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Faith & Values briefs for Saturday, March 9, 2013

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Jacob Wright
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St. Anthony's of Atkinson will have its annual St. Patrick's Day breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, March 17. Egg casseroles, baked goods, fruit, coffee and juice will be served. Bake sale and miscellaneous raffle also will be featured.
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Betty Clark, Doris Henriksen, Dorothy Harmening, Sharon Hough, Betty Armstrong and Lisa Dicks, Women of the ELCA of Immanuel Lutheran Church, 356 16th Ave., East Moline, will serve a corned-beef-and-cabbage dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the church. Menu items for a donation will include corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potato, desserts, coffee, lemonade and pop.
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Kue Lwai Htoo and Ma tha Kyi try out some new computers at the Church of Peace in Rock Island. The church created a computer lab for immigrant students and got financial help from Edwards Congregational Church in Davenport to get six Gateway computers and printers for $2,500. The "Lights ON for Learning" program at the Church of Peace is funded by Rock Island County Regional Office of Education and 21st CCLC grant money.
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Parishioners at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 2930 31st Ave., Rock Island, get ready for a Greek Mardi Gras dinner to be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Saturday, March 9. Menu items will include roast chicken, macaroni and Kapama sauce, Greek salad, roll and dessert. Tickets will cost $15 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12. Music, dancing and live and silent auctions will be included. Auction items will include a Greek wine-tasting party for eight, a lamb-roast party for 30, a Four Seasons personal shopping experience, a Greek basket from LCV Co., landscaping by Greenspace, Chicago Bears tickets, a Festival of Trees premier gala, Small Wonders photo package, a Dubuque Waterpark weekend, Iowa Hawkeye football tickets, American Girl doll, professional house cleaning, Shedd Aquarium tickets, dry-cleaning packages, dog grooming and a QC Auto gift certificate. For information, call 309-786-8163.
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The East Moline Pink Gorilla showed up at St. Anne's February Bingo for Cash night with a Valentine’s Day gift for Bob Bush. This month's St. Patrick's Day bingo event will be held Thursday, March 14, in Cleary Hall at St. Anne’s Church, 1705 6th St., East Moline. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., followed by games starting at 6:30. Tacos, hot dogs or Chic-fil-A sandwiches will be sold between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. The event will feature 14 regular bingo games, plus specialty games. Admission will cost $15 for a card of six games. Additional cards will cost $5 each.
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Kathy Rogers, Megan Wildemuth and Linda Storm, with Marlee Stiener in back, are members of First Lutheran Church’s Book Club, which joined Geneseo Middle School’s "On The Same Page" Community Reading of "A Long Walk to Water," written by Sue Park. The church's book club also will participate in the middle school's "water challenge," from Saturday, March 10, through Monday, March 22, when they will drink only water or milk. Money saved from not drinking other drinks will be donated to "Water to South Sudan." Book-club members also will take part in a "Walk for Water" event Saturday, April 6, at the middle school, when more contributions will be collected.
Looking for fun? This day's for you.
HILLSDALE -- Hillsdale United Methodist Church, 124 Butzer, again will host a Fun Day from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 14.
The free event will feature table games including dominoes, Skip-Bo and bingo. Free prizes and a free lunch will be included.
For information, call 309-256-9685.

Take a fresh look at Bible writings
ROCK ISLAND --Dr. Jacob Wright has taken a fresh look at the reason the Bible was written, and will discuss his findings during a free presentation at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18, in Wallenberg Hall, inside Augustana College's Denkmann Memorial Hall, 3520 7th Ave.
Dr. Wright teaches at Emory University in the Candler School of Theology. He will offer evidence to support the idea that the original Hebrew Bible was a political instrument intended to create a common sense of identity for people who had no nation of their own.His perspective, "Why Was the Bible Written -- A Matter of Politics," is a presentation of Augustana's annual Stone Lectureship on Judaism, sponsored by an endowment established in 1983 in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Alex B. Stone, of Rock Island.

