• In spiritual issues, the king is never in checkmate

    “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.

  • Church Briefs

    Women's study now under way

    The women of Brownstown First Christian Church last week began a weekly study of the Bible book of Daniel. It will be held on Thursdays at 7 p.m.
    The study, titled “Daniel: Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy,” was created by Beth Moore.
    The first part studies Daniel’s life, as he faced pressures and temptations similar to those that Christians encounter today.
    The second part explores the prophecies from the time of Daniel to the second coming of Jesus Christ.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    On Monday, we held “the meeting that never was.” The bitter cold weather put a nasty chill on the SoftFire brass, not to mention it totally cratered most everyone’s hopes for getting outside for any fun.
    So this report is just to let everyone know we still love and miss you all.

  • God gives us a second chance – don't run away!

    When we were children, we were told many stories from the Bible that we still remember today. We heard about Daniel in the lion’s den, Noah and the ark and, of course, each year we heard about the birth of baby Jesus.
    We may not have understood the full meaning of theses stories in the Bible, but we knew that there was something very special about them.

  • Church Briefs

    VCA trivia night set for next Friday

    Vandalia Christian Academy will hold a trivia night and auction on Friday, Jan. 24, in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 6:30 p.m.
    All proceeds will be used to benefit the school by supplementing a teacher's salary, purchasing school supplies and supporting a field trip for the students.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    Monday was full of magical surprises!  After last week's blizzard (a record, minus-25 wind-chill factor) we had beautiful warm weather (around 50 degrees and no wind). Delightful!
    However, there was a hole in the middle of the meeting room. Where were the people from FAYCO? We missed them!

  • We need more people to become 'mean' Christians

    Centuries ago, Aristotle wrote of a concept that has been referred to as the “Golden Mean.”

  • This year, resolve to make some spiritual changes

    When a New Year approaches, some of us may think of some New Year's resolutions that we are intending to make.

  • New chaplain at Brownstown Road Angel

    A quarter century ago, Dock Hinman was criss-crossing the country in an 18-wheeler, trying to keep his rig – and his life – between the ditches.

  • Church Briefs

    FUMC Christmas Eve service

    First United Methodist Church in Vandalia will be hosting a Christmas Eve worship service on Tuesday.
    The evening begins with a mini-concert at 6:30 p.m., followed by a candlelight worship service, featuring scripture readings, Christmas carols and brass accompaniment at 7 p.m.
    The Rev. Roger Grimmett will deliver a sermon titled “O Holy Night.”
    The church is located at 127 N. Fourth St. in Vandalia. For more information, call 283-3684.

    Christmas meal set at Northside