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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


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

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

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

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

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

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











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