• Ministers help people make sense of events in life

    I think the way that I write…and I write the way that I think. Allow me to explain.

  • Church Briefs

    Lesters to perform in Mulberry Grove

    The Lesters of St. Louis will be in concert on Friday, June 28, at First Church of Christ in Mulberry Grove. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but an offering will be taken. For more information, call 326-8238.
    The church is located at 405 N. Maple St. in Mulberry Grove.

    VBS June 21-23 at Kaskaskia Church

  • Northside Christian Mission Team
  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    It took a while to get warmed up. But after we got started, our hearts were melting! Our leader on Monday was the Rev. Jim Fackler, and Donna Smith played sweet music to welcome all our friends. Pam Baker made the cookies we used for refreshments. Thanks very much.
    We started by singing the  "Welcome" song, and we sang "Happy Birthday" to Ruth Ann Scott, Jessie Gordon, Louise Kruenegel, Margaret Penn, Victor Vandre and Lynette Wise.

  • Good works aren't enough; you must KNOW Jesus

    Matthew 7:21-23 says: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my father in heaven. On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name and do many miracles in your name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never KNEW you! Depart from me, you lawbreakers!’”

  • Church Briefs

    VBS next week at First Church of God

    First Church of God in Vandalia will host a Vacation Bible School session June 11-14.
    Under the theme of "SonWest Roundup," it will run from 6-8 p.m. nightly. The VBS will feature music, games, snacks and activities. For more information, call Monique at 780-0498.
    The church is located at the intersection of Lakewood Drive and Thrill Hill Road, northwest of Vandalia.

    'Summer Lunches for Kids' is under way

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Sharon Mueller
    Mary Crawford, 90 years young, was honored at Evergreen Outreach on Monday with a beautifully decorated birthday cake, provided by her daughter-in-law, Sue Harrison. Mary wore a “spring chicken” apron, and after all had sung “Happy Birthday,” she was given a plastic dancing chick by the leader of the day, Beulah Brown. Beulah then had Mary come forward and tell about her early life, which was very interesting. (It was the days when all children had chores before play!)

  • Spend time with Jesus – pray as you work and play

    “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

  • Church Briefs

    Bethel Baptist VBS to be held June 3-7

    Bethel Baptist Church will be holding its Vacation Bible School from June 3-7, from 6-8:30 p.m. nightly. Parent night is will be Saturday, June 8, at 6 p.m.
    The theme for this year's VBS is "Colossal Coaster World."
    Bethel Baptist Church is located seven miles northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185. For more information, call the church at 326-7451.

    Temple Baptist to hold sale Saturday

  • Holy Cross Confirmation

    Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia held a confirmation service on Sunday, May 5, for the members of the Confirmation class of 2013

    Members of the class are, from left, Emalee Jo Hall, Alec Thomas Schroeder, Emily Ann Rees, the Rev. Jerry D. Bagwell, the Rev. Peter C. Kolb, Mary Ann Elizabeth Kolb, Waylin Allen Meseke and Alexis Miren Beckman.