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Upcoming….
Important days in June!

Saturday, June 10 Church work day
New challenges this year, as we will have to work around the roof repair scaffolding. We will also clean the Calvert Street School parking lot. Many willing hands will yield great results! Please come from 8 a.m. to noon; if you will be working outside bring rakes, brooms and shovels. We’ll also do some interior painting and minor repairs. For more information contact Ken Hoffman or Mike Franco.

Sunday, June 11
Our FPC family will thank Pastor and Mrs. Maxwell for their 20 years of loving service to God and all of us. We will honor them and thank God for their devotion—in our worship service and with a celebration during Fellowship Hour. There will be cake, of course! Deacons will provide a light lunch so families can stay and everyone can enjoy a wonderful time of celebration and thanksgiving for the Maxwells!

Sunday, June 25
Our annual family picnic at beautiful Gooseberry Beach! Enjoy good food and great fun in a beautiful Newport beach setting!

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Ongoing….
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Notes from the Bench
Now the ideal time to consider becoming an active part of the music ministry at First Presbyterian! For more information about our music ministry, Contact the church office. You will be warmly welcomed! We welcome singers, hand-bell ringers, and instrumentalists! Children in grades 1-4 are learning to play chimes.

FPC offers a nursery ministry that allows parents of young children to attend Sunday school classes and worship services. This ministry is vital to our ability to invite all members to “participate in our worship, work and witness.” We also offer a Young Children in Worship experience for chlldren 3-6 years old. See our Nursery/Preschool page for more details.

Sarah Circle Bible Study
The Thursday morning group is studying Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer. Join us from 9:30 to 11:30 Thursdays in the Hometime Room. Child care is provided. For more information, please contact Laurie Aseltine at 846-1617.

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Monday evening women's bible study is discussing "Exploring The Story" by Max Lucado and Randy Frazier, a chronological tale of the events, characters and teachings of the Bible. They meet at 6:00 pm at Daryl Kolator's home. If you are interested, contact the church office or Daryl Kolator at 846-8224

Juniors for Jesus  Grades 6-8 meets Friday evenings for a Bible discussion, snacks, music and games. And much more!

Senior High Youth Group Meetings are every Friday, 6:30-8 p.m. at the church. Email and Facebook will be used to communicate any changes.
Promise Keepers. This men's group meets Saturday at 8 a.m. in the Hometime Room to enjoy Christian fellowship, topical discussion and prayer. If you are interested in joining them, contact the church office or Don Fennessey at 683-3331 or fenns@hotmail.com.

Dinner Club It’s always time to join our dinner groups of six or eight and enjoy food, fellowship and fun together for a six-month period, and then look forward to a new group. This is a great way to get to know your fellow worshippers. Many lasting friendships have begun through our FPC Dinner Club. Our groups often need substitutes, so please let the church secretary (847-1749) know if you are interested in joining, even on an occasional basis.

Soup Kitchen is the first Wednesday of each month You can support the Soup Kitchen by providing needed ingredients for the menu, adding a financial donation, or volunteering to help prepare, serve, or clean up. We also collect travel-sized toiletries, hats, gloves, etc. for our guests. During July and August, we serve “take-out” bagged dinners outside.




Coffee Hour. Join us in the Fellowship Hall for coffee, tea, juice, and goodies after our Sunday Worship service. If you’d like to help with this valued fellowship, you’ll find that all supplies, including cookies, are provided, and the coffee table is already set up. All you have to do is keep the coffee urns filled, help clean up, and enjoy the conversation after church on Sunday morning.

Prayer—a vital aspect of First Presbyterian Church's fellowship, worship, and service
• Intercessory prayer Sunday in the Hometime Room at 8:30 a.m.
• Intercessory prayer for at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church
• Prayer Chain: in response to requests from the office, friendship register and members
• Prayer Room is available of Individual or group prayer upstairs in the James House.
• Join a small group for mutual support and prayer.
Confidentiality is assured in all these prayer ministries. Join us in this important activity and make a difference in the Kingdom.


Medical Equipment.
If you have crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, etc. that you’re not using, let the Deacons know so they can help those in need of such equipment. We also have nursery items available to loan to congregation members when they have guests with small children.

