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Thanksgiving Books

We hope that you had a Happy Thanksgiving celebrating with family and friends and giving thanks for the gifts that God has given us! In continuation of the Thanksgiving holiday, the FPC Library will be displaying Thanksgiving books this Sunday (November 25)!
You can look at all our Thanksgiving books in our online catalog here. We will also be displaying various DVDs suitable for a movie night with family and friends even if they aren’t specifically Thanksgiving themed. You can browse all our DVDS here.
The library is located in Fellowship Hall and is open every Sunday before and after the service. If you have any questions, send us an email here!

Christmas Events 2018 at First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma

Join your friends and family at Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church in 2018 for wonderful Christmas events throughout December.

A Celebration of Carols

Saturday, Dec. 8, 4:15 pm

Sing favorite Christmas carols accompanied by choir and orchestra at this free annual holiday event that combines audience participation with selections by choir, soloists, orchestra, and our pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes. Followed by a holiday reception with cookies and hot cider. Invite your friends and family! More info. at This event is part of the Dickens Festival in the Stadium District. Come early to enjoy all the activities in our neighborhood.

Christmas Pageant

Sunday, Dec. 16, 10:30 am
Our Kids’ Ministry will be putting on our annual Christmas pageant that tells the timeless story of Jesus’ birth. You will not want to miss this fun and charming experience of the true meaning of Christmas.

Taproot Play: The (Improvised) Nutcracker

Sunday, Dec. 23, Fellowship Hall, 9:15 am
Join in the fun when we host a performance of The (Improvised) Nutcracker, a live stage production from Taproot Theatre Company.

Christmas Eve Service

Monday, Dec. 24, 7:00 pm
Our annual Christmas Eve candle-lighting service is one of the most beautiful and anticipated services of the year. Experience the true meaning of Christmas through readings and carols accompanied by choir, handbells, instrumentalists, and a pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes. Plus experience our cathedral-like sanctuary lit up by hundreds of candles. A Tacoma-area tradition!

Elder and Deacon Nominations

The process of nomination and election of Elders and Deacons begins with you prayerfully submitting names on the nomination suggestion form or online form by Dec. 2. For more information on the nomination or election process, contact Steve Franzke
If you are unable to grab a nomination form, we have created an online form for your convenience.
Online Nomination Form:

FPC Missionary Christmas Card List 2018

As we get closer to the holiday season, we would love to see all of our congregation encouraging and praying for the missionary families we support here at FPC Tacoma. 


Steve & Jennifer Baughman, Wycliffe Bible Translators

4801 West Royal Palm Road, Glendale AZ 85302


 Wycliffe Bible Translator, PO BOX 628200, Orlando, FL  32862


Mark & Iris Barnes, Youth with a Mission

342 Mulberry Village Lane, Ft. Mill, South Carolina 29715


YWAM, PO Box 60579, Colorado Springs, CO. 80960


Brendan & Erin Connally, Serving in Missions

Aptado 206, Abancay, Peru, South America



Dorothy Forsberg, Serving in Missions

SIM, B.P. 15, Parakou, Republic of Benin, West Africa



Rob & Karen Mahon, Navigators

8412 Vina Del Sol Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM  87122-4217



Paul Lewis, Wycliffe Bible Translators

4321 Presto Circle, Grand Prairie, TX  75052



Edwin & Evie Martinez, Overseas Crusades International

3861 Lovett Street, Bellingham, WA 98226



Zack & Nadia Mills, Navigators

709 Vernon Drive, Jacksonville, NC 28540



Sue Mills, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

3410 North Eiger Mt. Rd, Flagstaff, AZ  86004



Mary Peterson, Bible Club Ministries International

711 Tijuana Apt. 19, Colorado Springs, CO 80909-5102



Barry & Jan Potter, Overseas Missionary Fellowship

9172 Weatherstone Ct., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126


Overseas Missionary Fellowship,

10 West Dr. Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120


Jack & Nancy Snyder, TEAM

3534 East Indianapolis St., Fresno, CA 93726



Month of Giving: Week Three

Each week in November, we will be giving to a different organization assisting families in this holiday season. The upcoming week of November 18-24, FPC will be collecting items for Bridges of Love NW. We will be collecting personal care items for those in need. We do ask that all donations be travel size for convenience of distribution. 

Donations of personal care products can be brought in through November 24; thank you for your support!

Save the Date: Celebration of Carols Concert on Dec. 8!

