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Today's Features

  • Overcup Baptist revival this week

    Overcup Baptist Church is holding a spring revival this week. Preaching at the event is the Rev. Bruce Sasse.  
    Services are being held Wednesday through Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. nightly.

  • A series of daily prayer events, beginning this Sunday, will lead up to a breakfast on Thursday to observe the National Day of Prayer in Vandalia
    The community kickoff for the five-day event is Sunday night at First Baptist Church. That service, which begins at 6:15 p.m., includes worship, a brief message and a time of prayer.
    On the following three days, a brief time of prayer will be held at various locations around Vandalia. All of those events will run from 7:45-8 a.m. The locations are:
    • Monday – Vandalia Chamber of Commerce building.

  • Jordan Howerton, leader of the Jordan Howerton Band of Joplin, Mo., sings during the band's concert Saturday night at Vandalia Junior High School.

    The event was sponsored by the Vandalia Community High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

  • Several area musicians, under the name of "Family of One," performed a concert on Sunday to raise money for missionary work.

    The event was sponsored by Holy Cross Lutheran Church, and proceeds went to the Lutheran Church World Mission. Pictured are Greg Starnes, Melanie Schaafsma and Melody Freeman. Also performing at the event were Rick Stanbery, Ed Taylor, Doug Ricketts and Lisette Ehrat.

  • By Mary Woolsey
    David and Patricia Pence, known as SoftFire, provided the entertainment at Evergreen Outreach on Monday. The Pences have amazing musical talent – singing and playing several instruments – and they do make “a joyful noise unto the Lord” when they entertain. Coming with them were their four border collie dogs.

  • I have a couple of friends who give me books. They only ask that after I am finished with the copy, I pass it on as a gift to someone else who enjoys reading.

  • National Pet Week
    The week of May 6 is designated as National Pet Week. Let me hear about your pet(s) or memories of your past pets.
    The Scent of an Unwelcome Guest…
    …was detected in the early morning hours on the Homestead, unmistakably that of brother or sister skunk (on the polecat side of the family).
    While it didn’t hold the full-bloom odor of a disturbed critter, it certainly couldn’t be classified as an “aroma,” and it was strong enough to have served as the skunk’s personal calling card.

  • Weekend Trip
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with Mitch and Gretchen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo.
    On Saturday evening, Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., joined them for dinner.
    The majority of the weekend was spent spoiling the newest addition to the family – 3-week-old Owen.
    St. Peter Church
    Saturday evening worship attendance was 137. Sunday morning worship attendance was 94.
    The organist on Sunday was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Acolyte was Tresston Bahde.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, April 26
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Litchfield Chinatown Restaurant.
    Friday, April 27
    • Items for Boy Scout Troop #444 garage sale can be taken to the Phillips Building from 6-8 p.m. To help start the new troop, donations are needed, and anything will be taken. To schedule a drop-off/pick-up time, call Tamela Bartels-Polanin at 292-7373 or send an e-mail to stacyrocks78@hotmail.com.
    • Prairieland Pickers will perform at 6:30 p.m. at Brookstone Estates, 1607 W. Fillmore, Vandalia.

  • “It is more blessed to give than receive.”
                    Acts 20:35
    Those are words that Don Thomas, pastor of the Brownstown United Methodist and Emmanuel United Methodist churches has always lived by.