Have fun with family or friends at this game Friday, December 23rd (Mallards vs Wichita) AND help out the women of Winnie's Place shelter.    The children are adopted easily but the shelter staff likes to have gifts for the mom's too for Christmas morning.   CAN YOU HELP?   Donations can be dropped off at the Winnie's Wishes Resale Shop & More at 902 E. River Drive in Davenport and receive your $5 off voucher with gift donation OR the Mallards office at the iWireless Center.    (SHOP needs posted below . . . . )

 Winnie's Wishes Resale Shop could really use some donations of children's clothing - toddler to pre-teen AND some furniture items (no beds or TV's).  The shop is open Tuesday - Friday 10 to 4 pm and Saturday's 9-noon.

During the holidays, it's harder to get the women of Winnie's Place adopted than the children so the Quad City Mallards is having a GIFT DRIVE at their game, Friday December 23rd.

Several have expressed interest in going as a Churches United/Winnie's Place group and take advantage of the group rate.  If you are, let me know!

What a GREAT way to have some fun AND help the women of Winnie's at the same time!   They REALLY need pajama pants for the mom's but any gift item or gift certificate will help!

PLEASE share this with your e-mail lists and help spread the word.   The Mallards have been awesome to support us - a recent silent auction and food drive resulted in over a ton of food in cash and food items for our hunger ministry.    Now this help with Winnie's!

You can drop off the gift item at the Mallards office OR at Winnie's Wishes (902 E. River Drive, Davenport) to get your $5 off voucher.

Again, if you want to join OUR group, just give me a call. ---  Jo Cohrs @  309/738-9564

Winnie's Place is a shelter for women who are homeless or victims of  domestic violence with or without children. They need your help . . .

Donate a new or gently used women's gift (pajama pants or gift certificates preferred) and receive $5 off a ticket purchase for the game on:

Friday, December 23rd, 2011
Puck drops at 7:05 PM
Quad City Mallards vs. Wichita

Donations can be dropped off & $5 vouchers received at:

Winnie's Wishes
902 East River Drive
Davenport IA

Quad City
Mallards office
1201 River Drive
Moline IL

Quad City Mallards 1201 River Drive, Moline IL 61265
Elizabeth Phelps PH: 309.277.1384 Email: ephelps@myqcmallards.com

Currently we are witnessing around the country if not around the world a movement that has been given the name "Occupy Wall Street" after the focus of the very first gathering that seems to have begun this movement that now encompasses over 80 cities in the United States. At its core this is a movement that is calling the nation to think again about justice for all citizens. The Preamble to the US Constitution begins with these words: "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice,..." The call for justice, fairness between people was at the core of our coming together.

Yet as a faith based group we also must look at the unique tradition coming from the Holy Scriptures and understand that the call for justice is again central to our mission. When the Prophet Amos was speaking to the leadership of the Northern Kingdom of Israel his message from God was again for justice for many were being ignored by that same leadership. In the 5th chapter of that book and in the 24th verse we find these words, "Let justice roll down like water and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream" Amos was calling for the nation to remember that it needs to see that justice falls on all of its citizens.

In the New Testament in the Gospel of Luke we find Jesus reading from the Prophet Isaiah as he stands before the congregation of his home town. He says, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free. To proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

This then is our directive, to bring good news to the poor and to proclaim release to the captives. As we look at our current society we see a nation where the wealth has been denied to many, where the advances of health care have been denied to many, where  opportunity for worthwhile employment has been denied to many.

Occupy Wall Street and the other occupy manifestations around the country are reminding us that justice is at our core as a people and as a faith community we need to take this opportunity to reiterate that not only is this at the core of the Republic but it is a directive in the center of our faith.

Churches United of the Quad City calls upon the Christian Church to remind the community through word and deed that justice and working for justice is at the center of the faith. We must use this opportunity to lift up the call from the Jesus that we follow and remember those that often get forgotten. Let this be the moment in history when the people of faith say this society must offer compassion to all, fairness to all, justice to all.

"Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family you did it to me."(Matthew 25:40)

Voted by Churches United of the Quad City Area Board of Directors 10/27/2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011 3 pm
Augustana's Centennial Hall, Rock Island
(Free event, open to the public, refreshments served)

In 2001 Churches United brought the over 5,000 people from across the Quad Cities together in the aftermath of 9/11. Once again we will reach out tA the whole area for this 10th year remembrance. People from diverse faith groups and community leaders from the Quad City area will come together to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with reflections and prayers.

Keynore speaker is Ms. Najeeba Syeed-Miller, an attorney by training who has worked extensivvely in the area of conflict resolution between diverse groups and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Interreligious Studies at the CLaremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA.

A year-long series of interfaith events in the spirit of promoting bridge-building within our community will be announced, moving forward with greater strength and deeper understanding of each other.

Churches United is proud to present:

"Put a Smile on a Child", Tuesday May 24th, 2011 from 5 - 7 pm at Augustana's Pepsico Center.  FREE information from area agencies, FREE fun activities and FREE hot dog supper.   Sponsored by the Family Concerns Committee of Churches United of the Quad City Area

March 13, 2011

Dear Friends:

Churches United has received calls from media outlets as well as some churches seeking information about how to help with the relief following the terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11th.  We have been in touch with Church World Service, the international relief arm connected to the National Council of Churches of Christ USA as well as some denominational-based international relief efforts.

