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  • 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!

  • Church Briefs-Dec. 9, 2010

    Churches combine to present cantata

    Immanuel (Augsburg) and St. Paul Lutheran churches of Shobonier and St. Peter Lutheran Church of St. Peter will present a Christmas cantata called "Child of Hope" this weekend.

    With combined voices from the three congregations, plus audience participation, the cantata expresses in new as well as familiar music the real message of Christmas – the birth of Christ.

  • Lutheran women give to St. L. seminary students

    The Altamont Zone of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League recently collected food, toiletries and other items to be donated to Concordia Seminary students and their families at the St. Louis campus.
    The following congregations participated: Holy Cross Ladies Society, Vandalia; Immanuel Ladies Aid, Shobonier; St. Paul Ladies Aid, Shobonier; St. Peter LWML/Ladies Aid, St. Peter; Immanuel LWML and Immanuel Ladies Aid, Altamont; St. Paul's Ladies Aid, Blue Point; Bethlehem Ladies Aid, Altamont; Zion LWML, Altamont; and Salem Ladies Society, Salem.

  • God uses people – but always in a good way

    By the Rev. Olen Evans

    First Baptist Church, Brownstown

  • Church Briefs-Nov. 25, 2010

    FUMC youth to hold chili supper Dec. 5

    The youth group of First United Methodist Church of Vandalia will be holding a chili supper on Sunday, Dec. 5, to help fund its mission trip next summer to Barnesville, Minn.

    The meal will be served following church and Sunday school in Wesley Hall, on the lower level of the church. The menu includes chili, peanut butter sandwich, dessert and drink.

    For more information, call the church at 283-3684.

     

    Forgiven Trio to perform at The Barn

  • Evergreen Outreach-Nov. 25, 2010

    By Edith Elliott

  • Do you believe in miracles? Pastor experiences one!

    Rev.Robert Francisco
    First Christian Church, Vandalia

     

  • Church Briefs

    Brownstown Thanksgiving service Sunday

    The Brownstown area churches and ministerial alliance will host a community Thanksgiving service this Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Brownstown United Methodist Church, which is located at the corner of First and Maple streets in Brownstown.

    The host church will lead the worship time, with several other churches providing special music. The Rev. Olen Evans, pastor of Brownstown First Baptist Church, will preach. The public is invited. 

  • 'Everything Apple'

    The women of St. James Lutheran Church will hold an "everything apple" bake sale this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church gymnasium. Included in the items for sale will be apple sauce, apple pies, apple crisp, apple cake and apple muffins. Shown peeling apples in preparation for the event are, from left, Diane Mayfield, Gail Metivier and Vivian Schmid.