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Planner for the Programs of First Presbyterian Church  September to December 2017



 DAVENPORT, IOWA 52803  563.326.1691  FPCDAVENPORT.ORG




Planner for the Programs of First Presbyterian Church  September - December 2017

by Elder Marty Bowles Edwards

Welcome back! The Summer of “Action” is now the smile of happy memories. We worked and played with each other, forged new friendships, and marveled as the God Sized Dream of Spiritual Growth was abuzz among the congregation and our contacts. This issue of FIRST PRESS is filled with the season’s offerings of worship, education, fellowship, music, activities, and events. With busy daily activities, demands and responsibilities, what role does religion play in our modern lives?

One answer is that of connection. The word “religion” comes from the Latin, “ligare” meaning, “to tie” or “to bind.” So “Re-ligion” provides an opportunity to experience our connection to God and to each other. Limiting religion to a means of self-evaluation, and Worship 2 self-improvement misses the joyful Care & Service to Others 3 experience of connection.

Fellowship & Care for FPC 4

Do you remember that old hymn and can you sing it now, with me? “Blest Stewardship 6 be the tie that binds our hearts in Mission 7 Christian love. The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.” ACE 8 CEFY 5

Music & PAS 9-10


Created in God’s image as body, mind, and spirit, we can easily see our bodies and are certainly ruled by our minds. We may sit in a pew, listen to inspirational words, sing familiar songs, and leave the beautiful Sanctuary untouched, unmoved.

How do we experience our spirit? Spirit seems to be packed into a little box, deep in our hearts, awaiting our decision to take a peek. Something else, something exciting, something awesome is experienced if we lift the lid and gaze inside…

When encouraged to “BE” rather than “DO” we experience the Holy Spirit’s presence in the core of our BEing. Holy Spirit stretches and expands our world and our awareness. The Holy Spirit connects us to all of creation and invites us to be a part of the creative process.

In a perfect world, we would all feel the connection, binding us to one another in love, service, and joyful fellowship. The good news is that God intends for us to live in a perfect world. Let us become aware of our connection.

Let us experiment with subtle changes in the way we worship.

May we watch for moments of inspiration.

May our heart swell with love and connection.

May we then move together, out into the world with purpose, and the shared experience of our oneness with all of God’s creation.

Connect. #FPCistheHeartoftheCity

How do we experience our

spirit? Spirit seems to be packed into a little box, deep in our

hearts, awaiting our decision to

take a peek. Something else,

something exciting, something

awesome is experienced if we lift

the lid and gaze inside…

When encouraged to “BE”

rather than “DO” we experience

the Holy Spirit’s presence in the core of our BEing. Holy Spirit

stretches and expands our world and our awareness. The Holy

Spirit connects us to all of

creation and invites us to be a

part of the creative process.

Share your “connect” photos with FPC’s heart of the city focus on social media. Snap a picture of those moments and email to pumphrey@fpcdavenport.org, or post yourself to: #FPCistheHeartoftheCity. We’re building a community of caring and sharing -- together in the heart of the city!



ou’re always invited to worship with us! A place to belong! Where faith is nurtured, curiosity is encouraged, diversity is welcomed, and all are loved.

Sunday Worship

Services are at 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM, with Christian Education for all ages at 10:00 AM. Childcare is available 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 sermons, the choirs, Worship Hosts, and who will be preaching. Here’s a preview of Sunday sermons: SEP

10 “Where Does Evil Come From” 17 “Who Is Our Neighbor?” 24 “Unlikely Resources in Unexpected Places” 1 8


“Healing” “Spiritual Signs Devoted to Scripture and Relationships” 15 “Spiritual Signs Devoted to Prayer and Sharing” 22 “Financial Signs 101” 29 “Relational Signs”

NOV 5 “Unusual Faith” 12 “Teach Your Children Well” 19 “Views of God” 26 “Trust the King” DEC

3 “Learning to Be Watchful” 10 “In the Beginning” 17 “Who We Are Not” 24 “Trusting the Angel” 31 “Through the Ritual”

Thanksgiving Eve Service & Pie Fellowship Wednesday, November 22, 7:00 PM

The traditional Thanksgiving Eve Service and Pie Fellowship begins at 7:00 Pm on November 22, the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. The evening is a great time for the church family to recount blessings and give thanks to God.

Christmas Eve Services Sunday, December 24, 4:00, 9:00 & 11:00 PM The 4:00 PM, Christmas Pageant and worship service is particularly for families with young children. 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. 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.

