Youth Group Kick-Off Potluck, Sept. 7

Learn about this year’s programs for Middle School and High School youth at the Youth Group Potluck on Sunday, Sept. 7 @ 6:00 pm. All High School & Middle School students and their parents are invited to this special event. Families whose last names begin with A-M should bring a main dish to share. Families whose last names begin with N-Z should bring a dessert.


Sunday Night Youth Groups

  • Middle School Youth Group from 5:00-6:30 pm.
  • High School Dinner from 7:00-7:30 pm.
  • High School Youth Group from 7:30-9:00 pm.

Sunday Morning Classes (9:15-10:15 am)

  • In addition to our Middle School class, this year we will be offering a Confirmation Class for High School students taught by Joe Vasiliauskas, Pastor Eric, Pastor Becci, and more.

Middle School Hang Outs

  • The first hang out of the year will be on Friday, Sept. 26 from 6:00-9:00 pm.

For more information about youth programs at FPC Tacoma, contact Joe V. at 253-272-3286, ext 114 or

Playground Work Party on Sept. 13

On Saturday, September 13, come join the fun at 9:00 am as we hold a “work party in the playground” at church!  A new shipment of playground chips will be delivered and ready for loading into their new home under the play equipment. Come work alongside our own FPC Head of School, Matt Shuts as we bless the playground courtyard area with new chips and weed-free flower beds.  Bring a shovel, rake, gloves and some garden tools if you have them. We will have extra tools and wheelbarrows available to get the job done quickly. The beautiful playground courtyard is very much loved by the students attending our amazing K-5 school, our church family children, and many families in our neighborhood.

How to Sign Up to Help

  • Step 1. Go to
  • Step 2. Click on the green “FIND A SIGN UP” tab at the top of the page.
  • Step 3. Type in Carol Heath’s email address:
  • Step 4. Follow the directions on the site.

Youth Handbell Choirs Start Sept. 17th

First Presbyterian Church has two handbell choirs for youth in fifth grade or older. The Lindsey Bell Choir is for High School students (ninth through twelfth grades), and it rehearses on Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. in Middleton Parlor. The Chapel Bell Choir is for students in fifth through eighth grades; this choir rehearses from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, also on Wednesday nights. Our first rehearsals of the new school year will be on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

If you will be in fifth through twelfth grade in the 2014-15 school year, we would love to have you join one of our choirs! In addition to our regular rehearsal time on Wednesday nights, we also have a bell choir retreat from September 19-21 at Camp McCullough.

The choirs perform at church several times a year, and we do recitals in other places. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Bell Choir Director, Daniel Heath, at 253-304-7373 or

Sunday School Classes for Adults and Teens, Fall 2014

Check out these new Sunday School classes this fall at FPC Tacoma:

Introduction to Missional Theology  
Sept. 14 and 21
At the end of last year, Pastor Eric challenged us to decide whether we wanted to be a church  that contributes to God’s mission in the world, or a chapel that mostly serves the spiritual  needs of a particular group of people. The overwhelming response was that we want to be a  church that is a vital part of God’s mission in the world. The purpose of this class is to help us  all understand what that means and what it would like at First Pres. Taught by Senior Pastor Dr. Eric Jacobsen in South Chapel.

High School Confirmation Class
Starts Sept. 14
High School students please join us for a year long Confirmation Sunday School class  beginning Sunday, September 14th. This class will cover the basics of the faith and then some. Teachers will include Pastor Eric Jacobsen, Pastor Becci Curtis-Lillie, Joe Vasiliauskas, and others. Contact Joe V. for more info at 253-272-3286 ext 114 or

Paul’s Greatest Book: Romans
Starts Sept. 28
An encounter with the book of Romans seems to have an uncanny tendency to transform the lives of people who will then go on to transform history. St. Augustine, Martin Luther, Charles Wesley and Karl Barth all experienced a profound life change though an encounter with Christ through the book of Romans. If you are interested in a life transforming Bible study, come join internationally acclaimed speaker and author the Rev. Earl Palmer as he teaches this 8-week series in South Chapel.

The Art of Marriage
Starts Sept. 28
Marriage is one of the most challenging and fulfilling of human relationships

Alerts & Cautions Throughout the Bible
Explore the themes of the Bible with the Rev. Martin Ives in the Gold Room.