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KCOG Christmas Bazaar set for Saturday
KINCAID — Kincaid Church of God is proud and excited to announce that they will be their 2nd Christmas Bazaar, tomorrow morning, Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Due to the last year’s bazaar being so successful, the student ministries of Kincaid Church of God decided to host another one. This year, they will have almost 20 vendors available and many homemade delicious baked goods!
Friday, November 16, 2018

Giving Thanks at Faith Community Worship Center
TAYLORVILLE — Faith Community Worship Center will celebrate with a "Giving Thanks Service" on Sunday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m. The sanctuary and entrance hall will be beautifully decorated for the harvest to invite worshipers to thank God for His blessings in their lives during 2018. Musical theme for the day will be In Everything Give Thanks! with presentations by the F-X Student Praise Group and Drama Team and Children's group.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Deputy visits with DMCC youth
Friday, November 16, 2018

Jordan Peterson's secular approach to the soul, Part II
It isn't every day that a University of Toronto psychology professor is asked to officiate a wedding.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Having an attitude of thankfulness
TAYLORVILLE — What does it mean to have an attitude of thankfulness? Well, it means being thankful in all situations. It means having the ability to see past the bad and always find something good in every situation. So often we find ourselves engrossed in our daily routines, heads down, nose to the grindstone, so much so that we forget to look up and look around us to see God’s handiwork all around us.
Friday, November 16, 2018

'A new beat'
A habit I learned long ago was that if I hoped to deliver a good message I should listen to others who do the same. So, public speakers, preachers, politicians, authors, even celebrities – I try to listen as much as I can. Sometimes I find things to aspire to, to utilize, other times it is a good case of what not to do. But, as someone who regularly preaches the Word of God, I am particularly drawn to sermons. I read classic sermons, famous sermons, sermons for specific occasions, colleagues’ sermons and the like.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Honoring veterans at Faith Community Sunday
Veterans from all branches of Military Service, along with those men and women presently in any branch of the service will be honored Sunday, November 11 in the 10 a.m. service at Faith Community Worship Center. Guests from the community are invited to participate in the day.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Davis Memorial collecting for troops for Christmas
The Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville has begun collecting items to send abroad to our military troops for Christmas.
Friday, November 9, 2018

The Chosen Ones to perform in Pana Nov. 17
Gospel music recording artists, The Chosen Ones, will appear on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 5 p.m. The concert will be held at Pana First Church of the Nazarene located at 1200 E. 6th Street in Pana.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Wanda Mountain Boys in Tower Hill Saturday
The Wanda Mountain Boys will be in concert at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church on Saturday November 10 at 5 p.m.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Aretha Franklin 'Amazing Grace' to see the light
More than 46 years after it was shot, the Aretha Franklin concert film “Amazing Grace” will finally be released, ending one of the most tortured and long-running sagas in documentary film.   
Friday, November 9, 2018

Jordan Peterson and the power of modern morality
The YouTube seekers are out there, hundreds of thousands of them, clicking on links to philosophical and even theological debates that would shock those who believe cyberspace is about Donald Trump, cat videos and that's it.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Earthly protection for those seeking the divine
From the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square to the Great Synagogue of Sydney, armed guards provide earthly protection for worshippers as they seek out the divine. And still an unexpected noise can send a spasm of fear through a congregation.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Faith Community provides opportunities to give
TAYLORVILLE — The Faith Community Worship Center (FCWC) has three ways you can help the community during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Volunteers preparing for Church of God fundraiser
KINCAID —  Kincaid Church of God is preparing for another year of the season’s favorite treat - homemade peanut brittle -  right in their kitchen.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Outrageous acts of love
TAYLORVILLE — Interstate 10 (10 Freeway), also known as the “Santa Monica Freeway” or the “San Bernardino Freeway,” is a major east/west interstate highway in California. It stretches from the coast of Santa Monica on the Pacific Ocean to the border of Arizona.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Bishop to speak at FCWC
TAYLORVILLE — Bishop Jarrod and Barbara Barton will be guests Sunday at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville. Barbara and Jarrod Barton will bless the congregation with their singing ministry, and the instrumental talent of Bishop Barton. Reverend Barton will bring the morning message.
Friday, November 2, 2018

John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, Russia and Fatima
The world was buzzing with rumors about U.S.-Soviet talks as President Ronald Reagan flew to Italy for a global economic summit in the summer of 1987.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Pastor Appreciation
The Evangelical Free Church of Taylorville celebrated Pastor Appreciation Sunday on October 21 with a special service featuring guest speaker Dr. Frank Beaty from Bloomington, Illinois, and a potluck afterwards.
Friday, October 26, 2018

Trunk or Treat at Faith Community this Saturday
Faith Community Worship Center invites the community to their annual “Trunk or Treat” on Saturday, October 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. on the lighted church grounds and pavilion directly behind the FCWC sanctuary. Parking will be available upon entering the church driveway off Route 48 at South Spresser.
Friday, October 26, 2018

Davis Memorial collecting for troops for Christmas
The Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville has begun collecting items to send abroad to our military troops for Christmas.
Friday, October 26, 2018