At 11:00 PM, a festive service of carols and candlelighting will herald the welcome of Christmas Day. 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.

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 to celebrate what Christ did for us. All who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior are welcome to take Communion. The Sacrament will be served on Sundays, October 1 and December 3. Baptism is a sacrament, and the sacraments represent the free grace of God. Call the church office (563-326-1691) to arrange the date of baptism and to 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.

First Presbyterian Church of Davenport is an inclusive, caring community of faith committed to loving God, loving neighbor as self, and sharing the love of Jesus Christ with all people through worship, fellowship, and service.




Register Now for the Women’s Retreat Saturday, September 9, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Homework Helpers” is here for YOU!

Searching for purpose in your life? Do you have former work hours you want to fill, did your last child just leave for college and you have no more school committees and fundraisers in your life? Whatever your situation, Homework Helpers is here to assist you! If you can read at a 2nd grade level and do very basic math, you qualify for a richly rewarding “career” as a volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club’s Homework Helper program. We are a team of mostly First Presbyterian members who carve out one to two hours a week or a month on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 Pm. We meet in FPC’s Fireplace Room to listen to children read, assist with addition/ subtraction homework, and support elementary learning in other ways. The students are eager for mentors’ interest in their education. You’ll be rewarded knowing that your gift of time fills a void in a child’s life. Let Homework Helpers help YOU find purpose and meaning in your life. To volunteer or for more information, contact muffy Ellard (ellardmm@gmail.com; 563-505-2292) or melissa Calhoun (melissa@beadles.org; 309-333-9321).

This is your opportunity to be a part of “Women of Joy!” We truly hope all women of the congregation can join us to share fellowship, renew friendships and grow within the church and community at FPC at our annual retreat. Childcare will be provided in the church nursery. This is a one-day event that begins with a breakfast and includes lunch. There will be discussions, projects and joy! Our guest speaker will be Rev. Becky David, who grew up in Clinton, Iowa, and attended Loyola University, Chicago, for her master in Pastoral Studies and master of Divinity degree. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ. She was the Director of Pastoral Care and mission Officer for Genesis Health System and often presides in interim ministry. She provides coaching and consultation services to faith leaders and faith communities Rev. Becky David through Black Pearl Coaching, LLC. We’re looking forward to having as many women as possible attend; the cost is $30 per person. To pay online, visit the church website, fpcdavenport.org. Scholarships are available for those wishing to attend. Contact Pat Cresap (563-449-8148; cresaptwo@gmail.com), or stop by and visit the Registration Table in Fellowship Hall between services on Sunday, September 3.

Prayer Shawl Second Tuesday (PSST)

Tuesdays, September 12, October 10 & November 14, December 12, 6:30 PM

Since August 2015, the women of the Prayer Shawl Ministry of First Presbyterian Church have been knitting and crocheting items for Knit for Kids, a Christian ministry under the direction of World Vision. Through volunteers, sweaters, hats and blankets are knitted or crocheted then distributed by World Vision to children nationally and globally. Since participating in this ministry, a small group has knitted or crocheted 69 blankets, 164 hats, and 8 sweaters! If you are interested in participating in this ministry, the Knit for Kids organization provides preferred patterns for knitted and crocheted sweaters, hats and blankets on their website: knitforkids.org.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry/Knit for Kids group meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month for a time of fun, fellowship and prayer. Watch the bulletin announcements for time and place. If you can’t attend the monthly gatherings, but would like to knit or crochet sweaters, hats and blankets for Knit for Kids or prayer shawls, your contributions would be most welcomed and appreciated. Items for Knit for Kids may be placed in the “Knit for Kids” box found in the main church office. Once a boxful of items is collected, it is shipped to Knit for Kids in Sewickley, Pennsylvania for distribution. Prayer shawls may be given to Tiffany Horvath at the church. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Karla Jones (563-332-9314; mkjones@mchsi.com), Nancy Foster (563-391-4622; nancyotr97@mchsi.com), or Tiffany Horvath (563-326-1691; horvath@fpcdavenport.org).

First Presbyterian Church Homecoming Sunday, October 1, 12:00 PM What:



A traditional, annual event to honor church members who are 75 years old and more! Sunday, October 1, at 12:00 Pm (following Worship) Fellowship Hall, First Presbyterian Church

And then: A delicious luncheon will be served by Bridges Catering; amazing music will be played ~~ entertainment will be provided by The ChordBusters!

