Daniel Perrin’s “Taken Generation” to be Presented Feb. 10 in Issaquah

For many years, FPC Minister of Worship Dr. Daniel Perrin has been working on a powerful musical titled Taken Generation, which is set in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. On Monday, February 10, the musical will be presented as a staged reading at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 22116 SE 51st Place, Issaquah, at 7:30 pm. FPC members and friends are invited to attend this special free event.

Taken Generation tells the story of three friends who grew up together in pre-World War II, Warsaw. When the country is subjugated and a ghetto created for the Jews, the friends find a way to survive while resisting the Nazis. Adam is the son of a Rabbi, Marek is a priest, and Rachel is an entertainer at The Cabaret, a nightclub within the ghetto walls.

The reading is professionally directed and acted. Due to subject matter, a PG rating is appropriate. This is a free event and open to the public. If you need more information, contact jwest@fpctacoma.org.



Today: Celebration of Carols!

Join us this afternoon (Dec. 7) at First Presbyterian Church for our joyous “Celebration of Carols” concert and sing-a-long, where you will get to sing accompanied by an orchestra and pipe organ with 3,000 pipes. It’s a free event for the entire family! The concert takes place from 4:00-5:15 pm and will be followed by a holiday reception with cookies and hot cider. We will be highlighting favorite carols from France this year such as “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella,” “O Holy Night,” “Sing We Now of Christmas,” and more. Plus, don’t miss the wonderful “March of the Kings,” which will be played on our magnificent pipe organ by organist Patrice Barnett. First Presbyterian is located at 20 Tacoma Ave. S., at the corner of Division and Tacoma Ave. S.



Celebration of Carols Concert on Saturday, Dec. 7

Our annual Celebration of Carols concert is just a couple of days away. Have you made your plans yet? You don’t want to miss this free event that is becoming a family tradition for many. This year we are highlighting some of the most beloved carols inspired by France, including “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Sing We Now of Christmas,” “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella,” “O Holy Night,” “March of the Kings,” and more.  We chose to highlight French carols this year in honor of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which was ravaged by a terrible fire this past spring. Join us on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 4:00-5:15 pm in our soaring sanctuary. They stay for a holiday reception of hot cider and cookies.



Countdown to Christmas Carol Concert 2019!

Are you ready? FPC’s wonderful Celebration of Carols Concert takes place THIS Saturday, December 7 at 4:00 pm. And it’s FREE! Enjoy the sounds of the season from our choir and soloists, and sing carols accompanied by an orchestra and a pipe organ with 3,000 pipes. Invite your friends and family, and stay afterward for a reception of cookies and hot cider.  Don’t know what you’re missing? Look below at a video of last year’s concert.
 



Christmas 2019 at First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma

Join us at Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church in the Stadium District for free Christmas season events throughout December 2019. You are welcome here!
 

Celebration of Carols Community Concert
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Join us for a free community Christmas concert and sing-a-long. 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! 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.
 
Kids’ Christmas Program
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 at 10:30 am
 
Our kids have been hard at work preparing for the annual Christmas Program. Advent wouldn’t be the same without this annual cast of angels, shepherds, and wisemen to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.
 
Taproot Theatre Play: The Shoemaker’s Christmas
Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 at 9:15 am
 
Join us in Fellowship Hall for this Christmas production. Kids are welcome. And it’s free! Once upon a time, there was a gifted shoemaker and his wife. Hard times hit their village and the generous shoemaker gave away his last pair of shoes to someone in need. Left with just a few scraps of leather, the couple goes to bed uncertain of their future. Overnight, as if by magic, their luck turns when a mysterious pair of shoes appears on their counter. But if the shoemaker didn’t make the shoes, who did? Adapted from Grimm’s fairy tales, Shoemaker’s Christmas is a humbly comedic reminder that spreading kindness and generosity is worth more than gold.
 
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019 at 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!



Watch the Lindsey Handbell 50th Anniversary Celebration

Last Sunday (May 19), 570 people filled FPC’s historic sanctuary to hear 37 handbell ringers celebrate the 50th anniversary of our beloved Lindsey Bell Choir along with brass, Chancel Choir, pipe organ and piano. Thanks to FPC member Chip Van Gilder, you can watch the three featured handbell presentations, including the official premiere of a new arrangement of “Come, Christians Join to Sing” by nationally recognized composer and arranger Joel Raney, which received a standing ovation. Enjoy!
 

 

 

 



Handbell Celebration THIS Sunday!

You are invited to a celebration of the 50th anniversary of FPC’s youth handbell program THIS Sunday at 10:30 am during worship. A special anniversary bell choir featuring ringers past and present will lead worship supplemented by brass, pipe organ, piano, and Chancel Choir in a special service you won’t want to miss. The handbell ringers will perform three specially commissioned pieces, “There is a Balm in Gilead,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and the official premiere of a dramatic new setting of “Come, Christians Join to Sing” written by nationally acclaimed composer and arranger Joel Raney, featuring handbells, brass, pipe organ, piano, and Chancel Choir. For a taste of what to expect, watch the performance of “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” by our Lindsey Bell Choir.
 



50th Anniversary Handbell Celebration: Sunday, May 19

You are invited to a joyous celebration of handbells and worship this Sunday, May 19 as First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Tacoma celebrates the 50th anniversary of its handbell program, founded by Bob Gorham. A special anniversary bell choir featuring ringers past and present will lead worship supplemented by brass, pipe organ, piano, and Chancel Choir in a special service you won’t want to miss. The handbell ringers will perform three specially commissioned pieces, “There is a Balm in Gilead,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and the official premiere of a dramatic new setting of “Come, Christians Join to Sing” written by nationally acclaimed composer and arranger Joel Raney, featuring handbells, brass, pipe organ, piano, and Chancel Choir. This new piece was commissioned just for this special celebration. Additional new arrangements of hymns will be supplied by FPC’s own Minister of Worship Dr. Daniel Perrin. The handbell choir will be directed by Daniel Heath and director emeritus Bob Gorham. You won’t want to miss this exciting service, starting at 10:30 am! For a taste of what to expect, watch last year’s performance of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” by our Lindsey Bell Choir.
 



Watch Good Friday 2019: The Last Words

Around 300 people attended our powerful Good Friday Service on Friday night, featuring the presentation of “The Last Words” by our Minister of Worship Dr. Daniel Perrin. Many thanks to Chip Van Gilder for taping and uploading the video! Watch it below… and remember to come to our Easter celebration on Sunday, starting with brunch at 9:00 am and continuing with our worship celebration at 10:30 am with full orchestra, chancel choir, handbell choir, pipe organ, worship band, and more!
 



Remember to Attend The Last Words TONIGHT!

Remember to attend our powerful Good Friday Communion service TONIGHT at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. The hour-long service will feature an original choral and dramatic work by FPC’s own Minister of Worship, Dr. Daniel Perrin, and be presented by the FPC Chancel Choir, instrumentalists, and professional actor Kevin Pitman. The service will also include Communion accompanied by music from our worship band.