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Today's Features

  • By Edith Elliott

  • We just celebrated Christmas, the birthday of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. I ask you to consider reading and praying with the Prologue of John’s Gospel (verses 1-14) as we begin another New Year.
    The Prologue is as deeply theological as it is beautiful. John the Evangelist proclaims the Incarnation of God, the most fundamental truth of Christianity, in the immortal words of his Prologue as he makes the connection between Jesus Christ and the Logos or Word of God.

  • Through the ages, the faces and sounds of Christmas have been at the traditional nativity manger scene. The songs have described the appearance of angels and the lowing of the cattle.
    Over the years, in the church and Sunday school Christmas plays, the different faces around the manger have been many and of various ages. It is likely that many young children learned the names of animals such as the camels, sheep and donkeys from the representations of the manger scene.

  • Home for Holidays
    Mahala Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., returned to the home of her parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter, on Friday. She will return back to school in January.
    Christmas Program
    The children of St. Peter’s Lutheran School and Little Saints Preschool had their annual Christmas program on Sunday. There were 378 in attendance.
    The children did an excellent job, considering they had only had a couple of practice sessions.
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  • Christmas Trees
    Remembered…
    …Some Christmas trees have stood out in my memories, and while they weren’t perfectly shaped or beautifully decorated with expensive baubles, they were very special and beautiful in their own way…because of the dear hearts whose hands created them.
    Two such trees came to mind this year. The late Ruby Goldsborough created one such Christmas and then preserved the memory of it n a heart-warming poem.

  • By Anna Jean Rhodes

  • Free Christmas dinner at Northside

    A free Christmas dinner will be served at Northside Christian Church on Christmas Day from noon to 1 p.m.

    Because of space limitations, the dinner will be available to the first 100 people to sign up for the meal. To reserve a space, call the church at 283-1970 by Wednesday, Dec. 22.

    The purpose of the dinner is to provide fellowship for those who won't be able to be with their family on Christmas day.

    Northside Christian Church is located at 1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia.

  • By Joyce Mueller
    With the holidays just around the corner, everyone at Evergreen Outreach is experiencing the warmth, excitement and anticipation of upcoming events.
    Our tables were decorated with candles, greenery and glitter, provided by Marie Sutton and helpers, Louise Kruenegel and Genelle Hachat.
    We had a capacity crowd (head count of more than 100), and volunteers scrambled for more chairs.

  • I have a problem with Christmas. It’s not that I don’t like Christmas; I really love Christmas, or at least I love what Christmas is supposed to be.

  • Kelli Brunk and Thomas Channing have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is a 2004 graduate of St. Anthony High School in Effingham and a 2008 graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where she earned a bachelor’s degree in medical science.
    She is currently a fourth-year dental student at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton and will graduate in June 2011.