Please join in sharing good conversation, good food and reconnecting, sustaining or finding new friendships. Questions? Concerns? Please contact Pat Cresap (563-449-8148; cresaptwo@gmail.com). 3




Manna & More Fellowship Breakfasts Sundays, September 10, October 8, November 12, & December 10 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: Sept 10 Oct 8 Nov 12

Dec 10

Egg casserole will contain sausage, pancakes, fruit, condiments, and assorted beverages

Pumpkin pancakes and plain pancakes, sausage, fruit, apple compote, and assorted beverages

Baked French toast, sausage, fruit, and assorted beverages

Waffles and cherry compote, pancakes, sausage, fruit & assorted beverages

Young(ish) Adults

Our Young (or young-ish, in Tiffany’s case) Adults Fellowship is for anyone between the ages of 21 and 50 (spouses over the age of 50 are grandfathered in…get it? Grandfathered????? Bwahhahahah) and has extremely serious and thought provoking gatherings once a month (ummmm…yeah. We’re going to go with that…).

Some events are adults-only, and free childcare is offered in the church nursery during these times. Other events are family-friendly and everyone is invited! These events are NOT limited to FPC members—visitors are absolutely welcome! Here is our schedule: Young Adults Kick Off: Backwater Gamblers - Sunday, September 3, 5:30 PM It’s a free event and families are welcomed! We will meet there (along the Rock River, 5000 44th Street, Rock Island, Illinois). Plan to meet at 5:30 PM and go into the show together which begins at 6:30 PM.

Annual Bonfire and Hay Ride at Pride of the Wapsi - Saturday, October 21, 5:00-7:00 PM (tentative time) Family-Friendly—kids welcome! $10 per person collected ahead of time or at the door….this cost MIGHT go down after reviewing the budget in October. Includes hot dogs, chips, drinks, smores, hayride and everyone gets to pick a pumpkin!

Annual Ugly Sweater Party at FPC and White Elephant Gift Exchange - Friday, December 15, 5:30-7:00 PM Bring your favorite Christmas dish to share with the group! Childcare will be provided at the church.

Socializers - Saturdays, September 23 & October 28, 6:00 PM

This group coordinates monthly 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.

Are You Interested in Church Membership? New Member Inquiry Sunday, September 17, 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).

Church Government & Personnel (CG&P) Committee Open Forum Sundays, September 17, & December 3, 10:00 AM

To foster open communication, the CG&P Committee will be available for church members to bring them any joys and/or concerns they may have at 10:00 AM, in the Parlor.

Church Grounds Clean-up Day

You don’t need a green thumb to help with this project! Here is an opportunity for productive fellowship and breakfast, too! On Saturday, October 28, from 8:00 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 winter. If enough volunteers attend, the playground and family gardens can be worked on as well. The church will provide lawn bags for the yard waste and has a wheel barrow and small rolling carts for use. Here’s what is needed from you... bring rakes for leaves and tools to cut back plants for the winter. 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, at the church at (gruhlke@fpcdavenport.org; 563.326.1691, ext. 219) with questions.



Sunday School Kicks Off in September!

We have made some important changes this year in regards to our Sunday School curriculum! We are kicking off the year with a great new, inclusive curriculum called “Whirl!” which will follow the lectionary calendar and we are REALLY excited about it! Our Sunday School Teacher Orientation will take place on Sunday, September 3 and we will go over the new curriculum and all the information then! For those who cannot make it then, we will plan a “make-up” orientation for Sunday, September 10 at 11:00 AM. Sunday School Open House is September 10. The first day of class is September 17. Please, register your child for Sunday School as soon as possible so that we can plan for the curriculum supplies for the year. Registration forms are available on-line (www.fpcdavenport.org) or available for pick up during Sunday worship in the Narthex.

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

Fall Fest - Sunday, October 29

Mark your calendars for our annual Fall Fest Celebration at FPC! Donations of candy and small prizes are actively sought for this fun event, which typically brings in over 100 youth from the church and surrounding community. Volunteers are also needed—and trust me: this is an amazing way for anyone to share God’s love and joy with the children around us!

