Holy Family Parish
316 S. Logan

Rev. R. Anthony Lee

Liturgy schedule:
  Sat. 5:00PM
  Sun. 7:30AM, 9:30AM
            & 10:30AM



Lincoln Christian Church
204 N. McLean

Preaching minister:
John Castelein

  8:30AM & 11:00AM

Prairieland Christian Church
P.O. Box 108, 1st St. Hartsburg, IL 62643

Chad Ragsdale

Sunday School:  9:30AM
Worship: 10:30AM


Trinity Episcopal Church
402 Pekin St., Lincoln
Pastor: James Cravens

 7:30 & 9:45AM Sunday
 9:00AM Wednesday


Kingdom Life Ministries
2500 Woodlawn Road
Pastor: Joe Bennett
 10AM & 6:30PM Sunday

Lincoln Bible Church
2316 N. Kickapoo St., Lincoln

Pastor: Don Hoover, phone 217-735-4641
Worship: 10AM Sunday
Sunday School:  9AM
Prayer meeting: 6:30PM
Kids in Christ's Service (1st-6th):  7PM Tuesday
Teen Club (7th-12th):
 7PM Wednesday
Overcomers in Christ:
 7PM Wednesday 


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Association of Free Lutheran Congregations
1140 N. State St., Lincoln
Pastor Blair Kasfeldt
                   10AM Sunday
Sunday School:   

Immanuel Lutheran Church  ELCA
1409 Pulaski St., Lincoln
Pastor Dan Wissmann
                9:00AM Sunday
Sunday School:

United Methodist

First United Methodist Church
302 Broadway St.,  Lincoln
Pastor:  Jame Hahs

 8:30 & 11AM Sunday
Sunday School:
 9:45 AM


To inquire about listing your congregation's worship information, please e-mail us at or call us at (217) 732-7443.


Christian Women's Conference       Send a link to a friend

[APRIL 22, 2005]  Lincoln Christian College and Seminary will host the annual Christian Women's Conference on Wednesday. The conference is entitled "Living the Glory -- Telling the Story" and will be led with keynote speakers who will draw a crowd of nearly 2,000 guests to Lincoln.

Internationally known speakers and authors will headline the conference. Liz Curtis Higgs will speak on "She Beheld His Glory: Unveiling Mary Magdalene," followed by Rebecca Manley Pippert, who will present "Sharing the Story -- by Way of the Cross." Jennifer Kennedy Dean will follow on "The Hope of Glory," and Marti Stittsworth will speak on "A Glory to Die For."

Noon electives include a "right before your eyes" worship artistry session with the drawings of Jennifer Boeke and keyboard and vocals by Dinelle Frankland. Other noon options include a "Tour of Services" with dozens of exhibits that display the many services of Lincoln Christian College and Seminary.

The president of Lincoln Christian College and Seminary said: "This conference is a salute to Christian women and the impact they have on our lives and the lives of those around us. On behalf of Lincoln Christian College and Seminary, we are proud to be able to offer this uplifting and spiritual event in Lincoln."

Registration for the conference is $30 and includes all sessions, a continental breakfast and lunch. Registration may be made online or by phoning the college at (217) 732-3168. The conference will be in the Earl Hargrove Auditorium and Laughlin Center on the college campus and is open to women of all denominations.

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[Lincoln Christian College and Seminary news release]

Milestones in faith  Send a link to a friend

By Chad Ragsdale, Prairieland Christian Church minister

[APRIL 16, 2005]  HARTSBURG -- Recently, we had a quite spirited discussion in our adult Sunday school class about the issue of baptism -- its purpose, its importance, its relevance. We looked at Scripture. We expressed opinions. We referenced different family and church traditions.

As the teacher, I had a blast. This was mostly because of the spirit of the discussion. When Christian brothers and sisters get together to study or just to fellowship, there ought to always be a spirit of humility, mutual respect and community. This is something that I have always appreciated about Prairieland, and it was no different on this particular Sunday.

But I feel like I should make some further comments about baptism and also about the practice of the Lord's Supper. I never know what to call these two practices. Are they sacraments? Are they ordinances? I don't really like either of those terms. Each of those words comes with too much theological baggage. I prefer to call them "things that Christians do that no one else does and everyone else looks at as a little weird." I know. It's not concise, and you won't find a definition like this in any theology textbook, but I think it's a good definition nevertheless.

