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Minister's Message: Help wanted
TAYLORVILLE — Where do you go when you need help? Recently I was walking across a room with my arms full of stuff and I was about to drop most of it to the floor. I couldn’t actually see who it was, but I knew someone had walked into the room, so I hoped for the best and said, “A little help please!” I know you’ve been there haven’t you? Maybe the circumstance was small or perhaps it seemed overwhelming, but at some point we all recognize that we need some help. In 1908, the universal distress signal, “SOS”, became an internationally recognized cry for help. Today, even young children in America are familiar with three simple numbers that call for help, “911.” We see it in the lyrics of a famous Beatle’s song, “Help, I need somebody!” The truth is that even though we may resist it, we recognize that eventually we all need help. Where we go for that help is critically important.
Friday, February 16, 2018


Ancient beard traditions shape the face of Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) — Facial hair is trendy worldwide these days, but in Jerusalem beards have never gone out of style, projecting religious mysticism, nationalism and ideals of masculinity.
Friday, February 16, 2018

French bishop declares nun's recovery as 70th Lourdes miracle
PARIS (AP) — A French bishop declared this week that the recovery a long-debilitated nun made after she visited the shrine in Lourdes was a miracle, the 70th event to be recognized as an act of divine intervention at the world-famous Catholic pilgrimage site.
Friday, February 16, 2018

On Religion: Friendship trumps politics at prayer breakfast; faith transcends
In the world of "woke" Twitter, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana is a white-supremacist, fundamentalist, homophobic NRA lackey who has tested God's patience by opposing gun control.
Friday, February 16, 2018

DMCC holding Getting in Touch with Jesus classes

TAYLORVILLE — “Getting in Touch with Jesus” is the Lenten theme at Davis Memorial Christian Church. Lent is a time when Christians and church examine their relationship with Jesus. 


Friday, February 9, 2018

Kincaid church to host World Missions gathering

KINCAID — On February 16-17, Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) will host a World Missions Gathering at the Church. 


Friday, February 9, 2018

Bathing

TAYLORVILLE — For a brief time as a kid I did not want to take baths. To say the least, my parents were annoyed by my resistance. Fortunately, this tussle did not last long as mom and dad prevailed. 


Friday, February 9, 2018

David Koresh, Bible prophecies and the tragedy of Waco

The recording tape was rolling on Feb. 28, 1993, when Branch Davidian leader David Koresh called Larry Lynch at the McLennan County sheriff's office.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Hit comedy 'Bible Bingo' coming to Effingham
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Bingo, laughter, goofy prizes, and a bit of the Bible! Vicki Quade (Late Night Catechism) and Nuns4Fun Entertainment are proud to present Bible Bingo: A Comedy with God, Games & Goofy Prizes February 11 at the Effingham Performance Center. Show time is 3 p.m.
Friday, February 2, 2018

LGBT exclusion eliminated from adoption bill
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia House on Thursday unanimously passed a sweeping revamp to the state's adoption code, seeking to revive an ambitious overhaul that stalled last year when a controversial "religious freedom" clause was added by the Senate.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Jews for Jesus presenting Passover Seder meal
PANA — Jews For Jesus will be presenting a Passover Seder Meal  hosted by Faith-In-Action on Thursday, March 22, 2018  beginning at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Pana.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Faith Extreme Youth Attend WinterJam
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Teens and chaperones from Faith Extreme (F-X) Youth Ministries at Faith Community Worship Center attended WinterJam at the Scot Trade Center in St. Louis on Saturday, January 27. The venue was filled to capacity for the Christian event. Pictured from left are: Youth Pastor Jami Hefner, Youth Leaders Tiffany and Tim McArdle, Taylor McArdle, Tabi McArdle, Kaitlyn Michaud, Sierra Patterson, Madi Maross, Carson Hefner, Brandon Hefner. Not pictured, Youth Pastor Jeff Hefner.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Minister's Message: Stray cats, stray thoughts
TAYLORVILLE — Scripture says “the thoughts of the righteous are just, but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful”, and “wash your heart from evil, that you may be saved. How long will your wicked thoughts lodge within you?”, and “the Word of God is living and active and sharper than a two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge between the thoughts and intentions of the heart”
Friday, February 2, 2018

On Religion - Pope Francis: Satan is behind fake news, whether we know it or not
Maybe it's author Michael "Fire and Fury" Wolff hinting that President Donald Trump is having an affair with United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Carry your own weight

TAYLORVILLE — We sometimes think aloud that another person should “carry his (or her) own weight.” That’s the way our culture operates. People are supposed to tend to their own business. They are supposed to provide for themselves financially, physically, and emotionally. They should be sure that they are not a burden on other people.



Friday, January 26, 2018

Edinburg First Baptist Church to host The Chosen Ones

EDINBURG — The Chosen Ones Gospel music recording artists, The Chosen Ones, will be in concert on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 6 p.m.


