• The real 'war on Christmas' is worth fighting for

    I really love Christmastime. I love almost everything about it – the music, the decorations, the traditions, the shopping, the television specials, the parties, the food, the giving and receiving of gifts, the lights. I love the special church services.

  • Church Briefs

    Dulcimer concert Sunday at Temple

    The Salem Dulcimer Club will play Christmas music at Temple Baptist Church this Sunday at 6 p.m.

    FUMC to hold Christmas Eve service

    First United Methodist Church in Vandalia will be hosting a Christmas Eve worship service on Dec. 24.
    The evening begins with a mini-concert at 6:45 p.m., followed by a candlelight worship service, featuring scripture readings, Christmas carols and brass accompaniment at 7 p.m.

  • May the songs we sing proclaim God's love to all

    “Singing the 'old' songs and hearing the 'old' stories is what I like to do most,” Sylvester told me, “because they have a way of touching your heart.”

  • Evergreen Outreach

     By Charlene M. Jett

  • Jesus does the unexpected and heals the leper


    The word is spreading. Jesus is coming to town. A leper, out of desperation, is going to see Jesus. Lepers were forbidden to enter into the towns and cities. They were forbidden to worship in the temple or synagogues, due to their serious illness.


  • Church Briefs


    Christmas cantata Sunday at FUMC


  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    Today, we learned and shared lessons on being thankful.
    The dark clouds, and cold have settled in on our area, and the tornadoes missed us. Boy, are we ever thankful!
    David and Patricia Pence (Softfire) arrived early and set the stage (literally) for a great day of thankfulness. We missed our Long Term care and Vandalia Rehab friends; hope you can make it next week. Was it too cold?  Even the border collies were glad to be inside!

  • Word of God full of reminders on being thankful

    “Take care; lest you forget the Lord your God … beware lest you say … my power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth … for it is God who gives you the power to get wealth”. (Deuteronomy 8:11, 17)

  • Church Briefs

    Christmas concert is Dec. 7

    Mark209, a Southern gospel vocal group, will perform at a program called "Southern Gospel Christmas" on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Bethalto Church of God.
    The 7 p.m. performance is free, but an offering will be taken. The church is located at 800 E. Bethalto Drive in Bethalto.
    For information, call 259-0065.

    Churches open food pantry

    A new food pantry in Vandalia, operated by an offshoot organization of the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance, is now open.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    This past Monday will be known as the day after the tornadoes. I think more than seven  counties were declared disasters. More about being thankful and grateful later!
    We missed Betty Stolte at the piano, since she was having surgery. We sang “Happy Birthday” (out of key and off tune – Betty would NOT be proud of us) to her, Annie Ledbetter, Genevieve Revis and Lee Poe.