• Lesters at Mulberry Grove church Aug. 7

    The Lesters, often called St. Louis’ First Family of Gospel Music, will be in concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, at the First Church of Christ in Mulberry Grove.
    There is no admission fee, but a free-will offering will be received all for the Lester’s ministry.
    The concert is a special program sponsored by the Mulberry Grove Ministerial Alliance. The alliance tries to provide a gospel music program on the Friday before the Mulberry Grove Homecoming parade and picnic.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene Jett
    Today, our thoughts are with Jesus, because he is the one who will miss us today. Since Evergreen Outreach is canceled, we must use our memories to be constantly refreshed by His love, compassion and mercy.
    He will miss our off key and out of tune singing. He will miss our frail bodies, trying to dance and be strong and beautiful. He will miss our short, stumbling prayers.
    In spite of all these failings he still loves us and encourages us to make forward progress and become closer to him.

  • CenterPointe Back to School Outreach is Sunday

    CenterPointe Church will hold a Back to School Outreach this Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m.
    The event will include music by “Broken Chains Band,” a bounce house, and free hot dogs, burgers and chips. Free, gently used clothes and free school supplies will be available.
    All clothing, school supplies and lunch will be provided following the morning service at the church, which is located in the former Rural King building at 1616 Veterans Avenue in Vandalia.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    OK, here is the scoop. Evergreen Outreach had the best party in town. At Fayette County Hospital and Long Term Care, we ate, clapped hands, sang, danced and created very slightly mischievous good times. We are OK, as long as that angel peeking around the corner (Pastor James Fackler) keeps his eye on us.

  • Church Briefs

    Crown Point VBS is next week

    Crown Point Church will host Vacation Bible School from Monday through Friday next week, from 6-8 p.m. each day.
    The theme is “Bible Blast to the Past – Discover God’s Everlasting Love!”
    All children ages 3-12 are invited to participate in the program, which includes Bible lesions, music, crafts and refreshments.
    The public is invited to a family night program on Saturday at 6 p.m. It will include a picnic-style meal.

  • First Christian offers challenge to area churches

    First Christian Church in Vandalia sponsored the Central Illinois Mobile Food Bank on June 13, and is hoping others follow its lead.
    The Mobile Food Bank regularly holds several distributions in this area each year, but has been short on funds.
    First Christian Church is now challenging other area churches to show their support for this program by sponsoring food bank visits in the future.
    For more information, or to sponsor a food bank distribution, contact the Fayette County Farm Bureau, 283-3276.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene Jett
    This is a happiness message from Evergreen Outreach! In spite of all the goodness and effort going into today’s meeting, it was canceled – potentially too hot and humid! I think this may be a first, except for the year of the great drought.
    I miss my friends, the prayers and the music and I know you all will miss each other. Just repeat after me, “We’re here for fun right from the start, etc”.
    This good weather is the best time of year for our get-together and outings.

  • What you glean from church in the long haul makes a difference

    Radical, amazing, spectacular, fantastic and life-changing are words that describe the kind of experience for which so many are looking. Everyone wants a momentary breakthrough and an explosive weekend extravaganza.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    What a present we had today from Evergreen Outreach, a huge blessing named Harold Swofford. As our main entertainer, well more about him later!

  • OASIS from Unity Bapist goes to Branson

     The excitement was growing as 42 seniors boarded the Cavilla big green bus to head to Branson on Tuesday, June 22.
    The group enjoyed seeing old friends and making new as they played “all about me” games, singing and playing bingo on the bus. By the time they reached the Six Flags area, they decided to have breakfast.
    After another stop for lunch in Springfield, Mo., for lunch, they arrived at Grand Oakes Hotel, their home away from home for the next four days.