Today's News

  • Church Briefs

    Childers will present program on Pontius Pilate on March 30

    A portrayal of Pontius Pilate will be presented  by Dr. Kevin Childers at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church.
    The program is the final event of the season   and is sponsored by Historical Vandalia.
    All proceeds will be used to pay for improvements to the Fayette County Museum.
    Refreshments will follow the program.
    Single-event tickets are available in advance at the museum for $13 or at the door for $15.   

  • Lenten Luncheon series is under way

    This year's Lenten Luncheon series has begun. The six-event program began on Wednesday, March 12 and concludes on Wednesday, April 16.
    The luncheons are held at noon on every Wednesday during Lent, with a different host church and a different speaker each week.
    Week one was held on March 12 at First Christian Church. The speaker was Keith Merritt, youth pastor at Northside Christian Church.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    Monday was beautiful, and I’m not just talking about the warm weather and sunshine.  Most of our Evergreen Outreach  regulars were with us, and we still had room for newcomers, like Max Maxwell (Brownstown).
    God bless them all. Bette Stolte, whose delightful fingers have NOT been slowed down by her recent surgery, played the piano and lifted our mood and hearts.

  • Through Jesus' sacrifice, God is pleased with us

    The season of Lent is upon us.  It consists of days during which Christians study the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    During the Passion of Christ, he was tempted by Satan. Matthew’s gospel states, in chapter 4, verse 10, that Jesus faced Satan and said to him, “Be gone, Satan, for it is written, 'For the Lord you shall worship and you shall serve him only.'"

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critter Corner
    From the (Productive) Chicken Roost
    One of the two Homestead Hen, either Rhonda or Blackie, is now producing eggs. Both have bright red combs (a sign of laying eggs), but only one seems to be producing at present. The eggs are nice, large ones.
    The girls seem happy and content in their modern, new home. When I came home and was unlocking my door, one of them was just singing and making little hen sounds so prettily.

  • Frogtown News

    Card Shower
    A card shower is being held for the 90th birthday of Harry Busse on March 24. Cards may be sent to: Harry Busse, c/o Evergreen Nursing & Rehab, 1115 N. Wenthe Drive Effingham, Ill. 62401.
    Soup Luncheon
    Immanuel Lutheran Church/Augsburg Ladies Aid LWML will host its annual soup luncheon on Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. and serving until soup is gone. Menu: chili, chicken noodle soup, peanut butter and chicken salad sandwiches, hot dogs, homemade desserts and beverages.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, March 20
    • First United Methodist Church Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck has been canceled for March.
    Saturday, March 22

  • Soroptimists' Vandalia Idol Finals

    The finals of the fourth annual Vandalia Idol competition sponsored by Soroptimist International of Vandalia were held on Saturday evening at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

    The winners are shown in the first photo; from left to right are: Sidney Harnetiaux, People's Choice winner; Ashtyn Ferguson, second place in the youth division; Ravyn Gauch, first place in youth division; David Zimmerman, second in senior division; and Arika Craig, first in senior division. Gauch and Craig are shown performing in the second and third photos.

  • Food Bank distribution feeds 402 people

    The Central Illinois Food Bank returned to Fayette County on Saturday to kick of the fourth year of Food Bank distributions.  In 2010, the Fayette County Farm Bureau began working with the Central Illinois Food Bank to bring food distributions to Fayette County.

  • Peak performance: Jr. Lady Vandals receive school's first-ever state bid

    HILLSBORO – With a win against Auburn in Monday’s sectional game, Vandalia’s eighth-grade volleyball team earned the school’s first-ever state tournament berth.

    The Jr. Lady Vandals came from behind in each set of a 26-24, 18-25, 25-23 victory against Auburn at the Class 8-3A Hillsboro Sectional, and will meet Beecher on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. in the first round of the Illinois Elementary School Association state tournament.