Posted Online: Sept. 13, 2013, 4:10 am

Faith & Values briefs for Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013

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Margaret McDowell, left, who serves on the Geneseo Women’s Connection board, and Elizabeth Hulsbrink, Geneseo, an independent beauty consultant, invite area women to the September luncheon of the Women’s Connection from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at The Cellar, 137 S. State St., Geneseo. Ms. Hulsbrink will demonstrate how to do quick cosmetic "touch-ups." The meeting's theme will be "Change Within and Change Without." Guest speaker will be Marsha Lenski, of Macon. Her topic will be "Once upon a Dream." Special music will be provided by Doreen Vincent, Cambridge. The luncheon will cost $12 per person. Make appreciated reservations by calling 309-944-1255 or email Cancellation notices, if necessary, are appreciated.
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Brooke VanHoutte, Rianna Neslon, Katelyn DeSpain, Katie Smith and Emiley Smith help promote a taco and enchilada dinner hosted by Colona United Methodist Church youth from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Saturday, Sept. 14, at the church, at 1709 Cleveland Road. Tacos, enchiladas, rice, beans, dessert and beverages will be served. Carryouts will be available. Proceeds will benefit youth-group activities including a mission trip to Evansville, Ind., to do home repair next summer.
Messiah locked, redeemed at revival
DAVENPORT -- Calvary Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1518 N. Fillmore St., will present a "Messiah Redeemer Locked In The Matrix, Redeemed By The Messiah" revival that continues through Saturday, Sept. 21.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. each night and 11 a.m. Saturdays, except for Thursday Sept. 19, when no meeting will be held.
It will led by the Rev. Jadon R. Miller.
Rev. Millerwas born in Jamaica and raised in Boston, and is the eldest of five children. His call to the ministry came at age 15, when his family moved to Maryland.
He received his bachelor's degree in theology from Oakwood University and his Master of Divinity from Andrews University. During his sophomore year at Oakwood, he served as a student missionary in Haiti. Upon returning to the States, he served as an Army military chaplain assistant, four years active and three years in the reserves.
As he was completing his final year at Oakwood University, he suffered an accident which left him with no sight in his left eye. The injury that he suffered that day prevented him from doing a second tour of duty, which he believes may have saved his life.
He and his wife, Annamaria Miller, a ministry partner, have two sons, Jadon, 3, and Micah, 11 months.

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

Liturgist preaches, teaches to the choir
BETTENDORF --Internationally known musician and liturgist David Haas will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at St. John Vianney Church, 4097 18th St.
It will cost$15 for students and seniors, $20 for adults, and $25 at the door. Call 563-336-8414 to register.
A liturgy workshop with Mr. Haas will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the church.
Liturgists, church musicians and choirs are invited to join Mr. Haas to explore inspiring music of Vatican II. Mr. Haas will share his lively compositions and principles for creating good liturgy.
Lunch and handouts will be provided. Day-care will be available upon request. The workshop will cost $20 for students and $25 for adults). Preregistration will be required. Call 563-336-8414 to register.
Mr. Haas has produced more than 45 collections of original music, and his liturgical works are sung and prayed throughout the world and appear in hymnals of many Christian denominations, in many languages.
Mr. Haas lives in Eagan, Minn., where he is director of The Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry. He serves as campus minister at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, where he also directs the its liturgical choir.
Proceeds will benefitOur Lady of the Prairie Retreat,a ministry of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary, Davenport.

Enjoy a harper's delight this month
MOLINE -- Harper's Delight, a group of novice harpists, will give a free public performance from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at theButterworth Center, 1105 8th St.
Refreshments will be served after the performance.
For information, visit, or call309-277-0180.

Annual prayer breakfast brings big acts
DAVENPORT -- A 19th annual Quad Cities Prayer Breakfast will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the RiverCenter,136 E. 3rd St.
This year's featured guests are Don Piper and Christian music star Carman.
The event will be sponsored by Thy Kingdom Come Ministries and supported by attendees from more than 275 area churches.
A table of eight will cost $96. Individual tickets will cost $18. Buy tickets online at or by calling 563-322-7777. Scholarships will be available.
Mr. Piper, a Texas pastor, was reportedly killed instantly in 1989 when his car was struck head on by an 18-wheeler. He was pronounced dead by four paramedics, and said he spent 1 1/2 hours in heaven. After a 90-minute prayer session led by another pastor arriving on the scene, Mr. Piper returned to life and eventually wrote a best-seller titled "90 Minutes in Heaven."
Carman, a Grammy-nominated music artist, has sold more than 10 million records and received 15 gold and platinum albums and videos.
More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the annual prayer breakfast.

Church celebrates $2.2 million expansion completion
ROCK ISLAND -- St. John's Lutheran Church, 4501 7th Ave., will hold a free, public open house from 3 to 5 p.m. today to celebrate the completion of a $2.2 million building expansion.
Church members and community partner members will be available to guide visitors through the new and remodeled spaces. Refreshments will be served.
As part of the church's "Building to Serve" campaign, the project included a new kitchen, music room, expanded classrooms and meeting spaces, as well as improved access to existing and new amenities, including fully accessible restrooms.
For information, call 309-786-6333, or visit

Neighborhood cookout time slated
MOLINE -- Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, 1201 13th St., will have a neighborhood cookout from 1 to 4 p.m. today in the church parking lot.
Free food and drinks, a bounce house for kids, face painting and popcorn will be featured.

Old-fashioned tent revival graces Milan church
MILAN -- Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, 660 10th Ave. W., will hold an Old Fashioned Tent Revival, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, through Wednesday, Sept. 18.
The revival will feature southern Gospel musical group Under Grace, featuring the Helms family from Trion, Ga.
For information, call 309-756-8094.

