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Minister's Message: Memories and memorials
In the long weekend ahead, we will celebrate Memorial Day. We will honor people who have sacrificed their lives for the good of others. This holiday is designed to remind us of an important truth: someone else paid the price for what we enjoy. Memorials are often good at just that. Days are marked on calendars or statues and stones are placed in parks to remind us that someone gave of themselves.
Friday, May 26, 2017


Yard sale fundraiser will help send kids to youth camp this summer
KINCAID — Next week during the Kincaid Yard Sales, Kincaid Church of God and their student ministries will be teaming up for a yard sale to sponsor students to go to youth camp this summer.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Kids Day
WEST FRANKFORT— Junior and primary aged students across Illinois gathered in West Frankfort on May 20 for an Illinois Church of God "Kids Day Out." Youth Pastors Jeff and Jami Hefner took three students from Faith Community Worship Center to the event: Sammy Kriener, Arianna Olivio, and Carrie Olivio, pictured right. The day began with a worship time that included active praise songs, black-light puppets, and a children's message.
Friday, May 26, 2017

First United Methodist Church honors graduates
TAYLORVILLE — The high school graduates and their families were honored at a luncheon Sunday, May 21 at the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Celebrating First Communion In Stonington
STONINGTON — The Holy Trinity Parish in Stonington recently celebrated  First Communion during the 9 a.m. mass on Sunday, May 21. Following mass, the Altar & Rosary Society hosted a punch and cookies reception with the boys as guests of honor. Pictured are first communicants: Cole Warren and Ben Peabody, Deacon Jim Baxter, Msgr. David Lantz and Catechist Kelley Wells.
Friday, May 26, 2017

On Religion - Noonan: Pick up the book and change your world
Any history of Catholic thought, and the rise of Western culture, has to mention the turning point in the conversion story of Aurelius Augustinus.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Gospel group at Tower Hill Saturday
TOWER HILL — Mark and Pam Fisher, singing today’s southern gospel, will be appearing at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, May 27, at Tower Hill Free Methodist Church, 207 Erie, Tower Hill.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Sistine Chapel Choir to make very rare visit to 3 US cities in September
DETROIT (AP) — The “Pope’s Choir” is coming to the United States for the first time in three decades.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Nebraska priests' chants become best-selling album
DENTON, Neb. (AP) — At the sound of a tap, dozens of young men clad in black cassocks and white surplices rise from kneeling positions to watch two of their brother priests begin a chant.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Mother-Daughter Banquet At Faith Community
TAYLORVILLE — "Poured Out and Planted" was the theme of the Mother and Daughter Banquet for Faith Community Worship Center which was held in the banquet room of a local restaurant. The tables were decorated in brightly enameled miniature watering cans and enameled flower pots filled with bedding plants. Jami Hefner and Tiffany McArdle led in an opening mixer and funtime activities. Amber Thorpe spoke on the theme, "Poured Out and Planted". Everyone enjoyed a variety of Italian food favorites.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Three local women attend Lutheran convention
ALTAMONT, Ill. — Three local ladies attended the 72nd Annua! Convention of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League was held Saturday, April 29, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altamont. The convention theme was "Grow and Build Together in Love."
Friday, May 19, 2017

Lighthouse Apostolic Church Celebrates Mothers
TAYLORVILLE — Lighthouse Apostolic Church honored their mothers on Mother’s Day this year by recognizing them and presenting them with a red rose. Pictured back row from left: Brenda Lanzotti, Gail Green, Charolette Rhodes and Janice Jackson. Front row: Betty Lucas, Artie Mae Hill, Mary McCann, Emily Gray, Frieda Noreuil and Sarah Enlow.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Minister's Message: 'Why Jesus didn't stick around'
TAYLORVILLE — Jesus visibly left His disciples. 40 days after His resurrection when the disciples had just rejoiced in seeing Jesus alive again, Jesus departs from their sight. They had their hearts broken by seeing Him die and buried. They had begun the process of living without Jesus in their lives. Granted they were hiding in fear of the Romans. But they had started to consider their lives without Jesus.
Friday, May 19, 2017

On Religion: Pence speaks on global, not American, Christian persecution
Their loved ones died on a Libyan beach, beheaded by Islamic State militants as cameras recorded their agony for a 2015 propaganda video.
Friday, May 19, 2017

