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Faith & Values briefs for Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013

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Becky Geuns, a lay speaker at Green River United Methodist Church, shows the bulletin board that depicts the 125-year history of the church. The anniversary will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 7. An ice cream social will feature Dairy Queen treats to pay tribute to the fact that the Dairy Queen formula was invented in Green River.
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Chris Dunn, emcee, and Chris Adams, a regular open mic performer, will appear at The Homeless Open Mic Project at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the Solid Rock Cafe in The Center, 1411 Brady St., Davenport. For information, call The Center at 563-323- 5295. It will be open to all performers. A special emphasis will be given to the theme of homelessness and to performers that have experienced homelessness.
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Stevet Kautz, Bob Bush and Mike McNeil, workers from St. Anne's August bingo event, help promote the Bingo for Cash Night planned for Thursday, Sept. 12, in Cleary Hall at St. Anne’s Church, 1705 6th St., East Moline. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., followed by games at 6:30. Sausage and cheese pizza, Chick-fil-A sandwiches and hot dogs will be sold between 5:30 and 6:30. The event will feature 14 regular Bingo games plus specialty games. It will cost $15 for a six-game card. Additional cards will cost $5.
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Lauren Williams winds up to dunk her pastor, the Rev. Larry Conway, in the dunk tank, as Chris Anderson watches and awaits her turn at last year's fall festival at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moline. This year's festival will be held Sunday, Sept. 8. Events include 9 and 10:30 a.m. worship celebrations, 9 a.m. resumption of Sunday school classes in the second-floor "Temple Room;" an ELCA 25th anniversary "God's Work, Our Hands" project involving four million members, nearly 10,000 congregations and 65 synods for a dedicated day of service. Bring new or gently used books to donate to the Children’s Reading Room, Winnie’s Place and Douglas Park Place, and help clean up neighborhoods, deliver meals, collect supplies for refugees overseas, visit our neighbors or help a child learn to read; and a noon to 2 p.m. time for games, food, fellowship, a dunk tank, fire truck rides, a duck pond and face painting.
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Mara Lowe, left, Eric Vergane and Nathan Vergane invite area young people to join them at Ignite, a free after-school program for children in kindergarten through sixth grade held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo and at Cambridge United Methodist Church. Becky Ritter, children’s ministry director at the Geneseo church, directs the program, which begins with a light meal, followed by fun Gospel lessons, games, drama, worship and crafts. Geneseo students can ride the bus to the church from Millikin and Southwest schools, but need transportation home. Information and registration is available by calling Mrs. Ritter at the church, 309-944-2793, or by visiting
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The Rev. Mark England Graham, associate pastor at Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo, will direct the Pathfinders program at the church. Here he gives a registration form to Gail Farley and her children, Eliza Farley, fourth grade, and Perry Farley, kindergarten. The after-school program will meet from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 18, for a nine-week session, and again in January for another nine weeks. Pathfinders is open to all children in the community, kindergarten through sixth grade, and includes snacks, music, recreation, crafts, Bible lessons, homework time and an evening meal. Transportation is provided from all district schools to Grace church, but children need to have transportation home. For information about registration, call the church at 309-944-4208.
Rummage, bake sale items leave their mark
SILVIS -- St. Mark's Church,1550 7th Ave., will have a rummage and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21.
Call 309-792-3306 for information.

Gospel tent revival service slated
DAVENPORT --Newcomb Presbyterian Church, 2619 N. Division St., will host a Gospel tent revival worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, on its church lawn.
Worship will include the morning message and lots of gospel music.
After worship, a number of activities will kickoff the church's Sunday school year, including registration for adult Bible study classes, Sunday school classes, youth group and Kids' Klub -- a Wednesday evening program for children that begins again after the summer break on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Games for all ages and a meal will be served for a freewill donation.

All Saints sets free outdoor concert, picnic
DAVENPORT -- All Saints Lutheran Church, 5002 Jersey Ridge Road, will hold a free neighborhood outdoor concert and picnic from 4 to 7 p.m. today.
Maid-rites, chips and dessert will be served.
People are urged to bring lawn chairs of blankets.
Music will be provided by the group Ardor.

Display showcases women's spirit
MOLINE -- A Women and Spirit display will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays this month at Christ the King Church,3209 60th St.
The display will feature communities of sisters from the Upper Mississippi River Valley, from the Quad-Cities to LaCrosse, Wis.
People attending will discover some history about these communities.
Docents will be on hand to offer historical background.
This display was created a couple of years ago as a companion piece for a national Women and Spirit display that came to the Dubuque Mississippi River Museum.

