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April 1: Book Club 7:00 p.m.
April 2: Kids Klub 5:15 p.m.
April 3: Ruth Circle 12:00 p.m.
April 7: Monday Meditations 7:00 p.m.
April 8: Finance Committee 5:00 p.m.
April 8: Sarah Circle 7:00 p.m.
April 9: Crafts & Things 9:00 a.m.
April 9: Kids Klub 5:15 p.m.
April 9: Board of Deacons 6:30 p.m.
April 12: Newcomb Friends 11:30 a.m.
April 14: Monday Meditations 7:00 p.m.
April 14: Property Committee 6:00 p.m.
April 16: Kids Klub 5:15 p.m.
April 17: Board of Session 5:30 p.m.
April 17: Maundy Thursday Communion 7:00 p.m.
April 18: Good Friday Worship 7:00 p.m.
April 19: Golden Eggs & Easter Magic 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
April 19: Golden Age Meal 11:45 a.m.
April 20: Men's Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
April 20: Food Pantry
April 20: Easter Celebration 9:30 a.m.
April 21: Monday Meditations 7:00 p.m.
April 23: Kids Klub - Camp Wyoming Presentation 5:15 p.m.
April 26: VBS Planning Meeting 9:00 a.m.
April 28: Monday Meditations 7:00 p.m.
April 30: Kids Klub 5:15 p.m.
May 9: Mother Daughter Banquet 6:00 p.m.


The church office will be closed every Monday. Office hours will be 10 a.m.—2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

Pastor Oak will be setting aside Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 9 a.m. until noon, for office hours. Please feel free to contact him at the church during those hours.

Should you have pastoral concerns or needs, you are welcome to contact him at his cell phone number. Please contact the church office for that number.



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The first Sunday of each month, we will be participating monthly service projects. Join us in worship at 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 p.m. to Connect with God. Following worship, we will gather for lunch, and then go out to Share our gifts and Serve others.

Please feel free to suggest ideas for future ministries and ways to serve God and those in need.




Adult Community Bible Study & Discussion Group
Come join us on Monday’s when the adult study group will be discussing “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan. There are a series of topics which will be individually introduced each Monday.

April 7th “Serving Leftovers to a Holy God”
April 14th “When You’re in Love”
April 21st “Your Best Life–Later”
April 28th “People of the Obsessed”.

The group will meet in the Wing at 7:00 p.m. each Monday evening. Please
plan to attend this thought provoking Bible study.




Each spring Newcomb’s college students receive a care package from the congregation. They appreciate being remembered so warmly by their friends back home.

School supplies, toiletries, snacks, etc. are needed by April 8th. Monetary donations to cover the cost of mailing the care packages will also be accepted. Please bring your contributions to the church office.

If your college student’s address has changed, or if you have military personnel in your family, please call the church office at 391-7308 to update.

The Board of Deacons thanks you for participating in this important ministry.




Newcomb Presbyterian Church will serve the Salvation Army meal on Monday, April 21st. Members from the Seekers will be delivering and serving the meal. Plan to meet in Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m. to load the food and continue to the meal site. The people preparing the food should plan to meet in the kitchen at 2:30 p.m.

If anyone would be interested in baking brownies, a cake, or batch of cookies for dessert to be served with the meal, it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Marilyn Black if you can help out.



We are in the process of organizing a confirmation class for youth grades 6th and up
who would like to join with the church. If you know of a youth who would like to be a part of this class, please contact our Christian Education Elders, Nancy Nielsen and Carey Smysor, or Pastor Tom.




New graduates will be recognized in the worship service next month. A reception in their honor will follow in Fellowship Hall. Details will be published in the May newsletter.

If you or someone in your family will be graduating this spring from high school, college, or other higher educational program, please inform the church office, 391-7308, by April 30th. Please also share with us the graduate’s future plans.

If you or someone in your family graduated mid-year, we’d like to recognize
those accomplishments as well.

Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate the achievements of all our graduates.




Newcomb Friends is meeting Saturday, April 12, at Newcomb church in
fellowship hall at 11:30 for a salad luncheon. Bring something to add to a
“dump salad”. Mary Jean and Bill Lafrenz are hosting. For more information
please call them.




Newcomb’s Easter Day camp will take on a new look this year. The “solid gold” experience will be Saturday, April 19 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Children Preschool through 6th grade are encouraged to participate and children of all ages are invited to help or join in the golden “eggsperience.”

During the morning children will become familiar with the events of Holy Week by putting together their own set of Resurrection Eggs and through other activities. The kids will make a cross garden, mix up some Gethsemane snacks, play games and reach out to our neighbors.

At noon the group will join members of the Golden Age for everyone’s favorite nuggets and mashed potatoes.

Following lunch the group will be entertained by Magician Rick Eugene as we all celebrate “The Magic of Easter.”

