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Monday, Sep. 1, 2014

Religion

Ministry of dessert: Serving frozen yogurt topped with values (08/31/14)
Noting the popularity of frozen yogurt, it was easy for former schoolteachers Lori Laramore of Cape Girardeau and Allyson Leckie and Angela Schlitt of Jackson to get their heads together about opening a shop. They decided after a great deal of deliberation to call it Simply Swirled...
Caught up in beauty and goodness (08/31/14)
I recently saw the movie "The Giver," and I was blown away. I read the book when I was in elementary school, and hadn't remembered much about it, except that it was really good. The movie version didn't disappoint, either; it is one of those rare movies that makes me grateful to be human and reawakens me to all of the beauty in this world. The movie has soul, and it touched mine...
Support for 2014 movie 'God Is Not Dead' (08/31/14)
Classes have resumed at Southeast Missouri State University. I have met the 28 students in my Old Testament Literature class in Dempster Hall, and we already have had two sessions together. On the first day of class, I did not require the students to sign a statement denying the existence of God...
People perhaps need to adapt to life as pets do (08/24/14)
What do you do when you're overrun with responsibilities, all coming at the same time? I had lots to do yesterday. It was a Sunday. Our family had gone to church, then I prepared food. I seemed to be going in circles. Our daughter was working on her rental house, so I prepared food for her also. A part for a dishwasher had to be found. Our phone lines buzzed trying to find a repair person. Then my husband and I went to the funeral home to visit the family of a friend...
Safety and sanctuary (08/24/14)
New rector continues church's tradition of outreach
Moving toward where you want to be (08/24/14)
Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest. -- Proverbs 14:4 Proverbs are short, pithy sayings that have many levels of meaning. In them, God reveals how to live well. Many are phrased in reflections on every day life. I can just imagine the conversation around Proverbs 14:4:...
The danger of a world without common ground (08/17/14)
Me: You sound as if you know a lot about the Civil War. Friend: No, not the Civil War. It's called the "War of Northern Aggression." Full disclosure first: My place of origin is Pennsylvania; I'm a Yankee. The friend to whom I refer is from Georgia. We don't call the war by the same name because our ancestors didn't. It is just one of many differing perspectives on this four-year tragedy in our national life and history...
To have a simple heart (08/17/14)
Many times in life, I make things more complicated than they are. I have this wonderful ability to analyze and think deeply, a natural capacity cultivated by being an English major at a liberal arts college. I am grateful for this ability to think critically and deeply, and treasure it as one of my greatest gifts, because it nurtures my ability to understand myself and express my understanding -- or lack thereof -- in words...
Research helps churches welcome guests (08/17/14)
A research tool of Faith Perceptions is its Mystery Guest Program. A church will have a number of anonymous "unchurched" people attend worship services and then complete a detailed survey.
Annual Global Leadership Summit starts today (08/14/14)
The annual Global Leadership Summit will kick off its two-day event Thursday at La Croix Church in Cape Girardeau, which is among host sites in 300 cities broadcasting the event. "We are the largest [host site] in Missouri," Susan Leming, connections and small groups director at La Croix Church, said in an email...
Prayer service leaders: 'We have a plan' (08/14/14)
Pastor Byron Bonner wiped his brow and from his heavy, dog-eared Bible proclaimed a passage from Matthew to the congregants of True Vine Ministries on Wednesday night. The Great Commission, Matthew 28: 16-20, tells of Jesus' disciples being tasked with going out into the world and making disciples of all nations...
Bishop to visit area as part of 2,000-mile trip (08/10/14)
Bishop to visit area as part of 2,000-mile trip to introduce a five-year plan addressing aspects of ministry and ways to grow in faith.
How connected do we feel? (08/10/14)
Deep, meaningful, authentic friendships are something that most people are looking for. Most of us long for those friendships in which the conversation can stop and be picked up years later, right where it was left. God has demonstrated that level of friendships again and again centered on the gospel and built up in the church...
Look for a deeper reason behind your struggles (08/10/14)
Talk about an incident that brought tears to my eyes! I recently witnessed a story that was so sad, yet so beautiful, I couldn't fathom the depth of it. I was inspired beyond comprehension at what human beings can tolerate and still feel compassion for others in the same predicament...
Church's bond to community goes back 90 years (08/03/14)
The First Church of God at 500 Emerald St. has historically been closely tied to the community east of the Show Me Center, and the Rev. Robert Hendrix wants to re-establish that identity now that the church has celebrated its 90th anniversary. Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger attended that July 19 observance to commend the membership for its "commitment and endurance" as numerous former members returned to increase attendance to 93, Hendrix said...
Feeling the pain of those mired in violence (08/03/14)
It seems to me that our world is becoming increasingly more violent. I'm not sure if this is actually true, or if the world has always been this way and we are just more aware of it now because of global connectedness and the media's focus on it. Either way, there is a lot of un-love in this world, a lot of pain and hard-heartedness and holes in people crying out to be healed and made whole and just wanting to feel OK, trying to fill their emptiness in all the wrong ways. ...
