• In spiritual matters, the king can always move

    “Check Mate” is a famous painting of a chess game that, to the casual observer, leaves its audience walking away from it with a feeling of defeat.

  • National Day of Prayer breakfast set for May 1

    Under the theme of "Many Voices United in Prayer," the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance will host a series of prayer meetings in preparation for a breakfast on the National Day of Prayer.
    That breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 1, at 7 a.m. at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home in Vandalia. Speaker for the event will be Staci Carroll, a member of First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.

  • As we prepare for Easter, we must ask ourselves: 'Is our God big enough?'

    Some years ago, a man by the name of Henry Norris Russell, a noted astronomer from Princeton University, was giving a lecture on the vastness of space and the hugeness of the Milky Way galaxy.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    With open doors, Wesley Hall at the First United Methodist Church welcomed all visitors to our weekly meeting. We shared refreshments and caught up on what’s been going on. We sang our "Welcome" and meeting songs a-capella (unfortunately, as we were missing our piano player). We also sang "Happy Birthday" to Ilene Sidwell, Judy Vaughn, Karen DeZouche and Lucille Gebke.

  • Church Briefs

    Philbrick to be speaker at next Wednesday's Lenten Luncheon

    Speaker for next Wednesday's Lenten Luncheon will be Walt Philbrick, a layman from First Baptist Church in Vandalia. He is the father of Matt Philbrick, youth pastor at First Baptist Church.
    The luncheon will be held at First United Methodist Church at noon.

    Financial Peace course offered at FUMC beginning this week

  • Veterans Outreach Center to be started in Our Place

    Northside Christian Church on Monday will launch an outreach center for military veterans in Vandalia.
    Located at 507 W. Gallatin St., in the same location as Our Place, the Veterans Outreach Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
    Overseeing the center will be the Rev. Carl Rhodes (pastor of Northside Christian Church) and Gene Beckman, both veterans of the Vietnam War. They recently attended a one-day training program at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis to prepare them to meet the special needs of veterans.

  • Jesus brings God's love to those who gather at the cross

    We count seven times that Jesus spoke at his crucifixion. Yet none of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) tell them all. Each writer chose the “saying(s)” that fit best with his presentation of the Good News of Jesus.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene  M.  Jett
    Monday, the welcoming hospitality of Wesley Hall and First United Methodist Church, demonstrated God’s love for all.   Cindy Hunter brought cookies and was our leader today and SoftFire (David and Patricia Pence with their border collies) was our entertainment. We skipped our usual  welcoming song, as Cindy told us about her youngest son getting married last week, and shared her enthusiasm for Cardinals baseball. There was a good discussion about how everyone wants and tries to win  tickets to the games.  

  • Church Briefs

    For Heaven's Sake trio to sing Sunday at Farina's First Southern Baptist Church

    For Heaven's Sake, a Southern gospel music trio from Southern Illinois, will be appearing in concert at First Southern Baptist Church in Farina this Sunday at 6 p.m.
    The trio is comprised of John and Judy Roberts, co-hosts of the Southern Illinois Homecoming Gospel Choir for the past 15 years, and Cheryl Harre, a featured soloist with the Homecoming Gospel Choir, also for the past 15 years.

  • Church Briefs

    Childers will present program on Pontius Pilate on March 30

    A portrayal of Pontius Pilate will be presented  by Dr. Kevin Childers at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church.
    The program is the final event of the season   and is sponsored by Historical Vandalia.
    All proceeds will be used to pay for improvements to the Fayette County Museum.
    Refreshments will follow the program.
    Single-event tickets are available in advance at the museum for $13 or at the door for $15.