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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.

2013 New Year's Resolutions Survey Hints At Consumer Optimism PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Mooney   
Monday, 22 October 2012 14:21

SALT LAKE CITY (October 22, 2012)FC Organizational Products LLC, the official consumer products licensee of the FranklinCovey Co. brand, today released the results of its annual New Year’s Resolutions Survey, which polled more than 1,000 adult consumers throughout the United States during October 2012.

The 2013 New Year’s Resolutions Survey found that respondents’ top four New Year’s resolutions remain the same as prior year: (1) become more physically fit; (2), improve one’s financial condition; (3) improve health; and (4) lose weight. However, two new resolutions broke into the top 10 list – becoming more educated and improve work habits/career situation.  The education goal moved from 12th position in 2012 to 2013, and the work habit/career goal moved from 11th position in 2012 to 6th position.  The renewed focus on education and career both signal that consumers may be feeling the economy is reviving sufficiently to invest in an education and venture out into the job market.   One resolution fell off the Top 10 list – improve other relationships.



1. Become more physically fit

1. Become more physically fit

2. Improve financial condition

2. Improve financial condition

3. Improve health

3. Improve health

4. Lose weight

4. Lose weight

5. Read more

5. Read more
Become more educated – NEW

6. Change overall attitude:  be more positive

6.  Improve work habits/career situation -- NEW

7. Improve family relationships

7.  Travel more

8. Travel more

8.  Improve family relationships

9. Do more volunteer work

9.  Do more volunteer work

10. Improve other relationships (friends,
co-workers, neighbors)

10. Change overall attitude:  be more positive


For the first time, the survey asked consumers to share the resolution abandoned first and pursued the longest. Interestingly, fitness and weight loss appeared on both lists:

  • Resolutions abandoned first
    • Lose weight – 31% of those who made the resolution
    • Travel -- 26% of those who made the resolution
    • Improve physical fitness – 20% of those who made the resolution

  • Resolutions pursued the longest
    • Lose weight – 41% of those who made the resolution
    • Improve physical fitness -- 29% of those who made the resolution
    • Improve financial condition -- 16% of those who made the resolution


When asked to share methods most helpful to pursuing goals, the most frequently mentioned methods were:

  • Sharing goals with friends and asking for their support – 41%
  • Tracking goals in a planner – 25%
  • Keeping a journal – 18%


As in the 2012 survey, respondents were asked to rate their overall satisfaction with life. Interestingly, that number increased modestly from 2012, up to 7.3 versus 7.0 in 2012 on a 10 point scale of 1 = Not At All Satisfied and 10 = Extremely Satisfied.

Full survey results are available on

Additional details are available on FC Organizational Products' SlideShare Channel and in infographic format.

Survey Methodology

FC Organizational Products surveyed a nationally distributed sample of 1,000 male and female consumers, 18 to 60 years of age across the United States through a third-party organization in October 2012. The survey’s resulting sampling error rate is at the 95 percent confidence level.

FC Organizational Products LLC is a global retailer and the exclusive worldwide consumer products licensee of the FranklinCovey™ brand owned by FranklinCovey Co. FC Org. Products helps individuals and organizations achieve greater organization, productivity, and success. The Company’s products are sold throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East and in more 15,000 retail outlets across North America, including FranklinCovey stores. Some of the Company’s best-known consumer products include ever popular FranklinCovey planners, PlanPlus™ Online, as well as a line of laptop bags and totes.  In recent years, the company has added thousands of organizational tools and accessories to its product offering which are distributed through its consumer sites including Franklin Planner, Geekorize, Tidy Nirvana and The Organized Parent . For more information about the 2012 Resolution Survey, please visit

Rozga family receives national advocacy role PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 22 October 2012 13:43
Friday, October 19, 2012

The White House has named the Rozga family of Indianola an Office of National Drug Control Policy Advocate for Action for 2013 for their work to prevent and educate the public about synthetic drugs.  Sen. Chuck Grassley worked closely with the Rozga family after their son and brother, David, died after ingesting a synthetic drug, K2, bought from the local mall.  Congress later banned the chemicals used to make several synthetic drugs.  Grassley made the following comment on the White House’s position for Jan, Mike, and Daniel Rozga.

“It might be human nature to turn inward after a tragedy but the Rozga family did the opposite.  They channeled their grief into educating the public about a drug no one knew much about at the time.  The Rozgas played a large role in persuading Congress to enact a synthetic drugs ban.  They’ll make the most of their advocacy role from the White House.”

More information on the White House position is available here and here.

More information on the Rozga family and synthetic drug ban is available here.

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