Events in 2014

Filming at the Chapel

During January and February, a docudrama is being filmed at the Jenny Lind Chapel. The film, "Sons and Daughters of Thunder," takes place in 1834 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and depicts the first public discussions of the abolition of slavery in the United States. The shocking oratory sparked intense controversy and awakened a young Harriet Beecher Stowe to the horrors of slavery.

The scenes at the Chapel include a seminary convocation and three debates. Ms. Stowe, whose anti-slavery writing inflamed sectional tension before the Civil War, is the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Years later this novel was described by President Lincoln as the book that started the Civil War. There are approximately 40 cast and crew members. Watch the trailer.

Founders Day Service
Sunday, April 27, 4:00 pm

This service commemorates the beginning of Augustana Church, Augustana Synod, and Augustana College and Theological Seminary. Rev. Mark Hanson, who served as Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America from 2001-2013, will be the preacher. The service will be held at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover.

A meal will be served following the service for Rev. Hanson and his wife, as well as for persons attending the service. A free will donation will be received to cover the cost, but we do need an RSVP by April 18 so as to have adequate food prepared. Please contact the Augustana Church office: 309-521-8127.

Birdies for Charity

The Jenny Lind Chapel is participating in the John Deere Classic Golf Tournament Birdies for Charity pledge program. This is a great way to provide funds for the Chapel ministry.

The official pledge card is available at the Chapel. In filling out the card, the charity name is "Jenny Lind Chapel" and the Bird Number is 1955. The address for sending in your pledge card is Birdies for Charity, 15623 Coaltown Rd, East Moline, IL 61244. All pledge cards must be received by July 11, 2014.

Vespers Service conducted by area congregations.
Every Sunday, June-August, 7:00 pm

Jun. 1 Pr. Randy Swanson, Cambridge Lutheran, Cambridge
Jun. 8 Pr. Pamela Marolla, First Lutheran, Galesburg
Jun. 15 Pr. Kurt Carlsen, Messiah Lutheran, Galesburg
Jun. 22 Pr. Jan Veseth, Augustana Lutheran, Andover

Christina Nilsson, a promising young soprano from Sweden will provide special music at the service on June 22. She is the winner of the 2014 Jenny Lind Scholarship in Sweden and was selected for the scholarship based on her rich, charismatic and warm voice that expresses great artistry. Thomas Ruberg, who was born in Belgium, but now resides in Sweden, will be the accompanist. photo

Jun. 29 Pr. Brad Haugen, Peace Lutheran, Port Byron

Jul. 6 Pr. Michael Lawyer, St. Paul Lutheran, Orion

Jul. 13 Pr. Larry Conway, Trinity Lutheran, Moline

Jul. 20 Pr. Gwen Sefrhans, Messiah Lutheran, Aledo

Jul. 27 Pr. Mark Laatsch, Calvary Lutheran, New Windsor

Aug. 3 Pr. Robert Hansen, First Lutheran, Rock Island

Aug. 10 Pr. Don Knowles, Calvary Lutheran, Moline

Aug. 17 Pr. Janet Lepp, St. James Lutheran, Rock Island

Aug. 24 Pr. Mike Clark, Grace Lutheran, Knoxville

Aug. 31 Pr. Randy Willers, Salem Lutheran, Moline

More Fun on 81 Festival
Saturday, June 7

Events include the sixth annual antique lawn & farm tractor show, food, fishing derby for kids, treasure hunt, chalk drawings contest, surprise games at the lake, pickle ball, talent show, pork chop supper, and concert by the Orion Community Band. These will be at Andover Lake Park and nearby sites.

Sunday, June 8

Events include antique lawn and farm tractor show, breakfast in the park, outdoor community worship service at 9 am, and Salute to Veterans at 10:30 am. These will be at Andover Lake Park and nearby sites.

Swedish Högmässa Service

Sunday, September 28, 4:00 pm

At this service the sermon in English will be given by Pastor Randy Swanson, Cambridge Lutheran, Cambridge. The liturgy, spoken and sung in Swedish, will be led by Bertil Sandin, Salem Lutheran, Moline. The organist will be Deanna Swanson, Augustana Lutheran, Andover. Special music will be provided by Miriam Anderson, First Lutheran, Rock Island. Light refreshments will be served following the service.

Andover Christmas Walk

Saturday, December 6, 4:30-8:00 pm

The walk is at several locations including the Jenny Lind Chapel.

Joy of Christmas with Augustana College
Wednesday, December 10, 7:30 pm

This event starts at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover and ends at the candle-lit Jenny Lind Chapel. Students and faculty from Augustana College join the community for this beautiful service of worship and music.

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service with Communion
Wednesday, December 24, 11:00 pm

164th Annual Julotta - early Christmas morning service at Augustana Church
December 25, 6:30 am

At this service the choir anthem is in Swedish and the sermon is in English.