The third annual Jump for Joel Marathon was held Saturday in St. Elmo. Fifty-seven participants either ran, walked or biked the 26.2-mile route – raising $4,261.22. A spaghetti dinner the night before at St. Elmo Christian Church brought in an additional $1,585.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.