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Religion

  • FUMC's Grimmett picked to be district superintendent

    The Rev. Roger Grimmett, who has served as pastor of the First United Methodist Church  in Vandalia for the past six years, announced this week that he has been appointed district superintendent over 73 churches in the Mississippi River District in Southwestern Illinois.

  • Easter affirms that Christ is risen, and is with us

    Christ is risen! He is risen,  indeed!  Alleluia!
    The Easter season, also known as the Great 50 Days, began at sunset on Easter eve and continues through the Day of Pentecost. This is a season for celebrating with joy Christ’s resurrection and ascension, and the giving of the Holy Spirit on the first Easter (John 20:22-23) and on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2).

  • Church Briefs

    Sunrise service, breakfast on Sunday at St. James Lutheran

    St. James Lutheran will hold an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. this Sunday.
    Following the service, a breakfast will be served.
    The church is located at 727 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia.
    For more information, call the church at 283-0725.

    Easter morning schedule is announced by Bethel Baptist

    Bethel Baptist Church will hold a full morning of activities this  Sunday as it observes Easter.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    Yes! Yes! We had a leader today – the Rev. Jim Fackler! Yes! Yes! We had a pianist today – Donna Smith! Today our meeting went very well and on time. Our entertainer was Bob Langley and his guitar – more about him later. We missed our Vandalia Long Term Care friends. Where were you?
    We started out singing our special greeting and welcome songs as refreshments were served.

  • In spiritual matters, the king can always move

    “Check Mate” is a famous painting of a chess game that, to the casual observer, leaves its audience walking away from it with a feeling of defeat.

  • National Day of Prayer breakfast set for May 1

    Under the theme of "Many Voices United in Prayer," the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance will host a series of prayer meetings in preparation for a breakfast on the National Day of Prayer.
    That breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 1, at 7 a.m. at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home in Vandalia. Speaker for the event will be Staci Carroll, a member of First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.

  • As we prepare for Easter, we must ask ourselves: 'Is our God big enough?'

    Some years ago, a man by the name of Henry Norris Russell, a noted astronomer from Princeton University, was giving a lecture on the vastness of space and the hugeness of the Milky Way galaxy.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    With open doors, Wesley Hall at the First United Methodist Church welcomed all visitors to our weekly meeting. We shared refreshments and caught up on what’s been going on. We sang our "Welcome" and meeting songs a-capella (unfortunately, as we were missing our piano player). We also sang "Happy Birthday" to Ilene Sidwell, Judy Vaughn, Karen DeZouche and Lucille Gebke.

  • Church Briefs

    Philbrick to be speaker at next Wednesday's Lenten Luncheon

    Speaker for next Wednesday's Lenten Luncheon will be Walt Philbrick, a layman from First Baptist Church in Vandalia. He is the father of Matt Philbrick, youth pastor at First Baptist Church.
    The luncheon will be held at First United Methodist Church at noon.

    Financial Peace course offered at FUMC beginning this week

  • Veterans Outreach Center to be started in Our Place

    Northside Christian Church on Monday will launch an outreach center for military veterans in Vandalia.
    Located at 507 W. Gallatin St., in the same location as Our Place, the Veterans Outreach Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
    Overseeing the center will be the Rev. Carl Rhodes (pastor of Northside Christian Church) and Gene Beckman, both veterans of the Vietnam War. They recently attended a one-day training program at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis to prepare them to meet the special needs of veterans.