Truth
The prayer of Christ while in Garden of Gethsemane just before His crucifixion includes the following in John 17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.”
Friday, October 26, 2018

1,000 years of history shape Moscow-Istanbul clash
The great prince Vladimir had a problem in the year 986, while striving to build unity in the Kievan Rus, his network of Eastern Slavic and Finnic tribes.
Friday, October 26, 2018

It's all about the relationships
As is true with lots of ministers, I do a good number of funerals every year, and with that comes some time talking about the deceased with the family who is left behind. These families will talk about all kinds of things. They will talk about the person’s accomplishments. They will talk about hobbies and pastimes. They will talk about work and the way the [person provided for their family.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Preparing For Annual Missions Fundraiser
Trinity Lutheran Missionary Ladies are planning for their annual Used Treasures Sale on  November 3.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Kincaid Church of God revival continues Sunday
Revival continues on this week at Kincaid Church of God! Each service has been well attended, high energy, and an awesome presence of the Holy Spirit touching and changing lives in the Altar. This Sunday at KCOG, one of the churches favorites, Pastor Jimmy Russell returns! He will be preaching at both the 10:30 a.m. service and the 6 p.m. service at Kincaid Church of God.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Presbyterian outdoor worship service this Sunday
The First Presbyterian Church of Taylorville has two events coming up that they invite everyone to enjoy. On Sunday, October 21, they will be hosting an outdoor worship at Kiwanis Park, Lake Taylorville. The event begins at 10:00 a.m.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Faith Community hosts church of God camp out
Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13 anyone traveling Route 48 approaching West Spresser witnessed a tent community on the 8.5 acres of Faith Community Worship Center that included canvas tents of every size and shape, and even tepees. The church was hosting the Illinois Church of God Boys Campout, under the direction of Daniel Maples, Illinois Director of Youth and Discipleship and the Illinois Youth and Discipleship Board members.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Probing the '81 percent of evangelicals love Trump' stat
For millions of American evangelicals, a recent Oval Office photo-op was a perfect example of the political realities they face.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Revival continues at Kincaid Church of God
Refocus, Refresh, Renew, Revive Revival continues to take place at Kincaid Church of God! Last week, Lead Pastor Jacob Skelton and Singer/Evangelist Big Mo, both did an amazing job preaching and the church experienced powerful services. And this weekend, the church expects to see more great things.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Minister's Message
There is more to being a Christian than just going to church. Yet, it still includes going to church. Let me expound on
Friday, October 12, 2018

Court convicts American pastor, allows him to leave
A Turkish court today convicted an American pastor of terror charges but released him from house arrest and allowed him to leave Turkey, a move that’s likely to ease the tensions between Turkey and the United States.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Pope accepts Washington cardinal's resignation
Pope Francis accepted the resignation today of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Giant leaps in faith: 1918, 1968 and just possibly in 2018
One of the most famous tales of World War I began when a fantasy fiction writer wrote a story in 1914 about British soldiers crying for help while facing overwhelming German forces near Mons, in France.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Faith and rejoicing in tough times
She was sick. She knew that she was going to die, but she refused to let it keep her down. She had fought it and beat it twenty years before. But this was a new kind, a new thing to worry about, and a new type of challenge. But that was okay. She had her faith, her belief in God that would get her through whatever she had to face and whatever situation she had to go through. She had great physicians that new her well. She and her husband had confidence in the oncologist and he worked hard at getting medications and chemotherapy to try to cure her.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Out of sight, out of mind? Follow the McCarrick money
The Cathedral of the Plains can be seen long before Interstate 70 reaches Victoria, with its Romanesque spires rising out of the vast West Kansas horizon.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Outdoor service this Sunday at Faith Community
Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville invites the community to join them at an outdoor worship service at the church pavilion located directly behind the church sanctuary at 2:00 p.m. this Sunday, September 30.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Methodist church recognized for community service
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently showcased their 53rd year of accomplishments that demonstrated that community action helps people and changes lives.  During the 2018 annual meeting some very special people and organizations were recognized as valuable community partners who enhanced the level of service to those in need.  According to C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Bushur, “Without community partners like First United Methodist Church of Taylorville it would have been difficult to attain and achieve the agency outcomes and successes.”
Friday, September 28, 2018

Scott Parks new pastor at Old Stonington Baptist
On Aug. 19, Old Stonington Baptist Church called Scott Parks of Decatur as the church’s new pastor.
Friday, September 28, 2018

The silent sisterhood: Those who have lost unborn children
Priests who scan their flocks on Mother's Day will see lots of women smiling during the many blessings, hugs and kind words.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Pastor Appreciation Day Sunday
On Sunday, September 30, the congregation of the Kincaid Church of God will be honoring their pastoral team on Pastor Appreciation Day.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Wanda Mountain Boys to perform in Pana Sept. 29
PANA — The Wanda Mountain Boys will be in concert at the First Church of the Nazarene on September 29 at 6 p.m.
Friday, September 21, 2018

