• Try thinking of Sunday as your grace period

    “Let everything that breaths, praise the Lord.” (Psalm 150:6)
    “And above all these, put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    Monday was one of those "just plain fun days" at Evergreen Outreach, and it suited me perfectly! Betty Stolte was on the piano, playing songs to welcome and lift everyone's heart. Judy and Bob Varga, and Randy Schukar were our entertainers for the day, and they were already set up with all their electronics. We announced our attempt to get approval for pictures and videos of our meetings posted on our new Facebook page. We will let you all know when the approvals have arrived.

  • Ten Commandments are foundation of our nation

    A minister friend of mine posted this recently on his blog:
    “Four hundred years of slavery had ended with the glorious exodus and the crossing of the Red Sea. Now the challenge was a new fledgling nation with an inexperienced leader contending with a crowd of several million unhappy people.
    "In a wilderness-like desert, without water or food, Moses had to lead several million people to the Promised Land. The task was enormous.

  • Slow down, ponder, reflect and pray

    The season of fall is my favorite time of the year! (The earlier part of August was a teaser, with the cooler weather that we experienced for a couple of weeks.)

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    Wow, did we miss lots of our friends on Monday! Was it really too hot, or did our Long-Term Care and Vandalia Rehab friends just get a better offer? I don’t think so!
    We had fresh-baked oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies from Mary Fulton, plus iced tea. Donna Smith played peaceful and comforting piano music as our guests and our singer – Leanne Bales and her granddaughter, Ayla – arrived.  

  • Church Briefs

    Lutheran women to hold rally Sept. 25

    “Streaming for the Lord,” based on Jeremiah 17:7-8 will be the theme for this year’s Altamont Zone Fall Rally of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Central Illinois District.
    The rally will be held on Sept. 25 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, located at 726 W. Fillmore St. in Vandalia.
    The event will begin at 6 p.m. with opening devotions by the Rev. Peter Kolb, pastor of the host church. Dinner will follow.

  • Church Brief

    Parkview to host speaker on slavery next Tuesday night

    Parkview Free Methodist Church in Vandalia will host an informational meeting about modern-day slavery next Tuesday at 7 p.m.
    The program will feature Ginger Coakley, the Illinois representative of the Set Free Movement, which is an international ministry of the Free Methodist Church of America.

  • God's view of peace is vastly different than ours

    One of the Bible’s most thrilling messages to us is its message of peace. We know that peace is the wish of heaven for all of us.

  • Holy Cross Lutheran Youth To Conference

    In late June, 10 students and four adults from Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia traveled to Scranton, Pa., to attend a weeklong Higher Things Conference titled “From Above.”

  • Church Briefs

    St. Elmo Christian Church  to hold fundraiser in September  

    St. Elmo Christian Church will be holding a "Three-In-One" road run on Sunday, Sept. 22.
    Included in the fundraising event are a marble ride, a bullseye game and a supper (with entertainment).
    Activities get under way at noon with registration. Participants leave on the ride at 12:30 p.m., and will return between 3 and 4 p.m. The meal will be served at 5 p.m. and the entertainment will begin at 6 p.m.