Brownstown-Sefton News

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By The Staff

First of all, due to the Postal Service’s changes in schedule, please have your news and items in to me as early as possible on Mondays (or before), to assure getting your items and church news in that week. Thank you for your news and announcements – they are appreciated.
Katie & Longhorns Compatible
(on their own sides
of the fence)
As we had been a little concerned about the longhorns and Katie, Bill’s dog (which is a lab/blue heeler mix) being compatible, we are relieved and glad to see there seems to be no problem … as long as each stays on their own sides of the fence. Longhorn cattle have been known to attack dogs, probably because their instinct tells them the dog is related to the wolf, and the wolf is a predator.
One time, Sneaky Pete, our wily wolf, was following the longhorns with their calves across the pasture when our bull, J.R. saw it. J.R. turned around and walked toward Sneaky Pete with his head lowered, and the wolf took off into the woods, thus we wondered if there would be a problem.
Not so. They seem to have accepted each other, probably realize it’s all in the family. As a matter of fact, the longhorns have moved their sleeping area near the fence and closer to Katie’s place.
We expected Katie to bark at them, but she doesn’t pay much attention to them and not they to her, even though they graze close to the fence, which is just two strands of  electric wires.
However, it might be a different story if they were in the same open area. Katie might be inclined to chase and bark at them, and they would probably not tolerate that.
Requested Update on Josie
Josie continues to improve after a little setback over the weekend. She is again barking for her food when it is time. She really likes her homemade vittles (chicken and rice) and sits by the stove while I’m cooking it. Then, she doesn’t want to wait until it cools, even though it isn’t time for her to eat.
She seems to have automatically switched to the new time, as she still wants to eat at 2 p.m., although it is just 1 p.m. the old time – very confusing. She has adapted to the change better than I have. She may be a little bit spoiled, but she is worth it. (But then, aren’t they all?)
“Letters Home”
A Veterans Day tribute will be given at the Brownstown High School gym this Friday. Two opportunities to enjoy the patriotic presentation – 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Announcements & Opportunities
Christmas Open House in Downtown Brownstown Nov. 9
In the spirit of Christmas, Tammy Barker contacted some of her friends and they are going to have a Christmas Open House this Saturday at the Good Old Days Banquet Hall,  from 11 a.m–2 p.m. Everything under one roof on U.S. Route 40 for the convenience of the community and surrounding areas.
Inviting you to come in, browse, and find the perfect gift for that someone special are:
• Tammy Barker-Mary Kay consultant;
• Lora Rigdon-Origami Own Jewelry designer (customized for you);
• Jennifer Barker- photography;
• Ruth Ann and Chrystal Stewart, The Cookie Shack-cookies-cakes-especially for the holidays-for yourself or gifts;
• Erin Thomason-Purses, billfolds, etc., personalized with initials at no extra cost;
• Amy Newsome Ambassador with Plexus Worldwide.
• Hannah Cook with Tupperware.
Items will be on hand to purchase or ordered to arrive in time for the holidays.
There will be drawings and refreshments, and an opportunity to browse, right in downtown Brownstown, thanks to the thoughtfulness of these hometown ladies.
Community Thanksgiving Service …
 … at Liberty Christian Church on Nov. 24 at 6 p.m.
Operation Christmas Child
The junior high and high school girls mission class at First Baptist Church of Brownstown is sponsoring Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes this year.
There will be a donation box placed at local Brownstown businesses if you would like to donate. Items needed are:  Toys-dolls, toy trucks, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yoyos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise, and also extra batteries. Also needed are school supplies-pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons, coloring books, markers, stamps & ink pads, writing pads, paper, solar calculators, picture books.
Hygiene items-toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths; clothing-T-Shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlight & batteries. Items must fit into shoebox.
Not accepted: war-related items, chocolate, liquids or lotion, breakable glass items, aerosol cans.    
Volunteers Needed for Free Income Tax Preparation Site in Brownstown!
From Delores Stafford: Three or four volunteers will be needed. They will be trained and able to set their own hours, to work as much or as little as they want. So far, there are two volunteers. Stafford wants to provide this service for our community. Please contact her for further information or to volunteer at 347-2334.
Winter Clothes Needed for Veterans
Brownstown VFW Post 9770 is having a drive for winter clothes and shoes for veterans. The clothes do not have to be new, but should be clean. Especially appreciated are sweatshirts, flannel shirts, insulated underwear, T-shirts, shoes, socks, coats, jackets, gloves, all sizes for men, women and children.
