Uganda children's choir

The Kids' Choir from Uganda will perform African music and dance at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at Newcomb Presbyterian Church, Davenport. The public is invited.


Second Baptist marks 144th anniversary

Second Baptist Church, Rock Island, which traces its roots to 1873, will celebrate its 144th anniversary at 10 a.m. Sunday. The theme is "Celebrate Unto the Lord," and the special guest speaker is the Rev. Joseph Napier of Ward Memorial Baptist Church, Chicago. Second Baptist's pastor is the Rev. Joseph Williamson, and it is located at 919 6th Ave..

Eid al-Adha begins Sept. 1 in Moline

The iWireless Center, 1200 River Drive, Moline, is the site for Eid al-Adha, a Muslim holiday celebrated worldwide. Locally, it begins on Friday, Sept. 1, at 8 a.m., with prayer at 8:20 a.m. and refreshments at 8:45 a.m.

Dr. Anis Ansari of the Islamic Center in Clinton, an organizer, suggests participants arrive early for worship.

Kids' Choir from Uganda spreads joy

A group of 10 talented young singers from Uganda will perform at 10 a.m.  Sunday, Sept. 3, at Newcomb Presbyterian Church, 2619 N. Division St., Davenport and they perform traditional African song and dance. The choir has appeared in venues across the U.S. and at Disneyland, as well as Qwest Field, Seattle, home of the Seahawks.

The public is invited. There will be a "Tastes of the Midwest" potluck following. This is to provide the children with an idea of what foods are eaten in Iowa. Church members will also take the youths on a tour of Davenport and points of local interest.

An aim of the event is to raise awareness of how those in poverty gain hope through Childcare Worldwide's Sponsorship Program. Online: 

Special Taize vigil service planned

The Humility of Mary Center will be the site of the Solstice Taize Vigil service, 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10. People of all faiths are invited to participate. There is no fee, but registration is requested. Information: 563-323-9466 or online,

Beth Moore simulcast at Calvary Church Q-C

Bible teacher and best-selling author Beth Moore and Dove Award recipient Travis Cottrell will be part of a special women's event at Calvary Church of the Quad-Cities, 4700 53rd St., Moline.

The duo will perform in a Living Proof simulcast at the church event planned for 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Tickets are $35; for information and to register, go online:

'Blue Mass' led by Bishop Thomas Zinkula

Knights of Columbus councils from Clinton, DeWitt, Grand Mound, Lost Nation, Oxford Junction and Toronto will host a Blue Mass on Tuesday Sept. 19, for Clinton County police, firefighters and EMS personnel.

It is 5:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in DeWitt. Bishop Thomas Zinkula of the Diocese of Davenport will lead the service.

It is intended to recognize all fire, police, EMS and other first-responders for their service and dedication to Clinton County residents.

The service is called a Blue Mass because of the blue uniforms worn. This is an ecumenical service open to individuals of all faiths and the public is invited. There will be a reception following the mass with light refreshments. Reservations are requested but not required. For details contact Matt Grillot at or 563-210-1088.

Women's interfaith dialogues begin

Women of three faiths, Muslim, Catholic and Jewish, will discuss "Helping Our Neighbors: Should There Be Limits?" in the 12th annual Women's Interfaith Dialogues. These are Mondays, Sept. 18 and 25, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church parish hall, 1400 16th Ave., Moline. Refreshments and gathering begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Women involved are Lisa Killinger of the Muslim Community of the Quad-Cities, Sister Catherine Cleary of St. Mary's Monastery and Linda Golden, Quad-Cities United Jewish Community.

Service celebrates Reformation year

Sister Sandra Brunenn, prioress of the Sisters of St. Benedict in Rock Island, will give the message at a special ecumenical service at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover, Illinois. This is part of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation, by Martin Luther.

Tickets available for Luther film

A film about the life and legacy of Martin Luther will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the Regal Cinema Stadium 14, 4100 38th St., Moline. The Rev. Luke Boehringer of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Davenport, calls it a "must-see for any lifelong Lutheran," and a chance for others to learn about Luther.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and a special website is set up for this purpose:

It is jointly sponsored by Gethsemane church, 2410 E. 32nd St., Davenport, and St. Paul Lutheran Church, 153 19th Ave., Moline. For more information, contact  Boehringer, 563-359-0144 or