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Minister's Message: The Lord is good

Friday, June 24, 2016


Bond at Tower Hill Free Methodist July 2
TOWER HILL, Ill. — Johnathan Bond, of Young Harmony, will be in concert at Tower Hill Free Methodist Church on July 2 at 5 p.m. The church is located at 207 N. Erie Street.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Pope praises Armenia's past, avoids 'genocide'
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Pope Francis hailed Armenia's steadfast Christian heritage today as he arrived in the former Soviet republic for a three-day visit to commemorate the centenary of the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians that the pope himself has called a "genocide."
Friday, June 24, 2016

Bloodless medicine centers treat patients with objections to transfusions
PITTSBURGH (AP) — No matter how desperate the situation, Patricia Hawk won't accept another person's blood in her veins.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Dalai Lama Speaks On Forgiveness And Compassion
The Dalai Lama is shown greetings Tibetans as he arrived in Boulder, Colo. on Wednesday.
Friday, June 24, 2016

On Religion: Trump tries, again, to nail down a Christian testimony
Friday, June 24, 2016

Drug Court Rewards
The Rev. Bill Kerns provides gift cards for the County’s Drug Court to Associate Judge Brad Paisley.
Friday, June 17, 2016

First United Methodist Flamingo Fun
TAYLORVILLE — Several flocks of pink plastic flamingos have been spotted inhabiting the yards of Taylorville residents during the month of June. The ostentatious lawn ornaments are part of an ongoing fundraiser by the Taylorville First United Methodist Church that is designed to support their youth group.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Morrisonville movie night
MORRISONVILLE — The First Presbyterian Church of Morrisonville will host a movie night on Friday, June 17 at 7 p.m. This month’s movie is “War Room.” 
Friday, June 17, 2016

Farewell reception for Pastor Raymond Radae, June 26
EDINBURG — Pastor Raymond Radae of the Edinburg and Stonington United Methodist Churches will be retiring at the end of June. Please join the Edinburg church family for a farewell reception to be held in his honor on Sunday, June 26 from 2-4 p.m. at the Edinburg church located at 102 W. Douglas.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Holy Trinity Honors Grads, Holds Communion
Holy Trinity Parish in Stonington recently celebrated high school graduates with a special blessing. Following mass, the Altar and Rosary Society hosted a reception.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Winfrey's 'Greenleaf delves into megachurch drama
ATLANTA (AP) — Oprah Winfrey wanted to deliver a story revolving around one of the biggest institutions in the African-American community: The Black Church.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Minister's Message: The opportunity to hate
TAYLORVILLE — The psalmist wrote, “In sin did my mother conceive me.”  And because it is our nature to sin, we will hate one another. We will do it in thought, word or deed.
Friday, June 17, 2016

From Tulsa to Texas, bishop's homemade crosier in hand
When the newly elected bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Tulsa visited his future residence, one of the first things he checked out was the garage.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Baylor's clash of two religions
For half a century or more, journalists seeking insights on religion news in America have given a consistent answer to the question, "Who you gonna call?"
Friday, June 10, 2016

Grace Baptist Church Vacation Bible School
TAYLORVILLE — The Grace Baptist Church will hold vacation Bible School Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17, 2016 at 900 Northern Avenue in Taylorville.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Bells in Motion at Central Christian Church
DECATUR, Ill. — Bells in Motion, an English Handbell Ensemble, held a concert Sunday June 5 at Central Christian Church in Decatur, Ill.
Friday, June 10, 2016

In sign of unity, Christians renovate Christ's tomb together
JERUSALEM (AP) — A team of experts has begun a historic renovation at the spot where Christians believe Jesus was buried, overcoming longstanding religious rivalries to carry out the first repairs at the site in over 200 years.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Southern Baptists talk racial unity with black Baptist head
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Ferguson, Missouri, exploded two years ago with racial unrest that spread across the nation, the newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention was moved to action.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Evangelicals feel alienated, anxious amid declining clout
BENTON, Kentucky (AP) — Pastor Richie Clendenen stepped away from the pulpit, microphone in hand. He walked the aisles of the Christian Fellowship Church, his voice rising to describe the perils believers face in 21st-century America.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Minister's Message: Our baptism
TAYLORVILLE — Baptism is not about gaining membership in a local congregation (rather we become Jesus’ disciples serving a local church) or earning a ticket to heaven (one does not earn their way to heaven).
Friday, June 3, 2016

Lesters in concert June 11, Tower Hill Free Methodist
TOWER HILL, Ill. — The Lesters, 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 percent Pure Lester.
Friday, June 3, 2016

