FPC News and Announcements

2016 FPC Kids Christmas Pageant Practice

Welcoming all children ages 4 years-5th grade.

Join us for practices each Sunday beginning November 6th – December 11th from 9:15am-10:15am in Middleton Parlor. Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday, December 7th at 6:00pm. Performance on Sunday, December 11th at 10:30am

November is Stewardship Month

Beginning Sunday, October 30th and 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. For a complete list of donation needs, see insert in Sundays bulletin for details.

October 30th – Thanksgiving Food Baskets

November 6th – CareNet: Bring in disposable diapers and wipes.

November 13th – Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

November 22nd – Love Inc Personal Care Pantry

Congregational Meeting This Sunday at 9:15am

Sunday, October 23rd 9:15am Fellowship Hall

For the purpose of re-electing one elder and hearing reports from school, camp and church. This meeting will take place during the Sunday School hour.

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.

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

Shaping Culture TONIGHT at Resurrection Church

SHAPING CULTURE                                                                                                     Tonight!  7:00pm at Resurrection Church                                                                918 Division Ave Tacoma

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 Pres.), 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.

Behind the Scenes: The Context Associated With the Week 4 Verses (Printed Version of the Book) and the Week 6 (Electronic Version of the Book)

This is the second “catch-up” commentary posting that will be issued this week. We hope that it enhances your study of the verses associated with the devotions in Love to Pray.

Printed Version of the Book Week 4, Day 1 (Oct. 3): Luke 11:5-8

Electronic Version of the Book Week 6, Day 1 (Oct. 17): Luke 11:5-8

This parable follows immediately after Luke’s recounting of the Lord’s prayer, but the timing for this version is not the same as that in Matthew. The message in the story is clear; antirecessionary prayer is powerful—even when the persistence of the person praying begins to become a nuisance!

Printed Version of the Book Week 4, Day 2 (Oct. 4): Ezekiel 22:30-31

Electronic Version of the Book Week 6, Day 2 (Oct. 18): Ezekiel 22:30-31

The two verses that end this chapter summarize a period of decline, typified by leaders who betrayed the people’s trust, robbery, violence, and bloodshed. Amazingly, no one of authority from the nation is willing to raise prayers of intercession to God. Not one righteous person was found to serve in this capacity, and Jeremiah’s search indicated that only a king could take effective action. God’s sovereignty was displayed, sending a message for other disobedient leaders and nations.

Printed Version of the Book Week 4, Day 3 (Oct. 5): 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Electronic Version of the Book Week 6, Day 3 (Oct. 19): 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Paul has been establishing guidelines for Timothy’s service in the previous chapters, and he continues that approach in these verses. He urges Timothy to pray in very specific ways and to maintain a broad field of people and issues in his prayers. He mentions several types of prayers—not intending to be comprehensive but to indicate the importance of prayer in leading all people to salvation.

Printed Version of the Book Week 4, Day 4 (Oct. 6): Job 42:7-9

Electronic Version of the Book Week 6, Day 4 (Oct. 20): Job 42:7-9

This chapter ends Job’s Story in the Bible, and some care must be taken to grasp what God is conveying when he tells Job to pray for Eliphaz and his two friends. Job has not earned the right to intercede for these people because he has suffered or remained righteous. Even though Job asked God to publicly vindicate him, God didn’t need to do so. Because God loves us and wants to bless us, he shows us his mercy and grace.

Printed Version of the Book Week 4, Day 5 (Oct. 7): Romans 10:1

Electronic Version of the Book Week 6, Day 5 (Oct. 21): Romans 10:1

In chapter 9 of Romans, Paul considers the question of why the Jews had not welcomed and accepted Christ—even after his death and resurrection. His writing reflects the thinking of a missionary, rather than a theologian, and his interpretation based on his examination of Old Testament principles. He concludes that God is faithful to the Jews and has a plan saving them that reflects his grace and mercy. This opening verse of chapter 10 describes the antirecessionary role that God has set for Christians in regard to saving Jews and others. We are to pray for them to accept Christ and leave the process of their awakening in God’s sovereign hands, acting according to his plan.