Food Bank. Every month, the Deacons collect food items for the local food bank. Thank you for your generous help in meeting the needs in our community. The needs are great this year.

Attention High School Students. Are you looking for ways to fulfill your community service hours? There are many opportunities here at FPC. Contact the church office.

Small Groups Ministry We believe small groups are the key to connecting with other members and discovering and learning to use your spiritual gifts. Please contact Bunny Miller at 683-0709 or Dave and Daryl Kolator at 846-8224.

Small Group Bible study. We meet in the Hometime Room at 7 p.m. every other Friday evening. Contact Bunny Miller (683-0709, bunnym@cox.net).


We are grateful for our church family members in the military. Please continue to pray for those among our church family who are serving overseas.

Vacation Bible School in July. We are busy planning for this year’s VBS. For dozens of youngsters in our congregation and our community, last year’s VBS provided an inspiring and fun-filled week of prayer, song and activities.

CDs of Worship Services are now available. If you are unable to attend services and would like to listen, please contact a deacon or the church office.

Deacons' request. If you have a financial, spiritual, or other need, or know of someone who does, please alert us. Use the sealable cards in the pew racks or call the church office. Our Deacons Fund helps local social service agencies as well as members of our congregation.

Nursery News. Our nursery ministry and children’s worship program offer peace of mind for parents of babies and young children while they attend Sunday school classes and worship services. Nursery volunteers are always needed. Contact Lynn at 683-0192.

Thursday morning Sarah Circle  All FPC women are invited to join and newcomers are always warmly welcomed. Our current study is The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer. We meet in the Hometime Room from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Child care is provided. Please contact Laurie Aseltine at (401) 846–1617 for more information.

Monday Morning Bible Study. This group meets at Deidra Ricci’s home. Members are currently studying studying the book of Romans

Tuesday Night Bible Study Living with Passion and Purpose, by Elizabeth George, is a study of the book of Luke. We invite all women of FPC to join us beginning Tuesday evenings, 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the home of Diane Incze. For more information, contact Robyn Buck, krbnewport@msn.com or 965-2555.

Naomi Circle meets the first Tuesday of each month in the Hometime Room.

Sewing Circle meets Monday mornings at 10:00 a.m.in the James House. This lively group of ladies of all ages turns button-front shirts into hospital johnnies for patients around the globe. After summer vacation they’ll pick up their needles again.

Sweet Hour of Prayer. A small group of ladies gathers every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. for prayer. They invite others to join this special time.

Knitting ministry. If anyone would like directions for making a baby sweater for new babies in our congregation please contact the church office.

Inquirer’s Class. Classes are held periodically for those who are interested in finding out more about the history, life and witness of FPC. Following the two-hour class, participants are welcome to join the membership of FPC. Dr. Maxwell leads the class. If you are interested in attending, please call the church office, 847-1749. You will be contacted regarding the date and time.

Drivers needed. Several members of our congregation are unable to drive and need rides to Sunday services. The deacons are helping but there are more needs than they can accommodate. If you are able to offer a ride, or know of someone who needs a ride, please contact the deacons.

Help our secretary help you.  Our new data base software is up and running, and it needs up-to-date information to truly be useful. Click here to download and print a handy form for updating your information. If you would like to have an updated, electronic copy of our church family directory, contact Lee.Please be sure your information is correct so we can issue an updated version soon; email current information to the church secretary at secretary@FPC.org, or 847-1749.

Library. Our children’s and adult library collections have more than 3,000 items for your reading, listening or viewing. Please return items as promptly as possible and place them in the cabinet under the display shelf in the Fellowship Hall. The Overdue or Missing list is growing! Please help by returning any overdue items you may have at home.

Monthly newsletter.
Please send all articles and announcements to Loretta, secretary@fpcnewport.org, 401-847-1749, by the third week of each month for the Anchor newsletter.

Weekly E-newsletter. For all members and friends, news and photos to keep everyone informed of current activities.

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Annual Fall Retreat Last year’s retreat, led by Pastor Bill Maxwell, was held at Sachuest National Wildlife Sanctuary in Middletown.The theme was Praying the Psalms—Finding a Path to Prayer through the Book of Psalms. This year's retreat will again be at the Wildlife refuge in early October.