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  • Evergreen Outreach Sept. 29, 2011

    By Mary Woolsey
    When entering Evergreen Outreach on Monday, I was about 30 minutes early, and already, Softfire (David and Patricia Pence) was singing and playing.
    Using the many instruments they play, it was a beautiful quiet time for me. Their voices blended on “God of Israel,” “People Need the Lord,” “Amazing Grace” and other songs. I do believe they sing better each time I hear them.

  • Your spiritual life is either growing or dying

    Life has been so created and ordained by God that it is an active process. It is either growing or dying, one of the two. Nothing that has life stays the same. It is in the process of either growing or dying.

  • Church Briefs

    'See You at the Pole' events Wednesday

    Students at Vandalia Junior High School and Vandalia Community  High School will be holding "See You at the Pole" prayer observances next Wednesday at 8 a.m.
    At the junior high, the event will be held on the playground. At the high school, it will be on the front steps of the school building. The VCHS event is sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Joyce Mueller
    Some here at Evergreen Outreach call this their favorite time of the year. One lady remarked, “After the rains came, I saw a hint of colors on trees and bushes.”
    As the guests arrived, they noticed a beautiful floral arrangement, which was a special tribute to a special lady, Mrs. Helen Ray. Her 107th birthday will occur on Wednesday.
    Also celebrating birthdays were Erma Cameron, Sarah Laurie, Donald Macarthur and Brenda Reese.

  • Minister's Forum

    Our human story begins in biblical metaphor with people (the man and the woman) together with God and the animals in tranquil and happy bliss. Our relationship to God knit us together in a fabric of love (Genesis 1, 2).

  • FBC Team Kids Kickoff

    About 100 kids took part in the "Team Kids Kickoff" last Wednesday evening at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

    The event included blow-up toys, a dunking booth (featuring youth pastor Matt Philbrick and the Rev. Robert Weaver getting dunked), games and all types of things to eat (pizza, sno cones, cotton candy and cookies). The activities were held in the parking lot at the church. Pictured with some of the children are bus drivers Jennifer Ellis and Kenneth Fleming.

  • Evergreen Outreach-Sept. 15, 2011

    By Joyce Mueller
    The season is changing, and many activities are competing for our time and attention. Schedules and routines are now in order.
    As they entered Wesley Hall, Evergreen Outreach guests were greeted by the music of Donna Smith, who provided a variety of piano selections. She accompanied the Rev. Jim Fackler, who started the program with the “Welcome" and "E.O.” songs.

  • Church Briefs

    Ramsey series under way at Parkview

    The final introductory meeting for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University series will be held this Sunday at 6 p.m. at Parkview Free Methodist Church in Vandalia.
    The 13-week series will be held at 6 p.m. Sundays at the church. Last week's introductory meeting and this week's first meeting are free and open to the public. The series is part of a national campaign called “The Great Recovery.”
    The average participating family pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700 during the course.

  • If God is for us, who can be against us?

    When we look around this world, we see all kinds of suffering – fires, drought, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, storms of nature and, sadly, man-made storms.

  • Church Briefs

    Ramsey series planned at Parkview

    A preview meeting for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University series will be held this Sunday evening at 6 p.m. at Parkview Free Methodist Church in Vandalia.
    The 13-week series will be held at 6 p.m. Sundays at the church. The first two classes (Sept. 11 and 18) are free and open to the public. The series is part of a national campaign called “The Great Recovery.”
    The average participating family pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700 during the course.