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What it was about Jeff Rollins

By now, you have seen many articles, news reports and columns about the passing of Jeffrey Rollins, the beloved pastor of Springfield Baptist Church for 25 years. And if you knew Pastor Jeff, you certainly understood the adjectives used to describe him - caring, selfless, loving, gracious, encouraging, giving and supportive. Many have added that they feel privileged to have known Jeff.

February 20, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


On churches, transparency and cults

It was a good question.

February 13, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


A situation neither holy nor humorous

On Friday evening, Jan. 24, I was walking into Strickland Funeral Home in Springfield when I met my colleague Pastor Bob Rogers from First Baptist Church of Rincon walking out. We exchanged pleasantries, as we always did, and then parted. I remember thinking as I walked into Strickland's, "Bob doesn't look so great. I wonder if he's OK." I regret not turning back around and asking him exactly that.

February 06, 2014 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Church


St. Boniface welcomes clergy for annual ecumenical supper

The parishioners of St. Boniface Church in Springfield hosted their seventh annual ecumenical supper Jan. 19 as part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. All Effingham County churches and clergy were invited to attend.

January 30, 2014 | Staff report | Church


In the end, faith is stronger than grief

The past few weeks, I have presided at more funerals than I have in any six-month period in my ministry. In so doing, I have witnessed grief so deep that I have been shaken, humbled, and reminded how quickly life changes. The story of Horatio Spafford came to mind more than once over these weeks.

January 30, 2014 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Church


FBC Rincon to present annual Christmas musical

First Baptist Church of Rincon will present its annual Christmas musical, "The Heart of Christmas," on Sunday at 6 p.m.

December 05, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Community Thanksgiving service to be held Sunday

First Baptist Church of Rincon will host the annual Rincon Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday at 6 p.m.

November 21, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Two local churches are Operation Christmas Child drop-off sites

Two Effingham County churches are among the drop-off locations for the national collection week for Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts.

November 14, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Sandy Hook victims to be honored on FBC Rincon float

A 14-foot snowflake tree will adorn the First Baptist Church of Rincon float in this year's Rincon Lions Club Christmas parade, with 20 individualized snowflakes, one for each student killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newton, Conn., last year, said Bill Gammon, FBC Rincon associate pastor.

November 07, 2013 | Staff report | Church


First Baptist of Rincon to hold annual fall festival

First Baptist Church of Rincon will be providing free dental and medical exams, free children's clothing and a free car wash as part of its annual fall festival Oct. 26 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be free medical exams (basic check-ups such as blood pressure and eye checks), a free car wash, free children's clothing giveaway, in addition to more traditional fall festival activities such as children's games and booths.

October 17, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Zion Lutheran celebrates 25 years of ELCA

On Sept. 8, Zion Lutheran Church joined together with the 4 million members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in nearly 10,000 congregations to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ELCA. At Zion, this opportunity was used to serve school children around the world by making and filling 70 school kits.

September 19, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Annie Moses Band to play at FBC Springfield

The Annie Moses Band epitomizes the notion that the family that plays together, stays together.

August 08, 2013 | Staff report | Church


First Baptist of Rincon takes mission to Africa

A team of 19 First Baptist Church of Rincon volunteers went to Sanyati, Zimbabwe, last month. While there, they presented "True Love Waits" to sixth- and seventh-graders, and read Bible stories, played music and games and performed puppetry for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

July 25, 2013 | Staff report | Church


Thomas leaving First Baptist of Springfield to join Billy Graham

Dr. Darren W. Thomas, minister of education at the First Baptist Church of Springfield, will be leaving Springfield to begin a new ministry position with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Asheville, N.C.

May 30, 2013 | Staff report | Church


5K to raise money for church mission trip

An upcoming 5K race will benefit a local church's mission trip to Africa this summer.

May 06, 2013 | Staff report | Church


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We are Easter people

Everyone loves Christmas. Trees, lights, presents, songs, parties, and meals make Christmas a very special time every winter. But for Christians, Christmas is really only significant in light of Easter. The manger reflects its glory only in the witness of the empty tomb.

April 17, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


‘CEO’ guilt and God’s timing

It's a good bet that church pews will be more packed than usual these next two Sundays. Local congregants and pastors will likely struggle to remember the names of those who come to pray and sing next to them on Palm Sunday and Easter Day. Once again, it is time for the CEO ("Christmas and Easter Only") crowd to emerge. My perspective on such folks is perhaps unique, stemming from a conversation I had years ago.

April 10, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Why we give to the United Way

Among the many revelations I've had over the past decade in my ministerial experiences in Effingham County are the following truths: (1) there are many people with real needs in our community, and (2) I am incapable of discerning exactly who they are.

April 03, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


What’s love got to do with it?

In Christianity, hell is often characterized as a realm in which God or love is completely absent. The great Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky may not have been far off when he said, "I am convinced that the only hell which exists is the inability to love."

March 27, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Marital grace found in a doughnut shop

As my wife and I close in on 30 years of marriage, I suppose we will naturally look back and thank God for His care in our life together.

March 20, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Remembering the real St. Patrick

Can't you imagine the following conversation with a local youngster?

March 13, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


John Naisbitt was right after all

A few months ago, my teenage son Alex was competing in a national weightlifting competition outside St. Louis. The morning of his competition, I decided to forego the predictable hotel breakfast for fresh-cooked food at an omelet joint within walking distance.

March 06, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Snake salvation: what is tested?

Jamie Coots, pastor of a Middlesboro, Ky., church, died recently following a worship service in which he was handling snakes. I'll give you three guesses on the cause of his death.

February 27, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


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