Faith & Values briefs for Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012

Posted Online: Dec. 07, 2012, 8:20 am
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Free meals served Saturdays
ROCK ISLAND --Two Rivers United Methodist Church,1820 5th Ave., provides a free meal at noon everySaturday.
Anyone needing a meal is invited.

New hope fills cookie walkers
DAVENPORT --New Hope Presbyterian Church,4209 W. Locust St., will hold a cookie walk from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.
Homemade cookies will cost $5 per pound. Candies, snacks and breads also will be sold.
Free coffee will be served.

Trinity Lutheran culminates centennial
MOLINE --Trinity Lutheran Church, 14th Street and 14th Avenue, will culminate a year-long Centennial Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 9.
Special worship services will be held at 9 and 10:30 a.m., with Bishop Gary Wollersheim preaching. A noon potluck will follow.
The opening and closing of the cornerstone, and rededication of the church will be featured.

King's Harvest reaps grand-opening rewards
DAVENPORT --A&K Glass will host a grand-opening celebration and chili cook-off from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Del's Eatery & Pub in Eldridge, with all proceeds benefiting King Harvest. A&K plans to make it an annual King's Harvest benefit event.
A&K Glass is owned by Aaron Filgo and is in Davenport. A&K repairs window and auto glass.
Live music, a 50-50 raffle and a live auction also will be held.
Entry cost will be $5 at the door, with all the chili you can eat. There will be 15 to 20 kinds of chili available for tasting. The chili will be judged based upon aroma, flavor and appearance, with a bonus point for costume of the server. The winner of the cook-off will be determined by a judgment process with the top three receiving prizes.
For more information about the fundraiser, call Mr. Filgo at (563) 320-2867. For information about Kings Harvest, call (563) 570-4536, or for Kings Harvest fundraising call Grant Curtis at (563) 528-0835.

Another St. Mark 'child' gets ordained
DAVENPORT --Erica Marie Cunningham will be ordained as a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2363 W. 3rd St.
Beginning in January, she will serve Faith Lutheran Church in Valders, Wis.
She will become the 16th child of St. Mark to be called to Word and Sacrament Ministry.
Prior to entering seminary, she was active in the lay ministries of St. Mark.
She earned a bachelor's degree from Augustana College, Rock Island, and her Master's of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa.
Three children of St. Mark are in active ministry, including the Rev. Travis Fisher as lead pastor of St. Mark, the Rev. Daniel Witkowski, First Lutheran Church, Moline, and the Rev. Neil Harrison, director for Renewed Evangelizing Congregations, ELCA Churchwide Offices, Chicago. All of the other children of the congregation are retired from full-time ministry.
Other children of St. Mark who have served as pastors locally include the Rev. Sandra Daily, Eldridge, who recently served at St. James Lutheran Church, Bettendorf, as interim pastor; and the Rev. Harvey Prinz, who served at St. Mark as senior pastor from 1986 until 1997.
The Rev. James Justman, Bishop of the East Central Synod of Wisconsin, will preside. The Rev. Amy Current, dean for vocation, Wartburg Theological Seminary, will preach. All ordained and consecrated and commissioned ministers are invited to the process. The color of the day will be red. The offering will be designated to the ELCA Malaria Campaign.

Advent vespers set for Sacred Hearts
MOLINE -- Sacred Heart Parish, 1307 17th Ave., will hold ecumenical Advent vespers at 4 p.m. every Sunday during Advent.
Scripture readings, reflections and quiet music will be featured.
Guest speaker for Sunday, Dec. 9, will be Trinity Regional Health System chaplain Bob Hansen.

Celebrate season with lessons, carols
ROCK ISLAND -- Augustana College will end its Celebration of Christmas with an annual presentation of Lessons and Carols at 4 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in Ascension Chapel, 820 38th St.
These services are free and open to the public.
A prelude featuring the Ascension Ringers bell choir will begin the services. The Augustana Chamber Singers, a selective choral ensemble of sophomores through seniors, will perform carols from the Renaissance to modern day interspersed between readings of scripture. To end the service, the congregation will be invited to sing "Silent Night" by candlelight.
For information, contact Sam Schlouch, manager of arts events and communication, at (309) 794-7833 or

Wednesday Advent services announced
EAST MOLINE -- St John's Lutheran, 1450 30th Ave., will hold Advent services at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday's Dec. 12, and Dec. 19.
A Christmas program will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec 9.

