Faith & Values Briefs for Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013

Posted Online: Jan. 05, 2013, 6:10 am
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Pastor resigns from 15th Avenue Christian Church
ROCK ISLAND -- The Rev. David Geenen recently announced his resignation as pastor at 15th Avenue Christian Church, 3600 15th Ave.
Rev. Geenen has accepted a new position as program officer at the Doris and Victor Day Foundation in Rock Island. His first day will be Feb. 1.
Rev. Geenen has been at 15th Avenue Christian Church for about five years.

Grants bolster Christian Care coffers
ROCK ISLAND -- Christian Care,a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, recently announced it received a $2,430 grant from the Scott County Regional Authority to help buy an automated external defibrillator for its domestic violence shelter for women and children and its rescue mission for homeless men.
Christian Care also recently received grants from theAlfaretta Young Trust and the Melvin McKay Charitable Trust but didn't disclose the amounts.
Christian Care's community meal site is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays Monday through Friday 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 p.m.
If you know of someone in need, call Christian Care's crisis hotline any hour of the day at (309) 788-2273 or visit online at

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.

Learn plenty at Moline's Trinity Lutheran
MOLINE --Trinity Lutheran Church, 14th Street and 14th Avenue, offers educational opportunities for all ages at9 a.m. every Sunday.
Adult learning is at 10:30 a.m.
A high school group called LYGHT meets at 11:45 a.m. and includes a light lunch.
Beginning Jan. 6, a new adult program will begin at 5 p.m. on the first and third Sundays with a light supper, followed by discussions on topics concerning the changing church.
For information, contact the church office at (309) 762-3625.

Stonecroft serves coffee, hope
EAST MOLINE -- A Stonecroft Morning Connection Spirit of Hope coffee will be from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, atChrist United Methodist Church,3801 7th St.
For information, call (309) 236-0701 or (309) 787-2339.
It will cost $6.
Guest speaker will be writer and newspaper correspondent Lori Boruff, from Aledo. Her topic will be "Hope in the Ruins."
Trinity Spirit of Women Network coordinatorAmy Pearson also will participate.
Krista Rittenhouse, of Orion, will be the guest vocalist.

Enjoy Prairie Lady retreats
WHEATLAND -- Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat,2664 145th Ave., will hold the following events this month.
Register by contacting (563) 336-8414 or
Learn more about Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat by visiting
Programs will include homemade meals prepared with local and organic ingredients.
--Sunday, Jan. 6:Taizé Vigil Service; led bySister Kathleen Storms; 5 p.m.; an ecumenical movement drawing Christians of all denominations together in unified prayer; future services to be held at 5 p.m. the first Sunday of each month, followed by a soup supper; free-will donations.
--Thursday, Jan. 17: New BeginningsCome to the Quiet; 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; $20 fee.
--Wednesday, Jan. 23: Weaving Prayers and Baskets; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; led by SisterStorms; simple basket weaving in the context of prayer and meditation; $30 fee.
--Saturday, Jan. 26, to Sunday, Jan. 27: Winter Play;10 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday; led byLisa Martin Bellomy;cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, sledding or walking; hearty, healthy foods, a warm fireplace and new friends; meals and overnight accommodations included; $60 fee.


Local events heading

  Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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