Candlelight Vigil for Peace and Non-Violence

A silent candlelight prayer vigil for peace and non-violence will be held at 6:00 p.m. on the steps of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Columbia, IL  on the evening of the Ferguson grand jury announcement.  If the announcement is made on Wednesday, the vigil will still take place and the Community Thanksgiving Service will…

Worship. Love. Go. Do.

Churches of the United Church of Christ of southern Illinois (the Illinois South Conference) gather each fall for their annual meeting.  It is a wonderful reminder that the ministry of Jesus Christ spreads beyond the communities where our local church resides.  Yes, there are wonderful ministries we do at the local level, but there are…

Mardi Gras is over, are you ready for Lent?

The Feast of Carnival (literally translated: Farewell to Meat) also known as Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday) is preparation for the Lenten Fast. Lent is the forty days (not counting Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday during which we prepare our hearts and our lives for the experience of the Last Supper, the Cross,…

Happy New Year!

“Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters… : Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness…