Andover church celebrates Reformation
Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover, Illinois, is the site of an area-wide service at 4 p.m. Sunday, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Sister Sandra Brunenn, head of the Sisters of St. Benedict, Rock Island, will give the message, and the service will include portions of the Common Prayer Service.
Presiders are the Rev. Michel Clark, a Lutheran minister, and the Rev. James DeBisschop, a Catholic priest. A 60-voice ecumenical choir directed by Ben Holmes will perform. Activities begin at 3:30 p.m with a praise band from First United Methodist Church, Geneseo. Golf cart rides are available and light refreshments will be served.
New lectures begin on Middle East status
Countries, faiths and political movements in the Middle East, including ISIS, the Shia of Iran, as well as Israel and Yemen, are topics discussed starting Sept. 27 by Dr. Art Pitz. Lectures by Pitz, with St. Ambrose University, begin at 6 p.m. at the Davenport Public Library, 6000 Eastern Ave., or the Rock Island Public Library, 401 19th St.
The line-up: Isis, Davenport, Sept. 27; The Shia of Iran, Rock Island, Oct. 10; Israel and the Quad-Cities, Rock Island, Oct. 17 and Yemen, Oct. 23, in Davenport.
Big sale benefits Humility of Mary Housing
The Fresh Start Benefit Sale kicks off Sept. 29-39 with a record amount of merchandise donated, all to benefit Humility of Mary Housing, supportive housing in the Quad-Cities for single-parent families.
The event is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Humility of Mary Housing headquarters, 3805 Mississippi Ave., Davenport. Shoppers are encouraged to save money on Christmas presents. All information is online, and proceeds support the families served by the organization.