The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as he said. Matthew 28:5,6a.

Those having birthdays this week are: Nancy Utley, Roger Stennett, Tyler Peach and Karlie Bailey. George and Nieta Fewkes celebrated their wedding anniversary on Monday.

West Village held their Easter Sunday worship service online. Nolan's message, “You've Never Seen Anything Like It,” was taken from Matthew 28:1-12. From this message, we learn that 1. The tomb was empty because our sins aren't enough to keep Him there, 2. Jesus is going before us because He still has things to get ready for us and 3. Even in our most broken times, Jesus is here for us! Jesus will always come to us. He calls us to go to others. So, we need to love people. Be the Church!

Nolan's next sermon series will be entitled, “All Applicants Available.”

To view Nolan's sermons online, you may go to the link on the church's website, or go to West Village's Facebook page.

If anyone is in need of items from town to be delivered, please call the church at 618-445-2692. Also, to make arrangement for the weekly offering and the missions offering, please give the church a call.

The missions offerings this month will go to Tim and Erin MacSaveny with Pioneer Bible Translators, Pinehaven, Campus Outreach and News Service 2000 (Dr. Pat).

Oil Belt will be hosting a Greater Retreat on May 15-17 for college age students. The theme is "Mistaken Identity." Registration is located online at

On Saturday, May 16, a Special Needs Day will be held at Oil Belt in Flora. The day starts at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. This is for all ages. If you are interested, registration forms are available at the church.

In 2021, Oil Belt Christian Service Camp will be celebrating its 75th anniversary. To honor this event, they are publishing an updated camp cookbook and are seeking recipes from the kitchen volunteers over the years. Recipe forms will be available on the Welcome Center when church resumes, and a basket will be available to collect completed recipe forms. You may also submit memories, and form for that will also be available on the Welcome Center.

Little Prairie Christian Church is seeking to fulfill the position of Director/Teacher for Little Prairie Preschool beginning the 2020-21 school year. They are reaching out to area churches first in homes of finding a new Director/ Teacher from among one of the local congregations. To further inquire about qualifications and how to apply, please contact Little Prairie Preschool at 618-445-3169.

Jeff Robinson from Oblong Children's Christian Home is supposed to speak to the Sunday School classes at West Village on May 3. All classes junior high and above should meet in the sanctuary during the Sunday school hour.

Looking Ahead: The Graduate Recognition is set for May 10; our Annual Church Picnic is planned for June 7; and Vacation Bible School is scheduled for June 8-12.

Don't forget, now is a great time to send an encouraging card or call a friend to check in on them. We can be The Church during this pandemic by showing God's love to everyone!

Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the families of Bonnie Schilt, Connie Luthe, Carolyn Kermicle and Galen Slunaker (Norma Longbons' brother).