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Religious Services for Poor Farm
Jerseyville, Feb. 17, 1912 - The Jersey County Board of Supervisors have secured Rev. Ruben Russell of Fieldon to conduct the services at the Jersey County Poor Farm once a month. He will also conduct funeral services of all inmates who died at the Poor Farm.
[Illinois State Journal Springfield, Sunday, February 18. 1912, page 9, Posted under "Jerseyville News"] - Transcribed by Koni Proctor

Church bells continue to toll, marking 175 years!
The First Baptist Church of Jerseyville will soon mark another milestone in local history this month as it celebrates its 175th year. To mark the occasion, First Baptist is extending an invitation to the entire community to join them in a Homecoming celebration on October 15th and 16th. Rev. Brent Meyer said, "To celebrate a milestone like this, it allows us to not only look back on what we've accomplished so far, but to look at the present and toward the future. The present and the future are galloping away and we have an opportunity to consider what our role will be along the way." Rev. Meyer also pointed out that the church has continued, over all these years, to be one of the leading churches in the community. "We are involved in the Jersey County Ministerial Alliance, working with many programs, including the well-recieved and much needed backpack ministry each school year," he said. "We continue to strive to be a good neighbor in the community where we were planted," Meyer added. The church's bells have tolled from the tower and each of its four edifices since 1841. According to the church, the bell's tolls serve as an audible reminder to the community that the First Baptist "stands for Christ, who is the strength and hope of the church." On Saturday the 15th, the church will host tours from 1 to 4 p.m., highlighting an extensive collection of memorabilia which will be followed at 7 p.m. with a viewing of the 150th anniversary celebration video in the church sanctuary. The viewing will include a time for refreshments and fellowship, as well. The celebration continues on Sunday the 16th, with a 9:30 a.m. worship to kick off the second day of festivities. The worship service will include an original mini-cantata titled, "The Way We Wore", featuring a journey through the various eras of the church's history through fashions and hymns. Dr. Paul Gipson, executive minister of the Great Rivers region of the American Baptist Churches, will bring the message for the Sunday service, which will be followed by a banquet in the church's fellowship hall. With the church's deep-set roots throughout the Jerseyville community, members of the church welcom other members of the public to join in the weekend long celebration. The First Baptist Church is located in Jerseyville across from the Jersey County Courthouse at 200 West Pearl Street.
[Jersey County Journal, October 5, 2016 - Story by Melissa Crockett Meske] - Transcribed by Koni Proctor

Illinois Annual Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church
- met in Jersey county, Illinois, August 31st, adjourned September 5th. The following is a list of appointments of their ministry

President Wm. II. Collins
Quincy Station - Dr. J. Dolby
Mississippi Circuit - Q, W. Stephens
Marsellene Circuit- Jarres Ray
Camden Circuit - G. J. Clevinger
Rushville Circuit - G. Reading
Ripley Circuit - G.M.Bailey
Pittsfield Circuit - To be supplied
Bath Circuit - John Biddlecome
Illinois Circuit - A. Diekerson
Winchester Circuit - O. O. Dickerson
Winchester Circuit - J. Z. Zimmerman
Carrollton Circuit - J. Miles, M.Osbom
Brighton Circuit - To be supplied
Greenville Circuit - Dr. J. N. Vance
Macoupin Circuit - J. Hummer
Springfield Circuit - J. P. Johnston
Clinton Circuit - C. Parker
Sullivan Circuit - E. Kennedy
Sullivan Circuit - A. Hutchisnon
Loaned to the Board of Missions for Chicago, R. F. Shinn.
Superannuated, P. Stafford
In the hands of the President D. Bailey.
Died during the past year, John Wate, of Greenville.
Transferred to the South Illinois Annual Conference, G. Patterson
[Source: Sangamon Journal / Illinois State Journal, Volume 7, Number 77, 7 September 1854] Transcribed by KP

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