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Religion

  • Kerkhoff Honored

    The Council of Catholic Women of Mother of Dolors Parish recently honored Rebecca Kerkhoff by nominating her to be a "Woman of Distinction."

    She was recently presented that award by Bishop Paprocki during a Mass in Springfield. She was cited for her volunteer efforts at the church, The Pantry in Ramsey, Lighthouse Pregnancy Center in Vandalia and the Catholic Charities office in Effingham. Pictured with Kerkhoff, left, are Paprocki and Connie Simburger, president of Mother of Dolors Council of Catholic Women.

  • Church Briefs

    First Baptist VBS set for Aug. 12-14

    First Baptist Church of Vandalia will be hosting Vacation Bible School from Sunday, Aug. 12 through Tuesday, Aug. 14.
    The sessions will run from 6-8:30 p.m. daily at the church, which is located at 223 S. Sixth St.
    The theme for this year's VBS is "Amazing Wonders Aviation."
    For more information, call the church at 283-0313.  

    St. James women publish cookbook

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Joyce Mueller
    Appreciation would be the key descriptive word of this week’s Evergreen program, from conversations of the London Olympic Games to the outstanding performance of David and Patricia Pence (the SoftFire duo from Hillsboro).
    Concerning the games, one person mentioned that there are athletes from 204 nations that represent their homelands. Another lady remembered reading that ocean liners were contracted to accommodate the overflow of travelers from the many countries.

  • Song reminds us that 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'

    I remember it like it was yesterday. My sister came home from the “dime store” one afternoon in the fall of 1969 with a new record.

  • Church Briefs

    St. James women publish cookbook

    For more than 150 years, the women of St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia and Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee have been known for the wonderful food they prepare for church events and fundraisers.
    To help raise money for the restoration of the church's steeple, the women have decided to share some of their favorite recipes. That effort has resulted in the publishing of the "Town and Country Cookbook."

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Mary Woolsey
    The drought continues – with Monday's temperature rising to 104 degrees. We keep wondering, “How long can this heat last?” Records have already been broken. Luckily, we were again in Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care with ample air-conditioning.
    Betty Stolte, a very talented pianist, was playing some old familiar music. “Whispering” was a favorite of those singing along.

  • What does God expect of us? Take time to listen!

    Sometimes, late at night, I have trouble sleeping. Sometimes, I just can’t get to sleep; other times, I may sleep for an hour and then wake up and not be able to fall back asleep.

  • Church Briefs

    Crown Point to hold VBS next week

    Crown Point Church will host Vacation Bible School next Monday through Saturday from 6-8:15 p.m. daily.
    Under the theme of "Amazing Desert Journey – Where Jesus Leads Us Home," the program is open to children from the ages of 3 to 12. Activities include Bible lessons, music, crafts, recreation and snacks.
    The Saturday session will be a family night, which includes a picnic meal and activities for the children. It also begins at 6 p.m.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    If you’ve been suffering from the heat wave and drought, you should have come to Evergreen Outreach this week at Fayette County Hospital. We were all most abundantly refreshed and rewarded.
    Beverly Hood started the program, while we passed out cookies from Pam Baker – wonderful chocolate chip cookies that were slightly warm. Yum! And if that wasn’t enough goodness, Phyllis Thoman was tickling the ivory keys, producing beautiful notes to cheer us all up.

  • 'How much does it cost?' With sin, the price is high

    Don’t you just love cell phone commercials? For $29.99 a month,  you, too, can become a member of the modern-day communication community! I will never understand the 99-cent concept – just add the penny and round it off – be honest and make it $30!