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Is the thought of Christmas making you feel bleak? Let us help. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Monday, 29 October 2012 14:31
The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities
Announces the Christmas Assistance Program

Quad Cities: The Salvation Army’s Christmas Assistance Program – a community wide effort – is The Salvation
Army’s largest outreach event each year. Last year, for example, over 5,000 gifts were distributed to 2,300
children and over 1,900 homes received food.

Families who would like to receive assistance during the holidays must register and complete the application
process before December 7th.

Registration Information in IOWA
3400 W. Central Park Avenue, Davenport 563-391-5325

Mondays—October 29; November 5, 12, 15, 19, 26; December 3: 11am-2pm

Wednesdays— October 31; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5: 2pm-5pm

Fridays—November 2, 9, 16, 30: 11am-2pm

Last Chance Friday—December 7: 11am-2pm

Registration Information in ILLINOIS
2200 – 5th Avenue, Moline 309-764-6996

Mondays—November 5, 12, 19: 11am-2pm

Wednesdays—November 7, 14, 21: 2pm-5pm

Fridays—November 2, 9, 16: 11am-2pm

Last Chance Friday—December 7: 11am-2pm

What to bring: Applications will not be taken without the items below:
1. Adults: a. Picture ID with valid date, b. Social Security card & c. Proof of address (2 pieces of mail)
2. Children: a. Social Security Cards or b. Medical Cards or c. Birth certificates for each child.
3. Proof of: a. Household Income & b. Federal or State Benefits.

Generous Quad Cities residents make this program possible with their monetary donations, as well as
donations of toys through the Angel Giving Trees. Beginning November 3, Angel Trees will be displayed at all
QC Wal-Marts. NorthPark and SouthPark Mall will again host trees in their JC Penney and Younkers Courts,
respectively, starting November 23.

To volunteer as a bell ringer, please go to


U.S. security in Benghazi PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 29 October 2012 14:10
Friday, October 26, 2012

Senator Chuck Grassley issued the following comment today regarding security questions related to the September 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

“Allegations that military resources in the area were requested and denied is alarming.  If it’s the fact that more could have been done to avert the loss of life by American personnel but was rejected, then those decision makers need to be held accountable.  It’s past time for President Obama and his administration to provide the basis for the decisions made before, during and now after the fatal terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on September 11.”

Instructional program: "Preparing Your Advanced Directives" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sara McLees   
Monday, 29 October 2012 13:35

Chaplain Robert Hanson, Director of Pastoral Care from Trinity Health System’s will be offering an instructional program "Preparing Your Advanced Directives."  The program will include an overview of advanced directives, a time for questions, and an opportunity for those in attendance to complete personal advanced directives. 


The program is hosted by First Congregational Church, 2201 - 7th Ave Moline, IL on Wednesday November 7th. At 6:30 pm. From 5:30-6:15 will be a fellowship dinner. The program and meal are free of charge.



Call the church at 309-762-0787 to RSVP.

Byrum Family Dentistry Presents a Patriotic Program for QC Trick-or-Treaters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 12:53

Treats for the Troops

BETTENDORF, IA – This Halloween, Byrum Family Dentistry is offering Quad-Cities families a chance to reward America’s troops for their valor – as they help children to fight tooth decay.
From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, kids age 12 and under can bring their Halloween candy to Byrum Family Dentistry and they will buy the candy for $1 per pound. The candy collected will be sent to America’s troops serving overseas. Byrum Family Dentistry, the dental practice of Robert L. Byrum, D.D.S., P.C., and Melinda Hochgesang, D.M.D., is located at 3878 Middle Road, Bettendorf, IA.
In addition to the cash reward, every participating child will also get a free toothbrush. Plus, if the child is not already a patient of Byrum Family Dentistry, he or she will receive a coupon for a free exam. This exam will include an initial dental examination, X-rays, and consultation.
“Our Halloween program is a win-win deal for the whole family,” said Dr. Byrum. “Parents will be pleased that their children will be eating less sweets, and the kids will receive a nice reward in exchange for their contribution to America’s troops. Plus, the program will also set many children down the path to improved dental health.”
The professionals at Byrum Family Dentistry believe in giving back to the community and actively promoting dental health. Since 1990, Dr. Byrum has made monthly donations to area charities such as the Make a Wish Foundation and the American Cancer Society. Routinely, toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste have been donated to area causes, including shelters, schools, and overseas military personnel.

