Newport Community Thanksgiving Celebration
Centuries ago, John Calvin observed that the human mind is “a perpetual forge of idols.” This can often be seen in our temptation to idolize persons from our collective past, those whom we continue to look to for inspiration, courage, and hope. Join us Sunday, Nov. 20 at 6:00 p.m. at First Christian Church-Newport (115 Rose Road) as we consider the Thanksgiving holiday in relation to the faith of the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Plantation and the heroes of Israel’s past. Pastor Morris Fleischer of Newport-Mt. Olivet UMC will be sharing the message, Heroes, Not Idols, based on Hebrews 11:29-12:2. Our Thanksgiving offering will benefit the Newport Emergency Fund, an assistance ministry established by Harry Taylor and Bill Vincel in 1976 that has helped numerous local families in times of need.
Prepare the Way for the Lord
Advent and the Message of John the Baptist Prepare to receive Christ this Advent with the message of John the Baptist and best-selling author and pastor Adam Hamilton in Prepare the Way for the Lord.
For centuries, Christians have turned to the story and message of John the Baptist in the weeks leading up to Christmas. In Prepare the Way for the Lord: Advent and the Message of John the Baptist, best-selling author and pastor Adam Hamilton explores the Advent themes of John’s life and ministry, and how John calls all followers of Jesus to prepare our hearts for his coming.
In each of the Gospels, the story of Jesus is intertwined with that of his cousin John, the one whom the prophets foretold would come to “prepare the way of the Lord.” When we hear the message of John the Baptist, it makes us and our world ready to receive Christ.
Join us beginning Sunday, Nov. 27 for our Sunday School and Worship series on John the Baptist!
Christmas Eve 2022
In January 1996, Joan Osborne’s recording of Eric Bazilian’s song “One of Us” became a top ten hit. The song asks a series of simple but profound questions: “Does God have a name? And if God had a name, would you say it if you met God in glory, face to face? What would God look like if God had a face? And if seeing God’s face meant you had to believe in Jesus and the saints, would you still want to see?” Through the lens of faith, we confront the song’s primary question—”what if God was one of us”—not watching from a distance as the song lyric so glibly muses, but taking the risks and having the inside knowledge of being born, being fully human, flesh and bone, living life with all its triumph and all its tragedy, and facing the stark reality of death? This is the good news of Christmas—God indeed became one of us. Join us at 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve as we sing carols of joy and praise and hear the stories of Jesus’ birth once again. Our Christmas Eve offering will benefit the Newport Emergency Fund, an assistance ministry established by Harry Taylor and Bill Vincel in 1976 that has helped numerous local families in times of need.
Season of Epiphany 2023
The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek epiphaneia, meaning “appearance” or “manifestation.” After all the festivities of the Christmas season, Epiphany is a time when we wonder at the revelation of God to the world in Jesus Christ. The Season of Epiphany is essentially a time of entering into a holy mystery, realizing that we are part of something larger than ourselves. As the magi ventured forth on a journey of discovery, so we find ourselves on a similar journey, transformed by the inexhaustible love and mercy of God in the life of Jesus. Worship series begins Sunday, Jan. 1.