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Petersburg Observer March 29, 2017

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I certainly hope there is not someone trying hard to remember where they left their glasses or walking around without friends recognizing them. This past Saturday I found a pair of glasses in the church. Thinking they were mine, I put them on and promptly waked into the wall. Not mine. Anyway, if you have been to the church and lost your glasses, we may have them. Simply call, the ransom is minimal. Did you ever notice how people say glasses make you look smart? They never say glasses make you look like you have broken eyes.

 

I guess you don’t have to wear glasses to look smart. When I was in school my teacher wore glasses and I got in trouble because she asked me, “Do I look stupid to you?” What I learned was that she really didn’t want an answer. Anyway, I think the spectacles may have been left by someone who had participated in our Friday Men’s Fellowship. Each Friday at 8am we open the church for guys to meet, drink coffee, eat donuts and solve the problems of the world. It’s a good time to meet friends, new and old and all are welcome to join us.

 

April 3 is the date and 4pm is the time. It’s the day and time of the next Tallula Blood Drive sponsored by the Menard County Pierre Marquette D.A.R. and the Central Illinois Community Blood Center. If you have wanted to donate but could not because of the time limits, here is your opportunity to donate in the late afternoon and early evening. We do this so it will not disturb your work hours. Come to the Tallula Christian Church and be a hero, “It won’t be in vein.”

 

We are well into the season before Easter called Lent. Not the fuzzy stuff you pull out of the dryer, but the 40 day period from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. It’s a time for spiritual reflection, worship and evaluation of your life as compared to God’s law and his will for you. The believer in Christ considers prays about the sacrifice of Jesus as he made his way to the cross of Good Friday. Some people sacrifice things in their life to make room for prayer, bible study, doing good works or other acts of kindness. On Maundy Thursday April 13th we meet for a candlelight meal and worship. This is to mark the day symbolic of Jesus meeting with his disciples for the Last Supper. Then we meet on Easter Morning at 10:30 to celebrate his resurrection. We always hold an egg hunt for the kids after service with plenty of eggs and fun, Join us for both services.

 

We are an open church and welcome all who would wish to join us. Come for a visit and stay to be family. We are very easy to find, just three short egg laden block north of historic and bunny friendly downtown Tallula at 311 North Yates. Come join us, I’m certain you’ll be glad you did or my name isn’t Dave Poeschel, Minister and as I always say, “Which came first the bunny or the egg and We’ll leave the light on for you, the light of Christ.”

 

Petersburg Observer March 15, 2017

Posted by tallulachristianchurch on April 24, 2017 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I always thought the snow was pretty. It’s relaxing to sit by the window with a cup of coffee and watch the flakes slowly fall to the ground. It’s nice to sit by a blazing fireplace until you’re front-side is warm and then warm your…other side. Sort of a ‘turn the other cheek’ idea. Sounds great doesn’t it, but not in June. Actually I’ve always said that snow would be much more fun if we had it in the summer.

 

No matter what the weather or the circumstance we should thank the Lord for what we get and what we have. The bible tells us to give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. You can find that verse in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Christians at Thessalonica, (Thessalonians 5:18.)

 

At 6:30 on March 24th at the Tallula Christian Church we are hosting a family game night. It’s a night to come to the church, meet your friends, new and old and have a good time playing your favorite game. We play board games, card games, and games that test your knowledge. If you have a favorite, bring it and we’ll give it a go. We just have fun and no gambling or cheating.

 

On April 3rd we host the Pierre Marquette D.A.R. and the good people from the Central Illinois Community Blood Center with a blood drive. Save your blood and give at our drive. We will hold the drive from 4pm to 7pm, perfect for everyone who cannot give during the day. So join us, be a hero and do as the CICBC folks say, “Give what’s in your heart.”

 

We are in the third week of Lent and enjoying the services to celebrate the days that Jesus travels up to Easter. It’s a time of celebration and sadness. On Maunday Thursday April 13th we hold a special candlelight service. Everyone is encouraged and invited to attend this meal and worship. We then have a prayer vigil until Friday morning as Jesus had asked his disciples to stay awake and pray. On Easter we have services at our regular time and follow with an Egg Hunt for the kids.