Boxes will be placed in Brownstown at the Carolsel Beauty Shop at 101 S. First St., VFW Post 9770 and First National Bank of Brownstown.
You may also call Dan Fruitiger at 822-8945, and he will pick up any clothes contributions. Monetary contributions are also accepted. Checks should be made to Brownstown VFW Post 9770.
Little Free Library
Books available this week at the Little Free Library, on the parking lot of First Baptist Church (self service 24-7) are:
• Return to Harmony by Janette Oake-a good book on the value of the kind of friendships that help overcome adversity through trust in God;
• The Winds of Autumn by Janette Oake- a great book for a teenage boy searching for a way to live life and finding the courage to stand for his beliefs;
• Twelve Poets-Beautiful poems by Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Browning, Frost and others;
• Stories for the faithful heart by Alice Grey-A collection of encouraging anecdotes;
•A Bible Treasure Hunt-Children’s book.
Golden Years Bazaar & Soup Dinner …
 … was deemed a success Saturday, and the club is appreciative for the support of the community.  It is fun with the club members working together and greeting our neighbors and friends from here and the surrounding area.  
The head chef, Donnie Smail, cooked about all day Friday, President Don Thomas generously contributed his talents for cooking, and with Lucille Fisher’s delicious homemade noodles for the legendary chicken and noodle soup, the perfectly blended chili and vegetables soups, and the members’ contributions of delicious desserts, it was a bountiful, and good offering of  home cooking.
The “Watkins Lady” who arrayed her table with the Watkins, Fuller Brush, Stanley and Avon products, was  appreciated, as were all donations for the soup dinner.
All hands that pitched in made lighter and pleasant work, both in preparation and cleanup detail afterwards. Randy Myers kept clean bowls and spoons coming from the kitchen sink and tackled the soup pots with a vengeance afterwards.
Also appreciated is the attractive Crosley radio/player, donated by DeerPark for the raffle. Tickets are still available for the radio, which will be given away in February.
Part of the success, harmony, good will and longevity of the Golden Years Club is the compatibility, ability and willingness of the members to work together to keep their building in good shape, not just for the club, but also for the community’s events, such as reunions, birthday and anniversary parties, etc.                       
Our Heartfelt Sympathies to…
…to the family of Revis Wayne Brazle, 84. He was a brother to Wilma Krueger and Linda Cunningham, both of Brownstown.
Local Celebrations
Birthdays-David Goldsboro, Jessica Fulk, Phyllis Bruno, Dillion Elam, Kayla Summann, Bette Stolte, Eric Gurtner, Flo Allen and Darrel Sidwell. Anniversary-Glen and Pam Gurtner, Hubert and Betty Williams.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
Hubert Williams and Bradley Schwarm served as ushers, and Bette Stolte, the pianist, played the prelude as the congregation of the United Methodist Church gathered for Sunday morning worship services.  
They were greeted by Pastor Don Thomas, who also shared the announcements, recognized the birthdays and anniversaries, shared the prayer lists and requests, and led in prayer. Following the scripture lesson, the Holy Sacrament was given by Thomas.
Jenna Townsend led the children’s worship and Flo Allen led the adult Sunday school.
• Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. – United Methodist Women will meet and observe World Thank Offering and have a special offering.
OPERATION Christmas Child-collection week is Nov. 18-25. Take a shoe box, fill it, and return it to the church by Nov. 17, so they can be delivered to the collection site that week. Drop off dates are: Monday-Wednesday, 3-5 p.m.; Tuesday-5-7 p.m.; Thursday-Friday-5-7 p.m.; and Saturday-10 a.m.-noon.
First Baptist Church of Brownstown
Dr. Olen Evans welcomed the First Baptist Church congregation. Ann Robertson and the praise team led in songs of praise. Evans delivered the morning message.
November Items Needed …
… for the Baptist Children’s Home are trash bags. Place your items in the basket in the foyer. There is a box in the library for non-perishable items.
• Sunday school teachers meeting-Sunday, Nov. 24, at 5:30 p.m.
• Baptist Women will be on Monday, Nov. 11, from 6-8 p.m. All women are welcome to attend.
• Operation Christmas Child is coming up soon.
• Soup supper and movie night on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m.. Donations will be taken to go to our Christmas families.
• Sunday evening fellowship will be held the first Sunday of each month after worship service.