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Trinity Lutheran Hosts Missionary To Russia
Trinity Lutheran Church's Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) sponsored Alyssa Anders, a missionary to Russia, on Sunday, May 20, to a catered dinner and presentation.
Friday, May 24, 2019


Methodist Church honors graduates
The high school graduates and their families were honored at a luncheon Sunday, May 19 in the fellowship hall of Taylorville First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Susie McClure was the guest speaker. Scholarships were awarded to the grads by Mr. Bob Febus Chair of Staff-Parish Relations Committee.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Fairview United Methodist Church observing 150th anniversary this Sunday
The history and heritage of Fairview United Methodist Church along Bear Creek Road in southern Christian County will be celebrated on Sunday, May 26, 2019 with special services. It will start at 10:00 a.m.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Catholic hockey camp combines sport and faith
Boys and girls ages 7 through 17 interested in beefing up their hockey skills and boosting their spiritual lives at the same time are encouraged to register for the Catholic Hockey Camp, coming to the Nelson Center in Springfield June 17-19.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Faith Community Worship Center honors grads
Faith Community Worship Center honored graduates celebrating any educational milestone on Sunday morning,  May 19. Youth Pastor Jeff Hefner created a powerpoint featuring a photograph of each of the fourteen graduates and the school they graduated from. Youth Pastor Jami Hefner read the school accomplishments as well as the future plans of each graduate as they came to the platform, and presented the student with gifts and cards from the church.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Becoming the Body
Incarnation, from the Latin incarnatio, means and refers to the act of becoming flesh. When speaking of Jesus Christ in the New Testament this word doesn’t actually appear (because the New Testament was written in Greek), though John 1:14 seems to get at the point – “And the Word became flesh . . .” What a strange way to understand God when you think about it.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Doctrines of the divided United Methodists: Part II
The word "conversion" has been at the heart of Christianity for two millennia, with missionaries and evangelists urging sinners to repent and change their wicked ways.
Friday, May 24, 2019

Are yoga and mindfulness in schools religious?
The number of U.S. children age 4 to 17 practicing yoga rose from 2.3% to 8.4%  or from 1.3 million to 4.9 million  between 2007 and 2017, federal data show. The number of children meditating rose to 3.1 million during the same period.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Keep up your courage
During this time of year, we are fully immersed in the “graduation” season. From Kindergarten to High School, from Associate degrees to PHD’s, so many take the proverbial “next step” in their life journey upon completion of a particular area of study. There is usually a mixture of excitement and apprehension as one significant phase of life ends and another begins. So, I want to say first of all, “Congratulations” to the many graduates and their families. This is truly a great accomplishment that deserves a genuine celebration.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Ministerial Assoc. to host Church Family Feud
The Church Family Feud will occur on Friday, June 21, at 6:00 p.m. in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Old fault lines in divided Methodism: Part 1
It was one of those General Conference debates in which the regional accents of the United Methodists at the microphones were part of the drama.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Minister's Message: An old cat
TAYLORVILLE — Barb and I have a 16 year old cat named Moltar. Like any living being the process of aging has taken ahold of her. In recent years, her appetite has decreased. We have tried all kinds of wet and dry cat food for her to eat. Yet, she has become picky and does not eat much.
Friday, May 10, 2019

The God-shaped hole in the 'Avengers' universe
As most occupants of planet Earth know, last year's "Avengers: Infinity War" ended with the genocidal demigod Thanos using six "infinity stones" to erase half of all life in the universe.
Friday, May 10, 2019

Faith Community celebrates 17th Founders Day
TAYLORVILLE — Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville invites friends from the community to join them on Sunday, May 4 at 10 a.m. as the church celebrates their 17th Annual Founders Day. Those who played any part in the establishment or growth of FCWC are particularly invited to the special day.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Kincaid Church of God says farewell to pastors
KINCAID — For the last three years, Pastors Chris and Sarah Rose have been working side by side with the leadership and pastoral team at Kincaid Church of God, and with much excitement and sadness announced on Sunday, April 28th that they will be leaving KCOG as they are accepting a new youth pastor position in Bethalto, Ill. at the Bethalto Church of God.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Minister's Message: Climate change?
TAYLORVILLE — We hear much about climate change these days. The subject brings sharp division in our culture. Causes cited are many, but most who side with climate change agree that it is man-made. Fear is released by several declaring we only have a short time to correct it or the world will be destroyed.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Minister's Message
Climate change?
Stan Pratt, Pastor
The Way of Life Church
TAYLORVILLE — We hear much about climate change these days. The subject brings sharp division in our culture. Causes cited are many, but most who side with climate change agree that it is man-made. Fear is released by several declaring we only have a short time to correct it or the world will be destroyed.



