11 May, 2021

Greenview Christian Church Celebrates 150 Years (Plus News Briefs)

by | 3 April, 2019 | 0 comments

Compiled by Chris Moon and Jim Nieman

Greenview (Ill.) Christian Church celebrated its 150th anniversary over the weekend. A special service Sunday included visits from previous ministers and then a luncheon.

On Saturday, there was a joint service with nearby Sweetwater Christian Church, which started GCC in 1869. The service featured hymns from 150 years ago and a presentation on the history of both congregations.

GCC senior minister Andy Nichols told The Courier, “There’s a reason that roughly half of the members have been almost lifelong members. [It’s] because they feel like they are part of a family once they are part of the church.”

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News Briefs

The Intentional Church Conference takes place Saturday at First Christian Church in Decatur, Ill. Ben Cachiaras, senior pastor of Mountain Christian Church, Joppa, Md., and Nancy Beach, who served at Willow Creek Community Church for more than 20 years and is currently a leadership coach with the Slingshot Group, will be the main speakers. There also will be breakout sessions. Lunch and snacks are included with registration. Doors, exhibits, and registration opens at 8 a.m.; worship and “session 1” begins at 9 a.m.; afternoon dismissal will be at 3:30.

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Aaron McClary, pastor of Markle (Ind.) Christian Church, is the newest member of the Markle Town Council. McClary was appointed in March to serve the remaining term of a councilman who had resigned, according to the Huntington County Tab. McClary is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University and Johnson University.

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Jeff Michael, pastor of Christ’s Church in Effingham, Ill., was among a crowd of people at the Illinois State Capitol last month protesting proposed changes to the state’s abortion laws. XFM reports one measure would repeal a parental notification requirement for minors seeking abortions. The station said the commons area of the Capitol building was filled with people protesting the bill.

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Owensboro (Ky.) Christian Church took part in a weekend youth conference that involved 10 churches in the community and more than 450 people. The conference for middle and high school students, called THE WKND, featured worship and preaching, according to the Owensboro Times. OCC sponsored sports tournaments at its recreation center as part of the event.

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The Center for Church Leadership is sponsoring a training session called “Self-Leadership Using Real Colors” on May 1 in Indianapolis. Churches are encouraged to “bring your entire team, including elders or key ministry leaders,” to learn about an effective tool for understanding human behavior, improving communication skills, and building better relationships inside and outside the church. Learn more here.

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Fairfield Christian Church, Lancaster, Ohio, celebrated its 50th anniversary Sunday. The church’s Facebook page described it as “an incredible morning” that included visits from some of its former pastors.

“Fairfield Christian Church started through the efforts of several families that had previously attended Fifth Avenue Church of Christ,” the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette reported. “It was chartered in 1969 and started off with about 40 people.”

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The Solomon Foundation announced via Facebook last week that it has reached $550 million in total assets, “which means we can continue to help more churches baptize more people!” In less than eight years, TSF has originated about 240 loans to churches all across the United States and in Eastern Europe.

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Wilmington (Ohio) Church of Christ is hosting a “Walk for Life” to support a local pregnancy resource center on April 27. The goal is to raise $50,000 for the New Life Clinic, according to the News Journal.

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