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Religion

  • 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!

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By  Charlene M. Jett
    Our meeting on Monday can be remembered as the day the record heat broke! Naturally, the iced tea and water were started early, along with the delightful music played by Donna Smith. The cookies, supplied by Jamie Casey and Amy Vieregge, were pecan sandies, peanut butter and chocolate chip. We also had on hand angel food cake for those who need to keep their sugar low.  
    The Rev. Jim Fackler started the program with about a dozen one-line jokes, which would have made Bob Hope jealous! Where does he get them all?

  • In God's world of truth and order, there are moral rights and wrongs

    We don’t hear much about judgment day or hell these days. Perhaps we have become so modernized (or post-modernized) that condemnation seems out of place in our culture. In fact, with the incredible emphasis we place on tolerance and acceptance of all behaviors, condemnation seems quite inappropriate.

  • Church Briefs

    Farina patriotic gospel concert Saturday

    A patriotic gospel concert will be held in the Farina City Park this Saturday in conjunction with the Independence Day celebration there.
    The concert, hosted by John and Judy Roberts, will include the FourGiven Quartet of Vandalia and the Shepherdsmen Quartet from Woodlawn.
    The concert will begin at 4:30 and conclude at 6:30 p.m. on the stage in the Farina park.
    Those attending the concert are asked to bring lawn chairs to sit on during the concert.

  • Distractions keep us from being all we can be

    One of the things I’ve always loved about summer is baseball.

  • Church to hold 95th anniversary

    The Reno Southern Baptist Church in Sorento will be celebrating its 95th anniversary on July 15.
    Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m. and worship services begins at 10: 30 a.m. with a special guest speaker – Dr. Nate Adams of the Illinois Southern Baptist Association in Springfield.
    Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m., and the afternoon program will begin at 1 p.m.

  • Church Briefs

    Lesters' concert is July Fourth

    The Lesters of St. Louis will appear in concert at the Fourth of July  celebration at Lake Hillsboro. They will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
    Often called the "first family of gospel music," the Lesters have been singing together for more than four generations. The group includes Brian Lester, Ginger (Lester) Pitchers and Jonathan Lester.
    In case of rain, the concert will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsboro. For more information, call Laura Sturm at (217) 532-3734.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Karen Redfern
    Monday was such an eventful day at Evergreen Outreach. We were greeted by the wonderful members of SoftFire, who sang several tunes, including: “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “The Marine Song,” “Old-Time Religion,” “The Tennessee Waltz,” “Georgia On My Mind,” “This Land Is Your Land” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”
    We are so blessed to have David and Patricia Pence in our midst.