Kirkwood Club Begins September 20 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, work on service projects and learn more about God’s love for them! Kirkwood Club and Kirkwood Choir begin on September 20 with an ice cream social! 20 27



Ice Cream Social Make Communion Bread


Von Maur Hall Von Maur Hall

4 11 18 25

QC Rocks Creation Egg Drop Church Scavenger Hunt Halloween Craft

1 8 15 22 29

Shuffle the Deck Mixer Von Maur Hall What’s a Bully? Von Maur Hall Thanksgiving Cards for Shut-Ins Von Maur Hall In recess - Enjoy Thanksgiving Break Family Game Night Von Maur Hall

6 13 20 27

Lenten Craft Von Maur Hall Do You Love Your Neighbor Gym Pass the Present Von Maur Hall In recess - Enjoy Christmas Break!



Von Maur Hall Outside Von Maur Hall Von Maur Hall

ACT & EPIC Begins September 17

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! Youth Groups kick off with a pizza party, an ice cream social and our traditional opening game of Pumpkin Bowling. Awesome and fantastic prizes (ie: things Tiffany finds in the supply room) are awarded to the winning team. 17



Pizza & Ice Cream, Fellowship, Pumpkin Bowling QC Rocks

1 8 15 22 29

Homecoming Helpers; CROP Walk Fellowship Hall Give Yourself A Hand Von Maur Hall Mission Trip Dinner Fellowship Hall Haunted House Trip TBA Fall Fest, 1:00 - 3:00 PM (no youth group or choir)

5 12 19 26

College Care Packages Christmas Pageant Audition Christmas Pageant Rehearsal Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

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Christmas Pageant Rehearsal Von Maur Hall Christmas Pageant Rehearsal Von Maur Hall Christmas Concert, bring refreshments Christmas Concert, bring refreshments (no youth group) Christmas Pageant Rehearsal Sanctuary Christmas Pageant Sanctuary




Von Maur Hall/ Outside Von Maur Hall

Von Maur Hall Gym Gym Von Maur Hall


Listen for God to CONNECT!

So what lies ahead?

1. First, it is important that we all fulfill

our pledges for 2017; we ask those who have given so generously in the past to meet or modestly exceed your pledges for 2017 in 2018 by three to five percent, if you can. We do not anticipate significant increases in expenses in 2018, but we do have a staff member whose scope of responsibilities may change, and we do want to continue to fund periodic increases for all staff members. We’ll hold a series of Stewardship Socials again this fall to talk about spiritual development, small group development, and pastoral care – three ministries in the life of the church that we hope a new associate pastor can help us enhance and expand. We hope you’ll make a special effort to attend.

2. Second, it is important that we grow our

The theme for this issue of First Press is CONNECT, and there at least as many ways to connect at First Pres. as there are members of the church. First, there are the spiritual connections that worship at First Pres. fosters between each of us and God – and between each of us and Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Second, there are the almost mystical connections that arise simply from worshipping together – from praying together, singing together, and facing our joys and sorrows together – connections that cannot be made alone, apart from family and friends. Third, there are the more worldly connections we make when we join together to do God’s work in the world. Sometimes that work is the work of many hearts. Sometimes that work is the work of many hands. Always that work is the work of willing spirits. It is these third, more-worldly connections we make when we pledge our gifts and our lives to God. Our pledges are not numbers on a page; our pledges are testimony to our willingness to lend our hearts, our hands, and our spirits to help with God’s work in the world.

A year ago, we started an ambitious pledge campaign to raise more than $1 million in General Fund Income, and the congregation generously rose to the challenge. At the same time, we started an informal campaign to fund a new associate pastor for three years, at a cost of approximately $100,000 a year, and again, the congregation generously rose to the challenge – exceeding a three-year campaign goal in three months. Meeting these challenges simultaneously is testimony to a congregation that is listening for God, generous in spirit, and seeking to do God’s work in the world. We’re now well past the half-way point in 2017. Our income and expenses are right on target for the year. We’re interviewing terrific candidates for associate pastor. And throughout the church, we’re finding ever-generous hearts, ever-ready hands, and ever-willing spirits who try to live up to the Great Commandment to love God and to love our neighbors.

base of pledgers; if you have not pledged in the past, it is time for you to join the work of the willing. You’ll be invited to the Stewardship Socials this fall, and again, we hope you’ll make a special effort to attend. We need your heart, your hands, and your willing spirit to help with God’s work in the world.

