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Brigham Young U ends bans on caffeinated soda sales
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Brigham Young University ended a six-decade ban Thursday on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks on campus, surprising students by posting a picture of a can of Coca-Cola on Twitter and just two words: "It's happening."
Friday, September 22, 2017


Homecoming Gospel Choir to perform in Shelbyville
SHELBYVILLE — On Sunday evening, September 24, at 6 p.m., Southern Illinois’ Homecoming Gospel Choir will appear in concert at the First Church of the Nazarene in Shelbyville, Ill.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Davis Memorial Fish Fry set for Friday, October 13
TAYLORVILLE — The annual fall fish fry at Davis Memorial Christian Church (DMCC) is set for Friday, Oct. 13.
Friday, September 22, 2017

The real excitement
Friday, September 22, 2017

After Nashville, a blast on sex from liberals in Denver area
On the Christian left, the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber is known for her blasts of profane theology, a wit honed in stand-up comedy, the 6-foot-1 tattooed frame of a bodybuilder and confessions about her old life of drugs and sleeping around.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Kincaid Church of God celebrates 80th anniversary

By Mike Frazier 

Breeze-Courier Writer

 

KINCAID — Eightysome years ago, a group of southern Illinois miners trekked to Kincaid in search of work.


Friday, September 22, 2017

A prayer in the path of a hurricane
Friday, September 15, 2017

FCWC youth attend State Church of God conference

TAYLORVILLE — Illinois Churches of God held a State-wide Conference for girls September 8-9 under the direction of Illinois State Girls Club Directress Jordan Maples and the Illinois Youth Board wives who include Mika DuPriest, Brenda Mixon, Tashya Moore, Amber Thorpe, Mara Warner, and Rebecca Shaw. 


Friday, September 15, 2017

Edinburg First Baptist to host The Lesters Sept. 23

EDINBURG — The Edinburg First Baptist Church, 416 N. Ricks Street, will host The Lesters on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 6 p.m. A love offering will be taken during the concert. Contact Pastor Denny Hamilton at 217-525-1978 for questions.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Midland Methodist mother-daughter-friend luncheon

KINCAID — The Midland United Methodist Church will hold a mother, daughter, friend luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 16 at noon.

The public is invited to attend and the cost will be $5 which includes drink, sandwich, soup, salad and dessert. They will present  a history of the humble handkerchief.

Call Debbie Freeston at 237-4443 with any questions.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Kincaid Church of God prepares to celebrate 80 wonderful years of ministry

KINCAID — As October approaches, Kincaid Church of God is getting ready to celebrate 80 wonderful years of ministry. The church is getting busy in making preparations to make sure the facility is in “tip top” shape as friends and family of the church plan to come back to the church for the homecoming. 


Friday, September 15, 2017

Pope heads to Colombia to preach forgiveness
VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia (AP) — Pope Francis headed today into an area once besieged by leftist rebels to pray with victims of Colombia's long conflict and urge them to overcome their grief by forgiving their former assailants.
Friday, September 8, 2017

Grandparents Day at Faith Community Sept. 10

TAYLORVILLE — All grandparents will be honored Sunday, September 10 at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville. 

 

Friday, September 8, 2017

House on the Rock Church hosts free movie night
EDINBURG —  The House on the Rock Church will host a free movie night with the film “Meracles from heaven” and experience the power of Jesus Christ on September 29 at 6:30 p.m. and bring a friend.
Friday, September 8, 2017

DMCC, First Presbyterian team for mission trip
Friday, September 8, 2017

Time for repentance?

Stan Pratt, Pastor

The Way of Life Church

TAYLORVILLE — Last Sunday, September 3rd, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, our President called for a National Day of Prayer for the victims of that Hurricane, those who respond to such emergencies in any way. 