Think about it. Imagine you are a totally unchurched person who shows up at Prairieland one Sunday. We sing songs. That isn't necessarily weird (although you won't find organ and piano music in many other venues). We pray. A lot of people pray. We greet each other. Still not weird. We take an offering. Not strange at all to an unchurched person. Why wouldn't the church ask for an offering? You have to turn on the lights, don't you? We listen to a guy in a tie give a prepared speech. Pretty normal.

But then all of a sudden two trays are passed. One has tiny pieces of bad-tasting bread. The other has tiny plastic cups of juice (at least this is the tradition in our church). And the Christians reverently and seriously eat this supposed "meal." Then at the end of the service two people go into a big bathtub and one of the people dunks the other person in the water and everybody thinks this is the greatest thing ever. Weird.

And that is one of the things that I truly love about communion and baptism. I love the fact that they are simple (there is after all nothing elaborate about water, bread and juice), but yet they are also unique and filled with mystery.

Space simply doesn't permit an in-depth study of these "things that Christians do that no one else does and everyone else looks at as a little weird." So for now let me just make one point about these two practices: I think that we all need milestones in our faith. The unique celebrations of communion and baptism provide these milestones.

When you are driving anywhere that is unfamiliar, a recognizable milestone or landmark is not only helpful; it is essential to keep from becoming lost. I think that it's safe to say that life sometimes (perhaps often) seems very unfamiliar. On our journey through life we often find ourselves in new territory, faced with new trials, challenged by new temptations. Sometimes we lose our way. Sometimes we get disoriented. We need a landmark to call us back to the "ancient ways" (Jeremiah 6:16). Baptism and communion provide us with such landmarks (and aren't the best landmarks noted for their strangeness anyway?).

In baptism, we celebrate and affirm the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. We also declare publicly his lordship of our lives. And no matter where our lives may take us, we can look back on that baptism and recall the relationship with Christ that was started on that day.

In communion, we also celebrate and affirm the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. In our church, we come together in the Lord's Supper every week "to declare the Lord's death until he comes" (I Cor. 11:26). Week after week, we are provided with a milestone -- a landmark calling us back to our Lord.

I thank God for the wonderful weirdness of baptism and communion. They are never burdensome. They are never an embarrassment to be explained away. They are instead wonderful milestones always calling me back to my Savior.

[Chad Ragsdale, minister, Prairieland Christian Church]

Prairieland Christian Church activities

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[APRIL 16, 2005]  HARTSBURG -- Special activities at Prairieland Christian Church:

  • Sunday, April 17 -- Rekindle the vision. Our annual "vision night" will start at 6:30. We will spend time in worship and prayer. We will also be updated by the leadership of the church on important matters such as finances, missions, preacher search and goals for the coming year. Everyone is encouraged to come and learn more about the state of their church.

  • Wednesday, April 20 -- Prairie Men's Band of Brothers, 7 p.m. at the church.

  • Sunday, May 15 -- The May Ladies Banquet will be at the church on May 15, starting at 4 p.m. The theme this year is "Live in the Light." Guest speaker this year will be Debi McMorrow from the WCIC "Morning Show." Please put this date on your calendar. You may give your reservations to Blanche or Natalie.

  • Saturday, May 21 -- Family Fun Day. Children's games, picnics, a churchwide garage sale, even a revival style-sermon from Chad Ragsdale. This day is going to have a little bit of everything. Stay tuned for more details.

  • Monday, June 20 -- The first day of Vacation Bible School. Once again this year we will be putting on a communitywide VBS in conjunction with both the Lutheran and the Methodist churches in Hartsburg. We will be using Group Publishing's "Serengeti Trek --Where kids are Wild about God."

News and notes

Upcoming sermon series: "Forward in Faithfulness!" On April 10 a new sermon series from the book of Hebrews begins. Hebrews is a book about perseverance and faithfulness and the superiority of Christ among all other things. As we continue to move closer to a time of transition in our church, I believe that Hebrews has much for us to hear.

Youth -- Kyle's Korner

  • April 3 -- Surrender at LCC; leave at 5:30, return by no later than 8 p.m.

  • April 10 -- Youth group at the church, 5:30-7 p.m.

  • April 17 -- Youth group at the church, 5:30-7 p.m.

  • April 24 -- NO youth group

  • Sunday school every Sunday morning at 9:30 for both junior high and high school.

[News release]

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