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Minister's Message: 'You've got a friend'
TAYLORVILLE — If you are a lover of film or television in the past 40 years or so, chances are that you have heard the musical stylings of Randy Newman. Newman has been writing songs and music since the early 1960’s and is best known for his scores and songs in films and television of which he has won a number of awards. One song he won several awards for was featured in the 1996 animated film “Toy Story”. The song is, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”.
Friday, June 23, 2017


VP visits Focus on Family
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence's visitt oday to Colorado to celebrate the anniversary of Focus on the Family comes at a time of change for the religious right during the age of President Donald Trump.
Friday, June 23, 2017

Buschon named Woman of Distinction
TAYLORVILLE — Linda Buschon of St. Mary Catholic Church in Taylorville has been honored as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. The Council met Saturday, June 17, 2017 in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Springfield to present the sixth annual “Women of Distinction” awards. A Mass with Bishop Thomas presented celebrants with a certificate. Buschon was honored for her work as a volunteer. She actively lives her Catholic faith, displays her spirituality and shares her time and talents with a cheerful attitude by doing acts of service and leadership, both to the church and in the community.
Friday, June 23, 2017

Stonington Methodist celebrates heritage in 2017
STONINGTON — The congregation of the Stonington United Methodist Church is acknowledging their heritage by celebrating their 150th anniversary during 2017. The First Methodist Episcopal Church of Stonington, Illinois, now known as The Stonington United Methodist Church, is the direct outgrowth of a class organized in 1867 by the Rev. W. H. Ferguson, a local preacher. Meetings were held at the Washington School House. In 1873 a church was built in Stonington at a cost of $2,000 on a lot that was given by Captain R. W. Covington and is currently the location of the Masonic Temple.   
Friday, June 23, 2017

Evangelical Free Group Enjoys Outing
ELWIN, Ill. — Ladies from Taylorville Evangelical Free Church's SALT group recently participated in an outing at The Raspberry Tea Room and Antique Mall in Elwin.  They enjoyed a lovely luncheon and browsing the selection of antiques.   Twenty-four ladies were able to attend.  The ladies' group, called "SALT", stands for Sisters Abiding in Light and Truth.
Friday, June 23, 2017

On Religion: Bernie Sanders opens a new front in church-state wars
Try to imagine the media storm if the following drama ever took place under the hot glare of television lights in a U.S. Senate hearing.
Friday, June 23, 2017

Old-school journalism values led Strobel to God

Reporter Lee Strobel was investigating the story of his life, and he knew it.

As legal-affairs editor at The Chicago Tribune, he had covered plenty of hot-button issues -- like abortion rights -- that required him to wrestle with the views of people on the "other side." Strobel knew what he believed, as an atheist committed to abortion rights and other liberal causes. But he knew, as a journalist, that he had a job to do.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Faith Community holding Father's Day service
TAYLORVILLE — Faith Community Worship Center will celebrate Father's Day with a weekend of activities beginning with a Father and son dinner on Saturday night at 5:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the church and travel to a Springfield restaurant for the evening meal. 
Friday, June 16, 2017

Edinburg church announces bible school dates
EDINBURG — About half-way through the summer, kids are looking for something to do beyond their daily routine. Most kids like to sing, hear stories, watch skits, enjoy crafts, meet new friends, and share in refreshments. This is what “VBS” is all about: Vacation Bible School. 
Friday, June 16, 2017

FBCA hires new principal, seeks new direction
PANA, Ill.—First Baptist Christian Academy, a 7th-12th grade Christian day school located in Rosamond, on May 17 announced Caleb Wheeler as the new principal. For the last three years, Caleb has distinguished himself as the operations manager of the WJLY and WTRH radio stations. Recently, the Academy has taken the unique step of only offering classes at the upper grades, and he joins the Academy in this time of transition as the school seeks to be one of excellence in the tri-county area at the junior high and senior high levels.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Missionary speaks at Trinity Lutheran Church
TAYLORVILLE — Trinity Lutheran Church was host to Lutheran Church Missouri Synod missionary, Aiyssa Anders on Sunday evening June 11, 2017. A catered meal was served for approximately 30 church members. Aiyssa is presently serving in St. Petersburg, Russia teaching the English language.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Minister's Message
Friday, June 16, 2017

Southern Baptists condemn alt-right movement
PHOENIX (AP) — Southern Baptists this week formally condemned the political movement known as the “alt-right,” in a national meeting that was thrown into turmoil after leaders initially refused to take up the issue. 
Friday, June 16, 2017

Grace Baptist to celebrate expansion project Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — This Sunday June 18th, 2017 Grace Baptist Church of Taylorville will be having a dedication service for the new auditorium. Service times are Sunday School, 9:30 a.m., and Church Service, 10:30 a.m.
Friday, June 16, 2017

President to evangelicals: 'We're under siege'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought comfort in the figurative embrace of his evangelical supporters Thursday as the FBI director he recently fired told Congress about their conversations. The president told a religious gathering that “we’re under siege” but will emerge “bigger and better and stronger than ever.”
Friday, June 9, 2017

Teens Attend Conference
MARION, Ill. — Four local youth attended a  State Camp Meeting at the All Nations Church of God in Marion, Illinois and participated in teen activities at the event.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Evangelical Free Church Recognizes Graduates
TAYLORVILLE — Graduate Recognition Sunday was recently held at Taylorville Evangelical Free Church. High school and college graduates shared their future plans with the congregation and were congratulated by Associate Pastor of Student Ministries, Don Beetem.  This year's graduates are pictured from left: Grace Markwell, THS; Michelle Roberts, Master's Degree, Eastern; Will Cruikshank, THS; Logan Markwell, SIU, Carbondale; and Thorin Roberts, THS.  Not pictured: Jack Cruikshank, Master's Degree, Eastern.
Friday, June 9, 2017

Minister's Message: Five things to say to your kids every day
TAYLORVILLE — There is a host of stories and comments on the internet that talk about what people would do different if they had life to do over again.
Friday, June 9, 2017

On Religion: Advice for parents considering a Catholic campus for their children
Buried inside the websites of colleges and universities are the calendars covering the nitty-gritty details of academic and student life.
Friday, June 9, 2017

The Lester's to perform in Tower Hill June 10
TOWER HILL, Ill. — The Lester’s, from St. Louis, Missouri, often called "St. Louis' First Family of Gospel Music," have been sharing The Word through song for four generations. With more than a 90 year history and numerous albums behind them, the group proudly brings the third and fourth generation to the stage for a sound that is 100% "PURE LESTER."
Friday, June 2, 2017

'Am I going to die?' Gay man testifies at church trial
RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man thought he was “going to die” when members of his evangelical church beat and choked him for two hours to expel his “homosexual demons,” he testified Thursday.
Friday, June 2, 2017

Do clergy dare help modern families with tech struggles?

The evidence keeps growing that families need help controlling technology in their homes, but this is a subject most megachurch pastors would have trouble addressing with a straight face.

 

Friday, June 2, 2017

F-X (Faith Extreme) Praise Team Ministers to lead at FCWC
TAYLORVILLE — The Faith Community Youth Ministry (Faith X-Treme) Team has been training a youth praise team in their worship service.
Friday, June 2, 2017

Minister's Message: "Seeds"
TAYLORVILLE — Another season, summer is just days away. We have sown our seeds in our fields and gardens and are watching over them in anticipation of a harvest. Some will produce in only a few weeks, and others in a few months. 
Friday, June 2, 2017

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

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

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

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












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