Friday, September 8, 2017

Laundry Love: ministry comes in all kinds of forms
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) — The painting of Jesus above the bank of dryers was put there by the longtime owner of Classic Coin Laundry.
Friday, September 8, 2017

A police chief's grieving guidance: Go see a medium
BARRINGTON, R.I. (AP) — A police chief in Rhode Island gives out some unorthodox advice for those who have lost a loved one: Seek a connection to the afterlife by meeting with a medium.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Seeking clarity, Pope saw psychoanalyst weekly years ago
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says that when he was 42 he had sessions weekly with a psychoanalyst who was female and Jewish to "clarify some things."
Friday, September 1, 2017

Nearly 200 attended Kincaid Church of God event
KINCAID — On Sunday August 20, the Kincaid Church of God celebrated another successful year at Summerfest.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Performing At Mt. Pleasant Church
MT. PLEASANT — Mt. Pleasant Church of God is hosting a Special Family Reunion Worship Service on Sunday, October 2 starting at 10:05 a.m. featuring Don Bettis and the Taylor Trio. This will be a great morning of worship through music and the sharing of God’s word. Friends and acquaintances of the Mt. Pleasant Church are encouraged to come and share in this year’s Church Family Reunion. Following the morning service, a potluck meal will be served and people will have an opportunity to stay and fellowship with friends of the past. Anyone with questions is invited to contact the Mt. Pleasant Church office at 217-226-3394 or by email at mtpleasantsecretary@gmail.com
Friday, September 1, 2017

Minister's Message: Work
TAYLORVILLE — We’re headed into a holiday weekend, which lots of people will enjoy because it means an extra day off. But many of us aren’t exactly sure how to celebrate this holiday. It’s not like Memorial Day or Independence Day, when we celebrate our country. It’s not Christmas or Easter, when we celebrate something about our faith. Those are more straightforward. On this holiday, we celebrate work by...not working, which definitely seems counter-intuitive. Of course, Labor Day does have a history that explains all of this, but most of us don’t bother to explore much of that.
Friday, September 1, 2017

On Religion: Country music: Saturday night to Sunday morning
Anyone looking for the late Johnny Cash will find him in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Folk Music Hall of Fame and many other American music honor rolls.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Irish church aims to end stigma for the children of priests
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Bishops in Ireland have created detailed guidelines to address an issue the Roman Catholic Church has tried to keep under wraps for centuries: the plight of children born to Catholic priests and the women who bear them.
Friday, August 25, 2017

F-X Youth attend Powerlight Fest
SPRINGFIELD — Powerlite Fest is an annual free Gospel concert on the last day of the Illinois State Fair sponsored by a group of local Springfield businesses to benefit area students. Youth Pastors Jeff and Jami Hefner from Faith Community Worship Center make this a yearly trip for their Faith Extreme (F-X) Youth Group. 
Friday, August 25, 2017

"Grab-n-Go" Lunch Program Feeds Nearly 9,000 in Summer of 2017
TAYLORVILLE — For a sixth consecutive year, Taylorville First United Methodist Church led an interdenominational, community-based program that offered free sack lunch meals for children in the area this summer. 
Friday, August 25, 2017

LOOKING FOR GOD AT THE WAFFLE HOUSE

In every religious sanctuary, there are people who believe they have staked out pews as their very own.

 

Friday, August 25, 2017

"It Serves the Gospel"
TAYLORVILLE — There are many reasons why people do not read the Bible. Among those reasons is the fear of reading the Law of God. 
Friday, August 25, 2017

Irish church aims to end stigma for children of priests
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Bishops in Ireland have created detailed guidelines to address an issue the Roman Catholic Church has tried to keep under wraps for centuries: the plight of children born to Catholic priests and the women who bear them.
Friday, August 25, 2017

On Religion: From baseball to the pulpit, with danger along the way
When the Rev. William Greason tells his own story, he stresses that God gave him the ability to throw a baseball, but that that gift wasn't what mattered the most -- because his true home was a pulpit.
Friday, August 18, 2017

'Hand Pointing to Heaven' back atop church
PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi church steeple once again has a golden hand pointing toward heaven.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Joylanders to perform August 26 in Tower Hill
TOWER HILL — The Joylanders will perform at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church on Saturday, August 26 at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Back-To School Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — Every student from Pre-school to College will be recognized Sunday at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville in a "Back-to-School" segment of the service. Youth Pastors Jeff and Jami Hefner will present a gift to each student from the Faith-Xtreme Youth Group. Senior Pastor Jerry Thorpe will deliver a sermon to challenge the students for the new school year, and lead the congregation in a prayer of blessing and protection over the students. Pictured is Youth Pastor Jami Hefner leading the Faith Extreme students in planning the "back-to-school" service.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Minister's Message: Be the light
TAYLORVILLE — Ephesians 5:8: “Live as children of light.”

