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Planner for the Programs of First Presbyterian Church  January to May 2018



 DAVENPORT, IOWA 52803  563.326.1691  FPCDAVENPORT.ORG


Celebrating Decades of Cooperative Outreach Work through Local Mission Agencies that are Home to First Presbyterian Church

What do you remember about the 90s? If you’re thinking about the outreach work of First Presbyterian Church, then the mid 90s would be a time to remember the emergence of initiatives and cooperative outreach work with local mission agencies. Community needs and ways that the church could be supportive were central to conversations as awareness grew and options were explored. Through that process, FPC found several ways to assist. The CareLink program through Churches United was created in which FPC led the effort. the Davenport Unit of the Boys and Girls Club and Meal Service of Scott County, Inc. also found homes at the church. Helping Those in Need with CareLink

In 1997, Churches United of the Quad City Area and a number of local churches came together to start the CareLink Program. CareLink Churches, organized by geographical area, pool resources to assist members of the community in need of help with rent or utilities. The system was designed to more effectively and efficiently link church resources and community needs, specifically for individuals, “who fall through the cracks, and are not already receiving help from other organizations.”

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Fellowship 3

Connections 4 CEFY 5-6

Mission 7 Care 8

Music 9

Community 10


Rev. Richard Wereley was instrumental in the launch of CareLink. In an article in the Quad City Times, he explained, “as churches do, we would regularly see persons who are indigent or impoverished and needed emergency aid. We wanted to do something in partnership that would help, but discourage those who went from church to church for funds. We wanted to fill legitimate needs and not feed habits.”

Over the past 20 years, hundreds of people who, as Moderator of the Deacons Tom Parker explains, “have been impacted by life events, events that are often times out of their control,”

have visited FPC looking for aid and have been helped though CareLink. Through the generous pledges and contributions of the FPC family we are currently contributing $5000 annually to CareLink. FPC truly is the heart of the city! Partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley

FPC has been home for the Davenport Unit of the Boys & Girls Club since 1997. This 20-year relationship is one to celebrate. The vision of First Presbyterian Church is “To Be a Beacon…Serving one another, the community, and the world with imagination, enthusiasm, and love.” That is exactly what’s happening for youth right here in the neighborhood. When asked how FPC helps Boys & Girls Clubs fulfill their mission to youth, Elizabeth Zimmerman Waldman, Director of Programs and Compliance, said that, “FPC offers a wonderful location and great facility for us to serve our 35 daily attending members where and when they need us most. By providing a safe place for them to go, FPC is helping us provide much needed educational, health, and character programs to these youths.”

The church also provides encouragement and assistance through Homework Helpers, by giving one-on-one assistance from trusted adults, which offers not only educational support, but interaction with positive adult mentors. The church offers a home cooked meal every Wednesday evening for Boys & Girls Club members and their families. Volunteers note, “Nothing says home quite like a home cooked meal, and that is what we strive to provide for these families.”

Delivering with Meal Service

Since 1968, the Meal Service of Scott County, Inc. has helped residents maintain their independence at home by providing them with

lunches during the week. Meal Service has had a home at FPC since 1999 and does not receive federal, state, county or United Way funds. They do receive some funding from the CROP Walk. Meals prepared to individual specific dietary needs are delivered, Monday through Friday, by volunteers. Hot lunches cost $5; a sack lunch costs $4.50. Currently, about 60 people in Davenport and Bettendorf receive meals.

Executive Director Julie Belman joined the Meal Service in her current capacity in 1996, but began delivering meals as a volunteer when she was in junior high. Involvement with the Meal Service is a family tradition. Julie says, “My parents delivered meals. I was about 12 years old when my mom started taking me, and when my dad retired, he delivered meals until he passed away. My mom still delivers, and she is 76.” Additionally, Julie’s husband, Bob, picks up the meals for the Bettendorf distribution site and her four children grew up accompanying her to the office and helping her out.

You can help by donating or volunteering! Drivers are needed to assist with meal delivery which usually takes less than an hour a day to complete.

