24 pastors to put talents on parade


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Posted Online: Jan. 18, 2013, 11:00 pm
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By Leon Lagerstam, llagerstam@qconline.com
DAVENPORT -- A Churches United pastor's parade will practice what an Ecclesiastes phrase preaches.

There's a ''time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,'' according to
Ecclesiastes 3:4.

Lots of laughing and dancing are expected during a "Pastors on Parade" talent show from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at First Presbyterian Church, 1702 Iowa St., Davenport. The event will be held a month after Churches United's executive director, the Rev. Ron Quay, died following a brief illness.

"Ron would have adored this," said event emcee, the Rev. Bill Coley, pastor at First Christian Church in East Moline. "He especially would have loved the interfaith dimensions of the program."

Before his death, Rev. Quay helped plan the first-time event with Churches United's visioning committee, office and marketing manager Jo Cohrs said.

The talent show will feature 24 "pastors" from local churches performing music, comedy, or art and poetry presentations to raise money for 24 food pantries and meal sites operated by Churches United, Ms. Cohrs said.

Proceeds also will benefit Winnie's Place, a shelter for women and children, and other Churches United Ministries.

Quotes are around the word "pastors," because guest performers include Rabbi Tamar Grimm, of the Tri City Jewish Center in Rock Island, and Imam Saad Berg, of the Islamic Center of the Quad Cities, in Moline. The two religious leaders will join forces to perform a comedy skit.

Other acts will feature gospel singing from the Rev. Mark Anderson and family; musical parodies by the Rev. Larry Conway, poetry by the Rev. Rich Hendricks, and a piano duet featuring the Revs. Janet Lepp and David Geenen.

The Revs. Julie Monnard and Matthew Froeschle also will do a comedy sketch, while singing acts will feature Revs. Flint, Richard Miller, and Debbie Miller. A group of female pastors, including the Revs. Melody Ottman, Pat Halverson, Jan Veseth and Pamela Hoogheem, will be looking for a little "R.E.S.P.E.C.T.''

The Revs. Roger and Joye Perry will combine comedy and Bluegrass music, while the Rev. Jacqueline Perry will present an "art to music" program.

Rev. Coley plans to open the program by welcoming people to " 'Pastors on Parade,' a chance for a bunch of pastors to make fools of themselves on a Sunday, and not get paid for it," he said.

Fellow Churches United board members are well aware of Rev. Coley's ''attitude, sarcasm, humor and silliness," he said. "They must have realized if there were ever going to be a need for my particular skills, this would be it."

Rev. Coley said his comedic style would be akin to "Robin Williams, if he ever got holy, or David Letterman if he would find the cross."

His repertoire also includes a shtick about four-letter words -- hope, love, pray, Lord, etc., he said.

As Churches United's finance team chairman, Rev. Coley also hopes the event will raise plenty of money, and that's no laughing matter, he said.




Ticket information
$10 per person or $25 per family
Available at the following locations:
--Churches United offices, 2535 Tech Drivem Suite 205, Bettendorf, (563) 332-5002 - call first
--Winnie's Wishes Resale Shop and More, 902 E. River Drive., Davenport, (563) 323-5007
--First Presbyterian Church, 1702 Iowa St., Davenport
--First Christian Church, 3501 7th St., East Moline
--First Congregational Church, 2201 7th Ave., Moline
--First Baptist Church, 1901 29th St., Moline
--Christ United Methodist Church, 3800 7th St., East Moline
--Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1330 13th St., Moline
--St. James Lutheran Church, 3145 31st Ave., Rock Island
--First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. 12th St., LeClaire, Iowa
















 




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