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First Presbyterian Church 1702 Iowa Street Davenport, Iowa 52803 563.326.1691 fpcdavenport.org

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The Twenty-seventh Annual Christmas Concert Saturday, December 17, 2016 7:30 pm Sunday, December 18, 2016 4:00 pm

The Christmas Eve Services of First Presbyterian Church Saturday, December 24, 2016 4:00 PM

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Children’s Christmas Pageant with Carols Candlelight Christmas Communion Carols and Candlelight

The 4:00 PM worship service is particularly for families with young children. Along with Christian Education Director Tiffany Horvath, the Sunday School youth and youth groups will present “Shepherding in The Christmas Story.” The Cherub Choir and Kirkwood Choir will share special music. We will sing traditional carols and experience the wonder of the candle lit service. The Blessing of the Babies recognizes all infants born since last Christmas and little ones who are new to the congregation.

At 9:00 PM, Holy Communion will be shared in the hushed quietness of the first Christmas when God “descended the back stairs of Bethlehem” to become one with the human race. Soloists will offer the special music for the evening. The Feast of Light will be celebrated as the darkened Sanctuary is transformed by candlelight to symbolize pilgrims coming to see the Light of the World. Several traditional and favorite Christmas carols will be sung during the distribution of the Sacrament.

The Performing Arts Series presents the twenty-seventh annual Christmas Concert “Rejoice: Christ Was Born to Save!” Many of the church’s music ensembles will be featured including the Sanctuary Choir, Chamber Chorale, Celebration Singers, Cecelian Carolers, and Vesper Bells -- all accompanied by an orchestra of fabulous musicians from the Quad Cities. The concert features arrangements of beloved Christmas carols and hymns, as well as major choral-orchestral works by Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Franz Schubert. As always, admission is free, but all attendees are requested to obtain a complimentary ticket by visiting the church office or by calling (563-326-1691). For more information, please contact Director of Music Matthew Bishop (bishop@fpcdavenport.org).

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At 11:00 PM, a festive service of carols and candlelighting will herald the welcome of Christmas Day. The Sanctuary Choir and Cecelian Carolers will provide inspiring music. Of course, carol singing will abound. The traditional Service of Darkness and Candlelighting during the singing of “Silent Night” will add a special feeling to the conclusion of this memorable Christmas celebration.

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Out the Study Window by Rev. Dr. Richard Miller

Advent Wreaths! Where did they come from and what do they symbolize? Where did this tradition come from, of lighting four candles in an evergreen wreath to mark the weeks preceding Christmas? Like many of our Church traditions, the use of candles in the midst of late fall and winter was originally a pagan tradition. Rev. William Saunders, who wrote an article in the “Arlington Catholic Herald” on this topic, states that “pre-Germanic peoples used wreaths with lit candles during the dark and cold December days as a sign of hope in the future warm and extended sunlight days of spring.” In a similar vein, in Scandinavia “lighted candles were placed around a wheel, and prayers were offered to the god of light to turn the ‘wheel of the earth’ back toward the sun to lengthen the days and restore warmth.”

In the middle ages, the Germanic peoples began incorporating a lighted wreath into the Christian season of Advent. It didn’t gain widespread popularity until the 1800s and it wasn’t until the 1900s that German immigrants brought the tradition to America. The Advent Wreath is rich with symbolism. The evergreens used for the wreath itself are a reminder of continuous life. The shaping of them into a circle reinforces that meaning. The circle is also a sign of everlasting life as well as the eternity of God.

The four candles, three purple (or in some traditions blue) and one pink, mark the Sundays of Advent before Christmas. The purple (or blue) candles are reminders that this should be a time of prayer and sacrifice to prepare us for the second coming of Christ. On the third Sunday, the pink candle is lit to announce Gaudete Sunday, a Sunday of rejoicing for Christ is coming near. With the lighting of that candle, the symbolism points to the light winning out over the darkness (three candles lit vs. the one that remains unlit).

Various meanings have been assigned to the four candles. One interpretation has the first candle representing the patriarchs, the second the prophets, the third reminds us of John the Baptist, and the fourth of Mary, the mother of Jesus. They have also been described as the prophets’ candle, the Bethlehem Candle, the shepherds’ candle, and the angels’ candle. In modern times some churches use the themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.

