First Baptist to hold VBS
First Baptist Church, 2709 Poplar St. in Highland, will have vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:15 p.m. June 12-16. VBS is for children ages 3 to fifth grade. This year’s them is “Little People, Big Impact!” Call 654-4145 to register.
Hope Lutheran to host Safety Fair
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Hope Lutheran Church, 2745 Broadway in Highland, will host a Safety Fair from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3.
First-responders will answer questions about fire prevention, first-aid and fire evacuation.
St. Joseph’s Hospital will have information on CPR and AED training.
There will be information on sun safety, including melanoma, sun screen, and sun screen samples.
Police will conduct car seat and bicycle safety checks, and there will be a booster seat raffle.
There will be a speaker on lawnmower safety.
There will also be fire trucks to check out, and a medical helicopter.
You can also sign up for vacation Bible school.
Churches plan vacation Bible school
Vacation Bible school at Salem United Church of Christ, 1117 W. North St. in Alhambra, will be held June 12-15, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. VBS is for children ages 3 years old to fifth grade. Children in sixth grade through 12th grades are asked to join the “Crew.” This year’s theme will be: “Rome and the Underground Church.” If interested, contact Becca or leave a message with the church office at 488-3215.
VBS will be held at First Baptist Church, 209 W. Main St. in Alhambra, Sunday, June 11 through Thursday, June 15 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for ages 2 years old to sixth grade. A kick off barbecue will be held the first day for all the families at 4:30 p.m. The theme this year will be “Operation Arctic.” For more information, call the church at 488-3025.
UMC pastor to retire
On Sunday, June 4, the Troy United Methodist Church congregation will celebrate with the Rev. Dennis D. Price as he marks retirement. A program will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and a fried chicken dinner will follow. Church family must RSVP with Sharie Meyer through phone 618-667-6241 or email.
Rev. Price will be retiring after serving as pastor for 29 years. Price has been appointed to Troy UMC since 1988. Before coming to Troy, he served St. Matthew UMC in Belleville, Antioch UMC in West Frankfort, Evangelical UMC in Wood River, Main Street UMC in Alton, First UMC in Douglasville, Georgia, and Worden UMC in Worden, Illinois.
The public is invited to an open house for Dennis and Iris Price on Sunday, June 25 from 1 to 3 p.m., hosted at Troy UMC, 407 Edwardsville Road in Troy. The couple has four grown sons, two daughters-in-law, four granddaughters and a grandson.
VBS set at Friedens
Friedens United Church of Christ in Troy will hold vacation Bible school June 19-23 for children 3 years old to sixth grade. VBS is free. Dinner is at 5 p.m. for all VBS children and their families, and VBS runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Register online friedensucc-troy.org. Space is limited, so register today. For more information, call the church office 618-667-6535.
Catechist retires after 35 years
Mrs. Barbara Goebel of St. Rose Parish in St. Rose has announced she is retiring as director and eighth-grade catechist at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
She started sharing her faith filled journey in 1982, first as Sunday school catechist, leading into years of coordinating the program. As her three children grew to the ages of all in school, so did Mrs. Goebel. Passing the Sunday school program on, Barb moved into the role as first-grade PSR catechist in 1990. She taught PSR first grade five days a week, and then moved to the eighth grade in 2009, which included preparation for Confirmation.
She has been an outstanding dedicated leader and religion teacher. Mrs. Goebel is one of the Faith Formation founders for St. Rose Parish, starting with Renew 2000. The home-based Bible study groups have just completed their 16th year.
“Barb taught, not only by word, but also by example; not only the text, but also day to day life values and morals,” a news release from the church said, announcing her retirement. “St. Rose Parish is very grateful for her dedication and years of service.”
Pastor retiring from First Christian Church
After nearly 44 years, Sally and Darryl Bolen are retiring their ministry at Greenville First Christian Church, 1100 Killarney Drive, at the end of June.
The congregation and community will honor the couple with several events during June.
On June 3 and 4, succession service will be held, with Darryl introducing the new senior minister. Also on Sunday, June 4, a golf scramble is being held at Indian Springs Golf Course in Van Burensburg. Anyone interested in playing golf with Darryle should contact Roger Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 10 and 11, community worship services will be held, with Matt Ludwig leading worship.
The community will have the opportunity to honor Darryl and Sally at a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 11 at the Family Life Center. A card shower, in lieu of gifts, is being planned, with cake and punch to be served.
The weekend of June 17-18, mission-focused worship services, led by Vivert Lall from Mid-India Christian Mission, will be conducted.
June 24-25 has been designated as “Celebration Weekend” for the Bolens. Their son, Kirk, will lead worship, with Darryl giving his final sermon.
Community members are invited to attend any of the special services and events.
The Bolens will be moving to St. Charles, Missouri where they will be near their daughter and her family.
“Boy, it’s been fun,” Darryl said of his time in Greenville. “If I had it to do over again, I’d still do it in Greenville. I wanted to do my very best every day. It’s been a privilege to be here.”