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Today's Features

  • Bode Courtney Scott and Sheryl Gaynelle Chewning were united in marriage on July 24, 2010, at Hollywood Church of the Brethren in Fredericksburg, Va., with The Rev. Dr. Roger Grimmett and the Rev. Rick Ritchie officiating the ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Frank and Evelyn Jett of Fredericksburg, Va. She received a doctorate in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia and works as a physical therapist in Stafford County Schools.

  • The Rev. and Mrs. Eugene Black of Mattoon, and formerly of St. Elmo, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Sept. 9.
    A family celebration is being planned for Sunday, Sept. 12.
    Their children and grandchildren are holding a card shower for them in celebration of the anniversary, as well as a celebration of 64 years of ministry in the United Methodist Church.
    Rev. and Mrs. Black were married on Sept. 9, 1945, in Vernon by the Rev. John Curtis.

  • 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.

  • 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 the Rev. Joseph Havrilka

    Mother of Dolors Catholic Church

  • “Shiver Me Timbers," a pirate ship is dry-docked in the Brownstown Elementary School library…much to the delight of the BES students.
    Thanks to the ingenuity and ship-building skills of “Captain Melvin” (Willms) and “First Mate Jerry” (Reed), who answered the plea of Lady Verla, a.k.a. by the students as Mrs. Reed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  •  “Critters” Update
    In answer to inquiries – All the critters are doing fine, in spite of the weather.
    “Pricy,” the Great Pyrnese, who underwent illness, surgery, loss of weight, anemia, etc., is doing great.

  • By Anna Jean Rhodes