A fifth white candle in the center representing Christ can also be used. It is lit on Christmas Eve as a remembrance of Christ coming into the world. Sometimes, all the other candles of the wreath are removed and replaced with white candles on Christmas.

The Advent Wreath serves as a powerful visual reminder of the holiness of the season. The light of the candles invite us to quiet ourselves during this busy time and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. We pray in hopeful anticipation for the coming of Christ and are called to welcome the light of Christ into our lives. The lights of the candles on the Advent Wreath break through the darkness, reminding us of the Light of Christ that we anticipate during this holy season.

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Give to Live in Faith & Fellowship

We welcome December with hope, grace and gratitude. We share in the joy of giving our time, gifts and treasure to the church. Through God’s glory we live out the mission of the church and are blessed to be able to fully give of our resources with grace and gratitude. You may place your pledge in the offering plate. Online pledging and giving can be set-up by visiting the church website at: www.fpcdavenport.org. Give to Live in Faith and Fellowship at First Presbyterian Church!

Sacrament of Communion - Sunday, December 4

The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be served on Sunday, December 4, at all of the services of worship. The Furthest Pew Communion will be delivered the week of December 4. If you or someone you know would like to be visited by a Pastor and served Communion, contact the church office (563-326-1691).

Church Officer Training - Saturday, December 10, 8:30 AM

Newly elected officers, please plan to attend officer training on Saturday, December 10, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM in the Parlor. A make-up training date is set for Saturday, December 17 at 8:30 AM. Currently serving Elders and Deacons may also attend. Installation and Ordination of church officers will be on Sunday, January 8, 2017, during the 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM worship services. Please R.S.V.P. to the church office (563-326-1691).

Congregational Meeting - Sunday, December 11, 9:50 AM The purpose of the meeting is for the election of officers and will occur on Sunday, December 11, 2016, in the Sanctuary immediately following the 9:00 AM service.

Our Legacy Lights the Way

Our Legacy Lights the Way 175th Anniversary books have arrived at the church and all persons who ordered copies have been contacted for pick up. If you ordered a book without a payment deposit, the book will only be held through December 9. After that date, the order will be considered cancelled. A waiting list for copies has been established in the church office. As copies become available after December 9, Heritage Committee members will reach out to those on the waiting list.

Make a Note of it...

publication Schedule: Articles for the FIRST PRESS (covering programming at FPC from January to May) are now due. Articles for the March issue of The Broadcaster newsletter will be due on February 15. For more information, please contact Diane Pumphrey (pumphrey@fpcdavenport.org).

Christmas Day & New Year’s Day Services: There will be one service of worship on Sunday, December 25 and on Sunday, January 1 at 10:00 AM.

The church will be closed December 26 and January 2 for the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day holidays.

Committee reports for the 2016 Annual Report are due December 31, 2016. For more information, contact Diane Pumphrey in the church office (pumphrey@fpcdavenport.org).

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Caring for Self and Others

Food Pantry Sunday - Sunday, December 18

Remember to bring non-perishable food donations, paper products and household cleaners on Sunday, December 18. Donations are given to the Sacred Heart Food Bank. You may also make a monetary donation, by marking “food pantry” on the memo line of your check.

Irrigation Systems and Seeds for Guatemala - Show Your Support Today!

Give the gift of food! The Mission Connection Committee of Deacons is accepting donations for purchase of irrigation systems and seeds to assist Guatemalans in food production. The purchases will be coordinated by Pastors Pilar and Eduardo at ILUGUA (Lutheran Church of Guatemala) as part of its outreach program to subsistence farmers. Donations will be accepted through Advent between services in Fellowship Hall. You may also donate online, by noting “Seeds for Guatemala.” For more information, contact Craig Foster (563-391-4622, cfoster871@mchsi.com).

The Angel Tree Project helps local children by having church members purchase gifts for them, on behalf of their imprisoned parent. For a child to know that they have not been forgotten may be even more important than the gifts themselves! For an incarcerated parent, it allows the opportunity for restored dignity and hope. You and your family can help in two ways: by purchasing gifts for the children and/or by helping deliver the gifts before Christmas. Ideas for gifts, sizes and ages of the children will be provided. You may claim Angels from the tree in Fellowship Hall or sign up to help deliver presents. Gifts will need to be returned to the church by December 11. This is a wonderful way to make the whole family feel the holiday spirit and to teach children the real meaning of Christmas. Please prayerfully consider becoming part of First Presbyterian Deacons’ Angel Tree Project, in conjunction with the Prison Fellowship Ministries. Contact Mia Carr (563-529-2492) or Diane Schreiner (563-505-8737) for more information.

