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Faith & Values briefs for Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012

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Deena Harroun, Gideon, Ma Ngo, Trigg Clausen and Matilda the Mouse invite people to Christ Anglican Church’s Church Mouse Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the church, at 1717 7th Ave., Moline. Uunique selections of locally made holiday jams, handmade scarves and other crafts, customized items, baked goods, candies and more will be featured. Products will be available from vendors including Pampered Chef, Papa's Cool Stuff, Scentsy, Thirty-One, Velata Chocolates and Watkins products. Church members will sell walking tacos, Firefighter's Chili, and other delights. Call the church at (309) 762-6022 for information.
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Augustana College will present its fifth annual Christmas at Augustana performances at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and 4 p.m. Satuday, Dec. 1, in Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Ave. Tickets cost $20 for the general public, $16 for senior citizens and $10 for students and Augustana faculty/staff. Christmas classics and commissioned pieces will be performed by the Augustana Brass Ensemble, Augustana Choir, Cantilena Augustana, Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble, Augustana Symphony Orchestra and Wennerberg Men’s Chorus. Dr. Jacob Bancks, assistant professor of music at Augustana, and composer Walter Pelz were commissioned to write pieces for this year’s performances. Dr. Bancks’ piece features a setting of 'O Magnum Mysterium.' The concert will end with Mr. Pelz’s arrangement of 'Angels We Have Heard on High' for combined choirs and orchestra. Additional holiday presentations at Augustana College will include Handel’s Messiah, featuring the Handel Oratorio Society and Handel Oratorio Society Chamber Orchestra; conductor Jon Hurty; soloists: Emily Truckenbrod, soprano; Amanda Crider, mezzo-soprano; William Ferguson, tenor; and Philip Zawisza, baritone, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, in Centennial Hall. Tickets cost $20 general public, $16 senior citizens, $10 students and Augustana faculty/staff. Complimentary tickets will be available for junior-high and high-school students and their families through the support of the Meredith Foundation. Lessons and Carols, featuring the Augustana Chamber Singers, will be at 4 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in Ascension Chapel, 820 38th St., Rock Island. It will be free and open to the public Tickets for all of the college’s Christmas events will be available through the Augustana ticket office at or by calling (309) 794- 7306.
Enjoy a movie, swap a gift
DAVENPORT -- The Congregation of the Humility of Mary will hold its 4th annual Holiday Movie and Gift Swap from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Humility of Mary Center, 820 W. Central Park Ave.
Each year, a different movie is featured, with a focus on care of the earth. A gift swap rounds out the evening.
Doors to this free event open at6:30 p.m.
Visit with sisters and deliver gift-swap items before the film. Cookies baked by sisters and associates also will be served. This year's holiday movie starting at 6:45 p.m. will be ''The Story of Change," from the Story of Stuff project.
Any leftover gift items will be donated to Humility of Mary Housing and Shelter programs.

Put this Christmas open house, market on your nice list
ROCK ISLAND --Gloria Dei Presbyterian Church, 4200 12th St., will hold its 5th annual Christmas Open House and Christmas Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,Saturday, Dec. 1.
The open house will feature a display of more than 200 nativities.
The market will have a variety of Christmas and holiday crafts and goodies for sale. A make-and-take gift table for children with all items less than $1 also will be available.
A five-minute guided tour of the nativities will be held every hour.
Holiday bake-sale items will be available that day, and by advance order for pickup throughout December.
Throughout the day, musicians and singers will perform music. Open spots still are available. Interested performers should contact the church at (309) 788-8986, or
AChristmas lunch room will feature holiday breads, cakes, cookies, soup, sandwiches and beverages for sale.

Enjoy candlelight Christmas pieces at Peace Church
ROCK ISLAND -- The Church of Peace, 12th Street and 12th Avenue, will present a Candlelight Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.
Flutist Jeffrey Cohan, organist and harpsichordist Mary Kae Waytenick and special guest flutist Walter Haedrich will perform baroque Noels by J.S. Bach, Dandrieu and Corrette; carol arrangements by Paul Manz and Helmut Walcha; and contemporary favorites of the season such as ''Silver Bells'' and ''What Child is This'' for Advent and Christmas.
Holiday refreshments will follow the concert. A freewill offering will be accepted.
For information, call the church at (309) 788-6357.