Lord's House seeks Christian singles
EAST MOLINE -- A Christian Singles Night will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at House of the Lord Church,459 16th Ave.
For information, callCarole Carbo at 309-797-4827
The group will hold a casserole night and share fun card or board games and fellowship. Guests are invited to bring a favorite casserole or a side dish or dessert.
The event is open to all single Christians age 30 and older.

Churches United participates in a hunger challenge
BETTENDORF -- Churches United of the Quad City Area again is participating in the Feinstein Foundation Hunger Challenge.
The Feinstein Foundation will donate $1 million proportionately to hunger agencies that participate through April 30.
Last year, the greater Quad-Cities' faith community donated more than $12,000 in this 60-day period. The goal this year is to raise $13,000 in 60 days.
For information, contact Anne Wachal at Churches United at 563-332-5002 or

Italian feast celebrates St. Joseph's rescue
ROCK ISLAND --First Lutheran Church, 1600 20th St., will host its annualSaint Joseph's Table at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17.
An Italian feast is held in honor of St. Joseph, who was prayed to during a famine inSicily, when food was scarce and people were starving. The prayers of theItalians were answered and the famine ended. In gratitude, people promisedto make annual offerings of their most precious possession -- food, in honorof St. Joseph.
The dinner is free.

Learn some Scandinavian Easter customs
ROCK ISLAND -- The American Scandinavian Association and Augustana CollegeScandinavian Club will host a free community family craft workshop for all ages from 2 to 4 p.m.Sunday, March 17, at First Lutheran Church's Parish House, 160020th St.
Participants will learn Scandinavian Easter-timecustoms of the Scandinavian as they make decorations and heart baskets to hang on the tree branches, color Eastercards, dress as Easter witches, eat semlor (Lenten buns), make strawornaments, learn some Swedish words and dance to Swedish music.
Allmaterials will be supplied but registrations is required. To register, callLoryann Eis at 309-762-8303 or Helene Leaf 309-757-7606 or

Parishioners to take life's journey to heart
MOLINE -- Nationally-renowned author and preacher the Rev. Tom Allender and retired firefighter Donald Fisher will present a "Life's Journey" parish mission on Monday, March 11, to Wednesday, March 13, at Sacred Heart Parish, 1307 17th Ave.
Rev. Allender will give talks twice a day on topics of "spirituality for the imperfect."
He was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1971 and holds degrees in theology and philosophy. He taught at high school and college levels.
Mr. Fisher is a husband, father and retired paramedic captain.
Their book, "God Loves An Unmade Bed," has sold 20,000 copies
Call Suzie Budde at 309-762-2362 for information.

Live the living last supper in Port Byron
PORT BYRON --Messiah Lutheran Church, 302 11th St., will host a presentation of The Living Last Supper; a drama presented by 13 male members of St. John's Lutheran Church, Peru, Ill., at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 10.
The men of St. John's have, in costume, played out this drama four times each Lenten season over the past seven years. Port Byron will be the farthest from "home" the group has traveled, and Messiah is thrilled to welcome them.
The drama is about an hour long and includes congregational participation in three hymns and communion.
A free-will offering will be received to benefit the Upper Rock Island County Food Pantry, housed at Messiah. The evening will conclude with refreshments and fellowship with the presenters.

College choir performs a sterling show
MOLINE -- The Sterling College Choir from central Kansas will be in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at First United Presbyterian Church, 801 16th St.
The choir's tour is called "From the Windy State to the Windy City," in recognition of the group's numerous concerts from central Kansas to Chicago and back.
The Sterling College choir is one of America's best small Christian college choirs and will share a program of sacred arrangements, including spirituals and a capella pieces.
The free concert is open to music lovers of all ages.

Lutheran school rounds-up new students
MOLINE -- St. Paul's Lutheran School, 163 19th Ave., will hold a preschool open house and kindergarten roundup March 19-21.
The preschool open house will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, for children who will be ages 3 or 4 by Sept. 1.
The kindergarten roundup for children who have reached age 5 by Sept. 5 will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, and Thursday, March 21.
Parents and children may visit classrooms and learn about programs.
The school offers a Christ-centered education for children ages 3 to eighth grade.
Call 309-762-4494 for information or tuition rates.