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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

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

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

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

Celebrate The Holy Season With Your Family At These Events And Services
Friday, March 25, 2016

Minister's Message: Rejoice and be glad
TAYLORVILLE — This week, we as Christians remember the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 1st Corinthians 15:3 “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
Friday, March 25, 2016

Mother Teresa's private battles along the path to sainthood
While no one knew it at the time, 1951 was a pivotal year for Mother Teresa of Calcutta: the start of a private battle for the tiny nun millions hailed as a living saint.
Friday, March 25, 2016

Edinburg Methodist salad luncheon April 2
EDINBURG, Ill. — The Edinburg United Methodist Women’s group will hold their  Annual Salad luncheon on Saturday, April 2 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Friday, March 25, 2016

Piano, organ concert April 3 at Decatur Christian
DECATUR, Ill. — There will be a piano and organ concert performed by the Arsenal Duo on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
Friday, March 25, 2016

Faith Community prepares for Easter egg hunt
TAYLORVILLE — Faith Community Worship Center (FCWC) will host their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 26 with registration at 10 a.m. and the hunt beginning at 11 a.m. Ages 0 through age 12 are welcome and children are encouraged to bring a basket or sturdy bag.
Friday, March 25, 2016

St. Rita's Presents Live Stations Of The Cross
KINCAID, Ill. — On Wednesday evening, St.Rita's PSR classes presented a Live Stations of The Cross, showing the last hours of the life of Jesus.
Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday And Holy Thursday
Holy Thursday, which falls on the Thursday before Easter Sunday, commemorates The Last Supper of Jesus Christ. During The Last Supper, Jesus, who Christians believe is the Son of God, established the sacrament of Holy Communion.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Easter Sunday is March 27, 2016: Ways For You And Your Family To Celebrate Easter
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Morrisonville Easter parade Sat., Mar. 26, 11:00 a.m.
MORRISONVILLE — The Easter Bunny is scheduled to make a special appearance in Morrisonville on Saturday, March 26th at 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

New faith-based films looking for a broader appeal
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For some filmgoers, hearing a movie described as “faith-based” makes it a must-see.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Meaning Behind Easter Symbols
Easter Sunday is one of the most meaningful days on the Christian calendar. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe died by crucifixion as a sacrifice to atonement. Many symbols are associated with Easter, and understanding these symbols can help Christians and non-Christians alike gain a stronger grasp of this deeply meaningful Christian day of worship.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Jesus' last hours depicted live in 'The Passion'
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The tale of the final hours of the life of Jesus of Nazareth has been told countless times — but on Sunday, Fox will broadcast a retelling with a modern-day musical twist, with the resurrected City of New Orleans as the backdrop.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Survey: More tolerance of social change except divorce
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are more accepting of gay relationships and couples living together before marriage — but they've grown less comfortable with divorce, a new survey shows.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Palm Sunday Services And Events At Area Churches
Friday, March 18, 2016

Edinburg choir presenting Easter Cantata Sunday
EDINBURG — The Edinburg Community Choir will present their Easter Cantata, “O What a Savior” in the Edinburg United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 20 at 4:00 p.m.
Friday, March 18, 2016

Kincaid Baptist holding Easter party for children
KINCAID — On Thursday night, March 24, 2016, the Kincaid Baptist Church will hold a Kids Easter Party and Egg Hunt for children ages four and above. This is in conjunction with the weekly TeamKID program, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 18, 2016

Morrisonville Presbyterian supports fellowship
MORRISONVILLE — Athletes from Morrisonville High School are treated to a hearty breakfast every Wednesday morning at the Morrisonville Presbyterian Church.
Friday, March 18, 2016

Minister's Message: The King
This weekend, many churches will celebrate Palm Sunday. On this day, Christians remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem the Sunday before he was crucified. Crowds lined the roads into the city and put their garments and palm branches on the road for the donkey carrying Jesus to walk on.
Friday, March 18, 2016

On Religion: Painful, historic fault lines emerge in American evangelicalism
This hasn't been a run-of-the-mill academic year for Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Everett Piper.
Friday, March 18, 2016

Minister's Message: Understanding the way Christians think
TAYLORVILLE — If you ever wonder how a Christian thinks, you can begin by understanding the meaning of Easter. The resurrection of Jesus Christ was a tremendous effect upon the hearts and minds of the believers in Jesus.
Friday, March 11, 2016

Ill Californians soon may take life-ending drugs
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Terminally ill California residents will be able to legally end their lives with medication prescribed by a doctor beginning June 9.
Friday, March 11, 2016

Carlyle retiring from First United Methodist Church
TAYLORVILLE — You are invited to join with the First United Methodist Church congregation as they celebrate Connie Carlyle's retirement on Sunday, March 13 at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Friday, March 11, 2016

Q & A about Missouri religious objection proposal
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to a measure to amend the state Constitution to provide further religious protections for those objecting to gay marriage, advancing the proposal after a 37-hour filibuster by Democrats opposed to it. Here are some things to know about the proposal.
Friday, March 11, 2016

On Religion: 'Young Messiah:' A Bible movie that tries to stay faithful
Ages ago, there was nothing unusual about Hollywood producing epics based on Bible stories.
Friday, March 11, 2016

VisionWay Star Students
TAYLORVILLE — Vision Way Christian School named their February Star Students recently. Students are selected each month for their outstanding character and shining their light for Jesus.
Friday, March 4, 2016

DMCC Dinosaurs
TAYLORVILLE — The children at Davis Memorial Christian Preschool studied dinosaurs recently. They pretended to be paleontologists by using a paint brush to brush sand away from the fossils.
Friday, March 4, 2016

Minister's Message: Yes, it really is possible to consider every day Christmas
If you noticed the sermon title, you will wonder if I've lost it. Well I may have, but it IS possible to consider every day as Christmas again. If you consider the fact that every day we have 24 hours, never to be repeated again, we have Christmas 365 days a year.
Friday, March 4, 2016

On Religion: Are things starting to look up for religious freedom in China?
Pope Francis didn't make global headlines on Aug. 14, 2014, when -- with permission from Communist Party leaders -- Shepherd One flew through Chinese airspace on the way to Seoul, South Korea.
Friday, March 4, 2016

Minister's Message: The power of Lent
TAYLORVILLE — When 16 or 17 years old I was driving. through my hometown's square. Suddenly, my car stopped running. I thought, "Man, what is going on?" I looked at the fuel gage. The needle was on empty. It was embarrassing to be stuck in a public place. I knew better. Earlier, I saw the fuel gage was almost on empty. But I ignored it.
Friday, February 26, 2016

Problem Solvers
TAYLORVILLE — Throughout the third academic quarter, the enrichment program at VisionWay Christian School has provided students challenging math activities.
Friday, February 26, 2016

FCWC Students Attend Ozark Winterfest Retreat
BRANSON, Mo. — Ten students and youth leaders from Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville attended a weekend retreat  Friday through Sunday, February 19-21 in Branson, Missouri.
Friday, February 26, 2016

Remembering Justice Antonin Scalia, a sinner. . .
Catholics who faithfully go to Confession are unusual these days. According to one study linked to Georgetown University, a mere two percent of American Catholics "regularly" confess their sins to a priest.
Friday, February 26, 2016

Acapella group in concert in Tower Hill March 6
TOWER HILL, Ill. — Blend, an acapella quartet will be appearing at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church, 207 N. Erie Street on Sunday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m. The group brings back all of those fun loving memories of the 50’s and 60’s with a twist of fun.
Friday, February 26, 2016












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