 

Be sure to join us for all or any of our services. We are easy to find, just three hidden egg blocks north of Historic Downtown Tallula at 311 North Yates. I’m sure you will be glad you came or my name isn’t Dave Poeschel, Minister and as I always say, “We’ll leave the light on for you, the light of Christ.”

 

Petersburg Observer February 22, 2017

Posted by tallulachristianchurch on March 5, 2017 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I went to school this past week. Well actually I had a session of learning. On Friday mornings my friend Bill opens the Tallula Christian Church at 8am and gets the coffee pot fired up. Ever since all the regular coffee stops have closed, last one was the elevator, there has been no place to gather. So it’s coffee, donut, advise and solving the problems of the world at Tallula Christian with some good folks. Got some time Friday morning and looking to better yourself, learn about life in Menard county, join us. I learned about farming, farmers, life, some really good people that live in our community and some that only live in our memories and stories. I learned a few things I won’t share. All in all it was time well spent with good people.

 

That was Friday, but Sunday at 9:30am is the time for Sunday School for all ages. The kids meet with our wonderful teachers to do crafts, play games, have snacks, sing songs and even learn a little something about God. The adults meet and usually watch an episode of Andy Griffith and talk about the lessons in it. We generally grab a topic and have a lively discussion interspersed with wisdom from God’s word. Everyone is welcome to join us.

 

March 1 begins a very important season in the life of Christ’s Church. It’s the first day of the season of Lent. I’m talking about Lent with a capital L and an e, not a small l and an i. Lent is an approximate 6 week period leading up to Easter. It’s a time for preparation of the believer in Christ to get ready to accept Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. It’s through prayer, doing penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement, and self-denial that we can acknowledge and in some small way share in the complete and total self-denial of the Lord.

 

Lent is a period of time that is symbolic of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness fasting and in prayer. He was tempted all that time to sin, but remained faithful to the heavenly Father. Those who believe and love Jesus mark the 40 days in different ways. Some will fast, not eat certain foods or give up certain luxuries as a penance. The time these activities would have taken is filled with prayer, reading God’s word, giving alms or generously giving money to the poor or needy. It’s good for you, it’s medicine for your soul and my prescription.

 

In April we are co-opting with the Menard County Pierre Marquette D.A.R. and the Central Illinois Community Blood Center to hold a blood drive right in Tallula at the Christian Church. It will be held in the early evening so all will be able to help. So save your blood till April to be a hero by donating what’s in your heart.

 

Join us to learn Friday for fellowship, Sunday for Andy Griffith and to worship the Lord with friends new and old. We are easy to find just three beautiful blocks north of historic downtown Tallula at 311 North Yates. I’m sure you’ll be glad you did or my name isn’t Dave Poeschel, minster and as I always say, “We’ll leave the light on for you, the light of Christ and the coffee pot.”

 

Petersburg Observer Feburary 7, 2017

Posted by tallulachristianchurch on February 6, 2017 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Sunday was very special and super day and I’d like to congratulate the honorable one. It was the 85th birthday of the Tallula Baptist’s pastor Dale Sinclair. Hope you had a great Day. We also witnessed the LI, that’s 51 to you and me, Super Bowl. A good game that was full of surprises. The best part of the day was gathering with our church family to worship and share.

 

The Super Bowl is the wrap up of the whole Football Season. I have seen all or part of every Super Bowl since the first when Bart Star led the Green Bay Packer to victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in 1967. Some were good games and some lost my interest. The game now is almost more well known for it’s commercials as it is for it’s football. In one commercial Snoop Dog is hangin’ out with Martha Stewart. It’s a commercial for a cell phone company, but also is a demonstration how two definitely different people can cooperate and accept one another.

 

People are different but if we look hard enough we can all find some common ground. Right now our country and world is full of people who pay more attention to our differences than to our similarities. In the end we are all created by the same God and are to worship the same Lord and that is something to celebrate. In April we will co-sponsor a blood drive with the Menard County Pierre Marquette DAR and the Central Illinois Community Blood Bank. It will be held at the Tallula Christian Church in the afternoon so more people will have access. Everyone is invited and asked as the Blood Bank people say, “To give what’s in your heart.”

