Renewal 3: Renewing the City

This week, we'll be hearing a special presentation from Strategic Planning's Working Group #4 during our services. They'll be sharing about some of the outputs from the Planning Design Sessions

The team will also be hosting a Q&A Session after the 11:15 a.m. Service in the Fellowship Hall. To hear a recording of that presentation and Q&A, click here. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to copyright issues, the video that was shown during our Sunday services about the work of the Property Design Sessions cannot be distributed or posted to our website. 

For Meditation

This week, we welcome Eric Jacobsen as our preacher. Eric is the author of The Space Between (Baker, 2012), and Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith (Brazos, 2003) as well as numerous articles on New Urbanism. He is a member of the Congress for New Urbanism, and a participant in the Colloquium on Theology and the Built Environment sponsored by St. Andrews University and the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship at Calvin College.

Rev. Jacobsen is the Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church (ECO) in Tacoma where he lives with his wife (Liz) and four children: Katherine, Peter, and Emma, and Abraham. Eric received his doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2008, in the area of Theology and the Built Environment.

Eric has much to teach us about how the church, even the bricks and mortar of the church facility and campus, can contribute to the flourishing of the city. 

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Jeremiah 29:4-7

This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. 7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”