You could not help but notice Eric.  He wore jeans, a sports jersey, and tennis shoes like many of the other boys, and his hair was a little shaggy.  But Eric had a ready smile and a face that glowed with joy.  That glow was what set him apart.

Friday, August 18, 2017

KCOG to celebrate with 4th Annual Summerfest
KINCAID — Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) is getting ready to celebrate their fourth annual back to school event with a new twist to the name “End of SummerFEST!” Summerfest in the last three years has been an event provided by KCOG as a way to give students one last celebration before going back to school, and this year will be no different.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Movie night at House on the Rock Church
EDINBURG — The House on the Rock Church in Edinburg will host a free movie night on August 25 at 6:30 p.m. They will be shoiwng the film “Letters to God”.
Friday, August 18, 2017

Look up and say thanks!

Rev. Michael Evanchak

First Presbyterian Church

TAYLORVILLE — In the near future, we in this part of the world will be treated to a somewhat rare phenomenon. In the late morning and early afternoon of Monday, August 21, we will be witness to a solar eclipse.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Facing the reality of broken bodies, minds and spirits
There was good news and bad news in LifeWay research that probed whether Protestant churches in America were ready to minister to people suffering from mental illness.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Morrisonville Presbyterian planning annual craft fair
MORRISONVILLE — The Faithful Friends Women’s Group of the Morrisonville Presbyterian Church have begun planning for their Second Annual Craft Fair to be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Morrisonville American Legion, 607 Ricks Street, in Morrisonville.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Split Episcopal dioceses can't take millions in property
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Dozens of parishes that split from The Episcopal Church over theological issues including the ordination of gay priests cannot take valuable real estate with them, according to a split ruling issued Wednesday by South Carolina's highest court.
Friday, August 4, 2017

On Religion - Rabbi: Believers face sobering choices in these tense times
As long as there have been chase scenes -- think the Keystone Kops or Indiana Jones -- movie heroes have been caught straddling danger while trying to get from one vehicle to another.
Friday, August 4, 2017

FCWC plans "Redneck Bible School"
TAYLORVILLE — Faith Community Worship Center will hold a "Redneck Bible School" Wednesday through Friday, August 2-4 at 6 p.m. each night. Children ages 3 to 11 are welcome. 
Friday, July 28, 2017

Super Campers
Friday, July 28, 2017

Edinburg Trinity Lutheran to hold VBS Aug. 5
EDINBURG — Trinity Lutheran Church in Edinburg will host a one day Vacation Bible School (VBS) on Saturday, August 5, 2017 form 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, July 28, 2017

My favorite question in the Bible

Carlos Campos

Student Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church

TAYLORVILLE — One of my favorite places to eat in the world is Pappy’s Smokehouse in St. Louis, MO. Pappy’s is known for their world famous barbecue. As a New Yorker, I had never tasted the heavenly goodness of real barbecue until I moved here to the Midwest.


Friday, July 28, 2017

St. Rita's Holds VBS
Friday, July 28, 2017

Faith alternatives among modern, secular Czechs
PRAGUE — The Czech Republic's capital has long been called the "city of 100 spires," and there are many church steeples among all those soaring medieval landmarks.
Friday, July 28, 2017

Emily Thorpe is named "Super Camp Worker"
DECATUR — Illinois Churches of God ended their Kids Youth Camp on Friday for ages 6-11 at Camp Warren in Decatur. with 111 campers and 52 staff members. Gabriel Michaud from FCWC attended the camp.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Minister's Message: Ask for the ancient path
TAYLORVILLE — Bless you today in Jesus name as you seek to do His Will, according to His Word in your daily walk. May you find His Grace always to be sufficient in all the affairs of your life. Peter stated that Grace and Peace would be multiplied in our lives as we increased in knowledge of (intimacy with) our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
Friday, July 21, 2017

DMCC pastor attends Wild Goose Festival
TAYLORVILLE — Pastor Bill Kerns of Davis Memorial Christian Church (DMCC) recently attended the Wild Goose Festival (WGF), an annual gathering held in Hot Springs, North Carolina.
Friday, July 21, 2017

DMCC to host block party July 22
TAYLORVILLE — The Davis Memorial Christian Church (DMCC) will hold their 3rd Annual Block Party on Saturday, July 22 from 6-8 p.m.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Morrisonville First Baptist Church to hold VBS
MORRISONVILLE — Join the action at First Baptist Church of Morrisonville July 30 – August 3 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s Bible School is “Over the moat- Drawbridge to the King!”
Friday, July 21, 2017

