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Religion

  • Good works aren't enough; you must KNOW Jesus

    Matthew 7:21-23 says: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my father in heaven. On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name and do many miracles in your name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never KNEW you! Depart from me, you lawbreakers!’”

  • Church Briefs

    VBS next week at First Church of God

    First Church of God in Vandalia will host a Vacation Bible School session June 11-14.
    Under the theme of "SonWest Roundup," it will run from 6-8 p.m. nightly. The VBS will feature music, games, snacks and activities. For more information, call Monique at 780-0498.
    The church is located at the intersection of Lakewood Drive and Thrill Hill Road, northwest of Vandalia.

    'Summer Lunches for Kids' is under way

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Sharon Mueller
    Mary Crawford, 90 years young, was honored at Evergreen Outreach on Monday with a beautifully decorated birthday cake, provided by her daughter-in-law, Sue Harrison. Mary wore a “spring chicken” apron, and after all had sung “Happy Birthday,” she was given a plastic dancing chick by the leader of the day, Beulah Brown. Beulah then had Mary come forward and tell about her early life, which was very interesting. (It was the days when all children had chores before play!)

  • Spend time with Jesus – pray as you work and play

    “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

  • Church Briefs

    Bethel Baptist VBS to be held June 3-7

    Bethel Baptist Church will be holding its Vacation Bible School from June 3-7, from 6-8:30 p.m. nightly. Parent night is will be Saturday, June 8, at 6 p.m.
    The theme for this year's VBS is "Colossal Coaster World."
    Bethel Baptist Church is located seven miles northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185. For more information, call the church at 326-7451.

    Temple Baptist to hold sale Saturday

  • Holy Cross Confirmation

    Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia held a confirmation service on Sunday, May 5, for the members of the Confirmation class of 2013

    Members of the class are, from left, Emalee Jo Hall, Alec Thomas Schroeder, Emily Ann Rees, the Rev. Jerry D. Bagwell, the Rev. Peter C. Kolb, Mary Ann Elizabeth Kolb, Waylin Allen Meseke and Alexis Miren Beckman. 

  • Be a person of conviction; refuse to compromise

    Recently, I was watching a well-known television preacher. He was speaking on the courage to stand by your convictions.

  • Mother's Day breakfast held by UMW

    By Panzi Blackwell
    The Brownstown United Methodist Women held its annual  Mother’s Day breakfast last Thursday in the fellowship hall of the church.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Karen Redfern
    Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
    I have been attending Evergreen Outreach for more than a year now, and each meeting is such a blessing and wonderful experience. Phyllis Rames had a vision when she introduced this program and WOW! What fun we would miss if it ever stops.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M . Jett
    A beautiful spring day set the tone for Monday's Evergreen Outreach meeting. Our pianist (Donna Smith) welcomed everyone, and the extra giant jumbo chocolate chip cookies, some with icing, were provided by Phyllis Rames. The Rev. James Fackler (with his joke book) was our leader, and we sang our traditional "Welcome" and "EO" songs.