Christmas is coming! Plan now to come to our wonderful FREE Christmas concert on Saturday, December 8 from 4:15-5:30 pm. Sing your favorite Christmas carols accompanied by choir and orchestra at this free annual holiday event for the entire family that combines audience participation with selections by choir, soloists, orchestra, and a pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes! Held in our soaring sanctuary, A Celebration of Carols is a one-of-a-kind event not to be missed. A holiday reception with cookies and hot cider will follow immediately after the concert concludes.

Common Questions about Giving


This year, Consecration Sunday will be this Sunday, Nov. 18th. At the end of the service, we will invite people to place their estimated giving card in a basket on their way to the Fellowship Hall. Followed by a Celebration Brunch and sharing of stories of God’s faithfulness over the past year. As we prepare for this Sunday, Pastor Eric has answered some of the most common questions about giving.



  1. DESPERATION/COERCION— You shouldn’t give to the church because you feel that without your contribution, the church will fail. And you shouldn’t give to the church out of a sense of guilt. 2 Cor. 9:7 tells us that, “God loves a cheerful giver.” Our giving should always be rooted in the confidence that God will accomplish His will in our lives and in the work of His church.

  1. GENEROSITY— Generosity is a good thing, but it is not an appropriate way to think about our tithe. The Biblical standard for the tithe is 10% of your income. The other word for this standard is the first fruits, which refers to the first 10% of the crops that were harvested. Tithing was not described as being based on generosity because the tithe was considered to be God’s property. Tithing is a recognition that all we have belongs to God rather than a portion of our belongings that we ‘give’ to God. The early church made a distinction between charity (which was given over and above the tithe) and the tithe (which was expected).


  1. WORSHIP— Hebrews 13:15 tells us to, “continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise.” When we come before God on Sunday morning, we offer to God our voices, our thoughts, our hearts, our bodies, and our experiences from the week and ask God to receive them as acceptable in His sight. Our financial contributions during the worship service are a tangible way to express our intention to offer our whole being to God as sacrificial praise. Believe it or not, the practice of tithing does more for the spiritual health of the congregation of a church than it does for the facilities and programs of the church. When I was living on the East Coast, I witnessed a number of property rich churches that didn’t teach about tithing because they could cover their expenses without any contributions from their members. Without fail, such churches were beautiful on the outside and spiritually dead on the inside.
  1. FREEDOM— It is very common for people from all ends of the socio-economic spectrum to feel that they need just a bit more money in order to feel comfortable and secure. The reality is that we will never feel completely comfortable and secure financially until we realize that our comfort and security rest in a generous God not in our bank accounts and assets. There is no other way to learn this important truth than begin the practice of sacrificial giving and experience God’s abundant generosity directly.



10% IS THE GOAL— The Biblical standard for the tithe has traditionally been understood as 10% of your income. The other word for this standard is the first fruits, which refers to the first tenth of the crops that were harvested. It may be difficult to reconcile the notions that we are not to be coerced into giving and that there is a Biblical standard for our contributions to the church. How can giving be both sacrificial and cheerful? I believe that God really does want us to contribute at least 10% of our income to His work, but I also believe that He is a gracious God who accepts us right where we are and then through His power gently leads us to greater obedience.

GROWING TOWARDS THE GOAL— If you have never made a tithe commitment before, I believe that making a 1% tithe commitment would be the first step in a wonderful journey of discovering more about God’s faithfulness and generosity in the coming year.

PASTORAL DISCLAIMERS— I feel that it is an important aspect of our pastoral responsibility to provide clear teaching on this issue, but we will make a few qualifications of we have written above. First of all, we need to avoid legalism on this issue. Many of you are on fixed incomes and have fixed expenses and may not have very much ‘wiggle room’ in your budget. Additionally, some of you are facing special crises this year because of factors outside of your control. I believe that there are cases where one can be completely faithful to God’s calling while giving less than 10% of one’s income. Only God knows our hearts, and there are many ways that we can express that all we have belongs to him. Secondly, I am your pastor, but I am also a struggling disciple of Christ myself. In any given year, we struggle with this issue as I’m sure many of you do and still have a lot of growing to do. Thirdly, we are only guessing that many of you struggle in this are because we never have and never will see either your commitment cards or your giving records. As much as we want to challenge all of us with clear teaching, we also value your privacy on this very sensitive area.

Veterans Day Service 2018

Thanks to Chip Van Gilder you can watch and listen to some of the wonderful music and readings at our 2018 Veterans Day worship service, which marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. Thank you to everyone who participated in this special Sunday worship service!


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!

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