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Faith Community Worship Center honors pastors
TAYLORVILLE — Pastor Appreciation Day was recently held at Faith Community Worship Center. Pictured from left are: Emily, Tyler, Amber, and Pastor Jerry L. Thorpe, Jr. Submitted photo
TAYLORVILLE — Pastor Appreciation Day was recently held at Faith Community Worship Center. Pictured from left are: Emily, Tyler, Amber, and Pastor Jerry L. Thorpe, Jr.

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TAYLORVILLE — Sunday was a day to honor each member of the Thorpe family on Pastor Appreciation Day at Faith Community Worship Center. Youth Pastors Jeff and Jami Hefner honored Tyler and Emily for their leadership in the F-X Teen Ministry. Founding Pastor J.T. Kelly commented on the nearly ten years of growth FCWC has experienced under the Thorpe pastorate.
Friday, September 23, 2016


Finding hope and help
TAYLORVILLE — I have a favorite Scripture I share at the beginning of nearly every message at Church. It is found in Romans 8 and says “if God is for us, who can be against us”?  I have my own little addendum which is “and, He is always for us”.
Friday, September 23, 2016

Pastor Appreciation Day at FCWC
TAYLORVILLE — Jerry and Amber Thorpe were officially appointed Senior Pastors of Faith Community Worship Center on January 10, 2007, and have capably led the congregation for ten years. The Thorpes, along with their two children, Tyler, age 20 and Emily, age 14, are dedicated to the ministry of the  church and the Taylorville Community.
Friday, September 16, 2016

Kids of Faith honor grandparents with breakfast
TAYLORVILLE — The Kids of Faith children’s ministry and Faith X-treme teen students honored Grandparents from the church on Sunday, September 11 for National Grandparents’ Day.
Friday, September 16, 2016

Fall rally at Trinity Lutheran will feature speakers
TAYLORVILLE — “The time is now” based from 2 Cor. 6:2, will be the theme for this year's LWML Springfield Zone Fall Rally of The Lutheran Women's Missonary League (LWML) Central Illinois District. The rally will be held on Sept. 22 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1010 N. Webster Taylorville, III. Opening devotions will begin at 9:00 a.m. by Reverend Rodney Blomquist.
Friday, September 16, 2016

Harvest Crusade at Grace Baptist Sept. 25-29
TAYLORVILLE — Grace Baptist Church will host a Harvest Crusade September 25-29.
Friday, September 16, 2016

Minister's Message: Assumptions
TAYLORVILLE — As my wife’s Kindergarten class was entering her classroom one day this week, my wife was finishing her morning Coke Zero to get her caffeine punch at the start of a busy day. One of her students came over, pointed to the can, and proudly said, “Mrs. Jones, my mom drinks the same beer as you!”
Friday, September 16, 2016

On Religion: The gentle, insider satire of the Babylon Bee and Biblical satire
Anyone who visits a typical American megachurch worship service will get a quick education on the mechanics of contemporary praise music.
Friday, September 16, 2016

More than 2 million Muslims expected at hajj
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Marching with thousands of other pilgrims at last year’s hajj in Saudi Arabia, 23-year-old Sobia Noor of Pakistan felt the crowd get tighter and the air grow thicker in the scorching heat. Suddenly, there was shouting and crying along the narrow street bordered by tall metal barriers.
Friday, September 9, 2016

Minister's Message: 'Then there was Sunday'
TAYLORVILLE — 9/11/2001 thousands are murdered. It was a terrible day. Then there was Sunday.
Friday, September 9, 2016

'Set Forth' As Candidates For Ministry
TAYLORVILLE — Jeffrey and Jami Hefner, Youth Pastors at Faith Community Worship Center, were  “set forth” by Senior Pastor Jerry L. Thorpe, Jr. during the worship service on Sunday.
Friday, September 9, 2016

Hopewell So. Baptist to host musical evangelist
PANA — Hopewell Southern Baptist Church, located four miles south of Pana on Rt. 51, will be hosting Christian singer Joe Arview next week, beginning Sunday, September 11 through Thursday, September 15, 2016.
Friday, September 9, 2016

Explaining the dark night of St. Teresa of Kolkata to children
Like most illustrations in children's books, the image of Mother Teresa is quite simple, showing her kneeling in prayer beside her bed in a dark room, facing a bare cross and a single candle.
Friday, September 9, 2016

