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Religion

  • 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."

  • Evergreen Outreach-Aug. 26, 2010

    By Edith Elliott
    Each time I write for Evergreen Outreach, I think, "This is the best one ever.”
    Truth is, they are all good. And often, when our well-laid plans go awry, others are willing to step in and take over. It has to be a “God thing." He allows the “show to go on,” and many hearts are warmed.

  • Jesus offers the invitation to 'follow me' every day

    "Follow me" is the motto of the U.S. Army infantry!
    I spent a major part of my military career at Ft. Benning, Ga., which is the home of the U.S. Army Infantry Training Center.
    In front of the headquarters building stands a statue of a soldier that depicts a young lieutenant from the Korean War.  He is shown as he jumped from a trench to lead soldiers on an assault of the enemy, raising his hand and shouting, “Follow me!”

  • Brownstown Church to host car show Saturday

    Brownstown First Christian Church will host a “Shine for Jesus” car show this Saturday at the Association of Christian Truckers’ Road Angel Center, located three miles west of Brownstown at the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and Interstate 70.

    All cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors are welcome to enter. Registration, which opens at 8 a.m., is $5. Judging starts at 10 a.m., and trophies will be awarded.

    The Jeff Higginson Band from Inner City Mission in Springfield will perform from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Evergreen Outreach-Aug 19, 2010

    By Pat Rhodes

    Monday was one of the most pleasant days we have had in several weeks. The high temperature for the day was only 86 degrees, a cold wave compared to what we have had here lately.
    Evergreen Outreach has been meeting at Fayette County Long Term Care this summer, and will continue to do so for the rest of this month while renovations to First United Methodist Church's Wesley Hall are completed.

  • New Parkview pastor a 'second career guy'

    Though John Glennon classifies himself as a “second-career guy” when it comes to his calling as a minister, his enthusiasm for his work is second-to-none.
    The new minister at Parkview Free Methodist Church in Vandalia has indeed taken a circuitous route to his work in the ministry – earning a mortuary science degree and then working as a manufacturing engineer before feeling the call to the ministry.
    But it wasn’t a smooth ride.

  • Believers must be able to state beliefs precisely

    By Rev. Olen Evans, First Baptist Church, Brownstown

  • First Baptist members visit Saddle Ridge Ranch VBS

    By Panzi Blackwell
    The Vacation Bible School of the First Baptist Church of Vandalia is visiting Saddle Ridge Ranch every Sunday evening (from 6 to 8:30 p.m.) in August.
    Eighty-one  “buckaroos” (children and adults alike) are learning the “Code of the West” (and east, south and north) through every Christian cowboy and cowgirl’s handbook, the Bible.