• Beware of laziness, cowardice and arrogance

    As a pastor, one of the things I enjoy most is getting together with other pastors.

  • Fickes to speak at Northside Church on Sunday

    By Panzi Blackwell
    MaKaylee Fickes, a local 17-year-old who toured Europe as a People to People ambassador, will speak at Northside Christian Church in Vandalia at 2 p.m. this Sunday.

  • Births

    Mollie Brooke & Jameson David Vieregge
    Scott and Mia Vieregge of Troy are the parents of twins born at 5:09 and 5:10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    It was HOT! It was HUMID! But we know that we can store this heat and humidity in 16-ounce bottles for winter, right? And as the snow flies, we can pop open a can of warm sunshine. Ha!

  • Church Briefs

    VBS to be July 22-24 at First Presbyterian

    First Presbyterian Church will be holding Vacation Bible School from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, July 22-24, at the church, which is located at 1221 W. Fillmore St. in Vandalia. The theme is HayDay VBS. A VBS program will be held during morning worship service on Sunday, July 28. Pre-registration is required.
    For information, contact Becky at 704-0204.

    Rummage sale, auction at St. James

  • Like Jackie Robinson, Jesus broke through barriers that divided people

    Until the movie “42” came out this year, many people could not tell you anything about Jackie Robinson.

  • News Briefs

    Temple Baptist car wash set for July 13

    The youth group at Temple Baptist Church will be holding a car wash from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 13.
    The event will be held at the Head Start building (formerly King's Treasure), just west of Sunset Drive on Progress West Drive.
    Funds will be used to pay for the church's youth to go to Rehoboth Church Camp.


  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    We need to syncronize our watches!
    We start the Evergreen Outreach program at 1 p.m. every Monday. You can come early and visit if you want, but you will miss lots of fun and music if you leave early. Please don’t try to squeeze all this wonderfulness in to a 30-45 minute program. So, alert your bus drivers. You can always stay late and visit, just please don’t leave in the middle of the program. It might offend our highly trained and overpaid professional musicians and singers. HA!

  • The Bible doesn't degrade women, it elevates them

    There is a common notion that women are relegated to a low status in the Bible. This thought is as mistaken as the idea that slavery is justified in the Bible.

    The truth of the matter is that the Bible is addressed to the culture of its day. Israel, to whom the Old Testament was addressed, became a nation around 1450-1250 BC. Paganism existed throughout the world,  with its mass killings of people groups, slavery and suppression of women, as well as the sacrificial system to pagan deities.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    Monday was a hot summer day and we didn’t need warming up! Our leader was actually SoftFire (David and Patricia Pence). They got things rolling at 12:45, and had a jump on everyone! I think they must have camped out all night at the church or something to get all their brass and electronics set up that early.
    Our cookies were from the Emmanuel United Methodist Women of Brownstown and we sang "Happy Birthday" to a new member, Josh McMorris.