Mormon church pulls older teens out of Boy Scouts
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church, the largest sponsor of Boy Scouts troops in the United States, announced Thursday it is pulling older teenagers from the organization as the religion takes a step toward developing its own global scouting-like program.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Free movie night May 19 House on the Rock Church
EDINBURG — The House On The Rock Church in Edinburg will be showing a free movie May 19 called “Confession of a prodigal son.” It is a journey to find life’s answers.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Kincaid Church of God raising funds for orphanage
KINCAID — Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 11a.m. to 1 p.m., the Kincaid Church of God will be hosting a women’s luncheon for girls and women of all ages in honor of Mother’s Day.
Friday, May 12, 2017

First Communion
First Commuinion was held at St. Rita’s Parish in Kincaid on Saturday, May 6.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Minister's Message: 'Seeing and knowing'
One of the strengths of faith is that it is based on life in many ways. The stories of Scripture as those of human interactions and the interrelationship of God in the midst of it all.
Friday, May 12, 2017

On Religion: Johnson amendment: Confusion and fightin' words
There was nothing new about the Rev. Jerry Johnson talking about abortion, gay rights and other hot-button moral issues during sermons at the Central Baptist Church of Aurora, outside Denver.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Is there room for pro-life Democrats in their own party?

On the subject of abortion rights, the 2016 Democratic Party platform language prepared for candidates was as firm as ever.

 

Friday, May 5, 2017

It Is Not About You

One of my favorite opening lines of any book I have read was from Rick Warren’s, Purpose Drive Life. The book begins with this statement, “It is not about you.”  Warren makes clear our life’s purpose is for God’s purpose, henceforth the title of the book.

 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Philly archbishop opens sainthood quest for paralyzed priest
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput (SHAP'-yoo) has formally begun the process to try to make the Catholic Church's first quadriplegic priest a saint.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Edinburg Baptist Church to hold cowboy church
EDINBURG — Edinburg Baptist Church will be hosting a cowboy church on Sunday May 7 at 3 p.m.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Camp One Way's Spring Picnic & Silent Auction May 7
MT. AUBURN — Camp One Way will hold its annual spring fundraiser Sunday, May 7 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Lutheran Women's Convention in Altamont
The 72nd Annual Convention of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League Central Illinois District will be held on Saturday, April 29, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Altamont.
Friday, April 28, 2017

National Day of Prayer observance
The 66th annual national observance of the National Day of Prayer will be held on Thursday May 4. The theme for 2017 is For Your Great Name's Sake!
Friday, April 28, 2017

Kincaid Church of God will host concert Sunday
KINCAID — The Kincaid Church of God will host The Redemptions live in concert this Sunday.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Pope Francis in Egyptian capital for historic 2-day visit
CAIRO (AP) — Pope Francis came to Egypt today for a historic two-day visit aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front to repudiate violence committed in God's name.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Lesbian Methodist bishop faces challenge to her election
NEW YORK (AP) — Karen Oliveto clutched a friend's hand, closed her eyes and wept when she learned last year she had been elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church. Oliveto, who is married to another woman, had become the denomination's first openly gay bishop.
Friday, April 28, 2017

Kids Of Faith Perform
Friday, April 21, 2017

State of Grace performing in Tower Hill April 29
TOWER HILL, Ill. — State of Grace will be appearing at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Chruch, 207 N. Erie at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Minister's Message: What if?

Stan Pratt, Pastor

The Way of Life Church

TAYLORVILLE — This past week, most of us rejoiced as we remembered the resurrection of the Son of God - Jesus Christ. We read the Scriptures concerning the promises of our God to send a Redeemer and how they were fulfilled in Christ Jesus. We rejoiced at the revelation that the penalty for our sin had been paid in full by the Blood of Jesus, remembering as well that He has ascended into Heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father, ever living to make intercession for us. What a mighty, wonderful, faithful God we serve.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Wanda Mountain Boys to be in Pana this Sunday
PANA — The Wanda Mountain Boys will perform on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Unitec in Faith Church in Pana.  The church is located at 609 Fairgrounds Rd. and the event will begin at 5 p.m. Southern Gospel Music has always been known for it’s smooth harmonies, strong vocals and powerful, straight forward lyrics. For the last 25 years, the Wanda Mountain Boys have displayed all three of these qualities as they have established themselves in the Gospel Music community in the Midwest.
Friday, April 21, 2017

Live Stations Of The Cross At St. .Rita's
Friday, April 21, 2017

It seems that Easter and the resurrection are controversial

It's a challenge, but every Easter, preachers around the world strive to find something different to say about the Christian doctrine of the resurrection.

 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Lake Land College to host Interfaith Panel

 MATTOON — The public is invited to attend an interfaith discussion panel on Tuesday, April 25 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Luther Student Center Theater.