Free items at church Operation Safety Net
ROCK ISLAND -- Two Rivers United Methodist Church,1820 5th Ave., provides free clothing, toiletries, nonperishable food items, books, magazines and varioushousehold items at 11 a.m. the last Saturday of themonth. A free meal follows at noon.

Find Greek goodies as Assumption church
EAST MOLINE, -- The Philoptochos Society of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church will host its annual holiday bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Church Cultural Center, 4900 Kennedy Drive.
The bake sale will feature traditional ethnic dessert favorites such as baklava, koulourakia (butter twist cookies),and Kourambiethes (powdered sugar cookies), Melomacarona (honey-dipped spice cookies) and paximathia (Greek biscotti). Tiropitakia (cheese puffs) and spanakopitakia (spinach puffs) also will be for sale as well as gift box assortment packages.
Open sales will be featured from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Advance orders are recommended and will be taken through Monday, Dec 3.
Place orders by calling Pete and Sue Lingris at (309) 762-0760 or Doreece Boukis, (309) 796-3734.
For information, call the church office at (309) 792-2912.

Trivia testers raise money for hurricane victims
ROCK ISLAND -- A trivia night will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Two Rivers North, 1820 5th Ave.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. The event will cost $10 per person, or $80 per table of eight.
Proceeds will support victims of the recent hurricane.
For information, call the church office at (309) 788-9384, or Sue Lorenzen at (563) 210-2603.

Olympic Steel chief to address Jewish Federation
ROCK ISLAND -- The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities will welcome guest speaker Michael Siegal, who will discuss ''Business, Community, Philanthropy and the Core Values of Olympic Steel'' at a Thursday, Dec. 6, presentation at the Tri-City Jewish Center, 2715 30th St..
Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7.
RSVP by Friday, Nov. 30, by calling (309) 793-1300 or email The event will cost $25.
Mr. Siegal, a noted businessman and philanthropist, serves as board chairman and CEO of Olympic Steel, a billion-dollar corporation with 29 facilities throughout North America, which includes a steel processing plant in Bettendorf. Mr. Siegal also has been nominated as the new incoming board chairman of the Jewish Federation of North America, one of the largest charitable organizations in the world, with 157 Jewish Federations and 300 Independent Network Communities across North America.
He is a 1974 Miami University graduate, with a Bachelor of Science degree. He and his wife, Anita, live in Cleveland, Ohio, and have three children.
Mr. Siegal also serves on the boards of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Israel Bonds and the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Unbreakable Christmas Gifts to be shared
MOLINE -- Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, 1201 13th St., will hold several special services during Advent.
A special Advent series will be held Wednesday nights, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 12 and 19. The series will be titled ''Christmas Gifts That Won't Break,'' by James Moore. It will begin at 5:30 p.m., with a soup supper, followed by worship and small group discussions.
A ''Blue Christmas Worship Service'' will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, followed by fellowship time. This special worship service has been planned to help those who have lost loved ones and are having trouble facing the holidays with the same joy as in the past. It is designed to help people hold onto hope that the Light of the world still shines upon us even when we are filled with grief and sadness.
Two Christmas Eve Candle-Light Worship Services will be held Monday, Dec. 24. A family-friendly ''Light Child'' worship service will be at 7 p.m. in Wesley Hall. Children are welcome. A traditional worship service will be at 11 p.m. in the sanctuary.
The church is handicapped accessible.

King-sized Advent reflections shared
MOLINE -- Christ the King Catholic Church, 3205 60th St., will hold an Advent reflection series at 7 p.m. Mondays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, in the Believers Together Center to help prepare spiritually for Christmas.
Each evening will begin with desserts and beverages.
Topics will be:
Dec. 3: ''Follow the Star.''
Dec. 10: ''Send Your WORD.''
Dec. 17: ''Made for Joy.''