Talk radio trivia, Flintstones and the Good Book (08/03/14)
[Genesis is a product of] ... "Bronze Age desert tribesmen." -- Richard Dawkins, author, "The Greatest Show on Earth," 2009. On my way home from work, as I -- as do so many others -- try to unwind, I frequently turn on the sports radio station in my car. It's relaxing for me to hear men who make their living talking about the achievement of athletes become so passionate about truly unimportant matters...
Wally Schulz, ex-"Lutheran Hour" speaker, visits area (07/27/14)
A former longtime missionary to repressive nations, who also made a name for himself on the St. Louis-based radio series "The International Lutheran Hour," will preach Aug. 3 in Chaffee and near Gordonville. The Rev. Dr. Wallace "Wally" Schulz said his sermons at 8 a.m. ...
Climbing out of the pit of busyness (07/27/14)
You need a break. You do not need to travel somewhere exotic and expensive, you just need to vacate your normal everyday routine to re-energize, refuel and refocus. God uses a similar but even grander phrase to capture this much-needed rest. He calls it Sabbath...
Living life as if you're on vacation every day (07/27/14)
"I am going to take a job so the family can afford more vacations," Fred said. Fred was a stay-at-home dad who was well suited for the undertaking. He absolutely loved staying home, keeping house, taking care of family business and all the other jobs that good mothers and wives usually do. He was a great dad, always shuttling the kids around and keeping up with different activities...
Helping to cope with society's ills (07/20/14)
Dealing with the stresses of life takes all the resources that many Americans can muster, and for area Jehovah's Witnesses it entailed attending a late June convention at the St. Charles Family Arena northwest of St. Louis. Members of congregations in Cape Girardeau, Malden, Dexter, Jackson, Kennett and other communities were among the 9,000 people who took part, reported Tom Kelsey, an elder of the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall at 1150 S. Silver Springs Road...
Soulfulness meets a need for God (07/20/14)
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of participating in a spirituality group for men who don't have homes, and many of whom previously struggled with addiction. The evidence that God has transformed these men was so apparent in the joy on their faces, the way they treated each other with utmost respect and how they shared their stories with such vulnerability, shamelessness and gratitude. ...
Allspark, or the kingdom of God within you (07/20/14)
"And let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness ..." (Genesis 1:26) If you read this entire column, you will note that a group of people in Southeast Missouri did an amazing thing for a terminally ill man and his family. When I heard what they did, my mind went to the epigram that begins this screed...
Handing down a legacy of your making (07/13/14)
What legacy will you leave? Do you ever think of the legacy you will leave upon your death? Few do until their time on earth is done, but everyone leaves a legacy, an inheritance. "But I don't have anything to leave anyone," you may say. Do you think of a legacy or inheritance as material goods, only? I seldom thought about a legacy until recently. ...
The enemy of great is the good (07/13/14)
The story of Joseph found in the book of Genesis is the story of a man, the 11th of 12 sons, his father's favorite, who is sold by his brothers into slavery. As a slave he is falsely imprisoned only to be elevated by a set of divine circumstances to the position of second in command under Egypt's Pharaoh...
Author to discuss new book on Elizabeth Seton (07/13/14)
An author and her new book will be appearing on Wednesday in Perryville, Missouri.
Tough guy St. Paul: '... live at peace with everyone' (07/06/14)
"I wasn't bad but the bad boys didn't mess with me." -- Cecil Long I hope the reader will indulge my continued use of epigrams to begin this column. On this particular occasion, my thoughts turn to something my late father used to say about his toughness as a kid...
Parishoners step beyond church walls to serve the community (07/06/14)
It's not often that one receives a service or a meal or an item free of charge, but that's what happened last weekend when about a hundred people took part in the three-day free-of-charge event sponsored by Mount Auburn Christian Church. The goal was to have parishoners step outside the church walls and serve the Cape Girardeau community...
Temptation: A place to meet God (07/06/14)
The other week at a conference I attended, one of the speakers said something that has been transforming my life. He said that every desire we have masks a deeper hunger, a hunger that is for God and that can only be fulfilled by him. Desires as simple as hunger pains, to desires for the latest clothes or technology, to desires that run as deep within us as sexual desires, beneath them all is our one true desire: God. He is for whom we are created...
Notre Dame students get lessons on civil rights during Montgomery mission trip (07/03/14)
Notre Dame Regional High School's mission trip to Montgomery, Alabama, held an added bonus for the 15 participants -- a chance to meet the Rev. Bernice King, youngest daughter of Coretta Scott King and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During the June 16-through-21 trip, the group of seven students and eight adults worked with Resurrection Catholic Missions in Montgomery to do outreach work for the parish's grade school, cleaning apartments for elderly residents in the community, doing some painting and delivering Meals on Wheels, among other tasks.. ...