Friday, May 3, 2019

Faith Community celebrates 17th Founders Day
TAYLORVILLE — Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville invites friends from the community to join them on Sunday, May 4 at 10 a.m. as the church celebrates their 17th Annual Founders Day. Those who played any part in the establishment or growth of FCWC are particularly invited to the special day.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Kincaid Church of God says farewell to pastors
KINCAID — For the last three years, Pastors Chris and Sarah Rose have been working side by side with the leadership and pastoral team at Kincaid Church of God, and with much excitement and sadness announced on Sunday, April 28th that they will be leaving KCOG as they are accepting a new youth pastor position in Bethalto, Ill. at the Bethalto Church of God.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Evangelical Free Church welcomes new co-pastor
Friday, May 3, 2019

House on the Rock hosting movie night May 17
A free movie night at House on the Rock Church, 314 N. Grant St. in Edinburg, will be held Friday, May 17. The showing of “A long way off”, a beautifully made movie that chan change lives starts at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Faith Community hosts Eggstravaganza egg hunt
The weather was windy, but sunny. Everywhere one looked, children were smiling and having a great time. Over 350  registered children, parents and 37 FCWC workers were on our FCWC grounds for another great Egg Hunt. Children and adults alike enjoyed breakfast and free Kona ice drinks while they waited for the hunt to begin. They heard a Bible lesson and played on the church playground equipment.
Friday, April 26, 2019

AP joins global initiative to expand religion reporting
The Associated Press is joining with the Religion News Service and the nonprofit publisher The Conversation to form a global initiative to expand news reporting on religion in the United States and around the world.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Concert May 4 at Tower Hill Free Methodist
Johnathan Len will be in concert at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church on May 4 at 5 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 2019

National Day of Prayer will be observed on May 2
The National Day of Prayer will be observed on Thursday, May 2, 2019. The theme for this year's observance is "Love One Another", which is based on John 13:34, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another."
Friday, April 26, 2019

After the holidays
We’ve just come through the Easter season, and for Christians, this is the height of our celebration of Jesus. Because of the buildup before Easter, It can be a bit of a letdown after Easter. What’s next? Summer will soon be here, and people will go in different directions for vacations and long weekends. Some of the excitement that runs from Christmas through Lent and Easter will fade. The church calendar may look a bit empty for a few weeks.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Chicago Gosepl Fest plans tribute to Aretha
The year’s Chicago Gospel Music Festival will include a tribute to the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Religious fault lines and empty pews in 'Alienated America'
In the spring of 2016, Wall Street Journal reporters went hunting for the heart of Make America Great Again territory and ended up in Buchanan County, Virginia, near the borders of Kentucky and West Virginia.
Friday, April 26, 2019

There were more on the cross and left the tomb than one thinks
TAYLORVILLE — Were you there when they crucified the Lord?   Were you there when He rose from the dead? The Bible says to all who believe and are baptized, “Yes, you were. But you were not in the crowd. You were on the cross with Jesus and walked out of the tomb with Him.”
Friday, April 19, 2019

EASTER SERVICES AND EVENTS
Friday, April 19, 2019

Faith Community teens participate in talent day
BETHALTO, Ill. — Faith Community Worship Center is very proud of our students. Saturday, April 13 our Faith-Xtreme Teens,  Youth Pastors, Leaders and parents spent nearly the entire day  at the Bethalto, Illinois  Church of God participating in Illinois Teen Talent Performances, and watching other students from 72 churches across the state compete.
Friday, April 19, 2019

The Last Supper
Friday, April 19, 2019

Priest and firefighters race to save the irreplaceable
As the flames rushed through Notre Dame Cathedral's wooden rafters -- each beam cut from an individual oak -- a squad of firefighters began a strategic mission.
Friday, April 19, 2019

