MARCH 16 2012          



I believe this is the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do. My beloved Granny has passed away. There is so much I wish that everyone could know about her… like how when she hugged you it felt like sunshine or that she never had a bad word to say about anyone. The most important thing about Granny is that she taught that the most important gift you can give is love. She loved each and everyone of us and we never doubted that. I have always said that I have never doubted there was a God because 1 John 4:8 states that God is love…and I have ALWAYS known love. She will be missed by family and her church family.

   FEBRUARY 24 2012         GONE HOME TO GOD 

Helen Grooms


We lost a very dear member of our church family today. Helen Grooms passed away February 24, 2012. She was beloved by all. Helen loved her family and church family with all of her heart. Her “boys” always were her pride and joy. She will now watch all of them from above. She will be dearly missed

Monday, June 6, 2011  10:50 AM   Gone Home To God

Wanda Rizzo


We have lost one of our dear members. On June 6th, Wanda Rizzo lost her valiant fight with cancer. As Wanda took her last breaths, she was surrounded by her family and holding her husband’s hand. She is now with God, her sister, and her mother. She confronted her battle like she did everything in life with a go-to attitude and a smile. Her independence and spirit never wavered. We loved Wanda and she will truly be missed.

Mrs. Wanda Faye Barrett Rizzo, age 61, of Newport, went to be with the Lord and with her family on Monday June 6, 2011. She was a member of First Christian Church of Newport where she was president of “Come Join Us” class and active in Ladies Missionary Meetings. Mrs. Rizzo was also an active participant with Relay for Life. She was employed as a teacher’s assistant at Newport Grammer School.


Monday, March 28, 2011    Gone Home To God

Lucy Hale

The First Christian Church family is saddened today. One of our beloved members went to be with our Lord. Lucy Hale passed away late Monday March 28th. Lucy had fought congestive heart disease for many years. Lucy was incredibly active in the community and church activities from The Ladies Missionary Society to Vacation Bible School. I don’t remember having a VBS without Lucy participating in some capacity. Lucy never gave birth to children but she had a mother’s heart. She became a mother to many a child at First Christian. Anyone who knew Lucy was truly blessed. I know that I am a better person and Christian because of her.





Nannie Hale