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  • 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.

  • 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.