Love Gift Giving Tree Opportunity

It is the season for giving. Please stop by Fellowship Hall and choose an ornament from the Giving Tree to support members of First Presbyterian Church. Gifts remain anonymous and staff or Deacons can nominate someone for a Love Gift. A Love Gift cannot be requested by an individual for themselves.

Boys and Girls Club Giving Tree Opportunity

The Boys and Girls Club youth could use backpacks and socks again for Christmas this year! If you are interested in donating something, please take an ornament off the tree downstairs and bring your gifts (unwrapped, please) back by Sunday, December 18. Thank you!

Holiday Train Benefiting Churches United Saturday, December 3, 12:30 PM

Enjoy a holiday concert by Kelly Preston and Colin James. Santa and Mrs. Claus will hand out candy canes, goodie bags, hot chocolate and cookies. Cost is a suggested donation of non-expired non-perishable food items or a cash donation. All donations benefit Quad City area food pantries. For more information, contact Churches United (563-332-5002).

Celebrate the Holidays Show Benefiting Churches United - Friday, December 9, 7:30 PM

Join us for a Christmas show to benefit Churches United food pantries. Enjoy a wide array of talented Quad City musical groups teaming up for a free, family-friendly holiday concert on Friday, December 9 at 7:00 PM at Heritage Church, 4801 44th Street, Rock Island. Performers include The Davenport Chordbusters, the Harminators, Steve Couch, Patrick Downing, Vocal Syndicate, Good News Singers and Laila Haley.

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Contemplative Prayer Group During the Season of Advent

Wednesdays, December 7 & 21, 6:30 PM

The Contemplative Prayer Group invites you to take time to sit apart during the Season of Advent. The Donaldson Room will be open from 6:30 to 7:15 PM on Wednesday, December 7 and Wednesday, December 21. You are welcome to come and go during this time as you choose. Quiet music will be played. A meditative Advent devotion will be provided for you to use individually, you may pray silently, or you can simply sit in the stillness. Please join us as part of your preparation for the celebration of Christmas.

Women of Hope Bible Study

Wednesdays, December 14 & 28, 10:00 AM

Join with fellow Christian women as we continue to study Into the Word by Anne Graham Lotz. Our group is sharing round robin leadership of the discussion of the book which is kept at FPC for easy access. We meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month (September through May) in Von Maur Hall.

Knit for Kids Update

In August 2015, the Prayer Shawl group decided to expand its scope and began making hats, blankets, and sweaters for Knit for Kids, a program of World Vision. Knit for Kids has an urgent need for 35,000 blankets. If you would like to knit or crochet a blanket to donate to this program, suggested patterns can be found at www.knitforkids.org (click on “get involved”, then click on “start knitting” to download patterns). You may place your finished blanket in the Knit for Kids bin in the main church office. When the bin is full, blankets will be shipped to Knit for Kids for distribution. Please contact Karla Jones (563-332-9314; mkjones@mchsi.com) if you have any questions or have problems accessing the patterns online.

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Christmas Pageant

Christian Education for Youth & Fellowship (CEFY)

Our 2016 Christmas Pageant is “Shepherding in The Christmas Story” and your children are invited to be a part of this service on December 24 at 4:00 PM. Youth in Cherub Choir and Kirkwood Choirs will be singing, the middle and high school youth groups will be putting on a pageant, the young elementary youth are invited to be in the nativity scene as animals around the manger, and all the babies born this year will be recognized in our annual, “Blessing of the Babies”. Any children wanting to be in this (required for any who are singing!) need to plan to be at our dress rehearsal Friday, December 23 at 5:30 PM (we will have our annual pizza party afterwards) and then need to be here at 3:30 PM on Saturday, December 24 ready to begin our Christmas pageant. Middle and High School youth NEED to be here at 3:00 PM on Christmas Eve if they are in the pageant….or Tiffany will cry. Which won’t be pretty.

