Church Briefs-Sept. 16, 2010

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By The Staff

Indoor yard sale to benefit shoebox effort


An indoor yard sale will be held Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.

Among the items available will be books, clothing, small appliances, household items and outdoor furniture.

All proceeds will be used to purchase items for additional shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Last year, that program provided 8.2 million shoeboxes to needy children in 108 countries.


Crown Point picnic, concert is Saturday

Crown Point Church will host its annual picnic this Saturday, with the meal being served from 5-7 p.m.

A gospel music concert, featuring "Guitars for God," will  be held at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

This event is held annually as a way for residents of the area to gather for a free meal and gospel music. Games and prizes will be provided for the children.

The church is located seven miles south of Vandalia on the Carlyle Road (follow Eighth Street).

For more information, call the Rev. Pete LeDuc at 339-1646.


Tent revival next week at Crown Point

Crown Point Church will hold a tent revival this Sunday through next Friday, with the following speakers: the Rev. Greg LeDuc of Campground Church in Greenville (Sunday), the Rev. Jaman Iseminger (Monday through Wednesday) and the Rev. Derek Daniel of Bethel Community Church in Southport, Ind. (Thursday and Friday).

Services on Sunday will begin at 6 p.m., and the start time on  Monday through Friday will be 7 p.m. The public is invited.

For more information, call the Rev. Pete LeDuc at 339-1646.


Local Catholic Daughters plan fall dance

The local Catholic Daughters organization will sponsor a fall dance on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center in Vandalia.

The dance, which will run from 7-10 p.m., will feature music from "Thunder Road." Admission is $5, with proceeds to support charity work by the local Catholic Daughters organization.

Food will be available, beginning at 6 p.m. It will include sandwiches, pies, chips and soft drinks.

For more information, call 283-4331.


Fall tent revival planned in Patoka Park

The Patoka Ministerial Alliance will host a fall tent revival from Sept. 26 through Oct. 1 in Patoka Park.

The programs, which begin at 7 p.m., will be sponsored by a different church each night. The scheduled speakers are:

• Sunday, Sept. 26 – Bruce Kugler, a lawyer from Springfield. Sponsored by First Baptist Church.

• Monday, Sept. 27 – Mike Rayson, from Australia. Sponsored by  Methodist Church.

• Tuesday, Sept. 28 – Mike Rayson, from Australia. Sponsored by Methodist Church.

• Wednesday, Sept. 29 – Jeff Bent, Olney Christian Church. Sponsored by Christian Church.

• Thursday, Sept. 30 – Andy Dewitt, Salem First Baptist Church. Sponsored by First Baptist Church.

• Friday, Oct. 1 – Larry Flanary. Sponsored by First United Pentecostal Church.


New FUMC service starts this Thursday

The First United Methodist Church of Vandalia will be launching a contemporary service on Thursdays, beginning this week.

Targeted for young adults from 18-35 years old (though certainly not limited to those ages), the 6:30 p.m. service will offer contemporary music, worship and a message. It will go by the name of Crossfire.

The music will be under the direction of worship leader Melody Freeman. She will oversee a team of local musicians – some from First United Methodist Church and some from other churches.

Several members of the church will be involved in other aspects of the service.

For families with young children, childcare will be available.

More information about the service is available by calling the church at 283-3684 or by visiting the Crossfire website at www.crossfireonline.org.


Lutheran women rally next Wednesday

"Go Tell It...Everywhere" is the theme for this year's Altamont Zone Fall Rally of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, Central Illinois District.

The rally will be held next Wednesday at Salem Lutheran Church in Salem, beginning at 9 a.m. It is hosted by the members of the Salem Lutheran Ladies Circle, who will provide a continental breakfast. Opening devotions will be held at 10 a.m. by the host pastor, the Rev. Doug Meyer.

The main speaker for the rally will be the Rev. Andris Kraulins from Latvia. Kraulins will  tell about the work being done there.

Among the Central Illinois District officers attending will be Shelley Moeller, president, and the Rev. Frank Zimmerman, counselor. Amy Meseke, zone president, will conduct the business meeting, and Millie Schroeder, zone vice president, will direct a Christian growth program based on the rally theme.

The Lutheran Women's Missionary League is a service organization of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. The Central Illinois District is currently funding a number of mission programs.


Our Place moves down Gallatin Street

Our Place youth center has moved to a newly renovated building at 507 W. Gallatin St., just down the street from its previous location.

The center is available for church youth groups for meetings and  activities. There is no fee for using the facility, but donations are accepted.

Included in the new building is a recently recovered pool table, arcade machines, games, a popcorn machine and a kitchen area.

For more information, contact Patty Sprague at 283-1387 or Phyllis Rames at 283-1209.