Adult Forum

Each Sunday morning at 9 am, we feature guest speakers from around the Quad Cities. Each gathering is to learn about our community and timely topics. Join us downstairs in the large dining room.


 

Adult Forum will be on break until the Fall.

May 21st

CE Celebration, Sunday School students will recite their memory verses.

May 14th

Our own Judy and Steve Schippers  will be talking about their most recent mission delegation to San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico.

May 7th

Lawrence Weatherly from The Project of the Quad Cities will be discussing the programs they offer for people affected by AIDS, HIV, STI and other related conditions in the Quad Cities.

April 23rd

Lisa Killenger, Islamic Center of the OC, Bettendorf will be discussing Muslim Religion and specifically in the Quad City area.

April 16th

No session, Easter Sunday

April 9th

Nancy Hayes, our own member will be talking about English Literature and Easter.

April 2nd

Ametra Carrol, Community Caring Conference, Rock Island will be speaking about Church and community organizing.

March 26th

Emily Cummings, from the Child Abuse Council will be presenting “Safe from the Start”. The Council has a group that meets in our church each week at no cost to them. 

March 19th

Betsy Vanausdein from Churches United of the QC will be joining us to talk about the food pantry program. 

“Abrazos”, Feb. 26th

We will show the video “Abrazos.”  (Hugs)  This is a video about grandchildren meeting their grandparents in Guatemala for the first time.  This was a special trip sponsored by their parish church in Minnesota.  The videographer is Luis Argueta.  “Profound and moving.”

Jeff Condit, Feb. 19

Jeff  Condit from Friendship Manor will be coming to talk about their mission and will have materials available for those who would like to know more.

Sister Mary Ann Vogel, Feb. 12

Sister Mary Ann Vogel will be joining us to talk about Attacking Trafficking, a faith based group in Davenport dedicated to ending human trafficking and to offering hope and healing to survivors.

Pastor Craig Jan-McMahon, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5

Pastor Craig will talk about the Annual Meeting details for this year. Want to be in the know? Come to this Adult Forum so you’re prepared for 2017 church year.

Twink Jan-McMahon, Jan. 22
Twink is involved with the non-profit organization called, Wisconsin Urban Wood (WUW). WUW recycles urban trees back into the social and economic lives of communities throughout Wisconsin. The trees used are  destined for removal due to death, disease, or other human related causes.

Visit wisconsinurbanwood.org for more information and join us at 9 am on Jan. 22!

Mike Coyne-Logan, Jan. 8
Mike is a part of the Living Lands and Waters Team headquartered in East Moline, IL. The organization was established by Chad Pregracke in 1998 and since has grown to be the largest river cleanup organization in the world. Come hear all about their mission and what the organization has accomplished so far for our backyard water ways.

Diann Moore, Nov. 13
Diann Moore recently managed the restoration of an oil painting owned by the church and will report on that adventure.  Diann is well known in the community supporting historical preservation.

Dieter Harle, Oct. 30
Dieter Harle – career farmer-at-heart-and-mind and proud Grandfather will share his research and experiences. Yes, even a perspective of why the rest of the world has a different view than the United States, including Germany where Dieter was raised and fundamentally educated. We will discuss the WHAT – WHERE – WHO and HOW of this fundamental agricultural change in production and impacts it – they – have on our lives.

Trevor Fisk, Oct. 23
Captain Fisk has been with the Moline Police Department for 23 years. He is an Army veteran. He started his career at the Moline Police Department in 1993 as a patrol officer on the midnight shift. While working on patrol, Captain Fisk was assigned to Bike Patrol, Crisis Containment Unit, Traffic Specialist and Field Training Officer. Captain Fisk left patrol in 1996 to become a detective in the Street Crimes Unit. In 1998, he was assigned to Juvenile Investigations as the Moline High School Liaison Officer. In 1999, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned as a supervisor to the midnight patrol shift. In 2000, Captain Fisk was assigned as the Juvenile Investigations Sergeant. Captain Fisk was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2005. He was then assigned as the Criminal Investigations Lieutenant. Captain Fisk was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2010 and currently serves as the Operations Captain. Captain Fisk currently serves on the Youth Service Bureau of Rock Island County Board.  He is also a recent graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy.

Katie Thompson, Oct. 16
Katie Thompson, Deputy Director of Quad City Area Children’s Food program, QCACFP.   Katie is responsible for human resources, menu planning and ordering, and ensuring grant compliance. Thompson joined the staff of QCACFP in November 2015 with seven years of nonprofit experience after serving as the Youth Enrichment Director at Two Rivers YMCA and the Executive Director of Spring Forward Learning Center. Katie holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University (Business Administration) and a master’s degree (Organizational Leadership) from Lewis University and has a deep passion for serving the children of the community. A native of Joy, Illinois now residing in Rock Island with her husband Chuck, and enjoys spending time with Sienna, Chase, and Canyon.

Nancy Hayes, Oct. 8
Nancy Hayes, professor at St. Ambrose University and member of our congregation will be the speaker at the Adult Forum program. Her topic will be Shakespeare at 400 years. We can all brush up on our Shakespeare!

David Geenen, Oct. 2
David Geenen is the Executive Director of the Doris and Victor Day Foundation in Rock Island, Illinois, where he has served since 2014. Reverend Geenen is an ordained minister in the Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ.)  David is married to Sonya, and they live with their daughter, Violet, in Rock Island. Violet began pre-school this fall!

Amy Rowell, Sept. 25
Amy joined the team at World Relief in May 2009 as the Director after working and volunteering for the YMCA for over 22 years. She held numerous roles within the YMCA movement and was given the opportunity to serve with the YMCA of the USA. She and her husband spent one year traveling around India organizing and leading sports to youth and adults with the assistance of the Indian YMCAs. She has served on four short term mission trips to Burma or Myanmar and lead four short term mission trips to Nepal all since 2010. Amy lives in Rock Island, Illinois with her husband, Eric and their two children, and twin exchange sons from India.

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