Sunday School

There is NO Sunday School on December 25, January 1 and 8.

Kirkwood Club

For 1st-5th grades-- meets Wednesday evening from 6:30-7:15 PM, on December 7, 14 and 21.

Friday, December 23 will be a dress rehearsal for the Christmas Pageant starting at 5:30 PM for EVERYONE (preschool, Cherub Choir, Kirkwood Club, and middle and high school youth) concluding with a pizza party. In a perfect world, we will be done by 7:00 PM. In reality, we may be done by New Year’s Eve. No Kirkwood Club on December 28—enjoy your Christmas break!

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The PAS Christmas Concert is December 17 and 18. Most of the youth are involved in this, and we do need to bring refreshments for intermission please. There is no youth group on the 18th because of the whole singing thing.

Christmas Pageant Dress rehearsal is December 23 at 5:30 PM. We will practice and then have a pizza party. Everyone needs to be here in costume ready to go (or at least ready to help small angels and small manger animals find their halos/wings/hats).

There is no youth group on January 1 and 8, enjoy your Christmas break and lack of homework on a Sunday afternoon!

Tiffany’s Epiphanies: Yule love these….

Santa’s reindeer eat lunch at the local Deery Queen.

Elves learn the Elf-abet in school.

Gingerbread men cover their beds with cookie sheets.

Santa’s helpers are Subordinate Clauses.

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Thank You for Supporting Sunday School

Breakfast casseroles and pumpkin pies were on the menu at FPC after the 9:00 AM service on Sunday for the Annual Thanksgiving Brunch at FPC. The Sunday School families generously baked all sorts of goodies for the congregation as a way of thanking them for their support throughout the year!

THE BROADCASTER | DECEMBER 2016


Music Ministries of FPC

Musikgarten - Sundays, 10:20 AM

Classes are a musical experience designed to bring the joy of music to parent/caregiver and child. Activities include songs, movement, focused listening and the use of simple instruments. Each class features bouncing and rocking songs, wiggle and peek-a-boo games, and other fun age-specific activities. All classes will meet from 10:20-10:50 AM. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Kathy Middleton (middleton@fpcdavenport.org, 563-505-0471).

Advent Service of Lessons & Carols Sunday, December 4, 7:00 PM

FPC’s Chamber Chorale presents an Advent Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 4, at 7:00 PM. This free, candlelit service features traditional carols, hymns, and choral compositions by composers old and new, from the English Renaissance to some of today’s leading choral composers. The readings from both the Old and New Testaments, coupled with the beautiful music, present a unique opportunity to become immersed in the anticipatory season of Advent amidst the flurry of the busy holiday season.

Music Reading Class

Sundays, December 4 & 11, 10:00 AM

The FPC music ministry is delighted to offer a music reading class for anyone in the congregation who would like to improve their note-reading ability, or start completely from scratch. The class, which covers a variety of topics, is free, except for the cost of the optional text book. Classes continue on Sundays from 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM in the Parlor, through December 11. Please contact Matt Bishop (bishop@fpcdavenport.org, 563-326-1691) for more information.

Adult Christian Education (ACE)

Von Maur Hall Series - Sundays, 10:00 AM

December Advent Series - We will look at three biblical stories in which the principles must prepare and wait, presented by Mark Jones.

December 4 – Advent Series This first week, after a brief history of Advent, we will share the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth as told by Luke. We will look particularly at Zechariah’s prophecy.

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He is Coming

December 11 – Advent Series We are familiar with the angels visiting Joseph and Mary and later, the journey to Bethlehem and birth of Jesus. This week we will look at these stories but also wonder about their time of waiting and preparation between the annunciation and the birth of Jesus. We will also discuss Mary’s Song of Praise. December 18 – Advent Series After Jesus’ birth, Mary and Joseph, following Jewish law, present him at the temple. There they encounter Simeon and the prophetess Anna. Simeon and Anna also had been waiting and preparing for this encounter. What do their stories add to our understanding of Advent and the Christmas story? And now, what can you say you are waiting and preparing for in Advent? December 25 – Have a Blessed Christmas!

FPC Library

Two new Library bins are now in the Children's Cozy Corner! They make it so much easier for your children to select an exciting book!