QC Catholics plan peace prayer service
ROCK ISLAND -- The Quad-Cities Catholic community will hold a prayer service for peace, especially for Syria, at 10:30 a.m. today at Saint Pius X parish, 2502 29th Ave.
This time of prayer has been set aside in response to an appeal made by Pope Francis that today, Sept. 7, should be a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East and throughout the world.

Special people encounter Christ training
MOLINE --Special People Encounter Christ, an ecumenical religious education organization for people with intellectual disabilities, will hold an in-service training session from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Believers Together Center at Christ the King Parish, 3205 60th St., for all new volunteers.
Another in-service for all volunteers will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Classes will begin for all participants and volunteers on Wednesday, Oct. 2, and will continue from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday.
Go to for printable registration forms and schedules.
Anyone interested may come to the in-service and complete a registration form at that time, as well.

All things 100 counted at peace church
ROCK ISLAND --The Church of Peace, 1114 12th St., will celebrate "all things 100" at its annual Rally Day celebration on Sunday, Sept. 8.
Rally Day marks the return from the summer schedule to graded Sunday School classes at 9 a.m. for preschoolers through adult, followed by fellowship time at 10, and worship at 10:30.
The Church of Peace is celebrating more than 100 years of memories .It also will marks 100 sermons given by church pastor the Rev. Mariah Marlin-Warfield. A timeline will be available to record 100 or more memories about the church. People also are asked to bring their collections of 100 silly or serious things to display.
The church recently was named as Rock Island's 2013 Organization and Citizen of the Year.
A potluck and a silent auction basket raffle will be held after the service.
For information, call 309-788-6357 or visit or on Facebook.

Millennials find new common ground
MOLINE -- First Baptist Church, 1901 29th St., will host a new group called Common Grounds QCA from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Sept. 11.
The group is designed for "The Millennials," people in their late teens through their 20s.
It will be led by young adults and other special guests, starting with dinner in the church's fellowship hall.
It will be free, except for special outings.
For information, call 309-762-3089.
Scheduled events will include:
Sept. 11: Dinner and volleyball.
Sept. 18: Dinner and Youtube.
Sept. 25: Dinner and putt-putt.
Oct. 2: Dinner and homestyle drive-in.
Oct. 9: Dinner and ultimate Frisbee.
Oct. 16: Dinner and tunes.
Oct. 23: Dinner and Mojos Cafe (open mic).
Oct. 30: Dinner and a pet show.
Nov. 6: Dinner and the Loft.
Nov. 13: Dinner and the stars.
Nov. 20: Dinner and a bonfire.
Nov. 27: Break.
Dec. 4: Dinner and Galactic Miracles of Christmas.

Next Generation gets revamped
PORT BYRON -- Countryside Christian Church, 3817 230th St. N., has newly revamped its "Next Generation" youth group that will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday night.
The youth group is designed for area kids between the ages of 2 to high-school aged.
Each week, Kayla Toler, wife of pastor the Rev. Jon Toler, will lead singing and share a message from "Howie" the puppet, before kids go to age-appropriate classes to learn a Bible story or verse. Crafts and activities also will be conducted. An adult Bible study will be led by Rev. Toler.
For information, call thechurch at 309-523-2834 or email

National aborted children remembrance day noted
ROCK ISLAND -- ANational Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Solemn prayer services will be held simultaneously at gravesites around the country where more than 50 million abortion victims have been buried, as well as many other memorial sites dedicated to their honor.
Knights of Columbus units have paid tribute to the millions of children killed by abortion by erecting memorials in Catholic cemeteries, on council hall grounds and at parishes. Since the program began, more than 1,835 monuments have been built. Calvary Cemetery, in Rock Island, is a location of one of these memorials.
An outdoor Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, on the lawn in front of the mausoleum at 16th Street and 31st Avenue, Rock Island, followed by prayers at the Tomb of the Unborn Child in the cemetery. The Rev. Thomas Gibson will be the celebrant, and will be assisted by Deacon Russ Swim.
People are urged to bring lawn chairs.
The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is a joint project of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League. The event is sponsored locally by the Moline St. Mary's Respect Life Committee, Knights of Columbus Allouez Council 658, the Rev. Edward Bader Assembly Honor Guard and Calvary Cemetery.

Speaker engages eternal life discussion
MOLINE -- Christian Science practitioner and teacher Mark Swinney, from Sandia Park, N.M., will present a program titled "Eternal Life: Could it be that God didn't intend you to age," at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at Stoney Creek Inn and Convention Center, 101 18th St.
Mr. Swinney is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.
His lecture will be sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Moline.
For information, call 309-764-4217.