Peace Lutheran rallies around new pastor
PORT BYRON -- Peace Lutheran Church, 20828 Friedens Road, will celebrate Rally Sunday at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, beginning with Sunday school, games and activities.
The Rev. Brad Haugen and his wife, Jula Haugen, will celebrate his first service with the community at 10:15 a.m., followed by a potluck dinner.

Speaker shares Genesis creation answers
EAST MOLINE -- The QC Creation Science Association will welcome Dr. Tommy Mitchell of "Answers in Genesis" for eventson Sunday, Sept. 15, and Monday, Sept. 16, at Wildwood Church, 18717 Hubbard Road.
His Sunday topics will include "Why Can't a Day Mean a Day?" to be given at 6 p.m., followed by "Noah's Ark and the Global Flood," at 7:30. His Monday presentations will feature "Jurassic Prank -- A Dinosaur Tale," at 6 p.m., and "Worshiping the Creator God," at 7:30.
For information, visit its website.

Creation awareness breakfast served
MOLINE -- Trinity Lutheran Church, 14th Street and 14th Avenue, will sponsor a "Care of Creation Awareness Breakfast" from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.
Locally grown fruits and vegetables will be used to show how easily local foods can be incorporated into meals.
Menu items will include eggs, potatoes, fruit bowl, specialty breads, juice and coffee and tea.
Freewill donations will be accepted. For information, call the church office at 309-762-3624.

Alpha class will reach its omega in seven weeks
DAVENPORT -- St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 N Brady St., will offer a seven-week Alpha class to explore the core beliefs of the Christian faith, beginning Monday, Sept. 16.
Alpha is free and open to the community. The Rev. Peter Marty serves as the primary presenter, leading participants through questions of faith.
Sessions, which include small-group discussions, will be from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 16-Oct. 28. A half-day Saturday retreat will be held Oct. 12. Childcare will be provided on request.
A freewill donation is suggested for dinner.
To register, visit For information, contact Katie Hanson at or 563-326-3547.

Harvest luncheon falls on a Tuesday
EAST MOLINE -- Christ United Methodist Church, 3801 7th St., will hold a fall harvest luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Tickets will cost $7.50 at the door or from the church office.
For information, call Joyce Danley at 309-737-8597 or the church at 309-755-2508.
Proceeds will benefit United Methodist Women's missions.

Milan Christians create new food pantry
MILAN -- A newly formed Milan Christian Food Pantry board of directors recently announced plans to open a community nutritional site.
The late Grant and Virginia Brissman, Milan business people, left their estate to bless the village in terms of betterment, education and relief of suffering. Under the last category, organizers asked estate trustees for money to rent a building and establish a food pantry in Milan, to replace a previous food pantry operated by St. Ambrose Catholic Church. That pantry closed in December 2011.
With Brissman funds, six congregations are at work to establish the pantry at 128 W. 4th St., in Milan. The grant provides for rent, utilities and start-up expenses.
This pantry will function in cooperation with the Churches United program, but the primary task of keeping food on the shelves will be the job of the churches, service organizations, businesses and individuals in Milan.
Churches participating are St. Matthew Lutheran, The Bridge Foursquare Gospel, First Presbyterian, Trinity United Methodist, St. Ambrose Catholic of Milan and St. Patrick Catholic of Andalusia.
They are in the process of seeking not-for-profit corporation status for the pantry, as well as painting, organizing and seeking public support. The plan is that the pantry will be open at least twice a week and an open house for the public will be held as the doors prepare to open.

Sacred International Day of Peace planned
ROCK ISLAND -- One Sacred Space,709 19th St. and 1918 7th Ave., will host an International Day of Peace from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.
Scheduled events will include:
3 to 4 p.m.: Pay homage at a "Peace Altar," write aprayer on the Peace Tree in Shanti Park, hear peace prayers of many spiritual traditions from around the world
4 to 5 p.m.:Yoko Gardening presentation -- "Living in Peace/Harmony with ourEnvironment," and receive light for individual harmonizing of body-mind-spirit
5 to 6 p.m.:Sessions ofT'ai Chi at Shanti Park,Dahn Yoga at the cottage, andAikido at Shanti Park.
6 to 7 p.m.: "The Way to Inner Peace" meditation,Reiki Treatment and foot massage, both in the Healing Arts building
7 to 8:30 p.m.: Bonfire and story telling from around the world, and welcoming the coming of the fall equinox.
Refreshments will be available. For information or to make a donation,, call 309-793-7881 or visit

Lord's house seeks Christian singles
EAST MOLINE -- The House of the Lord Church, 459 16th Ave., will hold a Christian singles night from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.
For information, call Carole Carbo at 309-797-4827.
Spaghetti will be served. Guests may bring a side dish, snack or dessert. A variety of card games will be played.
The event is open to all single Christians age 30 and older.

Pastor's Masters tees up again
DAVENPORT -- The annual Pastor's Masters Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Quad Cities Prayer Center, will be at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Emeis Golf Course, 4500 W. Central Park Ave.
Golfers are invited to put together a four-member team, with the stipulation that one of them has to be a senior or associate pastor.
Team cost for the entire day will be $255 ($85/each for the three nonpastoral players on the team and the pastor is free). Registration will include greens fees, carts, awards banquet and prizes.
All prizes will be awarded to the pastor on the team.
For information, call Tom Hurt at 309-737-2853 or call the prayer center at 563-323-3090.
Download registration forms at