'How did I get here so quickly?' (06/29/14)
The Fourth of July is always a special time of the year. The barbeques, fireworks and all those things that remind us of the greatness that has been accomplished in the American experiment are honored on July the 4. This year is particularly special; it is my birthday. Not just a birthday; my 40th birthday...
Dinner, with a side-order of community (06/29/14)
Fellowship is something a church community strives to achieve. It's defined as having a friendly relationship and sense of companionship among a group of people, and, in this particular instance, a parish. It's a sense of community that church members Deb Brewer and Doug Sikes hope for by hosting monthly community dinners within their respective parishes...
Turning adversity into success (06/29/14)
How do you turn bad happenings into fodder for strength, into food for a more effective you? How do you become someone who doesn't back away when things do not go your way and, instead, turn into an individual who picks up the pieces and plunges ahead?...
Commemorating God's revelation of the Quran (06/22/14)
Ramadan begins Saturday and is a time of obligatory fasting from dawn to dusk
Bicycles and Christmas in July (06/22/14)
I recently had the opportunity to meet a group of people who volunteer at a church called Most Holy Trinity in Hyde Park in north St. Louis. This is a group of people whose love for the people of Hyde Park is apparent through their stories of how the people of this neighborhood have touched their lives, and their testimony to the strength and work ethic of the people who live in Hyde Park...
From the same mouth: Blessings and curses (06/22/14)
"People can't drive you crazy if you don't give them the keys." The aforementioned was seen recently in a sign outside First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. The statement is pithy and memorable. Placing a morsel of wisdom in the context of a readily accessible metaphor such as driving a car is an astute strategy for getting at truth. People are, without doubt, God's most maddening creatures...
Manliness: Active role driven by grace (06/15/14)
There's a boy in our church who -- every time he arrives -- sprints down the hallway, jumps through the doorway into a room and roars as loud as he can. Each time his mother is embarrassed and his father is bewildered. I call him "The Hulk."...
Church tour part of Jackson bicentennial fete (06/15/14)
As with farmers tilling fields and riverboats steaming their way down the Mississippi River, 19th Century Southeast Missouri was characterized by the ringing of church bells to welcome parishioners to Sunday morning services...
When is it your responsibility? (06/15/14)
"Well, it's really not your responsibility," said Jeanie's aunt. Jeanie was practically raising some of her grandchildren. However, Jeanie loved the kids and wanted them to, "turn out good," in her words. Jeanie felt it was her responsibility, even though Jack and Maddie were not her children...
Mormon women's group founder faces excommunication (06/12/14)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Two months after Mormon Kate Kelly led hundreds in a demonstration to shed light on gender inequality in the religion -- defying church orders to stay off Temple Square -- the founder of a prominent Mormon women's group is facing excommunication...
Timely transition: Vicar steps in as St. Andrew's Rev. Short retires (06/08/14)
St. Andrew Lutheran Church was founded in 1957 "to be open to the promises of God and trust those promises," says outgoing pastor Paul Short, who will preach his farewell sermons and be honored at a 12:30 p.m. reception next Sunday...
God's deep and complete love for us (06/08/14)
Of all the humanly written words I have read in my life, the ones that get it the most right, that speak to me most completely of God and love are the words of Sonnet XVII, by Pablo Neruda. This poem speaks straight to the deepest places inside me, speaks of love in the truest sense, feels like breathing, leaves me saying "yes." It gives the truest picture of what love purely is, allows me to feel my longing for love that brings me face-to-face with the fact that I am a created human, that my incompleteness is beauty because it is space that allows me to relate to my Creator God, who is also known as Love. ...
A genius is at work in the scriptures (06/08/14)
"Some of the happiest people in the world go to bed at night stinking to high heaven." -- Bruce Almighty, 2003 What you've just read were lines from a popular motion picture. The character reading them was played by Morgan Freeman, whose role in the film was that of God. There's nothing from Scripture in that quote, but it's not a stretch to imagine the Bible might carry that exact language...
Years of history in McLain's Chapel (06/01/14)
"There's a church in the valley by the wildwood -- No lovelier place in the dale. No spot is so dear to my childhood As the little brown church in the vale." The color is different, but the feeling is the same as that expressed in the song "Church in the Wildwood" for the generations who attended McLain's Chapel from its mid-19th Century origin until it was closed in 1973...
Joy is good medicine (06/01/14)
Frequently it seems that newly released studies are almost instantly retracted with opposite information. One day coffee is good for you, another it's not. Today dark chocolate is a healthier choice; maybe one day it won't be. Neither of which will change my position on coffee or dark chocolate. One consistent and timeless health benefit from the scriptures, though, is the importance of growing a joyful heart...
