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Today's Features

  • “John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the Prophet Isaiah:

  • Program sends 1,751 shoeboxes

    Operation Christmas Child for Fayette and Montgomery counties this year collected 1,751 shoeboxes for needy children around the world. That was an increase of nearly 240 boxes from last year's total of 1,512.
    Jill Zimmer, who coordinated the local program again this year, said that a variety of participants helped make the program a success. Included in those participants were several individuals, a school class, four businesses and 30 churches.

    Christmas movie this Sunday

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    On Monday, the Evergreen Outreach meeting was blessed by  SoftFire (David and Patricia Pence). They opened the meeting with beautiful, peaceful, soft music from 10 instruments (three saxophones, three trumpets, a French horn, a piccolo, a clarinet and a flugelhorn). Later, they incorporated jingle bells and a tambourine.

  • It is documented that the Pentecostal Church began in Vandalia with outdoor meetings in 1917, led by two evangelists, DeWitt Spencer and Earl Hill.

  • Twenty-nine members and three guests enjoyed a luncheon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia on Thursday, Nov. 15, for the monthly meeting of the ExxonMobil Annuitants Club.
    Following the pledge to the flag, Brock Fisher asked the meal blessing.
    After the meal, President Dean Black opened the meeting. The secretary and treasurer reports were given and approved.
    Birthdays and anniversaries for November were read.
    Plans for the Christmas party to be held on Dec. 20 at the same location were discussed.

  • Three local tumblers won medals at the Junior Olympics in Houston, Texas, in August.

    From left to right are: Aurora Richardson, bronze medal; Katie Keeling, gold medal; and Kassidy VanUytven, gold medal. The girls represent Triple A Tumbling in Vandalia and are coached by Larry and Anita Merriman, Deb Richardson and Ashley Sebright.

  • A fundraising event held last month in Fayette County generated nearly $18,000 for neurofibromatosis research, and an anonymous donation matched that amount, making the total raised $35,781.42.

  • Shannon Marie Harre and Wesley Dean VanZant have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

    The future bride is the daughter of Henry and Connie Harre of Brownstown.
    She is a 2004 graduate of Brownstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Greenville Christian College.
    She is currently employed as a fifth-grade teacher at Greenville Elementary.
    The future groom is the son of Ernest and the late Abigail VanZant of McLeansboro.
    He is a 1999 graduate of McLeansboro High School and a 2001 graduate of Rend Lake College.

  • Hubert Jr. and Betty Williams of Brownstown will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 29.


    The couple was honored in October at a family reunion in Northern Illinois, where 46 relatives gathered and celebrated the occasion with cake and the sharing of fond memories.
    Those wishing to send greetings may send them to the couple at: P.O. Box 351, Brownstown, Ill. 62418.
     

  • First Pentecostal's 95th events

    First Pentecostal Church of Vandalia will celebrate the 95th anniversary of its founding next week.
    The events begin on Thursday, Nov. 29, with a program at 7:30 p.m., and continue on Friday, Nov. 30, also at 7:30 p.m. The speaker for both nights will be the Rev. Jeff Arnold of Gainesville, Fla.
    The anniversary celebration will continue on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., when the speaker will be evangelist John C. Carroll of Ft. Worth, Texas.