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July 30:Open House for Newcomb Learning Center 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
August 3: Town Hall Meeting 11:00 a.m.
August 4: Monday Meditations 7:00 p.m.
August 5: Worship Committee 5:00 p.m.
August 7: Ruth Circle 12:00 p.m.
August 9: Habitat for Humanity 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
August 11: Property Committee 6:00 p.m.
August 11: Monday Meditations 7:00 p.m.
August 12: Finance Committee 5:00 p.m.
August 12: Sarah Circle 7:00 p.m.
August 13: Crafts & Things 9:00 a.m.
August 13: Board of Deacons 7:00 p.m.
August 17: Men's Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
August 17: Food Pantry Sunday 10:00 a.m.
August 18: Monday Meditations 7:00 p.m.
August 21: Board of Session 5:30 p.m.
August 24th: Mission Starfish Haiti Presentation and Luncheon
August 24th: Classic Car Display Community Event 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
August 25: Monday Meditations 7:00 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 Worship Committee and Session would like to hold a Town Hall Meeting focusing on our core value of Joyful Worship on Sunday, August 3rd, immediately following the 10:00 worship service.


Members of Session and Worship Committee will be there to join in discussion with you about what Joyful Worship means to you, as well as structure and times of worship services as we look toward the future of our church. We have included some questions on a form in the newsletter to help you think about your own preferences for worship prior to the meeting. Please take a few minutes to prayerfully answer those questions, and bring with you to the Town Hall meeting. Please come with your thoughts, questions, concerns, and most importantly a heart ready for Joyful Worship on August 3rd! If you are unable to attend, please return your answered questions to the church office, attention Worship Committee, before August 3rd so that your thoughts can be included in our discussion.



There will be an Open House for the Newcomb Early Learning Center on
Wednesday, July 30th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


The Scott County Family Y is partnering with Newcomb Presbyterian Church to
provide high quality child care and Iowa Department of Education preschool. The
licensed center, located in the lower level of the church, will serve children age 18
months - 5 years between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Future plans for school age care during school breaks is also in the works. For
more information, call Janet Peterson 563-345-6511 or e-mail




Adult Community Bible Study & Discussion Group
A new series of discussions on “Peace Making” will begin on August 4th. This
bible study is from PC(USA). The study will compare and contrast cultural,
political, and biblical definitions of peace. Jesus said (Luke 19) “If you, even you,
had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace!”

August 4th - Session 1: The Things That Make For Peace
August 11th - Session 2: Finding Peace
August 18th - Session 3: Practicing Peace
August 25th - Session 4: Extending Peace
September 1st - Labor Day Holiday No Meeting
September 8th - Session 5: Living Peace

The group will meet in the church Wing on Monday evenings from
7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Please plan to join us. Everyone is very welcome.



Do you have a passion for music? Are you a choir member? Do you enjoy
preparing your heart for Worship through music? If you answered “YES” to any
of these questions please join the Worship Committee on August 5th at
5:00 p.m.
in the Wing to discuss the Music Department and how we can enhance
the worship experience through music in the Fall. If you have any questions or
can’t make the meeting please speak to a member of Worship Committee.



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.



August 9, 2014 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 6400 Appomattox Road, Davenport
Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities works in partnership with God and people from all walks of life to build simple, decent, affordable housing and improve our community so all people can live as God intended.

Join in this hands-on mission. No special skills are needed and all tools are provided. Must be age 16 and older. Under 18 must have a parent or guardian signature. All volunteers must sign a waiver of release and can work for whatever length of time they want. No open faced shoes.



The Founder of Mission Starfish Haiti, Silentor Esthil-Henderson will visit Newcomb on Sunday, August 24th. Silentor was adopted by Tommy Henderson, from New Hope Presbyterian church and brought to the States in hopes of saving his diseased
leg. Losing a leg in Haiti would have been condemnation to a life as a beggar, and even as small child, Silentor was very adamant against it being cut off. Through Tommy’s efforts, Silentor’s leg was restored and he was able to live a full and healthy
life in the Midwest. Silentor, as Tommy puts it, is his “starfish.”

After living in the United States for 15 years, Silentor returned to his native Haiti in 2011 and built a Christian school for children in his hometown of Gonaives under the name Mission Starfish Haiti. The Starfish School serves 236 children from kindergarten to fourth grade with plans to add fifth grade this fall. All the activities and programs are aimed not only at educating children who had no hope of attending school, or didn’t have a chance to get more than 1 or 2 years in the public schools, but also at elevating the economic opportunities of their families and community. Haitians helping Haitians, one Starfish at a time. Follow Mission Starfish Haiti on Facebook, or find the
website at or see videos on YouTube,

Following Worship, stay to learn more about Mission Starfish Haiti and join Silentor and Tommy for a light lunch sponsored by the Board of Deacons and the Worship Committee. Free will donations for Mission Starfish Haiti will be accepted.



The kids learned about the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance’s initiative to provide ‘school kits’ to children in need (currently targeting Syrian refugees). Several items were brought and we hope more will be collected from the congregation. Please place
donations in the well located in Fellowship Hall.

Items needed include: Blunt-tip child scissors,70-count spiral notebook and/or legal pads (no loose/filler paper please), 12” rulers, Hand-held pencil sharpeners, Large erasers, Boxes of 24 crayons



The annual Newcomb Church Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, September
18, 2014 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This event is held each year on the
3rd Thursday of September in Fellowship Hall. We host the event with the
sponsorship of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. Our annual goal
is 15 units of blood that can be used to help save lives locally and regionally.
This event could not be possible without the help of our dedicated donors and
volunteers. For additional information, contact Tom Bylund, our Blood Drive
Coordinator, or the Blood Center 1-800-747-5401 or you can visit their web site



The Friendly House food pantry services those living west of Brady, south of
Kimberly Road to 8th St., and east of Division. Anyone in that area in need of
food or household paper products can rely on assistance from Friendly House.

Newcomb is a long-time supporter of the Friendly House food pantry. Every
month, Donna and Wayne Kraft deliver our contributions. In recent months, the
number of donated items has declined.

The third Sunday of the month is designated as Food Pantry Sunday. However,
you may bring non-perishable items to the church any Sunday and leave them
in the Narthex cupboard. Especially needed are: cereal, soup, pasta, canned
fruit & vegetables, canned meat (tuna or chicken), peanut butter, jelly/jam, and
household paper products.

If you wish to donate perishable items such as eggs, butter, or milk, you may drop
them off at Friendly House, 1221 Myrtle St., Davenport, Monday – Friday, 11:00
a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Thank you for your interest in this important mission.


Newcomb Presbyterian Church will serve the Salvation Army meal on Monday,
August 18th. Members of the Newcomb Friends group will be delivering and
serving the meal. Five or six people will be needed. Plan to meet in Fellowship
Hall at 5:30 p.m. to load the food and continue to the meal site. Those preparing
the meal will meet in the kitchen at 2:30 p.m.

If anyone would like to provide brownies, cookies, or cake for the meal, please
contact Marilyn Black


The craft and things group has made an additional 60 diapers from T-shirts. These
have been delivered to Christ Methodist Church and will be delivered at a future
date to an orphanage in Haiti. Thirty-five colorful pillow cases have been shipped
to Soldier’s Relief. From there they will be shipped to American G.I. Comfort
Support Hospitals in Germany and Afghanistan. This group meets the second
Wednesday morning of each month in Fellowship Hall for crocheting, knitting,
sewing, prayer shawls and fellowship.


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.