 

Friday, April 14, 2017

On Religion - Year 29: Yes, journalists still need to get serious about religion
It was a month after Donald Trump won the presidency and, to be honest, many stunned journalists were still trying to figure out how they missed the tremors that led to the political earthquake.
Friday, April 14, 2017

Pope on Good Friday recalls the suffering of Jesus
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has prostrated himself in prayer during a solemn Good Friday service in St. Peter’s Basilica. 
Friday, April 14, 2017

House on Rock showing free film

EDINBURG — On April 21, the movie "The Investigator" will be shown free at 6:30 p.m. When a drug bust goes wrong, police Sergeant James Buanacore quits his job. Wrestling with his faith, he becomes a criminal justice teacher and baseball coach at a Christian high school. A student challenges him to investigate Jesus' existence, he hesitates. Can he overcome his doubt to help others and himself to discover the truth? The movie is inspired by true events.

 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Preparing for Easter Eggstravaganza at FCWC
TAYLORVILLE — Work crews have been meeting at Faith Community Worship Center for the past four weeks to fill 20,000 plastic Easter eggs with small toys and wrapped candies in preparation for the church's annual Easter Egg Hunt. 
Friday, April 7, 2017

Hopewell Southern Baptist spring revival Sunday
PANA — Hopewell Southern Baptist Church, 4 miles south of Pana on route 51, will be hosting their spring revival beginning Sunday April 9 at 10:30 a.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. through Thursday April 13.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Camp One Way to host open house for church staff
MT. AUBURN — In an effort to acquaint Pastors and other church staff with their facilities and programs, Camp One Way is hosting a drop-in Open House April 11-13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Kincaid Church of God Easter egg hunt Sunday

KINCAID — Last Wednesday, March 29, you might have been curious about what was going on at Kincaid Church of God – no cars in the parking lot, caution tape surrounding the back entrance, police standing in front of the building? 

 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Edinburg Baptist Church gospel sing tonight

EDINBURG — Edinburg Baptist Church will be hosting a Gospel Sing, Friday, April 7 at 317 North Ricks Street, Edinburg. 

 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Edinburg Community Choir cantata is Sunday
EDINBURG — The Edinburg Community Choir will present their Easter cantata “Champion of Love” in the Edinburg United Methodist Church on Sunday April 9 at 4 p.m. 
Friday, April 7, 2017

Next week
TAYLORVILLE — Throughout the world, Christians will gather to remember the events of one week in the life of Jesus. On Sunday churches all over the world will wave palm branches and sing out, “Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna to the Son of David. Hosanna in the highest.” Once again the Christians around the world will greet their Lord and Savior and proclaim Him the King of Righteousness.
Friday, April 7, 2017

Reality really raises the April Fools' bar for Catholic jesters
Day after day, Kevin Knight scans news and commentary pages looking for items that will interest Catholics and others who visit his New Advent website.
Friday, April 7, 2017

S. Dakota church became fastest-growing in nation
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Adam Weber didn't want to be a pastor.

Nearly 11 years later, he's leading the fastest-growing United Methodist Church in America.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Minister's Message: Devoted
TAYLORVILLE — Take a poll in most any church and you are likely to find a high percentage of folks that have used or regularly use devotional material.
Friday, March 31, 2017

On Religion: In conversation with 'Benedit Option' author Rod Dreher
Journalist Rod Dreher used to find comfort in seeing the rows of churches along the roads in his home state of Louisiana.
Friday, March 31, 2017

Tapestries get 16 years of grooming
NEW YORK (AP) — Think your home furnishings are a dust magnet? New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine just spent 16 years cleaning and conserving its rare, supersize wall hangings.
Friday, March 24, 2017

Camp One Way to host event for church staff
MT. AUBURN — In an effort to acquaint Pastors and other church staff with their facilities and programs, Camp One Way is hosting a drop-in Open House April 11-13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday, March 24, 2017

Minister Message
Friday, March 24, 2017

Missions month ends at Kincaid Church of God
KINCAID — The month of March at Kincaid Church of God has been dedicated to raising awareness and funds for world missions, particularly focusing in on Cota, Columbia and an orphanage in Guatemala called Casa Shalom. The church has set a goal of six-thousand dollars to go towards both of these ministries and will have a change drive this Sunday at their 10:30 a.m. service to achieve this goal. 
Friday, March 24, 2017

M'ville Presbyterian to offer contemporary services
MORRISONVILLE — The Morrisonville Presbyterian Church will begin offering contemporary worship services April 23.
Friday, March 24, 2017

The oft-forgotten Christian Holy Day, the Feast of the Annunciation
Anyone who can do basic math knows that something mysterious happened to a young Jewish girl named Mary nine months before Christmas.
Friday, March 24, 2017