At this point most are in an analysis phase trying to determine the best use of their resources to assist in this massive effort.  We anticipate more information being available within the next day or so.

In the meantime if you would like to make a donation to help, most of the various denominational relief efforts are taking donations for this purpose.  Any donations that comes to Churches United will be sent to the relief effort coordinated by Church World Service.   (Please mark donations :  "Japan Relief" and mail to 2535 Tech Drive - Suite 205, Bettendorf  IA  52722)

Please continue to pray for all who have been so terribly affected by this tragedy.  We hope to provide more information about helping efforts as soon as they are available.


Ronald C. Quay,

Executive Director


A worship service for The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held Sunday afternoon, January 23, 2011 at 4:00pm hosted by St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church at 916 E. Rusholme Street, Davenport, IA.

The theme for the 2011 celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is "One in the Apostle' Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread and Prayer". It comes from the Book of Acts chapter 2 verse 42.

It is generally held that the 1910 World Mission Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland marked the beginnings of the modern ecumenical movement.  Now 101 years later we continue to celebrate that the message of unity is still central to the Christian calling.  This worldwide celebration is sponsored and developed each year by the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute based in Garrison, NY.

The Quad City area planning committee is composed of both area Catholic and Protestant churches, including from Moline: First Congregational United Church of Christ and Hope United Church of Christ, from Rock Island: St. Pius X Catholic Church, St. James Lutheran Church ELCA, and 15th Avenue Christian Disciples of Christ; and from Davenport St. Paul the Apostle Catholic and Faith United Church of Christ; along with Churches United of the Quad City Area.


The speaker for this unity service will be the Rev. David Geenen, Pastor of 15th Avenue Christian Church, Rock Island.  Rev. Geenen is one of the younger members of the clergy in the Quad Cities and will bring that perspective as he looks at ecumenical involvement both that which has gone before since the 1910 World Mission Conference and looking ahead to what may be the future involvement of congregations and church bodies working as one to bring the message of justice and love to the world.  David is a 2007 graduate from Fuller Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Peace and Justice.  David is currently the Vice President of Quad Cities Interfaith and he serves on the National Board of Disciples Home Missions in Indianapolis.  He is also the Co-leader and founder of theplace2be - a faith-based as well as community services effort to create a safe haven for our communities' displaced/homeless youth.

Churches United was the recipient of this award and received a $500 check.

Make sure to tune in to WQAD Channel 8 on Thursday, October 28th at 6:30 pm or Friday October 29th during "Good Morning Quad Cities (5-7 am) to check this out!

You can also log onto www.wqad.com or www.lujack.com

Please forward on to your friends, co-workers and family.

A live, educational event about redemption, forgiveness, and betrayal from someone personally affected by the death penalty.

In 1974, Delbert Tibbs was convicted of murder and rape near Fort Myers, Florida. His trial was riddled with corruption, including testimony by a jailhouse informant who later acknowledged that

he provided false testimony in the hopes that his own sentence would be reduced. After spending years on death row as an innocent man, Delbert is now free and lives in Chicago. His story is featured in the play "Exonerated," and he is currently realizing his lifelong dream of becoming a writer.

St. Ambrose University at the Rogalski Center, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA

Tuesday, September 21at 7 p.m.

Sponsored by Churches United of the Quad Cities and the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

For more information, contact Colleen Cunningham at 314-249-1159 or colleenc@ejusa.org

As part of Pepsi's "Refresh the World" campaign, a $10,000 check will be presented to Churches United of the Quad City Area. This PRESS CONFERENCE/ presentation will be held on Friday, June 11th at 10 am in the A. D. Huesing Corporate Offices, 527 - 37th Avenue, Rock Island IL.

Pepsi's "Refresh the World" campaign allowed distributers throughout the country to nominate a local organization to support, in their efforts of making a positive change in their own communities.  When A.D. Huesing saw Food & Shelter was one of the categories, they immediately thought of Churches United of the Quad City Area (Churches United).  Over 150,000 meals were provided last year alone through Churches United's 26 food pantries and 3 hot meal sites.  A.D Huesing also saw the big difference Winnie's Place woman's shelter made in the area providing help for women with, or without, children who are homeless or domestic violence victims.  Because of Churches United's commitment, A.D. Huesing submitted the paperwork and the Pepsi Corporation agreed to match their $5,000 donation.

The $10,000 check will be presented to Churches United at the press conference on Friday.    A.D. Huesing's Chief Executive Officer, Denise Ormsby, said "Churches United is so broad based and does so much in the community, we thought it would be a good fit."

According to Office Manager Jo Cohrs "This couldn't come at a better time, the needs for our emergency funds, food and services have doubled in the last year.  We can't thank A.D. Huesing and Pepsi enough for this wonderful gift".

The check presentation will begin at 10 am with Bud Helpenstell, Chairman of the Board of A.D. Huesing and Mike Evers, COO of   A. D. Huesing. Representing Churches United will be Executive Director Ronald Quay as well as Rev. Brian Fischer, President of Churches United's Board of Directors.  Mrs. Cohrs is inviting the community to check out their new You Tube video on their website (www.cuqca.org) to see the tremendous need and extensive services that are provided by this nearly 50 year old organization known now as Churches United.