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By The Staff

St. James women publish cookbook

For more than 150 years, the women of St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia and Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee have been known for the wonderful food they prepare for church events and fundraisers.
To help raise money for the restoration of the church's steeple, the women have decided to share some of their favorite recipes. That effort has resulted in the publishing of the "Town and Country Cookbook."
The book includes more than 250 recipes, contributed by more than 100 members of the churches. Thirty-two of the recipes are from members who are now deceased.
The cookbooks are available, and can be obtained by calling the church office at 283-0725. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will be providing matching funds for the money raised for the steeple restoration project.

Crown Point holding VBS this week

Crown Point Church is holding Vacation Bible School this week. Activities began on Monday and will run through Saturday, going  from 6-8:15 p.m. daily.
Under the theme of "Amazing Desert Journey – Where Jesus Leads Us Home," the program is open to children from the ages of 3 to 12. Activities include Bible lessons, music, crafts, recreation and snacks.
The Saturday session will be a family night, which includes a picnic meal and activities for the children. It also begins at 6 p.m.
The church is located seven miles south of Vandalia on Carlyle Road. For information or a ride, call the Rev. Pete LeDuc at 339-1646.

VBS at Northside to be held next week

Vacation Bible School will be held next Monday through Friday at Northside Christian Church in Vandalia.
The VBS sessions, which will be held from 6-8 p.m. nightly, will focus on God's promises. Registration begins at 5:45 p.m.
Open to children from 4 years to sixth grade, the VBS will be held at the church, which is located at 1845 W. Jackson St. All children must be potty trained.
For more information, call the church at 283-1970.

The Lesters to perform in Greenville

The Lesters, often called the first family of gospel music, will be performing Sunday at the Bond County Fair in Greenville.
The free program begins at 6:30 p.m. with Dr. Gregory Sanders playing a half hour of organ music. The Lesters begin at 7 p.m.
The program is sponsored by the Bond County Ministerial Association.

Litchfield Deanery meeting is Aug. 9

The next meeting of the Litchfield Deanery will be on Thursday, Aug. 9, at St. Joseph Church in Ramsey.
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with Mass at 10 a.m. That will be followed by lunch, a business meeting and fellowship.
The Rev. Albert Allen, parochial vicar at St. Anthony Parish in Effingham, will speak on the upcoming "Year of Faith" for the universal church.
Plans for the DCCW Convention in September, hosted by the Litchfield Deanery, will be discussed.

King's Brass concert Friday in Salem

Tim Zimmerman and the King's Brass will present a free concert at First Christian Church in Salem this Friday at 7 p.m. The nationally acclaimed group presents a unique instrumental worship experience, featuring hymns, spirituals, patriotic songs and other American music. The church is located at 1200 W. Boone St. in Salem.
For more information, call John or Judy Roberts at 245-9133.