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Brownstown Thanksgiving service Sunday

The Brownstown area churches and ministerial alliance will host a community Thanksgiving service this Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Brownstown United Methodist Church, which is located at the corner of First and Maple streets in Brownstown.

The host church will lead the worship time, with several other churches providing special music. The Rev. Olen Evans, pastor of Brownstown First Baptist Church, will preach. The public is invited. 

For more information, contact Brownstown United Methodist Church at 427-3803.


Community Thanksgiving Meal planned

The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance will host its fourth annual Community Thanksgiving Meal next Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home.

The free meal is open to anyone who would enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving with others.

Persons in need of transportation to the American Legion Home, which is located at 321 S. Seventh St., should call the First Baptist Church at 283-0313 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday to make arrangements.


Concert this Friday at Trinity Chapel

Judith Montgomery, a Southern gospel artist from Southern Indiana, will be in concert this Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Chapel United Methodist Church in rural St. Elmo.

To hear clips of Montgomery singing, visit her website at: www.JudithMontgomeryMinistries.com.

For more information about the concert, call 283-4664.


Operation Christmas Child boxes due

Operation Christmas Child, which collects shoeboxes filled with gifts and personal  items to be shipped to children throughout the world, have begun collecting those boxes at the First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.

Collection began on Monday and will continue daily through  next Monday at the church, which is located at 127 N. Fourth St.

Hours for collection for the remaining days are: Nov. 18, 3-5 p.m.; Nov. 19, 9-11 a.m.; Nov. 20, 9-11 a.m.; Nov. 21, noon-2 p.m.; and Nov. 22, 8-9 a.m.

For more information, or to have your boxes picked up, call Jill Zimmer at 326-8363 or Virginia Becker at 217-534-2208.


FUMC youth to hold chili supper Dec. 5

The youth group of First United Methodist Church of Vandalia will be holding a chili supper on Sunday, Dec. 5, to help fund its mission trip next summer to Barnesville, Minn.

The meal will be served following church and Sunday school in Wesley Hall, on the lower level of the church.

The meal includes chili, peanut butter sandwich, dessert and drink.

For more information, call the church at 283-3684.


Jewish speaker to talk about Hanukkah

Maxim Katz, a native of Israel and a representative of Chosen People Ministries, will be speaking at First Church of God in Vandalia this Sunday at 6 p.m.

The program he will present is on "Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights." It will conclude with a traditional candle-lighting ceremony. Music for the service will be provided by David and Patricia Pence of SoftFire Music Ministry of Hillsboro.

Chosen People Ministries is a century-old mission that was founded in New York City in 1894 by Leopold Cohn, a Hungarian rabbi who came to believe that Jesus was the Messiah of Israel.

The ministry's purpose is "to bring the Gospel message of salvation in Jesus to the Jew first and then to the Gentile." By stressing the Jewish roots of the Christian faith, Chosen People Ministries strives to make the message of the Messiah "more accessible to Jewish people and also to help Christian believers achieve a greater appreciation of the Jewish basis of their own faith traditions."

For more information, call the church at 283-1718.

The church is located at 3001 Thrill Hill Road.