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Religion

  • Now is the time to study the Bible

    It has been said, “Time Marches On.” You can stop a clock, but you can’t stop time. It continues to march on without regard to our own time requirements.

  • First Methodist selling cookbooks

    First United Methodist Church in Vandalia is selling cookbooks that feature recipes collected from members and friends of the church.
    The cost is $15 per book, with proceeds applied to the church’s camping scholarships. The church has 23 young people sign up for church camp this year.

  • St. James team aids 'Journey for Jordan'

    The congregation of St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia recently formed a Thrivent Action Team to support the fundraising efforts of “Journey for Jordan,” a group of 75 bicycle riders who ride 183 miles, from Gays in Illinois to St. Louis, Mo., in memory of Jordan Giertz, to raise funds for Haven House in St. Louis.

  • Church Briefs

    Holy Cross VBS is July 17-21

    Holy Cross Lutheran Church, located at 726 W. Fillmore St. in Vandalia, will hold Vacation Bible School from July 17-21, 6-8 p.m. The VBS, with the theme of “Barnyard Roundup,” is open to children age 3 to sixth-grade age.

    'Sincerity' at Ramsey church

    “Sincerity,” a gospel group from the Decatur area, will perform in concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Fellowship will follow the concert. There is no admission fee, and the public is invited.

  • Bethel VBS raises funds for 6:35

    Bethel Baptist Church of Vandalia held its annual Vacation Bible School from June 5-9, and as part of the VBS, an offering was collected every night in a competition between the boys and girls.
    The purpose of the offering was to purchase food for the 6:35 Food Pantry operated by the Fayette County Ministerial Alliance. Through the competition, $806.52 was collected.
    Bethel Baptist Church is located seven miles northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185.

  • We can respond to violence by praying

    When I heard about the shooting in Orlando on Sunday morning I thought to myself – not again.
    I think I was a little numb to the whole thing; I couldn’t fully react to it.

  • Ramblin' Rose Bus stopping in Ramsey, St. Elmo

    The Ramblin’ Rose Bus, a ministry sponsored by Effingham Catholic Charities, will travel to 14 towns in the seven-county area this summer to deliver school supplies and clothing.
    The program is designed to provide assistance to families with limited financial means, who qualify for free or reduced school lunches.

  • FourGiven in concert on Saturday

    The FourGiven Quartet will be in concert at 7 p.m. this Saturday at Unity Baptist Church, located at Ill. Route 185 and Airport Road in Vandalia.

  • Briefs

    'Believing God' series at Northside
    “Believing God: Experiencing a Fresh Explosion of Faith,” a 10-week DVD series, begins next Thursday at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.
    By Beth Moore, the series is “an in-depth study into the lives of Abraham, Moses and others as examples of people who believed God.
    Faye Watson is the facilitator for the series, which is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each Thursday at the church. Those who plan to attend and want to have a workbook can contact Watson, 267-8487.

  • Pentecost Day is the birthday of the church

    John 14:25-26
    “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
    In the Name of + Jesus. Amen. The waiting is finally over. The big day is here.
    We have been counting down the days from Easter until Pentecost: 50 days of rejoicing in the resurrection of Jesus. Seven days, Seven weeks, plus one day for eternity, that makes