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Hear Our Organ THIS Sunday

FPC’s magnificent pipe organ is back! Its Static Regulator was rebuilt, and it was reinstalled this past week. (See what it took to reinstall it.) Come to church this Sunday and hear our organist Patrice Barnett play “Now Thank We All Our God” by Karg-Elert and “Prelude in G Major” by Bach. You don’t want to miss this debut of our organ with fuller sound. If you love organ music, also be sure to mark your calendar for the upcoming Organ Recital at FPC by Sarah Duffy from the University of Washington on Monday, November 9 at 7:30 pm.

 
 
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The Return of Our Organ’s Static Regulator!

It’s back! The Static Regulator for our wonderful pipe organ has been re-built and reinstalled. You can see what it took to get it reinstalled by checking out the picture gallery below. Thanks to everyone who helped out! And thanks to Chuck Hayden for supplying the photos and captions. Be sure to come back this Sunday to hear what our organ now sounds like!
 


Woman to Woman Mentor Meeting

Interested in learning what mentoring is all about?  Sunday Sept.27, Noon to 1 come to
the Gold Room for information on what is involved in being a mentor, a mentee, or a
prayer warrior in FPC’s Woman to Woman Mentoring Program.
 


Alpha Prayer

Anyone who is interested in praying for the upcoming Alpha program at FPC, starting in
January, please contact Betty McCartney at bettymccartney46@gmail.com.


Submit a Prayer Request Online!

You can now submit a prayer request online and have it submitted to the Prayer Chain, the Pastors, or the weekly bulletin. And check out the Prayer Ministry page for thoughts and updates about prayer from FPC’s Prayer Coordinator Betty McCartney.



Celebrate the Life of Jack Gillam on Sept. 26

photo_020002_C0A80181165df31EDFSO9l7F4FB6_1_3b7c859743d613cafeb8941b4e3e8b27_20150917Celebrate the life and service of longtime FPC member Jack Gillam (July 5, 1926-Sept. 14, 2015) on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 11:00 am in Ferguson Chapel, followed by a reception in Middleton Parlor.
 
Jack was a member of FPC with his wife Nellie since 1979. They were married for 56 years. Jack served on the Pastor Nominating Committee that recruited our current Senior Pastor, and for many years, he faithfully drove  seniors to worship in our church on Sunday mornings. He was the face of Christ to many, many people in our community. He truly had a Deacon’s heart.
 
Jack is survived by his wife Nellie Stray Gillam, son John R. Gillam, and daughter Nellie J. Gillam-Burns. He was a well-loved man who lived his life for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; a great husband and dad who is already missed. He proudly served his country during WW2 in the Merchant Marines, and during the Korean War in the Army.


New Church App Is Here!

In addition to accessing information about FPC through our mobile-friendly church website, you can now download a free app to access church info. on your iPhone or Android phone.
 
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All Sons and Daughters Concert, October 25 @ 7:00 pm

Join us Sunday, October 25 at FPC Tacoma for a worship concert featuring the amazing folk group For All Sons & Daughters. Doors open at 6:00 pm, with the concert starting at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 at the door. You can buy the advance tickets in the church office or online (online tickets carry an extra $1.90 per ticket fee).
 
More information: Music lovers worldwide are captivated, swept up in the surging wave of modern folk as heard in the likes of Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers, Neon Trees, The Civil Wars and others. Organic, acoustic and packed with live energy and freedom, it’s the unpolished imperfection and open invitation to sing along that has catapulted these artists into the spotlight and up the charts.
 
For All Sons & Daughters’ Leslie Jordan and David Leonard, these qualities are even more keenly experienced in music that connects broken people with their God. Worship leaders at Journey Church in Franklin, TN, their critically acclaimed EPs, Brokenness Aside, Reason To Sing and The Longing, along with their full length albums, Season One and Live bear witness to the power of worship by the people, for the people and of the people. In the truest sense, the mesmerizing, soul-baring lyrics and acoustic styling of this talented duo are beginning to make an impact… inside and outside the church.
 
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The Rebuilding of Our Organ’s Static Regulator

As many of you know, the static regulator on FPC’s magnificent pipe organ suffered significant damage. But thanks to the generosity of members and friends of the congregation, we raised enough funds to have it rebuilt. Well, this week the work has been done. Many thanks to the Building and Grounds Committee and its head Jerry Heath, and especially to Building Superintendent Mike Johnson for doing much of the work and coordination. (Be sure to thank them!) Here is the story in pictures of what happened, courtesy of Chuck Hayden and the company that is rebuilding the static regulator. I can’t wait to hear the organ after this rebuild!
 
