Faith & Values briefs for Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012

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India friends to frolic at Diwali festival
MOLINE -- The Friends of India Association of the Quad-Cities will hold its Diwali celebration from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at Moline High School, 3600 Avenue of the Cities.
Tickets will cost $14 for members, $9 for children ages 12 and younger and $20 for nonmembers.
More than 200 artists of various age groups will participate in this year's event, including kids as young as 2.
More than 20 musical performances in various styles will be featured. Authentic Indian food will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. ''India meets the Globe'' will be the night's theme.
Diwali or Deepavali, popularly known as the "festival of lights," is a five-day festival, according to information from the Quad-Cities association.
Diwali is India's biggest and most important festival of the year. It is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji.

Hear that holiday train a comin'
DAVENPORT -- Churches United announced that a Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will return this year, stopping at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, on the tracks near Modern Woodmen Park, 209 S. Gaines St.
The train will feature 14 brightly decorated rail cars, including a modified box car that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers. Cars are decorated with hundreds of thousands of LED Christmas lights and technology.
The goal is to raise money and awareness about hunger issues in the U.S.
Cash and food donations will benefit 24 Churches United emergency food pantries in the greater Quad-Cities area.
Performers will include he Claytones and Canadian Music Hall of Famer Tracey Brown.
Cookies and hot chocolate also will be served to people awaiting the train's arrival. Plenty of parking will be available. Each person or family is asked to bring five nonperishable food items or a financial donation for admission.
For information, contact Churches United at (563) 332- 5002 or visit its website.

Christian Care gets financial boosts
ROCK ISLAND -- Christian Care announced getting financial help from a couple local foundations.
The Moline Foundation awarded a $3,000 grant to Christian Care's 24-hour crisis hotline.
The Amy Helpenstell Foundation awarded a three-year funding commitment to Christian Care's domestic-violence shelter in Rock Island
Christian Care is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization operating two facilities — a domestic-violence shelter for women and children and a rescue mission for homeless men. It serves homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison and those with mental illnesses.
For all those who need a meal, Christian Care's community mealsite is at its rescue mission, 2209 3rd Ave., Rock Island. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays and for breakfast and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast is served at 6:30 a.m., lunch at 12:15 p.m. and dinner at 6:30.
If you know of someone in need, call Christian Care's crisis hotline any hour at (309) 788-2273 or visit online at

Professor Pitz presents Middle East program
DAVENPORT -- Local professor and historian Dr. Art Pitz will present a free four-part series titled "The Modern Middle East: History, Religion, Turmoil and Hope" beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19,at the Davenport Public Library's Eastern Branch,6000 Eastern Ave.
Monday's topic will be ''A Historic Overview: How Did We Get Here."
Future dates and topics are:
Nov. 26: "Religions of the Middle East: Misunderstandings and/or the Unknown" at the Bettendorf Public Library,2950 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf.
Dec. 3: "The Arab Spring: Is it Spring or Winter?" at the Bettendorf library.
Dec. 10: "Demographic Trends in the Middle East: Which Nations are Dying?" at the Davenport Eastern Avenue Branch library.
Hispresentations are sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, Bettendorf Public Library and Davenport Public Library.
For information, contact the Jewish Federation at (309) 793-1300 or, the
Bettendorf Library at (563) 344-4179; orDavenport Eastern Branch Library at(563) 326-7832.
Presentations are open to the public and do not require registration.

Performers share '12 gifts of Christmas'
MOLINE -- A ''12 Gifts of Christmas'' concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the i wireless Center, 1201 River Drive.
Grammy award winners Steven Curtis Chapman and Laura Story will be joined by storytellers Patsy Clairmont, Luci Swindoll, Marilyn Meberg and Mary Beth Chapman, along with comedienne Anita Renfroe and illusionist Harris III, in a program hosted by Lisa Whelchel of TV's "The Facts of Life."
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and at the i wireless Center box office.
Prices are $25 general admission;$35 reserved seating;$125 VIP reserved seating that includes VIP reception starting at 5:30 p.m.; reserved seating group (15+) $30; general admission group (15+) $20. Kids ages 1 and younger are free if sitting on a parent's lap.
Group rates are available for both reserved and general admission seats by calling the i wireless Center group sales department at (309) 277-1356. A venue service fee of $2.50 will apply for all tickets sold.
For seating chart information, visit
Doors will open at 5:30 PM for VIP seating only; and at 6 for all other seating.

