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Brownstown-Sefton News

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By The Staff

Critter Corner
The Homestead bird feeder has been visited regularly by our little feathered friends, the snowbirds.
We also suspect a woods critter coming by, as twice we have found the “bowl” part of the feeder overturned, as if furry paws may have hung on to the edge of it.
We don’t suspect squirrels, as we have not seen any of them at this location, the north end of the lane, and also, the bird feeder bowl is pretty heavy to be tilted over by a little squirrel. We suspect a raccoon or an opossum.
The skunk(s) that were living down here when we moved in seem to have left the area. We feel a little offended (but glad) that the skunk was uncomfortable living near us, but we wonder if the skunk thought “there goes the neighborhood” when we moved in here.
A recent excursion …
… through the halls of Brownstown Elementary School was again very interesting and informational. If you have occasion to drop into the school, be sure and view the artwork and other materials along the halls.
Also made a brief visit to “the office” of our resident poet/custodian, Dave Arnold, who not only keeps the school maintenance up to snuff, but really, and sincerely, cares about the welfare of our kids and supports the teachers and staff wholeheartedly.
Reminders (Weather Permitting)
• The Sefton HCE February meeting will be the Sweetheart Potluck Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Golden Years club building. Plan to eat at 11:30 a.m., and take a signed Valentine for the old-fashioned Valentine box drawing.
• The regular Fayette County HCE Board meeting will be held next Monday.
• The Golden Years Club’s regular meeting is a noon potluck next Tuesday.
Local Celebrations
Birthdays-Trish Merriman, Marge Weiss, Zandra Sidwell, Earl O’Kuly, Charles Reece, Jarin Evans, Rita Grull, Marge Harre, Koelter Fulk, Glenn Gurtner, Arygle Orr, Connie Green and Geraldine Goldsboro.
Anniversary-David and Gerry Goldsboro.
Golden Years Club to hold French Toast Breakfast
The club president, Pastor Don Thomas, gave the welcome to the 25 members and guests present, and asked the blessing for the meal. The guests and birthday/anniversary people were invited to be served first.
Following the meal, Thomas called the meeting to order, and Treasurer Donnie Smail gave the financial report.
It was announced that the yearly dues of $3 would be due next month.
The motion was made, seconded and the vote carried to hold a French toast breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 22, with the serving time and further information  to be announced later.
The proceeds of the breakfast will go to the Brownstown Elementary School backpack program to help replace the loss of the fundraiser 5-K run, which had to be canceled due to the weather. The 5-K Run will be rescheduled at a later date, to be announced.
Those present included the youngest guest, little Richie Feltner, and a long-time member, Marge Weiss, who is no longer a resident of Brownstown, but is still a welcome member.
Pat Wojnar and Thomas each gave a humorous reading.
Several free packaged food items were available to all present.
The next Golden Years Club noon potluck meeting will be held Feb. 10 at the club building at First and Division streets in Brownstown. All seniors are welcome.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
Bette Stolte, pianist, played the prelude as the congregation of the United Methodist gathered for Sunday morning worship services.
Jeff Kelly and Hubert Williams served as ushers. Elaine Voelker and Nicholas Grull lighted the altar candles.
Pastor Don Thomas greeted the congregation, shared the announcements and prayer requests, recognized the birthdays and led in prayer.
Following the praise songs service, Thomas delivered the message.
Zack and Jenna Townsend led the children’s worship, and the adult class was led by Flo Allen.
Brownstown/Emmanuel Church now has a web site: www.brownstownmethodistchurches.com.
First Baptist Church of Brownstown
Dr. Olen Evans welcomed the congregation of First Baptist Church of Brownstown and led them in prayer. Jerry Reed shared the announcements and recognized the birthday of Trish Merriman.
Joe Kelly, Dan Carruthers, Jim Moore, and Chris Moore served as ushers.
The Praise Team – Ann Roberston, Thonda Howard, Jerry Reed, Ed Wiekert, Deanna Kestner, Tammy Barker, Sara Portz, Maisie Howard, Earl Crothers, Pierce Strobel, Nick Robertson, Angie Strobel and Madison Howard – led in songs of praise.
Dr. Evans followed with the morning message.
Announcements
• January items being collected for the Baptist Children’s Home are non-perishable food items. Place items in the basket in the foyer. There is a box in the library for non-perishable foods.
• The next deacon’s meeting is Feb. 2 at 5:15 p.m.
• Sunday school teacher’s meeting is Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m.
• Evangelism Conference is Jan. 19-20, at 7 p.m., at Temple Baptist Church.
• The Valentine’s Banquet will be Saturday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m., in the church fellowship hall. Babysitting will be provided.
There will be a catered meal and games. The cost is $20 per couple. Sign up in the foyer  if you plan to attend.
• Sunday evening fellowship will be held the first Sunday of each month after the evening worship service; the next fellowship night is Feb. 2.
Those attending are asked to take a dish to share.
To listen to the Sunday morning sermons, visit www.sermon.net/FBCBrownstown.