Religion Briefs

October 4, 2013 

Metro-east cities plan Life Chains

Life Chains will be forming in 1,500 cities and towns througout the United States and Canada between 2 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, including in metro-east communities.

Life Chain is devoted foremost to prayer directed toward ending abortion.

Life chains will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. at the following:

Fairview Heights, Illinois 159 and U.S. 50.

Edwardsville, Buchanan and Vandalia.

Alton, Illinois 130 at Bone Gap Road.

Highland, U.S. 40 and Illinois 143.

Mascoutah, Illinois 177 and 4.

Millstadt, Washington Street between Lafayette and Kossuth.

Nashville, Illinois 127 and 15.

Collinsville, Vandalia from Clay to North Beltline.

Clinton County communities, along U.S. 50

In Granite City, the Life Chain will be from 2:30 to 3:30 at 3248 Nameoki Road.

For locations and contact numbers of coordinators in your area, go online to

Southern Gospel concert in Bethalto

Soul'd Out will perform a Southern Gospel concert at 7 p.m. today at Bethalto Church of God, 800 E. Bethalto Drive (on the northeast corner of Illinois 140 and Moreland Road) in Bethalto. An offering will be taken. Information: Tom and Sheron at 618-359-0065 or e-mail

Collinsville church will bless animals

Christ Anglican Church will host the annual Blessing of the Animals at 10 a.m. today in the parking lot of the parish at 5600 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights.

Bible Study is at 7 p.m. Tuesday. It will e on Genesis 11: 109, "The Proud Brought Low."

Church will celebrate merger annivesary

Crossroads Christian Church will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the merger of First Christian Church (Caseyville) and Hillcrest Christian Church (Belleville) at 10:45 a.m. worship Sunday at 2415 North 89th St., Caseyville. A carry-in dinner an program will follow.

Zambian Acappella Brothers in Troy

The Zambian Acappella Brothers, seven young men from Zambia, Africa, with a desire to serve God through music, will perform during 9 and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday at Troy United Methodist Church, 407 Edwardsville Road, Troy. Not really brothers, the men came to the United States in 1998, victims of human trafficking.

Belleville churches to hold pet blessing

St. George's Episcopal and St. Mark Lutheran Churches will celebrate their annual pet blessing in conjunction with St. Mark's monthly SHINE praise service at 5 p.m. Sunday It will be held on the parking lot on the east side of the church off of North Jackson Street in Belleville.

The Well will help youth ministries

The Well, a seminar for youth ministry leaders, is schedled from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 1200 Moreland Drive, in Belleville. Jen DeJong, a ministry architect from Belleville, will speak on "Building Sustainable Ministry, Time Mangement, Collaboration & Delegation" and "The Fail Proof Way to Recruit Volunteers."

Tim Price, of Harvest Ministry Teams, will lead the music for worship. There will be an opportunity for discussion and networking with other local youth pastors.

For information or to register, call 618-667-6241 ext. 14 or go online to

Angel luncheons in Belleville, Collinsville

Sue Tunberg, of Moline, will give presentations on angels and how they are used in the Bible at two upcoming Angel Luncheons in Bellevill and Collinsville.

The Belleville Metro East Christian Women's Club invites the public to its "Angelic" Luncheon from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Bellecourt Place, 120 N. Jackson St., Belleville. The cost is $12. For reservations, call Theresa at 618-696-8435 or e-mail

The Collinsville Christan Women's Connection will host an Angel Luncheon at 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at Gateway Center, (I-55 and Illinois 157) in Collinsville. $13, includes a meal, beverages, program and gratuity. Reservations: Call Barbara, 618-344-7967 or Mavis at 618-346-1331.

Women's conference on rehabilitation

A women's conference of the topic of "Faith Moves You Out of Those Stuck Places," a case study of rehabilitation, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 12 at Rhema Worship Center, 9100 Lebanon Road, Belleville. Scripture is Joshua 2:14; there will be open panel discussions "just for women" with a Q&A session. Information at 618-398-7362 or

Legion of Mary pans Rosary Crusade

The 2013 Public Rosary Crusade will be held at noon Oct. 12 in the Althoff Catholic High School parking lot, 5401 W. Main St., Belleville. It's presented by the Legion of Mary at St. Teresa's Catholic Church.

Marriage workshop at St. Clare

Passion & Purpose for Marriage, an event focusing living your marriage through faith, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at St. Clare Church in O'Fallon.

It will be presented by nationally acclaimed speaker and best-selling author Dr. Allen Hunt and award-winning singer songwriter George Lower.

Doors open at 8 a.m. for check-in and seating. Registration id required by visiting, or call Ken and Jeanne Smith at 618-416-6060. Tickets are available at the hosting parishes -- St. Clare in O'Fallon, Immaculate Conception Church in Columbia and Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Collinsville.

Life Church will install executive pastor

Monty D. Jackson will be installed as executive pastor of Life Church in Swansea during a service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 4180 Smelting Works Road.

Jackson has been serving as pastor of praise and worship since February. He will continue in this capacity but also will assume many other duties on a full-time basis.

Campaign seeks tooth products

First United Presbyterian Church is collecting toothbrushes and toothpaste for the Project Compassion Homeless Ministry. Bring donations to the church at 1303 Royal Heights Road in Belleville. For more information on Project Compassion, go to

St. Clare to dedicate garden

St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in O'Fallon will dedicate its new St. Clare Garden following 10:30 Mass on Sunday. The public is invited.

The garden honors the memory of Louis Rasp, who donated the land where St. Clare now stands.

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