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  • Evergreen Outreach-March 31, 2011

    By Edith Elliott
    Blessed by a beautiful day, guests at evergreen outreach came into Wesley Hall hearing the music of Bette Stolte at the piano,  playing “Somebody Bigger Than I.”
    This was Bette’s first time, and hopefully she will be a regular.
    David and Patricia Pence, who go by the name “Softfire,” brought their many instruments, their blended voices and four of their border collies to inspire and entertain us.

  • Do everything for God's glory, not people's praise

    Your motives rather than your deeds tell what kind of a person you are. Our motives are often hidden, even from ourselves. Only an extensive evaluation of why we do what we do will reveal our true motives.

  • Temple Baptist hosts concert

    By Panzi Blackwell
    A sizable crowd gathered at Temple Baptist Church on Saturday evening. They received a bonus musical blessing, following the welcome and prayer by the Rev. Loren File, when Russ Stewart of the Fourgiven Quartet introduced a young group named “No Hindrance.” Stewart's daughter, Chelsey, was the vocalist/guitarist, accompanied by guitarists Ryan Paine and Jacob Joliff.

  • Church Briefs-March 24, 2011

    Next Lenten Luncheon at St. James

    The Lenten Luncheon next Wednesday, March 30, will be held at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church at noon.
    The speaker will be Al Schumacher. Special music will be played by a handbell quartet, directed by Dorothy Donley. Richard Tucker, pianist for Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee, will provide music during the meal.
    Food for the meal is provided by members of St. James Lutheran, Zion Lutheran and First Presbyterian churches.
    For more information, call the church at 283-0725.   

  • Evergreen Outreach-March 24, 2011

    By Pat Rhodes
     Monday was a picture-perfect spring day in Vandalia. The daffodils were in bloom and  the robins were busy gathering materials for their nests. I just can’t wait to get out in my flower gardens to clear away the remains of last year and uncover the new growth.

  • Zook speaks at FCA banquet; Luke Hohlt honored

    University of Illinois football coach Ron Zook shared his faith, his coaching philosophy and his passion for helping his players reach their potential as he addressed a crowd of nearly 400 at last Thursday’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes banquet in Greenville.

  • Words can build up or tear down; choose carefully

    We’ve all heard the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Who is the knucklehead that came up with that saying?  The reality is, our world can be shaped by our words.
    In fact, look at what the Bible says in Proverbs 18:21: “The tongue has the power of life and death…”

  • Church Briefs

    OUR PLACE to show 'Left Behind'

    OUR PLACE youth center in downtown Vandalia will be showing the movie "Left Behind" this Friday evening. The hours for the event are 6:30-9 p.m., with the movie starting at 7 p.m.
    The "Left Behind" movie is based on the book by the same title. It is rated PG-13, and parents are cautioned that some material may not be appropriate for children under 13.
    Free popcorn and drinks are available. Donations are accepted.
    Our Place is located at 507 W. Gallatin St.

  • Lenten Luncheon series under way

    The annual Lenten Luncheon series kicked off this week, with the opening event being held Wednesday at First Christian Church. John Glennon, pastor of Parkview Free Methodist Church, was the speaker.
    Following is the list of locations and speakers for the upcoming weeks:
    March 23 – First Church of God; Dan Ricketts, youth minister at First Assembly of God.
    March 30 – St. James Lutheran; Al Schumacher.
    April 6 – Mother of Dolors; Don Arndt of First Baptist Church.

  • Evergreen Outreach-March 17, 2011

    By Joyce Mueller
    There was a “hint of green” on Monday. Those attending Evergreen Outreach  enjoyed participating in the St. Patrick’s Day program. Donna Smith was at the piano, accompanied by Jerry Brugoto on his guitar, as they entertained with Irish songs.
    The Rev. Jim Fackler, assisted by Genelle Hachat, led the group in the “Welcome" and "EO” songs, as volunteers served refreshments of cookies, iced tea, water and coffee.