Mother Teresa's 'miracle' feels love more than special
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Brazilian man whose "miraculous" cure from a brain infection paved the way for Mother Teresa's canonization this weekend said he is grateful for his life but doesn't feel particularly chosen by God.
Friday, September 2, 2016

Minister's Message: Powerful words
TAYLORVILLE — We tend in life to equate power with size – the larger something is the more powerful it is. There is a logic to this and more often than not it holds true. But as with all things in life, there are often exceptions as well. Words are just one such thing.
Friday, September 2, 2016

Southern Baptist Church finds temporary home
TAYLORVILLE — About a month after a blaze ravaged their church, members of Taylorville Southern Baptist Church have a new temporary home.
Friday, September 2, 2016

Faith Community Worship Center to hold annual car show
TAYLORVILLE — A Car Show will be held on Saturday, September 3 at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville, located at 2493 South Spresser Street, just West of the Taylorville Airport.
Friday, September 2, 2016

Ministerial Association grateful for ADM donation to food pantry
TAYLORVILLE — Archer Daniels Midland Company of Decatur, Ill., recently donated $20,000 to Taylorville Ministerial Association Food Pantry. The donation will go toward the building project.
Friday, September 2, 2016

On Religion: The supreme knight on voting, listening to angels and more
The symbolic fact passed quickly, during a long list of achievements in Carl Anderson's annual report as the leader of the Knights of Columbus.
Friday, September 2, 2016

Summerfest returns to Kincaid Church of God
KINCAID, Ill. — Kincaid Church of God will be hosting their second Summerfest tomorrow in the church’s back parking lot. The event is designed for ages four through twelve, and those four and under to be accompanied by an adult.
Friday, August 26, 2016

VisionWay Christian School adds new staff members
TAYLORVILLE — VisionWay Christian School (VCS) is blessed to add several individuals to their teaching staff this year.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Faith-Extreme Teen Group Attends Powerlightfest
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Powerlightfest is an annual Christian musical festival at the Illinois State Fair targeting youth and young adults.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Minister's Message: Church potential
I am excited of the potential churches have to accomplish.
Friday, August 26, 2016

The purpose-driven swimming superstar Michael Phelps
Pastor Rick Warren has heard his share of inspiring stories about people reading "The Purpose Driven Life."
Friday, August 26, 2016

Groups press Walgreens on religious restrictions
CHICAGO (AP) — Four groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union are asking Walgreens for reassurance that its partnership with a Catholic health care system to run in-store clinics in the St. Louis area won’t limit women’s access to birth control.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Tower Hill Free Methodist to host Wes Wheeler
TOWER HILL, Ill. — Wes Wheeler will be in concert at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church, 207 Erie at 6 p.m. Sunday, August 28.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Kincaid Church of God hires two new pastors
KINCAID, Ill. — August 1st marked the start for new pastors, Chris and Sarah Rose at the Kincaid Church of God. Chris is the Family Care Pastor, in charge of youth and children’s services, and Sarah is the Administrative Pastor handling events, volunteers, and media for the church.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Minister's Message: Remember who your dad really is
TAYLORVILLE — Almost eight years ago, a major transition was taking place in our nation’s capital as a new president was being sworn in to his position.
Friday, August 19, 2016

On Religion: Family and faith: Healing the hillbilly ties that bind
This was one call for water-leak help that the next-door neighbors in Middletown, Ohio, could not ignore.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Minister's Message: Full of joy and thanksgiving
TAYLORVILLE — Scripture states “This is the day the Lord has made, rejoice and be glad in it”, and “in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God”  Many of us know these verses, and yet recognize that so many seem ungrateful and do not display a joyful countenance.
Friday, August 12, 2016

FCWC Bible School raises funds for orphanage
TAYLORVILLE — FCWC closed three nights of “A Game of Life” Bible school with a new record of 26 adult and teen workers ministering to 114 children. Each night covered a new topic: “A Life of Freedom”, “A Life of Faith”, and “A Life of Fishing”.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Second Annual Singin' in the Tabernacle Sept. 17
COWDEN, Ill. — The second annual “Singin’ In the Tabernacle” will be held September 17, 2016 under the tabernacle at Cowden Free Methodist church Camp. The concert begins at 10:00 am, and will break for a catered lunch then resume concluding at 3:30 p.m. 
Friday, August 12, 2016