Why Easter is called Easter, and other little known facts about the holiday
On April 21, Christians will be celebrating Easter, the day on which the resurrection of Jesus is said to have taken place. The date of celebration changes from year to year.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Going home
I was talking with my mother a couple of days ago and she was saying that one of the speakers at church on Sunday stated something to the effect that Lent no longer meant what it used to mean and that many churches were moving away from having Lenten services or following ‘protocol’ for Lent. I have to admit that I was somewhat shocked, but not completely. I explained to her that Lent was a time to give up something to help you to draw closer to God, so for me Lent truly was important.
Friday, April 12, 2019

Kincaid Church of God community egg hunt
This Sunday at 4 p.m., Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) is inviting everyone to join them at their annual community Easter Egg Hunt located at the Kincaid Park! Each year, the church provides snacks, drinks and fun for all ages to enjoy with the whole family for the new spring and Easter season. Outreach Pastor, Chris Rose, said, “It is by far one of our favorite seasons of the year! We want everyone to feel the love at Easter time, and we are for sure excited about the fun we have in store this year for our community Egg Hunt.”
Friday, April 12, 2019

Media wars surround 'unplanned' movie about abortion
If "Unplanned" was an ordinary movie, its creators would be busy right now studying second-week box office numbers while starting negotiations with the digital giants that stream products to the masses.
Friday, April 12, 2019

Gospel concerts on April 13 and 14
Friday, April 5, 2019

Edinburg choir to present Easter cantata
EDINBURG — The Edinburg Community Choir will present their Easter cantata “One Day” in the Edinburg United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 14th at 4 p.m.
The message of this beautiful cantata is to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Diocese of Springfield responds to Jeff Anderson
SPRINGFIELD — The following can be attributed to Diocese of Springfield in Illinois spokesperson, Andrew Hansen:
Friday, April 5, 2019

Novelist explores the secular and religious divide
(AP) — It’s 1999, and Larry, a lapsed Jew from Brooklyn, is at his sister Dina’s house in Memphis for their father’s funeral.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Minister's Message: Stronger than fear
TAYLORVILLE — Anger, hate, jealousy, even ambition – all of these are powerful forces and emotions we experience, yet more powerful than even all of these together is the power of fear. Fear can cause us to act in extreme ways to avoid that which causes us distress. This is not always bad; it is actually a good way to move towards safety and self-preservation.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Busy pastors and the 'dumpster fire' of social media
If there are problems in the pews these days, most pastors will learn about them the way they learn about almost everything else: Their smartphones will blow up.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Faith Community Worship Center youth group attends Winterfest
BRANSON, Mo. — Thirteen delegates from Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville attended the Ozark Winterfest Youth Celebration in Branson, Missouri Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 18, 19 and 20. The weekend event was packed with music concerts, worship services, Outlet mall shopping, visiting sites, eating, recreation, and meeting students from Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois at the Branson Mansion Convention Center.

Featured musical groups for the weekend were "Curtis and Charmaine Bridgeman Singers and Band", and "Kaylee and Erica " singers.

FCWC students attending were Kharissa Alsbury, A. J. Evrley, Brandon Hefner, Carson Hefner, Cameron Manasco, Tabitha McArdle, Taylor McArdle, Kaitlyn Michaud, and Sierra Patterson.

Youth Pastors Jeff and Jami Hefner and Youth Leaders Tim and Tiffany McArdle chaperoned the event and drove the vans.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Hope to continue
The journey took a very long time?505 days to fly 26,000 miles (42,000 km) at an average speed of about 45 mph (70 kph)?but pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg successfully landed the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft in Abu Dhabi on July 26, 2016, after flying around the world using only the power of the Sun. After more than 16 months from when it left, the Solar Impulse 2 completed the first circumnavigation of the Earth by a piloted fixed-wing aircraft using only solar power. (“Solar Impulse completes historic round-the-world trip” BBC News, 26 July 2016) It was an incredible feat of courage and adventure, as well as a great test of renewable energy.
Friday, March 29, 2019

E-Free Church holds fundraiser
A bake sale was held on Sunday, March 17, after the worship service at the Evangelical Free Church. The congregation raised $716 for the mission projects of the S.A.L.T. group (Sisters Abiding in Light and Truth).
Friday, March 29, 2019

