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Join Us For Christmas Eve TONIGHT at 7:00 pm!

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We had a fantastic rehearsal last night for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Now all you need to do is  join us TONIGHT @ 7:00 pm for the real thing. You might want to come early to get a good seat. This year’s service will feature scripture readings, the Lindsey Bell Choir, a wind ensemble, the Chancel Choir, guitars, a message by Pastor Eric, and more. Invite your friends and family to this Tacoma area tradition and celebrate the real meaning of the season. The night will start off pre-service with carols being played on the chimes in our church tower outside and a wonderful prelude of Christmas music played by our organist Patrice Barnett on our magnificent pipe organ inside.


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Dec. 24 @ 7:00 pm

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Join us for our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols on Thursday, December 24th @ 7:00 pm. This year’s service will include dramatic scripture readings, a special message by Senior Pastor Eric Jacobsen, and music from the Lindsey Bell Choir, the Chancel Choir, chamber singers, a wind ensemble, and our magnificent pipe organ with thousands of pipes. The service culminates with the singing of “Silent Night” accompanied by guitars and hundreds of candles, followed by the singing of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” As in past years, there will be a lot of familiar elements in the service, but also some new additions. One thing to look forward to this year is our Minister of Worship Dr. Daniel Perrin’s stunning new arrangement of Michael Card’s song “Immanuel,” which will involve the Chancel Choir, the wind ensemble, the pipe organ, soloist Kristina Pope, and the congregation. We are usually packed on Christmas Eve, so come early to get a seat… and also to hear the bells in our bell tower playing Christmas Carols. Invite your friends and family to this Tacoma-area tradition.


Women’s Retreat Registration Begins Dec. 27

Please join Women’s Ministry and the Made team at Camp McCullough on February 5 and 6, 2016 for the Women’s Retreat.  Registration begins December 27.  Tickets cost $70.  Scholarships are available.  Please join us for an exciting weekend of discovery and fellowship.  If you have any questions, please contact Diana Agustsson (815.209.5375/d.agustsson@gmail.com).


“Hark the Harold” Christmas Play by Taproot Theatre on Dec. 20

This coming Sunday, December 20, 9:15-10:15 am, Fellowship Hall
Harold is not the brightest angel in the heavenly host, and Harold’s enthusiastic shenanigans are really trying the patience of his new partner, Gabriel. As the two carry messages to Zechariah, Joseph and Mary, will they realize God’s plan for redemption? Find out while watching the Nativity unfold from a heavenly perspective in Taproot Theatre’s hilarious production of “Hark the Harold.” It’s FREE. Invite your friends and family!


Advent Devotional by Annie Lockwood Starts December 12: The Canticles of Luke

Editor’s Note: FPC member Annie Lockwood will be writing a daily Advent Devotional, starting on December 12. So visit the devotional at our website and on Facebook and Twitter to read her daily devotional. Below is her preview.

The Canticles of Luke: A Little Meditation for Advent

For each Canticle we will study over the course of Advent (the Canticle of Mary, the Magnificat; The canticle of Zechariah, the Benedictus; The canticle of the angels, the Gloria; and The canticle of Simeon, the Nunc Dimittis; we will follow the four “movements” of the Lectio Divina method of spiritual reading of Scripture, first developed by Benedict of Nursia (480 – 547) and later followed by Benedictine Monks and by all who seek to benefit from a prayerful reading of God’s Word. These four “movements” are: Read, Reflect, Respond, and Rest.  As you follow along with us, please keep in mind that we begin slowly, with a prayerful reading looking at what stands out to us and listening for the “still, small voice of God” to speak personally to us; then with some prayerful reflection on what God is saying to us about our beliefs and desires; then our prayerful response to what he is calling us to do for ourselves and for the life of the world; and finally the The Lectio Divina process ends resting quietly in God’s arms. No words are necessary at this point. God’s Word has focused us on Christ’s indwelling presence.  So we simply stay there with Christ in love, joy, and peace. We’re tasting the Lord’s goodness (Psalm 34:8).

Join us this Advent Season as we follow our Sermon Series throughout the week, prayerfully exploring the beautiful Canticles of Luke, their magnificent, life changing and fascinating Old Testament Themes, and what these mean for us in our lives today and for the life of the world.



Community Christmas Concert Featuring Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio THIS Sunday

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You are invited this Sunday at 7:00 pm to attend our FREE Community Christmas Concert featuring carol singing and a performance of Saint-Saëns’ wonderful Christmas Oratorio by our Chancel Choir accompanied by strings, harp, and pipe organ. A free-will offering in support of our music program will be taken. Following the concert, there will be a cookies and hot cider reception in Fellowship Hall. Please share this invitation on Facebook and Twitter, and invite friends and family!
 
In my view, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio is perhaps the most beautiful choral work ever composed for the Christmas season. I first heard it over twenty years ago on a CD, and I was entranced. Now when I am stressed out, or if I need inspiration, I will listen to this work. When our Minister of Worship Daniel Perrin told me he wanted to perform this piece for our annual Christmas Concert, I was elated. I have never been able to hear a live performance of this work, and I am looking forward to it. Hearing a live performance of Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you are stressed out, or anxious, or in need of inspiration this Advent season, you need to come! Even if you feel perfectly fine, this musical work will inspire you. I hope to see you at the concert!


Second Wednesday Potluck on Dec. 9

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Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 6:00-7:00 pm 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 might want to share. Please bring either soup, salad, entree or desert to share as well as beverages for your own family. We will supply tables, plates, and cutlery. 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.


SAVE THE DATE: Community Christmas Concert, Dec. 6 @ 7:00 pm

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You are cordially invited to attend a free Community Christmas Concert featuring carols and a performance of Saint-Saëns renowned Christmas Oratorio by the First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir accompanied by strings, harp, and pipe organ on Sunday, Dec. 6 @ 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church. The concert will be directed by Dr. Daniel Perrin, FPC Minister of Worship. Following the concert, there will be a cookies and hot cider reception in Fellowship Hall. Invite your friends and family!
 

About the Composer and the Oratorio

Sometimes known as the “French Beethoven,” Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) is perhaps most famous for pieces such as Carnival of the Animals and the Organ Symphony, but his work has also been used in nearly 100 Reutlinger / Charles / 1816-1880? / 0530. Camille Saint-Saëns / [cliché Reutlinger]. [Entre 1880 et 1900].films. Saint-Saëns wrote the Christmas Oratorio at age 23 while he was a organist at the Madeleine church in Paris. It is one of the most beautiful pieces ever written for the Advent and Christmas season. Drawing on Biblical texts from Luke, Matthew, John, the Psalms, and the book of Daniel, the Christmas Oratorio is at once peaceful, meditative, and joyous. If you are feeling stressed or anxious or depressed this Christmas season, spend an hour in our Sanctuary listening to the Christmas Oratorio and connect with your Creator—the One who loves you and wants a relationship with you. You won’t be disappointed.



Bring Diapers and Wipes on Sunday to Promote Life!

This Sunday remember to bring disposable diapers and diaper wipes to the worship service for CareNet. You will helping to provide a positive alternative to abortion and assisting women who choose life!
 

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