Terminally ill woman holds party before ending her life
SAN DIEGO (AP) — In early July, Betsy Davis emailed her closest friends and relatives to invite them to a two-day party, telling them: "These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina, centeredness and openness."
Friday, August 12, 2016

Our respect for Islam should lead us to avoid generalizations
Moments before the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians, an Islamic State leader warned "Crusaders" that this rite was being held on a North African beach for a reason.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Joy Assembly Youth Group Completes Service Project
STONINGTON — CROSSTraining youth group from Joy Assembly in Stonington just completed their July service project.
Friday, August 5, 2016

Ministerial Association 'Church Feud' fundraiser tonight
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Ministerial Association is sponsoring the fourth annual “Church Feud” Fundraising Event, based on the popular TV show “Family Feud”.
Friday, August 5, 2016

Faith Community Teens Enjoy Water Night Activities
Friday, August 5, 2016

Dysart family to perform at Pawnee Methodist Church
PAWNEE, Ill. — This Sunday, August 7, 2016, the Dysart family will be sharing their ministry of music during the 9:45 a.m. worship service at the Divernon United Methodist Church. At 5:30 p.m. the Dysart Family will be performing a special concert at the Pawnee United Methodist Church. There will be a free will love offering taken at each performance.
Friday, August 5, 2016

House on Rock plans movie night Aug. 19
  EDINBURG — On August 19 there will be a free showing of the movie "A Matter Of Faith" coming  to House on the Rock Church, 314 N Grant St, Edinburg at 6:30 p.m. Free popcorn and drinks will be available.
Friday, August 5, 2016

Minister's Message: Home
Our family recently attended a conference in California and then took a few days to visit some of the beautiful national parks in the state. We had been looking forward to this trip for a couple of years so we were excited when the time finally came.
Friday, August 5, 2016

The symbolic death of Father Jacques Hamel is sacrilege
One after another, news reports about violence at Catholic churches in France kept stacking up.
Friday, August 5, 2016

Davis Memorial takes mission trip to Detroit
DETROIT, Mich. — Several members of the Davis Memorial Christian Church (DMCC) partnered with the Central Christian Church (CCC), of Decatur for a mission trip to Detroit July 24-28 and worked through Rippling Hope (RH) Ministry.
Friday, August 5, 2016

St. Mary School wins office technology contest
TAYLORVILLE — After weeks of voting, waiting with baited breath, and closely monitoring the polls, St. Mary School in Taylorville emerged as the top vote-getter in a contest that will see the school outfitted with new office technology to the tune of $15,000.
Friday, August 5, 2016

Vatican panel to study female deacon issue
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has set up a panel to study whether women could serve as deacons, a role now reserved to men.
Friday, August 5, 2016

Pope visits Auschwitz, begs God to forgive cruelty
OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Pope Francis paid a somber visit in silence to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday, with his only public comment a guest book entry begging God’s “forgiveness for so much cruelty.”
Friday, July 29, 2016

Presbyterian Church presents Night of Close Harmony
TAYLORVILLE — The Committee is a barbershop quartet that loves to perform for audiences, large and small. Formed in 2011, The Committee has multiple Top-Five finishes in competition on the Illinois District contest stage and is the 2015 Illinois District 2nd place quartet.
Friday, July 29, 2016

Prayer rally for area children, schools August 6th
TAYLORVILLE — What could God do with a prayed-for generation of children?
Friday, July 29, 2016

Faith greater than fire: Southern Baptists to meet Sunday at American Legion
TAYLORVILLE — Just days after their church was consumed by fire, members of Taylorville Southern Baptist Church have found a new and temporary place to worship.
Friday, July 29, 2016

First Baptist Church of Morrisonville plans VBS
MORRISONVILLE — Join the action at First Baptist Church of Morrisonville July 31–August 4 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s Bible School is Cowabunga Farm -- Growin' with Our Faithful God. There will be exciting Bible stories, crafts, games, skits, snacks and prizes. 
Friday, July 29, 2016

Minister's Message: 'The pastor's prayer'
One of the joys for a pastor is praying for his members.  Such a prayer may go like this.
Friday, July 29, 2016

Bible School at Faith Community Worship Center
TAYLORVILLE — “The Game of Life” will be the 2016 theme of Vacation Bible School at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville. 
Friday, July 29, 2016

