Origin and diversity of life to be discussed
The SEMO Creation Science Club is sponsoring a program on the origin of life and its diversity by Robert and Elizabeth Ridlon of Troy, Ill., at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dempster Hall's Glenn Auditorium on campus. They will also give a program on "Clones and Stem Cells: What You Should Know," at 10 a.m. April 28 at Crisp Hall auditorium on campus. Each 30-minute presentation will be followed by 20 minutes of questions and discussions. Robert Ridlon is a system development consultant and adjunct faculty member at Southwestern Illinois College. Elizabeth Ridlon is an adjunct faculty member at Southwestern Illinois College, where she teaches general biology and human anatomy. The Ridlons have spoken often on creation and evolution at colleges, universities, radio programs and a variety of organizations.
Apple Creek Gaslight Sing this weekend
The Apple Creek Memorial Association presents its 13th annual "Gaslight Sing" Sunday at 7 p.m. at the old church one mile north of Pocahontas. The gathering includes performances by Arthur Bender, the Gaslight singers from the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, the Country Travelers Gospel Singers and Alsha Walthers Curtis. Also included will be the groups Just in Thyme and Cabin Fever. The audience will sing hymns accompanied by Carolyn Thompson on the old pump organ.
Anniversary service held at Church of Jesus Christ
The Church of Jesus Christ, 721 County Road 316 between Jackson and Gordonville, will have anniversary services at 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 28. Special speakers will be present, and fellowship will follow.
Bill and Vicky Sky to sing in Morehouse
Nashville recording artists Bill and Vicky Sky will sing at First Baptist Church's block party at noon April 28. Also appearing at the program will be Tina Sadler at 10 a.m., the Pullen Family at 11 a.m., MacAtees at 1 p.m., Castor River Band at 2 p.m., Shoe Box Band at 3 p.m. and the First Baptist Youth Praise Band at 4 p.m. The block party will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and free food will be provided. First Baptist Church is at 507 South Benton St. in Morehouse.
'The Secret Place' set at Cape Girardeau church
Jason Upton, an international singer and songwriter, will be featured in "The Secret Place" worship weekend at 7 p.m. April 28 and at 10 a.m. April 29 at Christ Church of the Heartland, 720 Bertling St., Cape Girardeau.
National Day of Prayer services planned May 3
Cape Girardeau, Scott City and Jackson area churches expect hundreds of people to unite on May 3 at two events for the National Day of Prayer. The Day of Prayer begins at 6 a.m. at Cape First for breakfast and prayer, followed by noon prayer at Jackson First Baptist and an evening prayer service at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. The Ministerial Alliance in Scott City is sponsoring a short noon prayer meeting at the Scott City courthouse on Main Street. Several local pastors will offer prayer. The Community Day of Prayer will focus on prayer for military, but will include prayers for families, children, government, and media. This year's national theme is "America, Unite in Prayer." The breakfast and prayer services are free. For more information, contact Jennifer Johnson Smith at 334-4421. National Day of Prayer information is available at www.ndptf.org.
Immaculate Conception holding spring concert
The Immaculate Conception Church Music Ministry of Jackson will be in concert at 2 p.m. April 29 in the church sanctuary. This year's concert, "Bells 'N Brass," will feature the three Bells of Joy ringing groups along with a brass ensemble. Also performing will be the adult choir, youth chorale, choristers and church musicians. The adult choir will be joined by members of the Heartland Pops Chorus. There is no admission charge. Refreshments will be served after the performance in the fellowship hall.
* Dedication of First Christian Church Abbey Road Computer Lab during worship service at 11:30 a.m. Following church service will be a fellowship dinner.
* The Down East Boys will perform during the 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services at the Jackson First General Baptist Church at 1506 S. Farmington Road.
* Whistle Stop Wesley's will be in concert at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. at New McKendree South Campus in Jackson to raise money for Shiloh Branson/Caring Bridge.
* The Rev. Mike Shupert will preach the Sunday sermon "We Need Each Other" at 10:45 a.m. at First Baptist in Cape Girardeau.
* Young at Hearts will hold a potluck lunch and a program for senior adults at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau.
* Solomon's Porch will be in concert at 6 p.m. at Lynwood Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau.
-- From staff reports