Brownstown-Sefton News

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By The Staff

Note: Thank you for getting news, bulletins and items in earlier on Mondays, necessary due to the postal service change in schedules.
Betsy LongHorn and the Bovine Family…
… seem to weather all kinds of weather without concern. When the warning whistles were being sounded and the sky was looking ominous Sunday, we noticed the cows standing calmly, but grouped closely together, looking toward the west.
Some of neighbor Scott’s cows were scattered about in their pasture, grazing, seemingly unconcerned about the weather.
Come to think about it, I have never seen one of the longhorns look up at the sky. They are capable of it, because they can put their head up enough to touch their back with the tip of their horns if they are after a horsefly, but they seem to just let nature take its course without concern.
That was not the case with the late Dolly, the collie, the beautiful rescue dog we once had. She would let us know it was going to storm before the weather reporters knew it. She would pace back and forth in her pen and, if we weren’t home when the storm hit, she would tear down the gate and hide in the woods.  
We thought that maybe she had a bad puppyhood experience before she came to us.
Farewell to Cousin Millie
Millie Thompson Cunningham, daughter of the late Hugh and Rose (Weaver) Thompson, and wife of the late James (Jim) Cunningham, was interred in Fairlawn Cemetery last Thursday, with friends and family sharing fond memories at the graveside service. She was especially, and fondly, remembered for her unique, fun-loving, independent and pixie-like personality.
Farewell to David Kistler
David Kistler lost the battle with the illness he had fought so long, but gained his place in Heaven, where their little daughter, Monica, surely met him with open arms. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to his family and friends.
Our Concerns and Prayers Go Out ….
… to our friends and those who suffered damage and loss during the tornadoes and terrible winds Sunday. We have learned that some homes were damaged so much that they aren’t habitable now.
Coming Up in Our Community
Purses, Purses, Purses & Bake Sale …
… this Saturday at the Brownstown Fire Station, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. to benefit the Brownstown Branch Library.  
Straight from New York-designer duplicates – big-city styles at small-town prices. Great Christmas and birthday gifts. Cash, check, and credit and debit cards will be accepted. For more information, contact Brownstown Library at 427-3853.
Community Thanksgiving Service…
… at Liberty Christian Church this Sunday at 6 p.m.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner…
… at First Baptist Church of Brownstown next Wednesday at 6 p.m. RSVP, please.
Little Free Library selections …
… located on the parking lot of Brownstown Baptist Church; self-service, 24/7. Now available: “Restless Hearts,” by Marta Perry-a children’s book; “Ravenburn,” by Laura Beck-a good story of suspense, mystery and love with a surprise ending; “The Shack,” by Wm. Paul Young-for anyone who has ever questioned God or anyone searching for why they should come to God, this is the book they have been searching for; “Song of Arcadia” series by Jeanette Oake-four volumes that chronicle the lives of those touched by the American Revolution; and several western books by Louis L’Amour.           
Local Celebrations
Birthdays-Joe Kelly and Ray Stafford.  
Pianist Plays for Golden Years Club
Davis Redman, a native of the Brownstown-Sefton area, entertained the Golden Years Club members at its annual Thanksgiving Day potluck dinner on Thursday, Nov. 12.
Guests included Pastor Jim and Dana Dann, Davis Redman, Mark Whalen and Lisa Meyers. First-time guests were Pearl and Joann Simmons, and Richie Feltner, who was also the youngest guest and posed with four other members of his family for a five-generation picture. He is the fifth generation.
Thirty-nine members and friends gathered for the blessing of the meal and Redman’s inspirational music.
Following the meal, Randy Myers and the KC (kitchen cleanup) crew, washed the pots and pans, dishes and utensils prior to the business meeting.
The club president, Pastor Don Thomas, called the meeting to order and asked for the club’s financial report, which was given by the treasurer, Donald Smail.  
The report was approved as read.  
The Backpack 5K charity run that will be held on Saturday. Dec. 14, was discussed. The Golden Years Club will provide sandwiches, coffee and hot cocoa at the Brownstown High School, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
The backpack school program provides backpacks when school is dismissed on Fridays containing food to feed the children through the weekend. The backpacks are returned the next week. The cost of the program is approximately $120 a week, and 21 children are currently being fed.
The deadline for registering to enter is Nov. 25. To help the program, individuals may donate $10 to buy food. Some food items used are fruit and/or pudding cups, pop tarts, individually wrapped cookies, cakes, chips, Jell-o cups, etc.
