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Religion

  • Church Brief

    Parkview to host speaker on slavery next Tuesday night

    Parkview Free Methodist Church in Vandalia will host an informational meeting about modern-day slavery next Tuesday at 7 p.m.
    The program will feature Ginger Coakley, the Illinois representative of the Set Free Movement, which is an international ministry of the Free Methodist Church of America.

  • God's view of peace is vastly different than ours

    One of the Bible’s most thrilling messages to us is its message of peace. We know that peace is the wish of heaven for all of us.

  • Holy Cross Lutheran Youth To Conference

    In late June, 10 students and four adults from Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia traveled to Scranton, Pa., to attend a weeklong Higher Things Conference titled “From Above.”

  • Church Briefs

    St. Elmo Christian Church  to hold fundraiser in September  

    St. Elmo Christian Church will be holding a "Three-In-One" road run on Sunday, Sept. 22.
    Included in the fundraising event are a marble ride, a bullseye game and a supper (with entertainment).
    Activities get under way at noon with registration. Participants leave on the ride at 12:30 p.m., and will return between 3 and 4 p.m. The meal will be served at 5 p.m. and the entertainment will begin at 6 p.m.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    Our Evergreen Outreach meeting on Monday was filled with fun! On-the-spot music and entertainment by SoftFire (David and Patricia Pence) opened the program. They started off with a short marching song, like “Onward Christian Soldiers,” to get us all warmed up and welcomed. Their rendition of “Amazing Grace” was stirring and profound.
    Home-baked peanut butter cookies were provided by Cindy Hunter, our leader for the day. The entire kitchen smelled good.

  • OASIS group takes trip to mysterious destination

    By Ginger Wells
    Members of the OASIS group of First Baptist Church knew that they were going on a trip last Tuesday, but they didn’t exactly know where they were going. It was a mystery.
    Members were guessing which way they’d go, once the trip got under way.
    Trip coordinator Ginger Wells told them that their destination was more than 30 miles away, but it would take 58 minutes to travel there.

  • Merritt named youth pastor at Northside

    Northside Christian Church in Vandalia has hired Keith Merritt of Savannah, Ga., as a full-time youth minister.

  • Fill your life with Jesus, and he will calm your fears

    God help us seek the things that are above us and not set our hearts on things of this world. The things that last are the things of God; the gifts of God’s Spirit (Psalm 49).

  • Church Briefs

    Rhodes, Beckman get PTSD training

    The Rev. Carl Rhodes, pastor of Northside Christian Church, and Gene Beckman, Vandalia VFW chaplain, recently completed a class titled "Rural Clergy Training Program," sponsored by the Veterans' Administration.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    I went into Monday's Evergreen Outreach  meeting subdued, highly organized and behaving properly.
    I came out full of joyful chaos, and thankful I don’t have to pay God for all he gives me. In dollars, this would amount to much more than a New York psychiatrist makes. Thank you, God.
    Our program started with Bette Stolte on the piano, playing all our favorites. Her fingers were flying. All I could do was la-la-la.