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Religion

  • View life's ups and downs with a cheerful heart

    I ran an errand early on the Sunday morning before Christmas. The light snow falling created a picturesque scene. I stepped on the sidewalk in front of a home and took one step. The next thing was a blur of coat and me hitting the sidewalk. I think the older I get, the harder I fall. I laid there for a minute, and then began to smile. I hope someone, anyone who saw this got a good laugh. My pride was hurt the worst, and then, a few hours later, other aches and pains began to settle in.

  • Church Briefs

    Gospel Showcase is Jan. 1 at Kinmundy

    Kinmundy Christian Church will be hosting its fifth annual Holiday Gospel Showcase concert at 6 p.m. this Saturday.
    Headlining the concert will the Southern Sound from Nashville, Tenn., one of the premier male quartets in Southern gospel music. Also on the program will be Aaron Wilburn (a singer, songwriter and comedian) and several members of the Homecoming Gospel Choir.

  • Evergreen Outreach, Dec. 30, 2010

    By Edith Elliott

  • The light shines in the darkness

    We just celebrated Christmas, the birthday of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. I ask you to consider reading and praying with the Prologue of John’s Gospel (verses 1-14) as we begin another New Year.
    The Prologue is as deeply theological as it is beautiful. John the Evangelist proclaims the Incarnation of God, the most fundamental truth of Christianity, in the immortal words of his Prologue as he makes the connection between Jesus Christ and the Logos or Word of God.

  • Church Briefs-Dec. 23, 2010

    Free Christmas dinner at Northside

    A free Christmas dinner will be served at Northside Christian Church on Christmas Day from noon to 1 p.m.

    Because of space limitations, the dinner will be available to the first 100 people to sign up for the meal. To reserve a space, call the church at 283-1970 by Wednesday, Dec. 22.

    The purpose of the dinner is to provide fellowship for those who won't be able to be with their family on Christmas day.

    Northside Christian Church is located at 1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia.

  • Evergreen Outreach-Dec. 23, 2010

    By Joyce Mueller
    With the holidays just around the corner, everyone at Evergreen Outreach is experiencing the warmth, excitement and anticipation of upcoming events.
    Our tables were decorated with candles, greenery and glitter, provided by Marie Sutton and helpers, Louise Kruenegel and Genelle Hachat.
    We had a capacity crowd (head count of more than 100), and volunteers scrambled for more chairs.

  • Is it a problem that Christmas overshadows Easter?

    I have a problem with Christmas. It’s not that I don’t like Christmas; I really love Christmas, or at least I love what Christmas is supposed to be.

  • Church Briefs

    Caring & Sharing to give 410 baskets

    More than 400 Fayette County families will have a brighter Christmas this year because of the work of Caring & Sharing.

    "Times are tough, but the people of Fayette County have responded generously once again," said Marlys Hayner, one of the organization's founders, who continues to help with the annual collection of food and Christmas presents for needy families in the area.

  • Area food pantries seek donations to meet needs

    Area food pantries are running low on supplies as winter weather sets in and more people are finding their resources dwindling.
    "We're seeing a lot of unemployment," said Janet Wise, outreach coordinator of the  Vandalia CEFS office. "That includes people who have lost their job and seasonal employees who can't work because of the weather."
    She said that CEFS served 422 households (representing 1,018 individuals) in November – the highest monthly total of the year.

  • Satan's tactics aren't fair in war on believers

    My youngest son, Casey, called me from Ft. Bliss, Texas, a couple of days ago to talk about some bad news he had received.
    He discovered that some soldiers from his former unit of the 101st Airborne Division were killed in Afghanistan last week. Two of them were close friends of his – having served with them two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. He told me that what troubled him the most was the circumstances surrounding their deaths – they were shot by an Afghan police recruit they were training!