the church’s special seasons and festivals
The Christian Church follows a rhythm of festivals and seasons to help mark the major events in the life of Christ and His Church. Sometimes the secular calendar overlaps; other times the Church calendar uniquely highlights the great deeds of God.
The Church’s calendar begins in December (not January) with the season of Advent, followed by Christmas.
In January we mark the season of Epiphany that emphasizes Christ revealing Himself to His followers.
The forty days of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday (this date can be as early as February 6 and as late as March 10).
The days of Holy Week culminate on Good Friday and the joyful season of Easter begins its celebration on the third day.
Pentecost marks the birthday of the Christian Church with the coming of the Holy Spirit in Baptism, Absolution, Preaching, and Communion.
Throughout the year, we celebrate four special services, along with other Lutherans in Quad Cities and beyond: Epiphany (January 6), Ascension (40 Days after Easter), Presentation of the Augustana (June 25), and Reformation Sunday (last Sunday of October).
Please call (563) 359-0144 for the most up-to-date service information.
Join us for our annual Lessons and Carols by Candlelight service on Christmass Eve. A series of Scripture readings are heard and many beloved Christmas carols are sung. We gather at 6:30 pm.
Begin the 12 days of Christmass by hearing the Word of God made flesh and receive the Holy Supper, which gives Christ’s Mass its name. We
Epiphany of our lord
We host the joint Epiphany Vespers this year, gathering at 6:30 pm. Prior to the service we’ll enjoy each other company for our Epiphany Party and Game Night! Bring your own snacks; beverages will be provided. And bring your newest Christmas-gift b
Video Nights at the Library
This summer we will present a series of videos on The Spiritual Disciplines, that is, how we receive the Gospel in our homes and personal lives. These presentations feature Dr. John Kleinig, a noted Lutheran theologian. Discussion will followed each viewing.
Occasionally our congregation organizes trips to visit and learn about the many vocations and stations in our lives. We have visited the Walcott Family Pet Clinic and the Palmer College of Chiropractic. We enjoyed touring the Rock Island Arsenal Clock Tower this past June. In the future we are hoping to tour the seminary of our national church body.
Our next rally will be in April 2017; the Rev. Dr. Richard Krause will present on India Children’s Homes & Schools. Christ Evangelical Lutheran Ministries sponsors these efforts to care for those in need on the subcontinent. Learn more: christindia.in.
And speaking of anniversaries, the Church around the world will mark 500 years to the day when the Dr. Martin Luther posted his concerns over the papistic practice of selling forgiveness for money. October 31, 2017 will mark 500 years since Luther posted his concerns over these Roman indulgences.