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What does the Reformation mean to you?

The date of Oct. 31 might traditionally be Halloween, but in 2017, it also is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. On Oct. 31, 1517,  Martin Luther published 95 Theses on indulgences of the Roman Catholic church.

What does the Reformation mean to you in 2017? Please submit your thoughts to Deirdre Baker, reporter, electronically before 5 p.m. Sunday. Use this e-mail, with the subject line "Reformation:"

Reformation 500: Church events

• First Baptist Church, Bettendorf: “Reformation in the Renaissance” festival takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church, 3593 Middle Road. The movie “Luther,” is to be shown with games, food and Renaissance costumes. A replica of the Wittenberg Door is included in the festival and those of all ages are invited.

• Zion Lutheran Church, Davenport, hosts Bishop Michael Burk of the Southeastern Iowa Synod to preach and preside at 9 a.m. Sunday. The service will note both the Reformation and the 155th anniversary of the church. Zion is the oldest continuously operating Lutheran congregation in Davenport, and traces its roots back before the Civil War. A brunch will follow the morning service, and the public is welcome.

• The Reformation Hymn Festival, free and open to the public, is set for 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady St., Davenport. It commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation through words and song. There are Scripture readings, hymns, and a joint choir directed by Jon Hurty.

Chaplain recognized during Pastoral Care Week 

Don Combs, a chaplain for Compassus hospice, has been recognized for delivering the highest level of spiritual care and guidance for patients and their families during Oct. 22-28, Pastoral Care Week. Hospice chaplains offer spiritual support to provide a patient , and family, a more meaningful end-of-life experience, according to a Compassus spokeswoman.

Church Women United host ’17 Community Day

• World Community Day is. Friday at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2601 15th St., Moline. Registration at 9 a.m. is following by brunch and the meeting. Participants are asked to bring World Service kits, and there will be an election of officers. For information: Bernetta Foy, 309-762-9578.

• World Community Day also will be Friday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 24th Street and 31st Avenue, Rock Island, with registration at 9 a.m. The Bible study and program are at 9:30 a.m. and the theme is “Peace.” Lunch is $6. For reservations call Lois Mary McCarthy by Monday: 309-786-7103.

Prairie Retreats set for rural Wheatland 

Our Lady of the Prairie retreats are planned for November and December  at 2664 145 Ave., Wheatland, Iowa. To register, call 563-332-8414, e-mail, or check online,

Programs include: Wednesday, “Come to the Quiet” with Pat Shea; Nov. 7, “The Ennagram, a Tool for Deepening Understand of Ourselves and Others;” Nov. 8, “Weaving Prayers and Baskets” with Sister Kathleen Storms and “Opening to Peace Through Compassion,” on Nov. 12.

Music at St. Pete’s begins Nov. 4

A new, free music series begins at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 2400 Middle Road, Bettendorf, on Nov. 4 when the Vocal Ensemble Quad-Cities presents “Holy and Happy” at 7:30 p.m. Peter Grau is the music director, and the program features the Missa “O Quam Gloriosum,” by 16th century composer Tomas Luis de Victoria, as well as madrigals by British composers. The ensemble includes professional musicians from the Quad-Cities.

The series will continue in 2018.

Healing Service Nov. 5 at St. John’s

Are you facing troubles? Do you feel like it’s a losing battle? Come find peace at at St. John's Candlelight Healing Service at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at St. John’s United Methodist Church , 109 E. 14th St., Davenport. The group meets monthly and the November theme: “Don’t Fear, the Battle is the Lord’s.” Guests will also be able to experience the healing power of Holy Communion and anointing prayers. For more information, call the church office, 563-324-5278.

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