Rhodes, Beckman get PTSD training
The Rev. Carl Rhodes, pastor of Northside Christian Church, and Gene Beckman, Vandalia VFW chaplain, recently completed a class titled "Rural Clergy Training Program," sponsored by the Veterans' Administration.
The one-day training program was conducted at Jefferson Barracks by the national VA Chaplain Service. The training focused on ministering to combat veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder
Both Beckman and Rhodes are veterans of the Vietnam War, and can personally relate to the issues that combat veterans face upon returning home from war.
The "Rural Clergy Training Program" was developed by the VA's Office of Rural Health in response to the number of veterans suffering from the effects of war.
Veterans and their families affected by PTSD are encouraged to call Northside Christian Church at 283-1970 for help or more information on the program.
St. Elmo Christian planning fundraiser
St. Elmo Christian Church will be holding a "Three-In-One" road run on Sunday, Sept. 22.
Included in the fundraising event are a marble ride, a bullseye game and a supper (with entertainment).
Activities get under way at noon with registration. Participants leave on the ride at 12:30 p.m., and will return between 3 and 4 p.m. The meal will be served at 5 p.m. and the entertainment will begin at 6 p.m.
Cost is $15 for each driver, $10 for passengers age 16 and over, $7 for passengers age 15 to 4, and passengers age 3 and under are free.
For just the meal and entertainment, the cost is $7 per person.
Sermon series on Revelation at Northside
A new sermon series on the New Testament book of Revelation will begin this Sunday at Northside Christian Church.
Worship services are held at 9 a.m. at the church, which is located at 1845 W. Jackson St.
For more information, call the church at 283-1970.
Anti-slavery speaker at Parkview Sunday
A representative of an anti-slavery ministry within the Free Methodist Church will be speaking this Sunday at Parkview Free Methodist Church in Vandalia.
The Rev. Ginger Coakley, the Illinois’ representative for the “Set Free Movement,” will speak at the 10:30 a.m. worship service at the church, which is located at 1507 W. Jefferson St.
The Set Free Movement began 150 years ago when Methodist ministers in New York challenged their denomination to take a stand against slavery as the Civil War was raging.
Even today, certain types of slavery exist in the United States and across the world.
For more information, call the church at 283-0799.