FPC News and Announcements

Summer Sunday School Class on Heaven Starts July 10

Visit Heaven without leaving Earth! Join Russ Guppy, Steve Groves, and Jim Boyd for a special Summer Sunday School class exploring Randy Alcorn’s book Heaven. The class will meet in the Gold Room at 9:15 am and run from July 10 to August 21. Each class will begin with a 20 minute video presentation by Randy Alcorn, followed by discussion questions from the study guide he has developed to connect the seeker with the mystery and excitement of a real place—Heaven. Rick Warren calls Randy Alcorn’s book “the best book on Heaven I’ve ever read.”
Topics of the class will include Realizing Our Destiny; Understanding the Present Heaven; Grasping Redemption’s Far Reach; Anticipating Resurrection; Seeing the Earth Restored; Celebrating Our Relationship With God and Ruling on the New Earth. Questions addressed will include: What Will the Resurrected Earth Be Like? What Will Our Lives Be like? What Will Our Relationships Be Like? What About Animals And what will we DO in Heaven?

The word Heaven written in vintage letterpress type

New Sermon Series on Prayer Begins THIS Sunday

This Sunday Pastor Eric is beginning a 9-week series on prayer. Prayer is something we all know how to do, but we don’t all understand it very well. Many people feel that their prayer life could be improved if they just knew a little more about how prayer works or even some of the different kinds of prayers there are. This series will cover the five main types of prayer (adoration, confession, thanksgiving, petition, and intercession) as well as offering practical advice about how to improve your own prayer life. Come join us!
Prayer Changes Things card with colorful background

Offertory Opportunity

Do you have a musical gift you’d like to share with the congregation? Throughout the summer, we are inviting members of FPC to present an offertory during the morning worship services. If you would like to participate in worship in this way please call our Minister of Worship, Daniel Perrin, at 425.442.4523.

Summer is a great time for us to sing new songs of worship and praise! If you have a hymn or worship song that you would love the congregation to sing please email the song title to Daniel Perrin at dperrin@fpctacoma.org



YA (YOUNG ADULTS) Group Picnics

The YA group (ages 18-30) is scheduling some picnics this summer. They will be meeting on July 17th and July 31st at 1:00pm in the field next to the Lobster Shop on Ruston. Bring a blanket, picnic lunch and something fun to do in the sun! Any questions contact Lesley Kagey at lesley.e.kagey@gmail.com





Friday August 26th-Sunday August 28th at Camp McCullough                            

We will be having Family Camp this Summer in August. The weekend will  conclude with our regular church service at Camp McCullough followed by the annual all church BBQ.  More details to come.                                                                           

Annual Congregational Meeting and Lunch, June 12

Join us on Sunday, June 12 immediately after worship for our Annual Congregational Meeting in Fellowship Hall.  We will be serving a light lunch free of charge.  At the meeting and during the sermon that day, Pastor Eric will be giving a preview of three exciting ministry themes adopted by our Session for the coming 2016-2017 church year. At the Congregational Meeting, the congregation will receive the 2015-16 Annual Report and the 2016-17 Budget, elect the next class of church officers (elders and deacons), and approve the Senior Pastor’s terms of call.

Adult and Teen Education Classes Continue through June 26

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JULY 26, 2012: Stained glass window depicting Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount in the cathedral of Brussels, Belgium

