistol from his bag
And tossed it in the river below
 
Thanks for the help down here on earth
A thousand prayers, a million words
But one voice was heard
One voice was heard
One voice was heard
 
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I had what I thought was a rich prayer life prior to that day. I prayed regularly and had deep, relational conversations with God. I willingly joined into corporate prayers during church services and in small groups. I made a point to include prayer requests in my daily prayers, and I carefully practiced praising God, offering Thanksgiving, and confessing my sins to cleanse my heart before I prayed for the Lord’s interventions. I had faith that he would answer those prayers in his own time, and I learned to be patient and to search for his answers even when they were not immediately apparent to me.
 
But there was one thing that really had not caught my attention. Other than planned corporate prayer in Christian group settings, I was a solo prayer. I knew Marine View, where I was attending church at the time, had a prayer chain, and I was grateful that I could submit requests for their prayerful support. Until I heard this song, however, I never actually realized how God values persistence and the accumulation of prayers and what a wonderful ministry the prayer chain is.
 
Now, it’s 16 years later, and I’ve moved to FPTC. I joined the prayer chain almost immediately, and I am spiritually uplifted every day as I join with its other members to pray for members of our congregation, their families and friends, and even people from far away who none of us here will ever meet face-to-face. I don’t even know everyone on our prayer chain, but I do know—with absolute confidence—that God hears and is moved by our one voice.


Differing Perspectives of Week 4’s Verses—Electronic Version of the Book

Here are the links for Week 4’s verses (for the electronic version 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. 3 Oct. 4 Oct. 5 Oct. 6 Oct. 7
Passage Matthew 6:9-13 Ephesians 3:14-19 Colossians 1:9-12 Ephesians 1:17-19 1 Chronicles 4:10
English Standard (ESV) Link Link Link Link Link
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Contemporary English (CEV) Link Link Link Link Link
The Message (MSG) Link Link Link Link Link
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40-Day Prayer Challenge Week 4 Begins on October 3—Electronic Version of the Book

The associated topics and Bible passages for Week 4 for the electronic version of the book are shown below:
 
Oct. 3: Our Lord’s Model Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)
 
Oct. 4: A Ladder of Prayer (Ephesians 3:14-19)
 
Oct. 5: A Prayer for Spiritual Riches (Colossians 1:9-12)
 
Oct. 6: A Prayer to Know God Better (Ephesians 1:17-19)
 
Oct. 7: The Prayer of Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:10)
 
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Differing Perspectives of Week 4’s Verses—Printed Version of the Book

Here are the links for Week 4’s verses (for the printed version 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. 3 Oct. 4 Oct. 5 Oct. 6 Oct. 7
Passage Luke 11:5-8 Ezekiel 22:30-31 1 Timothy 2:1-4 Job 42:7-9 Romans 10:1
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


40-Day Prayer Challenge Week 4 Begins on October 3—Printed Version of the Book

The associated topics and Bible passages for Week 4 for the printed version of the book are shown below:
 
Oct. 3: What Is Intercession? (Luke 11:5-8)
 
Oct. 4: God Seeks Intercessors (Ezekiel 22:30-31)
 
Oct. 5: The Scope of Intercession (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
 
Oct. 6: Interceding for Those Who Can’t Pray for Themselves (Job 42:7-9)
 
Oct. 7: Interceding for the Unsaved (Romans 10:1)
 
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