Encounter some special spaghetti
MOLINE -- Special Persons Encounter Christ will hold its annual SPEC spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church's Culemans Hall, 1400 16th Ave.
Dinner will cost $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger will eat free. Each dinner ticket earns a chance for a $100 prize.
Raffle tickets for several other prizes also will be available.
Play some St. Patrick trivia
MOLINE -- St. Patrick Catholic Church in Andalusia will hold a trivia event today at Sam's Highland Park Bowl, 4204 Avenue Of The Cities.
Call Alice or Rick Dobbeleare at 309-798 2166 or Sheila Guse at 309-786-1639 for information or to reserve a table.
Doors will open at 6 p.m., followed by trivia at 6:30.
Participants may bring snacks, but no drinks. All beverages, including water, will be sold.
Basket raffles and a 50/50 drawing will be included.
Prizes for first, second and third place will be $160, $80 and $40, respectively.
Church holds Holden prayer service
MOLINE -- Trinity Lutheran Church, 1330 13th St., will host a "Benediction Holden Village Prayer Around the World" service at 5:30 p.m. today.
Worshipers will sing Marty Haugen's "Vesper'86," more commonly known as "Holden Evening Prayers."
For information, visit holdenvillage.org/event/holden-evening-prayer-around-world.
Free meals served Saturdays
ROCK ISLAND – Two Rivers United Methodist Church, 1820 5th Ave., provides a free meal at noon every Saturday.
Anyone needing a meal is invited.
Elim installs new senior pastor
MOLINE -- Elim Covenant Church, 5201 18th Ave., will install the Rev. Steve Peterson as its new senior pastor at its 10:30 a.m. worship services Sunday, April 6.
Rev. Peterson, an ordained minister with the Evangelical Covenant Church, graduated from North Park College in 1989 and North Park Theological Seminary in 1993.
He has spent much of his ministry career overseas, include as a missionary in Colombia from 1994-96, Costa Rica in 1996-99 and Mexico from 2009-13. He also was an inner-city missionary in Chicago from 1996-2000, and was senior pastor at Portage Covenant Church in Portage, Ind., from 2000-04.
He and his wife, Elizabeth Peterson, have been married for almost 14 years and have three children: Rachel, 12; Abigail, 10; and Robert James, 6.
Bethel welcome decorated Vietnam Vet
ROCK ISLAND -- Bethel Assembly of God, 3535 38th Ave., will welcome decorated Vietnam veteran
Dave Roever as a guest speaker at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 6.
In July 1969, while serving as a Brown Water Black Beret with the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, Mr. Roever was burned severely when a white phosphorus grenade exploded in his hand. He was thought to be dead. But because of his faith in God and the faithful love of his wife, Brenda, Roever survived, undergoing numerous surgeries at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
He is a multigenerational speaker in many venues, including public schools; business, youth and men's conventions; churches; television shows; and military installations all over the world.
He and his wife co-founded Eagles Summit Ranch Colorado near Pueblo/Westcliffe, and Eagles Summit Ranch Texas, near Junction/San Antonio, to work with wounded warriors.
Church women unite for annual meeting
ROCK ISLAND -- Church Women United Rock Island-Milan chapter will hold its annual meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 11, at Olivet Baptist Church, 1115 21st Ave.
Registration should be made by Monday, April 7, by calling Ethel Bassett, 309-788-5370 or 309-236-4502. Lunch will cost $6.
Loredia Dixon will give a report about the Open Door program.
Christian Athletes honor Erie huddle coach
MOLINE -- Illowa Fellowship of Christian Athletes will present Mel Saad Jr. with its annual Hall of Faith Award on Thursday, April 10, during the Night of Champions fundraiser at Stoney Creek Inn, 101 18th St.
Doors will open at 6 p.m., followed by the free event at 6:45.
The Illowa FCA presents the award annually to recipients who have served "Huddles" with enduring commitment to faith in Jesus Christ and exemplify the four core values of FCA: integrity, teamwork, serving and excellence.
Previous winners have included Bill Sandry, Vic Boblett, Bob Reade and Jim and Joanne Sanders.
Mr. Saad continues his involvement with Erie High School's Huddle, after serving as its coach from 1995-2009. He is a 1979 Erie High School graduate.
He and his wife, Cindy, have four children and three grandchildren.
For ticket information, contact Illowa FCA administrative assistant Connie Helm at 309-762-8871 or email@example.com.
Former Iowa Hawkeye and Green Bay Packer Aaron Kampman will be the featured speaker.
Capping off a 100 Women in Hats event
ROCK ISLAND -- Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 929 14th St., will host its annual "100 Women in Hats" Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13.
A "Hatstraganza" hat show and salad spree will be at 7 p.m. April 12. It will cost $7. Hats also will be available for sale.
A "Putting off to Put on the Spirit of God" event will be at 3:30 p.m. April 13. Special guests will be Olivia Jones, the Rev. Carmen Ausborn, Jennifer Staples, Linda Powell, Berneice Owens, Candace Davis and the Rev. Florene "Flo" Scott.
Food retreat planned at prairie
WHEATLAND, Iowa -- Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, 2664 145th Ave., will hold a "Be the Change: Growing and Serving Good Food" retreat from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16.
Local growers and prairie staff members will lead the retreat. It will cost $25.