Finally, please pray for members of the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee. Committee members are cautiously optimistic that we will find God’s match for us among the terrific candidates remaining, but the search is a long and careful process, and your prayers can help. 2017 is unfolding as a great year in the life and work of the church; the years ahead will, too, if we continue to connect with God in prayer, connect with each other in worship, and connect with our neighbors in God’s work in the world. Stewardship Pledge Sunday is on November 5. You may bring your pledge forward during the worship service or place it in the offering plate. Online pledging and giving can be set-up by visiting the church website at: www.fpcdavenport.org.



►To learn more attend Youth Mission Presentation Sunday, October 15, 6:00-7:30 PM,

Mission in Action by Deacon Cindy Schalk IMAGINE…..

Hot, humid weather, not a whiff of a breeze and no air conditioning Traveling hours to a medical clinic for care with no appointment and no doctor Having a voice but not being heard

Growing crops on an almost vertical mountainside without adequate irrigation WELCOME TO GUATEMALA

Youth Mission Trip Memories -- Connections Made!

The first week of August we left for a week-long mission trip in Loveland, Colorado, and our church teamed-up with over 80 other teenagers from 13 other churches, and they participated in what was called a “Week of Hope.” Our youth did everything from serve meals to the homeless, work with veterans, clean up farms and help with horses left displaced after the horrendous floods Colorado experienced earlier this year, create and plant a community garden, provide respite care for special-needs children, offer companionship and activities to area seniors and work on everything from painting barns to mending fences to putting up tents to moving and spreading over 10 tons of dry cement.


Ministering to communities each week 2+ hours one way on mountainous, unpaved roads

Helping those communities’ voices to be heard

Offering guidance and facilitating cooperation among communities to improve food production Sharing God’s message


 An annual median income of $1,619 with the annual

“vital needs including food and housing (Guatemalan National Statistics Institute 2011) costing $6,840

 At a young age leaving your family and community to

get an education

 Teaching mandated computer classes without computers  Women’s Clinic

►To learn more about this and other upcoming Guatemala Mission opportunities and our connection, attend the October 1 worship services.

It was an emotional and an exhausting week—but the youth of FPC truly learned what it meant to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world as they all participated in something greater than themselves. Our youth were phenomenal representatives of First Presbyterian and couldn’t be prouder of them. As hard and as exhausting of this week was for everyone involved, almost every youth asked if we could do it again next year before the van doors even closed on the ride home. Eighteen teenagers is the largest group of youth I had ever taken on a mission trip—and I would do it again with this group in a heartbeat. Our kids were, in a word, simply phenomenal. They did everything they were asked to do with laughter, joy, humor and no complaining.

This amazing and life-changing mission trip would NOT have been possible without the support and prayers of this congregation. It cost around $12,000 to take everyone on this trip and to experience this amazing week—and through our fund raising efforts and the generosity of this congregation, we were able to raise the entire amount in six months. Knowing this, the youth of the mission trip would like to personally invite anyone who supported them on this venture to a special dinner to hear about the mission trip and what they did in Colorado in their own words (and a Powerpoint) on Sunday, October 15 from 6:00-7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall. RSVP’s are needed— please let me know if you can make it (horvath@fpcdavenport.org; 563-326-1691, ext. 209). Again—on behalf of the youth of FPC and myself, THANK YOU for making this happen. It was truly an incredible week—and we could not have done it without you. God Bless, Tiffany


Adult Christian Education (ACE) Kicks-Off our Fall Season! Come and CONNECT with our Inspirational Presentations Sundays, 10:00 AM, Von Maur Hall September 10: Abiding with God as God Abides with Us Connect with Rev. Dr. Miller as he presents the inspiration and basis behind his Doctoral thesis.

September 17: Facing Fear Fourteen Nazi Skinheads beat and kicked a gay 17 year old who was living on the streets of Los Angeles. The gang member who kicked the boy in the head and left him for dead and the injured victim accidently meet twenty-five years later. This is an Oscar nominated documentary about real persons and how they deal with the guilt and anger that surrounds them. Will there be sorrow and forgiveness? Is it even possible with the terrible memories that both have about the past? September 24: Tiffany & Co.: Christian Education Director, Tiffany Horvath, and youth of FPC will connect us to the faith and inspiration they gleaned from their summer mission trip! October 1: ACE in recess for Homecoming Sunday

October 8: Voices of Muslim Women in the U.S. South Kent Schroder facilitates Voices of Muslim Women in the Deep South Iowa Religious Media Services (IRMS) documentary. This class explores the Muslim culture through the lens of five University of Alabama Muslim students. How do they define a space for self-expression and negotiate their identities in a predominantly Christian society that has unflattering views about Islam and Muslims? October 15: Connecting with Buddhism Presented by a Professor from Augustana University

October 22: Questions of Faith Iowa Religious Media Services program,-presented by Carolyn Draper-Math

October 29: Questions of Faith Presented by Carolyn Draper-Math. Can faith wipe out fear? How can we love everybody?