The Library Committee would like to thank the anonymous person who gave the library a $50 gift card to Books-A-Million. This generous and thoughtful person stated that the Committee has done such wonderful work and the library is always so inviting. This person also thanked them for their work with the Boys & Girls Club!

The Committee gratefully thanks this generous person, who was so spiritually moved to donate such a heart-felt gift! Check Out these New Books! Fiction: The Whistler by Grisham The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Connelly The Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne (replacement) Non-fiction: My Own Words by Ginsburg Spaceman by Massimino Be a Good in the World by Knight Note: Please check around to see if you have any church library books sitting around and return them.

Christmas Flowers 2016

In the tradition of past Christmas seasons, the Chancel Guild will brighten the Sanctuary with poinsettias given in memory or honor of loved ones. To be a part of this wonderful tradition, please complete and return the form to the church office or place in the offering plate. The deadline for making memorials is Monday, December 12, 2016.

In Memory or Honor of:_________________________________________________________________________________________________ (circle one)

Given by:___________________________________________________________________________________________

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Fellowship & Fun for All!

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party - Friday, December 16, 5:30 PM

Our annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party for all Young Adults (for young adults to age 50) will be on Friday, December 16 from 5:30 -7:30 PM. Get it on your calendars now—and let Tiffany know if you will need childcare and for how many. Dinner this evening will be a “Christmas Dinner Sides Favorites” potluck—bring your personal favorite Christmas dinner side dish to share with the group. Tiffany will make a turkey and a ham for the group (trust her…really)—so bring what you love to have as a side or a dessert at Christmas. We will also have a White Elephant Gift Exchange again so bring a fun gift (or a new re-gift) that’s under $10 and see who wants it (or doesn’t want it…) For more information, please contact Tiffany Horvath (horvath@fpcdavenport.org).

Travel Fellowship Wine Trail was Spectacular!

Manna & More Fellowship Breakfast Sunday, December 11, 8:30 - 10:30 AM

Share breakfast with your family and friends before and after the 9:00 AM service. This is the perfect time for you to invite your neighbors and guest to visit First Presbyterian Church. The menu is waffles and cherries, sausage, fruit and assorted beverages. The cost is: adults - $3, children (12 and under) - $1. See you there!

Pickleball is at FPC!

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:00 AM

Our recreational pickleball group is playing inside this fall. We play every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00-11:00 AM in the church gym. Are you an experienced player or just interested in learning more and trying out the game? Either way, we have you covered! We have extra equipment for those just getting started. For more information, please contact Diane Schroder (563-326-5753) or David Fairweather (563-359-9712).

Save the Date for the Young Adults Favorite Things Party Friday, January 20, 5:30 PM

On Friday, January 20 we will have our Favorite Things Party from 5:30-7:30 PM. Childcare will be available! Bring five of your favorite thing (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 20-50 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!

Favorite Things Party!

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If you’re interested in other travel fellowship opportunities, please visit with a member of the Congregational Development and Fellowship (CDF) Committee to share your ideas about possible day trips and other fellowship ideas for FPC.

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Caring for First Presbyterian Church

November Session Summary Committee Reports:

1) Nominating Committee is at work matching member talents with opportunities for service. A brief congregational meeting is scheduled for December 11, 2016, to approve the Slate of Officers.

2) Stewardship Campaign is underway with encouraging momentum. The congregation is responding to the request to increase pledges by 10%. If the remaining pledges are received with the same increase, we will meet the budget for 2017. In addition, there are pledges being received for a three-year commitment to funding an Associate Pastor position. We are all encouraged to prayerfully consider increasing our financial support. If donations are made electronically, please make the needed updates and approval with your financial institution. 3) Hospitality and Welcoming Committee present names of new member candidates, Debra and Andrew Keenan, and Christopher Martin. The motion was unanimously passed to joyfully welcome these new members into the fellowship of FPC. There are additional names in the process

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of completing needed paper work, which will be welcomed and celebrated in the near future.

4) Worship and Music Committee is offering a Advent Service of Lessons & Carols on December 4, 2016 and a Lenten service of music February 12, 2017, entitled Evensong.