Behind the Scenes: The Context Associated With the Week 3 Verses (Printed Version of the Book) and the Week 5 (Electronic Version of the Book)

Because of the recent confusion with the order of the chapters in the book, Love to Pray, we held off on posting the commentaries for the past two weeks. As you’ll see in the title, we’re going to combine the information for the print and electronic versions of the book for the same verses—regardless of the week they appear in the book. Hopefully, this will be the most efficient way to share these insights with you—no matter which version of the book you are using.

Printed Version of the Book Week 3, Day 1 (Sept. 26): Hebrews 4:16

Electronic Version of the Book Week 5, Day 1 (Oct. 10): Hebrews 4:16

After the resurrection of Jesus, all Christians were granted the right to; the “priesthood of all believers”—direct access to God, which previously had been limited to the official priests. This section of Hebrews reminds us that Jesus was tempted as we are, and that he suffered; however, because he is both God and man, he not only understands us but also is willing to support us. We should persevere because we know he is with us, and we can confidently approach the throne of God, expecting to receive mercy and grace in our times of need.

Printed Version of the Book Week 3, Day 2 (Sept. 27): Matthew 7:9-11

Electronic Version of the Book Week 5, Day 2 (Oct. 11): Matthew 7:9-11

These verses are part of the Sermon on the Mount (from chapters 5 to 7 in Matthew). Many commentaries discuss versus 7 to 12 of this chapter in conjunction with the “The Golden Rule.” Fundamentally, the message is that God treats us even better than he would expect an earthly father to treat his children. This becomes a role model for how we should treat others and hope they will treat us.

Printed Version of the Book Week 3, Day 3 (Sept. 28): 1 John 5:14-15

Electronic Version of the Book Week 5, Day 3 (Oct. 12): 1 John 5:14-15

This letter generally focuses on assuring Christians that they have eternal life, and it ends by describing how we are to move forward in confidence, bringing others to Christ. Throughout this chapter, life is described in terms of fellowship with God and with his people. Sin disrupts that fellowship, and we are called to pray as intercessors and to have confidence that God will provide for us if we comply with his plan for us.

Printed Version of the Book Week 3, Day 4 (Sept. 29): Philippians 4:6-7

Electronic Version of the Book Week 5, Day 4 (Oct. 13): Philippians 4:6-7

This often quoted passage reminds us that God is our constant protector and that he does not want us to be anxious under any circumstances because we know that he always will be there for us. He fills us with peace—even when peace seems to be impossible under the existing circumstances. God guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, offering us the peace that reassures us and which we never could find on our own.

Printed Version of the Book Week 3, Day 5 (Sept. 30): 2 Corinthians 12:7-9

Electronic Version of the Book Week 5, Day 5 (Oct. 14): 2 Corinthians 12:7-9

Verses 1 to 10 of this chapter cover two topics—both of which are the subject of much discussion in Christian commentaries. The early verses describe Paul’s vision and the three heavens. The analysts are uncertain about what he was specifically trying to communicate here, but the belief that there may be multiple heavens is supported by other Biblical text. They also mention both corporeal and incorporeal ascension as potentially being part of Paul’s intended message. Fortunately, the latter verses are clearer to understand, and they leave us with a very definitive understanding regarding suffering. Weakness—whether related to physical condition, reputation, finances, comfort, freedom, etc.—is not a bad thing because it causes us to turn to Christ for our strength, rather than depending on ourselves.

Yes, We Will Be Holding Worship on Sunday!

We just wanted to let you know that FPC is still planning to have Sunday School and a Worship Service tomorrow, even if the storm ends up knocking out our power. We may need to get a bit creative, but if you can safely come to church, we hope you will join us! It may be one of the most memorable worship services we’ve had in recent history!
Stay safe tonight, and we hope to see you Sunday morning.
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40-Day Prayer Challenge Week 6 Begins on October 17—Electronic Version of the Book

The associated topics and Bible passages for Week 6 for the electronic version of the book are shown below:
Oct. 17: What Is Intercession? (Luke 11:5-8)
Oct. 18: God Seeks Intercessors (Ezekiel 22:30-31)
Oct. 19: The Scope of Intercession (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
Oct. 20: Interceding for Those Who Can’t Pray for Themselves (Job 42:7-9)
Oct. 21: Interceding for the Unsaved (Romans 10:1)

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