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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

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

Vatican abuse summit seeks culture of accountability
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals attending Pope Francis’ summit on preventing clergy sex abuse called Friday for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors when they fail to protect their flocks from predator priests.
Friday, February 22, 2019

Church of England: Sunday services not mandatory
LONDON (AP) — The Church of England has acknowledged the reality of shrinking congregations and overworked priests and lifted a 400-year-old rule requiring that all churches hold services every Sunday.
Friday, February 22, 2019

The "To Do" List
TAYLORVILLE — How many of us make lists? Grocery lists, birthday lists, shopping lists, and to-do lists. When you make a shopping list, do you stick with just what you have written down, or do you get other things while you are at it?
Friday, February 22, 2019

'Christian' music? Instrumental voyages into spiritual territory
While recording his "Beyond Nature" album, Phil Keaggy spent many hours doing three things -- playing acoustic guitar, taking long walks in the woods and reading books by C.S. "Jack" Lewis.
Friday, February 22, 2019

Moving the walls
Boundaries, edges, even separation is not always a bad thing. Our outer skin serves a protective function to our bodies keeping out dirt, germs, and infections. We wouldn’t get very far without skin. Healthy boundaries are essential in human relationships, to clearly define that you are you and I am me. In any work setting, except for a self-employed, single employee setting, knowing who is responsible for what is essential to the workings of any office or worksite.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Hockey with Bishop to benefit Catholic Charities
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, also known as the “Holy Goalie,” will host his ninth annual “Hockey with Bishop Paprocki,” an exhibition hockey game to benefit Catholic Charities Legal Services, which provides free legal assistance in civil matters to those with little to no income in 28 counties in Central Illinois.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Neglect, threatening 'Sistine Chapel of the Andes'
A buttress supporting an adobe wall has collapsed and grass overgrows the patio of the four-century-old church whose dazzling murals depicting biblical scenes and remote location high atop a Bolivian plateau have earned it the nickname the "Sistine Chapel of the Andes."
Friday, February 15, 2019

Pope okays miracle needed for Briton's sainthood
Pope Francis has approved a miracle needed to make Cardinal John Henry Newman, a prominent Anglican convert, a saint, the Vatican announced on Wednesday.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Ancient Coptic faith and iconic images of modern martyrs
After one trip into Libya as a migrant worker, Tawadros Youssef Tawadros reported that he had been warned that his Christian name -- "Theodore," in English -- might anger Muslim radicals.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Dominican Sisters prepare to welcome all for National Catholic Sisters Week
SPRINGFIELD — Raucous games, genteel teas, nature hikes, and a social media blitz are all on the schedule for the Dominican Sisters of Springfield's National Catholic Sisters Week activities in March. Oh yes, and there's Evening Prayer.
Here is what's on the schedule.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Minister's Message: Not what it seems
TAYLORVILLE — Don is a border collie who lives on a farm in Scotland. Now, border collies are known as some of the smartest dogs on Earth, but this appeared to be a little too much for even the smartest of dogs. When his master, a farmer named Tom, hopped out of his John Deere Gator to check on one of his lambs, Don the collie scooted over into the driver’s seat.
Friday, February 8, 2019

Hard to avoid religion when discussing late-term abortions
Before "Game of Thrones"-style infighting rocked Virginia Democrats, before the Michael Jackson moonwalk press conference, before a KKK and blackface photo surfaced from his Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook, Gov. Ralph Northam made some candid remarks about abortion on WTOP's "Ask the Governor" radio show.
Friday, February 8, 2019

US nuns urge changes to male-led church structure to address abuse issues
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The largest association of religious sisters in the United States called Thursday for an overhaul of the male-led leadership structure of the Catholic Church, after Pope Francis publicly acknowledged the problem of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns.
Friday, February 8, 2019

Good family of Stonington to host Elevation Church watch party Sunday
There’s a party happening on Sunday, and I don’t mean of the Super Bowl variety.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Gospel music's evolution: African rhythms, ideas of sin and the Hammond organ
The enslaved Africans who first arrived in the British colony of Virginia in 1619 after being forcefully removed from their natural environments left much behind, but their rhythms associated with music-making journeyed with them across the Atlantic.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Wisdom and power
Charlie Daniels, not the country singer, came from my childhood hometown. My earliest memory of him was a man who had severe alcohol addiction. For example, one day I saw him wobbling badly outside a tavern. At one point, he was kicked out of town.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Many young believers turning into accidental hermits
It was the feast of St. Mary, Mother of the Church, so writer Leah Libresco and some friends decided to have a traditional procession through their neighborhood while praying the rosary out loud.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Back to first things during march for life
Just over a century ago, a Methodist leader on the church's Board of Temperance, Prohibition and Public Morals noticed an empty lot facing the U.S. Capitol and thought it would be a fine place to do some lobbying.
Friday, January 25, 2019

TAYLORVILLE — For those foolish persons saying it is immoral or non-Christian to have a wall guarding our border(s), here are just a few Scriptures giving the Lord’s view concerning walls. I did not include the Scriptures telling of the walls being breached or broken down because of sin in the land, but a few concerning the Lord’s instruction to rebuild them when they walked in obedience to Him.
Friday, January 25, 2019

St. Mary Catholic School to celebrate Catholic Schools Week
TAYLORVILLE — Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Many activities are planned from masses, open houses and other fun activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. The week is slated to focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people.
Friday, January 25, 2019

CWF donates to Safe Passage Program
Friday, January 25, 2019

DMCC youth hear from law enforcement officials
Friday, January 25, 2019

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