 


September 2015 Update from Dorothy Forsberg

Parakou, 3 September 2015
As from BP 229, Djougou
Republic of BENIN

Dear supporting, praying Friends,

Here I am at the end of a 3 week break, listening to one more church service on CD. I go back to Djougou tomorrow so I can attend the wedding, on Saturday, of the son of some friends I’ve known since I arrived in Benin 38 years ago.

I praise God for allowing me to witness some exciting things lately!

The annual Troup Nehemiah camp and evangelistic campaign celebrated 30 years this year and the event was held on our Djougou campus in August. I came on my vacation after a couple days (I attended our SIM Benin Day of Prayer.) but God opened the way for me to go to Djougou with some friends on Saturday for the official celebration and come back that afternoon. I was moved when near the end of the service the 387 campers were challenged to commit themselves to carry on. Those who were committed should stand. Everyone in the church stood, including me, and sang the theme song that we are committed to continue building the ‘walls’ of the Yom church which 30 years ago was at a very low ebb. Some are wondering if it isn’t time to reach out to other people groups nearby. A couple of groups have been established to study the idea. They are meeting in November to share their findings and thoughts and perhaps establish a new direction. Pray for them.

Pray also that there might be some young people called by God to prepare in Bible school to shepherd new churches. The Yom Bible school was closed this year for lack of students! One student is in his year of practicum and will be returning next March for his last year. He’s quite adept at taking Scripture and making Yom-style songs. A local group sings with him when there is an occasion – like the TN celebration, August 15. Pray for A and his family.

One day recently I went to the Christian bookstore here in Parakou. A young lady was sitting on a stool chatting across the counter with the man replacing the lady who is usually the cashier. (She was on her official vacation.) When I approached I saw she had Yom facial markings indicating she is from a chief’s family. So I spoke to her in Yom. We had a bit of a conversation and using some of our literature for sale in the bookstore, I showed her the basics of reading Yom. (She has gone up to grade 13 in school.) A couple of days later I was visiting with a Christian Yom friend in the porch of her little shop when a group of ladies walked by. One was looking intently at me and then came over. It was M.! I introduced her to my friend and we had a good chat. She has heard quite a bit about the prophet ‘Issa’. The man at the bookstore is a friend of her husband’s. They’ve known each other for quite a while, even when they used to live in another town. M. exchanged telephone numbers with my friend J and with me. J is quite evangelistic. Pray that God will bring M. and her husband A., a high school teacher, to salvation in spite of their fear of their families’ reaction.

Now September 9, back in Djougou:
The morning we left for the wedding, we learned that the mother-in-law of my co-translator, A., passed away early that morning. So we had a funeral to attend on Sunday morning. There were great testimonies to her faithfulness to God in spite of long years of illness, with intervening highs and lows. Her prayer for her many children was that they maintain their unity and that they remain close to the Lord. A’s wife is her youngest child. Their oldest is nearly 20! You can imagine the size of the extended family!
The wedding on Saturday was great! The groom even took the mike and sang part of the song that 2 of his fellow choir members were singing in honor of him and his bride!

On Monday, more than 400 kids, ages 7-14, arrived for a week of camp. A. is camp director. He wasn’t well but is doing better. He has learned to delegate a number of tasks! The kids are studying the book of Ruth this year. I am pleased that a number of our church young people are involved in teaching and various other jobs. The teaching is done in French and then again in the afternoon for 4 different language groups, including French. Some of the teachers are taking time to make sure unchurched kids understand the teaching.

My other co-translator, I., is in his second, and last, week of teaching teachers to use the materials he has been helping to develop. The government is following up on research that shows that a child learns best in his own language. Several languages have been chosen, including Yom, to be used in the early years of these children’s education. I. is a great asset to this work due to the computer and Yom language skills he has been honing during his decades of Yom translation work.

I. and A. both need to take time for a rest so we’ll see when we are next all in the office together.

Today I started back into the office. I am starting to work through the draft of Ecclesiastes. It was done by Abraham a number of years ago, translating from the text in the Lokpa language. I found a Translators’ Handbook for Ecclesiastes. The first sentence says ‘There is perhaps no book in the Old Testament that has caused so many problems for interpreters as the book of Ecclesiastes.’ So please pray for me and my colleagues as we work through this book! Our translation needs to be accurate, clear and natural.

Our next checking session is the last week of October, right after our SIM Spiritual Life Conference. We’ll be finishing 2 Chronicles (from chapter 13) and starting Ecclesiastes.

Thank you so much for your continuing prayer and financial support for me and for our Yom Bible translation project. We’re nearing the end!

With love in Christ,

Dorothy
Dorothy (Dodi) Forsberg

The Bible for the Yom People

UEEB/SIM, BP 229
Djougou, BENIN




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