Confidant of Pope condemns US religious right
(AP) — A close confidant of Pope Francis, writing Thursday in a Vatican-approved magazine, condemned the way some American evangelicals and their Roman Catholic supporters mix religion and politics, saying their worldview promotes division and hatred.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Area churches announce vacation bible school
Friday, July 14, 2017

Room with a view: 2 Vatican hospital officials charged
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The scandal was remarkable even by Vatican standards: The president of the “pope’s hospital” for sick children had taken nearly a half-million dollars in hospital donations and used them to spruce up the penthouse apartment of the Vatican cardinal who had appointed him.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Patriotic worship service this Sunday in Kincaid
KINCAID — The Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) and the Midland Ministerial Association have combined their annual community patriotic worship service into a Gospel Sing on Sunday, July 16 at 5 p.m. at the Church of God in Kincaid. The gospel group “Royal City” from Monterey, Tenn. will perform.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Minister's Message: One Degree
TAYLORVILLE — Direction matters. An error of even one degree in heading means that for every sixty miles we travel, we miss our intended destination by one mile. In a world of GPS signals and Google maps, that doesn’t seem like a big deal, but if we travel 300 miles just one degree off the correct heading, we find ourselves five miles away from the place we intended to go. And that means we will need some help finding our destination.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Trump meets the 'Worship Wars' in flashy D.C. rites
Rare is the Church of England worshipper who needs a pew copy of "Hymns Ancient and Modern" in order to sing No. 578, which is often performed with great pomp -- trumpets and all -- in the rites that symbolize the old glory of Great Britain.
Friday, July 14, 2017

NM city takes Commandments to court
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico city is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal of a lower court ruling requiring the removal of a Ten Commandments monument outside City Hall.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Mennonites to divest in protest of Israeli policies
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Mennonite Church USA voted Thursday to sell its holdings in companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, the latest American Christian group to do so.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Kennedy wedding church lets visitors imagine the day
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The church where John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier wed is inviting visitors in to kneel where the couple knelt, listen to the music that played and imagine the day.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Minister's Message: To fight for religious freedom is showing love to your neighbor
TAYLORVILLE — Christians do not fight for religious freedom because we are afraid that Christianity will be destroyed. They fight for religious freedom for the sake of their neighbor.
Friday, July 7, 2017

On Religion: A decade of the iPhone shaping lives, families and souls
The late Steve Jobs loved surprises and, at the 2007 Macworld conference, he knew he was going to make history.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Raise high our blood-spattered banner
TAYLORVILLE — When our daughters were playing basketball in Junior High and High School, I was often called upon to sing the National Anthem. The words became routine for me, and I, like many Americans, did not think about the historic reason for its composition. 
Friday, June 30, 2017

Kincaid Baptist Church announces VBS week
KINCAID — The members of the Kincaid Baptist Church invite your children to attend their Vacation Bible School (VBS) activities each evening, 6:30-8:00 p.m., beginning Monday, July 17 through Thursday, July 20. This year's VBS Theme is "Galactic Starveyors: Discovering the God of the Universe." Each night the children will sing, make crafts, enjoy recreation, eat refreshments and learn a New Testament Bible story. Ages 4 through 5th grade are invited.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Edinburg First Baptist to host July 4 Hog Roast
Friday, June 30, 2017

Cowden Free Methodist Camp set for July 14-22
Friday, June 30, 2017

The Chosen Ones back again at United in Faith Church
PANA — On Sunday July 9, starting at 5 p.m. – the Family Singing Group “The Chosen Ones” return again to United in Faith Church (609 Fairgrounds Road Pana, IL) for a concert blending traditional and progressive Southern Gospel Music with light Contemporary Christian Music. This concert is part of United in Faith Church’s program of bringing music groups, especially Christian Music Groups, to the Pana community. 
Friday, June 30, 2017

A lady of distinction
Friday, June 30, 2017

A Fond Farewell
Friday, June 30, 2017

Wrestling again with the gospel according to Bob Dylan
When Bob Dylan tells the story of Bob Dylan, he often starts at a concert by rock 'n' roll pioneer Buddy Holly in the winter of 1959.
Friday, June 30, 2017











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