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Catholic Church amasses $1.4 billion in virus aid
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups.
Friday, July 10, 2020


Notre Dame to be rebuilt without modern touches
PARIS (AP) — Notre Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt just the way it stood before last year’s devastating fire.
Friday, July 10, 2020

BASEBALL DIAMOND PARABLES ARE PART OF THE AMERICAN STORY
Fans who crack open baseball history books are sure to find photographs of Jackie Robinson stealing home and wreaking havoc on the basepaths.
Friday, July 10, 2020

Victory Boys to perform in Pana July 26
PANA — The United in Faith Church will host the Victory Boys on Sunday, July 26, 2020 beginning at 5 p.m. at 609 Fairgrounds Road in Pana. Weather permitting, the concert will be held outside and you are encouraged to bring your lawn chairs for outdoor seating. A free will offering will be taken.
Friday, July 10, 2020

Celebrating Liberty
Towering distinctly over New York Harbor, midway between the shores of New York and New Jersey, is the famous work of art known as the Statue of Liberty. “Lady Liberty” rises 305 feet out of the waters of the harbor with a stern face staring straight ahead, and her right arm outstretched to lift a burning torch. The massive statue was a gift from France to the United States and was officially inaugurated in October of 1886. The translation of her original name was, “Liberty Enlightening the World.” And for over 130 years now, that colossal statue has served majestically as a symbol for that very theme.
Friday, July 3, 2020

Biggest priest class since 1964: Eight men ordained to priesthood in Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD — The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois has eight new priests, the largest class of newly- ordained priests since 1964. The priests, who represent a wide spectrum of ages and backgrounds and who come from different parts of the diocese and the globe, were ordained by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Friday, June 26, 2020

Local churches prepare to re-open for face to face worship
TAYLORVILLE — Many churches have experienced challenges during the COVID-19 crisis this year, from meeting the needs of their congregation to abiding by the many restrictions.
Friday, June 26, 2020

Gathering on the Grounds outdoor service postponed
Friday, June 26, 2020

Area Baptist churches offering outdoor worship service
Pastor Scott Parks, Pastor of both First Baptist, Stonington and Old Stonington Baptist Church, has announced the two churches are coming together to offer "Gathering on the Grounds" on Monday, June 29 at 6:00 p.m. on the grounds of Old Stonington Baptist Church.
Friday, June 19, 2020

Two area Methodist churches to reopen June 21 and 28th
The Buckeye United Methodist Church will reopen this Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 10 a.m. They are located at 1600 East and 600 North Road in Owaneco.
Friday, June 19, 2020

Devotions in the park to be held Wednesday at two area churches
The Edinburg and Stonington United Methodist Churches will hold Devotions in the Park in their respective communities Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
Monday, June 15, 2020

"Removing the Stumbling Block"
TAYLORVILLE — Things are a bit of a mess in our current time. Division, fear, uncertainty, changes on a scale rarely seen - these are the “new normal” for 2020. You would have to live under a rock to not be aware of this. Even if you lived under a rock, likely you still hear rumblings. What is a person of faith to do?
Friday, June 12, 2020

Dalai Lama's first-ever album gets released July 6
Stressed out while working at a bank in New Zealand, Junelle Kunin began searching for music paired with teachings from the Dalai Lama to calm herself down and allow herself to focus.

But she couldn’t find it online.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Chapman resurrects the favorite 'He's Got the Whole World In His Hands'
As Marshall Chapman sings the great North American songbook on her new album, the style of tunes chosen is all over the map, probably because they came from such diverse locales as New York, Tennessee, Detroit, Oklahoma and Canada.
Friday, June 5, 2020

An invisible enemy
I recently read of a Christian leader who was complaining about people who were afraid of the coronavirus because it is an unseen enemy. His argument was that he could understand the fear of a foreign army or a criminal invading a home, but this virus is unseen and hence, should not be feared. While I know lots of us tire of the precautions against disease (though we want to keep people healthy and safe), the argument this leader was making is inherently flawed.
Friday, June 5, 2020

Minister's Message: "A father's words of courage"
TAYLORVILLE — It was the scariest thing he had ever done! My son was all of about seven years old, and we were on a family vacation at a major amusement park. He was pretty new to the idea of riding the “big” rides, but he was determined that this would be the day he’d get started.
Friday, May 29, 2020

It will get better!
The pandemic for most people was a shock. No warning or preparation was made for this disaster. We were going about with work, recreation, hobbies, social gatherings, community projects, business transactions and daily interactions.  

Then bam!! 

Friday, May 22, 2020

Fighting the COVID-19 wars - in churches around the world
While fighting the coronavirus, medical professionals have offered a strategy now seen everywhere in America, Europe and other developed areas.

Here's the battle plan: Stock up on food and other essentials and then stay home. Wear masks when in public, and practice safe social distancing. Everyone should wash their hands frequently for 20 seconds using soap and hot water. People with fevers or other symptoms should go into quarantine.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Time to Arise!
TAYLORVILLE — The Gospel of John records Jesus saying “if you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free”. A few verses later He says “He whom the Son has set free is free indeed”. This freedom is of the Spirit and soul. No matter where our physical bodies are, nor how confined, Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever. Many of us are experiencing this truth now.
Friday, May 15, 2020

Lessons to live by
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, my guess is that many of us are thinking about mom. That, of course, is not limited just to those who carried us and gave birth to us, but all the amazing and astounding women in our lives who have been a mother or like a mother to us. Also, as is necessary on a day like this, is a recognition that for some this is a day of mixed emotions. Add into this already tenuous mix a global pandemic that has resulted in reduced or eliminated contact and you have the making of a Mother’s Day like no other.
Friday, May 8, 2020

Providing the sacraments while keeping a safe distance
Priests in the Church of England have faced many challenges in recent decades -- from plummeting attendance numbers to fierce debates about marriage and sexuality.
Friday, May 1, 2020

A Better Life Renewed
Friday, April 24, 2020

Hope
So many things feel out of place at the moment. I feel a bit out of place as I’ve been working from home. The surroundings are familiar, but they are not familiar for the purpose I’m using them. I’m accustomed to work in the office and do the rest of life at home. Not right now. My schedule is a bit out of place. I’ve found that work and every other part of life mix themselves together at present. I find myself working at odd hours because tasks keep coming to mind. Nothing seems normal.
Friday, April 24, 2020

My grandfather, my father and I
TAYLORVILLE — My grandfather, Rev. Carl Bramscher, graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. The year was 1911. He served as a Lutheran minister until his death in 1952. During that time the world saw The Great War-World War I, the Spanish flu pandemic, the stock market crash, the great depression, World War II and the Korean Conflict-War. 
Friday, April 17, 2020









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