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Church Briefs

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By The Staff

Northside Christian to start Bible study

Northside Christian Church will start a new Bible study, beginning this Wednesday, from  Ray Vander Laan’s “That the World May Know” lesson series.
The title of this series is “God Heard Their Cry.” It illustrates how God hears and answers the cry of his persecuted people. It was filmed on location in the Middle East.
The study will be held each Wednesday in February, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the church, which is located at 1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia.
For information, contact the Northside Christian Church office at 283-1970, or visit its website at http://www.northsidechristianvandalia.com.

Augsburg Church to hold Communion

Immanuel Lutheran Augsburg Church will hold a Communion service this Saturday at 6 p.m.
The message that night will be "The Names God Gives Us," with the sermon being based on Matthew 5:13-20.
The church is located at the intersection of 900N and 1300E on the St. Peter Blacktop, four miles east of Ill. Route 51.
For more information, call 846-8383.

Southern Gospel concert is Saturday

The Mercy Road Quartet will perform this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Bethalto Church of God in Bethalto. Also appearing will be The Gospel Messengers.
For more information, call 259-0065.
Holy Cross to host Love Banquet

The youth of Holy Cross Lutheran Church will hold a Love Banquet on Sunday, Feb. 13, beginning at 11 a.m. The meal will feature lasagna, spaghetti, salad and garlic bread.
An auction is scheduled to start at noon.
Cost for the meal is $7 for adults $4 for children under age 10.
For more information, call the church at 283-1133.

Clergy to be trained to help firefighters

In order to help ministers care for their church members who experience trauma as the result of a fire or to minister to firefighters, a training session for area clergy will be held on Friday, Feb. 18, in Effingham.
That training will prepare the clergy to support and work with firefighters and their families. It will include training on working with local fire departments, giving death notification properly, ministering to firefighters and their families, and responding to victims and their families at the scene of a fire.
The session, presented by Chaplain Jennie Swanson, president of the Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held at the Effingham Fire Department, 505 W. Fayette Ave. in Effingham.
To learn more or to register for the training, contact Joan Buzzard of the Effingham Fire Department at 217-342-2555, or visit www.mabas54.org to download a registration form.
The training is sponsored by the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS), division 54. The organization is comprised of the fire departments and fire districts that serve the communities in portions of Effingham, Jasper, Fayette, Shelby, Cumberland and Richland counties.