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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


134th annual Sunday School Convention coming

Local Sunday schools are invited to participate in the 134th annual Sunday School Convention on May 5 at the Effingham County Methodist Campground.

April 25, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Crowds flock to Adventure Weekend events

Churches in Effingham County conducted a creative weekend of evangelistic events on April 11-14 that drew thousands of participants and impacted the lives of over 500 people who made spiritual decisions.

April 25, 2013 | By Bob Rogers | Church


Community Holy Week services start Monday

The public is invited to the annual Rincon Community Holy Week Services, March 25-29, at First Baptist Church of Rincon. Services begin at 12:05 p.m. at conclude at 12:30 p.m. each day in the sanctuary, followed by a light lunch in the church's Memorial Chapel.

March 21, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Cavanah installed as Holy Trinity pastor

Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church held a special installation service on Feb. 10. The Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi led the service installing the Rev. Dr. James L. Cavanah II at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Springfield.

February 21, 2013 | Staff report | Church


A ‘Souper’ Sunday

Members of Faith Presbyterian Church in Rincon collected three overflowing baskets of food and more than $200 at the Rincon Kroger.

February 07, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Watoto Children’s Choir to perform at Bloomingdale church

The Watoto Children's Choir, traveling from Africa, is continuing its five-month Eastern U.S tour Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. at Bloomingdale's Westside Christian Church. All performances of "Beautiful Africa: A New Generation" are free and open to the public.

January 31, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Savannah Christian Church to hold Massing of the Colors

Active and reserve military units, veterans and civic organizations will honor servicemen and women, past and present, in a colorful presentation of flags during The Massing of the Colors, to be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Savannah Christian Church's worship center, Henderson campus. This patriotic ceremony is filled with pageantry and moving reminders of sacrifice and service.

November 01, 2012 | Staff report | Church


First Baptist of Rincon to hold homecoming

First Baptist Church of Rincon will celebrate 111 years of ministry with homecoming services Sunday during its 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services.

October 25, 2012 | Staff report | Church


Adventure Weekend kickoff to be held Monday

Jay Lowder, an internationally-known evangelist and author, is coming to Effingham County for the celebration banquet and kickoff for the Effingham Adventure Weekend.

October 04, 2012 | Staff report | Church


Garvin to preach first sermon Sunday

Minister Jarrett D. Garvin will give his initial sermon Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Deliverance Center. The church is at 200 Stokes Ave. in Rincon.

September 27, 2012 | Staff report | Church


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Articles by Section - Church


Kindness is one mark of a Christian

If I had to describe how I could tell a Christian just by observing interactions, as in a business meeting, I would probably say I could see the fruit of the spirit in the person's kindness. In many ways, sheer kindness is often the mark of a person living as a Christian.

November 18, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


The prayer list meets privacy

Christians often feel an obligation to pray for those who need assistance, both individually and corporately. Church congregations therefore regularly pray for members and extended family and friends who are struggling. Each church handles such prayers differently, but they usually involve some sort of prayer list.

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


St Boniface marks All Souls' Day at Veterans Park

The pastor of St. Boniface Church, Father Ba Thong Nguyen, also known as Father Martino, had a vision to bring all of the church's Faith Formation children and their parents along with members of the congregation to Veterans Park in Springfield on Sunday to pray for all of the souls who have given their lives for the nation.

November 04, 2014 | Staff report | Church


Governance by intimidation

By the time you read this, election day will have passed and, barring a runoff, the constant bombardment of negative campaigns will subside, at least for a year. I have come to believe that the fact that any person would spend someone's hard-earned dollars to do nothing but call their opponent a liar should immediately disqualify them from office. But that's just me, and I could be wrong.

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


St. Luke’s to offer a Biblical yet spooky treat for Halloween

Before the kids in their costumes head out the door to get bags full of candy, St. Luke's Episcopal Church has a special treat lined up for them.

October 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Church


The art of living in the balance

In life, extremism often ends in a multitude of problems. I find the same is true when the Gospel is presented.

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


Perpetua: An examble of unshaken faith

The German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, "When Christ calls us, he bids us come and die." Bonhoeffer, citing the words of Jesus, bid Christians to count the cost of discipleship. For Bonhoeffer, this death was literal; for most other Christians we are called to die to our former selves.

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


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


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