Inquirers/New Members Class on June 6

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Are you interested in becoming a Member/Covenant Partner? Do you have questions  about what it means to be a Presbyterian? Come to a class to get on June 6 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm to get your questioned answered.  A light lunch will be served. Childcare is available upon request. Please RSVP by calling the church office at 253-272-3286.  For questions about the class contact Pastor Becci Curtis-Lillie at bcurtis@fpctacoma.org.

Camp McCullough Women’s Invitational Golf Tournament, June 13

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Golfers, duffers, volunteers, or anyone else excited to have fun for a cause are welcome to participate in the Camp McCullough Women’s Gold Invitational! Donations are welcome as well. Want to sponsor a hole? All proceeds go to scholarships for kids to attend Camp McCullough! The event will be hosted at Meadow Park William’s Nine Hole Golf Course. For more information, or to register, download the registration form now.

Women’s Garden Brunch, May 30

Women are invited to a Gourmet Garden Brunch on Saturday, May 30th @ 10 am in the First Presbyterian Church A,E,P (1)Fellowship Hall. Brunch is $10, but you can bring a new friend for only $1! Free child care is available if you register before May 27th. Enjoy a delicious garden brunch and visiting with wonderful women of all ages. There also will be sign-ups for summer activities.

A-Z: An Evening of Music and Art, May 21st @ 6:30 pm

A-Z An Evening of Music & ArtFirst Presbyterian Church (FPC) and First Presbyterian Church School (FPCS) will present a special benefit concert on Thursday, May 21st at 6:30 pm featuring FPCS students, the FPC Chancel Choir, and a vocal quartet led by Alexander Gallo and Jesus Gomez, who are members of the FPC Chancel Choir. Donations made will help fund Alexander and Jesus on their upcoming Choir of the West international tour through Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and Austria. This promises to be a unique experience for students of the arts, both young and old! Artworks created by FPCS students will be showcased in an art show held in Stone Hall following the concert, and baked goods will be available for purchase to benefit FPCS’s Parents that Care and upcoming events.

Jack and Nancy Snyder: The Power of Ink

FPC-supported missionaries Jack and Nancy Snyder are helping to spread the good news of Jesus across Central Africa through their print shop in Chad:printshop6

In a quiet, shady spot, the low brick building boasts only a small, faded metal sign with arrows pointing left and the words Imprimerie Chretienne: Christian Print Shop. Inside, the plain-walled office in Koutou, Chad, is ringed with mismatched furniture and piles of paper, some stacked precariously high – blank reams in various colors and already-printed pages waiting to be cut, collated, bound and distributed.

In an age when readers consume words as pixels and the global publishing industry teeters in crisis, Jack Snyder’s print shop feels like a relic. But in Chad, where it’s one of only four such shops in the entire country, the humble collection of museum-like printing machines is a hub of Christian literature production. It is, in fact, a vital engine of church growth in the central African nation.

Barthelemy Belemgoto would know. He’s been working at the print shop since 2001, alongside TEAM missionaries Snyder and his wife, Nancy. From a yellowing desktop computer on a corner desk, Belemgoto takes care of administrative tasks such as accounting, prepping projects for printing and serving clients. But what really excites him is the relationship-building opportunities and knowing that the material he helps produce has the potential to change lives.

“If there was no Christian print shop here, there would be nothing for people to read, and they would be hungering and thirsting for Christian literature,” Belemgoto says.

Read more about the wonderful ministry of the Snyders, which you help make possible by your donations to FPC’s World Evangelization fund.

Stepping Up: An Event for Men, April 24-25

On the weekend of April 24-25, join nationally renowned men’s ministry leaders and teachers on the most important journey of your life: The journey to courageous manhood. This special event takes place on Friday, April 24th from 5:00 pm-10:00 pm and Saturday, April 25th from 8:00 am-2:00 pm in Fellowship Hall. Cost is $15.00. Register in Fellowship Hall or the church office. A light dinner will be served on Friday and a light breakfast & lunch will be served on Saturday. For questions, contact Jim Boyd gymboyd@clearwire.net. Watch the preview below!

Camp McCullough Summer Camps 2015

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It’s time to start thinking of summer camping for kids at beautiful Camp McCullough. Camp dates and costs are:

Beginner Day Camp ($135), June 22-24 (Mon-Wed)
Junior Camp ($290), July 26-30 (Sun-Thurs)
Middle School Camp ($300), July 19-24 (Sun-Fri)
High School Camp ($335), Aug 2-8 (Sun-Sat)

For more information or to register, download the Summer Camp 2015 registration form. If you are a young person who wants to serve as staff at the Camp, download the staff application form.

Time to Sign Up for VBS: Take the Mt. Everest Challenge!

Vacation Bible School will be from July 13-17 this year, and it’s time to sign up. It’s available for kids from 4-years old to 5th grade (based on the grade completed in the spring). This year’s theme is Mt. Everest and conquering challenges with God’s might power. Watch the video for a preview. Cost is $25 per child and space is limited. The registration deadline is June 14. Download the registration form and sign up now!