Friday, January 26, 2018

New series of First Place for Health begins at Faith Community Worship Center

TAYLORVILLE — First Place for Health (FP4H) will begin a new eight-week series at Faith Community Worship Center on Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Getting in touch with Jesus
TAYLORVILLE — The Lenten season occurs when congregations and individuals prepare for the celebration of Easter. This is the time to reflect upon our lives and our relationship with Jesus. It is a period of 40 days beginning on Ash Wednesday. The Davis Memorial Christian Church (DMCC) 2018 Lent theme is “Getting in Touch with Jesus”.
Friday, January 26, 2018

Evangelicals taking a more complex look at 'life'issues

Back in his days as a youth pastor, Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma spent lots of time begging church members to teach Sunday school.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Winter camps in God's back yard
MT. AUBURN — Spend a night and day at Camp One Way this winter. See old friends, meet new friends, enjoy games, music and food. All camps begin Friday night (after supper) and end Saturday night (after supper). Drop off and pick up at 7 p.m.
Friday, January 19, 2018

FCWC celebrates Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — Faith Community Worship Center will recognize “Sanctity of Life Sunday” on Sunday, January 21,  which is the Sunday in January closest to the passage of Roe vs Wade, the bill that opened the door for the murder of millions of fetuses in America through abortion.
Friday, January 19, 2018

ISHS 2018 Illinois Sesquicentennial Church program seeks nominations
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Historical Society's (ISHS) 2018 Illinois Sesquicentennial Church program seeks nominations for churches serving the citizens of the state of Illinois for 150 years or more.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Minister's Message: "The Miracle in Minnesota"
TAYLORVILLE — Forty-two years after the infamous “Hail Mary” touchdown pass, the Minnesota Vikings was on the positive side of the “Miracle in Minnesota.” The play that was called was named, “Manna from Heaven.”   Expressions such as “There was God,” and “I want to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” filled the air after the touchdown and during the interviews. There were a lot of religious expressions and praises for God.
Friday, January 19, 2018

On Religion: A word from Oprah, the pope of the 'nones'
No one has to tell Marcia Nelson about America's rising number of "nones" -- people claiming zero ties to a religious tradition -- because she meets them day after day while working as a hospital chaplain in Chicago.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Pope letter details concern over Chile bishop

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The Vatican was so concerned about the fallout from Chile’s most notorious pedophile priest that it planned to ask three Chilean bishops accused of knowing about his decades-long crimes to resign and take a year’s sabbatical — a revelation that comes just days before Pope Francis makes his first visit to Chile as pope.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Caring for those with dementia

Greetings in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

This article utilizes some thoughts from Elayne Lipp, a retired pastor who has both professional and personal experience with Alzheimer’s disease, as found in the publication “Ministry with Persons with Mental Illness and Their Families” (2012).


Friday, January 12, 2018

New series of First Place for Health

TAYLORVILLE — First Place for Health (FP4H) will begin a new eight-week series at Faith Community Worship Center on Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.


Friday, January 12, 2018

The Star Wars theology debates heat up, protecting the true faith

Debates about Star Wars theology have come a long way since kids in the first "Star Wars generation" asked: "Is the Force the same thing as God?"


Friday, January 12, 2018

After a decade at the helm, Mormon president dies
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Thomas S. Monson, considered a prophet by nearly 16 million Mormons worldwide, has died at the age of 90 after a nearly a decade as church president. He expanded the church's reach and its transparency and was known for promoting humanitarian causes despite leading a divisive fight against gay marriage.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Taylorville Christian Church expansion underway
TAYLORVILLE — A new expansion to the Taylorville Christian Church is beginning to take shape, and Pastor James Jones says the congregation is extremely excited about the new 7,000 square foot addition.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Minister's Message: Tolle lege
Sitting in a garden one day, Augustine, the great theologian and leader of the ancient church, prayed to God. His attempts at reaching out to God, understanding God, connecting to God had not been going well. Reaching out to God in an earnest and sincere way, he was asking God to speak, to be revealed to him.
Friday, January 5, 2018

On Religion: 'Three Kings' an elaboration on historical story from Matthew
Several centuries after the birth of Jesus, Syrian scribes offered these names for the wise men who came to Bethlehem: King Hormizdah of Persia, King Yazdegerd of Saba and King Perozadh of Shelba.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Prime targets: A look at recent attacks on Egypt's Coptic Christians

CAIRO (AP) — An attack today on Egypt’s Coptic Christians in which gunmen opened fire outside a church and at a store in the south Cairo suburb of Helwan, killing at least eight Copts and a policeman, is the latest episode in what have now become regular assaults by Islamic militants on the country’s Coptic community. 


Friday, December 29, 2017

The Pain of Staying The Same

Can I confess something? I actually like when I get sick and have to be taken care of. My mom spoiled me, and while I don’t enjoy the feeling of sickness, laying in the bed, watching Netflix, and being served soup for 48 hours isn’t the worst thing in the world. Can we all be honest and admit that sometimes staying in bed is better than dealing with life. I ask because reading about the crippled man in John 5 reminds me not everyone hates being sick.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Church Calendar
Friday, December 22, 2017

Faith Community Teens And Tots
Friday, December 22, 2017

Minister's Message: Christmas
TAYLORVILLE — The birth of Jesus is very subversive and revolutionary
Friday, December 22, 2017

On Religion: Topping the list for 2017's top 10 religion stories is. . .
While there was nothing new about someone entering a religious sanctuary and gunning down the faithful, the bloodshed at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was truly historic.
Friday, December 22, 2017

Church Calendar
Friday, December 15, 2017

Davis Memorial Youth Group Enjoys Outing
Friday, December 15, 2017

A time to tell His story

This is the season we celebrate the birth of a Savior- Jesus Christ, the Son of God. A Son given because God so loved the world He created a Son who would be the Redeemer promised by presenting His own Blood for the sin of the world, and specifically for mine/yours /ours.


