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Church launches redesigned service

Beginning Wednesday, First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville is launching a redesigned, 30-minute worship service.

The service will feature the praise band, Four Legged Lambs, as well as multimedia.

Dinner will begin at 5:20 p.m. and is $5 with reservations required by noon Mondays, worship at 6:30 p.m. and a small group discussion and study at 7 p.m.

The church is at 1303 Royal Heights Road, Belleville.

For information, call 233-0295.

Church celebrates 54th anniversary

Trinity General Baptist Church, 252 Lime St., Dupo, will celebrate its 54th anniversary serivce at noon Sunday, followed by singing at 1:30 p.m. with Tim Hudson Singers of Pacific, Mo.

Renewal weekend being offered

St. George's Episcopal Church, 105 E. D St., Belleville, will host a renewal weekend Friday-Sept. 20 at the church.

Bishop Roger J. White will talk about issues facing the church and ways to renew faith in Christ.

The renewal weekend begins Friday at 7 p.m. with Evenson with Bishop White preaching followed by:

* 9-11:30 a.m. Sept. 19, continental breakfast and a question and answer session.

* 6-9 p.m. Sept. 19, potluck dinner and a question and answer session.

*8, 10:30 a.m. worship service Sept. 20 with Bishop White preaching.

For information, call the church at 233-6320.

Super Sunday campaign begins

First Baptist Church Fairview Heights will host six super Sundays high attendance campaign, a series of six emphasis Sundays, beginng with Friend Day on Sunday.

Kids, moms can study Bible

Bible Study Fellowship will begin with the study of the Gospel of John at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in O'Fallon.

There are classes for women and for preschoolers ages two through kindergarten.

For information, call 632-9456.

Singer offers free concert at church

Jonathan Martin will be in concert at 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Grace Baptist Church, 2600 Edwards St., Granite City.

An encore performance will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Wilson Park Centennial Paviliion in Granite City.

Donations will be taken. For information, call 877-6672.

Two celebrate anniversaries

Pastor Martin J. and Sister Harris are celebrating their ninth pastor anniversary Sunday after the 10 a.m. worship at New Christian Fellowship Church, 10090 Old Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights.

Worship conference will occur

Harvest Conferences is hosting the Worship Conference from 8 a.m to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Troy United Methodist Church, 407 Edwardsville Road, Troy.

The conference is designed for church worship leaders, praise band and worship ministry teams.

J. D. Walt, dean of chapel andvice president for community life at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky., will lead two of the general sessions.

Lunch is included in the registration fee. For information, visit or call 667-6241, ext. 14.

Speaker series will be offered

Troy Untied Methodist Church will present a free speaker series from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at the church, 407 Edwardsville Road, Troy.

This Wednesday, a book discussion of "Three Simple Rules: a Wesleyan Way of Living" will be led by teaching Pastor Kurt Stone.

For information, call 667-6241 or visit

PolkaFest is set for Sept. 19

Faith Lutheran Church is hosting its annual PolkaFest at 5:15 p.m. Sept. 19 in the fellowship hall of the church, 520 E. Highway 50, O'Fallon.

Music will be provided by the Jolly Faith Oompah Band.

At 7 p.m., the Oompah Band will lead the annual polka communion service.

Dessert and coffee follow the service.

Take a walk through the Bible

Walk Through the Bible will present its New Testament seminar Sept. 27 at St. John United Church of Christ in Mascoutah.

David Burch of Bloomington, Ill., is the presenter.

Session 1 is during the 8 or 10:30 a.m service, followed by lunch provided at the church. Afternoon sessions continue from 12:45 to 4:30 p.m.

Registration is $20 per person and includes the presentation, workbook, and lunch and is open to those in sixth grade through adult.

Registration is needed before Monday. Calling the church at 566-7311.

The church is at 55 W. Church at North First streets, Mascoutah.

Church offers several programs

St. John Evangelical United Church of Christ, 307 W. Clay, Collinsville, is offering the following programs:

* Faith Walking, a walking program offered from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations are accepted.

* Arthritis Foundation exercise program will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and ending Oct. 28. The cost is $30. Advance registration is required by calling 344-2526.

* A free senior seminar will be at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 30. Phillip Schorfheide, a geriatric nurse practitioner student at St. Louis University, will talk on "The Aging Process and the importance of exercise and nutrition for healthy aging."

* St. John Home & Community Care's Senior Wellness Day is from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 23. Flu and pneumonia shots will be offered, along with other organizations' booths.

For information, call 344-2526.

Rock group will perform

The rock group AplogetiX (That Christian parody band) will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Highland Hope United Methodist Church, 12846 Daiber Road, Highland.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

The band specializes in biblical parodies of classic and modern rock songs.

For information, visit

Polka service set for Sunday

A polka worship service will be at 10 a.m. Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Douglas.

Bratwurst and German potato salad will be served following the service. For information, call the church at (217) 456-7611.

Grand re-opening is Sunday at church

A grand re-opening of the Gathering Place Church of God will be at 9 a.m. Sunday at the church, 5500 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights.

Eric Livingston will be the guest. A celebration dinner will be served after the worship service.

Sunday school classes offered

Hope Church will offer Sunday School for all ages at 9 a.m. Sunday at the church, 200 Dapron Drive, Belleville.

For information, call the church at 234-2358.

Shrine hosts healing service

The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows will host a healing service at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 S. DeMazenod Drive, Belleville.

For information, call 394-6454.

Church celebrates 50th anniversary

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 3025 National Ave., Granite City, will celebrate 50 years Sept. 20.

The first service was in the basement of the Wilson Avenue parsonage in August 1958, and was named Good Shepherd Evangelical United Brethren Church.

A ground-breaking ceremony occurred in July 1959 with the cornerstone ceremony in December 1959.