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Religion

  • 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

  • Ladies' Tea at First Presbyterian

    First Presbyterian Church, located at 1221 W. Fillmore St. in Vandalia, is hosting a Ladies' Tea at 12:30 p.m. this Saturday.
    The women of the church are inviting community women, including mothers and daughters, to this event.
    A light lunch will be served, and the tea will include guest speakers.

  • Winning with Christ

    It’s a new season for baseball fans. This past week, the Cubs played the Cardinals. At this writing, the Cubs won the first game and are ahead in the second. Cubs fans are sure it is there year to win the pennant. Cards fans say it’s a long season – beat us early in the season, yet we will win in October.

  • National Week of Prayer observance begins Sunday

    This year’s National Week of Prayer observance in Vandalia begins on Sunday evening and continues through next Thursday.
    The schedule is as follows:
    • Sunday – Worship and prayer service at Northside Christian Church, 6 p.m.
    • Monday – City of Vandalia prayer services at Vandalia Chamber of Commerce Tourism Center, 7:30 a.m.
    • Tuesday – School prayer service in Vandalia Community High School gym, 7:30 a.m.
    • Wednesday – Fayette County prayer service at Fayette County Courthouse, 7:30 a.m.

  • Church Brief

    First Pentecostal holding revival

    First Pentecostal Church in Vandalia will hold revival services with the Rev. Wesley Jackson of Diggins, Mo. April 13-15, with services beginning at 7 o'clock each evening.
    The church is located at 1009 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia. For more information, call 367-1697.