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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
belong! Where faith is nurtured, curiosity is encouraged, diversity is
welcomed, and all are loved.

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First Presbyterian Church, Davenport, Iowa, Calls Rev. Katie Styrt as Associate Pastor

At the Congregational Meeting on Sunday, January 28, FPC members voted to call Rev. Katie Styrt as Associate Pastor.
Pastor Katie’s planned start date is the end of April. 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. Her favorite part of ministry is usually sharing communion, although
mission trips are a close second.

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Grant Funds Available - The Deacons’ Endowment Fund

The Deacons’ Endowment Fund (DEF) was established to help groups and organizations within
the First Presbyterian Church and the church community that are developing new mission and
outreach programs by providing seed money in the form of matching grants. 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. To apply for a grant, an application form must be
completed and submitted for consideration. The maximum grant that can be awarded is $5,000.
The grant application process will be open for the period March 15 - May 15, 2018.  For
more information, following this link.
 If you have questions, please contact Deacon Brock
Earnhardt (; 563-343-6304).

Church Grounds Clean-up Day Rescheduled for Saturday, May 5, 9:00 am

You don’t need a green thumb to help with this project! Here is an opportunity for productive
fellowship and breakfast, too! On Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, everyone is
invited to help tidy up the planting beds and lawns around the church building. The church will
provide lawn bags for yard waste and a wheel barrow and small rolling carts. Here’s what is
needed from you ... bring a rake and a smile! A breakfast of bagels, cream cheese, donuts, juice,
milk, and coffee will be available. Georgia Roberts, will serve as project manager and will be
there to answer any questions. Please contact John Gere to RSVP (
For more information, contact Shannon Gruhlke (563-326-1691;

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Vacation Bible Camp 2018 - Save the Dates for June 5 through June 8! 

This is happening June 5-8 but we want to make sure everyone gets it on the calendars now!
Please note: we are doing a 4-day instead of a 5-day Vacation Bible Camp due to Davenport
Community Schools classes going through Monday, June 4! VBC is from 9:30 am-12:30 pm for
youth age 3 and potty-trained through 6
th grade. 7th grade through 12th grade youth are helpers
and adult volunteers are also needed! Please contact Tiffany (, if you
are able to help out. Childcare is available for volunteers. This annual fun Christian education
happening is a perfet example of how we are living into our mission and reaching out to our
surrounding neighborhood.


Rev. Katie Styrt

Need a Good Book to Read?  Great New Books Have Been Added in the Library!

Check out what's available in the church library by following the quick link at to search the
shelves.  If you don't find something that interests you, make a recommendation to the Library Committee; and, a
reminder to check if you have any overdue books at home and return them in the library. Here are a few of the new
Interrupting Silence:  God’s Command to Speak Out, by Walter Brueggemann.  The author urges people to speak
in situations of injustice using many Biblical examples where marginalized people speak out to break repression.  
Happiness Is a Choice You Make, by John Lelan. Stories compiled from interviews of people 85 and older from various
backgrounds enjoying life.
The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah.  A story of Alaska, 1974 – A POW comes home from
Vietnam  and moves his family to Alaska with dangerous results.


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It’s Manna & More Fellowship Breakfast - Sunday, May 6, 8:15 am

Everyone is invited!  Share breakfast with your family and friends before and after the 9:00
AM service. Enjoy a delicous hot breakfast and socialize with some of your old and new
friends. The menu is breakfast pizza, fruit, and assorted beverages. Adults -
$3, children (12 & under) - $1.  For more information, please contact a member of the
Congregation Development & Fellowship Committee.

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