Future church challenges examined
ROCK ISLAND -- St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2502 29th Ave., will host the last of a four-part Contemporary Challenges Facing the Church series from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.12, in the church'sFarrell Hall.
The Rev.Mike Schaab will present the topic of the "Church's Challenge of the Future." By studying statistics and survey results, trends into the future can be identified. For information, contactBarb Roedel, pastoral associate, at (309) 793-7356 or

Take a spin over to Chanukah festivities
DAVENPORT --Chabad Lubavitch of the Quad Cities will host a Chanukah display, Menorah lighting and olive-press demonstration om Sunday, Dec. 9, at NorthPark Mall.
The event will be co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities and NorthPark Mall.
It will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on the eve of the eight-day festive holiday of Chanukah, in the mall, between Ultimate Chocolate and Yankee Candle.
In addition to the olive oil-press demonstration and Menorah lighting, the interactive workshop will include picture taking with Judah Maccabee, Children's craft activity, dreidels and Chocolate Chanukah Gelt (coins).
AdditionalMenorahs will be outside of Wells Fargo bank in Rock Island, outside the Quad City Bank & Trust in Bettendorf and inside Hy-Vee on 53rd Street in Davenport.
Chabad will host its annual Chanukah Celebration at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at its center, 1880 E 54th St., Davenport. The celebration will include a performance by a juggler, and customary Chanukah foods such as potato latkes (pancakes) and doughnuts. The program's highlight is always a one-of-a-kind Menorah, which is lit. This year's Menorah will be made of doughnuts.
For more information, visit

Riverside Methodist continues community dinners
MOLINE -- Riverside United Methodist Church, 712 16th St., Moline, will have its next free monthly community Sunday dinner at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30.
The dinner will be held in th church's basement dining hall.

Church holds Holden services
BETTENDORF --St. James Lutheran Church, 1705 Oak St., will hold Holden Evening Services on Wednesdays, Dec. 12 and 19.
Soup suppers will be served at 5:45 p.m., followed by the short services.
The public is welcome to attend.
For information, call the church at (563) 355-4161.

Churches combine cantata creation
GENESEO -- First Presbyterian Church Choir of Geneseo, 133 E. North St., will present a cantata titled "Once Upon a Night'' at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16.
First Congregational Church of Geneseo and Bettendorf Presbyterian Church Choir members will join cantata performers
The cantata will feature the story of Jesus' birth as told by Luke.
Cast members include: narrator, John VanDeWoestyne as Luke; soloist Sarah Alexander as Gabriel; Brandon Melton as Zechariah; Carol Neuleib as Elizabeth; andLindsey Weisser as Mary.
The choir will be accompanied by an orchestra composed of musicians from the Quad-Cities and pianist Greg Wolf on piano. George Swift, choir director at First Presbyterian, will direct the Cantata.
A free-will offering will be taken. Refreshments will follow in the fellowship hall.
This event will be sponsored by the Presbyterian church's 150th anniversary task force as the second in a series of monthly activities highlighting its 150th year in ministry and mission in Geneseo.

Holiday celebrations held in unity
MOLINE --Unity church of the Quad Cities, 5102 47th Ave., will host the following holiday celebrations.
Sunday, Dec. 9: The Rev. Dean Van Wie and Alice Rice will do a Christmas service titled "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." They will discuss some of the main characters of the Christmas story and how they interact in our lives.
Sunday, Dec. 16: An interactive service, "Twelve Points of Light," followed by an all-church Christmas potluck. After the potluck, at 1 p.m., church members will go Christmas caroling at the ARC Nursing Home around the corner from the church, and, after that, the Senior Citizens Residence across the street from the Nursing Home.
Thursday, Dec. 20: A caravan to Clinton, Iowa, to see the decorations at Eagle Ridge State Park, leaving around 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 23: All-Church Christmas party instead of a regular Sunday Service, with singer Cathy Robel from Chicago.
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7 p.m., lasting approximately an hour.
Sunday, Dec. 30: Bowl-Burning Service.
For information, call (309) 762-1066.

Bring plenty of quarters to cookie walk
MOLINE -- Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, 1201 13th St., will hold a cookie walk and bake sale from 9 a.m. to noon today in the church's activity center.
Cookies will be sold individually for 25 cents each.
Baked goods will be available, including Swedish Rye Bread.


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