The Rector of Christ Church in Moline, IL joined members of the Quad Cities religious community and Army chaplains for the 4th Annual Rock Island Arsenal Prayer Luncheon May 28.
Rev. Canon Ed den Blaauwen offered prayers for the states of Illinois and Iowa as part of the event. His prayers were offered in the tradition of the Anglican Church. About 200 people gathered in Heritage Hall for the event.
Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) Charles Bailey, Army deputy chief of chaplains, was the guest speaker at the luncheon. His remarks focused on the value of prayer in our complex world of competing interests.
Other Quad Cities religious leaders provided special prayers including: Dr. Lisa Killinger, president of the Quad Cities Muslim Community, who offered prayers for the world; and the Rev. Richard Barriger, First Church of the Nazarene, Rock Island, Ill., who offered prayers for the military.
Also participating in special prayers were: Sgt. Maj. Timothy Metcalf, chief chaplain assistant First U.S. Army, who offered prayers for the nation; Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Joel Russell, First U.S. Army deputy command chaplain, who offered prayers for the Quad Cities; and Chaplain (Maj.) Terry Jarvis, Joint Munitions Command chaplain, offered prayers for the families.
Chaplain (Col.) Peter Mueller, First U.S. Army, provided the invocation. Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Robert Land, U.S. Army Sustainment Command, provided introductions. Staff Sgt. Gene Lucas, U.S. Army Sustainment Command chaplain assistant, served as the emcee.
Maj. Yokeitha Ramey, ASC, sang the national anthem. Instrumental music was provided by the Augustana University String Ensemble. Vocal music was provided by Andrew Robinson of Wildwood Baptist Church.
Maj. Gen. John Wharton, commanding general of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command and Rock Island Arsenal, provided special appreciation items to Bailey for his support to the event. Certificates of appreciation were presented to the religious leaders, the string ensemble, and the singers.
Col. Elmer Speights, RIA garrison commander, provided closing remarks. Seeing the support for this event lets me know that this is a “great community,” Speights said.