Friday, December 15, 2017

What happens when Hanukkah Harvie meets Santa?

It's a question that may pop into the minds of Jewish children at some point when they are little: Does Santa Claus deliver their Hanukkah presents?

The answer must be "no," according to shopping-mall orthodoxy, since the cultural icon called Santa does his thing on Christmas Eve.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Church Calendar
Friday, December 8, 2017

Minister's Message: Present
TAYLORVILLE — The Christmas season is well underway now, and many of us have already been enjoying the festivities. Trees are decorated. The parties have already started. The church programs are rehearsed. While we enjoy all of those things, we may also be feeling the pressure of the holiday season.
Friday, December 8, 2017

VisionWay Pre-k students visit Festival of Lights
SPRINGFIELD — The joy of Christmas is often at its peak in the hearts and minds of four and five year olds as they begin to truly understand the message and traditions surrounding Christmas.
Friday, December 8, 2017

On Religion: American Christmas: It may be 'yuuuuge,' but not very sacred
The way President Donald Trump sees things, his tax-bill win on Capitol Hill was a giant -- maybe even "yuuuuge" -- Christmas present for America.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Faith-Xtreme teen Christmas party Sat.
TAYLORVILLE — The Faith X-treme (F-X) Teen Department of Faith Community Worship Center will have their December worship service at 6 p.m. Saturday that will include a Bible lesson and praise music by the teen praise team. This is open to all teens ages 12 to 19 years of age. The event is under the leadership of Youth Pastors Jeff and Jami Hefner and Youth Leaders Tim and Tiffany McArdle.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Church of God hosting pastor appreciation event
KINCAID — The Kincaid Church of God will honor their pastoral team at a Pastor Appreciation Christmas dinner on December 10, 2017. The event will be held in the fellowship hall following the morning worship service.
Friday, December 8, 2017

70-year-old has 'Do No Resuscitate' tattood on
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — It was a scenario that emergency room doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital had discussed but never seen in person — an unconscious patient with a tattoo across his chest that read "Do Not Resuscitate."
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday Church Calendar
Friday, December 1, 2017

Lighthouse Apostolic to host candlelight service Dec. 22

TAYLORVILLE — The Lighthouse Apostolic Church in Taylorville will hold their annual candlelight Christmas service on Friday, December 22 at 7 p.m.


Friday, December 1, 2017

KCOG to host Christmas Bazaar Dec. 2

KINCAID — This Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) is hosting a Christmas Bazaar. The high school and middle school students of Restoring Hope Student Ministries are sponsoring the event to raise funds for an upcoming trip called Winterfest this February. 


Friday, December 1, 2017

FCWC to hold mother daughter Christmas Tea tomorrow
TAYLORVILLE — Ladies and girls from Faith Community Worship Center will gather at 2:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall tomorrow, December 2 for the fifteenth annual Prayer Mother and Prayer Daughter Christmas Tea. 
Friday, December 1, 2017

"Enjoy the Two Seasons of Christmas"

TAYLORVILLE — With “tongue in cheek,” I pray that you will enjoy the two seasons of Christmas. There is the secular season which begins sometime between Halloween and Thanksgiving. This season is filled with excitement, stress, get-togethers, business, decorating, gift buying and the pleasantries of receiving gifts. 


Friday, December 1, 2017

Lottie Moon: Feisty Southern Baptist patron saint
It was soon after Thanksgiving when Chelsen Vicari noticed a new foreign-missions display at the Southern Baptist church she joined after moving to Fancy Gap, in the Southwest Virginia hills. 
Friday, December 1, 2017

FCWC begins Advent Season services Nov. 26
TAYLORVILLE — Faith Community Worship Center will enter their Advent Season worship season on Sunday with a celebration of praise, a communion service, and a sermon by Lead Pastor Jerry Thorpe.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Wanda Mountain Boys in Tower Hill Dec. 2
TOWER HILL, Ill. — The Wanda Mountain Boys will perform on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church.
Friday, November 24, 2017

First Presbyterian hosts Hanging of the Evergreens
TAYLORVILLE — First Presbyterian Church, 116 E. Franklin, Taylorville invites the public to their annual Hanging of the Evergreens service.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Minister's Message: In Everything Give Thanks
I Thessalonians 5:18 “In everything give thanks…”
Friday, November 24, 2017

On Religion: 'Evangelical' still a religious term
For a half-century or more, there has been no question about whose name would top any list of the "Most Influential Evangelicals in America."
Friday, November 24, 2017










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