Watch FPC Tacoma Christmas Eve Service 2018

Nearly 900 people filled the Sanctuary for the 2018 Christmas Eve service at First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma. Thanks to Chip Van Gilder you can now watch the service online!
 



Christmas Eve Service Tonight–Join Us for Carols and Candles

You are invited to join us TONIGHT for our annual Christmas Eve candle-lighting service at First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma. Experience the true meaning of Christmas through Bible readings and carols accompanied by choir, handbells, praise band, soloists, 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! The service starts at 7:00 pm. But come early…. the Sanctuary fills up fast!



Watch 2018 Celebration of Carols Concert

More than 500 people participated in FPC’s Celebration of Carols concert this year on Dec. 8. If you missed the concert (or if you’d like to experience it again), you can now watch it on YouTube thanks to FPC’s Chip Van Gilder!
 



Celebration of Carols Concert THIS Saturday, Dec. 8

It’s almost here! Our festive annual Celebration of Carols concert… where everyone who comes gets to participate along with the soloists, choir, and orchestra. Join us Saturday afternoon from 4:15-5:30 pm for this wonderful FREE holiday event featuring your favorite carols and followed by a reception with hot cider, hot chocolate, and Christmas cookies.



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 www.fpctacoma.org/carols. 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!


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.



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!
 

 
 
 
 


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!


Reformation Sunday 2018: A Mighty Fortress

On Reformation Sunday (Oct. 28), FPC’s Lindsey Bells (under the direction of Daniel Heath) presented Joel Raney’s  magnificent arrangement of Martin Luther’s hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” one of the songs in the FPC Canon. The Lindsey Bells were joined by brass, piano, pipe organ, and FPC’s Chancel Choir (under the direction of Minister of Worship Dr. Daniel Perrin). If you missed this past Sunday (or if you want to experience the song again!), you can now watch the presentation on YouTube thanks to FPC member Chip Van Gilder.
 



Introducing the FPC Canon

Earlier this year, Pastor Eric asked our Worship Committee to come up with an “FPC Canon”—a select list of  hymns and praise songs that are especially meaningful to the FPC community. After receiving more than 100 nominations from the congregation earlier this year, FPC’s Worship Committee came up with a list of 26 hymns and praise songs. Now you can explore the complete list on the new FPC Canon web page  We also encourage you to listen to these songs during the week and use them in your own worship. Then they will have an even deeper meaning when you sing them in worship at FPC. These aren’t the only songs we will be singing during worship, but they are songs that for various reasons have meaning for our particular community. You can also start exploring the songs by using the YouTube playlist below. And stay tuned for future blog posts about specific songs on the list.