• Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene  M. Jett
    This week's Evergreen Outreach started out right, with the Rev. Jim Fackler in charge. And, of course, it is his “masterpiece” – a 3-inch-thick joke book that he has hopes of selling! All kidding aside, a very big thanks to him and Donna Smith (our pianist). They got us started on our two E.O. songs, while everyone ate the cookies that Sharon Mueller baked. Thank you Sharon! Our entertainer for the day was Dave Korte, with his guitar, from Highland. He is affiliated with Korte Construction.

  • We often must choose from the greater of two goods

    I am sure all of you have heard the phrase “choosing the lesser of two evils.” It is a term that can be applied to a variety of situations; in my experience, most often to politics.

  • Church Briefs

    Homecoming Choir to perform Sunday

    The Homecoming Gospel Choir will present a concert this Sunday at 6 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church in rural Vandalia.
    The choir, which features singers and musicians from Southern Illinois, presents a program of Southern gospel music in the style of the Gaithers. Steve Ladd and Cheryl Harre will headline the concert.
    For information, call 326-7451.

    Nimrod Ministry to hold car wash here

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    Wow, did we start off slowly on Monday. No music, no pastor, no leader! Now, this must be where the technique of flying by the seat of your pants was invented! Just like we don’t melt when we get rained on, we just kept going! And that is what we did!
    We did manage to sing "Happy Birthday" to Pam Burton, Judy Flowers, Burton Graff and Flo Lange.

  • Faith allows us to live with hope now and forever

    During the more than 50 years I served as a pastor, I met some of the greatest folks in the world. That might be a cliché, but I don’t know any other way to describe them. Pastors, laymen of the church and godly women who loved the Lord and wanted to serve him.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    On Monday at Fayette County Long Term Care, everyone caught the spirit! I really hope everyone was able to get out and catch a little sunshine, too. We were operating on wings and prayers!
    After greeting everyone, we opened  by singing "Happy Birthday" to Dorothy Halfaire, Joan Goldhardt, Bobby Kimbro, Jason Galvin, Cora Foster and Marie Sutton.

  • Church Briefs

    CenterPointe Church to hold block party

    CenterPointe Church will be hosting a free neighborhood block party on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Lincoln School playground.
    The activities, which run from 9-11 a.m., will include relay games, carnival games, an inflatable bounce house, drinks, snow cones, cotton candy, face painting, balloon art, and free clothing and school supplies. At 10 a.m., the Broken Chains Band will perform.
    For more information, go to www.cpointe.net.
    In case of rain, the event will be cancelled.

  • First Baptist OASIS group visits Branson

    By Ginger Wells
    Bright and early on Tuesday morning, July 23, the First Baptist OASIS group (Older Adults Sharing In Service) boarded a J.D. Transit coach to begin a four-day trip in the Ozark hills of Branson, Mo.

  • Church Briefs

    Steve Ladd in concert Aug. 10 at FBC

    Steve Ladd from Nashville, Tenn., will be in concert on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.
    Considered one of the premier tenors in Southern Gospel music today, he will perform many of his award-winning songs.
    While singing with the Gold City Quartet, Ladd had a No. 1 song in "Preach The Word." He also has performed with the Statesmen Quartet and Michael English, and is a featured soloist with S.I. Homecoming Choir.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    Our meeting was too short Monday, either that or time is going too fast for these old bones!
    Softfire (David and Patricia Pence, with their border collies) played “Through it All” and New Orleans Bourbon Street music to start things off.
    We sang "Happy Birthday" to John Bollinger and Viola Stuckmeyer.