As we enter the New Year and look forward to Spring while considering the possibilities of new and renewed relationships, let us pause to remember to celebrate those relationships we have nurtured as a church as we fulfill the mission to “offer ourselves in faithful and loving service to God and to all people.”

Prayer of Hope lmighty God, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to reconcile the world to yourself. We praise and bless you for those whom you have sent in the power of the Spirit to preach the gospel to all nations. We thank you that in all parts of the earth a community of love has been gathered together by their prayers and labors, and that in every place your servants call upon your name; for the Book of Common Worship 1 kingdom and the power and the glory are yours forever. Amen.

Celebrate Sunday Worship Times

Services at 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM

Christian Education for all ages at 10:00 AM

Childcare is available in the nursery on the third floor of the Christian Education Building. Do you want to know what’s planned for upcoming worship services? Visit the Worship Service Planning Calendar on the church website. You’ll find information about upcoming sermon series, the choirs, Worship Host information, and who will be preaching. JAN one service  only at 9:00 am


Here’s a preview of the sermons:


“Baptized and Beloved”

14 “One Small Act of Witness” 21 “Fishing for People”

28 “TBA” - Associate Pastor Candidate 4

“Ideas that Shock”

11 “What To Do When The Glow Is Gone” 18 “Why Is There Anything at All?” 25 “Hell”




11 “Merciful and Mighty”

18 “Suffering and Why God Permits It”

25 “Curious Details” APR



“Truth or Spin”

“In Defense of Doubting Thomas”

15 “New Wine”

22 “God Loves You, God Accepts You, God Forgives You”

29 “Youth Sunday” MAY


“All Are Welcome. All.”

13 “Bowling Alone Revisited”

20 “When Goodbye is Good News”

27 “What is Religion’s Bottom Line?”

Ash Wednesday, February 14 Services at 12:00 NOON & 7:00 PM

Ash Wednesday is a day of solemn assembly that is built right into the church year. It is a day for fasting, a day of mourning for our sin and the sin of all humanity before God, a recognition of our mortality saved for the grace of God and a request that the Lord remember our creation and breathe new life into our burned-out, dusty lives once more. It marks the beginning of our Lenten journey to remembering God’s love for us in Jesus Christ. The season of Lent is a time to prepare for the celebration of redemption through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.

Maundy Thursday, March 29 Service at 7:30 PM

Maundy Thursday is the anniversary celebration of the institution of The Lord’s Supper. The worship service will include the Sacrament of Communion. The Chamber Chorale will lead in worship through song. Good Friday, March 30 Service of Tenebrae at 7:30 PM

This service provides an opportunity to meditate on the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. The service includes scriptures, prayers, and music of the Passion featuring the Sanctuary Choir, the Cecelian Carolers, the Vesper Bells and orchestra.

Worship Communion is a practice that is meant to be observed over and over throughout the life of a Christian. It is a holy time of worship when we corporately come together as one body to remember and celebrate what Christ did for us. All who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior are welcome to take Communion. It is served on the first Sunday of the even months of the year. Baptism is a sacrament, and the sacraments represent the free grace of God. There is no charge for having a child baptized. Please contact the church office (office@fpcdavenport.org; 563-326-1691) to arrange the date of baptism and request the appropriate forms be mailed to you. Return those completed forms to the church. Attend a baptismal seminar to review the meaning of baptism and to get oriented to the logistics of the celebration of baptism in worship.

Easter Sunday, April 1 Services at 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM

A celebration of the Resurrection Joy! Easter Sunday special music will be provided by the Celebration Singers and the Sanctuary Choir. The music will include the traditional Handel’s “Messiah Hallelujah Chorus!” 2

First Night Out


FNO is a social group for couples and singles of all adult ages, and for anyone who would like to meet new church friends and enjoy a social network of members. The group is divided into subgroups which plan separate programs and activities for their groups. Many times groups combine for activities which would accommodate larger attendance. Anyone may join at any time. For more information, contact: Marilyn Jorgenson (dmjorgenson@hotmail.com) or Brenda Helphrey (abhelphrey@yahoo.com).


Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 9:00 -11:00 AM

A moderate activity similar to tennis and racquetball played with a whiffle ball and rackets. No experience needed - learn as you play. For more information, contact: Diane Schroder (dks613@aol.com) or David Fairweather (dglnf40@gmail.com). 3

Manna & More Fellowship Breakfasts


Sundays, January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, & May 6 Time: 8:15 to 10:30 AM Cost: $3 adults, $1 children (12 years and under)

Share breakfast with your family and friends before and after the 9:00 AM service. Here are the menus: Jan 14

Feb 11 March 11 April 8 May 6

Biscuits and gravy, pancakes, seasonal fruit, and assorted beverages

Pancakes with chocolate chips, red hots and cherries; sausage, fruit, and assorted beverages Waffles, apple compote, sausage, fruit, and assorted beverages

Egg casserole (will contain sausage), fruit, and assorted beverages Breakfast burritos, fruit, and assorted beverages

Tiffany Window Immersion Tour to Dubuque - Saturday, March 24, 8:30 AM

Join our Travel Fellowship on Saturday, March 24, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM to learn how First Presbyterian of Davenport and St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Dubuque are artistically and historically connected. St. Luke’s is home to the fifth largest collection of Tiffany windows in the United States. Every window in the church is a unique work of art and all were created by Louis Comfort Tiffany in New York. Congregational members met the designer at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, while their new sanctuary was under construction and these breathtaking results are just up the road in Dubuque, Iowa. The windows are only one of the many similarities between our two sanctuaries and church history. Come join us for a private tour to learn the “rest of the story” as well as how their church leaders visited our church after the Bridge Builders restoration project in the late 1990s. St. Luke’s ultimately hired Dayton Spence as their painting and design consultant to bring back the original jewel tones and Victorian elements in their sanctuary. Mr. Spence was instrumental in restoring our original sanctuary color palate with brilliant colors and gold embellishments. Both churches have Romanesque style exteriors, with origins in the Middle Ages, as characterized by thick walls, heavy columns and round arches for windows and doors.

After the church tour it will be time for an authentic Italian lunch at Vinny Vanucchi's Little Italy and more sightseeing in Dubuque. Invite your friends who might be interested in First Presbyterian as their new church home to accompany you. Register on the church website (www.fpcdavenport.org). The cost is $49 per person, with a minimum group participation of 25. Registration is non-refundable, but transferable. Confirmation letters will be mailed two weeks in advance of the tour. Final date to register is Friday, March 16 or when tour is filled.

Socializers - Saturdays, February 24, March 24, April 28, 6:00 PM

This group coordinates potluck dinners with guest speakers. If you like good food and good fellowship, mark your calendars and plan to come. Everyone is invited! More information in Sunday bulletin announcements.



Young Adults Favorite Things Party - Friday, January 26, 5:30 PM

Bring five of your favorite things (make them all the same—items should be under $5), wrapped up, and we will have an exchange and learn a bit more about each other. Some examples that people have brought in the past include candy bars, pens, cups, wine (yeah—it was cheap wine), lip balm, etc. This is NOT just for couples—it’s for anyone age 21-50 who wants to come out and socialize, laugh and have fun! This night will also be our Chili or Soup-Cook Off—bring your best pot of soup or chili and let us be the judge! Childcare will be available!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper - February 13, 5:00 PM

Before Lent, why not enjoy some pancakes on “Fat Tuesday?” Come and enjoy a delicious hot pancake supper. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted. The meal is pancakes, sausages, applesauce, coffee and milk and is served from 5:00 to 6:30 PM in Fellowship Hall.

Young Adults Comedy Sportz - Friday, April 20

Our last Young Adults event will take place on Friday, April 20, as we hit up Comedy Sportz in Rock Island. *Do NOT let Tiffany go onstage.* Please.

Women of Hope - every other Wednesday, 10:00 AM This is a group of caring women who meet for Bible study and prayer and to support each other. For more information contact, Rev. Kristy Parker (kkp0503@aol.com).