Homecoming Gospel Choir in concert at Salem Baptist Church in Decatur
On Sunday, March 31, at 6:00 p.m., Southern Illinois' Homecoming Gospel Choir will be appearing in concert at the Salem Baptist Church in Decatur, Ill.
Friday, March 29, 2019

Religious persecution remains a controversial reality
Early in the Iraq war, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence took part in a congressional fact-finding trip to meet with American troops.
Friday, March 29, 2019

FCWC ladies attend state conference
SPRINGFIELD — Eight Ladies from the "Sisters of Faith" group at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville attended a two-day conference held March 15 - 16 at the Calvary Christian Academy in Springfield, Ill.
Friday, March 22, 2019

E-Free Church hosts bowling party
Friday, March 22, 2019

Grace Baptist Celebrates 35th anniversary
TAYLORVILLE — On Sunday, March 24th, Grace Baptist church, located at 900 W. Northern Ave, will celebrate its 35th Anniversary. Guest speakers will be Pastor Philip Neumann in the morning service and Pastor Taylor McManigell in the evening service.
Friday, March 22, 2019

Dartmouth professor wins top religion prize
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A Dartmouth College professor of physics and astronomy was awarded one of the world’s leading religion prizes for blending hard science and deep spirituality in his work, a foundation announced Tuesday.
Friday, March 22, 2019

Minister's Message: Knowing Jesus
TAYLORVILLE — As a spiritual leader there are two things I pray to happen wherever I serve. One is everyone knows who Jesus is and have a personal relationship with the risen Christ. It is the coolest, most awesome and life changing encounter one can ever have. I am like so many who encounter Jesus; I want the world to experience him!!
Friday, March 22, 2019

Union possible on Episcopal, United Methodist left?
Next year, delegates at the United Methodist Church's General Conference are supposed to consider a full-communion plan with the United States Episcopal Church.
Friday, March 22, 2019

Minister's Message: Trust The Lord
TAYLORVILLE — So much seems to be happening so fast in our culture these days, that it is often difficult to keep up. Laws contrary to the Christian beliefs of so many of us. Taxes raised time and again. Political leaders promising one thing and delivering another.
Friday, March 15, 2019

Town ravaged by tornado prays at church that sheltered many
The pastor of a church that became a center for shelter, help and grieving when a tornado killed 23 people in eastern Alabama said in his first Sunday service after the storm that the Lord has reached out his hand to the community.
Friday, March 15, 2019

Organ concert at Sanctuary of Central Christian Church
On Sunday, March 24, the Santucary of Central Christian Church will be hosting organist Dr. Sherer for a free concert at 4:00 p.m. The church is located at 650 West Williams Street in Decatur.
Friday, March 15, 2019

What drives the appeal of 'Passion of the Christ' and other films on the life of Jesus
Church isn't the only place people go to learn about Jesus.
Friday, March 8, 2019

Treasures
TAYLORVILLE — Lent began this week with Ash Wednesday, and this gives Christians an opportunity to reflect on where our lives are and to evaluate whether we are growing in our relationship with God. Do we know God better than we did a year ago?
Friday, March 8, 2019

Doing the global United Methodist math
For more than 30 years, the Reconciling Ministries Network has openly opposed United Methodist teachings that marriage is the "union of one man and one woman" and "the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching."
Friday, March 8, 2019

Area churches holding Ash Wednesday services
Friday, March 1, 2019

When the church
When the Church stands firm in the Word of God, she will suffer persecution, rejections, division and the blessings of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Davis receives award for defending religious liberty
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) yesterday received an award from the Christian Science Committee on Publication and Principia College for his legislation that was signed into law that protects religious liberty by expanding the religious conscience exemption under Obamacare.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Cross case could affect monuments nationally
A 40-foot-tall, concrete cross on public land in a Maryland suburb of Washington is at the center of a case before the Supreme Court. But similar monuments elsewhere in the country could be affected by the high court ruling, states have told the justices.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Vatican sex-abuse summit - Sister Veronica faces men in black
At the end of the movie "Spotlight," the screen went black before a message appeared noting that in 2002 alone, The Boston Globe's investigative reporting team published nearly 600 stories about sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.
Friday, March 1, 2019












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