Help us deck the halls! Stay after the service on Sunday November 20th and join in the fun of decorating the church for Christmas. Pizza lunch provided for all who help out.
Kick off the Advent season on Sunday, November 27th at 9:15am in the South Chapel with John & Carissa Lewis as they share from their newly released book "Finding the Treasure in Christmas." They will offer simple and fun ideas for bringing Jesus into our Christmas traditions. Bring your kids and make an advent wreath together to take home! No regular Sunday School for Kids & Youth this day, but childcare available for 3 and under.
Sunday, Nov 20th will be our Consecration Sunday Service. During the worship service, you will have the opportunity to turn in your 2023 pledge card. Please set aside some time to read the Stewarship Letter and pray about what God is calling you to give during 2023.
Support our local community by donating to this year’s deacon-supported Thanksgiving baskets. We will be distributing food baskets including turkeys and all the trimmings to those in need on Saturday, November 19th. If you know of someone who needs a basket, please contact Dana Kagey (email@example.com) Please note “Baskets” in the memo line if giving by check. For online giving, select “Deacon” from the drop-down menu. To give by text, text the dollar amount and the word “basket” to (253)200-3286. Delivery drivers are also needed. Contact Jenn Jensen(firstname.lastname@example.org).
Children all over the world need the hope of Christ, and a simple shoebox packed full of new gifts can show a child in an un-derserved country the hope and love found in Jesus. Once again, we are excited to partner with Operation Christmas Child and show a child that they matter and are not forgotten this Christmas season. This is the last Sunday you’ll be able to pick up boxes and packing info in Fellowship Hall. Return filled boxes the week of Nov 14-21.
The Nominating Committee is soliciting your suggestions for potential elders and deacons for the 2024-2026 term here at FPC Tacoma. Please be prayerful as you consider the people you want to suggest for positions of leadership. We take your ideas very seriously, knowing that God speaks through others. The nominations form can be accessed in three ways: click the link below, go to the Members tab on fpctacoma.org, or use the bulletin insert.
Our next Membership Exploration Class is on Sunday, Dec. 4, right after church. If you’re not a member, I’d like to invite you to consider attending. This is a great way for me to get to know you and for you to learn more about what it means to become part of the First Pres family. The class begins at noon with a light lunch and wraps up by 3:00pm. We may be able to arrange childcare, so please let us know if that would be helpful. I’ve enjoyed leading this class over the past years and hope you will be able to join us! RSVP to Karen Ackerson: (253) 272-3286. - Pastor Eric
There have a been some questions about security on and around the FPC campus as a result of a few recent incidents. Throughout Tacoma, property crimes have been on the rise this year and our neighborhood has not been immune. We want to assure everyone that, as far as we are aware, the incidents have been restricted to property crimes and we have not seen a corresponding increase in violent assaults.
However, we don’t want to take any crime lightly, nor do we want to be unprepared for future incidents. We have implemented a few new safety measures on our campus and encourage you to practice personal safety measures as well. To learn more about this topic, including how you may be affected by these changes, please read this letter from our Director of Operations, Aaron Byers.
Missions: Samaritans Purse sponsors Operation Christmas Child. Our church is involved each year with this project. This is your last day to pick information and get a decorated shoe box. Come to Fellowship Hall after church. Please pray for the millions of children receiving these gifts to learn about Jesus.
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Deacons: Thank you for helping support a Ukrainian refugee family through your deacon funds! The family, including a mom, dad and 5 kids ages 4 months to 10 years old, escaped from their small city in Ukraine near the border with Russia via a 10-car caravan driving to a refugee camp in Germany after Russians bombed their infrastructure so they would have no power or water for the approaching very cold winter. After staying in the German camp for a month, they were able to fly to Mexico where they stayed in 2 different places before finally arriving at a Ukrainian refugee camp in Tijuana. A distant relative from the Tacoma area sponsored them to cross the border and now they're living in Milton, Washington. They're Christians and attending a Russian-speaking church in Edgewood. In Ukraine, they were bee farmers and left behind their dad, brother, other family members, their farming business and their beloved dog. They are hoping to return to Ukraine as soon as possible. Please continue to pray for this family, especially for the 34 year old brother who is fighting on the front lines.
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