Page Turners - Mondays,

February 26, March 26, April 23, May 21, 1:00 PM

Individual members read a book of their choice and reviews. February is the only month all members read the same book. In December members purchase a children’s book and donate to a local school. Schedule: January 22 -Karen Manuel home, February 26 - Kay Wagner home, March 26 - Nancy Van Hook home, April 23 - Gwen Hudson home, May 21 - Out to dinner TBD. For more information, contact Connie Hanssen (conedhanssen1@msn.com).

Bible Basics - Wednesdays,

beginning January 10, 6:30 PM

Have you let your Bible knowledge lapse a bit? This group hopes to help that. We will start out by looking at familiar stories & characters we may have learned about as a child in Sunday school but maybe haven’t read since, for example, Ruth, Daniel, Jonah & John the Baptist. No prior Bible study experience is necessary. After the first few meetings, the group will decide together what it wants to study next. For more information, please contact Mark Jones (mkjones@mchsi.com, 563-332-9314) or Julie Grothusen (mjgrothusen@hotmail.com, 563-359-6607).

Adult Christian Education (ACE) Come & Celebrate Christ’s Love! Mission Statement: To oversee the development, promotion, coordination and execution of Christian Education programs for the adults of First Presbyterian Church.

In order to strengthen personal relationships between individuals and God, each individual must first obtain a fuller understanding of the nature of God and of God’s will. To accomplish this task, teaching must accommodate itself to the needs and abilities of those being taught. Such teaching emphasizes God’s revelation through Jesus, but includes many other sources as well, since the Holy Spirit’s efforts to reach humanity are unbounded.

BTC (Between the Covers) Book Club

Von Maur Hall Series - Sundays, 10:00 AM

All members of the club meet for dessert and then discuss selected books. Meeting in the church Parlor or members’ homes. The January book is The Beautiful Mystery, the February book is The Boston Girl, the March book is Lilac Girls, the April book is A Well Tempered Heart, the May book is The Underground Girls of Kabul. For more information, contact Carol Phoenix (cmpp26@hotmail.com).

Steve and Connie Johnson are full-time missionaries with Open-Air Campaigners. They follow the example found in the Bible where the outreach of Jesus Christ and the Apostles taught them to go out and proclaim the Gospel in streets, marketplaces, and wherever people gather. They use a sketch board to communicate the message of the Gospel in an inviting and very interactive way!

Mondays, January 15, February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, 12:30 PM

Got an Idea? Creative Visual Arts or Community Service in Action Interest You?

Let’s explore what common interests we have at FPC! Everyone has the ability and opportunity to be involved. To explore and organize what possibilities there are and how we might move forward, please attend the “Got an Idea?” meeting on Wednesday, January 24. This is open to everyone! For more information, contact Diane Pumphrey (pumphrey@fpcdavenport.org).

January 28 - The Gospel in Our Streets

Look for upcoming additional offerings about the presentation topics for the January-May, 2018 ACE classes on the website and eNews. 4



I love this theme. Okay—I love anything that has to do with a good party, a lot of noise, laughter resonating throughout the venue and joy overflowing from everyone! When I heard the theme for this issue of First Press, the verse from Philippians 4:4 came to mind: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice!” See—even the Bible tells us it’s okay to find joy with God and in church and in each other!

This is why I love working with the youth of the church and the community—they bring an honesty and a joy and a celebration everywhere they go. Ask anyone in ACE when the sound of little feet—or possibly the pounding of small elephants, as I have been told— echoes on the third floor. Take a moment and listen to a Sunday School classroom of first graders talking about the love Christ has for them in small yet strong voices. Stop by Youth Group one afternoon and watch these amazing young adults of the church celebrate what it means to be a child of God in this community of faith and how their support and genuine care for each other is reflected in all they do. Or volunteer to help at Vacation Bible Camp this summer—and see what happens when 100 people who start the week off as strangers end it in celebrating our differences and the joy we have in what makes each of us unique and beloved of God.