5) CEFY reported wonderful growth in participation in the children's christian education program, resulting in the need for additional classroom space. The Heritage committee, under the leadership of Carolyn Draper-Math, quickly cleared a classroom to return it to the children for use beginning in January of 2017.

6) Building and Grounds announced plans for parking lot concrete repairs to be completed after the return of spring weather, and as preparation for painting fresh striping on the parking lots.

7) Deacons have completed a review of all programming, established their budget for 2017, and are eager to lead us into active service.

8) The monthly Executive Session Meeting is transforming for the purpose of enacting the Envisioning 20/20 God Sized Dreams, trusting the Spirit of God to lead us into living these dreams. Please keep this earnest movement in your prayers.

There are many ways to give or pay a pledge to First Presbyterian Church. We acknowledge that people feel connected in worship through the act of placing their gift in the offering plate each Sunday. This act is very meaningful. In case there is a need for an alternative, here are a few other ways to effect giving to the church.

Automatic Bank payments (ACH) – This option allows funds to be electronically debited from a checking or savings account and credited to the church’s account on a date that the individual chooses. Go to www.fpcdavenport.org and click “Give Now”. Credit Card payments – This option allows funds to be charged to a credit (or debit) card credited to the church’s account on a date that the individual chooses. Go to www.fpcdavenport.org and click “Give Now”.

Gifting Stock – When stock is gifted to the church, please notify the Finance Office of the following information so we can give full contribution credit:

1. Number of Shares Transferred 2. Company or Stock Symbol 3. Date of Transfer

The instructions to transfer stock:

Pershing LLC One Pershing Plaza Jersey City, NJ 07399

FBO: First Presbyterian Church 1702 Iowa Street Davenport, IA 52803

Phone (563) 326-1691

Envisioning 20/20 Reports:

1) Adult Christian Education announced an exciting schedule designed to: Lead us into a deeper understanding of a personal relationship with God; Learn personal practices to assist in hearing God's voice in our daily lives; Empower and equip us to carry our awareness of the presence of God into our daily walk beyond the church walls.

2) Congregational Development and Fellowship will expand and enrich fellowship opportunities, designed to increase our understanding and enjoyment of each other, and our understanding other cultures and faiths.

CDF will explore combining efforts to support other committees and groups within the congregation as we continue to build connections and strengthen our church family life and our outreach to the community.

3) Finance Committee will continue with fiscally responsible and transparent management of church finances: Make available the resources needed for thriving programming; Take care of the building that safely serves us all, as well as our community.

Financial Update October 2016

General Fund Income

Custodial Accounts Income General Fund Expenses

Custodial Accounts Expenses Surplus (Deficit)

Actual

73,641 6,936

Budget

64,920

October 2015 Actual

60,405

8,969

October 2015 Budget

72,870

67,147

71,896

69,738

76,429

6,494

(6,976)

(9,333)

(3,559)

Actual

Budget

6,936

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8,969

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2016 Year- 2016 Year- 2015 Year- 2015 YearTo-Date To-Date To-Date To-Date Actual

General Fund Income

741,599

General Fund Expenses

704,501

Custodial Accounts Income

October 2016

92,001

Budget

762,293

753,764

747,482

772,727

737,482

792,120

85,271

Custodial Accounts Expenses 92,001 85,271 Account Number: JAU101076 Surplus (Deficit) 37,098 (10,434) 16,282 (44,638) DTC Number 0443 We ask all of our members to fulfill their 2016 pledge prior to December 31. Donors must deliver checks on or by December 31 in order to claim a charitable contribution deduction for 2016. Checks that are placed in the church offering during the first worship service in 2017 (January 1) will not qualify for a charitable deduction in 2016, even if the check is predated to or actually written in 2016. However, under the so-called “mailbox exception,” checks that are written, mailed, and postmarked in 2016 will be deductible in 2016 though they are not received by the church until 2017. As always, thank you for your continued support of First Presbyterian Church. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Shannon Gruhlke at gruhlke@fpcdavenport.org or 563-326-1691, ext. 219. Tax ID# 13-2741729

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irst Presbyterian Church (FPC) offers a variety of worship opportunities, including Sunday morning worship services, special seasonal services throughout 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. 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.

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

Christmas Day & New Year’s Day One service only at 10:00 AM Christian Education 10:00 AM for all ages

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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