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Religion

  • Minister's Forum

    If you desire a life blessed by God, you have to live a life God can bless. Morals matter.
    Leaders influence others. Morals make a difference in the boardroom, classroom and courtroom. Respect is earned by discipline and decency. Public figures represent values in both their public and private life. The pastor’s whole life is everybody’s business.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Joyce Mueller
    This time of year is about new beginnings, planning and organizing.
    We are enjoying the warmer days, filled with new activities which compete for our time and attention.
    Everyone attending Evergreen Outreach looks forward to our Monday afternoon programs. Many of those who attend arrive in the Operation OUTING bus, which provides free transportation for the nursing home residents. For many, this is the one chance each week to leave their facility.

  • Church Briefs

    Game dinner to raise archery funds  

    Nimrod Outdoor Ministries is hosting a free wild game dinner on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church on Ill. Route 185 northwest of Vandalia.
    The event will be a fundraiser for the youth archery ministry. Included will be door prizes, raffles and an auction. The grand prize is a new Diamond bow and tree stand package.
    Dinner will be a free-will offering. All proceeds will be used for new equipment for the youth ministry program.
    For information, call Tony Flowers at 337-967-4482.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Karen Redfern
    What a beautiful day for EO on Monday. The weather was 75 degrees as we entered Wesley Hall. Pianist Donna Smith greeted us  with some wonderful piano tunes.
    Birthdays recognized were Andri Hulskotter and Christina Penny, Robert Wagner, Mary Woolsey, Carl Rhodes, Randy Schukar and Pat Rhodes.
    After folks from Vandalia Rehab, FAYCO, Long Term Care and others were assembled,  the program was presented by the Rev. Jim Fackler. He reflected on the Lenten season, focusing on what Jesus did.

  • Church Briefs

    Game dinner to raise archery funds  

    Nimrod Outdoor Ministries is hosting a free wild game dinner on March 27 at 6 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church.
    The event will be a fundraiser for the youth archery ministry. Included will be door prizes, raffles and an auction. The grand prize is a new Diamond bow and tree stand package.
    Dinner will be a free-will offering. All proceeds will be used for new equipment for the youth ministry program.
    For information, call Tony Flowers at 337-967-4482.

    Lenten Luncheons

  • Embracing balance is God's model for our lives

    Have you ever had the feeling of being completely overwhelmed?  Maybe overwhelmed by work or school. Maybe you feel more like a taxicab than a mom. Maybe you’re losing sleep at night as you constantly cram for tests or are writing papers for school. Have you ever felt like your life is chaotic and out of balance?
    The reality is we all have – and it is something that each  one of us can wrestle with on an ongoing basis.
    Look at what Job said: “I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.” (Job 3:26)

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Karen Redfern
    As we entered Wesley Hall on Monday afternoon, we were greeted by pianist Pam Childers and leader Beulah Brown. The afternoon began with the singing of the “Welcome" song.
    The Rev. Joe Lawson gave the devotional,  explaining all truths in the Bible. For instance, the importance of being a good listener. He told a story about preparing a meal for his family a few weeks ago.

  • Church Briefs

    Sausage, pancake supper Thursday

    The annual sausage and pancake supper, sponsored by the Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Vandalia, will be held this Thursday from 4-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall.
    Donations are appreciated, and funds raised will be used to support UMM projects.
    Parking is available in the back of the church.
    For more information, call the church at 283-3684.

    Corned beef dinner set for Sunday

  • We must enjoy life as it is

    The weather has been in the news. Record-high temperatures have been posted across the nation. Everyone was talking about it. It is only natural that people talk about the weather, because it is one of the things in life that we all have in common.

  • Church Briefs

    Sausage, pancake supper March 8

    The annual sausage and pancake supper, sponsored by the Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Vandalia, will be held next Thursday, March 8, from 4-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall.
    Donations are appreciated, and funds raised will be used to support UMM projects.
    Parking is available in the back of the church.
    For more information, call the church at 283-3684.

    Women's Bible study Tuesday