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Kids Of Faith Perform
TAYLORVILLE — Easter Sunday worship at Faith Community Worship Center began with a musical drama presented by the Kids of Faith Team under the direction of children's musical director Emily Thorpe. Pictured from left are: Carrie Olivio, Arianna Olivio, Summer Hobbs, Autumn Hobbs, and Sammy Kriener.                  Submitted photo
TAYLORVILLE — Easter Sunday worship at Faith Community Worship Center began with a musical drama presented by the Kids of Faith Team under the direction of children's musical director Emily Thorpe. Pictured from left are: Carrie Olivio, Arianna Olivio, Summer Hobbs, Autumn Hobbs, and Sammy Kriener.                  
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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

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

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

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

Tapestries get 16 years of grooming
NEW YORK (AP) — Think your home furnishings are a dust magnet? New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine just spent 16 years cleaning and conserving its rare, supersize wall hangings.
Friday, March 24, 2017

Camp One Way to host event 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, March 24, 2017

Minister Message
Friday, March 24, 2017

Missions month ends at Kincaid Church of God
KINCAID — The month of March at Kincaid Church of God has been dedicated to raising awareness and funds for world missions, particularly focusing in on Cota, Columbia and an orphanage in Guatemala called Casa Shalom. The church has set a goal of six-thousand dollars to go towards both of these ministries and will have a change drive this Sunday at their 10:30 a.m. service to achieve this goal. 
Friday, March 24, 2017

M'ville Presbyterian to offer contemporary services
MORRISONVILLE — The Morrisonville Presbyterian Church will begin offering contemporary worship services April 23.
Friday, March 24, 2017

The oft-forgotten Christian Holy Day, the Feast of the Annunciation
Anyone who can do basic math knows that something mysterious happened to a young Jewish girl named Mary nine months before Christmas.
Friday, March 24, 2017

Oklahoma church creates replica from 'The Shack'
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The wooden shanty sitting on the lawn of Wesley United Methodist Church was created to spark the curiosity of motorists driving along the busy street and others in the community.
Friday, March 24, 2017

UK grants 1st license for babies from 3 people
Friday, March 17, 2017

Minister's Message: One small step
TAYLORVILLE — "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." These now famous words were heard in 1969 by astronaut Neil Armstrong as he stepped out of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, becoming the first man to step onto the surface of the moon.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Edinburg churches hosting movie nights in March
Friday, March 17, 2017

On Religion: Married priest parses latest papal sound bite on 'tested men'
Every now and then, a typical Catholic asks Father Dwight Longenecker for his take on whether Rome will ever ordain more married men as priests.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Faith healing grandfather is charged
READING, Pa. (AP) — A pastor in a fundamentalist Christian sect that rejects doctors and drugs has been charged in the death of a child — his own granddaughter — from medical neglect. The novel prosecution is raising hopes among some advocates that it might spur change in a church that has resisted it.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Faith, traditions infuse St. Pat's Day in Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — There were no green beers or gaudy T-shirts when Savannah first celebrated St. Patrick's Day, just a solemn procession of immigrants seeking to honor their Irish roots more than 3,800 miles from their homeland across the Atlantic.
Friday, March 17, 2017

A capella quartet to perform at Tower Hill church
TOWER HILL, Ill. — Blend, an a capella quartet, will be appearing at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church, 207 N. Erie St. at 5:00 p.m. on March 18.
Friday, March 10, 2017

Christians prepare their hearts, stomachs for Lent
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Festive purple and yellow streamers, glittering masks and shiny table decor greeted attendees of the Cathedral Church of St. Mark's annual Shrove Tuesday feast of pancakes, bacon and sausage.
Friday, March 10, 2017

Kincaid Church of God kicks of Missions Month
KINCAID — Last Sunday, Kincaid Church of God kicked off the Month of March in dedication to Missions with their theme: Children of the World. As part of missions month, the church will be sponsoring two Missions projects that they will be raising funds and awareness for, those being Casa Shalom Orphanage in Guatemala and Cota, Columbia. 
Friday, March 10, 2017

Honor

Stan Pratt, Pastor

The Way of Life Church

TAYLORVILLE — My subject today is “Honor”. Scripture states; 1 Peter 2:17 “Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God, Honor the king.”   Romans 12:10 “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;”

 

Friday, March 10, 2017

The quiet rise of a secular coalition in U.S. politics
NEW YORK -- Believe it or not, most Americans think their nation is becoming more tolerant, at least when it comes to warm feelings about most religious believers.
Friday, March 10, 2017

Fundamentalist pastor charged in toddler's death
(AP) — The pastor of a church that shuns modern medicine was charged with a felony Thursday in his toddler granddaughter's death from pneumonia, joining his son and daughter-in-law as defendants in the latest criminal case involving the Christian fundamentalist sect.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Faith-Extreme teen group attends Branson retreat
TAYLORVILLE — Branson Winterfest, a Teen Regional Rally sponsored by the International Church of God Youth and Discipleship Department, convened in Branson, Missouri Friday through Sunday, February 24-26. Over 3,000 teens and Youth Leaders from churches in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri gathered for a weekend of Gospel concerts, worship services, and training activities. 
Friday, March 3, 2017

Blackburn: Muslim American communities lecture
CARLINVILLE — Blackburn College will host “Muslim American Communities: Challenges and Opportunities” on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in Olin Lecture Hall on the Blackburn College campus.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Minister's Message: The only thing that counts
TAYLORVILLE — What’s really important in life? It’s a question that lots of people ask some time along the way.
Friday, March 3, 2017

On Religion: Blunt talk on the idols of our age, a sign of our national poverty
It was hard, especially when discussing faith during troubled times, for Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput to avoid the copper-tinted elephant in the national living room -- but he tried.
Friday, March 3, 2017

