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Special Highland area church events

Highland First Baptist VBS ‘Beastly Bible Stories’ coming soon

Animals are an amazing part of God’s creation and an essential part of our lives. Some are our companions; some provide us with food or transportation; some entertain us; some do work that we are not strong enough to do. All are complex and wonderfully made, smarter than we give them credit for, and an integral part of God’s perfect plan.

At this year’s vacation Bible school at Highland First Baptist Church, we will study four highly entertaining “Beastly Bible Stories.” In each of these, an animal plays a vital role in the unfolding of the story, showing us that God uses all aspects of his earthly creation — not just people — to teach us and draw us closer to him.

The Bible story lessons will be enhanced by puppet shows, music, games, activities, snacks, and crafts which complement the lesson of the day, and also a discovery room in which the students will learn fun facts about the animals in the stories and even have the opportunity to see several of them live and “in person.”

On Friday, June 19, parents and families are invited to join the VBS class for a closing program and a cookout. Besides food and beverages, there will be yard games for the children (and their parents) and a special “goodie bag” for each child who has attended, filled with fun reminders of the week’s stories and activities.

All kids, age 3 through sixth grade, are invited to join us for this fun-filled, educational and inspirational week. VBS is scheduled for June 15-19, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each evening at Highland First Baptist Church, 2709 Poplar St.

Parents can pre-register their children for our VBS program online at fbchighland.org or by picking up a registration form from the church office during normal business hours (Tuesday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.), or by calling the church at 654-9467 and requesting a registration form by mail.

Troy UMC

Music and Drama Camp

The Music and Drama Camp will be held the mornings of June 8-11 and is an opportunity for children in grades 1-5 to learn the Christian principles through the fine arts of music and drama. Students will learn basic music and acting skills while preparing for a performance of all we have learned on the last day of camp June 11 at 11 a.m. The camp will be held at Troy United Methodist, 407 Edwardsville Road in Troy. This event is under the direction of Emily Ottwein. Registration is open now. The cost per child is $35 and space is limited. For more information, contact the church at 667-6241 or visit the church website at www.troyumc.org.


The Troy United Methodist Church Praise Ringers, UCC of Marine Chancel Bells, and Frieden’s UCC Peace Bells will be uniting at Troy UMC to present a concert of bells at 4 p.m. on May 31. In total, there will be 60 bells ringing in the sanctuary. It is sure to be an uplifting concert that you won’t want to miss. There is no charge for this event.

‘Encounter’ youth choir concert

Encounter, the premiere high school student youth choir from the greater Alton area, will be in concert at Troy United Methodist Church in the Family Life Center, on Sunday, June 7 at 6 pm.

Don’t miss the energy and enthusiasm of nearly 100 voices singing praise.

There is no charge and a free will offering will be taken.

St. Clare Church to host inspirational event: “The Good Life”

What is the Good Life? Join nationally acclaimed speaker and best-selling author Dr. Allen Hunt and award-winning singer-songwriter George Lower to find out. At this inspiring event, you’ll discover practical, profound and specific ways to experience God’s immense love, constant presence and unique plan for your life.

“The Good Life: How to Build Your Life on God’s 3 Bold Promises” will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6 at St. Clare Catholic Church in O’Fallon. Doors open at 8 a.m. for check-in and seating. Tickets are available for $25 each at St. Clare Church or www.DynamicCatholic.com (follow the link for events). Or call 859-980-7900 for tickets and more information. Tickets can also be purchased through St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.

Who should attend? Anyone over the age of 12 should attend: Husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, single or married, young or old, Catholic or non-Catholic. This event is about living the Good Life that God designed for you, and the role our faith is meant to play in the midst of it all.

Dr. Allen Hunt serves alongside Matthew Kelly as the vice president of strategy and content at the Dynamic Catholic Institute. He is a nationally known speaker and best-selling author. His books include: Life’s Greatest Lessons, Confessions of a Mega-Church Pastor: How I Discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church, Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody and Nine Words: A Bible Study to Help You Become the Best-Version-of-Yourself.

Allen stepped aside July 1, 2007, as senior pastor at Mount Pisgah, a congregation serving more than 15,000 persons each week through all of its ministers in Alpharetta, Ga., outside Atlanta. While at Mount Pisgah, Allen helped to develop comprehensive ministries with children and students as well as a Christian school with more than 1,200 students, a Beacon of Hope pregnancy resource center and the Summit Counseling Center.

On Jan. 6, 2008, on the Feast of the Epiphany, Allen converted to Catholicism. This transition represented the culmination of a 15-year journey, during which God began leading Allen home to the Church. In many ways, this transition was effected by the prayers of a group of Dominican sisters at Monastery of Our Lady of Grace in North Guilford, Connecticut; who have been praying for Allen since he shared lectures with them during the season of Lent in 1992.

Prior to full-time ministry, Allen worked in management consulting with Kurt Salmon Associates, an international leader in the textile, apparel and retail industries. Allen was educated at Mercer (BBA) and Emory (M.Div) Universities, before earning a Ph.D. in New Testament and ancient Christian origins from Yale University.

Highland Community Chorus to hold concert at St. Paul Church

The Highland Community Chorus invites you to a spring concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 7 at St. Paul Church in Highland.

This concert, following the Memorial Day holiday, will offer a message of healing, hope and comfort to listeners. The centerpiece of the program is the beautiful “Requiem” of John Rutter, an English composer who celebrates his 70th birthday in 2015.

The 40-voice chorus will be accompanied by a small ensemble of instruments: pipe organ, harp, flute, oboe, cello and percussion. The instrumentalists are all professional musicians from the area. Also featured in the “Requiem” is a part for soprano soloist, which will be sung by Emily Ottwein, director of music at Troy United Methodist Church.

Director Luanne Murphy is excited to present the piece to the community, which was last performed in Highland in 1993 by the Highland Civic Choral Society. Several members of the chorus, including Murphy, also sang in that concert.

Tickets are available from chorus members and on the website highlandcommunitychorus.org. Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Tickets will be $12 at the door. There will be a pre-concert talk by the director at 2:20 p.m.