Do you consider your job 'work,' or a 'purpose'? (06/01/14)
Do you look forward to your workweek, or groan, "Ugh! It's another Monday morning?" One would hope you'd say, "Great, it's time to go to work again -- to fulfill my purpose in life, to keep living, rather than dying within." Things are changing now, from what they used to be, concerning one's job...
Real-life issues inspire Lutheran principal's pen (05/25/14)
One has plenty of opportunity to observe and think in a pastoral setting such as East Perry County, Missouri, which makes it more felicitous for Cheryl Honoree as principal of United in Christ Lutheran School and a writer for national church publications...
Questioning all in a new environment (05/25/14)
I recently graduated from college and have been thrown very quickly into the "adult" world, a world that is radically different from the one I am used to. Transitions like this are difficult for me. I am not good at them. I am not good at being the new person, not good at not knowing what I am doing. ...
A holy moment and a humbling experience (05/25/14)
"Why does he shout like that?" ("It's a warning: A warrior is coming.") One of the memorable moments in the 1987-1994 television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation," is when a Klingon dies. A fellow member of his race, realizing the soul has departed for Stovokor, the Klingon heaven, lifts his face to the sky and bellows a savage cry. The cry is a warning that a warrior has died honorably and well and is headed upward...
Karate school links katas and Christian values (05/18/14)
The KICKS program is open to all children. Welch welcomes anyone who wants to learn by giving them a Bible the moment they walk in the door.
Congratulations on your graduation! (05/18/14)
Graduation ceremonies remind me of a story found in the Old Testament book of Joshua. For years Joshua, for whom the book is named, had been Moses' right-hand man. He'd been entrusted by God to succeed Moses in leading more than of 2 million people out of the wilderness and into the long-sought-after Promised Land...
Learning from the differences of others (05/18/14)
"I just don't understand him," Louise remarked to her neighbor. "He has nothing and he doesn't seem to care." This was a conversation, between Louise and Dana, about Louise's son, Jake. Jake was divorced and he had allowed his former wife to keep most of their possessions...
Power of promises (05/11/14)
'It opens up a whole new realm of freedom when you realize that you are forgiven and you don't have to pay the penalty.' By BOB CAMPBELL Southeast Missourian Mark Gerler of Perryville, Missouri, had long witnessed people's suffering with illness when he began pondering it in the light of God's will as expressed in the Bible...
Moms see the miracle in the mundane (05/11/14)
One of my favorite happenings in the Gospels is when Jesus, after he's risen from the dead, appears to Mary Magdalene. I love that Mary mistakes Jesus for the gardener. There is something so profound about a weeping, confused woman coming face-to-face with all she wants and not recognizing it, not realizing that the Jesus she is crying for, the Jesus she aches to see, is standing right in front of her, speaking to her, looking like a common laborer. ...
'Ministering angel' heard voice of God (05/11/14)
What would you say if a person told you he -- or she -- heard the actual voice of God? I use a long-abandoned literary convention, "Dear Reader," to respond. Dear Reader, you might be a bit suspicious of such an utterance. Those who claim that God speaks to them are suspected, at the least, with having a touch of eccentricity. ...
Duggars speak about family, faith (05/05/14)
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar shared the joy they have found in Jesus Christ with about 1,000 people Sunday at Lynwood Baptist Church. The Duggars, of the TLC show "19 Kids and Counting," appeared as part of a benefit for Midwest Ministry Care Center and the Ruth House, which provides a residential, Christ-centered program for women coming out of inpatient alcohol/drug-abuse programs...
A true blessing (05/04/14)
Presbyterian organist met Pope John Paul II and accompanied his Mass when he visited California
Putting suffering in perspective (05/04/14)
No one likes suffering. Unless you're a Cubs fan; then you like suffering. The rest of us, though, usually try to avoid suffering. Every October my north side affiliated friends will tell me with great conviction, "We'll get 'em next year." I never know if they are trying to convince themselves or me. Either way, they are convinced that next year will be their year...
Let the dust settle to see through the storm (05/04/14)
How often do you feel that everything is hitting you at once -- too much is happening too fast? When this scenario occurs, what do you do? Unless you're grounded in ways to handle overload, you usually feel overwhelmed and try to figure everything out immediately, right? Then your mind starts to swirl, you become nervous, and you can't solve anything. There's too much dust for you to see what's ahead...
Long and winding road: Labyrinths offer paths for spiritual journeys (05/02/14)
As J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote: "Not all those who wander are lost." Some, however, might be searching for spiritual enlightenment -- especially those wandering the outdoor labyrinth at Abbey Road Christian Church in Cape Girardeau. On Saturday, Abbey Road will host a World Labyrinth Day event...
National Day of Prayer (04/27/14)
Once a year, millions of people across the country join in offering prayers for, among other things, government officials. Lord knows they need it. In observance of the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer, Cape First and St. Andrew churches in Cape Girardeau will host prayer services at 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively, on Thursday, May 1...
