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“transforming our neighborhoods” in the news

Last Thursday was a big day for the Quad Cities Interfaith’s Faith Leaders Caucus, which I chair. We held a press conference that received good coverage in local news–newspapers, TV, radio.

Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Unitarian faith leaders from across the Quad Cities invited a deeper partnership between community, police, and faith leaders–for the sake of greater racial equity.

Participating with Quad Cities Interfaith is one way this congregation does its purpose, “boldly transforming our neighborhoods with hope and love.” I’m excited that All Saints Lutheran Church in Davenport was named in the news across the Quad Cities as making a difference in the community.

Thanks be to God.

Pastor Clark Olson-Smith

P.S. In addition to links to the news coverage, a summary of the statement “Partnership for Vibrant, Equitable, and Safe Communities and Policing” is below.

Here is a summary of the statement, which 33 faith leaders have signed onto, including Bishop Michael Burk of the Southeastern Iowa Synod.

“We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper. While one among us is suffering, all suffer. Peace is the presence of harmony, equality, mutuality, safety and space where people can thrive, not simply the absence of violence. These principles are at the core of our diverse faith traditions.”

“Justice and lovingkindness for all—expressed in a renewed and active partnership of civilians and police—is the path to vibrant, equitable, and safe communities and policing. But institutional bias and racism undermine good people and good intentions, harming people and whole neighborhoods. This reality calls us, faith leaders in the Quad Cities, to act together for the sake of a more just and loving community.”

There are five specific things faith leaders are asking for.

  • Prioritizing Community Policing,
  • Ending Racial Profiling
  • Requiring Racial Bias, Crisis Intervention, and Diversity Training
  • Recruiting and retaining officers of color
  • Creating independent civilian oversight boards

Two Small Words

Thank you – two small words that express a great deal of gratitude. Gratitude for what each of you does for the people in and around All Saints. Inside or outside of these walls, your arms are always open. It does not go unnoticed.

All Saints lives as Colossians 3:23-24 reads:  “Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ.”

The people of All Saints live out their faith for the good of those around them. It’s not a show or a performance. Just as Matthew 6:1-4 states, “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

 “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

A synonym for alms is philanthropy. Merriam Webster’s first definition of the word is: goodwill to fellow members of the human race; especially :  active effort to promote human welfare. Do you see yourself in that definition? Maybe, maybe not. But know that what you do in and around this place is God’s work. Thank you.

-Julie Schoville

Spreading Hope, One Child At A Time

“If you have a sense that people value you, then you’ll be more likely to make it through,” Barb Johnson explained. She’s sitting in front of her sewing machine ready to start her quilting on a Saturday morning. She proudly shared a glimpse of her latest masterpiece which she’s calling the “bowtie.” And just the way each and every perfectly constructed stitch adds beauty to the entire quilt, Barb’s each and every case adds beauty to an individual’s life.

Barb has been a social worker for about 20 years. Her career began while she ran a registered daycare in her home while her children were still young when she became a volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates.

“I see children especially children in poverty, and our society doesn’t value them, I just feel a sense they need a voice,” she said, “Some people say they can pick themselves up by their boot straps, but well, some people don’t have boot straps.” The current council President’s passion is evident not just by the energy she seems to acquire by just talking about her job, but because Barb’s dedication as a CASA volunteer for nine years led her from having no college degree to a Master’s degree in Social Work.

“My job is to help people attain the skills they need to become their own best advocate,” she added. And after all these years in a rewarding career helping others, she doesn’t want to stop especially now she’s successfully completed her cancer treatments.

“All I ask is for health so I can help others see the spiritual gift they are,” Barb said with a smile that made it perfectly clear she will continue to assist others in reaching their full potential, as skillfully as she is stitches tiny scraps of fabric together to make beautiful art.

Worship

Not “contemporary” or “traditional.” Just worship.

website.praiseteamplusdancerAll Saints makes a joyful noise with voices, drums, piano, guitars, organ, and keyboards. Worship is where all kinds of people learn to be who they are–God’s beloved.

All kinds of saints.

All Saints is a congregation of all kinds of people, including people who are young and old and people with special needs and autism. Quiet times can be noisy. Still times can be busy. At all times, God in Christ Jesus is with us. “Us” means everyone, no exceptions.

Participation, not perfection.

All Saints’ people believe worship–like the life of faith–is about participation, not perfection. God gathers us in love, to participate in love in worship. And God sends us in love, to participate in love in daily life.

Come and see.

All Saints worships Sundays at 10am, on Jersey Ridge Road in Davenport, just south of 53rd Street.

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Food Pantry

Every Saturday, 1-3p

Come and receive. All you need is a current photo ID. All Saints is here for you.

Come and give. Your donations of your presence and time, money, food, and gently used clothing and household items are welcome.

A passion for people.

All Saints has a food pantry thanks to God and to passionate people who call this congregation their spiritual home. For close to a decade, this is how we live out faith in a loving, forgiving God. By showing up Saturday after Saturday—including holidays!—and packing and giving away boxes of food. And, if that wasn’t enough, also by building transforming relationships with the people who come.

It’s about the relationships.

While All Saints’ food pantry is one of the busiest in the Quad Cities, it’s the relationships that make this pantry special! We believe in the God-given dignity of every person. Food pantry guests notice the difference. Many say that, unlike other places they seek help, they’re treated like human beings at All Saints. Some have even come to worship and been welcomed home as full members. A pantry guest currently serves on All Saints’ congregational council. We take our name seriously: ALL SAINTS!

“I was hungry and you gave me food…”

Jesus once told a parable about what really matters in life. Jesus said, at the end of it all, God will celebrate those who did what’s right, saying: “I was hungry and you gave me food… When you showed concrete compassion for the least, you did it for me” (Matthew 25). Jesus said at another time, “Where your money is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6).

Consider making a gift.

It takes money to share God’s love with a box of food—roughly $10,000 a year! All Saints buys the bulk of the food we give away at the RiverBend Foodbank. Prices are below wholesale, but there’s still a cost. In addition to grants from Churches United, generous people like you make All Saints food pantry happen.

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In-kind gifts

toilet paper
laundry soap (***much needed)
bars of soap
toothpaste
toothbrushes
juice —64 oz.
peanut butter
1 lb. hamburger

canned goods
rice
pasta

gently used clothing
other household items

Whatever you decide to give will be a great help. With a tough economy and recent cuts to federal food-aid programs, the need keeps rising. In the midst of it, one of Pastor Clark’s favorite things is to say thank to people who give to the pantry.

Let Pastor Clark add your name to the list of people he gets to thank. Then come, volunteer, and see your investment at work: any Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m.