So, yeah—“Celebrate” works. It’s pretty awesome and amazing to worship a Creator who wants us to celebrate in his creation and find the joy that exists in the everyday gifts we are given—and who gives us the opportunity over and over to see those gifts even on days when they seem pretty few and far between.

So—Celebrate. Celebrate with laughter. Celebrate with joy. Celebrate with love. Celebrate with kindness. Celebrate what it means to know you are loved by a God who knows all, sees all, forgives all and wishes us to find the everyday joy in each other as well as in Him. Director of Christian Education Tiffany Horvath



Annual FPC Trivia Night - Saturday, February 10, 6:00 PM

We are planning our third annual FPC Trivia Night! So grab 8 friends (well, seven really because you plus seven = eight) to make up a table and come planning to laugh, have a great time and support the youth of the church! Tables are $80 each, with $10 for 10 Mulligans and $10 for a Double Down Sticker (so yeah—basically $100 per table). We will be serving pizza, Chick-Fil-A sandwiches and sodas/water again so come hungry. We sold out of tables last year—due to room constraints, we are limited to 15 tables so get your RSVP in now! If you don’t have a team but want to be assigned one, let Tiffany know as well because there are always teams who need extras! (yeah—you don’t have to be too smart for this one—the youth write the questions…last year, one of the questions was, “How many letters are in the alphabet?”)

Spring Break (no Sunday School/Youth Groups) - Sunday, March 18

Spring Break for Bettendorf/PV Schools is March 11-18 and March 18-25 for Davenport schools. Because they do overlap for one day which we have discovered tends to be a travel day whether you are coming or going, we will NOT have Sunday School or youth groups on March 18.

Easter Celebration - Saturday, March 24, 1:00 PM

Our annual Easter Egg-stravaganza is set for Saturday, March 24 from 1:00-3:00 PM. This fun event usually brings in a lot of youth from the local community and volunteers are always needed.

Sunday School Teacher Recognition - Sunday, April 22

Our annual Sunday School Teacher Recognition for 2018 will take place on Sunday, April 22 with a reception following the 9:00 AM service in Fellowship Hall. There will be no Sunday School this day because youth and adults are encouraged to enjoy some time together while eating cake.

Franks for the Memories! Sunday, April 29

The CDF committee will coordinate with CEFY to host “Franks for the Memories” lunch to celebrate the end of the 2017-18 Sunday School year. Weather and temperature permitting, the celebration will be held in the parking lot and side yard of FPC following the worship services on Youth Sunday. Grills, hot dogs and buns, condiments and beverages will be provided. We will ask that the Sunday School families provide side dishes and desserts to share. If it is raining or too chilly, the celebration will be held in Fellowship Hall. More details in future publications.

Senior Recognition - Sunday, May 6

Sunday School Classes: 3 years olds / Musikgarten PreK (4 years old by 9/15/17) Kindergarten 1st-2nd Grade rd th th 3 -4 -5 Grade 6th-7th Grade 8th-12th Grade

We will recognize our graduating high school and college seniors on Sunday, May 6 at both services, with a reception between services in Fellowship Hall at 10:00 AM.

Christian Education & Fellowship for Youth Kirkwood Club


FPC’s Kirkwood Club Youth Group is for ALL children, whether FPC members or not, in first through fifth grade and happens on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:15 PM. Kirkwood Choir, for these same youth, is also on Wednesday evenings from 5:45-6:30 PM. All are welcome to come and sing and then come and play, while learning more about God’s love!

ACT (Active Christian Teens for high school youth) and EPIC (middle school youth group-- these initials are top-secret and are only told to youth when they attend) will meet on Sunday evenings from 5:30-7:00PM. EVERYONE is welcome to attend, whether members of FPC or not. Friends encouraged and invited as well!