Official children’s Sunday School has ended until the Fall, but adult classes and the middle school and high school Bible study will continue through June 26!  If you have smaller kids and still want to attend adult Sunday School, don’t worry—we have you covered! Children of parents who are attending Adult Sunday School will have their own special Sunday School class in Nelson (the children’s church room) through June 26! (The children’s class will be for kids from age 2 through grade 5; even younger kids can attend the nursery).
Here are the classes for teens and adults:
  • The Sermon on the Mount (4/10-6/26; teacher: Matt Pickard). The Sermon on the Mount is the name given to Jesus’ discourse in Matthew 5:3-7:27.  It is the longest teaching discourse of Jesus in the NT and, as one commentator noted, “arguably the most quoted text from the NT.”  In this sermon, Jesus calls believers to live the “already, but not yet” life of the inaugurated kingdom as we await His return. Join us as we learn from Jesus what it means for His disciples to live the life of the inaugurated kingdom in the present fallen world. If you are interested in a Bible study on the Sermon on the Mount that is aligned with this 12 week class, you can purchase a pdf version of A Deeper Look at the Sermon on the Mount: Living Out the Way of Jesus by John Stott, Dale Larson, and Sandy Larson for $5.69 from Christian Book Distributors. You can also order a copy of the Bible study for about $16 from Dightman’s Bible Book store.
  • High School/Middle School Bible Study—The Gospel of John (Chapters 1-7; taught by John and Sonja West in the youth room/Synder through 6/26). Study Jesus “up close and personal” in this Bible study of the first seven chapters of the Gospel of John for high school and middle school students.
  • Prayer (5/15-6/19; teacher: Annie Lockwood). Tim Keller, in his book Prayer, says that prayer is both conversation and encounter with God.  J.I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom title their book on prayer, Finding our Way through Duty to Delight. When we make over our hearts to God in prayer, he is reshaping us and conforming us more and more to his own image, his own desire for us, and to our own deepest desire for ourselves: God with us.  When we desire to “see him more clearly, follow him more nearly, and love him more dearly” it is through prayer that our hearts are opened to these profound graces. We are told that Jesus Christ stands as our mediator so that we, though undeserving in ourselves, can boldly approach God’s throne and cry out for our needs to be met (Heb 4: 14– 16; 7: 25). We are also told that God himself dwells within us through the Spirit (Rom 8: 9– 11) and helps us to pray (Rom 8: 26– 27) so that even now by faith we may gaze and contemplate the glory of Christ (2 Cor 3: 17– 18). Join Annie Lockwood as we explore prayer over six weeks and experience the awe and intimacy of God which is ours through prayer; as we learn to listen for the still, small voice of God with the ear of our hearts; to talk with him in the cool of the garden; and to encounter Him in the real day by day walk of our lives.

Invitation to a Reception to Honor Pastor Becci on May 29

Dear Members and Friends of FPC:
I would like to invite you all to a reception after the worship service
this SundaySANYO DIGITAL CAMERA (5/29) to honor and celebrate Pastor Becci’s 6 years of faithful service in our community at First Pres. We wish to express our appreciation for all the ways she has impacted our lives during her time here. Please feel free to bring cards or notes of affirmation and encouragement for her and Mike.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Pastor Eric

Note: At the Congregational Meeting on May 22, the members of FPC sadly voted to end the Associate Pastor position due to finances. As a result, May 29 will be Pastor Becci Curtis-Lillie’s last Sunday with us. We hope everyone can come to a reception honoring Pastor Becci’s service to our congregation after the worship service this coming Sunday in Fellowship Hall.

Potter Update: Part 2

Hi again,,


Thanks so much for your expressions of love and prayer for Jan.  It is so great to be a part of a loving community!  I wanted to update you briefly on developments.


First, the pace of Jan’s recovery has been amazing, helped along no doubt by your prayers.  On Friday, she was still lying down and sleeping for much of the day, but by Saturday, she was starting to move around a bit more, and by Sunday, the swelling and angry red scrapes and bruises had were looking so much better, and she was up and about.  She has also had more work done on her teeth, and the hope is that none of them are permanently damaged.  So all in all, we are amazed at the Lord’s graciousness in protecting Jan from more serious injury, and gratified by the pace of her recovery.  As of today, she has seemed to be back to normal energy levels.


As we were ready to head to the airport this morning, Jan noticed some swelling in her arm that was quickly increasing in intensity.  Fearing a blood clot, we rushed into the ER to have it checked, with one eye on the clock as we were now behind schedule to get to the airport and get checked in.  The less-than-good news was that it was indeed a clot… so a good decision to have her taken in.  However, doctors said that the clot was small, and not serious enough to need significant extra attention… so she was given the go-ahead to proceed with the trip.  Thankfully, we rushed to the airport with just enough time to check in.
However, after all the effort to make sure she was strong, reasonably healthy and ready to head to Japan…
in the end she was not able to board the flight!  It checked in completely full, and with her standby status, she was bumped.  (The Hamiltons, with their new flight privileges, will understand. J)  I on the other hand, with my paid reservation, had no choice but to proceed onto the plane and head off to Tokyo, or lose the full price of an expensive international ticket.  It was heartbreaking to have to head into the jet-way and leave her behind.  Fortunately, Brent is presently in Denver and was the one who dropped us off at the airport (and has our car!), so we both trusted she would be in good hands with him, that he would come back to pick her up and make sure she was taken home and had everything she needed.  (I am presently on the plane, so will look forward myself to finding out how things have gone.)  The next “good” day for her to try to board the flight again is Friday, so she will definitely try again then.  In the meantime, we know the Lord is in charge of all of our appointments, and we will know better later why she is not on her way with me today.  Perhaps the need for more rest?


In the meantime, we continue to appreciate your prayers for all that is going on: for Jan and her continued healing as well as a seat on a plane in the next day or two, for me with meetings and speaking in Tokyo, and for onward travel to Hong Kong  next week.


Thanks so much ,

Barry (and Jan)