On Religion: Changing church documents in the age of same-sex marriage
Couples looking for a wedding venue in Albuquerque, New Mexico, used to be able to consider the modern, high-tech facilities at Desert Springs Church.
Friday, July 29, 2016

Obama decries Muslim discrimination
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says discriminating against Muslim Americans “feeds the lie” that the West is at war with their religion.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Vatican ratchets up defense of pope's document
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is striking back at conservative critics of Pope Francis’ landmark document on family life, ratcheting up its defense of the pope with new vigor as bishops begin implementing the document around the world.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Illinois District Quartet champs to perform at Night of Close Harmony
TAYLORVILLE — Drive Time, the 2014 Illinois District Quartet Champions, represent the Sterling-Rock Falls, Bloomington, Coles County, Frank Thorne, and St. Charles, Mo. Chapters.
Friday, July 22, 2016

On Religion: Religious liberty and the Utah compromise on gay rights issues
From the start, the "Utah compromise" on religious liberty and key gay-rights issues had that special sex appeal that made news.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Gloriana Chamber Choir in concert Saturday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Springfield’s professional choral ensemble, Gloriana Chamber Choir, will present “Life and Breath: Songs of Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water” on Saturday, July 23 at 7:00 at Grace Lutheran Church in downtown Springfield and Sunday, July 24 at 4:00 p.m. at Clegg Chapel on the Blackburn College campus in Carlinville.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Kids from Faith Community excel at youth camp
MT. ZION, Ill. — Five campers from Faith Community Worship Center attended Church of God youth camp this week at Camp Warren in Mt. Zion.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Stonington, Edinburg churches appoint new pastor
STONINGTON — The Stonington and Edinburg United Methodist Churches are pleased to announce the appointment of Pastor Caleb McGregor to serve the dual (two-point) charge.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Nun who stood up to Billy the Kid to be subject of TV series
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Italian-born nun who once challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs, opened hospitals and schools in the American Southwest and is now on a path toward possible Sainthood soon will be the subject of a TV series.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Minister's Message: Wild goosing
TAYLORVILLE — Even after attending three times, I remain blown away by the Wild Goose Festival.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Woman of Distinction
St. Rita Parish in Kincaid chose Mrs. Gayla Las to receive the honor of this year’s Annual Woman of Distinction for their Parish.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Worship part of Indiana fishing club's mission
FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) — For most bass club members, tournament fishing is serious business.
Friday, July 15, 2016

First Presbyterian Church presents 4th annual Night of Close Harmony
TAYLORVILLE — 4 Tonight, has been singing together only six months but do not lack in experience. The quartet represents the Bloomington and Peoria, Ill. chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society. With combined experience of more than 120 years, don’t let the newness of 4 Tonight fool you, they are no strangers to entertaining audiences.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Mission family conference in Litchfield
LITCHFIELD — Harvest Rain is the theme of the annual LRM Missions Family Conference in Litchfield, August 2-5. 
Friday, July 8, 2016

Kincaid Baptist announces VBS week
KINCAID — The members of the Kincaid Baptist Church invite your children to attend their Vacation Bible School (VBS) activities each evening, 6-8 p.m., beginning Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Morrisonville churches to host vacation Bible school
MORRISONVILLE — The Presbyterian, Catholic, and Methodist Churches of Morrisonville will be hosting Vacation Bible School during the week of July 11.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Inspirational Christian music concert July 23
STONINGTON — There will be a free Christian music concert Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the First Baptist Church, 211 W. North Street in Stonington beginning at 7 p.m.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Minister's Message: How much do you know, God?
Friday, July 8, 2016

On Religion: Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt never hid her quiet, strong faith
Once a year, Seymour United Methodist Church in Tennessee held a "Laity Day," in which folks from the pews would handle all the clergy stuff one Sunday -- including the sermon.
Friday, July 8, 2016

'Chosen Ones' back at United in Faith Church
PANA — On Sunday July 10, starting at 6 p.m. family singing group "The Chosen Ones" return again to United in Faith Church 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, July 1, 2016

Minister's Message
TAYLORVILLE — “Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight”, “…put your trust in the Lord your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed,”  “…blessed is he who trusts in the Lord,” “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord And whose trust is the Lord” are Scripture statements in Proverbs, 2nd Chronicles and Jeremiah.
Friday, July 1, 2016










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