Reconciling the realities (04/27/14)
I recently traveled to Lexington, Ky., with a group from Truman to present at a research conference. While there, I was struck by the way the attractions in the city encouraged excess, juxtaposed with the poverty in which some people live.  The excess encouraged by consumerism was prevalent in nearly everything I did. ...
What really happened on that Saturday? (04/27/14)
Last Sunday night, Easter night, my wife and I took our dog for a walk. It was a beautiful night, warm with a slight breeze. Our canine chafed at her leash, so eager was she to explore downtown Jackson. The walk was invigorating and my spouse's curiosity had been piqued. When we arrived home, Lois said, "So, I have a theological question."...
Pope John XXIII to be canonized Sunday (04/24/14)
VATICAN CITY -- On the night of Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII did something so natural that it's astonishing it was so revolutionary at the time. He came to the window of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and spoke to thousands of candle-bearing faithful below -- not in the arcane, scripted words of pontiffs past but in those of a father and pastor looking out for his flock...
Sunrise service brings crowd to Bald Knob cross (04/21/14)
ALTO PASS, Ill. -- With dawn breaking over the massive Bald Knob Cross of Peace, at least 1,000 people from throughout the region celebrated the resurrection of Christ at the 78th annual Easter Sunrise Service. Father Uriel Salmanaca, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Parish in Cobden, Ill., delivered the message for the observance saying on the day Mary Magdelaine said Jesus had risen, "God manifested his glory and fulfilled all the promises he made in the Old Testament."...
Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter (04/21/14)
VATICAN CITY -- Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home...
Light in the community (04/20/14)
First Baptist Church Jackson was entirely redone — from floor to ceiling — with new carpet, a large screen with a high-definition projection system, chairs to replace pews and a state-of-the-art sound system.
Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus (04/20/14)
Throughout the week I have tons of paper that builds up on my desk. Piles of junk mail, thing's I've won and magazines I hope to leaf through. Every now and then instead of throwing things away I find myself stacking up the papers and moving them from one side of the desk to the other. For a moment that feels great. Until I realize that it's the same stack only instead of over here, it's over there. Nothing really has changed at all. It looks better, but nothing is different...
Don't allow treasures of the heart to remain hidden (04/20/14)
Are you truly doing what your heart is leading you to do? You may just be going through the motions. Right? Perhaps what you think you'd like to achieve is hidden so deeply within you that it seems forgotten. Yet, there's that gnawing feeling inside that you're missing out on becoming what you would like. ...
Israeli families gather Monday for ritual Passover meal (04/15/14)
JERUSALEM -- Families across Israel gathered after sundown Monday for ritual meals signaling the start of Passover, with holiday observances overshadowed by a fatal shooting in the West Bank. The weeklong holiday commemorates the liberation of the ancient Israelites from centuries of slavery in Egypt, as described in the Old Testament. In Judaism, it is dubbed the festival of freedom...
Renovated St. Mary's Cathederal opens for Palm Sunday services (04/14/14)
About 1,300 Cathedral of St. Mary of the Annunciation parishioners got their first look at the transformation of the cathedral during the weekend's Palm Sunday Masses. Palm Sunday celebrates Christ's entrance into Jerusalem to complete the Paschal Mystery of his death and resurrection, the Rev. Tom Kiefer of St. Mary said in an email to the Southeast Missourian. It also ties in with the Last Supper; the passion; Easter vigil, which is Saturday; and Easter Sunday, he said...
Members of 37 congregations meet in Springfield (04/14/14)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Members of three religious denominations say they are setting aside their differences to work together in Springfield and across the state. About 250 people from 37 Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Bahá'í congregations met Thursday to discuss issues they plan to address with the Missouri Legislature, such as early voting, Medicaid expansion, poverty and living wages. Gov. Jay Nixon attended and received a standing ovation from the crowd...
Ministry is a lifestyle (04/13/14)
Becoming campus ministers involved sacrifices for both Andrew and Sarah Abbott — he, a future in politics, and she, her passion for teaching first graders.
'Progress' in a global society (04/13/14)
Recently I watched the documentary "Manufactured Landscapes," which covers photographer Edward Burtynsky's work and the price our consumption of manufactured goods costs our earth and humanity. Largely focusing on globalization's impact on China as the country industrializes, the film opened my eyes to how my consumer decisions affect people on the opposite side of the world. ...
Before Easter, feeling the pain of Good Friday (04/13/14)
Today begins Holy Week, a week that shifts from year to year because the date of Easter -- since the time of the 4th century Roman Emperor Constantine, a Christian convert -- floats depending on the arrival of a full moon. The explanation is a little more complicated than the foregoing but it's close enough to accurate that we'll leave it there. Easter is quite late in 2014, almost as late as it ever can be. I'm grateful for the extra time. A lot has happened...
