First Baptist Church of BlufordFirst Baptist Church of Bluford will host a three day mini Vacation Bible School March 25 through March 27 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. each day. The theme for the school is "Truth Trackers Discover the Secret of the Stone Tablets" and will be built around an action adventure journey through deserts of Egypt and the Middle East. Children ages 4 through sixth grade will be able to enjoy Bible stories, a search for the secret of the Stone Tablets, a kiosk of crafts, music and theme-related refreshments and recreation.First Baptist Prayer Warriors meet at 9 a.m. each Sunday in preparation for the week's services/activities. Sunday school for all age levels begin at 9:30 a.m. The background for this week's adult Bible study is taken from Luke 22:1-30 and asks the question, "How can I be a better servant?"Pastor Scott Lambrich will bring the message at the church's 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. worship services. A nursery attended by Karen Settle is available. Greeters are Rick and Stacy Roberson.The church will host an Easter covered dish meal immediately following the morning worship service this Sunday.First Baptist youth will attend the 2013 Teen Training Conference "Dare to Share" in St. Louis Friday and Saturday.Rehearsal for the Easter drama will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, Praise Band practice is at 6:30 p.m. Girls in Action, Mission Friends, youth class and adult Bible study is offered at 7 p.m. The adult study is from the Book of Exodus.The church will take the traditional Easter Walk through designated streets in Bluford on Saturday at 1 p.m. High Attendance Day in Sunday school is set for Easter Sunday, March 31.
Howard Community ChapelSunday mornings are lively and exciting at Howard Community Chapel. Howard Chapel to celebrate Palm Sunday.The all-Bible Sunday school begins promptly at 10 a.m. on March 24. There is a class for every age. Teachers include Helen Wheeler, Linda Myers, Carolyn Lane, Lou Horn and Trava Campbell.At 10:45 a.m., everyone is back in the auditorium. The boys and girls will be singing, playing music in the booster band, hearing an object lesson given by Linda Myers and collecting the penny march. Everyone who has had a birthday or anniversary in the last week will be acknowledged.Around 11 a.m., morning worship begins. The service will feature congregational and special singing, prayer as well as prayer for the sick and requests, led by Larry Rainwater.We will be celebrating Palm Sunday. The church will be decorated with palm leaves. Pastor Myers will be preaching a message entitled, "The Death of the Cross." Scripture text will be from Philippians 2:5-8.The service will close with an invitation given and a time of prayer around the altar.The 6 p.m. service is open to all who will come, visit and worship with us. There is congregational and special singing, special prayer as well as prayer for the sick, and a message by Pastor Myers.The service will end with a time of prayer around the altar.Musicians include Linda Myers, Paul Thomason, Rachel Thomason, Sam Lane, Mikie McClanahan, Carroll Thomas, Rebekah Bell and Pastor Myers.Bible study will be held in the fellowship hall at 10 a.m. on April 16 with studies in the book of Acts. The study is directed by Linda Myers.Wednesday, March 27, the midweek service will be at 7 p.m.Friday, March 29, there will be a fellowship meeting with the Rev. Donald Pankey from Doniphan,. Mo. to be the preacher.Sunday, March 31 is Easter Sunday with communion.The church is located at 9797 N. Nagel Lane, five miles southeast of Mt. Vernon, just north of the corner of Illinois Highway 142 and Nagel Lane. For information or directions, call the church at 244-0020 or the pastor at 214-1410.