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What it was about Jeff Rollins

By now, you have seen many articles, news reports and columns about the passing of Jeffrey Rollins, the beloved pastor of Springfield Baptist Church for 25 years. And if you knew Pastor Jeff, you certainly understood the adjectives used to describe him - caring, selfless, loving, gracious, encouraging, giving and supportive. Many have added that they feel privileged to have known Jeff.

February 20, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


On churches, transparency and cults

It was a good question.

February 13, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


A situation neither holy nor humorous

On Friday evening, Jan. 24, I was walking into Strickland Funeral Home in Springfield when I met my colleague Pastor Bob Rogers from First Baptist Church of Rincon walking out. We exchanged pleasantries, as we always did, and then parted. I remember thinking as I walked into Strickland's, "Bob doesn't look so great. I wonder if he's OK." I regret not turning back around and asking him exactly that.

February 06, 2014 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Church


St. Boniface welcomes clergy for annual ecumenical supper

The parishioners of St. Boniface Church in Springfield hosted their seventh annual ecumenical supper Jan. 19 as part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. All Effingham County churches and clergy were invited to attend.

January 30, 2014 | Staff report | Church


In the end, faith is stronger than grief

The past few weeks, I have presided at more funerals than I have in any six-month period in my ministry. In so doing, I have witnessed grief so deep that I have been shaken, humbled, and reminded how quickly life changes. The story of Horatio Spafford came to mind more than once over these weeks.

January 30, 2014 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Church


FBC Rincon to present annual Christmas musical

First Baptist Church of Rincon will present its annual Christmas musical, "The Heart of Christmas," on Sunday at 6 p.m.

December 05, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Community Thanksgiving service to be held Sunday

First Baptist Church of Rincon will host the annual Rincon Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday at 6 p.m.

November 21, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Two local churches are Operation Christmas Child drop-off sites

Two Effingham County churches are among the drop-off locations for the national collection week for Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts.

November 14, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Sandy Hook victims to be honored on FBC Rincon float

A 14-foot snowflake tree will adorn the First Baptist Church of Rincon float in this year's Rincon Lions Club Christmas parade, with 20 individualized snowflakes, one for each student killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newton, Conn., last year, said Bill Gammon, FBC Rincon associate pastor.

November 07, 2013 | Staff report | Church


First Baptist of Rincon to hold annual fall festival

First Baptist Church of Rincon will be providing free dental and medical exams, free children's clothing and a free car wash as part of its annual fall festival Oct. 26 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be free medical exams (basic check-ups such as blood pressure and eye checks), a free car wash, free children's clothing giveaway, in addition to more traditional fall festival activities such as children's games and booths.

October 17, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Zion Lutheran celebrates 25 years of ELCA

On Sept. 8, Zion Lutheran Church joined together with the 4 million members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in nearly 10,000 congregations to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ELCA. At Zion, this opportunity was used to serve school children around the world by making and filling 70 school kits.

September 19, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Annie Moses Band to play at FBC Springfield

The Annie Moses Band epitomizes the notion that the family that plays together, stays together.

August 08, 2013 | Staff report | Church


First Baptist of Rincon takes mission to Africa

A team of 19 First Baptist Church of Rincon volunteers went to Sanyati, Zimbabwe, last month. While there, they presented "True Love Waits" to sixth- and seventh-graders, and read Bible stories, played music and games and performed puppetry for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

July 25, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Thomas leaving First Baptist of Springfield to join Billy Graham

Dr. Darren W. Thomas, minister of education at the First Baptist Church of Springfield, will be leaving Springfield to begin a new ministry position with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Asheville, N.C.

May 30, 2013 | Staff report | Church


5K to raise money for church mission trip

An upcoming 5K race will benefit a local church's mission trip to Africa this summer.

May 06, 2013 | Staff report | Church


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The Star-Spangled Answer at 200 years

The bizarre and horrible renditions notwithstanding (i.e., Roseanne Barr, Michael Bolton), most people can at least sing the national anthem. Or, I should say, they can sing what they believe is the national anthem. After all, most folks have been to enough civic events and ballgames to have memorized it.

October 14, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


I could be wrong

I've got to wonder if Sherriff McDuffie, just as his head hits the pillow at night and he's about to drift off to sleep, ever reviews the events of the day and just busts out with laughter. It's got to happen on occasion.

October 07, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


A rivalry to be proud of

Anyone familiar with Effingham County sports knows well the friendly but passionate rivalry between Effingham County High School and South Effingham High School in many sports. On grass fields, hardwood courts, clay diamonds, wrestling mats, dirt running trails, and asphalt courts the best of Effingham's teenage athletes battle for the title of county champs.

September 30, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


The wager of your life

You've bet your life, and right now you are playing out your hand. In fact, with every day that passes you "up the ante," having invested another 24 hours in your wager. The problem is that the bet is for your spiritual and eternal life.

September 23, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


In county leaders we also trust

I have certainly heard the lament of Christian leaders who assert that we are living in a "post-Christian" era. That may be. But what I am seeing is more "Christian-phobia" than anything suggesting Christian beliefs, morals, and values are obsolete. The latest installment comes from Pennsylvania.

September 16, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Long live the Salzburgers

If you've been in Effingham more than a few decades, you've likely heard the refrain of long-time residents: "We gotta keep all those folks from Chatham from coming up here and messin' up our county." Crime and crowding are often key flashpoints in the conversation. On the other side are new residents who ask for a little grace, given the fact that they are paying taxes and increasing the property values of those long-time residents and landowners.

September 11, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Life’s truths spoken while at the deli

Even in a place as ordinary as Larry's Deli in Rincon can eternal truths be spoken.

September 04, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


There’s nothing blind about faith

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

August 28, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


The return of Emperor Severus

Septimius Severus, Roman emperor from 193 to 211 AD, was a psychopath and sociopath. Citizens in his empire who had religious views different from his, particularly Christians and Jews, were persecuted severely during his reign. He made Nero and Domitian look like Girl Scouts, sane ones.

August 21, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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