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Religion

  • Week Of Prayer

    Several prayer activities were held Sunday through Wednesday this week in preparation for the National Day of Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. Thursday at Crawford-Hale American Legion Home.

    Sunday was a kickoff prayer service at Parkview Free Methodist Church, and events were held Monday through Wednesday mornings at Vandalia Chamber of Commerce (first photo), Vandalia Community High School (second photo) and Fayette County Courthouse (third photo).

  • Church Briefs

    Summer Lunches kickoff is Wednesday

    Once again, children in Fayette County will have the opportunity to get free lunches this summer through a program sponsored by several churches and facilitated through local volunteers.
    Called "Summer Lunches for Kids," the program starts the week of June 3 and runs through the week of Aug. 15. Meals are provided on Mondays and Thursdays in Vandalia, Vera and Shobonier, and on Wednesdays in Ramsey and Brownstown.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Joyce Mueller
    The last days of April usher in thoughts of the tradition of May Day, which is celebrated as a spring festival in many countries. Little baskets of flowers were often placed on doors of friends and neighbors.
    So, not to be outdone, Evergreen Outreach  volunteers placed small May Day baskets on each of the tables, delighting those attending our Monday program.
    Charlene Jett set the stage for an enjoyable afternoon, leading in the “Welcome” and “EO” songs.

  • Place all your life in God's hands on Day of Prayer

    At-the-ready, the equipment stood in the field. A turn of the switch and the giant machine would begin its task of preparing the soil and planting the seeds to feed the world. But Harold insisted on “first things first.” He knew the land, the seed, the machinery – everything – belonged to God.

  • Church Briefs

    'The Patriarchs' series begins tonight

    Brownstown First Christian Church will launch a 10-week teaching series on "The Patriarchs: Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."
    Developed by Beth Moore, the study focuses on Genesis 12-50. It will be taught by Faye Watson.
    The series starts at 7 p.m. tonight.

    Vera Baptist spring revival starts Sunday

    The annual spring revival at Vera Baptist Church begins this Sunday and runs every day through Wednesday.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    It was dangerous going to Evergreen Outreach on Monday. The Rev. Jim Fackler brought his joke book! All kidding aside, it was a really good meeting.
    We sang our EO songs and had lots of helpers. Isn’t it nice to have helpers! And speaking of a good helper, Donna Smith welcomed us all with her sweet piano music. It definitely calms everyone.
    Our refreshments were provided by Jill Zimmer. We sang “Happy Birthday” to Jennifer Wilmer, Robert Nelson and Betty Turner before Fackler started our devotions.

  • Your life of faith all starts with a simple choice

    Nearly all of the decisions I make are alike in that they have practically no effect on anyone outside my family.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    At last, the daffodils were up and the sun was shining as we held our Evergreen Outreach meeting on Monday. Everyone was ready and happy to be together again, since we were snowed out last week by 12 inches of snow. Whew – glad that is over!
    Sharing our faith through prayer, scripture and song made it a glorious meeting. The nice lobby/living room of Vandalia Rehabilitation was packed! Beulah Brown tried to pull a fast April fool’s joke and made everyone look outside when she exclaimed it was raining! Tsk, tsk.

  • Believers should have hearts that burn for Christ

    Luke 24 paints a vibrant picture of events following the resurrection of Christ. In this passage, we find a couple of men walking along a road talking about the events of the past weekend.

  • In the resurrection, God has conquered sin, death

    “On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb” (John 20:1).