VisionWay Christian School 8th Grade Grads
TAYLORVILLE — VisionWay Christian School recently held their graduation ceremonies for eighth grade students.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Orthodox Christian spiritual seat issues call for unity
CAIRO (AP) — The spiritual seat of the world's Orthodox Christians today issued a call for unity ahead of the first ever meeting of the faith's 14 independent churches that is expected to discuss the churches' common future and efforts to heal the nearly 1,000-year rift with the Roman Catholics.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Powerful Catholic voice from Africa judges America on sex
When United Methodists argue about sex and marriage, these doctrinal struggles usually evolve into clashes between progressives in America and conservatives in the growing churches of the global south, especially Africa.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Minister's Message: Hope
TAYLORVILLE — Memorial Day weekend has arrived. School graduations for all ages from preschool through university are taking place. Students have completed the school year with hopes of an exciting summer. All have a common theme of moving forward to the next event or step in life.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Baptist Academy recognizes year-end award winners
ROSAMOND, Ill. — The Junior Senior High Awards Chapel was held on Wednesday, May 18 at First Baptist Christian Academy in Rosamond.
Friday, May 27, 2016

On Religion: Seeking a key to the soul of atheist Christopher Hitchens
The Shenandoah Valley was a spectacular place to spend Labor Day, even when rushing by car from Washington, D.C., to a public debate in Birmingham, Alabama.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Faith Community Honors Grads
TAYLORVILLE — Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville honored their graduates in the Sunday morning service on May 22.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Stonington Methodist Honors Grads
STONINGTON, Ill. — The Stonington United Methodist Church honored their graduates during the worship service on May 22.
Friday, May 27, 2016

First United Methodist Church Honors Grads
The First United Methodist Church recently honored graduates and their families.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Morrisonville Presbyterian hosting outdoor service June 12
MORRISONVILLE — The First Presbyterian Church of Morrisonville will host a worship service in the Morrisonville Village Park on Sunday, June 12 at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Pavilion.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Pope: Exploiting workers for profit a mortal sin
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says employers who exploit their workers for their own profit are committing a mortal sin.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Methodist Conference trying to avoid church split
(AP) — Struggling to avoid a split over gay rights, the top policy-making body of the United Methodist Church on Wednesday narrowly approved a full review of all church law on sexuality, amid an emotional meeting roiled by talk of schism.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Officials to restore Jesus tomb in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) — Christian officials have launched historic restoration work at the Tomb of Jesus inside the Church of Holy Sepulcher, site where tradition holds Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Bluegrass Group At Methodist Church This Weekend
Friday, May 20, 2016

Minister's Message Are you just, God?
TAYLORVILLE — I love to watch movies. I would consider myself a movie buff or sorts. My favorite movies are ones that have the idea of good versus evil. In most movies it seems that evil will prevail but in the end good wins out and justice is served. We find some comfort in that don’t we?  We like to see justice being served out, but there is a problem. We live in a world that in many ways lacks justice. Anytime you read the news or turn on the TV we see acts of injustice that seem to go unpunished.
Friday, May 20, 2016

For many of faith, election poses a stark, painful moral choice
The nightmare scenario focuses on a stark, painful moral choice.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Sioux tribes push to protect sacred site
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Rosebud Sioux member Russell Eagle Bear remembers feeling relief as night was falling at a sacred site in the Black Hills of South Dakota called Pe' Sla. People had gathered to pray on a cold, windy evening in December 2012 just after a group of tribes completed the purchase of the roughly 3-square-miles of land.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Minister's Message: Remember When
TAYLORVILLE — We were recently at a Conference where the first speaker stated he had a vision on the way in which Holy Spirit said “Remember When”. He said he understood this to be a ‘Word” from the Lord concerning the Conference.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Pope willing to study if women can be deacons
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday he is willing to create a commission to study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic Church, signaling openness to letting women serve in ordained ministry currently reserved to men.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Interesting, a comic book that tries to get inside the pope's head
The grand Basilica of San Jose de Flores usually inspires visitors to gaze up at its Corinthian pillars and soaring 19th-century Italianate clock tower.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Minister's Message: The least of these
TAYLORVILLE — In Matthew 25, Jesus paints a disturbing portrait of judgment in which our willingness to serve others dictates eternal consequences. One group is blessed by Jesus because of their willingness to serve those in need around them.
Friday, May 6, 2016

St. Rita's Celebrates First Communion
KINCAID — St. Rita's Parish in Kincaid Celebrated First Communion last Saturday evening at the 4 p.m. mass. Refreshments were served after mass in the church hall which were provided by St. Rita's Altar and Rosary Society.
Friday, May 6, 2016