November 5: Before there were Gospels, there was Paul Presented by Kent Schroder. Connect with the Apostle Paul who still challenges us today.

November 12: Paul Turned The World Upside Down and How the 20th Century Tried to Turn It Back Presented by Kent Schroder. Paul: A List of Names: How Paul Set Out to Turn the World Upside Down and How the 20th Century Tried to Turn It Back. Read Romans 16.

November 19: ACE in recess, please attend the Thanksgiving breakfast November 26: ACE in recess for the Thanksgiving weekend

December 3: The Nuremberg Market Join Jim Tucker and Mark Jones as they present: The Nuremberg Christmas Market -- its history and how it relates to the secularizing and commercialization of Christmas.

December 10: Murder in the Cathedral Presented by Jim Tucker. Jim will bring in the intriguing history of the Christmas sermon that Thomas A. Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, preached before his death in 1170.

December 17: Christmas in History Presented by Mark Jones. Christmas in History - A survey of historical sermons that have influenced America's conceptions of Christmas.

Rev. Dr. Richard Miller

CONNECT with our Library

New books that CONNECT our minds in oh, so many new ways:  Beartown by Backman

 Friday Night Lights 25th Anniversary Edition by Bissinger  The Late Show by Connelly

 New copies of the NRSV Bible

 A Gentleman in Moscow by Towles

To browse the church library online, simply visit the church website and click “Search the Library.”

A Note from the ACE Chair

I would like to express gratitude for the outstanding ACE Committee which will end its service at the end of December. For three years this Committee has worked tirelessly year around to bring you challenging topics and classes. My deepest gratitude goes to: David Fairweather, Jim Keenan, LaWanda Roudebush, Kent Schroder, Jed Steckel and Jim Tucker. Sincerely,

Carolyn Draper-Math

December 24: ACE in recess for Christmas

December 31: ACE in recess for New Year's Eve Day



Ugandan Kids Choir (not ticketed) - Wednesday, September 6, 6:00 PM

The Ugandan Kids Choir, a youth choir of ten talented children from the central African nation of Uganda, joins us for a special evening of song and dance. Sponsored by Childcare Worldwide, these children offer music throughout the United States, and have been featured in churches, schools, television, and sporting events. The concert is free, with a love offering to benefit the children.

QCSO Signature Series: “Reformation 500” - Saturday, October 21, 7:00 PM FPC Chamber Chorale & Metropolis Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Chicago Tickets: $27 adults, $17 students

This October marks the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. First Pres. is joining in the worldwide celebration by hosting a special joint concert as part of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's 2017-2018 Signature Series. FPC's auditioned Chamber Chorale joins with the Metropolis Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Chicago to present two Reformation cantatas by arguably the most important Lutheran composer in history, Johann Sebastian Bach. This special evening of early music includes performances of Bach's BWV 79 ("Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild") and BWV 80 ("Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott"), as well as the famous Double Violin Concerto.

The Metropolis Baroque Chamber Orchestra is one of Chicago's preeminent early music ensembles, specializing in instrumental and operatic repertories of the Italian and German Baroque. Under the artistic direction of cellist Craig Trompeter, the musicians of Metropolis Baroque have recently been featured in the Valletta International Baroque Festival in Malta.

Tickets for this event may be purchased from the QCSO through the church. Benefactor Patrons receive one free ticket per named donor as a free gift if requested by September 15.

Singularity Saxophone Quartet - Friday, November 17, 7:30 PM Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students

Singularity is a contemporary saxophone quartet dedicated to building relationships through live performance. Praised in their May 2015 Carnegie Hall debut as “at once sensitive, nuanced, brash, and daring; all depending on the demands of the music” (David Ludwig, Curtis Institute) and for bringing “a wonderful life and spirit to my work,” (Charles Wuorinen, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer), Singularity’s performances combine precision, thoughtful interpretations, and an honest presentation of the close friendship they share.