In Atlanta, anti-Semitism viewed thru lens of history
ATLANTA (AP) — Amid a surge of bomb threats and vandalism at Jewish institutions nationwide, members of Atlanta's Jewish community have felt a familiar wave of apprehension about what may come next.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Mass grave found at Catholic orphanage in Ireland
DUBLIN (AP) — A mass grave containing the remains of babies and young children has been discovered at a former Catholic orphanage in Ireland, government-appointed investigators announced today in a finding that offered the first conclusive proof following a historian’s efforts to trace the fates of nearly 800 children who perished there.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Gospel singer at Faith Community Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — Gospel Singer, guitarist, song writer and recording artist Gail Garrett from Kennett, Missouri will be the feature worship singer in the 10 a.m. service Sunday at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Traveling evangelist to speak in Edinburg
EDINBURG — Reverend Dick Johnson and his wife Penny, traveling evangelist, with SOZO FCF Ministry will be speaking in two services at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 5 at House on the Rock Church in Edinburg.
Friday, February 24, 2017

"We repent because He forgives"

TAYLORVILLE — Ash Wednesday is March 1st. It signals the start of a reason of repentance within the Christian community. For forty days until Easter, (excluding Sundays – Sundays are reserved for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection) the message of Christ’s suffering and death will be proclaimed in the churches. The purpose of proclaiming this message is to draw both unbelievers and believers in Christ to repentance.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Kentucky ark attraction adding biblical truth exhibit
WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's massive biblical attraction the Ark Encounter is opening a new exhibit that promotes the message of the Bible.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Minister's Message: 'Straight lines'
A number of years ago in a former congregation, my family and I rented a home that happened to be not only on a farm but also on the same property as a farm implement dealer.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Bill would require Bible classes in Kentucky schools
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — When Kentucky high school students read the line "'twere well it were done quickly" in Shakespeare's Macbeth, some state lawmakers want to make sure they don't miss the reference.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Father Burusu Becomes Naturalized Citizen
SPRINGFIELD — Father Valery Burusu , left, of St.Mary's, St. Rita's and Holly Trinity became a U.S. Citizen at a Naturalization Ceremony on February 10, 2017 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Rev. Showalter appointed to Methodist cabinet
SPRINGFIELD -- Bishop Frank J. Beard has announced the appointment of Rev. Nic Showalter and Rev. Eunjoo "Angie" Lee as conference superintendents, effective July 1.
Friday, February 17, 2017

On Religion: Gallup: Faith, Jesusland and the divided states of America
The cartoon map of North America began appearing after the bitter "hanging chads" election of 2000, when the U.S. Supreme Court put Republican George W. Bush in the White House.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Reba McEntire releases first-ever gospel record
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Reba McEntire’s first-ever gospel record helped her get through a rough patch in her personal life. 
Friday, February 10, 2017

Loving your enemies in today's world
TAYLORVILLE — I really don’t hate people nor have enemies. But there are people that I am uncomfortable to be around and am overly judgmental. I suspect most of us fit into this category. Therefore, I think loving our enemies applies to all of us.
Friday, February 10, 2017

Church okays case-by-case communion for divorced
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis’ outreach to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics opens the door to letting them receive Communion, Germany’s bishops declared Wednesday.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Faith-based Million Hearts Initiative launched
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is launching its new Faith-Based Million Hearts Initiative during American Heart Month.
Friday, February 3, 2017

B'ball close to ending ban on religious headgear
NEW YORK (AP) — The international group that governs basketball is close to eliminating a longstanding ban on religious headgear in competition, clearing the way for athletes to wear hijabs and yarmulkes in international competitions.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Game day celebration at Kincaid Church of God
KINCAID — Last Sunday at Kincaid Church of God, the church celebrated Game Day Family Sunday. They honored their local football high school players that currently play as well as students of the past, honoring a total of 10 football players.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Minister's Message: Let fly
TAYLORVILLE — In a region with many avid hunters and outdoorsman, this city boy from New York finds it hard to relate.
Friday, February 3, 2017

On Religion: Reading the Quran in the cathedral: Building bridges or blasphemy?
In Christian tradition, the Epiphany feast marks the end of the 12-day Christmas season and celebrates the revelation -- to the whole world -- that Jesus is the Son of God.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Book tells story of life of seven Dominican sisters
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—Seven Springfield Dominican Sisters whose stories are told in a new book will sign copies for guests during an event at Sacred Heart Convent February 10.
Friday, February 3, 2017

St. Mary Sixth Graders Enjoy 'Classroom In The Community'
TAYLORVILLE — Sixth grade students at St. Mary School experienced "Classroom in the Community" as part of the celebration of Catholic Schools Week.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Minister's Message: Peace can be ours
TAYLORVILLE — Scripture tells us God is not the author of confusion, but of Peace, that Christ is called the Prince of Peace. We are to pursue Peace as much as be possible, and If we think properly, according to the book of Philippians, the Peace of God will become as a fortress for our souls. Peace, His Peace is so much better than anguish and confusion of any type and from any source.
Friday, January 27, 2017

Game Day Family Sunday, Kincaid Church of God
KINCAID, Ill. — The Kincaid Church of God will host a special Football Sunday on January 29, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
Friday, January 27, 2017

Is Ivanka Jewish? In Israel, she has a trump card
PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) — Is Ivanka Trump really Jewish?
Friday, January 27, 2017

Searching for subtweets in the inaugural prayers
While the Beltway establishment gathered on the U.S. Capitol's west side with legions of Middle Americans in "Make America Great Again" hats, the House of Representatives approved the final pre-inauguration details.
Friday, January 27, 2017










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