For information or to register, call 563-336-8414, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ultrasound testing seeks pregnant volunteers
BETTENDORF -- The Women's Choice Center, 2711 Happy Joe Drive, seeks pregnant women willing to volunteer to receive free limited obstetric ultrasounds as part of the center's training of registered nurses/sonographers.
Training will take place April 22-May 2.
Participants must be 7-to-20 weeks pregnant at the time of the training. Appointments will be scheduled during the mornings and afternoons only.
Ultrasounds will be performed under the supervision of a registered diagnostic medical sonographer from Sonography Now, a firm that conducts training for pregnancy help medical clinics such as the Women's Choice Center.
Participants will receive a free picture of their preborn child at the end of their appointment.
Pregnant women interested in participating in the training should call 563-332-0475, or email Claudia@womenschoicecenter.org.
The Women's Choice Center of the Quad-Cities is a Christian-based 501(c)3 ministry founded in 2002.
Pursue this trivia contest
ROCK ISLAND -- First Lutheran Church, 1600 20th St., will hold a Trivial Pursuit game night on Friday, April 25.
Doors will open at 6 p.m., followed by trivia at 7.
Players can bring their own snacks but no drinks. Water, pop, cookies and treats will be sold.
It will cost $10 per person or $80 per table.
Individuals will be paired with a group if needed.
Proceeds will help Northern Illinois Synod Mission Support work.
Call 309-788-9661 for reservations.
Academy registration period opens
EAST MOLINE -- Our Lady of Grace Academy, 602 17th Ave., is accepting registrations for the 2014-15 school year.
Openings in all grades pre-K through 8 are available.
An open house and registration will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 18.
For information or to schedule a tour/appointment, call the school office at 309-755-9771. Information about the academy also is available at olgca.org.
Annual 'Eggxtravaganza' scheduled
DAVENPORT -- Gospel Mission Temple, 5074 Pine St., will hold its annual "Eggxtravaganza Festival" at noon Saturday, April 19.
It will feature 4,500 hidden eggs filled with candy inside. An event for children with special needs up to 16 years of age also will be held.
Area vendors/exhibitors also will sell other items.
For information, call 563-388-9081, or visit gospelmissiontemple.org.
United Way issues mental health RFPs
DAVENPORT -- United Way of the Quad Cities Area has issued requests for proposals designed to reduce wait times for children seeking the help of a mental health professional, and to increase the effectiveness of this treatment so children aren't re-admitted to the hospital for the same issue.
Up to $75,000 of grants will be awarded in total.
Organizations with a bi-state collaboration and a focus on low-income children are especially encouraged to apply.
The grant's objectives are to reduce:
--Numbers of youth younger than 18 who have visited an emergency department for any mental-health-related reason.
--Numbers of youth younger than 18 requiring hospitalization or re-admission for any mental-health-related reason.
--Wait times for youth in the community for an initial appointment with a mental health professional.
--Wait times for youth for an initial psychiatric evaluation accessed locally.
Proposals must be submitted to United Way by noon Friday, April 25.
Access the full proposal at unitedwayqc.org/ourwork/health.
For information, contact Karrie Abbott at email@example.com or 563-344-0330.
Broadway youth present pancakes
ROCK ISLAND -- Broadway Presbyterian Church, 710 23rd St., will hold a pancake breakfast from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12.
Breakfast proceeds will be used to support refugee after-school kids to go to church summer camp.
For information, call the church at 309-786-2631, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trivia elements raise money for Philippines orphanage
EAST MOLINE -- The Element Church, 842 16th Ave., will hold a trivia night on Saturday, April 26.
A table of eight will cost $80. Limited seating so early RSVPs are encouraged.
For information, call 309-644-0600.
Proceeds will benefit the Legacy Home Orphanage in the Philippines.
Snacks may be brought, but food and beverages must be bought. No outside beverages will be allowed. Doors will open at 5 p.m., followed by trivia at 6.
A bake sale, silent auction, 50/50 and raffles also will be featured.
Former ELCA bishop gives Founder's Day message
ANDOVER -- Augustana Lutheran Church, 628 6th St., will hold a Founder's Day Service at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27.
The Rev. Mark Hanson, who served as presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America from 2001 to 2013, will preach.
"That They May All Be One" will be the service theme.
The service will celebrate the founding of Augustana Church in Andover, the Augustana Lutheran Church in America and Augustana College and Theological Seminary in Rock Island.
A meal will be served after the service.
A free-will donation will be taken to cover costs.
Make reservations by Friday, April 18, by calling the church at 309-521-8127, or at email@example.com.
For information, visit augustana-lutheran.org.
Pancake breakfast flips funds to mission work
ROCK ISLAND -- St. James Lutheran Church, 3145 31st Ave., will hold a pancake breakfast at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 4.
A free-will offering will be accepted.
Proceeds will go toward a June mission trip to Avery County, N.C.
Achievement awards given to Habitat faithful
DAVENPORT -- Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities presented Walter E. Neiswanger Lifetime Achievement Awards to Ed and Judy Connelly and Jim Miller during its annual dinner celebration on March 22 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, in Rock Island.
The Connellys supervised their first Habitat home in 1996. They have led construction of 14 homes. Mr. Miller has helped build more than 50 homes. He is a regular part of a "Merry Band" group of volunteers.