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Religion

  • John the Baptist – no identity crisis with him

    On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s cry
    Announces that the Lord is nigh;
    Awake, and hearken, for he brings
    Glad tidings of the King of Kings.
    (Advent Hymn)

    John the Baptist did not have an identity crisis, but evidently the people around him did.  John knew very well who he was and what his life was all about; those around him seemed quite puzzled, though.

  • Church Briefs

    FCC Ladies Christmas brunch Saturday

    First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Vandalia will host a Ladies Christmas brunch this Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
    Providing the music for the event will be Rayvan Gouch, the second-place contestant in the Vandalia Idol contest.

    Chili lunch this Sunday at Holy Cross

    Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia will host a chili lunch to raise funds for Camp CILCA (in Cantrall) this Sunday, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

  • Evergreen Outreach Dec. 9, 2011

    By Edith Elliott
    "The weather outside is frightful...but the fire is so delightful." That line from the Christmas song was appropriate for the weather on Monday.
    Moving from the news of the day in our topsy-turvy world, where politics, budgets and downsizing are the dominant topics, to the peace and joy of Wesley Hall and Evergreen Outreach is akin to finding that "fire."
    Miles Filer greeted everyone at the door, giving assistance where needed.

  • Remember the true meaning of Christmas this year

    When we think of the birth of Jesus, we always think of a serene nativity scene.

  • Evergreen Outreach Dc. 1, 2011

    By Joyce Mueller
    Simple acts of kindness seem to be less evident in today’s world. It is so important to look for ways that we can help each other. At EO, this is practiced by volunteers who give time and talent each Monday afternoon. Attendance is usually high, as everyone looks forward to the programs.
    Cindy Hunter was in charge this week and led everyone in the “Welcome" and "EO” songs. She also welcomed a first-time visitor, Crystal Atwood.

  • Church Briefs

    One Voice to perform Sunday in Cowden

    The gospel singing group, One Voice, will be performing this  Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church in Cowden.
    Formed in 2003, the trio has performed across the Midwest. They also have done tours in California, and have one planned for a five-state tour in the Southeast United States.
    For more information, call the church at 217-783-2109.

    Alma church holding revival services

  • Five late-year holidays remind us of life in Christ

    I love this time of the year! Those of you who know me are most likely thinking, “I bet you love it, with all the occasions to be a glutton.”

  • Ground broken for Catholic healing center

    A ground-breaking ceremony for a building to house a Catholic healing ministry, founded by two Vandalia women, was held on Monday.

  • Operation Christmas Child

    Volunteers loaded up 1,511 boxes for Operation Christmas Child at First United Methodist Church on Monday morning.

    Volunteers pictured are Al McDowell, Frank Roeder, Kent Merry, Darrell Casey, Gary Doolin, Bud  and Jill Zimmer, Wolf and Jeanne Schlicht, Larry and Linda Williams, and Dr. Roger Grimmett. The boxes contain toys, hygiene items and school supplies for needy children. The goal was 1,200 boxes.

  • Evergreen Outreach Nov. 24

    By Joyce Mueller
    Chilly, gray days seem much brighter with holiday happenings. Nowhere are there more inspired people than our Evergreen Outreach volunteers and guests, who now are anticipating the upcoming day of Thanksgiving.
    Our holiday program began with Bernie Ray at the piano. Some of her selections included: "Beautiful Ohio," "Now is the Hour," "Pearly Shells," "Harbor Lights" and "Release Me."