MOPS Changes Lives

Learn about FPC’s wonderful Mothers of Preschoolers program by watching the video below. Registration is now open for Fall.


We Need VBS Volunteers!

Help keep us afloat at Shipwrecked VBS! Whether it is playing games or serving food, we have so many different opportunities for you to serve with us! We are looking for over 100 volunteers! We offer free childcare for kids aged 3 and under to our volunteers. Sign up today at

Job Opening: Nursery Coordinator

We are looking for an organized, relational person who loves Jesus, loves children and their families, and is excited about the mission of our children’s ministry to serve as our Nursery Coordinator. This is a strategic ministry post that oversees this key element of our church’s mission to children and families. This is a part-time paid position (10 hours a week). If you have any questions contact Julie Brownlee ( or Laurel Juergens ( To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter and resume to the church office (

Watch the 2017 Children’s Christmas Pageant

Did you come for our wonderful Children’s Christmas Pageant last Sunday? If not, or if you’d like to see it again, it is now available on YouTube thanks to Chip Van Gilder. Enjoy!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 2017

You won’t want to miss our wonderful Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma. Our cathedral-like sanctuary will be filled with hundreds of candles as well as the sound of music from our Chancel Choir, soloists, Lindsey Bell Choir, chamber orchestra, and a pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes. As in past years, we will be having a “lessons and carols” service that tells the Christmas story through readings and carols plus a special message by our Senior Pastor Dr. Eric Jacobsen. This year FPC’s children will be presenting some of the readings. The service climaxes as we join millions of Christians around the world on Christmas Eve by singing “Silent Night.” Then during the postlude those who wish can sing Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” For many of us, this service is the highlight of the year along with Easter. Join us and invite your friends and family. The service begins at 7:00 pm on Sunday, December 24. You may want to come early because this service is usually packed.

Important Information for Families Participating in VBS 2017


If your kids are signed up for FPC’s Vacation Bible School this year, this article contains important information you need to read! (If your kids aren’t currently signed up for VBS, we are sorry to say that we are already completely full and so we aren’t able to accept walk-ups.)

VBS begins Monday, June 26th and will run each day through June 30th from 9 am-12 pm.

Arrive to check in your little “Inventor” on Monday between 8:30-8:50 am in the Playground area. Sign in your child, put on his/her new VBS t-shirt, and take home your family’s very own Maker Fun Factory CD! Don’t forget to grab your “pick-up” card so that you can easily and safely pick up your child at the end of the day.

For the rest of the week, drop off your Inventor beginning at 8:45 at the awning door to Fellowship Hall (aka: The Fun Factory) where a Crew Leader will show your child to his/her group.

Pick-up Procedure:
  • Line up at the awning door at 12 pm.
  • Show your “pick up” card to the person sitting at the check-out booth.
  • A Crew Leader will retrieve your child from the Factory and bring him/her to you at the school entrance door.
  • Any adult who does not have a pick-up slip will need to show ID and be listed as authorized to pick up your child.

Please bring your “pick up” card with you each day. This ensures the safety of each child and makes things go a lot quicker!

Mission Project: We’ll be raising money for Jumpah Ministries, a school & orphanage in Cambodia. We have a personal connection to this school and will tell our kids all about the mission during our week at VBS. Kids are encouraged to bring in change each day to support this worthy cause and send needy kids to school!

Friday’s Funshop Finale: Please join us at our last Funshop Finale on Friday at 11:30 am, where you will get to be a part of the singing, slideshow and fun that your kids have experienced all week!

VBS Sunday: FPC invites your family to join us on Sunday, July 2nd for the 10:30am service in the FPC sanctuary. The kids will sing some of their favorite songs from VBS and a video highlighting the week will be shown. Come, wear your VBS shirt and share in this fun morning!

We look forward to seeing you and the rest of the crew on Monday!



Easter 2017 Events at First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma

You are invited to celebrate Easter 2017 at Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church at these FREE events.
Palm Sunday Worship Service, April 9 @ 10:30 am
Come for our traditional procession of the palms featuring the children of our church (bring your children so they can participate). Plus special music from our Chancel Choir, a message by Pastor Eric Jacobsen, and Holy Communion.
Good Friday Open House for Prayer, April 14, Noon-3:00 pm
Come for meditation and prayer in our cathedral-like sanctuary on Good Friday, April 14 from Noon-3:00 pm. Drop in for a few minutes or a few hours. This has been a powerful time for connecting with God one-on-one that draws people from throughout our neighborhood.
Good Friday Requiem and Communion Service, April 14, 7:00 pm
You  are invited to experience Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for us in a new way at our Good Friday service at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. In addition to participating in Holy Communion and hearing a meditation by Pastor Eric, we will be experiencing the world premiere of a Requiem composed by our own Jesús Gomez. The Requiem will be performed by the FPC Chancel Choir accompanied by a chamber orchestra.
Easter Sunday Brunch, April 16 @ 9:00 am
Join us Easter morning for a free hot Sunday brunch in Fellowship Hall starting at 9:00 am.
Easter Sunday Celebration Service, April 16 @ 10:30 am
On April 16, celebrate the Resurrection at FPC Tacoma’s festive Easter Sunday celebration featuring its Chancel Choir, praise team, Lindsey Bell Choir, chamber orchestra, and pipe organ. Plus, Pastor Eric will be preaching a special Easter message.

Library Reward Program for K-5th grade!

The library is starting a reward program for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Every ten times a child visits the library they get to pick a prize! Some of the available prizes are toy cars, necklaces, hairclips, and coloring books.
One of our librarians will be visiting K-5th grade Sunday School this Sunday, March 26th, to tell the kids all about the new program. You can also stop by the library to learn more about it. K-5th graders who stop by on March 26th
can choose one free prize before they start the program!
If you have any questions, please email us!

Family University

Saturday, January 21st from 6-8pm in South Chapel
Join us for a night of delicious desserts, faithful friends, and stress-free childcare! John & Carissa Lewis will share a talk designed to give practical tips that will encourage and equip parents to cultivate a faith in their children that lasts a lifetime.
Please RSVP for your free childcare by January 18th by emailing Julie at 

VBS & Camp McCullough Summer 2017 Dates!

Announcing….Summer 2017 Dates!

VBS – (4yrs- 5th grads) MONDAY, JUNE 26- FRIDAY, JUNE 30


JR. CAMP 1 – (2nd grads -5th grads) SUNDAY, JULY 16 – THURSDAY, JULY 20

MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP – (6th grads-8th grads)SUNDAY, JULY 23 – FRIDAY, JULY 28

JR. CAMP 2 – (2nd grads-5th grads) SUNDAY, JULY 30 – THURSDAY, AUGUST 3

HIGH SCHOOL CAMP – (9th grads -12th grads) SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 12