Thomas suggested the club make a monetary donation to the Backpack Program, and it was approved.
The Golden Years potluck Christmas dinner and $5 gift exchange will be held Dec. 10. For those who wish to participate in the gift exchange, women will bring a woman’s gift and men will bring a man’s gift.
Thomas volunteered to bring a ham for the dinner, and members will bring side dishes.
As is the custom, in November and December, there will be only one meeting held each month.
Thomas reminded members that the Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care Fundraiser bazaar and bake sale on Dec. 16 needs items and baked goods.
Guest Mark Whalen from Springfield gave information about a government low-interest loan available for up to $20,000 for home repair for the elderly in great need.
He said there are stipulations regarding the loan.
Redman, grandson of John and Carolyn Grames, and who has entertained often entertained at the club meetings, announced he will be going to Chicago to attend college.  
Readings, stories and a poem were given by Pat Wojnae, DeeDee Diveley and Panzi Blackwell.
Whalen drew the numbers for the door prize, which were won by Sharon Smail and Diveley.
The meeting was adjourned. The next Golden Years meeting will be the noon Christmas potluck and gift exchange on Dec. 10.
Sefton HCE Has Special Guests
The Sefton Unit of Home and Community Education held its regular meeting on Thursday, Nov.14, with 18 members and two guests present. The guests were Juliaa Miller and Donna Coonce, who were giving the day’s program on the Five Feline Farm.
Flo Allen, president, opened the meeting with the pledge to the American flag. The roll call, given by club secretary, Elizabeth Kasten, was answered  by members telling, “The person or thing I am most thankful for.” Many neat responses were given by the members and guests.
The minutes were read and approved by Kasten.
Kasten handed out sheets for members to keep their volunteer hours during a three-month time period. They can receive one hour of credit with Kaskaskia College, plus a certificate for volunteer hours.
Miller and Coonce, owners of the Five feline farm near Charleston, gave an presentation on their work on their farm. Both women have full-time jobs and master’s degrees, and gave a slide presentation of bee-keeping, organic gardening and recipes they use.
They purchased a 5-½ acre farm with a barn and thought they would re-build, and they tore the barn down, they kept some wood for future use.
They built a home and showed slides of it, plus many garden plots from which they harvest many fruits and vegetables. They plan to add more plots in the future.
Their fireplace was shown, for which they used wood from the old barn for the mantle.
They explained why honeybees are important, how they get honey from their bees, and make honey to sell. They cannot keep up with the orders, as honey is in such demand.
These ladies have a website and are involved in Wild Life Habitat and plan to make a greenhouse in the future. Following their presentation, they answered many questions from the members present.
First Baptist of Brownstown Thanksgiving Dinner
Everyone in the community is invited to join First Baptist Church at the Thanksgiving Dinner, but those attending must RSVP by Nov. 24, so they will know how much to prepare. Text or call the number on the flyer sent through the mail or mail the coupon on the bottom of it to the church.
First Christian Church
The congregation of First Christian Church was greeted by Ron and Tena Goukd and led in songs of praise by Jack Shelton, Judy Pilger and Joann Strobel, accompanied by pianist Susan Smith, drummer Mitchell Smith and guitarists Chuck Enlow and Walt Kinney.
Don Willms led the Communion meditation and prayer. Special music was contributed by the Sunday school kids.
Also serving; Laura Willms-Sunday school nursery; Ron and Tena Gould-toddler worship; Bill Smith and Matthew Smith-shut-ins.
• Ladies Christmas party and Secret Sister reveal-Friday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m.
• Christmas in the Chapel is Saturday, Dec. 7. The church will be taking the van to Lincoln to see the 2:30 p.m. performance. The cost is $12.
• Church Christmas program will be on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Brownstown
The congregation of the 1st Baptist Church of Brownstown was welcomed and led in prayer by Ray Stafford in the absence of Dr. Olen Evans, who had suffered an injury from a fall.
Jerry Reed shared the announcements and recognized the birthdays. Ed Wiekert, Rodney Deal, Matt Howard and Brady Howard served as ushers.
The congregation sang songs of praise, with organist Angela Strobel accompanying and Shawnee Street as sound tech.
Reed contributed special music, followed by the message delivered by Stafford.
• Several volunteers are needed to read narrations for the Hanging of the Green service on Dec. 1 during the evening service. There will be one practice during the afternoon of Dec. 1. Let Ann know if you can help.
• The church’s Community Thanksgiving dinner will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. RSVP
• January Bible study is set for Jan. 5-9 for the study of Colossians.