Avon open house benefits Presbyterians
EAST MOLINE --First Presbyterian Church, 777 25th Ave., will hold an Avon Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.
Proceeds will benefit church mission projects next year.
Items to befeatured will includeChristmas items, Jon Bon Jovi's new fragrance "Unplugged" available for himor her, Paula Abdul's new "Forever" jewelry collection, and many others. Door prizes will be given away, and afree personal gift will be given to the first 100 adult guests.

House of the Lord seeks Christian singles
EAST MOLINE -- House of the Lord Church,459 16th Ave., will hold a Christian singles night from 6 to 9 tonight.
For information, call Carole Carbo at (309) 797-4827.
Turkey and noodles will be served. People may bring side dishes or snacks. It will cost $3.
The event will be open to all single Christians age 30 and older. Card games and board games will follow dinner.

Find Greek goodies at St. George church
ROCK ISLAND -- The St. George Philoptochos Society will host its bake sale and holiday luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 1, atSt. George Greek Orthodox Church,2930 31st Ave.
The bake sale will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The luncheon will be served at noon. Seating will be for tables of 10.
Lunch menu items will be Pastitsio (Greek lasagna), Greek salad, bread, coffee and dessert. Tickets will cost $20 per person.
The Pegasus Gift Shop from Geneseo will decorate tables with Christmas collectibles that will be sold. Other holiday gift items also will be sold throughout the event.
Pastries available for purchase will include baklava, trigona, melomacarona and kourambiethes. An assortment box will featuretwo trigona, four kourambiethes, three melomacarona, and a half- strip of baklava.
Greek appetizers tiropites and spanakopites also will be available.
For luncheon reservations, call Nancy N. Coin at (309) 764-7497. Bake sale orders will be taken by Mrs. Coin and Nancy Avgenackis at (309) 786-5376. The last day for call-ahead orders will be Sunday, Nov. 25.

Advent series prepares Christmas hearts
MOLINE --Christ the King Catholic Church, 3205 60th St., will offer a ''Prepare your heart for Christmas'' Advent Reflection series to be held in the Believers Together Center.
Dates and topics are:
Dec. 3: ''Follow the Star.''
Dec. 10: ''Send Your Word."
Dec. 17: ''Made for Joy.''
Each will begin at 7 p.m. with dessert and beverages.

Legendary singer featured at Gospel festival event
BETTENDORF -- The Quad City Gospel Festival will presentDr. Dorinda Clark Cole, of the legendary Clark Sisters, in a free concert Monday, Dec. 10, at 1stAssembly of God, 1811 18th St. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
A free-will offering will be received. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable item and/or unwrapped toys to be given to area food pantries and shelters.
For information, contact or call (563) 210-3487.

Cathedral conducts free choral evensong services
DAVENPORT --Trinity Episcopal Cathedral,121 W. 12th St., will continue its traditional freeChoral Evensong services at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.
Evensong is a sung service comparable to Vespers in the Catholic and Lutheran traditions. The Cathedral Choir will sing several canticles and anthems including the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis settings of American composer Harold Friedell, led by choirmaster Ron May.
Included in this traditional English service are choral responses that date back to the 1600s.
Except for the readings of the lessons and a few prayers, the entire service is sung by the choir or clergy. The congregation will join the choir in the singing of a final hymn. Guest organist Larry Peterson also will perform organ voluntaries on the renown Wolff tracker action organ of the cathedral.
Donations will be accepted.
For information, call the cathedral office at (563) 323-9989.

Attend Taize vigil services at prairie retreat
WHEATLAND, Iowa -- Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, 2664 145th Ave., will host a Taize vigil service, at 5 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 2,.
Taize is an ecumenical movement, drawing Christians of all denominations together in unified prayer. Friends of the Prairie and churches of all faith traditions in the area are being invited to participate.
Future services will be held at 5 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month, followed by a soup supper.
For information, contact Sister Kathleen Storms at or Jo Anne Horstmann at

Charities claim cash from Cruisers Car Club
MOLINE -- Quad Cities Cruisers Car Club recently awarded three local charities $7,500.
Recipients were Vietnam Veterans Chapter 199, Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cites and Arrowhead Ranch, each receiving $ 2,500.
The nonprofit cruiser car club has about 95 family members.
The club raises money by putting on six car displays and a car show the second Saturday of June.
People interested in more information about the club can call its event line at (563) 355-0036 or visit


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