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Religion

  • The missing Beatitude: 'Blessed are the complainers'

    The beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, termed the Beatitudes, is located in Matthew 5:1-10.
    These wise sayings of Jesus are pithy, and at times we struggle to get the real meaning of the statements. For instance, in Matthew 5:5, it says: "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." Jesus tells us that meekness is a quality of Christ. They provide many insights in how to live our life.

  • Church Briefs

    VBS is June 11-13 at Overcup Baptist

    Overcup Baptist Church will be holding Vacation Bible School from Wednesday, June 11, through Friday, June 13, from 6-8:30 p.m.
    The program includes children from age 4 to 13.
    For more information, call Connie at 267-4484.

    Bethel Baptist VBS is set for June 9-13

    A Vacation Bible School program titled "Discover, Decide, Defend" will be held Monday through Friday, June 9-13, at Bethel Baptist Church from 6-8:30 p.m. nightly.

  • 'Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary'

    “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.”

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    We had a good meeting Monday, with FAYCO and Vandalia Rehabilitation attending. We missed our Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care friends.
    And on a more serious note, we REALLY missed Judy and Bob Varga, and Katy (in hospital) and Randy Schukar, plus we missed Jeannie Schlicht, who is with Wolf in the hospital in Springfield. As we shared our refreshments, we tried to catch up with  everyone’s happenings. Phyllis Rames put it this way  – trying to get everything back to normal! Lord, we are trying!

  • Church Briefs

    'Sons of the Father' to perform Sunday

    A musical group from West Frankfort called "Sons of the Father" will present a concert this Sunday at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.  

    Bethel Baptist VBS is set for June 9-13

    A Vacation Bible School program titled "Discover, Decide, Defend" will be held Monday through Friday, June 9-13, at Bethel Baptist Church from 6-8:30 p.m. nightly.
    Parents' night will be on Saturday, June 14, at 6 p.m.

  • Our churches need some 'Tango Mike Mikes'

    Monday was Memorial Day – a day off work for many and  no school for the kids. Even the YMCA was closed, so we all had an excuse to be lazy. And now that Memorial Day is over, our thoughts shift to the approaching summer.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Joyce Mueller
    The recent changes Mother Nature provided for us this last week can probably be remembered for some time. But we are still in the month of the Emerald – the rich green birthstone that depicts the landscape of colorful flowers and trees. This time of year also brings special occasions, which includes: graduation, weddings and community activities.

  • Church Briefs

    Liberty Christian to host singers June 8

    On Sunday, June 8, Liberty Christian Church will host the Vintage Gospel Lads.
    The Southern gospel group will present a concert at 9 a.m. and then will lead the worship service at 10 a.m.
    The church is located 5-1/2 miles north of Brownstown on College Avenue. For more information, call 347-2271.   

    The Williamsons to perform in Bethalto

  • Pray for a miracle – that God would bring revival

    I still believe in miracles. It may not be popular in our day and it is certainly not expected in our churches, but nothing is impossible with God.
    Miracles are supernatural occurrences. They are either divine intervention, interrupting of natural laws, or they are laws known only to God.

  • Baccalaureate Service at VCHS

    Vandalia Community High School students presented a Baccalaureate service last Wednesday evening.

    Participating in the program were students Karlee Brimberry, Levi Kinkead, Arika Craig, Jaden Evans, Melissa Davis, Megan Dothager, David Zimmerman and Kate Shields. The Rev. John Glennon was the speaker and VCHS teacher Doug Forbes said the closing prayer. Shown in the above picture are, from left, Kristyn Nichols, Brandy Protz, Shields, Zimmerman and Justin Johnson.