By Barb Arland-Fye
DAVENPORT — Twenty years after Marcia Moore began the ministry now called Eagles’ Wings, she and her supporters are prayerfully considering adding a building to accommodate the growing ministry and office space.
Moore made the announcement Nov. 18 during a 20th anniversary celebration at which Bishop Martin Amos blessed the ministry and the retreat center in southwest Davenport.
“Let us give thanks for 20 years of blessings which have come to people through this ministry and which we celebrate today. We pray for continued blessings as the ministry looks toward the future,” Bishop Amos prayed.
Estimated cost for a new multipurpose building to be constructed near the retreat center is $300,000. The nonprofit organization has $40,000 in the bank and hopes to raise the rest through financial donations, she said.
Eagles’ Wings was established in 2003 “to be a light to the Christian community, assisting people in spiritual growth and healing through individual counseling, spiritual direction, workshops, retreats and prayer gatherings,” according to its mission statement.
Previously, Eagles’ Wings had been two ministries which began in 1992 under the name Ephphatha! At the Dwelling Place, Moore explained to guests at the 20th anniversary celebration. She opened a retreat center in Donahue in 2001, but the distance between office and retreat center became cumbersome.
Since moving the retreat center to Telegraph Road in southwest Davenport in 2009, Moore and co-worker Cyndi Jarvis have witnessed a growth in retreats and other activities offered there.
In their first year at the existing site, they held a Battle Cry Retreat Day; a three-day men’s retreat; two Generational Healing Days; two Prophetic Art Days; two Rules for Discernment workshops; three virtual pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Portugal, Spain, France and Turkey; three Virtues groups; three children’s days; five Lessons with Lunch; five individual Ignatian retreats; eight healing Masses; 15 Soaking With a Purpose prayer meetings; and a men’s group.
Now Moore is asking for prayers and financial support so that Eagles’ Wings can construct the second building that will house a chapel, office space, large group area for up to 40 people, a kitchen area, more restrooms and easy access to both the upper and lower level.
“We need more space for the people who are coming and we need the ministry in one location,” Moore said. Offices located elsewhere in Davenport would move into the new facility.
For more information about Eagles’ Wings, visit the website at www.eagleswings.ws, or contact Moore by phone at 563-324-7263 or send an email to her at Marcia@eagleswings.ws.