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Religion

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    God is GREAT and God is GOOD! We renewed our old friendships today and made new ones at Evergreen Outreach.

  • Church Briefs

    St. James celebrating 150th anniversary

    St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and the celebration includes a commemorative book.
    The book includes the early history of the church and every baptism, confirmation, marriage and funeral as recorded in the three parish registers from 1871 to the present, as well as membership rolls.

  • We can, and should, have Easter every Sunday

    Last week, on April 5, Christians all over the world celebrated what really should be considered the Holiest day of the year. Of course, I’m speaking of Easter Sunday.

  • Union of two churches, unity within the church

    I would like to congratulate First Baptist Church and Temple Baptist Church in their successful merger – coming together as one church.

  • Bethel Baptist announces Easter services

    Bethel Baptist Church, located northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185, has announced its schedule for Easter services:
    • Thursday – Maundy Thursday services. Worship will be centered on "The Seven Last Words of Christ."
    • Easter Sunday – 7 a.m., sunrise services; 7:30 a.m., Easter breakfast; 9 a.m., Sunday School; and 10:15 a.m., Bethel choir Easter cantata – "Run to the Cross."
    The public is invited to participate in the church's services.
     

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    God was with us again at Evergreen Outreach – he never fails! We welcomed everyone with a bit of music from the “Down by the River to Pray” CD.
    It was very good to get FAYCO and Fayette County Hospital LTC all together again! We sang our welcome song and our meeting songs a capella while three volunteers held up the big cards with words.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    A truly wonderful day for Evergreen Outreach. The presence of the Lord was with us, as many of our FAYCO friends arrived.   We shared refreshments and cookies, and caught up on what happened after the extra-long cold winter interfered with our good times. Ugh!
    We opened the program by singing “Happy Birthday” to Mary Woolsey, Beulah Brown, Tanya Robinson and Randy Schukar.

  • First Baptist, Temple Baptist now Unity Baptist

    Three years ago, I wrote in the Minister’s Forum that Temple Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Vandalia had entered into a discussion about the possibility of merging into one new church.

  • Catholic Daughters members hear reports

    The Mother of Dolors’ Catholic Daughters meeting on Jan. 5 was called to order by Regent Debby Themig, who opened with the pledge to the flag and one decade of the rosary for Brian and Virginia Garner. Everyone was asked to finish this rosary on their own.
    Correspondence included thank-you cards from Bonnie Murray, Lighthouse Pregnancy Center and Port Arthur International Seafarers Center, and a letter from George Green with correct address for his mother, Gertrude Green.

  • We don't need resolutions – we need a new life

    Are you a Christian? Likely most of you would say, “Of course” – I would not be reading the Minister’s Forum if I wasn’t a Christian.