Those having birthdays this week are: Harper Longbons, Kinley Arnold, Martin Schmittler, Kathy Pittman, Joyce Snidle, Nieta Fewkes, Todd Hortin, Nancy Bunting and Nixie Hnetkovsky. Those celebrating wedding anniversaries this week are: Steve and Rebecca Greathouse, Donovan and Barb Hocking, Steve and Bonita Thomason, Murray and Cheryl Moore and Aaron and Amanda York.

Nolan's sermon, “Christianity Isn't for Those Who Want to be Comfortable,” was taken from Philemon. Paul was more seasoned in his life and got right to the point. He started out on a positive note by celebrating Philemon. Then, he addressed the conflict that he and Onesimus had between them. Paul reminded Philemon of who he was and encouraged him to get over the hurt of Onesimus leaving him. He needed to overlook it and love him since they were both followers of Christ. We should do the same; fix the conflicts we have between others by finding out ways to reach them.

If anyone is in need of home communion, please contact Randy Longbons at 618-445-7723.

Next Sunday's services will still be at 8:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. The 8:30 a.m. service will be at the campgrounds, and the 10:30 a.m. service will be at the church. In case of rain, both services will be at the church.

On Sunday, Sept. 13, West Village will be having Sunday School classes between the two worship services. Masks are needed to attend the classes.

The Youth Kick-Off will be on Sunday evening, Sept. 13, at the home of Nolan and Whitney from 5-7 p.m. There will be plenty of food and games to enjoy.

The Ladies Bible Study will begin the week of Sept. 13. They will meet on Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. or on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. This will be a six-week study of Jeremiah. Please sign up in the foyer to receive a book. Or, you may call Erin at 618-445-2692 to sign up.

Youth Groups will begin on Sunday, Sept. 20. The elementary kids, K-5th grades, will meet at the church at 6 p.m. The junior high will meet at Jason and Kelley Biggs' home from 5:45-7 p.m. The High School class will be taught by Shad McKinzie and Dave Wright, but they're needing someone to help out. Keep watch for their schedule of dates. Evening services at WVCC will begin at 6 p.m. for the adults.

Our annual trip to Shreve's Pumpkin Patch is scheduled for Oct. 11. Please meet at the patch at 5 p.m. for a hayride, then the weiner roast and devotion will follow at 6 p.m. There is no school the following Monday, so plan on enjoying the day.

The monthly missions during the month of September will go to: Oblong Children's Christian Home, Tim and Erin MacSaveny with Pioneer Bible Translators, Oil Belt Christian Service Camp, Campus Outreach and News Service 2000 (Dr. Pat).

On Saturday morning, Valerie Murbarger attended the Delta Gamma Kappa society meeting in Eldorado at Karel Park. She, along with Connie Tuttle, were inducted into the society as new members. Afterward, Valerie went to visit with Mrs. Jiang at the China House. She also got to see two of her daughters.

On Saturday, Donna Martin turned 17, and she had a birthday celebration at her home that evening. Those enjoying tacos, cake and ice cream and watching her open gifts were: Edwin and Lila Fewkes; Valerie Murbarger; Victoria Walker; Shawn Boewe; Tyler Trout; Jaedyn Luthe; Saria Cheadle; Kyra Wiegel; Kenneth Barnett; Felicia Dilley; Lisa and Brooklyn Barnard and friend, Gregg and the hosts, Vince and Jamie Fewkes and Conner Devor.

Jenna Shaw spent the night with Ashlyn Weaver on Saturday night and attended services at West Village on Sunday morning with Ashlyn and Carissa.

On Saturday night, Elijah Brinkmann and Josiah Shepherd stayed with Drew Roosevelt, then they all went to church together on Sunday morning with Kayla Roosevelt at West Village. 

Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the families of Benny Leigh, Melvin Herrington and Charlotte McKechnie.