10 17 24 31

Annual Snowball Fight! Pajama Movie Night (1) Pajama Movie Night (2) Pajama Movie Night (3)

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Movie Night! (Star Wars) at Rave Cinemas… volunteer parent drivers will be needed! Banana Surgery Trivia Questions Writing

7 14 21 28

QC Rocks Creation Ash Wednesday Church Service Guess The Leader Invention Convention

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Superbowl Sunday—NO youth groups! Trivia night fundraiser Acting Out! Spin The Compliment

7 14 21 28

Musical Wardrobe Von Maur Hall NO Kirkwood Club: Spring Break Roller Skating for ALL Youth in Davenport Schools on Spring Break Doggy, Doggy, Where is Your Bone?Von Maur Hall

4 11 18 25

Balloon Foosball Youth Sunday Discussion and Read Through NO Youth Groups Spring Break Youth Sunday Prep

4 11 18 25

Blob Tag Protect the President Soap Shrink Year End Party

1 8 15 22 29

No Sunday School or Youth groups: Happy Easter! Youth Sunday Prep Youth Sunday Prep Youth Sunday Prep Youth Sunday in the morning/Roller Skating and Laser Tag and pizza that evening!





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Every six seconds a child dies because of hunger and related causes

Support Kids Against Hunger - April 8-11

Did you know there are 7.3 billion people in the world? Did you know that about 795 million of these people suffer from chronic undernourishment? That’s a ratio of one in nine people. How many people do you know? That could mean that hunger affects some of your friends, family or acquaintances.

For eight years, our church family has participated in Kids Against Hunger, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide nutritious food to impoverished children and families around the world and around the corner. Their goal is to move families from starvation or food insecurity to self-sufficiency.

Go to Guatemala!

The 2018 trip to visit ILUGUA (Lutheran Church of Guatemala) is scheduled for May 19-26. This is an opportunity to get a firsthand view of ILUGUA’s outreach to rural communities and perhaps even an opportunity to deepen your own faith in the process. Pastors Pilar and Eduardo will welcome us as we stay in the guest house located behind the church and travel to mission sites and community meetings. This is not a work trip—given the resources, Guatemalans are more than capable of doing physical labor—but rather a trip of accompaniment, support and solidarity with our fellow Christians. The total cost is estimated between $1,500 and $2,000 (dependent on flight availability) but grants are available through the Mission Connection committee of Deacons for those who need funding assistance. For more information, contact Craig Foster (563-391-4622, cfoster871@mchsi.com).


Each year we hold a multi-day event to package a protein rich, vitamin and mineral fortified soy, rice casserole which when boiled provides a meal for six people who might otherwise have nothing to eat.

Mark your calendar for April 8, 9, 10 and 11 and help us continue the fight to eradicate hunger around the globe. For more information, contact Cindy Schalk (schalkhome95@gmail.com).

Little Dresses for Africa

Volunteers meet to sew and make simple dresses and shorts which are sent to children in Africa, Guatemala, Cambodia, Haiti, and in the U.S. Appalachia and South Dakota. Participants bring their own sewing machines. Meetings are TBD. For more information, contact Roen Paulsen (563-355-3165).



How nice is it to come home to eat a hot bowl of soup?

The Deacons’ Outreach Committee would like to remind you that every third Sunday is Food Pantry Sunday. We collect non-perishable food or paper products, and take them to the Sacred Heart Food Pantry, which serves people in the neighborhood -- OUR church neighborhood. First Pres. averages around 110 items and $200-$250 in donations every month – and that’s great, but we can do better. We are asking everyone to bring in cans of soup, stew, ravioli or some other entrée that can be served hot. Forget your cans? Put a check in a pew envelope, mark the outside Food Pantry and it will go directly to help feed our neighborhood. It’s an easy way to do the work that Jesus has asked of us.

Boys & Girls Club Dinner - Wednesdays, 2:00 PM

Prepare and serve a meal Wednesday during the school year when school is in session. Members can volunteer once a year or whenever they can. For more information, contact Deacon Muffy Ellard (ellardmm@gmail.com).

Meal Service Needs Drivers to Deliver Lunches

The Meal Service, whose office is located at FPC, needs drivers to deliver meals to the homebound. To volunteer, contact Julie Belman (563-323-1628, or juliebelman_scottcountymeals@hotmail.com).