 

Next week, February 12 we will hold our monthly board meeting. It will be the first full meeting with the new officers of 2017. Be sure and be there to discuss and decide the direction we will take in the year to come. You are always welcome at the Tallula Christian Church and we are easy to find, just three blocks north of historic downtown Tallula at 311 North Yates. Sunday School, for all ages, begins at 9:30 am and is followed by Worship Service at 10:30. Come for a visit and stay to be family, I’m sure you’ll be glad you did or my name isn’t Dave Poeschel, Minister and as I always say, “We’ll leave a Super Light on for you, the light of Christ.”

 

Petersburg Observer January 30, 2017

Posted by tallulachristianchurch on February 6, 2017 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I’m not sure who I should be talking to about this, but we seem to have been victims of theft. I’m not certain who has jurisdiction in the case and maybe it’s no stolen, but it seems that winter has gone missing. Maybe it was stolen, maybe it is lost and maybe just misplaced. Wherever or whatever, I’m having trouble finding anyone that actually wants to find it. We have had a very mild season and I don’t know what to blame. It could be climate change, greenhouse effect or just good luck. What I do know is I like it, but we have not set a record yet. The record high temperature in January was in 1909 with 73 degrees. The record in February was 78 degrees in 1930. What I know is that whatever the cause I’m not able to control it. God is in control. I don’t know that He will act on it but I know He is aware of it. In the New Testament book of Colossians We read, “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” We just need to trust Him and be good stewards of his blessings, including our planet.

 

As good stewards we should also recognize, thank and worship God for his creation and efficiently utilize all we are given. The Gospel of Luke explains, “And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.” The Lord should look and find us working to manage his creation to benefit and not to loss.

 

Each Sunday at the Tallula Christian Church you can join our discussions and worship the Lord with us. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:30 am and is then followed by Worship Service at 10:30. All are welcome to join us. On February 12 we will hold our next monthly Board (not Bored) Meeting. We ask all members to attend as we discuss the future of our church and decisions that need be made.

 

We have had to change the date of our next Blood Drive. It was scheduled for March but now the Menard County Pierre Marquette Daughters of the American Revolution will co-sponsor along with the Tallula Christian Church and the Central Illinois Community Blood Center will hold a Blood Drive in the first week of April. It will be a late afternoon, early evening event so everyone can donate. Save your blood and bring it to Tallula. Be a hero and as the Blood Center people say, “Give what’s in your heart.”

 

Come on out to the Tallula Christian Church, the season of Lent is just around the corner and that means Easter will soon be here. Make us your home church now and prepare for this very important holiday season. Come Sunday for a visit and stay to be family. We are easy to find, just three un-seasonably warm blocks north of Historic Downtown Tallula at 311 North Yates. I’m certain you will be glad you did or my name isn’t Dave Poeschel, Minister and as I always say, “If it weren’t for the weather, we couldn’t talk and We’ll leave the light on for you, the light of Christ.”

 

Petersburg Observer December 11, 2016

Posted by tallulachristianchurch on January 1, 2017 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Today, I must admit, my duty is clear. My job now is to remind you that Christmas is a short 10 days away from today. I began counting the days last December 26th and everyone laughed at me. It’s just like when I said I was going to be a comedian and everyone laughed. Well they don’t laugh now. So with only 10 days to Christmas we are right in the middle of the season of Advent. This is a Christian celebration of the weeks leading up to the birth of Jesus. This coming Sunday will be the fourth Sunday of Advent and we will celebrate and mark the day during our worship service.

 

This Sunday December 18th is a special Sunday as the kids of Sunday School will be putting on a program for us during our worship hour. It’s a ‘Do not miss’ and save the day Sunday because they always put on a great program. Join us for this special service.