For more information, call Byrum Family Dentistry at (563) 332-7734 or visit

Jediism: Why Religion Hasn’t Jumped the Shark PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 22 October 2012 14:34
Pop Culture’s Cross-Pollination with Traditional Faith Make Both Stronger

For centuries, religion has influenced culture – the visual arts, music, theater and architecture. Where would society be without the Gutenberg printing press, created to make the Bible available to everyone? The press led to exponential growth in European literacy, kick-starting future intellectual discovery and accelerating the progress of civilization.

Gutenberg’s press also lit the kindling for the Protestant Reformation. This combination of technology and culture led to a drastic new understanding of Christianity, fragmenting the continental reach of the Vatican, an institution that has mastered the use of branding via artistic expression. As most religious scholars would admit, culture and religion have always had a symbiotic relationship, promoting both purposes in a unified form.

The cultural-religious connection newest evolution is Jediism, a religious movement made official in 2000 and based on the ideas of characters in the “Star Wars” film series. Just as Protestantism did not destroy Christianity, neither will The Force – a religious tenet in Jediism – steal traditional religions’ thunder. However, it may make religion again relevant to more than just a handful of geeks.

Data from the Gallup Organization and the Pew Research Center show organized religion trending downward:

• Since the 1970s, Americans’ confidence in organized religion has steadily decreased.

• This year, the downward trend has hit its lowest point; only 44 percent of Americans have “a great deal” of confidence in organized religion.

• Pew polls indicate that while many young people identify less with the denominations they are born into, most teens and 20-somethings consider themselves “spiritual.”

To put it in economic terms, there’s a growing market of young and spiritual people who are hungry for direction. Is Jediism the answer?

Jediism incorporates ideas from Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Stoicism and Shintoism. Although the new religion is mostly based on George Lucas’ vision, there is no founder or central structure. A common belief in Jediism is the Jedi Code, which reads:

• There is no emotion; there is peace.
• There is no ignorance; there is knowledge.
• There is no passion; there is serenity.
• There is no chaos; there is harmony.
• There is no death; there is The Force.

It is not just that more people are self identifying as nondenominational – the Pew Center also found that nearly one in five Americans, 19 percent, check the “nothing in particular” box, or atheist or agnostic, for religious belief. That’s the highest percentage of nonreligious people ever surveyed in the country.

Just as culture and artistic expression have always informed religion, it is time for more religious people to embrace how science informs human understanding of the universe. Unlike the great American astronomer Carl Sagan, who said religious and scientific disagreements can be solved by understanding each as “non-overlapping magisterial” – many believe religion, culture and science are three peas in the same pod. They are three essential, distinctive yet related fields to the same end, which is the struggle to grasp truth.

Why not? Authorities on both sides are dipping their toes in the water with oddball, stranger-than-fiction scientific posits such as String Theory, which attempts to reconcile two seemingly incompatible theories: quantum mechanics and general relativity. The theory, studied by today’s leading physicists, says that there are more dimensions to reality than we can perceive, and that there may be activity from another universe occurring right in front of us, but we simply are not “tuned in” for those dimensions.

We may have a doppelganger living right next to us, in a parallel universe. In a side-by-side comparison with Jediism, which is the stranger belief? I am reminded of a J.B.S. Haldane quote:

“Now, my own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose … I suspect that there are more things in heaven and earth that are dreamed of, or can be dreamed of, in any philosophy.”

About Eli Just

Eli Just ( is the author of several books including the popular “Manny Jones” series of Supernatural thrillers and “The Eddy.” He has a master’s in history from Southeastern Louisiana University and is a self-taught student of physics, which he taught at the high school level. As a Christian, Just enjoys exploring themes involving physics and its relationship to religion. He lives in northern Georgia.

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