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  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Edith Elliott
    Donna Smith greeted guests with piano melodies from the past at Monday's Evergreen Outreach program. Among those songs were: "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean," "How Much Is That Doggie In the Window?" Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art."
    The Rev. Jim Fackler led the "Welcome" and "Evergreen" songs. He also recognized those who had birthdays: Sharon Maxwell, Patricia Pence, Susann Schumacher and Margaret Rogers.

  • Simeon's peace is available to all through Jesus

    But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)
    The joy we celebrate at Christmas is for the arrival of the long-awaited Savior, Jesus in the flesh. In Luke, chapter two, Mary and Joseph are carrying the infant Jesus, who is 40 days old. Jesus, the savior of the world, makes his entrance into the temple in Jerusalem. It was time for Mary and Joseph to offer the required sacrifice for the first-born male.

  • Church Briefs

    'Not A Fan' series to start at Liberty

    This Sunday, Liberty Christian Church in rural Brownstown will begin a new six-week sermon series titled "Not A Fan."
    The series will explore Jesus's invitation to follow him – not to just be a "fan," but to be a completely committed follower.
    The series will include small-group Bible studies.
    For more information, call the church at 347-2271.

    Holy Cross to study 'Batman' movie

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Melanie Schaafsma
    Pam Childers played good, old-time tunes Monday as the Evergreen Outreach guests assembled. She played "I’m Lookin’ Over a Four-Leaf Clover," "Jeepers Creepers (Where’d You Get Those Peepers)", "By the Light of the Silvery Moon," "My Ragtime Gal," "And the Band Played On," "Clementine," "Bicycle Built for Two," "I’ve Been Working on the Railroad" and "Auld Lang Syne," so appropriate for the second day of the new year.

  • Keep looking for the Christ child, even after Christmas

    Over the years, I have received many Christmas cards. They are beautiful, and I hold onto them for a while before I let them go.

  • Take up the challenge: Be God's presence to others

    One of my childhood memories is that of Grandpa Lawson having a stroke a day or two before Christmas and dying.

  • Evergreen Outreach Dec. 22, 1011

    By Karen Redfern
    Both sadness and joy marked Monday afternoon, when Phyllis Rames announced that one incredible lady by the name of Jeanne Witbracht had died during the weekend.
    Steadfast, loyal and giving, Jeanne was a dedicated Evergreen Outreach volunteer who will no longer be in our midst. She will be missed.

  • Church Briefs

    Free Christmas dinner at Northside

    A free Christmas dinner will be offered at Northside Christian Church to those who aren't able to be with their family on the holiday.
    The dinner, which runs from noon until 1 p.m. on Christmas day, will be available to the first 100 guests to sign up. To make reservations, call the church at 283-1970 by Friday.
    The church is located at 1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia.   

    Live nativity scene through this Friday

  • Christmas Music at Bethel Baptist

    A Christmas musical performance, held Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church in rural Vandalia, included several area musicians.

    Shown here are Pete Sutherland, Ed Taylor and Marla Ainscough. Also on the program were Shirley Eddy, the Fourgiven Quartet, Bailey and Cassidy Jones, Jamie and Amy Manasco, and two choirs from Bethel Baptist Church. Norris Price emceed the event. 

  • Evergreen Outreach Dec. 15, 2011

    By Mary Woolsey
    Ho! Ho! Ho! Are you ready for Christmas? Do you have your shopping done? Is the house decorated. Are the cards sent? Are you so busy that you sometimes forget the reason for Christmas? God sent his son, Jesus, or there would not be a reason for Christmas.
    It was wonderful seeing Donna Smith at the piano again, playing some of her many songs. Donna had lost her dear husband, Gail, recently, so it was good to see her back at Evergreen Outreach.
    Cookies were donated by the United Methodist Women and drinks were served.