Church Briefs-Feb. 17, 2011

Southern gospel concert this Saturday

A Southern gospel concert featuring "Soldiers of the Cross" from Aurora will be held at Crown Point Church this Saturday at 7 p.m.
The church is located seven miles south of Vandalia on Carlyle Road.
For more information, contact the Rev. Pete LeDuc at 339-1646.

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Each week, on the church pages, we present news about events in Fayette County churches.
If your church has news items or if you're planning an event, let us know and we'll share them with our readers.
Send your news to: The Leader-Union, P.O. Box 315, Vandalia, Ill. 62471, attention Dave Bell.
Church news also can be e-mailed to: [email protected] For more information, call 283-3374, extension 227.

Clergy to be trained to assist firefighters

In order to help ministers care for their church members who experience trauma as the result of a fire or to minister to firefighters, a training session for area clergy will be held this Friday in Effingham.
That training will prepare the clergy to support and work with firefighters and their families. It will include training on working with local fire departments, giving death notification properly, ministering to firefighters and their families, and responding to victims and their families at the scene of a fire.
The session, presented by Chaplain Jennie Swanson, president of the Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held at the Effingham Fire Department, 505 W. Fayette Ave. in Effingham.
To learn more or to register for the training, contact Joan Buzzard of the Effingham Fire Department at 217-342-2555, or visit to download a registration form.
The training is sponsored by the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS), division 54. The organization is comprised of the fire departments and fire districts that serve the communities in portions of Effingham, Jasper, Fayette, Shelby, Cumberland and Richland counties.

Holy Cross to install assistant pastor

The Rev. Jerry Bagwell of Odessa, Texas, will be installed this  Sunday at 2 p.m. as the assistant pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia.
Bagwell, who brings 29 years of pastoral experience to the position, will join the Rev. Peter Kolb on the pastoral staff of the church.

Handbell registration deadline is Feb. 26

The Illinois Great Rivers Conference chapter of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts will hold its 23rd annual handbell festival on Saturday, March 26, in Springfield.
The all-day event is open to handbell choirs or individual ringers. Participation is limited to the first 200 registrants, and the registration deadline is Saturday, Feb. 26.
For more information, contact Marilyn Hirschman at P.O. Box 138, Farmer City, Ill. 61842. Her phone number is 309-928-2067.

'Passion Painter' at Parkview Feb. 23

Andy Raines from Wood River, known as the "Passion Painter,"  will present a program on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Parkview Free Methodist Church in Vandalia.
At the 7 p.m. service, he will paint while worship music is playing,  and while he is sharing his testimony. Refreshments will be served.
 For more information about the free program, call Kathy at 292-9093.

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