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Faith & values briefs for Saturday, March 16, 2013

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Leon Lagerstam, llagerstam@qconline.com

Photo: Sherrie Taylor / correspondent
Lynda Peterson, Marion Keck and, seated, Theresa Tomlinson, left, and Nancy Scott display an all-white, hand-stitched, queen-sized quilt that will be part of a raffle at the annual Spring Fling Bazaar and bake sale. The event will be from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at New Windsor Presbyterian Church, 4th Avenue and Walnut Street. A craft booth, continental breakfast and a trash and treasure table also will be featured.
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The Rev. Anthony Lee, pastor at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Atkinson, and Annawan High School students Claudia VanOpdorp, center, and Kayla DeMay, will participate in a program during the Annawan-Alba Women’s Club annual Lenten Prayer Breakfast at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Annawan Community Center. Rev. Lee will be guest speaker and the Annawan students will provide special music. Other local clergy and club members also will be involved in the service. The public is invited. A social hour will be held after the prayer service.
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James Hartsock, as Jesus on the cross, Joe Thomas, back left, and Jordan Mielke as guards, rehearse for a musical presentation of the "Living Stations of the Cross" which includes 14 scenes portraying Christ's journey to the cross at Calvary. The public is invited to the performance at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 24, by the high-school youth group at St. Malachy's Church in Geneseo, 595 E. Ogden Ave. Gary ZumMallen directs the youth ministry at the church.
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"Godspell" cast members at First Presbyterian Church, Davenport, from top to bottom and left to right, Patrick Downing as Jesus; Adam Page, Andy Peterson, Anne Page, Kay Ferris, Marty Bowles Edwards, Rebecca Buening-Ferris, Chris Page, Kerri Peterson and Christian Bawden are ready to perform the musical. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in the church at 1702 Iowa St. It's part of the church's 21st annual Performing Arts Series. Tickets will cost $12 for adults and $8 for students. "Godspell" is by Stephen Schwartz, based on a book by John-Michael Tebelak. It opened off-Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has played in various touring companies and revivals many times since, including a 2011 Broadway revival from Oct. 13, 2011, to June 24, 2012. The song "Day by Day" from the original cast album reached No. 13 on the Billboard pop singles chart in the summer of 1972. "Godspell" is the year’s fourth event in the church’s series. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available weekdays in the church office. For information, call 563-326-1691. This season's final event of the year will be the Good Friday Tenebrae service at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 29.
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Margaret McDowell, left, and Anne Lizotte, representing the Geneseo Women’s Connection, invite people to a March luncheon meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at The Cellar in Geneseo. "Finding Windows of Opportunity" will be the event's theme. Guest speaker will be Laura Loffredo, of Mundelein. Special music will be provided by Shelly Goreth, of Geneseo. The event will cost $12 per person. Make reservations by calling 309-944-1255 or email kjoyallen@qconline.com.
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Khrystina Reynolds, front, left, Gavin Morelock and, in back, Dixie Volk, and Tina Reynolds help promote the Community Easter Egg Hunt to be on Saturday, March 23, at First Presbyterian Church, 777 25th Ave., East Moline. Registration will be at 9:30 a.m., followed by the hunt at 10. The egg hunt is for children through fourth grade. A rain-out date will be Saturday, March 30. Easter-basket drawings also will be held for all registered children. Tickets also will be available for a $1 each or six for $5 for a chance to win a 3-foot-tall, multi-colored bunny. Money raised will go to the local Churches United Food Pantry.
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Ethel Basdsett, Rock Island/Milan Church Women United president; Kit Miller, exective director of Winnie's Place, Rock Island; and Judy Pikuze, of Moline/East Moline Church Women United president, help promote a "Breaking Down the Doors of Injustice" Human Rights Celebration to be held Saturday, March 23, at the Holiday Inn, in Rock Island. The event will be sponsored by the two local Church Women United groups. Ms. Miller be honored for her accomplishments at the celebration. It will begin at 9 a.m., followed by brunch at 9:30 a.m. and the program. Registrations for $15 may be made until March 18 with Harriet Plutz, 3022 18th Ave., Rock Island. For information about Church Women United, visit churchwomen.org.
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.