Prayer Shawl Group

Tuesdays, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, & May 8, 6:30 PM

The group meets monthly to knit or crochet products to be distributed to people in need of support and for children through Knits for Kids program. Socialize while creating meaningful gifts for all ages i.e. shawls/lap robes for those who are homebound or ill, shawls for nursing mothers or babies being baptized, sweaters/blankets/caps for children. For more information, contact: Nancy Foster (nancyotr97@mchsi.com) or Karla Jones (mkjones@mchsi.com).

Tutoring for Boys & Girls Club - Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:00 PM

An after school program during which volunteers assist neighborhood students (1st-5th grades) with their homework and interact by playing games and other activities. For more information, contact Deacon Muffy Ellard (ellardmm@gmail.com).

Men of First Presbyterian Breakfast - Saturday, April 7

Sign up on Sundays preceding the event. Various guest speakers and subjects. A chance to meet new people and share experiences. For more information, contact Deacon Terry Ousley (ttoboy@aol.com).

Women’s Breakfast - Saturday, April 14, 9:30 AM

Open to all adult women for the purposes of reflection, meditation, and fellowship. For more information, contact Deacon Pat Cresap (cresaptwo@gmail.com).





Internationally Renowned Organist Concert Ahreum Han Congdon Saturday, February 17, 7:30 PM Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students

“Absolutely thrilling recital…elegance, and exuberant joy…energetic performance… rewarding a fabulous performance with shouts of ‘Brava’ and enthusiastic applause.” - American Guild of Organists

QCA Visiting Artist Series: Tesla Quartet Saturday, March 10, 7:30 PM Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students

Praised for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style or technical demand” (The International Review of Music), the Tesla Quartet brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. Dubbed “technically superb” by The Strad, the Tesla Quartet recently took Second Prize as well as the Haydn Prize and Canadian Commission Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition. The quartet has also garnered top prizes at numerous other international competitions, including the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.”

Good Friday Tenebrae Service Friday, March 30, 7:30 PM FREE - no ticket necessary

A worship service of lessons and sacred music performed by the Sanctuary Choir, Cecelian Carolers, Vesper Bells, and orchestra.

FPC Choirs & Orchestra: “A Musical Tour of the British Isles” Saturday, April 28, 7:30 PM Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students

The 26th Anniversary season of the Performing Arts Series ends with a celebration of music from the British Isles. Forming much of the rich heritage of the Protestant faith (and especially the Presbyterian Church), music from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England inspire our worship and many other facets of our lives. The Sanctuary Choir, Chamber Chorale, Cecelian Carolers, and Vesper Bells will be joined by a fine orchestra of musicians from the Quad Cities area. Music for the concert includes sacred hymns from each of the four main British cultural regions, plus folk song arrangements and choral-orchestral masterworks by Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Frideric Handel, and contemporary Welsh composer Paul Mealor.

Musikgarten Classes Sundays at 10:20 AM

Our 30 minute Musikgarten class meets between services on Sunday mornings from 10:20-10:50 AM in Room 307, following the Sunday School schedule. Come and join us! We would love to connect with you! If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Kathy Middleton (kmidd@mchsi.com; 563-505-0471).

Celebrate Church & Community Are You Interested in Church Membership? Yes!

Attend the next New Member Inquiry Sundays, January 28 or March 25, 12:15 PM

The Hospitality and Welcoming Committee hosts New Member Inquiry events. If you are interested in membership or just have questions about First Presbyterian Church, please contact Tammy Mayhew (mayhew@ fpcdavenport.org; 563-326-1691).

FPC’s Annual Congregational Meeting - Sunday, February 25, 10:00 AM

Each year the church sets aside time for the Annual Congregational Meeting and encourages every member to attend. Typically, an annual meeting may consider such business hearing reports from the Session or selected committees of Session, a report from the Board of Deacons and other organizations of the church, and transacting any other business as is appropriate.