VCS library remodeled into STEM lab
TAYLORVILLE — As a part of the Vision Way Christian School Fund a Need project, the current VCS library was completely remodeled and made into a Maker Space and  STEM Lab.
Friday, September 21, 2018

Bishops, Satan and a 'spiritual 9/11' for Catholics
As point man for the inner ring of cardinals advising Pope Francis, Cardinal Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras is sure that he knows a partisan political attack when he sees one.
Friday, September 21, 2018

A step in the right direction
TAYLORVILLE — I think we could safely say that we are losing our sense of direction in this age of advancing technology. That is not meant to be a commentary on this generation’s morals, or philosophy - although it might be true to some extent. The reality is we’re literally losing our sense of direction.
Friday, September 21, 2018

Voters open to candidates who aren't very religious
NEW YORK (AP) — Religion's role in politics and public policy is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to a poll released Tuesday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Stirring waters
TAYLORVILLE — In John 5, we find the account of a man who had been ill for 38 years lying by the pool of Bethesda (meaning 'House of Mercy'). Jesus approached him and asked if wished to get well. The man replied that in certain seasons an angel of the Lord stirred the water and whosoever was first into the waters was healed. He told Jesus that he had no man to help him into the water. So, of course Christ spoke to him and he was healed.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Louis Zamperini: The rest of the real-life 'unbroken story'
The lanky young evangelist from North Carolina was starting to attract media attention by the end of his 1949 tent revival in Los Angeles -- which means that professionals recorded his sermons.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Silence won't end Catholic crisis
After a week of headlines and dissent, Pope Francis delivered a sermon that -- once again -- offered silence as his strategic response to critics.
Friday, September 7, 2018

Former Iowa church to become homeless shelter for women
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A former church in the Fort Dodge area is being turned into a homeless shelter for women and children in six central Iowa counties.
Friday, September 7, 2018

When Labor Ceases
TAYLORVILLE — The Bible speaks of a time when all labor will cease.
Friday, September 7, 2018

Annual Labor Day Community Worship Service
The Annual Labor Day Community Worship Serive will be held on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Edinburg Community Park Pavilion and hosted by Edinburg Christian Church
Friday, August 31, 2018

CAM announces new head pastor
The Board of Directors at Crossroads Apostolic Ministries (CAM) is pleased to announce the arrival of the church’s new head pastor, Reverend Curtis Franks. After discussion with the board and a weekend spent ministering at the church, Pastor Franks and his wife, Jessica, were voted in by church members on Sunday, July 15, 2018. The first Sunday the Franks were in service at CAM was Sunday, July 29, 2018.
Friday, August 31, 2018

This is a test....this is only a test
This is a test…this is only a test…” We hear these words on the television and on the radio every so often as they test the emergency broadcast system to make sure that their signal is getting out as it should. It may be annoying at times with that incessant buzzing sound, but if they did not run the tests, they would not know if the system was working. I believe that God also runs tests to see if we are still listening, still paying attention to what He wants us to pay attention to and to make sure that we are relying on HIM and not ourselves or others around us. It is a hard thing to be totally dependent on God for everything. After all, HE created us to be self sufficient, but He also created us to rely on HIM, to converse with HIM in prayer, to still in quiet and listen for his still small voice, and to see HIM all around us. BUT, HE never said life would be perfect, nor did HE say we would not have bad things happen in our lives or the lives of others around us.
Friday, August 31, 2018

'The Chosen Ones' at Edinburg First Baptist Church
On Sunday, September 9, starting at 6 p.m. the Family Singing Group, “The Chosen Ones” will perform at the Edinburg First Baptist Church, 416 N. Ricks Street for a concert blending traditional and progressive Southern Gospel Music with light Contemporary Christian Music.
Friday, August 31, 2018

Trying to go back to the 'Latter-Day Saints' future
No doubt about it: New York press lord Horace Greeley interviewing religious pioneer Brigham Young in 1859 was a face-off between giants.
Friday, August 31, 2018

FCWC Students Enjoy The State Fair
Friday, August 24, 2018

Annual Labor Day Community Worship Service Sept. 2
EDINBURG — The Edinburg Ministerial Association’s “Annual Labor Day Community Worship Service” will be held at the Edinburg Community Park Pavilion at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, September, 2, 2018.
Friday, August 24, 2018

"Perfectly Imperfect"
TAYLORVILLE — Glance in a magazine, watch a bit of television, even listen to ads on the radio – what do we see and hear all day, every day? We hear a subtle, implied message that we are not as we should be.
Friday, August 24, 2018

KCOG has successful blockparty
KINCAID — Another successful summer goes down in the books for Kincaid Church of God’s (KCOG) end of summer event, and this year they not only hosted a block party but also a vacation bible school. Their Game On: VBS took place last week, which included a special incentive for their participants.
Friday, August 24, 2018

The voice of an anguished dad in a catholic pew
It wasn't a normal Sunday in Catholic pulpits across America, as priests faced flocks touched by sorrow and rage after the release of a sickening grand jury report packed with X-rated details about decades of sexual abuse by clergy.
Friday, August 24, 2018













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