Church directory
Bethany Baptist Church (Southern Baptist)
1712 Randol, Cape Girardeau
573-335-8622
Website: http://www.bethanybc.net
Sunday School 9:00am
Worship 10:30am
Sunday Evening Service 6pm
Wednesday Prayer & Study 6pm
Bethel Assembly of God
1855 Perryville Raod, Cape Girardeau
573-335-5531
Website: http://www.capebethel.org
Sunday School 9:30am
Sunday Worship 9:00am, 10:45am & 6:00pm
Wednesday 7:00pm
Broadway United Methodist Church
Broadway & Lincoln, Scott City
573-264-3184
Sunday School 9:30am
Sunday Worship 11:00am
Cape Bible Chapel (Non-Denominational)
2911 Kage Rd. , Cape Girardeau
573-334-5948
Website: http://www.capebiblechapel.org
AM Small Groups 9:00am
Saturday Worship - 5:00pm
Sunday Worship - 9:00am & 10:30am
Evening Small Groups Throughout the Week
Cape Community Church (Non-Denominational)
2222 Bloomfield Rd., Cape Girardeau
573-335-2124
Website: http://www.ourchurch.com/member/w/westsi...
Sunday Worship 10:30am
Wednesday Bible Class for all ages 6:45pm
Cape County Cowboy Church (Southern Baptist)
220 Orchid Lane, Oak Ridge
573-266-3570
Website: http://www.capecountycowboychurch.com
Sunday Service 9:30am
Thursday Service 7:00pm
Cape Girardeau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
200 Broadway, Cape Girardeau
573-339-0575
Website: http://www.CGUUF.org
Sundays 10:00am
Centerary Church (United Methodist)
300 North Ellis, Cape Girardeau
573-334-2869
Website: http://www.centenarynow.org
Sunday Sacraments 8:00am
Sunday Traditional 8:45am
Sunday School 10:00am
Sunday Contemporary 11:00am
Christ Church of the Heartland (Non-Denominational)
720 Bertling, Cape Girardeau
573-334-7726
Website: http://www.ccoth.org
Sunday Worship 10:00am
Wednesday Worship 7:00pm
Sunday and Wednesday - Children Ministry
Wednesday - Youth Ministry
Nursery Available
Christ Episcopal Church
101 N. Fountain, Cape Girardeau
573-335-2997
Website: http://www.reddoorchurchcape.org
Sunday Holy Communion 8am & 10:15 am
Wednesday, Evening Prayer 5:15pm
Child Care 9:00am-11:30am
Connection Point Church (General Baptist)
1506 S Farmington Road , Jackson
573-243-8467
Website: http://www.yourconnectionpoint.com
Saturday - Contemporary Worship 6:00pm
Sunday Traditional Worship 8:30am
Sunday Contemporary Worship 10:45am
Kids Super Church and Nursery available during all worship services

OASIS (Senior Adult Group) Wednesday 11:00am
FUSION Youth Group Wednesday 6:30pm
WOW Kids & Adult Bible Studies Wednesday 7:00pm
CrossRoads Church (Southern Baptist)
4400 East Jackson Blvd., Jackson
573-204-1912
Website: http://www.jacksoncrossroads.com
Sunday Worship Service: 8:30am & 10am
Thursday Service: 6:30pm
Childcare and Children programs available at all Service Times
East Cape Baptist Church (Southern Baptist)
60 Brookwood Drive, East Cape Girardeau
618-661-1028
Website: http://www.eastcapebaptistchurch.org
Sunday School 9:30am
Sunday Worship 10:30am & 6:00pm
Wednesday Service 7:00pm
Eisleben Lutheran Church
432 Lutheran Lane, Scott City, Missouri
573-264-2762
Saturday Bible Study 5:15pm
Saturday Worship 6:00pm
Sunday School 8:45am
Sunday Morning Worship 10:00am
Evangelical UCC (United Church of Christ)
33 S. Ellis, Cape Girardeau
573-335-5611
Website: http://www.evangelicaluccofcape.org/
Sunday School 9:30am
Sunday Worship 10:35am
Fellowship Baptist Church (Southern Baptist)
430 Koch St., Cape Girardeau
573-339-1733
Sunday School 9:45am
Sunday Worship 10:45am & 6:00pm
Sunday Children Church 11:00am
Wednesday Bible Study 7:00pm
First Baptist Church
1289 Lexington Avenue, Cape Girardeau
573-335-6006
Website: http://www.fbccape.com
Bible Study 9:30am
Worship 10:45am
Wednesday Night 5:30pm
First Baptist Church (Southern Baptist)
591 North Liberty Street , Delta
573-794-2478
Website: http://www.fbcdelta.org
Sunday Service 10:45am & 6:00pm
Sunday School 9:45am
Wednesday Service 6:00pm
First Baptist Church (Southern Baptist)
212 S. High, Jackson
573-243-8415
Website: http://www.firstbaptistjackson.tv
Sunday Morning Blended Worship 8:30am
Sunday School 9:45am
Sunday Morning Modern Worship 11:00am
Sunday Night Worship 6:00pm
Wednesday Bible Study & Activities 6:15pm
First Free Will Baptist (General Baptist)
2919 Kage Rd., Cape Girardeau
573-334-8461
Sunday School 9:30am
Worship 10:30am
Sunday evening 6:00pm
Wednesday evening 7:00pm
First General Baptist Church of Cape
1812 Cape LaCroix Road, Cape Girardeau
573-334-2234
Website: http://netministries.org/frames.asp?url=...