Spring Church Grounds Clean-up Day - Saturday, April 21, 9:00 AM

On Saturday, April 21, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, everyone in the congregation is invited to help tidy up the planting beds and lawns around the church building to get them ready for Spring. The church will provide lawn bags for any yard waste and has a wheel barrow and small rolling carts for use. Here’s what is needed from you ... bring a rake and a helpful smile! The Buildings and Grounds Committee will provide a continental breakfast of bagels, cream cheese, donuts, juice, milk, and coffee. Our custodian, Georgia Roberts, will serve as project manager that morning and will be here to answer any questions or to grab tools for your use. Please contact John Gere (john.gere1115@gmail.com) to RSVP if you would like to help or contact Shannon Gruhlke, Finance & Facilities Manager (563-326-1691; gruhlke@fpcdavenport.org).

Grant Funds Available through the Deacons’ Endowment Fund

The Deacons’ Endowment Fund (DEF) was established to help groups and organizations in the church and community that are developing new mission and outreach programs. The DEF can provide seed money with matching grants.

What is the DEF? It is a fund invested with New Covenant Trust Company of the Presbyterian Foundation. Investment appreciation and earnings from the fund can be awarded as grants for the purpose of helping to establish new mission, outreach, pastoral care, and spiritual development programs within our church community.

What type of grant is available? The DEF grants are designated to help defray the start-up cost of new projects or programs according to guidelines established by the Board of Deacons.  Programs or projects need to be of an ongoing nature rather than a one-time event.

 Money awarded is in the form of a matching grant. Funding from other sources should be part of the initial planning process.

Tell us what you think about this publication. Contact Diane Pumphrey (563-326-1691 pumphrey@ fpcdavenport.org) to share your thoughts and comments. The next FPC programming, planning and calendarization meeting will be on Thursday, March 22 at 5:30-6:30 PM. Committees are now meeting to plan programming and events out for the year. Plans will be communicated to church leadership and the staff. The next FIRST PRESS (outlining the programming for June through August) will be published the end of May. Articles for that publication are due to Diane Pumphrey (pumphrey@ fpcdavenport.org) by April 1, 2018.

 “Matching funds” need not be interpreted to be only at 50% and do not need to be in the form of cash.

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Who can apply? Grants can provide funding to any organization or group within church and the community that is trying to start a new mission or outreach program or project within the church community.


 The maximum grant that can be awarded is $5,000.


How does one go about applying for a grant? First each group, individual, or organization should establish a projected budget for the program, create a description of the program goals, an outline of how those goals will be achieved, and an organizational structure. These are critical elements of the process. A grant application must then be completed on the prescribed form and submitted for consideration by the DEF Review Board. The grant application process will be open for the period March 15 - May 15, 2018. Grant recommendations of the Review Board will be subject to approval by the Board of Deacons in their June Meeting.

If you have questions about DEF grants or applications, information is available at the Welcome Desk, the Deacons’ Corner, the church’s website or from Brock Earnhardt (brockearnhardt@hotmail.com; 563-343-6304).



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First Presbyterian Church (FPC) offers

a variety of worship opportunities, including Sunday morning worship services, special seasonal services in Advent and Lent, monthly prayer services, Bible studies, spirituality and prayer groups, and retreats. We praise God through beautiful music, offering music education for all ages.

First Presbyterian Church 1702 Iowa Street Davenport, Iowa 52803 Phone: 563-326-1691 www.fpcdavenport.org

Sunday Service Times 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM

Christian Education 10:00 AM for all ages

Christian education and fellowship opportunities for youth and adults are designed to meet the various needs, interests, and schedules of the community. We offer a safe place to have fun, build friendships, and explore faith.

By reaching beyond the church doors and into the world that surrounds us both locally and internationally, FPC serves others and puts faith into action. Whether it’s to Guatemala, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, or aiding with disaster relief efforts, our mission teams have traveled both internationally and locally to serve those in need.

FPC is a diverse congregation with a rich heritage and ministry tradition. We have much to offer and are excited to share these offerings with you. Visit our website at www.fpcdavenport.org, where you can subscribe to our weekly eNews, and link to our Facebook page to see all of the fun pictures of recent church events. We look forward to seeing you. Come in, look around -- you’ll see a smiling face, welcoming and accepting you, as we explore our faith journeys together.

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