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Church Briefs Oct. 20, 2011

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St. James Lutheran resumes schedule

St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia has resumed its regular fall worship schedule. Services will be held at 10 a.m.
Because of the street construction in front of the church, worshipers are asked to park in the lot behind the church, which can be accessed from Eighth Street.

Free photos offered at Bethel Baptist

Bethel Baptist Church will be taking pictures for a church directory the week of Oct. 24-28. The public is invited to have pictures taken at the same time, though non-members' pictures will not be included in the directory. All photos will be taken at the church.
Community residents wanting to have their pictures taken will receive one 8-by-10 picture and a CD containing the digital images, from which additional prints may be made. There is no charge.
Community members wanting to participate must make an appointment by calling the church office (326-7451) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Catholic Women to meet on Nov. 3

The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Litchfield Deanery meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3, at St. Agnes Church in Hillsboro.
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass at 10 a.m. During the Mass, the new deanery officers will be installed and a choral memorial service will be held for CCW members who have died during the past year.
Rebecca Kerkhoff, deanery president, has asked each parish to send or e-mail a list of CCW members who have died between Nov. 1, 2010, and Oct. 31, 2011. Her address is 627 S. Elm St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471 and her e-mail is rkerkhoff@yahoo.com.
A business meeting and luncheon will follow the Mass.
The Litchfield Deanery consists of Catholic parishes in Macoupin, Montgomery, Christian and Fayette counties.
For more information, call Kerkhoff at 283-1628.

Temple Baptist to host trick-or-treat

Temple Baptist Church will host an indoor, walk-through trick-or-treat event on Monday, Oct. 31, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wanda Mountain Boys tribute concert

The Wanda Mountain Boys will present a tribute concert, honoring one of their own, at the Nazarene Community Center in Roxanna on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.
The object of the tribute is Rod Hannis, who died on March 16.
Also performing at the concert will be The Redemptions, The Chosen Ones, Sheron Cadle and Joanne Clark.
For more information, call 616-2815.
Harvest festival at First Assembly of God

First Assembly of God Church of Vandalia will host a Fall Harvest Festival on Monday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m.
The event will be held, rain or shine, at the former Rural King building on Veterans Avenue. It will include games, prizes, inflatables and candy in a safe environment for children.
Adults are asked to accompany their children at the event.

Homecoming weekend at First Christian

The 140th anniversary homecoming weekend will be held at Brownstown First Christian Church this weekend.
Activities begin on Friday with a "Pie Night Fellowship" at 7 p.m. Then, on Saturday at 6 p.m., a "Soup & Sandwich Fellowship" will be held. Worship services will be held Sunday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a "This Is Your Grandma’s Recipe" (no casseroles) potluck meal. The weekend will conclude with a worship service on Sunday night at 6 p.m., with a "Finger-Food Fellowship" to follow.
Former Brownstown minister Dennis McConnaughhay, now the senior minister at Post Road Christian Church in Indianapolis, will be preaching. Leading the music will be Nathan and Mary Jesse; he is the worship minister at First Christian Church in Moweaqua.
A nursery will be available at each session.
Several special memories will be brought back from the past,  including some special musical groups and “The Crazy Clue Car Contest,” to be held on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. in memory of Dave Oberlink.
The public is invited to attend the homecoming events. For more information, contact the church at 427-3687. Brownstown First Christian Church is located at the corner of First and Poplar streets in Brownstown.

Pre-parade chili supper at St. James

St. James Lutheran Church will hold a chili supper on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 4-7 p.m. – prior to the Lions Halloween Parade in downtown Vandalia.
On the menu will be chili, hot dogs, desserts and drinks. The price for the meal is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
All proceeds will help fund the church's charities.

Send us your church news and photos

Each week, on the church pages, we present news about events in Fayette County churches.
If your church has news items or if you're planning an event, let us know and we'll share them with our readers.
E-mail your news to: dbell@leaderunion. It also can be mailed to:  The Leader-Union, P.O. Box 315, Vandalia, Ill. 62471, attention Dave Bell.
For more information, call 283-3374, extension 227.