House on Rock showing 'Early Warning' May 20
EDINBURG — There will be a free showing of “Early Warning,” an evangelistic, end time classic at House on The Rock Church in Edinburg, Ill.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Tower Hill church hosting gospel singer
TOWER HILL, Ill. — Joe Arview, pictured right, will be in concert at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church at 5 p.m., Sunday, May 15.
Friday, May 6, 2016

First Baptist Church showing 'War Room' May 29
TAYLORVILLE — First Baptist Church is offering a fifth Sunday event during worship time on Sunday, May 29 starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Taylorville Cinema, 117 West Main Cross.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. . .or maybe not
In the days after Sept. 11, 2001, many news reports claimed that stunned Americans were seeking solace in sanctuary pews and in private rites of faith.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Kelly couple celebrating 50th year in ministry
TAYLORVILLE — As a part of their Fourteen Annual Founders Day Celebration, Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville honored Founding Pastors James T. and June Kelly on their 50th Anniversary in the Ministry.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Faith Community Worship Center Hosts Girls Night Out
TAYLORVILLE — Fifteen girls and "Prayer Mothers" met at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville for a "Girls Night Out" on Friday, April 15. The event was one of several quarterly events sponsored through the Prayer Mother and Prayer Daughter ministry of the church. 
Friday, April 29, 2016

Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet to perform at First United Methodist Church
TAYLORVILLE — For anyone who has seen them in concert, none of this comes as a surprise. The Farm Hands are one of the most exciting and talented bands in bluegrass music.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Faith Community Worship Center observes Founders Day Celebration
TAYLORVILLE — Faith Community Worship Center will observe their fourteen annual "Founders Day Celebration" on Sunday, May 1 with a 10 a.m. worship service.  Senior Pastor Jerry L. Thorpe, Jr. reports the day is planned to be a "time of reflection, of from where God has brought us, as well as a time of revelation, projecting our goals for the future of the church."
Friday, April 29, 2016

National Day of Prayer Task Force
There will be a National Day of Prayer hosted by Faith-In-Action and Quad Co. Home Health and Hospice on Thursday May 5 at the Pana Kitchell Park Chautauqua building.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Gospel music comes to Pana
PANA — The Wanda Mountain Boys will sing southern gospel music Sunday, May 1, at 5 p.m., at United in Faith Church, 609 Fairgrounds Road, Pana, Ill.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Minister's Message: "So, He Ascended into Heaven"
To confess Jesus to be the Son of God, the Christ of God, is to say that the events of His life brings us life and salvation.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Minister's Message: Hearing God's voice
TAYLORVILLE — In the movie, The Apostle, actor Robert Duvall portrays a preacher named Euliss “Sonny” Dewey. Early in this film, after loosing his family, his congregation and his direction, Sonny “asks” God what to do. I put ask in quotations as the scene shows he not so much asks as shouts and demands. When a neighbor calls the house and speaks with his mother and asks for him to keep it down, she says, “Sometimes Sonny talks to God, sometimes he shouts at God. Tonight’s a shoutin’ night!”
Friday, April 22, 2016

Stonington youth group completes service project
STONINGTON — The CrossTraining Youth Group from Stonington Joy Assembly recently completed their April Service project. As baseball season approaches, the youth group walked to the Stonington Park for a cleanup day. After a picnic lunch and a short lesson the youth picked up trash and raked leaves in the park, ball diamond and dug out areas.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Catholic Daughters Contest Winners
TAYLORVILLE — Each spring the Catholic Daughters of the Americas local chapter sponsors a contest in which students from St. Mary School are asked to use their creative talents.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Taylorville Christian hosting Wanda Mountain Boys
TAYLORVILLE — The Wanda Mountain Boys will be in concert at Taylorville Christian Church, 1124 N. Webster St., Taylorville, this Sunday, April 24, at 6:00 p.m.
Friday, April 22, 2016

'Religious liberty' has become a scary term in today's environment
Early in his career in Congress, Democrat Tony Hall of Ohio had his politics worked out, but he wasn't sure how to combine them with the convictions of his Christian faith.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Area Events Planned to Mark National Day Of Prayer
Friday, April 22, 2016

Church transforming club for homeless people
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — When Charles Ahrens looks at the unfinished floors and walls of the third floor of a building that once hosted comedy shows, he sees a future home for people living on the streets, many of them mentally ill.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Minister's Message: Here and now
TAYLORVILLE — Often we are overwhelmed by heartbreaking news nationally and globally and people complaining about Taylorville. We can begin to think that is the reality. But, if we examine closer, we begin to see the dominance Jesus Great News in our community.
Friday, April 15, 2016

TCC missionaries departing for Austria Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — Six people from Taylorville Christian Church will depart April 17, on a mission trip to Haus Edelweiss in Austria. They will be Short-term worker’s using their God given gifts and talents to serve Christian leaders who come to the main teaching campus of TCM (Taking Christ to Millions) near Vienna, Austria for ministry training.
Friday, April 15, 2016

