“This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” James 1:27.

Those having birthdays this week are: Hannah Moore, Eli Koertge, Toby Welty, Wendy Utley, Russell Utley, Ryan Fehrenbacher and Sommer Atteberry. Those celebrating wedding anniversaries this week are: Aaron and Megan Winter, John and Avalea Wissel, Dale and Audrey Schmittler, Mike and Lesa Dean and Lonny and Valerie Murbarger.

Nolan's sermon, “Modern Day Angst: Sometimes the Bad Guy Wins,” was taken from Ecclesiastes 4:1-3. When the bad times happen in the world, this is the ideal time for us as Christians to do our job and tell others about Christ. We need to be a beacon to others so they will know they can have something more than what is here on earth. They can have eternal life if they believe and follow Christ. Help us proclaim God's word to our world!

If anyone is in need of home communion, please contact Neil Fearn at 618-838-3852 or Steven Greathouse at 618-445-7881.

West Village will again be having morning worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. next Sunday morning. Please enter the northeast entrance. The doors will open 20 minutes before each service. Masks will be available if you don't have one. 

Kevin Blew, houseparent from Shiloh Christian Children's Ranch in Shelbina, Mo., will be at West Village next Sunday morning to speak to the congregation. He will be speak at both services.

Missions for July will go to Tim and Erin MacSaveny with Pioneer Bible Translators, Pinehaven, Oil Belt, Campus Outreach and News Service 2000.

If any Sunday School class wants to reserve the church for your class to meet, please let Nolan know. Meetings will be in the basement fellowship area.

The music group, A.S.H., will be performing at the Colyer Coffee House on Friday evening, July 10, at 5:30 p.m. They will be singing contemporary Christian, kids and pop music. Make plans to attend this outdoor event! Ava Anderson, Molly Swardstrom and Micah Henson of Albion are members of this singing group.

There are recipe forms on the Welcome Center if you're interested in providing recipes for the updated Oil Belt cookbook. They will be publishing one to celebrate their 75th anniversary next year. Please put the completed forms in the provided basket, and they will be mailed to Oil Belt this fall.

Although Oil Belt has had to cancel the summer schedule, they will be having Family Camp during Labor Day Weekend, September 4-7. It will look much different, but they plan to have a great event. Information and registration will come out over the next few weeks, so be on the lookout. They hope to see you there! 

Thank you to Shayla Potts and Michelle Smith for organizing the virtual VBS this past week.

Lonny and Valerie Murbarger visited with June Kuenstler of Olney on Tuesday morning.

Jayare, Tara, Hayley and Jaycey Buerster spent the day at Fern Clyffe State Park in Southern Illinois on Saturday.

Lonny and Valerie Murbarger attended a fish fry at the home of Kyle, Brandy, Zoe, Landon and Sawyer Murbarger of Flora on Saturday evening. They were able to visit with Becky and Tricia Murbarger of Flora, Carolyn and Jenna Biagi of Olivette, Mo., Tyler Biagi of Camp Lejeune, N.C. through FaceTime and Kyle's family and friends at the get-together.  

Marla Alexander of Carlsbad, Calif. was a weekend visitor of Bob and Linda Caldwell and she attended services with them on Sunday morning at West Village.

Hugh Hedrick of Wheatfield, Ind. has been visiting with Clyde Hedrick this past week.

Lonny and Valerie Murbarger had breakfast with Britney Pond of Loveland, Co. and Kelsey Murbarger of Fairfield on Monday morning at K & M Diner in Fairfield.

Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the families of Ray Marks and Frank Pixley.