Sunday
Sunday School 9:00am
Morning Worship 10:00am

Wednesday
Children's program 6:30pm
Youth Program 6:30pm
Adult Bible Study 6:30pm
Prayer Time 6:30pm
First Pentecostal Church
3054 Lexington, Cape Girardeau
573-335-9291
Website: http://www.fpccape.com
Sunday School: 10am
Sunday Worship: 11am & 6pm
Wednesday Worship: 7pm
Bible Discovery - Ages 5-10: 11am
First Presbyterian Church
235 Broadway, Cape Girardeau
573-335-2579
Website: http://www.firstccape.org
Sunday School 9:30am
Sunday Coffee in the Parlor 10:00-10:30am
Sunday Worship 10:30am
First Presbyterian Church
206 E. Washington, Jackson
573-243-4265
Sunday School 8:45am
Sunday Worship 10:00am
Fountain of Life Tabernacle ()
2484 Old Toll Rd, Jackson, MO
573-760-2777
Sunday Services
Sunday School 9:30 am
Morning Worship 10:30 am
Kids Church 10:30 am
Sunday evening evangelistic service 6:00 pm
Wednesday evening 7:00 pm
Fruitland Community Church (Southern Baptist)
6040 US Highway 61, Jackson
573-204-0724
Website: http://www.fruitlandcommunity.com
Sunday Worship 8:00am & 10:30am
Sunday Bible Study 9:15am
AWANA Sunday 5:00pm
Weekly Small Groups
Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel
1904 W. Cape Rock Drive, Cape Girardeau
573-335-3974
Website: http://goodshepherdcape.ctsmemberconnect...
Sunday Worship 8:00am & 10:30am
Sunday School/Bible Class 9:15am
Grace United Methodist Church
521 Caruthers St., Cape Girardeau
573-334-1321
Website: http://www.capegrace.org
Sunday School 10:10am
Heritage Traditional 9:00am
Sunday Contemporary 11:15am
Hanover Lutheran Church
2949 Perryville Road, Cape Girardeau
573-335-8583
Website: http://www.hanoverlutheran.com
Sunday Services at 7:45 and 10:00am
Hobbs Chapel United Methodist
3024 State hwy 177, Cape Girardeau
573-334-3080
Website: http://www.moumethodist.org/churches/det...
Sunday Worship 9:00am
Sunday School 10:15am
Illmo Baptist (Southern Baptist)
802 Second St. East, Scott City
573-264-4725
Website: http://www.illmobaptist.com
Sunday Bible Study 9:45am
Sunday Worship 10:55am
Wednesday Prayer Service 6:30pm
Immanuel Lutheran (Tilsit)
496 State Hwy F, Jackson
573-243-0132
Website: http://www.showme.net/churches/immanuel
Sunday Worship 8:45am
Sunday School 10:00am
LaCroix Church (United Methodist)
3102 Lexington Ave., Cape Girardeau
573-339-0302
Website: http://www.lacroixchurch.org
Saturday Worship 5:30pm
Sunday Worship 9:30am & 11:00am
Lakeside Worship Center (Non-Denominational)
7623 S. Hwy 25, Gordonville
573-238-4801
Sunday School 9:30am
Sunday Worship 10:30am
Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church
2826 Independence St., Cape Girardeau
573-334-8546
Website: http://www.lighthousecapegirardeau.org
Sunday School 10am
Sunday Worship 11am & 6pm
Wednesday Worship 7pm

Transportation Available
Lynwood Baptist Church (Southern Baptist)
2935 Lynwood Hills Drive, Cape Girardeau
573-334-4600
Website: http://www.lynwoodbc.org
Join us Sunday for:
Bible Study 8:00, 9:00 and 10:30am
Worship 9:00am and 10:30am
Sunday 5:30pm - Discipleship Courses for all ages
Maple United Methodist Church
2441 Jean Ann Dr., Cape Girardeau
573-335-6890
Website: http://maplechurch.org
Sunday School 9:00am
Sunday Worship 10:15am
Nursery Provided

Prayer Service - every Tuesday at 10am, open to the public
Prayer Box Outside for prayers anytime!


