Faith & values briefs for Saturday, March 16, 2013


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Leon Lagerstam, llagerstam@qconline.com
Taste coffee, share talents at Christ's "house"
EAST MOLINE -- Christ United Methodist Church, 3801 7th St., will hold another "Taste and See Coffeehouse" event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in its fellowship hall.
Call Carl and Maureen Dittmar at 309-792-2732 to make reservations to perform music, poetry, art, dance or any gifts and talents to share.

Rush over to Russian Choral concert
ROCK ISLAND -- Lyra, an a cappella group of five professional vocalists from St.Petersburg, Russian, will present a Russian Choral music concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at First Lutheran Church, 1600 20th St.
The concert's first part will be Russian Orthodox sacred church music, followed by a program of Russian folk, comic, lyric, dance and love songs.
The concert will last 60 to 70minutes.
Light refreshments will be served after the concert.
A free-will offering will be taken to assist musicians with travelexpenses.
CDs also will be sold after the concert.

Buddhist center offers meditation class to kids
DAVENPORT -- A Kids Meditation Class will be offered at Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center, 502 W. 3rd St., from noon to 12:30 p.m. every other Sunday.
Upcoming dates will include March 24, April 7 and April 21.
Children will learn how to develop harmony, confidence and methods to calm the mind.Each class will include a short talk, gentle meditation and discussions relevant to children's everyday experiences. The class is suitable for children 7-14 years old, but children of all ages are welcome. No registration is required, just drop-in;
It will cost $5 per person, with a maximum of $10 per family.
The center is on the second floor, accessible from the Scott Street entrance.
People of any religious or nonreligious background are welcome to attend.
Chairs and cushions will be available. For information, call 563-322-1600 or go to MeditateInIowa.org.
Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center was founded in 2005 under the guidance of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, internationally renowned Buddhist meditation master and scholar.The center is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition-International Kadampa Buddhist Union, a worldwide network of Buddhist Centers that are located in more than 40 different countries.
TeacherJoe Gauthier has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation for more than 15 years.

Plans may put more smiles on a child
ROCK ISLAND --"Put a Smile on a Child," a free event for families sponsored by Churches United of the Quad City Area, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Pepsico Center at Augustana College.
A light dinner will be provided. Area agencies will provide information for parents and fun activities for children.
A balloon artist and a jump house also will be featured.

Find free clothes on Broadway
ROCK ISLAND --Broadway Church, 710 23rd St., will host a clothing giveaway from 10 to 11 a.m. today.

Forum may awaken heroes within
MOLINE --Unity Church of the Quad Cities,5102 47th Ave., will welcome guest speaker Sallee Wade, a wellness educator, to its 1 to 2:30 p.m. forum Sunday, March 17.
Ms. Wade will lead anoverview of 12 psycho-spiritual stages everyone grows into and cycles through, based on a book titled "Awakening the Heroes Within," written by Carol S. Pearson.
Ms. Wade also will provide a Sunday lesson at Unity at 10:30 a.m. Her title will be"The Twelfth Disciple — Forgiveness."
An offering will be accepted.
Her presentations will be part of the "Twelve Stages We Grow Through -- and Sometimes Get Stuck In" series.
Call309-762-1066 for information.

Free meals served every Saturday
ROCK ISLAND -- Two Rivers United Methodist Church,1820 5th Ave., provides a free meal at noon everySaturday.
Anyone needing a meal is invited.

