FPC News and Announcements

Thanksgiving Books are Here!

As we move closer to Thanksgiving, it’s time for our Thanksgiving themed books! The books will be available to check out this Sunday (November 13) and the Sunday after Thanksgiving (November 27). Unfortunately, due to the Consecration Sunday Lunch on November 20, the library will most likely be closed on that day. Please check our online catalog for a list of our Thanksgiving books. Simply search for the word “Thanksgiving” or click this link to go there directly.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving celebrating with family and friends and giving thanks for the gifts that God has given us!

Special Request


We are in need of a baby changing table for South Chapel. If you have one available please contact the church office at 253-272-3286


Christmas Season Dates To Note


Sunday, December 4th at 6:00pm –

A Celebration of Carols: FPC Sing In The Season with Choir & Orchestra


Sunday, December 11th 10:30am – Children’s Program


Tuesday, December 13th – Deadline to order your Poinsettia Memorials


Sunday, December 18th 9:00am – Taproot Theater Play


Monday, December 19th 12:00pm – Annual Senior Luncheon


Saturday, December 24th 7:00pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service


Sunday, December 25th 10:30am – Christmas Morning Service


Poinsettia Memorials


Remember your loved ones this Christmas season by ordering a Poinsettia! Place your cash or check ($12.00 per plant) in one of the white envelopes in the pew pockets. Write how you would like your memorial to read. The bulletin insert page will begin with, “IN LOVING MEMORY’. Then fill in the name of your loved one(s) and your message and your name. Place it in the offering plate or mail it to the church office.

Deadline to get your memorials in will be TUESDAY, December 13th.

The list of memorials will be in the bulletin on Sunday, December 18th and then the Deacons will distribute the plants to our shut-in members.


Deacon Thanksgiving Boxes


Thank you for your faithful support of this ministry. 56 baskets will be packed this Friday night for delivery.

Please join the Deacons at 10am on Saturday November 19th to welcome those who will be coming here to receive baskets. We’ll be handing them out from Mike’s shop door and there will be coffee and donuts! 


November is Stewardship Month


Continuing each Sunday through November, we will be highlighting specific ministries and will be asking you to bring your donations forward during the service as an offering.

This Sunday 11/13 – Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes (Final day is 11/20)

November 20th – Love, Inc. Personal Care Pantry                                                                                                                               Bring travel sizes of all personal care items plus TP, band aids, toothbrushes, toothpaste, new socks, new underwear etc.


Let’s Deck The Halls Together


Are you willing to help decorate the church for Christmas?

Please contact Carol Heath at 253-831-3651 cheath@fpctacoma.org


Consecration Celebration Luncheon


Sunday, November 20th is Consecration Sunday.

It is our tradition to have a wonderful lunch together after worship-it’s free to all-to celebrate our commitment to God’s Kingdom. The goal is to have everyone turn in an Estimate of Giving Card that day. It doesn’t matter the amount you put on the card; that is between you and God. We simply want you to join the congregation in the discernment process and then turn in your confidential card. The financial secretary records the numbers and then sends anonymous statistics to the Director of Operations to initiate the annual budgeting process. Together we will share stories of God’s faithfulness this year and enjoy a time of good food and fellowship.



A Prayer Story From Betty McCartney

Two prayers my husband and I prayed when we were living in Sydney, Australia as missionaries with The Navigators continue to have a profound effect on me today.
The first came after ten years of marriage. We had adopted two wonderful children who were seven and five years old. My husband had always said he wanted to have four children, but we were at the age where we could no longer adopt. We were too old! So we continued to ask the Lord for a child to be born to us if that was God’s will. We weren’t “driven” to keep asking for a child but did hope that God would grant our request.
Then, after ten years of marriage with zero pregnancies, I became pregnant and a son was born to us on Christmas day! Our five year old said, “He and God were born on the same day!” God then gave us another child, a daughter, born to us fifteen months later. Wow! We had our four children and God did it His way and in His time.
A second very special answer is this.
In Sydney we rented our home the first four years we lived there. Seeing money being spent rather than invested seemed a waste and also poor money management, but we didn’t have any extra money that could be used as a down payment on a house. So we asked the Lord to allow us to buy a home when we returned to Australia after our first home assignment. We still didn’t have any means of raising that money, but God did.
We returned to Australia and this time we were assigned to Brisbane and the Queensland University ministry. A friend from the Sydney ministry told us on our return that he and his wife wanted to give us a down payment on a house! So we very happily found and purchased a home. During our time there, that house increased in value, and when we returned to the US we were able to purchase a home in Bellevue, WA. As missionaries we had been unable to put much into savings for the future, and this was a concern for us when my husband became ill. After he went to be with the Lord in 1999 and I moved to Puyallup, I sold the Bellevue house. I have been retired now for 13 years and am blessed to be able to continue to supplement my social security retirement income with the funds invested from the sale of that house. Little did our Sydney friends know what a long-term impact that gift would have!
I have come to love the passage on prayer in Luke 18. Jesus tells the disciples to pray and not to give up, keep on praying, then He gives the parable of the widow and the unjust judge explaining that God is not like the unjust judge, but loves to give us good things! We may have to wait a while, even a long time, but He hears and answers because He loves us!

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