Category: Announcements

Newport’s annual Giving Tree



Newport’s annual Giving Tree is up in the atrium area! The gifts you give will go to Hopelink’s Holiday Gift Room (parents, guardians, grandparents shop with points), Treehouse (for children in foster care), and to Compass Alliance which serves homeless and low-income persons in the Puget Sound area and where gifts for children are needed. Please select one or more tags from the Tree and return the item UNWRAPPED to the Tree on or before December 14. The tags are fun sugges-tions but other new toys or clothing items for children (babies through teens) that you might like to donate are most welcome. Members of the Mission and Peacemaking Committee will deliver to Hopelink; Ann and John Huber deliver to the Treehouse warehouse and Bea and Don Polinsky will see that the gifts for Compass Alliance are delivered. If you have extra gift wrap, it can be delivered with the gifts and will be greatly appreciated. Volunteers are always needed at Hopelink’s Holiday Room—help with sorting and set-up and on the actual shopping days. If you are interested in helping a few hours between December 8 and 22, please call Dave at the Bellevue Hopelink (425) 943-7558. Receipts for tax purposes are available in the office.


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Compass Alliance


Compass Alliance needs your help in providing
warm clothing for the winter. These items go to
those men who are low-income, homeless or veterans
at over 20 locations and programs throughout
the Puget Sound region.

The greatest needs include:
(New) socks and underwear
 T-shirts—sizes L-XXL
 Gloves
 Sweatshirts—sizes L-XXL
 Hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrushes,
     shampoo, soap, etc.

All items will be delivered December 14. (More
deliveries will be made as items come in.)
Please deliver all items to the Compass Alliance box
in the narthex. For more information contact Bea
Polinsky at (425) 746-6923.

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Warm for Winter

It’s time to be knitting, crocheting or sewing hats and scarves for homeless people as we have done for several years. Please put them in the corner box of the donation bins. Only homemade ones, please. We will bless them in both worship services on Sunday, November 8.

Further Information? Call Mary Hanke at (206) 890-4883. Thank you.

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The Magi are coming with gifts!

Calling all creative persons in the congregation to bring their “gifts.” The Annual “Gifts of the Magi” exhibit will be shown during the Advent-Epiphany seasons—November 30, 2014 to January 18, 2015.
You are invited to share your artistic talent/gifts; paintings, drawings, photographs, crafts, tapestry (quilts!), mixed media, etc. in celebration of the coming of the King! Our space is limited in the Atrium Gallery and the exhibit will be hung on November 24.

Please contact Rob McClure by November 16 to reserve
a place.( or 425-641-4770)

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Congregations for the Homeless

August is almost here—the month that Newport furnishes all the breakfast supplies (cereal, juice, bananas, etc.) for 30 to 35 men who will be at Overlake Presbyterian Church each day. Our first delivery will be on July 29. Still needed are sign-ups for non-perishable items which can be brought to the upstairs kitchen anytime. You can also sign your name and someone will call you in August with a request for perishable foods. Cash donations are helpful and checks may be made out to Newport Presbyterian Church and marked for CFH. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Betty Spohn (425-451-3651) or Jan Medley (425-922-7415). Other items that are greatly appreciated by the men in the CFH program and which can be delivered at the same time as the food include small size toiletries, new underwear and socks for men, small gym bags, twin size sheets, blankets and towels, appropriate magazines and books.

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Newport’s Annual Labor Day Family Retreat and Camping Trip Twin Harbors Beach State Park

When:  Friday, August 29 through Monday, September 1
Where: Twin Harbors Beach State Park near Westport
What:  Fellowship—Fun—Campfires—S’mores—Wiener roast—Beach walks—Sand castles—Oyster    outings—Kite  flying, Saturday evening potluck dinner and Sunday morning worship on the beach followed by Fred Antrobus’ homemade cinnamon rolls.
Who:   All Newport families and friends
Bring: A main course item and a salad, appetizer or dessert for the group dinner Saturday evening
Cost:  Regular campsite for three nights—$90
Yurt   for three nights—$240
Yurt:  We have reserved the one yurt at the campground. If you would love to join us for the
weekend but don’t own an RV and just don’t care for tent  camping, this is for you! For
more information about the yurt, go to

The registration deadline is Wednesday, August 20. (Campground cancellation policies make this deadline

Special instructions:
Make checks payable to Newport Presbyterian Church. A campsite will be reserved for you when both thereservation form and the payment have been turned into the church office. You must register and pay for allthree nights. If you have more than one vehicle, the campground will charge an extra vehicle fee of $10 per night upon check-in. Attendees will receive further information approximately one week before the retreat.

Questions? Call the Hubers—Ann at (425) 221-8146 or John at (425) 761-1050.

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Save the Date!

Newport Presbyterian Church

Vacation Church School 2014

Tuesday, June 24

Wednesday, June 25

Thursday, June 26


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Kindness classes on Wednesday evenings – after Easter

After Easter, we at Newport have a wonderful new opportunity to focus on kindness.

Following his well-attended adult classes in February, local educator Andy Smallman is returning to Newport to to offer an evening class called “Kindness Blessings” for four Wednesdays, April 23 – May 14 at 7 p.m in the chapel. Using Rachel Naomi Remen’s book “My Grandfather’s Blessings,” each week participants will read several chapters from the book and come together to discuss them. To augment the reading, Andy will suggest weekly kindness actions for participants to complete, and encourage everyone to keep a “blessings journal.”


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Wednesday Evening Lenten classes focus on Kathleen Norris

Lenten class on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.:

Please join us for a fascinating series of Lenten study classes March 12, 19, 26, and April 2, at 7 p.m. We will be using Kathleen Norris’ booklet and video called:

“Embracing a Life of Meaning: Kathleen Norris on Discovering What Matters.”

Kathleen Norris is a gifted poet who discovered Christian spirituality at a Benedictine monastery in North Dakota.

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2014 Dep Dinner – New Orleans Style!

Join us on Saturday, March 15 at 6:00 pm at the corner of Bourbon Street and Deputation Avenue for a fabulous Mardi Gras Dep Dinner Celebration.




A wonderful southern meal awaits you:
-Shrimp appetizers
-Jambalaya *
-Green Salad with New  Orleans Balsamic Dressing
-Corn muffins  – jalapeno, plain or gluten free
-Chocolate Ganache Calk or Sweet Potato-Pecan Pie for dessert
*add your own heat as desired—-hot sauce provided!
The meal includes vegetarian and gluten/dairy free options

Tickets will be on sale starting Feb. 23 – $15/adults  $5/children 6-11 years                                                             Free for  children 5 and under
(Children’s meal available upon request: chicken  nuggets, carrots, beverage)

Dress in festive attire!  We’ll provide the supplies for you to make your own Mardi Gras mask!

Entertainment  and Trip Info by the Dep Team
LIVE AUCTION will include:
-Yard work  on Sunday afternoon, March 23
-Pot Roast Dinner prepared and delivered to you at church  on April 13
-Beef Stew Dinner prepared and delivered to you at church  on April 27
-Photo Scanning and Slide Show on a CD prepared from your old photos
-Parent’s Night Out at Newport Hills Swim and Tennis Club on March 21
-Babysitting – date tba

Thank you for your support!!
The 2014 Dep Team

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