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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.

Listen Strong

All Saints took a noble idea—listening that fosters relationship and community—and made it real.

With training and support from the Gamaliel Network and Quad Cities Interfaith, the congregation launched two “listening campaigns.” Over a period of weeks, a team of All Saints’ people specially trained in deep listening had dozens of one-on-one conversations.

Watch a video introduction to All Saints’ Listen Strong campaigns, produced by the Southeastern Iowa Synod.

During the first campaign in fall 2013, All Saints’ Listen Strong team strengthened 77 relationships within the congregation. During summer and fall 2014, that team listened to people in the community—neighbors, people we want to know better, guests at All Saints’ food pantry, members of the Quad Cities special needs community. Our listeners didn’t want to stop!

View slides presented by Pastor Clark at his “The Power of Listening” workshop at a 2014 Southeastern Iowa Synod learning event

Listening is how humans get to participate in Jesus’ ministry of healing.

The gospels describe Jesus’ healings: they were always more than mere medical miracles. When Jesus healed someone, Jesus also restored their relationships with others and, in the process, healed the whole community. That’s what All Saints’ Listen Strong campaigns are about:

+ Making friends out of strangers.
+ Becoming more genuinely relational people.
+ Changing the culture of this congregation.
+ Rekindling the whole church.
+ Witnessing powerful personal epiphanies.
+ Growing courage to talk about faith.
+ Hearing God moving and becoming more able and willing to follow.

Pastor Clark, at a synod learning event, leading a workshop on "The Power of Listening."
Pastor Clark, at a synod learning event, leading a workshop on “The Power of Listening.”

It’s hard to believe such a simple idea could be so cutting edge, but in today’s world, it is!

While listening is free, it’s also unnatural. The training in deep listening cost All Saints roughly $3,000. The investment was totally worth it. In addition to the listeners, who gave of their time and selves, generous people like you made “Listen Strong” come to life.

Consider making a gift.

You can help this legacy of listening continue and grow. Whatever you decide to give will help heal people, communities, and these Quad Cities.

Purpose & Beliefs

God put All Saints here for a unique reason.

webiste.baptismIgniting passion for Jesus and boldly transforming our neighborhoods with hope and love.

Specifically, All Saints is building relationships with neighbors, expanding its food pantry ministry, and exploring more intentional ministry with people with special needs.

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All Saints confesses the faith with ancient words repeated daily in every language.

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.