Thursday, October 2, 2014

Short Retirement

Nancy wrote this in a note to her family:
It will be a short retirement, specifically July. Michael is taking the position of full-time Interim Pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Moline, IL. This church is larger than Church of Peace and has more worship services and a full-time associate. They have [...]

Cute Photo

Here I am with Meghan and her two sons, Charles and Oliver, in our regular spot for children’s time in worship.  I post it because we all look our best!  My last Sunday worship at Church of Peace was filled with warm memories and fond wishes.

Bishop Leontine Kelly

Bishop Leontine Kelly died at age 92 on June 28, 2012.  She was the first female African-American bishop in the US and in the United Methodist Church.  She had an unusual career and there were many unlikely turns that brought her to the prominent position in the church.  That story is readily available in other [...]

New Job

From:  Ed Hanna

Sent: Friday, June 08, 2012 2:56 PM
Subject: QCAIR Development Director and Program Director

It is my pleasure to announce that contracts have been signed for an interim Development Director and an interim Program Director for QCAIR.Rev. Dr. Michael A. Swartz, retiring pastor of Church of Peace United Church of Christ, Rock Island will be the interim Development Director and [...]

Summer Food Program – day 2

 It is not a good sign to arrive in the church parking lot and see that the service and repair truck of the commercial kitchen equipment company has already arrived.  Fortunately, they were able to respond quickly.  Our walk-in cooler had problems in the night and the temperature was above the acceptable point.  We lost [...]

Bike Rack at Church

One of our church families has donated a bike rack for the church and here I am with it in the spot where I hope it will be installed.  Soon.You may remember the photo of bikes inside the building from last summer.  Children ride their bikes to church so they can eat lunch.  Now there [...]

San Damiano

Greetings from San Damiano Retreat center in Danville, California.  I am here for a pre-retirement seminar with the California Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  This is a Franciscan center, and the interior courtyard is beautiful.  However, we spent yesterday inside learning about personal financial matters.  

It is good to see old colleagues [...]

Gloria Vicente

 Illinois Maya Ministry met today in Warrenville, Illinois, at the home of Rev. Denise Griebler, to listen to a very pregnant Gloria Vicente share about her work in Guatemala as a missionary through Common Global Ministries.  Gloria was able to explain in depth about her experience at Guatemalan Christian Action (ACG).  She also talked a [...]

Transportation Equity

Quad Cities Interfaith has been working for over a year now on the issue of Transportation Equity, by which we mean providing more equitable access to jobs that will be created when the passenger train service comes to the Quad Cities.  The word is that over 2000 jobs will be provided and 700 of those [...]

Honoring Bishop Samuel Ruiz

There are different ways of honoring someone who has  died.  Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia (3 November 1924 – 24 January 2011) died a little over a year ago.  He was instrumental in building positive ecumenical relations between and among Mayans, Catholics and Protestants in the Diocese of San Cristobal de Las Casas, where he served [...]

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