Children and help is needed to make this day a success. Share the event and your own gifts as a helper. Easter is a great way for folks of all ages to revisit traditions of the season. Invite your friends and neighbors. Donations for the event will go to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering.



This months Golden Age on April 19th will be an intergenerational “eggsperience” as the children and adults participating in the morning “Golden Eggs” will join the seniors for lunch and some Easter Magic! If you are a Newcomb senior plan on attending. If you have a senior friend or neighbor, invite them to come!


The next food pantry Sunday is April 20th. Your donations of non-perishable food items, personal hygiene products, paper goods and household supplies may be brought to the church office, or placed in the closet next to the red entry doors in the narthex.


Parents of children who hope to attend camp this summer are invited to meet
with representatives of Camp Wyoming from 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. on April
23. Ask questions about the camp, register on the spot and qualify for the early
bird discounts.

Newcomb’s Bates Scholarship Fund provides scholarships of up to one half
the total fee for those attending Camp Wyoming. Come learn more about the
camp, meet the directors and sign up for a week of ADVENTURE!


Saturday, April 26 9:00 a.m.
Anyone who would like to help with this year’s VBS is encouraged to attend
“Getting Started” on Saturday, April 26. The gathering will be a chance to
explore ideas for this year’s vacation bible school based on materials from
Gospel Lights Son Treasure Island. Open up your minds with ideas of buried
treasures, sun and sand and come ready to imagine a tropical paradise of faith
and fun!

Additional planning meetings will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings
- May 17, June 21, and July 12 for those who are unable to attend the first
gathering. Contact Carol Kelly for more information, with ideas or to discuss
how you can be involved.


Session met on March 20th, with the following items being discussed:

  • Pastor Tom discussed Elder and Deacon officer training materials from the PCUSA, as well as additional future leadership training for all church leaders.
  • Pastor Tom and Rev. Diane will be attending PCUSA General Assembly from June 13th – June 24th. Pastor Tom is an alternate delegate for our Presbytery, and Rev. Diane is presenting an overture from the Presbytery at the GA.
  • The session has received notice from Friendly Kids Corner that they will not be renewing their lease when it ends in June 2014. Greg Larrison has been talking with an organization who may be interested in leasing the space, and will continue to be in communication in hopes of securing another daycare provider.
  • The budget was reviewed. Utilities and snow removal costs were both higher than budgeted for the month of February, but overall revenue and expenses are in line with the budget for year to date amounts.
  • There was some discussion regarding the change to children’s Sunday School being held after 9:30 a.m. worship, with children’s church during the service. Session encouraged the Christian Education Committee to talk to all involved persons and make changes to the schedule as needed.
  • Worship on Easter Sunday will be at 9:30 a.m., with no 11:30 a.m. service, and no Saturday night worship that weekend. There will be a Maundy Thursday service, as well as a Good Friday service, both beginning at 7:00 p.m.
  • The Board of Deacons suggested forming a group to coordinate Elders and Deacons acting as greeters / welcomers several times each year for visitors and guests to worship services. Session agreed that this is a good idea, and would like to move forward, with Greg Larrison and Marilyn Black working with 2 Deacons to coordinate.
  • Communion will be served on Saturday, April 5th, Sunday April 6th at both 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and on Maundy Thursday, April 17th.

Please talk with any of the session members if you have questions, suggestions, or concerns you would like brought to the attention of session. The 2014 Elders are: Tom Bahls, Marilyn Black, Sue Dobbs, Juli Hahn, Ron Johnson, Mike Klehn, Ralph Klinkrodt, Greg Larrison, Nancy Nielsen, Carey Smysor, and Clayton Ward.



Each Sunday morning at 9 a.m. a group meets in the lounge for fifteen minutes to pray. Prayers may be silent or spoken. Our church, its members and friends, our nation and the world are included in the prayer focus.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in this weekly time of prayer.



Plans for the Mother- Daughter Banquet are underway. Mark your calendars
for Friday, May 9th at 6:00 pm in Fellowship Hall. This year it is about

We are fortunate to have Kathleen Wheeler from Milan present a “Parade of
Dolls”. She will be sharing her collections of dolls - old, new, and in between,
and holiday dolls - some made here and some in other countries. If young
children have a special doll, they are welcome to bring them along and
Kathleen will pull some of their dolls into the program. We are sure you will
enjoy this presentation.

The planning committee would also encourage everyone to bring an unmarked
baby picture of themselves. We’ll see how good we are at matching the baby to
the grown up person. All pictures will be returned before you head home.

A meal will be catered by Riefe’s and served by our Newcomb men. Tickets
will be on sale the second week in April. Cost is $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for
ages 4 to 10 years. Younger than 4 years there will be no charge.

Plan to attend and make some new “Memories”. Invite a neighbor or friend.
Remember everyone (referring to ladies only) is a daughter. See you on May 9th.

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