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  • Evergreen Outreach-April 14, 2011

    By Mary Woolsey
    After a stormy night on Sunday, the sun came out on Monday, and Evergreen Outreach was hugely attended. All chairs were full.
    Cookies made by Iris Rademacher and Peg Clark were eagerly accepted, along with drinks. Many volunteers helped with serving.
    Donna Smith, who often plays the piano as guests enter, was not able to play. Her husband, Gail, is seriously ill. Prayer for him and his family would be most welcome.

  • Lewis to speak next week at final Lenten Luncheon

    By Panzi Blackwell
    Michael “Mike” Lewis of St. James Lutheran Church will speak at the final Lenten Luncheon of the season at the First Baptist Church next  Wednesday.
    Lewis is a licensed lay minister and has been a member of St. James Lutheran Church for more than 25 years.
    He and his wife, Nancy, live in Vandalia, where he was born and grew up.
    He has served on the church council and on committees, and currently serves on the worship music committee.

  • Don Arndt is speaker at fourth Lenten Luncheon

    By Panzi Blackwell

    The Rev. Joseph Havrilka  welcomed those present for the fourth Lenten Luncheon, hosted last week by Mother of Dolors Catholic Church. He asked the blessing for the meal prepared and served by the women of the church.

  • Are you really good enough to get into heaven?

    Last week, I read an anecdote about a young lady named Alexandra Flynn from Freemont, Neb.

    Back in 2002, Alexandra, or Alex as her friends called her, went to her high school’s homecoming dance. She left home in high spirits, but she did not have her high school ID with her. When the man at the door refused her admission without her ID, she went home to get it. Unable to find it, her mother went back to the dance with her to identify her and to explain. Again, the daughter was refused admission without the ID.

  • Church Briefs

    Living Way of the Cross is Wednesday
    The youth of Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia invite the public to join them in praying "The Living Way of the Cross" next Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the church.
    The path of Jesus' suffering and death will be dramatized, with responses and a familiar hymn after each station.
    The "Via Delorosa" or "Sorrowful Way" is a centuries-old commemoration of the work of salvation that Jesus accomplished through his suffering and death.
     

  • Evergreen Outreach-April 7, 2011

    By Joyce Mueller
    Finally, we have moved into the spring season. The days are longer; the songs of birds are heard; the fields will soon become dark patches for planting; and new life is all around us. Very soon, it will be Easter, and everyone attending Evergreen Outreach has expectations of the special afternoon presentations.
    This past Monday, we had a capacity crowd of 150 or more.

  • Schumacher speaks at third Lenten Luncheon

    By Panzi Blackwell
    The fellowship room of St. James Lutheran Church was filled with the piano music of Richard Tucker as the guests  were entering, being seated and greeting friends at the third Lenten Luncheon on Wednesday, March 30.
    Mike Lewis, in the unavoidable absence of the Rev. Viktoria Halmagyi, welcomed those present, and invited them to join in singing  “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed.” Lewis asked the blessing for the meal.

  • Ask yourself: Is it a conviction, or just a preference?

    Paratrooper! There is something about that word that still excites me today. “Back in the day,” it meant being different from the rest of the Army. You were no longer just an ordinary “straight leg” soldier – you were a paratrooper! You wore highly shined jump boots with your Class “A” dress uniform.  You wore the highly coveted “silver jump wings” on your chest. And you wore the beret! Of course, now everyone in the Army wears a beret.

  • Lenten Luncheon series continues

    The Church of God was the host church for the Lenten Luncheon on March 23.
    The Rev. Tom Farris welcomed everyone and led in a prayer. Following the meal, Cindy Hof sang, “Broken and Spilled Out,” accompanied on the piano by Kim Miller.
    The youth minister at First Assembly of God, David Ricketts, spoke on “The Path of Love.” He described himself as comparable to the prodigal son, living a selfish and reckless life when he was younger. At the age of 23, however, he woke up in the "pig pen," and prayed to receive Christ.

  • Church Briefs

    Wanda Mountain Boys to perform Saturday at The Barn

    The Wanda Mountain Boys will be performing from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at The Barn in rural Pana.
    The Barn is located east of Pana three miles, south two miles and east half a mile.
    Admission is free.
    For more information, call Joanne Clark at 217-562-3526, or by logging on to The Barn's website at www.thebarn-pana.com.

    Women's seminar this Friday, Saturday in Greenville