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Welcome! You can find First Presbyterian Church at the corner of
Kirkwood Boulevard and Iowa Streets,
 located in the heart of the city of
Davenport, Iowa. You're always invited to worship with us! A place to
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Prayer for Epiphany

God of endless light, you sent a star —
rising from darkness, guiding seekers
and sages, overwhelming us with joy.
Let the splendor of your dawning light
grow in us and in all the world until the
whole creation shines with your glory;
through Jesus Christ our light.  

- Matthew 2:1-12

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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,

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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!


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.  

Sunday Service Times:

9:00 am & 11:00 am

Meet and Greet Associate Pastor Candidate Katie Styrt
Saturday, January 27, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Fellowship Hall

About Rev. Styrt: Katie Styrt grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. She attended the University of Chicago, where she met
her husband Philip in a theater class, and got her Masters of Divinity from Louisville Theological Presbyterian 
Seminary. In their spare time, Philip and Katie enjoy playing board games, baking, and trying (unsuccessfully) to teach
their old dog new tricks. Philip currently teaches composition to college freshmen while Katie serves as a part-time
associate pastor and a part-time solo pastor at two churches in Rochester, New York. One of her current
congregations is joining with another church in early April, and so she hopes to shepherd them through this transition
and then move to Davenport in mid-April (if the way be clear). Her favorite part of ministry is usually sharing
communion, although mission trips are a close second.

Congregational Meeting to Vote on Call to Ministry for Associate Pastor
Sunday, January 28, one service at 9:00 am (candidate preaching); vote to call at 9:50 am in the Sanctuary

The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee announced they have selected an Associate Pastor to present to the Congregation.  Rev. Katie
Styrt will preach on Sunday January 28, 2018, in a single worship service at 9:00 am.  There will be a Congregational Meeting at 9:50 am,
following the worship service to allow for members to vote on this Call to Ministry.

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

Come enjoy a delicious supper of pancakes, sausage and applesauce before Lent,
on Shrove Tuesday, also known as Fat Tuesday - Tuesday, February 13, from 5:00
pm to 6:30 pm.  There is no charge, but donations will be accepted. Shrove Tuesday
originated during the Middle Ages. As now, some foods were regarded as restricted
during Lent. To keep such foods from being wasted, many families would have big
feasts on Shrove Tuesday in order to consume those items that would inevitably
spoil over the next forty days.

Trivia Night 2018 - Saturday, February 10, 6:00 pm

Our annual Trivia Night for ACT and EPIC Youth Mission Trips will take place on
Saturday, February 10! Come to this fun event and plan to laugh a lot while having a
great time supporting the you of the church. Doors open at 6:00 pm, trivia begins at
7:00 pm. Ish. We have a limit of 15 tables for this -- so get your RSVP’s in now for
this hilarious and fun evening (childcare will be available). Teams of eight people, or
if you don’t have a team we can assign you to one. Cost is $80/team with $10 for
Double downs, so basically $100 a table AND we have a silent auction. We will have
drinks, desserts, pizza and Chick Fil A for sale again! If you are able to donate an
item for our Silent Auction this evening, it would be so appreciated! To RSVP or
donate an item, let Tiffany know by email ( or call the
church office at 563-326-1691.

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