Grace Lutheran Church, Davenport

For 20 years, members of Grace Lutheran Church, Davenport, have helped serve a hot meal to hungry people in Rock Island. Volunteers may sign up at the church.

(Editor's note: The following items were culled from several church bulletins sent to the Quad-City Times in recent weeks.)

New church finds home at Good Shepherd

The Ebenezer International Community Church has found a new home, within the confines of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 2324 18th Ave., Rock Island.

According to the Shepherd's Staff bulletin, the Ebenezer church will use the sanctuary from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays, and they are also invited to join in during the Fellowship Hour at 11:45 a.m. Sundays. The practice started in January and is an opportunity to make Good Shepherd's core mission by giving another congregation the opportunity to gather at a consistent location. Readers are urged to "welcome our brothers and sisters in Christ from Ebenezer when you see them!"

Destiny Book Group to discuss 'The Nightingale'

Author Kristin Hannah's book, "The Nightingale," is the focus of the Destiny Book Group, which meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at First Lutheran Church, 1230 5th Ave., Moline. The meeting is announced in The Landmark church news bulletin.

In addition, the annual meeting of First Lutheran Church will be at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, in the Fellowship Hall. Annual reports will be available starting on Sunday, Jan. 14.

Feeding the hungry continues Grace Lutheran

More than 20 years ago, Grace Lutheran Church members began helping to feed hungry people in the Quad-Cities. The effort started at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rock Island,  but now is located at the Rock Island Township hall, 2827 7th Ave., Rock Island.

The program offers a free, hot meal, five days a week to anyone who is hungry.

Members of the church provide a meal on the fourth Friday each month. It is served promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Volunteers are asked to arrive before 5:15 p.m., and the menu includes a meat, vegetable, potato/rice/pasta, dessert, four gallons of milk, four loaves of white bread and a tub of margarine. The bread is buttered prior to being served, according to the "Grace Notes" newsletter.

Sign-up is at the church, 1140 E. High St., Davenport. Phone 563-322-0769, or online at

Breakfast meetings at Trinity Lutheran

While the congregation's annual meeting is planned for 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, men and women from Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley all meet every Wednesday for breakfast.

The church, located at 18137 Criswell St., Pleasant Valley, has two breakfast meetings on a Wednesday each week. Men meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Argo Store, north of Pleasant Valley on the corner of Wells Ferry Road and 240th Avenue.

Women, on the other hand, meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Village Inn, 12th and State streets, Bettendorf.

St. Mark's sponsors 8-person 'dinners' 

A "Dinner for Eight" at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, Davenport, brings together eight willing people who plan meals, games and activities in their home, restaurants or other establishments in order to get to know one another better.

The process is explained in the January edition of the "Life" bulletin. Once groups are formed, the first host is selected from the roster. That person will contact members to arrange details for the first gathering. Dinner groups are encouraged to be creative; ideas are a theme, such as an Italian night, dessert night, or soup night. The seven other participants can bring a dish to go along with the theme.

Groups of eight will be announced at the group meal, set for 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21. Interested persons are to sign up by Sunday, Jan. 14.

St. Mark is located at 2363 W. 3rd St., Davenport, and the phone is 563-322-5318.

Winnie's Place looks for donations 

Winnie's Place is the shelter for women, with or without children, who are homeless or abuse survivors. It is operated by Churches United of the Quad-City Area. Several items are needed by the folks at Winnie's Place, and the items could be dropped off at Churches United, 2535 Tech Drive, Suite 205, Bettendorf.

Needs include: Cereal, oatmeal, tea, coffee, creamer, egg noodles, crackers, cold relief medicine for all ages, pillows, blankets in twin sizes, plastic storage bags in two-gallon size, trash bags, radios, juice, Kool-Aid, sugar, canned fruit, sour cream, cheese, pizzas, frozen potatoes, hamburger, roasts, butter and hearty soups.

For information: online, or call 563-332-5002.

Church hosts benefit for the Rev. Phillip Farrow

The Rev. Phillip Farrow, who has endured a difficult journey the past few months, is the honoree at a benefit at Third Missionary Baptist Church, 222 W. 14th St., Davenport.

The event is 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, in the church which is headed by the Rev. Rogers Kirk.

Anyone who is willing to be part of the music for the event should contact Deacon Odell Hickman at 309-428-7746. Responses are requested by Friday, Feb. 2.

Participants could be a representative from each church, the choir, male chorus, or an individual soloist.

Augustana educator to discuss faith and fear 

Faith and fear, and how the current political, global and media climate increase fear, is the focus of a talk by Dan Lee, Augustana College professor of religion.

It will be 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 14 and Jan. 21, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1330 13th St., Moline.

Lee is set to discuss how ethical issues come into play, and how faith can help Lutherans cope with fear while living in the current climate.

Other events listed in The Trinity Visitor bulletin: The next Lunch Bunch is Feb. 7, with tickets on sale Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 at Founders Hall. There also is a Benediction service on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel. This is an intimate setting with interactive dialogue and time for reflection on the message. There also is communion and meditative music.

The church is online at