Posted Online: Feb. 14, 2014, 2:40 pm

Faith & Values briefs for Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014

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Suzette Cravens, left, and Margaret McDowell, representing the Geneseo Women’s Connection, invite area women a Women’s Connection meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at The Cellar, at 137 S. State St., Geneseo. “Listening with Our Hearts” will be the theme. Wendy DeBrock, owner of DeBrock Galleria in downtown Geneseo, will share what the art gallery sells. Ann Deischer, Kirkwood, will be the featured speaker. Her topic will be “Relationships: The High Cost of Measuring Up.” The event will cost $12 per person. Make appreciated reservations by calling 309-944-1255, or at email Cancellations, if necessary, are appreciated.
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Theotokos The God Bearer Icon was created in colored pencils by Jill Rodts, coordinator of the third annual Magnify God's Word Sacred Art Show and Sale, which will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Farrell Hall, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2901 24th St., Rock Island.
Purity ball registrations extended
BETTENDORF -- Registration deadlines for the annual Quad Cities Purity Ball have been extended to Monday, Feb. 17.
For more information, or to buy tickets, visit Tickets cost $25 per person.
The father-daughter event will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at The Lodge, 900 Spruce Hills Drive.
Costs will cover dinner, dessert, guest speaker Molly "The Cheese Ball Chick" Sanborn's presentation, a "purity ceremony," a keepsake gift and earlier morning events.
Mrs. Sanborn, 32, of Minneapolis, will share some "Lies about Thighs and Guys" at a 9 a.m. to noon Saturday event for girls only at the Quad Cities Prayer Center at NorthPark Mall, 320 W. Kimberly Road, No. 510, Davenport. Their dads will attend a "Race for the Pure" session led by Fellowship of Christian Athletes representative and former local television sportscaster Dan Pearson at the same time and place.

QC Interfaith readies for worker workshops
ROCK ISLAND -- Quad Cities Interfaith and the Illinois Department of Labor Workers Rights & Jobs Summit will host several workshops from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Second Baptist Church, 919 6th Ave.
Workshop topics will include workers' rights, construction trades career, apprenticeship training programs, pre-apprenticeship training, the 100 Ready Workers Campaign and highway construction careers training program at Black Hawk College.
Lunch will be provided. Preregistration is required.
Call 563-322-4910 or

NAACP marks annual community day
EAST MOLINE -- The Rock Island County NAACP Religious Affairs Committee will host its 6th Annual Community Day at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Gaines Chapel AME Church, 311 19th St.
The Rev. Adrian L. Johnson, of Peoria, will be the featured guest speaker. Her topic will be "Knowing Who We Are Helps Us Know What We Need To Do."
Terrance Simmons, of Gospel Mission Temple, will be the master of ceremonies and Geri Sumrall, of The Word Church, will be guest soloist.
East Moline Mayor John Thodos will share some remarks. Community Service Awards will be presented to East Moline Elks Lodge No. 1531 and Marion Temple No. 1186.
Refreshments will be served after the program.
For more information, call committee chairwoman Ametra Carrol-Castaneda at 309-373-1202.

Minnesota men's chorus performs at St. Pius
ROCK ISLAND -- A men's chorus from St. John University, Collegeville, Minn., will perform a concert of sacred and secular music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2502 29th Ave.
A free-will donation will be accepted as admission.
The 43-voice choir directed by Axel Theimer will appear during spring-break concerts in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Missouri, as well as in Wheaton, Carbondale and Rock Island.
This year's tour features a mixture of sacred and secular choral masterworks from the Renaissance to the 21st century, including compositions by Kurt Bestor, Darius Milhaud, Bob Chilcott, Ken Jennings, Stephen Hatfield and Carl Maria von Weber.
The chorus was organized in 1948 by the Rev. Bartholomew Sayles.
For information, visit the choir's website,
Mr. Theimer was born in Austria and was a former member of the Vienna Boy's Choir.

Evil, suffering awaits inter-faith examination
ROCK ISLAND -- Inter-faith talks presented by Imam Saad Baig, Rabbi Tamar Grimm and the Rev. Mike Schaab will continue with a presentation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2502 29th Ave.
The discussion topic will be "The Question of Evil and Suffering." No reservations are needed.
Imam Baig represents the Islamic Center of the Quad-Cities in Moline; Rabbi Grimm is from Tri-City Jewish Center in Rock Island, and Rev. Schaab serves at St. Pius.
For information, call the church at 309-793-7356.
The three-part series will end with an "Afterlife" session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Islamic Center, 6005 34th Ave., Moline.

Sacred art show magnifies God's word
ROCK ISLAND -- The Magnify God's Word Sacred Art Show and Sale will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, at Farrell Hall at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2502 29th Ave.
It will feature 16 Christian amateur and professional artists. Artwork will include traditional, devotional, inspirational and contemporary art. Artist demonstrations, poetry, vocal and instrumental performances also will be held throughout the free show.
Free-will donations will be accepted. Food will be sold.
Twenty percent of artists' sales will support the Art of Faith program.
Artwork about Pope John Paul II also will be featured this year.

Lenten fair debuts at Bethel Wesley
MOLINE -- Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, 1201 13th St., will hold its first ever Lenten Fair from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2, in its activity center.
The fair will begin with a free pancake supper followed by a variety of activities designed to prepare for Lent.
Activities for all ages will include making nail necklaces, coloring eggs, planting flowers, preparing for a Seder supper and finding symbols.

Coffeehouse visitors will taste, see
MOLINE -- Christ United Methodist Church, 38017th St., will host a Taste and See Coffeehouse at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.
The free event will feature food, fellowship and entertainment.

Wall watchmen eye upcoming seminar
MOLINE -- The Eagles' Wings' Watchmen on the Wall seminar will be held Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, at Calvary Church of the Quad Cities, 4700 53rd St.
Discussion topics will include:
-- "Why Should Christians support Israel and the Jewish people?"
-- "Islam and Islamic ways."
-- "Crying out for Ishmael, praying for the Arab people."
-- "Media Misconceptions."
Individual registration will cost $59.99, which includes a Watchmen on the Wall manual.
Registration opens at 6:45 p.m. March 7, followed by a first session at 7:30 Events continue from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. March 8.