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Religion

  • 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

  • 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…”