Oklahoma church creates replica from 'The Shack'
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The wooden shanty sitting on the lawn of Wesley United Methodist Church was created to spark the curiosity of motorists driving along the busy street and others in the community.
Friday, March 24, 2017

UK grants 1st license for babies from 3 people
Friday, March 17, 2017

Minister's Message: One small step
TAYLORVILLE — "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." These now famous words were heard in 1969 by astronaut Neil Armstrong as he stepped out of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, becoming the first man to step onto the surface of the moon.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Edinburg churches hosting movie nights in March
Friday, March 17, 2017

On Religion: Married priest parses latest papal sound bite on 'tested men'
Every now and then, a typical Catholic asks Father Dwight Longenecker for his take on whether Rome will ever ordain more married men as priests.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Faith healing grandfather is charged
READING, Pa. (AP) — A pastor in a fundamentalist Christian sect that rejects doctors and drugs has been charged in the death of a child — his own granddaughter — from medical neglect. The novel prosecution is raising hopes among some advocates that it might spur change in a church that has resisted it.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Faith, traditions infuse St. Pat's Day in Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — There were no green beers or gaudy T-shirts when Savannah first celebrated St. Patrick's Day, just a solemn procession of immigrants seeking to honor their Irish roots more than 3,800 miles from their homeland across the Atlantic.
Friday, March 17, 2017

A capella quartet to perform at Tower Hill church
TOWER HILL, Ill. — Blend, an a capella quartet, will be appearing at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church, 207 N. Erie St. at 5:00 p.m. on March 18.
Friday, March 10, 2017

Christians prepare their hearts, stomachs for Lent
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Festive purple and yellow streamers, glittering masks and shiny table decor greeted attendees of the Cathedral Church of St. Mark's annual Shrove Tuesday feast of pancakes, bacon and sausage.
Friday, March 10, 2017

Kincaid Church of God kicks of Missions Month
KINCAID — Last Sunday, Kincaid Church of God kicked off the Month of March in dedication to Missions with their theme: Children of the World. As part of missions month, the church will be sponsoring two Missions projects that they will be raising funds and awareness for, those being Casa Shalom Orphanage in Guatemala and Cota, Columbia. 
Friday, March 10, 2017

Honor

Stan Pratt, Pastor

The Way of Life Church

TAYLORVILLE — My subject today is “Honor”. Scripture states; 1 Peter 2:17 “Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God, Honor the king.”   Romans 12:10 “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;”

 

Friday, March 10, 2017

The quiet rise of a secular coalition in U.S. politics
NEW YORK -- Believe it or not, most Americans think their nation is becoming more tolerant, at least when it comes to warm feelings about most religious believers.
Friday, March 10, 2017

Fundamentalist pastor charged in toddler's death
(AP) — The pastor of a church that shuns modern medicine was charged with a felony Thursday in his toddler granddaughter's death from pneumonia, joining his son and daughter-in-law as defendants in the latest criminal case involving the Christian fundamentalist sect.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Faith-Extreme teen group attends Branson retreat
TAYLORVILLE — Branson Winterfest, a Teen Regional Rally sponsored by the International Church of God Youth and Discipleship Department, convened in Branson, Missouri Friday through Sunday, February 24-26. Over 3,000 teens and Youth Leaders from churches in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri gathered for a weekend of Gospel concerts, worship services, and training activities. 
Friday, March 3, 2017

Blackburn: Muslim American communities lecture
CARLINVILLE — Blackburn College will host “Muslim American Communities: Challenges and Opportunities” on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in Olin Lecture Hall on the Blackburn College campus.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Minister's Message: The only thing that counts
TAYLORVILLE — What’s really important in life? It’s a question that lots of people ask some time along the way.
Friday, March 3, 2017

On Religion: Blunt talk on the idols of our age, a sign of our national poverty
It was hard, especially when discussing faith during troubled times, for Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput to avoid the copper-tinted elephant in the national living room -- but he tried.
Friday, March 3, 2017

In Atlanta, anti-Semitism viewed thru lens of history
ATLANTA (AP) — Amid a surge of bomb threats and vandalism at Jewish institutions nationwide, members of Atlanta's Jewish community have felt a familiar wave of apprehension about what may come next.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Mass grave found at Catholic orphanage in Ireland
DUBLIN (AP) — A mass grave containing the remains of babies and young children has been discovered at a former Catholic orphanage in Ireland, government-appointed investigators announced today in a finding that offered the first conclusive proof following a historian’s efforts to trace the fates of nearly 800 children who perished there.
Friday, March 3, 2017










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