 

Christmas Eve we meet at 11pm to worship in song, prayer and reading from God’s word as we await the birth of the baby who is the Son of God. As Christmas falls on a Sunday we will meet again Christmas morning at 10:30 am. You are welcome to join us for one or all of these services to worship the Lord with us.

 

The people of Tallula have been extra generous this year to take the areas angel off the tree and to shop for presents for all the kids of the area. Once again the Tallula Christian Church has been proud to house the Angel Tree. These angels are kids registered with the Menard County Community Services and are within the Tallula area. We have also house the Toys 4-R-Kids toy Drop Off box. We have been so lucky to see the big hearted people who want so much for the area children to have a great Christmas, that they have filled the box.

 

Come join us to worship the Lord in this beautiful Christmas season of the love that God shared with us in the birth of His Son. We are easy to find and easier to join, located just a short three holiday blocks North of historic and beautiful downtown Tallula at 311 North Yates. Join us to worship the Lord, I’m sure you;ll be glad you did or my name isn’t Jolly Ole St. David Poeschel, Minister and as I always say, “We’ll leave the light on for you. The light of Christ, especial because it Christmas.”

 

Petersburg Observer December 5, 2016

Posted by tallulachristianchurch on January 1, 2017 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s just about 15 days until the greatest day in the calendar of days. Yep, Christmas is coming and coming fast. I begin the countdown to Christmas on the first day after and it seems only yesterday I started the count. Well this past weekend got us a little further in the Christmas spirit. We awoke to a snowfall that covered the ground in a blanket of white. We ended up chilling out with the snowmen in the front yard.

 

So Christmas is right around the corner and at the Tallula Christian Church we will celebrate the true meaning of the season and day. Each Sunday until Christmas we celebrate the days leading up as the season called Advent. The name comes from a Latin word and means waiting for or arrival of an important person that is coming.

 

On Christmas Eve we hold a moving and memorable candlelight service at 11 pm. This year Christmas is on a Sunday and Worship Services will be held at the usual time 10:30 am. Everyone is invited to joins for one or both services.

 

A date to mark and save is Sunday December 18. That is the day the children’s Sunday School will perform their Christmas program. Each year they seem to outdo themselves and give us a better program and tremendous message. Service begin at Tallula Christian 9:30 am for Sunday School and followed by Worship Service at 10:30.

 

You are always welcome to join us. We are easy to find in Tallula just three beautiful wintery blocks north of historic downtown Tallula at 311 North Yates. I sure you’ll be glad you did or my name isn’t Dave Poeschel, Minister and as I always say, “We’ll leave the light on for you, the light of Christ.”

 

Petersburg Observer November 28, 2016

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As you read this we are about 23 days until THE big day, Christmas! It’s the day that the fat man in the red suit makes his rounds. And I’m not talking about some freaky-fast delivery person. I’m talking about the big guy, Santa, the one and only, Mr. Claus. Did you know that presently there are 78 people living in the United States with the name S. Claus? There is also at least one person named Kriss Kringle. You really have to wonder about parents who would name their child Kriss Kringle. Makes me wonder if he has a long white beard and a red suit.

 

Santa is known for his attire and giving gifts, but more important than any gift Santa could give, is the gift offered to all people and given freely to any who would accept it. God gives us the greatest gift ever given. It’s not the Official Carbine Action 200 shot Range Model Air Rifle, although that would be the greatest gift a person could give. But God is a greater gifter than anyone on earth. He gave the gift of love.

 

God’s gift was the birth of his Son, Jesus, who would give himself as a sacrifice upon the cross. At Jesus’ death he took the sin of the world upon himself and died that we might be forgiven. All we need do is accept the gift and believe in him as our savior. You won’t find the gift under the tree and you don’t have to unwrap it. It’s available wherever you are, just pray, talk to God and repent of your sin.

 

Come to the Tallula Christian Church and we will help. We have Sunday School for all ages each Sunday at 9:30 am and follow that with Worship Service at 10:30. On December 18 we will have my favorite service of the year. The Kid’s Sunday School will put on their program. It’s a definite must see. December 24th we hold a candlelight Christmas Eve service and you are invited to this meaningful Christmas worship experience.

