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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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Sunday Services Times:

 9:00 am & 11:00 am in the Sanctuary

“What does the LORD require of
you but to do justice, and to love
kindness, and to
walk humbly with
your God?”
- Micah 6:8

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As we enter the Season of Advent, may you find joy and hope in the anticipation of Christmas. The following link
  to the
December newsletter offers inspiration, activities, and congregational news.  Read the cover article on
   “Shared Faith.”  Here’s a preview of the article:

     We all approach the Season of Advent and Christmas with different perspectives. We recognize that through
       the journey of such seasons, we manage stress, feel joy, and offer hope to others while
        both discovering and reflecting upon our own faith. We can extend warmth to those
          around us by sharing our stories and by listening to concerns of others and our faith
           community. It is assuring to know that while we are on this faith journey, we will meet
             others along the way. Their stories often trigger a memory or thought that allows us
               to reflect upon an experience and we gain a deeper appreciation of how our own
          faith story was (and is) being written. ...Remember that whatever the season, it is good
to invite others to share in the journey of joy and enlightenment found by a saving grace, offered to all!  

Christmas Pageant

Our 2017 Christmas Pageant is “A Star Is Born” and your children are invited to be a
part of this production on Sunday, 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, “Blessings of the Babies”. Any children wanting to be in
this need to plan to be at our dress rehearsal Saturday, December 23 from 10:30 am
to 12:00 pm (the annual pizza party happens afterwards), and then need to be here
at 3:30 pm on December 24 ready to begin our Christmas pageant.  For more
information, please contact Director of Christian Education
Tiffany Horvath.

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Christmas Concert: “And on Earth Peace”  
Saturday, December 16, 7:30 pm & Sunday, December 17, 4:00 pm
Open to Everyone -- reserve your FREE ticket today!

The Christmas concerts at FPC are a much anticipated event in the Quad Cities.
This year’s concerts feature many of the church’s ensembles: the
Sanctuary Choir,
Chamber Chorale, Vesper Bells, Celebration Singers,
and Cecelian Carolers,
accompanied by full orchestra and dancers. The concerts feature many beloved
carols based on the 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.

Complimentary FREE reserved tickets are suggested -- contact the church
 (563-326-1691) for more information!

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Advent Prayers - Wednesdays, December 13 & 20

Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would come. Advent for Christians is the four
week period before Christmas of expectation and anticipation of the Messiah’s
(Christ’s) birth.   The Contemplative Prayer Group is offering Advent Prayers on
Wednesdays in Advent – December 13 and 20.  All are invited to take time apart for
scriptures, shared readings, and silent prayer.   We will begin at 6:30 pm in the
Donaldson Room (just off the front of the sanctuary on the east side).   Advent
Prayers will last 30 minutes but you are welcome to stay longer in this sacred space.
Join us in the Season of Advent -- a time of waiting and preparation for the
celebration of Christmas.

Isaiah had prophesied:
“A shoot shall come out from the
stock of Jesse, and a branch shall
grow out of his roots”

 - Isaiah 11:1

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The Christmas Services

Sunday, December 24, 2017

 10:00 am Traditional Morning Worship Service

  4:00 pm Children’s Christmas Pageant with Carols

  9:00 pm Candlelight Christmas Communion

11:00 pm Carols and Candlelight

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This year there will be four Christmas worship services at FPC celebrating the birth
of Jesus Christ.  The 10:00 am morning worship service will be the traditional
service, with music provided by mother-daughter duet of Kristine Oswald and Erin
Sodawasser. Rev. Dr. Richard Miller will share the message, “Trusting the Angel.”

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 “A Star is Born.”  The
Cherub Choir and Kirkwood Choir 
will share special music.  We will sing traditional carols and experience the wonder of
the candle lit service. Blessing of the Babies recognizes 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 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.

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 and moving Christmas celebration.

Hope Project Glove Giveaway - Tuesday, December 19, 3:00 pm

Join us for the next Hope Project at FPC! We’re giving the gift of warmth with a hot
cocoa and glove giveaway. Meet by the porte cochere entrance along Kirkwood
Boulevard, on Tuesday, December 19, from 3:00 to 5:30 pm. Everyone is invited to
participate in providing this gift of warmth as we extend care, hope, and witness to
the community as the heart of the city. Gloves and mittens may be donated by
dropping them off in the back of the sanctuary or in the church office. This ministry is
a form of listening to those in our community and making connections through Hope
Projects. For more information, contact
Diane Pumphrey.

Hope Projects: Caring and reaching out through visible works of service -- creating
hope and awareness in our community as we put the church’s mission into action.

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