Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:15,16.

The greeter Sunday morning was Lila Fewkes. The nursery workers were Sandy Longbons and Joyce Garner. The Welcome Center attendant was Darla Bradham.

Those having birthdays this week are Bob Caldwell, Jack Fehrenbacher and Nancy Utley. George and Nieta Fewkes celebrated their wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

Kevin Blew, relief parent from Shiloh Christian Children's Home, spoke during the Sunday School Hour. He told the congregation about their mission with children who are having a rough time growing up and the activities that their children are involved in. He also thanked us for supporting them throughout the years. George and Nieta Fewkes and Dave and Bonnie Wright let Kevin and the students stay in their homes on Saturday night.

The Call to Worship, Psalm 9: 1-2, was read by Jarod Weaver. Nolan's sermon, Powerful Prayers of Intercession, was taken from Ephesians 1:15-23. There are many examples of prayers for people and churches in the Bible. This prayer to the church in Ephesus was to a special church. Paul loved them dearly. Prayers to God help us get to know Him fully, know the hope that is waiting for us, God's inheritance in us, and is incomparably great power for us who believe. Powerful prayers invite people to come to Jesus. Our challenge is to pray for others by writing their names down to remind us to pray daily for them.

If anyone is in need of home communion, please contact Ryan Koertge at 618-445-7664 or Morgan Moore at 618-445-7921.

Next Sunday will be Missions Sunday with the offerings going to Tim and Erin MacSaveny with Pioneer Bible Translators, Pinehaven, Campus Outreach, and News Service 2000 (Dr. Pat).

Sunday School at West Village begins at 9 a.m., and worship service begins at 10 a.m. Masks are asked to be worn into and around the building, but can be taken off once seated.

Youth meetings will continue each Sunday evening. The elementary students pre-K through 5th grades will meet at the church with Grace, Bonnie, Rhonda, and Lesa at 6:00 p.m. The junior high will meet at Jason and Kelley Biggs' home from 5:45-7:15 p.m. The high school will meet at the church at 6 p.m. with Dave and Shad. Bible Study for the adults will be in the sanctuary at 6 p.m.

Registration begins online on April 12 for Oil Belt Christian Service Camp. 

A game night will be held on Saturday, April 24 at 6 p.m. Please bring your favorite game and a snack to share!

Oil Belt will be having a Camp Open House on Sunday afternoon May 2. Tours, food trucks, and games will begin at 3 p.m., then at 7 p.m. all will meet in the Activity Building for a worship service.

An All-Church outing to Frontier Adventure Golf in Grayville will be held on May 9 from 4-7 p.m. We will golf first and then eat supper under the pavilion by the golf course. Please bring a finger food to share!

   Our church will be going on a Missions Trip to Shiloh June 27 until July 2. If you would like to go, please see Jim or Dave.

Lila Fewkes and Valerie Murbarger attended the Baby Shower for Wes and Madison (Stence) Smith and baby boy in Robinson on Saturday afternoon. They also visited with Reuben and Erica Stence and Steve and Holly Hadra.

Lindsey and Seth McKinzie of Carbondale were weekend visitors of Shad and Merilee McKinzie. They helped Merilee celebrate her birthday on Saturday, then attended services with Shad and Merilee on Sunday morning.

Lyndall Caldwell and Sherrie Stafford of Prairie Village, Kansas spent the weekend with Bob and Linda Caldwell to help Bob celebrate his birthday. They all attended services together at West Village on Sunday morning.

Darla Bradham had visitors on Sunday who attended services with her at West Village on Sunday morning. Austin, Julia and Mathias Rodgers of Hutsonville enjoyed visiting with Darla this past weekend.

Raechel Hnetkovsky and Shayla Potts were inducted into Frontier Community College's Phi Thetta Kappa in Fairfield on Sunday afternoon.

Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family of Rodney Williams.