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New bishop will be consecrated

Bishop-elect Geoffrey V. Dudley, Sr., will be consecrated and ordained as Bishop of New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church and Changing Lives Ministries, at 11 a.m. Oct. 10 at the church, 689 Scott Troy Road, O'Fallon.

He will be ordained by the Kingdom Council of Interdependent Christian Churches and Ministries, a national and international fellowship of churches.

Dudley is the founding pastor of New Life in Christ Church.

Churches hires 3 for staff

Troy United Methodist church has hired three team members as part of their leadership staff. They are Corey Johnston, originally of Metropolis, as the new director of youth ministry; and Josh and Nancy Peterson have been hired as the directors of music. The Petersons are from Mascoutah and they will lead all choirs, orchestra and handbells.

Women's workshop will be offered

A women's' workshop, "Women Under Construction," will be from noon to 3 p.m. today at Rhema Worship Center, 9100 Lebanon Road, Belleville.

Four-week book study beginning

The Metro-East Interfaith Partnership will host a four-week book study of "The Tent of Abraham: Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians and Muslims."

A Tuesday afternoon group will meet from 2:30 to 4 p.m. beginning Tuesday at Crossroads Christian Church, across from Cracker Barrel, Caseyville. A Thursday evening group will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Thursday at Forbes Insurance, Foley Drive and Route 157, Belleville.

For information about the day group, call Doug Cripe at 398-1587 or for the evening group, call Lana Gilbert at 208-1669.

Books are available at The Vineyard in Belleville.

Pentecostals host variety of events

The Pentecostals of Troy, 312 S. Main St., Troy, will host a series of events at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday through Nov. 11, for children in Kindergarten through age 11.

Puppets of Praise kicks off the program Wednesday at the church.

Also, the church will host a fall festival block party from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Meadow Drive Park and pavilion. There will be food, music, games, face painting, clowns and a bounce house. Sixty dollars worth of groceries will be given away as well as other door prizes.

Angel Food Ministries orders for October are now being taken through Oct. 15.

For information, visit or call 667-6054.

Center director leads adult forum

Jim Moeller, the new director of Toddhall Retreat and Conference Center in Columbia, Ill., will lead the adult forum at 9:10 a.m. Sunday at St. George's Episcopal Church, 105 E. D St., Belleville.

He will discuss the ministry of the retreat center.

Study 'Paul's Vision' at St. Luke's

St. Luke Catholic Church will host Father Sean Martin, New Testament professor at Aquinas Institute of Theology, for a Scripture study during October.

The topic will be "Paul's Vision of Christian Community."

The study will be at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the Parish Center of St. Luke's, 226 N. Church St., Belleville. Donations will be taken.

Visiting pastor will give message

Dr. Milton Grannum, pastor of new Covenant Church in Philadelphia, will give a message at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Gathering Place Church of God, 5500 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights.

Rosary Rally will pray for country

A Rosary Rally will be at noon Oct. 10 in front of Althoff Catholic High School at West Main Street and Frank Scott Parkway, Belleville, to pray for our country.

For information, call 234-2945.

'Outpouring' of healing offered

The United Pentecostal Church International is sponsoring "Outpouring," an event of spiritual healing and renewal, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome, 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis.

The event features Evangelist David Smith. The event is free. Doors open at 4 p.m.

Life chain will be formed Sunday

The annual metro-east life chain will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday in Fairview Heights.

Participants will form a cross at Highway 159 and 50 in Fairview Heights.

The purpose of the life chain is to provide a visual statement to pray for our nation and call for an end to abortion.

For information, visit