 

It all happens at the Tallula Christian Church. We are easy to find just three short Holiday blocks north of Historic and Christmassy Downtown Tallula at 311 North Yates. I sure you’ll be glad you came or my name isn’t Dave Poeschel, Minister and as I always say, “We’re getting ready ‘for this year’s baccanalia of peace on Earth and goodwill to men,’ and we’ll leave the light on for you, the light of Christ.”

 

October 26, 2016 Petersburg Observer

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Hope you are ready for all the ghouls, goblins, costumes and crazy pranks. No, I’m not talking about the players in the NFL, I’m thinking of Halloween. Even though football seems like it is starting to acquire it’s share of spoiled brats, I’m reminding you that Monday October 31 is All Hallows Eve or better known as Halloween. It is celebrated on the Eve of All Saints Day, the day some Christians honor a belief that there is a prayerful bond between those in Heaven and those living here on earth. I personally believe we should forget the goblins and fear involved and mark the day of Halloween as a fun day for kids and November 1, All Saints Day, designated as a time to remember our loved ones who have gone to be with the Lord.

 

Halloween also kind of marks the season. It’s not the first day of fall or winter but the weather does seem to take a turn toward being cooler. Very soon it will be Thanksgiving, but before that is a much cooler day. Or should I say a chilly day? Mark the day and save it, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 19 is Souper’ Chili Supper at the Tallula Christian Church.

 

On Souper Chili Supper Saturday you can enjoy a bowl of the World’s Best, Secret Recipe, Award Winning Chili, a bowl of soup, sandwiches, drink and dessert all for a low price that supports the work of ministry in Menard County. So be sure and take a break from whatever you happen to be doing and come enjoy a nice lunch. Then come back later to enjoy it again for supper.

 

You’ll love the chili, the games, the cookie walk and basket raffle so much you will definitely want to come back Sunday morning to worship the Lord with us. Sunday School Class begins at 9:30 am and is followed by Worship Service at 10:30. Come join us, worship the Lord, enjoy a good meal and fellowship with friends and family. We are easy to find just three super blocks north of historic downtown Tallula at 311 North Yates. I sure you’ll be glad you came or my name isn’t Dave Poeschel, Minister and as I always say, “Souper’ Chili is a real gas, and We’ll leave the light on for you, the light of Christ.”

 

 

 

September 7, 2016 Petersburg Observer

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It will be a day to remember, the coming Sunday in September. It’s the day when the cool, head back to Sunday School. So great are our teachers, we’ll likely need bleachers, for the kids having fun learning the golden rule. O.K. It’s not my best work, but…The best work come in all the fun in the kids Sunday School class. They play games, do crafts, have snacks and even learn something along the way. It all starts next Sunday, September 11 at 9:30 am. Bring the kids and if you’d like, come to the adult Sunday School. Each week we watch an episode of Andy Griffith and then talk through a lesson written especially for our class. We also share coffee, stories and usually coffee cake, donuts or other sweets. Join us for a good time worshipping God with friends.

 

Following Sunday School is a service to worship the Lord. We sing, read Psalms and scripture, pray and try to get the most from the word of God as it pertains to our lives. We listen for the Lord to speak to us and guide us though His truth. It’s is possible to worship the Lord anywhere anytime but the Lord wished us to worship together. His prayer was that His people be one and the best way to answer his request is to gather in Jesus name.

 

This coming Sunday is also the day for our monthly board meeting. Now that’s board not bored. Right after service have completed we will enjoy a provided lunch and then start the meeting. We’ll have many important items to discuss and participation is requested for all members. If you are not a member we welcome you to observe, you can watch, listen and catch up on all the activity.

 

Take the time to worship the Lord each day. Each Sunday come to the Tallula Christian Church and worship with family, friends and your sisters and brothers in Christ. Come visit with us and stay to be family, we are easy to find just three beautiful summer blocks north of historic downtown Tallula at 311 North Yates. I’m sure you’ll be glad you did or my name isn’t Dave Poeschel, Minister and as I always say, “We’ll leave the light on for you, the light of Christ.”


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