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St. Paul's hosts picnic

To kick off the new Sunday School year, St. Paul United Church of Christ in Lebanon will host a picnic at 11:45 a.m. Sunday after the 10:30 a.m. service.

The theme is "God's Backyard Bash." There will be food, games, face painting, water slides, volleyball and a pinata. Bring lawn chairs.

For information, call 537-4146.

'Youth Unplugged' in Troy

The Pentecostals of Troy, 312 S. Main St., Troy, will host "Youth Unplugged" at 6 p.m. Sunday. The youth of the church will lead in worship, and two young ministers, Sim Bradshaw and Chris Andrews, will speak.

For information, visit or call 667-6054.

Southern gospel concert offered

A southern gospel concert with Cross 4 Crowns from Mascot, Tenn., will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Bethalto Church of God, 800 E. Bethalto Drive, Bethalto.

An offering will be taken.

For information, call 259-0065 or visit

Find ways to financial peace

Dave Ramsey's "Financial Peace University" will be offered for 13 weeks beginning Sept. 17.

The course is $95 for a membership kit.

A free preview will be Sunday and again Sept. 6 after worship at New Christian Fellowship Church, 10090 Old Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights.

For information, call the church at 398-2080.

Informational ministry fair offered

The women's ministry at First Baptist Church Fairview Heights is hosting an informational ministry fair from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and from 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the church.

For information, call 397-4720.

Church offers Revelation series

Revelation, part 1 (Precept), will be offered at 9 a.m. Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday at Edgemont Bible Church.

Childcare will be available by reservation.

For information, call Connie at 934-3125.

Grand pianist in concert

Dino Kartsonakis, grand pianist and Branson performer, will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at First Assembly of God Church of Collinsville, 1105 Belt Line Road, Collinsville.

Donations will be taken.

For information about Kartsonakis, visit

Summer forum comes to end

The final part of the six-week special summer forum will be held Sunday in the Parish Hall of St. George's Episcopal Church, 105 E. D St., Belleville.

The series, "In the Beginning," will be led by Father Dale Coleman and parishioner Jim Massey.

This week is "There is a Snake in the Garden -- Genesis 3. The problem of evil."