ER nurse to discuss substance abuse in Edinburg
EDINBURG — Steven Parker RN will speak about substance abuse at Trinity Lutheran Church, Edinburg, on April 18 at 7 pm. Parker is an attending nurse at McKendree University.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Church group hears from master gardener
Geri Niemann, Master Gardener and Naturalist, gave an interesting program yesterday to the YAH (Young at Heart) group of the Taylorville Christian Church. The program was about the perilous plight of the pollinators and how valuable they are to us.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Faith Community attends 'Pursuit Conference'
DECATUR, Ill. — Ten ladies representing Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville attended a two-day "Pursuit Conference" at the Heartland Community Church in Decatur sponsored by the Illinois Church of God Department of Women's Ministries.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Gospel review: Parker Millsap sings Bible Belt blues
The first song is "Hades Pleades" and the last is "Tribulation Hymn," which means Parker Millsap takes his audience to hell and back.
Friday, April 15, 2016

On Religion: One jagged piece of the jigsaw puzzle of modern marriage
Imagine that there is an active Catholic layman named "Bob," and that his complicated life has included a divorce or two.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Minister's Message: Times of change
“The times, they are a changing” say the words of a popular song by Bob Dylan. That album was published in 1964 and the words still fit today. Everywhere I look I see signs of change. The daffodils blooming are signs of spring. Organizations change and friends move to new places.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Public invited, Bible study at AME Church
TAYLORVILLE — There will be a Bible study at Allen Chapel AME Church located at 600 E. Vine Street on the following Tuesdays from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.: April 19, May 3, May 17 and May 31.
Friday, April 8, 2016

House on Rock: Free movie night returns
EDINBURG, Ill. — Free Movie night returns and the first showing will be "Apostle Peter and The Last Supper”.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Pastor appreciation day at Kincaid Church of God
KINCAID, Ill. — Pastor Jacob and Susan Skelton, their children Ian and Lily, along with Associate Pastor Stephanie Holford will be honored Sunday, April 10 during the 10:30 morning worship service. This leadership team has served the Kincaid Church of God since November 2013.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Local group provides faith-based addiction help
TAYLORVILLE — Just over a year ago, a letter to the editor announced that a newly formed addictions recovery program was meeting locally in Taylorville. The newly established program, named 12:2 Addiction Transformation after a Bible verse in Romans that promises a renewal of the mind through the work of Jesus Christ, provides support services for those suffering with addictions or strongholds of any kind.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Hopewell Baptist Church hosting spring revival
PANA — Hopewell Southern Baptist Church of Pana will be hosting their Spring Revival beginning Sunday morning at 10:30 and Sunday evening at 6 with Brother Sam Moore. April 11-April 14 the beginning times will be 7 p.m.
Friday, April 8, 2016

On Religion: The Crux crucial to anyone who cares about quality reporting
No one is surprised when The Wall Street Journal covers Wall Street, Disney releases a princess movie or Apple creates another wonder framed in aluminum.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Pope: Conscience, not rules, must lead faithful
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said today that Catholics should look to their own consciences rather than rely exclusively on church rules to negotiate the complexities of sex, marriage and family life, demanding the church shift emphasis from doctrine to mercy in confronting some of the thorniest issues facing the faithful.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Gospel Music at Edinburg Baptist Church
EDINBURG — The Edinburg First Baptist Church is hosting its first Gospel Sing for 2016 on Friday April 1. There will be a light meal at 5:30 p.m. and singing will start at 7 p.m.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Joy Assembly hosts youth glow-in-the-dark egg hunt
STONINGTON — The Junior CrossTraining Youth Group of Joy Assembly recently hosted a glow in the dark Easter egg hunt for 3rd-5th grade children.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Joy Assembly CrossTraining Youth Group completes March service project
STONINGTON — The CrossTraining Youth Group from Joy Assembly in Stonington recently completed their March service project by visiting residents of the Taylorville Care Center. The youth group members made treat bags and a community Easter basket filled with games, books, cards and other activities.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Minister's Message: Easter is over - Who's laughing now?
Did you hear the one about the girl that was using the following password on her computer: MickeyMinniePlutoLouieDeweyDonaldGoofySacramento. When asked why she had such a long password, she said she was told that it had to be at least eight characters long and include one capital.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Faith Community Huge Easter Egg Hunt
TAYLORVILLE — The annual Faith Community Worship Center sponsored an Easter Egg hunt last weekend. Over 21,800 candy or toy-filled plastic Easter eggs were gathered by 360 children in 20 minutes.
Friday, April 1, 2016














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