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Month of Giving: Week Two

Each week in November, we will be giving to a different organization assisting families in this holiday season. The upcoming week of November 11-17, FPC will be collecting items for Operation Christmas Child. We invite you to be a part of God’s mission and pack a box! More information will be Fellowship Hall during coffee hour.

Boxes can be brought in through November 18; thank you for your support!



Sunday Worship to Mark 100th Anniversary of End of World War I

Did you know that this Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War? In addition to celebrating the sacrament of Holy Communion, we will be marking the day with special music and songs as we pray for peace and remember the many people who have died in wars over the past century. Join us for a powerful service this Sunday at 10:30 am that will include trumpeter Jared Hall, an introit by our Chancel Choir, the singing of the hymn, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” and the performance of the “Armed Forces Anthem.” The last piece was co-written by FPC Minister of Worship Dr. Daniel Perrin and Carl Munson and will be sung by FPC member Michael Marano, a U.S. Army Captain. Additionally, Sunday’s organ postlude will be “Epilogue on the Old 100th,” a meditation on the Doxology composed by Ernest Farrar, a British Christian composer who died during a battle in France during World War I. You won’t want to miss this powerful service!


Stewardship and Consecration Sunday at FPC

In November, we focus our attention on financial stewardship. We ask the church family to consider making a plan to support the mission and ministry of FPC in 2019 by filling out a pledge card. You should have received a letter explaining the process and a pledge card in the mail this past week. If not, please pick one up here or contact the church office. We are encouraging everyone to turn in a card at the end of the worship service on Consecration Sunday, Nov. 18. After the service, we will enjoy a celebration breakfast and a time of fellowship focused on God’s faithfulness to us.



Month of Giving: Week One

Each week in November, we will be giving to a different organization assisting families in this holiday season. The upcoming week of November 4-10, FPC will be collecting items for the Deacons Thanksgiving Food Baskets. A complete list of items needed will be in the church library. 

Donations of food can be brought in through November 11; thank you for your support!



Daylight Savings Time Ends

 
Reminder, this Sunday, November 4, 2018, Daylight Savings Time ends and will be an adjustment to all of us!
 
When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, November 4, 2018, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to 
Sunday, November 4, 2018, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 4, 2018, than the day before. There will be more light in the morning!



Fascinating Biographies!

This Sunday, November 4, the FPC Library will be displaying exciting and inspiring stories about various Christians and their lives. Celebrate the extra hour you gained this Sunday by stopping by and picking up a book or two!
 
All of our biographies have been catalogued and can be looked up in our online catalog here. We have biographies for adults, youth, and children. We also have fiction and non-fiction for all ages and a wide variety of DVDs. Stop by and take a look on Sunday! 
 
The FPC Library is located in Fellowship Hall and open before and after the morning service on Sundays. You can contact us by email here.


Reformation Sunday 2018: A Mighty Fortress

On Reformation Sunday (Oct. 28), FPC’s Lindsey Bells (under the direction of Daniel Heath) presented Joel Raney’s  magnificent arrangement of Martin Luther’s hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” one of the songs in the FPC Canon. The Lindsey Bells were joined by brass, piano, pipe organ, and FPC’s Chancel Choir (under the direction of Minister of Worship Dr. Daniel Perrin). If you missed this past Sunday (or if you want to experience the song again!), you can now watch the presentation on YouTube thanks to FPC member Chip Van Gilder.
 



New Books in the Library

This Sunday (October 28), the FPC Library will be displaying our new adult and youth fiction! We recently acquired some new books for adults and youth that you can come check out on Sunday.
 
The new books for adults include When Jesus Wept and Only the River Runs Free by Bodie and Brock Thoene and the Acts of Faith series by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke. Our new books for youth include Hero Tales by Dave and Neta Jackson, The Ark, the Reed, and the Fire Cloud by Jenny L. Cote, The Race by Lauraine Snelling, Bill the Warthog Mysteries by Dean A. Anderson, and Molehole Mysteries by Barbara Davoll. You can take a look at our whole collection in our online catalog here. Make sure to stop by on Sunday and check out a book (or DVD)!
 
The FPC Library is located in Fellowship Hall and open before and after the service on Sunday mornings. You can contact us through email here.


4th Sunday #FORtacoma

We will be supporting and representing our #FORtacoma campaign every 4th Sunday of the month! Make sure to wear your #FORtacoma shirts, and if you have not yet picked up a #FORtacoma neighborhood packet, we would like to encourage you to sign-up!



#FORtacoma Street of Treats Event

October 31, 2018, from 4 pm to 6 pm the sanctuary will be open as part of the Stadium District “Street of Treats.” We will give out candy to the kids as they come into the building.  We will have a #FORtacoma booth set up out front with cards ready for prayer request and lots of Hot Chocolate and Apple Cider for adults and children. Please join us for this exciting event. 
 
This event will take place at the same time our FPC Preschool and Children’s Ministries are using Fellowship Hall and the Courtyard for a hot dog dinner, games and prizes for preschool and elementary school age children from our Pre-school, Cor Deo and church families. There are going to be amazing decorations and a costume parade at 5:00 pm.  
 
Please be praying for our neighborhood. Consider contacting the local people/businesses you are praying for and invite them to join us. Ask the Lord to make this event count for eternity. What a fantastic opportunity to be the open arms of Jesus.  



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