North Cape Church of Christ
121 S. Broadview Drive, Cape Girardeau
573-334-9673
Bible Study 9:30am
Sunday Worship 10:30am & 6pm
Wednesday Bible Study 7pm
Old Saint Vincent's Roman Catholic Church
119 South Spanish, Cape Girardeau
573-335-1631
Website: http://www.oldstvincents.org
Sunday 10:00am

Open for tours April thru September, Saturdays 12-4pm
For more information call 573-335-1631
Pinnacle of Faith Life Changing Ministers (Non-Denominational)
1625 N. Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau
Sunday Service at 10am at the Osage Center Room D
Scriptural Evangelical Lutheran (ELS/WELS)
3587 County Road 635, Cape Girardeau
573-334-4096
Sunday School/Bible Class 9:00am
Sunday Worship 10:00am
Shawnee Hills Baptist Church (Southern Baptist)
1204 Brandom, Jackson
573-243-1078
Sunday School 9:30am
Sunday Worship 10:30am & 6:00pm
Wednesday Evening Prayer 7:00pm
Southside Baptist Church (Southern Baptist)
805 Hackberry St., Cape Girardeau
573-243-7566
Wednesday Evening Bible Study 6:00pm
Sunday School 9:30am
Sunday Worship 10:30am
Sunday Evening Worship 5:30pm
St. Andrew Lutheran
804 N. Cape Rock Road, Cape Girardeau
573-334-3200
Website: http://www.standrewcape.org
Sunday Traditional Service 8:00am & 10:35am
Sunday Contemporary Service 9:15am
Sunday Celebrate Recovery 6:00pm
St. John the Theologian Orthodox Christian Church
1930 Independence St. , Cape Girardeau
573-332-1028
Website: http://www.stjohnsorthodoxchurch.com
Saturdays: Great Vespers - 5:00 p.m.
Sundays: Orthros - 8:45 a.m.
Divine Liturgy - 10:00 a.m. with coffee hour following
Reader’s Services
We also have reader’s services when the priest isn't with us.
Wednesdays: Reader’s Vespers - 6:00 p.m.
Orthodox Faith and Life - 6:45 p.m.
Sundays: Reader's Orthros - 8:45 a.m.
Typika - 10:00 a.m.
St. John's United Church of Christ
781 State Hwy. FF, Jackson
573-243-5633
Website: http://www.ourchurch.com/member/s/StJohn...
Sunday School 9:00am
Sunday Worship 10:00am
St. Mark Lutheran Church
1900 Cape LaCroix, Cape Girardeau
573-334-4495
Website: http://www.stmarkcape.org
Sunday School for All 9:00am
Sunday Worship Service with Communion for all 10:00am
St. Paul Lutheran Church
201 Gray St., Chaffee
573-204-1944
Sunday Worship 8:00am
Sunday School & Bible Class 9:00am
St. Paul Lutheran Church
223 W. Adams, Jackson
573-243-2236
Website: http://www.stpauljackson.com
Saturday evening Worship 6:00pm
Sunday Worship 7:45am & 9:15 am
Sunday Bible Class 9:15am
Sunday Contemporary Worship 10:45am
The Chuch of God (Church of God)
209 E. Cape Rock Drive, Cape Girardeau
573-979-7678
Sunday School – 10 am
Sunday Morning Worship – 11 am
Sunday Evening Worship – 5:30 pm
Wednesday Bible Study – 7 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
100 N. Frederick, Cape Girardeau
573-335-8224
Website: http://www.t-lutheran.org
Saturday Worship 6:00pm
Sunday Worship 8:00am & 10:30am
Sunday School 9:15am
"Joyful Song" Blended Worship Service 10:30am (1st & 3rd Sun)
Trinity Lutheran Church Egypt Mills
5665 County Road 635, Cape Girardeau
573-334-4549
Sunday Worship 7:45am & 10:00am
Sunday School & Bible Class 9:00am
Wesley United Methodist Church
142 Carnation Lane , Fruitland
573-243-5948
Website: http://www.wesleyumcfruitland.com
Sunday School 9:15am
Church 10:30am
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Cape Rock Rd. & Perryville Rd., Cape Girardeau
573-334-4344
Website: http://www.capewpc.org
Sunday Worship 10:45am
Sunday School 9:30am
Nursery Provided for all activities
Zion Lutheran
176 County Road 226, Gordonville
573-204-1944
Website: http://www.zionlutherangordonville.org
Sunday School/Bible Class 9:15am
Sunday Worship 10:15am
Wednesday Bible Study 7:00pm
Last Saturday of the month worship at 6pm
Zion United Methodist Church
3652 State Highway Z, Gordonville
573-243-8025
Website: http://www.umcgordonvillezion.org
Sunday Worship 8:00am & 10:30am
Small Groups 9:15am