Local Jewish leader shares Cuban perspective
ROCK ISLAND -- Allan Ross, executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, will present information about "A Humanitarian Mission to the Jews of Cuba" at two locations on Thursday, March 21.
He will discuss the mission during a 10 a.m. program at the Moline Library, 3210 41st St.; and at 6:30 p.m., in the Kelinson Room of the Bettendorf Library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive.Refreshments will be served.
Mr. Ross recently participated in a six-day humanitarian mission to Cuba with 25 Jewish Federation directors from throughout the U.S., who brought 3,000 pounds of supplies to the Jews of Cuba. Mr. Ross will share a slide-show presentation about the 1,500 Jews remaining in Cuba, and about the three active synagogues in Havana during the free programs.
Mr. Rosswas born and raised in East Hartford, Conn. He spent 20 years in the U.S. Army, rising from the rank of private first class up to lieutenant colonel before retiring in 1994. He accepted the position of the local Jewish Federation's executive director in July 2002.
He has a bachelor's degree in economics from Hobart College, a master's degree in accounting from St. Ambrose University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College. His father was a Holocaust survivor from Czechoslovakia.
For information, call the Jewish Federation at 309-793-1300.

Dare to go listen Sunday, dare to be great
MOLINE -- Faith Lutheran Church, 1611 41st St., will welcome Faith & Values editor Leon Lagerstam, as its guest speaker on Sunday, March 17.
Services will be held at 8, 9 and 11 a.m.
Mr. Lagerstam will share a message titled "Dare to Go," as part of the church's recent "Dare to be Great" sermon series.

Grant requests welcomed by welcome club
BETTENDORF -- The Rock Island Arsenal Welcome Club Community Support Chairperson will accept funding requests from area nonprofit organizations until April 1.
The club generates funds to support philanthropic endeavors within the Quad-Cities metropolitan areas. Money is raised through club activities such as the Arsenal Attic and other fundraisers. Nonprofit organizations including those who have never received club funding in the past are encouraged to apply.
Interested applicants may download an application from riawc.org. Forms also are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the club's Arsenal Attic.
Completed applications must be sent to: Rock Island Arsenal Welcome Club, ATTN: Community Support Chairperson, P.O. Box 848, Bettendorf, IA 52722.

St. Mary Monastery makes April plans
ROCK ISLAND -- St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. W., will hold the following events in April.
Unless otherwise noted, contact Sister Jackie Walsh at 309-283-2108 or retreats@smmsisters.org to register.
"The World Among Us": 6:45-8:15 p.m. Mondays, April 1 and April 15, at Benet House Retreat Center; Participants get a guide and study a Scripture passage each day, and share a new book each month. Presenter will be Sister Charlotte Sonneville; $5 per session and book costs; 309-283-2109.
Centering prayer: 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the retreat center; Sister Catherine Cleary leads; free-will offering.
Discerning read: 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays, April 8 and April 22; Sister Bobbi Bussan; based on Edward Little's book, "Ears to Hear: Recognizing and Responding to God's Call."
Centering prayer retreat "The Journey Continues": 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the retreat center; three months of daily Centering practice required; Presenters Florrie Dammers and Chris Kraft, Central Illinois Contemplative Outreach; register and pay in full by Monday: $250; registrations after Monday: $265.
"The Spirituality of Gardening": 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 18, at the retreat center; presenter Sister Mary Schmidt; $20, plus an $8 lunch option.
"Evening at the Monastery": 4:45 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the monastery; Vespers and dinner, followed by reflection and sharing on Scripture and the monastic way of life; presenter Sister Helen Carey; $15.
New Catholic Retreat: 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 27; presenters Sister Kathleen Mullin, Sister Judy Herold, Sister Charlotte Seubert, Barbara Roedel and Amy Catour; free-will offering, plus an $8 lunch option.

Church stages a wedding-gift goof-up
MAQUON -- Maquon United Methodist Church, 322 East St., will sponsor "The Wedding Gift Goof-Up," an original mystery dinner play written and directed by Kenny Knox.
Production dates are Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23.
Tickets will cost $15 per seat and must be bought before the performances. Seating is limited.
The play will be performed in the church's fellowship hall. Guests may enter the south doors at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30.
A three-course meal will consist of tossed salad, rolls, chicken breast delight, baked potato, green beans and wedding cake.
Call 309-358-1222 for reservations by Monday, March 18.















 




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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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