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  • Church Briefs-Sept. 16, 2010

    Indoor yard sale to benefit shoebox effort

     

    An indoor yard sale will be held Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.

    Among the items available will be books, clothing, small appliances, household items and outdoor furniture.

  • Evergreen Outreach-Sept. 16, 2010

    By Joyce Mueller

  • Giving grace to those around us is God's mandate

    One day, a 2-year-old boy was just hanging out and having fun at home. Mom and Dad were busy in other places in the house.
    Two-year-old Eli found his favorite crayons and got busy on his latest masterpiece. He colored and drew, and then  stepped back and looked. I can visualize his satisfaction as he   admired his picture – drawn on the wall, neatly arranged and boldly displayed.
    Admiration turned to distress in a heartbeat as Dad entered the room. Eli’s picture was noted, and punishment was delivered.  

  • Church Briefs

    New FUMC service starts next Thursday

    The First United Methodist Church of Vandalia will be launching a contemporary service on Thursdays, beginning on Sept. 16.

    Targeted for young adults from 18-35 years old (though certainly not limited to those ages), the 6:30 p.m. service will offer contemporary music, worship and a message. It will go by the name of Crossfire.

  • Rev. Hoehler ordained as St. Paul Lutheran pastor

    The service of ordination and installation for the Rev. David Hoehler as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Shobonier, was held Aug. 22 at 3 p.m.
    The rite of ordination and installation was performed by the Rev. David Bueltmann, president of the Central Illinois District, The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
    Serving as preacher was Dr. Robert Weise, professor at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Serving as liturgist was the Rev. Doug Meyer, Salem Lutheran Church, Salem.

  • By God's grace, our lives should reflect His values

    By the Rev. Joseph Havrilka

    Mother of Dolors Catholic Church

  • All Christians have reasons to be 'fishers of men'

    By Rev. Dave Hall

    The Gospel of Luke 5: 4–11 tells about Jesus’ first encounter with a commercial fisherman by the name of Peter.  In this story Jesus tells Peter to take his boat out into the water.  When Peter does this there are so many fish that He has to call for his friends to help him get them back to shore. Then Jesus tells Peter, his brother Andrew, and his friends James and John, to come follow him and become fishers of men.

  • Contemporary service to start on Sept. 16 at FUMC

    The First United Methodist Church of Vandalia will be launching a contemporary service on Thursdays, beginning on Sept. 16.

     Targeted for young adults from 18-35 (though certainly not limited to that age group), the 6:30 p.m. service will offer contemporary music, worship and a message. It will go by the name of Crossfire.

  • "Guitars for God" perform

    About five years ago, the Rev. John McIntosh, former pastor of First United Methodist Church of Vandalia, expressed his dream for a fellowship group for guitarists.
    The late Vera Durbin encouraged this idea and was one of the founding members. The fellowship grew into the group known as “Guitars for God.” The group is active playing and singing for  local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. By request, they have also taken their music to such public functions as local parades and celebrations.

  • Church Briefs

    'One Month To Live' series at Northside

     

    What would you do if you discovered that you had one month to live? What would you do to make each day count? How would you relate differently with those you love?

    Northside Christian Church in Vandalia will allow participants to ask those questions as they participate in a 30-day challenge presented by Kerry and Chris Shook, authors of the book, "One Month To Live."