Recent Singularity appearances include performances on the Princeton Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series, at the Ethos New Music Society at SUNY Fredonia, as guest artists and clinicians at Mercyhurst College, and as resident artists at Avaloch Farm Music Institute.


FPC Handbell Ensembles: An Advent Service of Lessons and Carols (not ticketed) Wednesday, November 29, 6:00 PM

Kickoff the liturgical season of Advent with a twist on a traditional Service of Advent Lessons and Carols. While there will be sung congregational carols, most of the music will feature FPC's bell ensembles: Vesper Bells, and the newly formed Matin Bells (middle-school and high school age youth) and Kildalton Quartet (an auditioned four-in-hand ensemble). The Lessons and Carols service is a tradition that developed in England after WWI as church leaders sought to bring more creative worship into the Church of England following the war. The service grew in popularity, and many major churches throughout Europe and America present them each year (most notably at King's College at Cambridge, which is broadcast internationally on Christmas Eve). Modified with Advent readings and carols, this service is an intimate way to initiate the season of expectancy before the busy month that follows.

Christmas Concert: “And on Earth Peace” (complimentary tickets required)

Saturday, December 16, 7:30 PM Sunday, December 17, 4:00 PM

The Christmas concerts at FPC have become a much anticipated event in the Quad Cities. This year's concerts, on the third weekend in December, feature many of the church's great ensembles: the Sanctuary Choir, Chamber Chorale, Vesper Bells, Celebration Singers, and Cecelian Carolers, accompanied by full orchestra and dancers.

Building upon FPC's role as a leader against violence in our community, the theme of this year's Christmas concerts is Peace. The concerts feature many beloved carols based on the central theme of the peace of Christ, as well as some new works. The centerpiece of the concerts is a gloriously nostalgic work by twentieth-century English composer Gerald Finzi titled "In Terra Pax," a rarely performed masterwork. Be sure to reserve your complimentary tickets in advance!

For more information about the Performing Arts Series and the Music Ministries of First Presbyterian Church, Matthew Bishop (bishop@fpcdavenport.org; 563-326-1691, ext. 201). Visit the church website for choir information and

Musikgarten Connections Classes on Sunday at 10:20 AM

Artist-in-Residence Concert: Ahreum Han Congdon Saturday, February 17, 7:30 PM Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students

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 (not ticketed) Friday, March 30, 7:30 PM

FPC Choirs and 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.

please contact Director of Music registration links at www.fpcdavenport.org/choirs.htm.

Our theme for this issue of First Press is Connect. So, I’ve been trying to figure out which connections to write about. It’s easy to write about Musikgarten and how our children are learning language, moving and dancing, playing instruments and singing together in a God-centered, musical community at FPC.

But there are so many more connections that are just as important to tell you about. Should I write about the bonding connections between the children and their parents? There are no outside interruptions—just good fun happening as we sing and dance and play instruments together.

Or should I write about the connections between siblings? It’s pretty cool to watch an older sibling become the teacher for the younger sibling!

How about the connections between the kids as they play and run around the room together simply for the joy of it? These connections of friendship will follow them as they grow up together at FPC.

Maybe I should write about the connections forming between the children and the other adults in the room. Our kids know they are surrounded by adults who know them, care about them and that they can trust. How wonderful for our littlest people to know that FPC is filled with adults who know their name and enjoy singing and playing with them! Who wouldn’t want to come to a place like that!

Of course, I can’t forget to mention the connections between all the parents. It’s nice to spend some time with others who just “get it” without having to explain any of the details. And on a purely personal note, I LOVE all of these connections. Musikgarten - by itself- is near and dear to my heart. But words cannot express how much I value the privilege of spending time with these little children (some of them come as newborns) and watching them grow up in front of our eyes. I’ve been blessed by everything from hugs to high 5’s to an intro to Papa at the grocery store when we ran into each other outside of FPC. Our connections are not confined to the walls of our church home. But what a great place for those connections to start!

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).


First Presbyterian Church

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1702 Iowa Street Davenport, IA 52803-4315


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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.


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. 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

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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FIRST PRESS September-December 2017 Issue - "Connect"  

Welcome to FIRST PRESS. A publication promoting all of the programming of First Presbyterian Church, Davenport, Iowa. In this issue, you'll...

FIRST PRESS September-December 2017 Issue - "Connect"  

Welcome to FIRST PRESS. A publication promoting all of the programming of First Presbyterian Church, Davenport, Iowa. In this issue, you'll...