• 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.'"

  • Church Briefs

    CentrePointe Church to sponsor trivia night on Saturday, March 22, at 6 p.m.

    CentrePointe Church of Vandalia will sponsor a trivia night on Saturday, March 22, at 6 p.m.
    Teams of six to eight players will compete for prizes, and there also will be a silent auction and door prizes.
    There will be a charge of $5 per person at the door.
    Proceeds will go to the church building fund and youth ministry.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    At last we are back to a semblance of normal, thank you, God. After a most difficult and cold winter, we had another successful Evergreen Outreach meeting on Monday.  And I’m 99 percent over my cold. Yea for  sunshine and warm weather!
    The Rev. Jim Fackler and his infamous, gold-plated joke book was our leader. We missed Donna Smith and her husband, so we had to sing our special meeting songs a-capella. Not really a good ring to the ears, but a good message to the heart.

  • Transfiguration of Jesus was an account of three mountains

    On the day of his transfiguration (literally a metamorphosis), Jesus took three of his disciples (Peter, James and John) “and led them up a high mountain…His face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.

  • Church Briefs

    Pancake and sausage dinner Thursday at First Methodist

    The United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Vandalia will host its annual pancake and sausage dinner this Thursday from 4-7 p.m.
    The meal will be served in Wesley Hall, and customers are asked to enter from the back parking lot of the church, which is located at 127 N. Fourth St.
    Free-will donations will be accepted to raise funds for United Methodist Men’s projects, such as buying coats and shoes for needy children in area schools.

  • Is love really love if it's not expressed in words or deeds?

    "Most people grow in love with, and marry people who meet their needs." This statement, by Dr. Hafer, was shared with us one Thursday morning at the weekly seminar he led for a small group of ministers in our town.

  • Church Briefs

    First Presbyterian trivia night

    First Presbyterian Church of Vandalia is sponsoring a trivia night on Friday, March 21, at 7 p.m.
    Teams of eight to 10 players are now being accepted, with registration being $100 per table.
    Concessions will be available and a silent auction will be held. To register, call Becky Lambert at 704-0204. For information, call 283-0937.
    Proceeds will go to the church building fund.

    St. Paul Lutheran Men's BBQ

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Joyce Mueller
    An enjoyable hour is always reserved for everyone attending Evergreen Outreach each Monday. To many, it is the highlight of their week.
    There was a capacity crowd on hand this week, awaiting special entertainment presented by David and Patricia Pence (the SoftFire duo from Hillsboro). They always have outstanding selections and p;ay a wide variety of instruments.

  • Scripture offers us a recipe for contentment

    By Joe Lawson

    My mother taught me to cook decades ago during a winter much like the one we have been encountering. In fact, I too, remember a week out of school due to snow in the '60s (the 1960s, just to clarify).

  • Church Briefs

    Class to be offered on financial peace
    Parkview Free Methodist Church of Vandalia will offer a program on financial managment every Tuesday, beginning next week.
    Called Financial Peace University, the program will be presented at 6:30 p.m. at the church, 1507 W. Jefferson St.
    For more information, contact the Rev. John Glennon at 283-0799.  

    Spaghetti dinner Saturday, Sunday