Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Reading in the lounge

One of the partners in the Family Literacy Program that takes place here at the Church of Peace is the Rock Island Public Library. On some occasions the group travels to the group travels to the library together. At other times the librarian, Sue Foster, comes to the church and reads to the church [...]

Church of Peace participates in Cross Walk

Each year on Good Friday members from the Church of Peace participate with other churches in the community for a three mile walk carrying a cross.

Candy Land Trivia Night a Success

Candy Land trivia was a huge success.  Thank you to all.

Wonderful Day

One of the great privileges of a long pastorate at the Church of Peace is summed up in this photograph. I taught the confirmation class and confirmed the young father in the photo and also the godfather. And then I officiated at the couple’s wedding a few years back. And now I am here [...]

Merton Center

On the same day that I visited the Abbey of Gethsemani I also visited the Merton Center at Bellermine University in Louisville, Kentucky. While this meant short visits at both sites, you never know when you will be in the neighborhood again with such a purpose.
By its very nature a monastery is hardly a [...]

Pilgrimage to Gethsemani

A pilgrimage is a journey undertaken for a religious or spiritual purpose, and I went on such a journey for a few days after Easter. There is a tradition for the pastor to “get away” after the rigors of Holy Week and Easter, and I drove down to Kentucky. The destination for the journey [...]

Good Friday Cross Walk

Each year on Good Friday members from the Church of Peace participate with other churches in the community for a three mile walk carrying a cross. The walk is hosted and coordinated by Gloria Dei Presbyterian Church and has been an event we look forward to. This year seven persons from the Church of [...]

Hospital Trifecta

It is all about the elevator. Yesterday afternoon, following the Lenten Devotional Service at the Church I went up to Trinity Hospital with our Parish Nurse, Mary Oelschlaeger. We were going to see two of our older church members who are hospitalized. Getting on the elevator we met the daughter-in-law and granddaughter of one of [...]

African Light Pentecostal Fellowship

In the last several weeks we have begun a new adventure with some of our neighbors here in Rock Island. In our immediate neighborhood there are many new immigrants from Eastern Africa, and many of these are Christians. A group of African Christians whose common language is Swahili have approached the Church of Peace about [...]

Pastoral Calling in Mexico

Doing ministry together means developing relationships. “Accompaniment” is one of the purposes of the Mayan Ministry group that I am part of. One of the dear moments on this trip was when we did a little pastoral calling, an example of accompaniment .
There is a sister named Patti who works with a particular [...]

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