Two Effingham County churches are among the drop-off locations for the national collection week for Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts.
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.
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.
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.
The Annie Moses Band epitomizes the notion that the family that plays together, stays together.
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.
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.
An upcoming 5K race will benefit a local church's mission trip to Africa this summer.
Local Sunday schools are invited to participate in the 134th annual Sunday School Convention on May 5 at the Effingham County Methodist Campground.
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.
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.
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.
Members of Faith Presbyterian Church in Rincon collected three overflowing baskets of food and more than $200 at the Rincon Kroger.
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.
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.
You may have heard Paul Harvey's modern day parable of the Christmas story, which was first broadcast in 1965. The first time I heard the story, I was a little boy driving around in our family's station wagon with my father. I recall that this simple yet profound story made a big impact on me. Perhaps you might share this parable, which is aired every year at 12 noon on Christmas Day on stations that run Paul Harvey's program, with others.
First Baptist Church of Rincon and Springfield are coming together to perform "The Nativity" Symphony at the historic Mars Theatre.
Author Harriet Richie relates an incident in her family's life that revealed to her the true nature of Christmas: Following their church's Christmas Eve service, Harriet's family decided to stop somewhere for a late-night breakfast. The only place open that late on Christmas Eve was a truck stop off the nearby interstate.
Do you want to do something this Christmas season that is just plain old-fashioned family building and fun? Sit down all together and watch "It's a Wonderful Life."
Sometimes we don't know what to truly appreciate in life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In life, extremism often ends in a multitude of problems. I find the same is true when the Gospel is presented.
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.
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.
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.
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