Posted Online: Nov. 30, 2012, 11:40 pm

Faith & Values briefs for Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012

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Pat Kohrell, left, and Rogene McMullen prepare some of the goodies to be sold at an annual Christmas Cookies and Candies By-the-Pound sale planned by the Lutheran Women's Missionary League at Concordia Lutheran Church, Geneseo. Homemade cookies and candies will be sold from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Fellowship Hall of the church, at the corner of Oakwood Avenue and North Street. Proceeds will benefit mission projects. Ladies League members also will serve a pulled pork meal from 4 to 6 p.m. It will cost $6 for adults and $4 for children. Dessert and beverage will be sold for $2 per person. The event is planned in conjunction with the Christmas Walk in Geneseo, with performances by the Moline Boys Choir at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The choir is directed by Karl Bodenbender, Rock Island.
Find free clothing, household goods
MOLINE -- The Moline Seventh Day Adventist Church, 3529 53rd St., will give away clothing and
household items from 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Item donations may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays or can be left at the back door of the church anytime.

Cookies walk to Milan church
MILAN -- St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 115 W. 12th Ave., will hold its ninth annual cookie walk from 9:30 a.m. to noon, today, Saturday, Dec. 1.
The public is invited.

A King-size kid's Christmas party planned at King's Harvest
DAVENPORT -- King's Harvest Ministries 824 W. 3rd St., will hold a Kid's Christmas Party Saturday, Dec. 15.
The event will be for approximately 150 poor and homeless children.
King's Harvest needs donated wrapped Christmas gifts for this event for kids ages 0-17 years. The toys need to be gift wrapped and marked as boy or girl on the outside and the age range. Gifts need to be dropped off no later than Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Drop-off times will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturdays.
Donors are asked to go to the back door and ring the buzzer.
For pet lovers, the organization also needs canned cat food and Tidy Cat clumping cat litter.
King's Harvest is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization that serves the poor and homeless in the Quad Cities.
King's Harvest also provides hot meals, shelters, groceries, and various other emergency needs.
For information, call Terri Gleize at (563) 570-4536.

Novena scheduled at St. Pius to honor Mary
ROCK ISLAND -- St. Pius X Church, 2502 29th Ave.. will host a Novena in honor of Mary from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. today, Saturday, Dec. 1, Monday, Dec. 3, and Friday, Dec. 7.
Attendees will sing and pray together, listen to Scripture and a brief reflection by women of faith in our community.
Take time to come and participate in this beautiful prayer to Mary in preparation for the celebration of the Immaculate Conception.
For information, call pastoral associate Barb Roedel at (309) 793-7356.

Guest pianist performs at Silvis Heights church
SILVIS -- G. Richard Deal, concert pianist and recording artist, will present a free sacred piano concert at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Silvis Heights Baptist Church, 801 3rd St.
Mr. Deal is from the Chicago area and has presented more than 2,600 sacred and classical piano concerts in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. He has presented numerous solo concerts in the U.S. and has performed with symphony orchestras including an appearance at Chicago's historic Orchestra Hall.
Mr. Deal is a graduate of the American Conservatory of Music, the Moody Bible Institute, and the Sherwood Conservatory of Music, all of Chicago. He was a faculty member of the Sacred Music Dept. of the Moody Bible Institute.
Mr. Deal has been a participant in several international piano competitions including the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, Russia.
Mr. Deal arranges his own sacred piano arrangements and has released six professional recordings. The most recent is titled ''Majestic Piano Praise,'' a collection of favorite hymns and praise music.

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 the first Sunday of Advent, Dec. 2, will be the Rev. Michael Schaab, priest at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rock Island.

WELCA welcomes women to Christmas party
MOLINE -- First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Moline and Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will host a WELCA Christmas Party at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the church, 1230 5th Ave.
A musical program will be presented by soloist Sangeetha Rayaparti, daughter of Jacob and Karen Rayaparti, and pianist Mary Neal.
Refreshments provided by Eunice Circle member will be served in Fellowship Hall following the program.

Celebrate joy of Christmas past, present
ANDOVER -- The 42nd annual "Joy of Christmas Past and Present" will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 628 6th St.
Students and faculty from Augustana College will join the community for this service of worship and music. The Christmas story will be read in several different languages.
Dr. Sharron Varallo, Communication Studies professor at Augustana College, will give the homily. The Ascension Singers, Brass Ensemble and organist Larry Peterson, all from the college, will provide music.
The service will conclude with a procession to Jenny Lind Chapel, which will be illuminated by 100 candles, and where Holy Communion will be celebrated to the strains of familiar Christmas Carols led by the Ascension Singers. Refreshments will be served in Augustana Church's Luther Hall immediately after the service.
For information, call the Rev. Jan Veseth, at (309) 521-8127.

Prairies retreat programs offered
WHEATLAND, Iowa -- Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, 2664 145th Ave., will hold the following events this month:
Visit to learn more about the retreat. To register, call (563) 336-8414 or
All retreats include delicious homemade meals using local and organic ingredients whenever possible.
5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2: Taizé Vigil Service; 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 the first Sunday of each month at 5 p.m., followed by a soup supper; a goodwill offering will be accepted.
10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Dec. 5: ''The Bible in Iraq Slide Show,'' presented by the Rev. Bill Kneemiller; developed by Chaplains Deployed in Iraq. Rev. Kneemiller has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and will share a bird's eye view of the biblical land; 10 a.m. Mass at 10, followed by the presentation, time for sharing and a light meal; $8 fee.
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11: Advent Come to the Quiet; $20 fee.