Brownstown-Sefton News

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By The Staff

Critter Corner …
… can be more aptly called “Twitter Corner” this week. Spring is here, at least it is for the little wild birds, as they are filling the trees and the air with their songs the past few mornings.
Their songs are really encouraging me to take my morning coffee outside in the sunshine (note the word sunshine), and just enjoy the morning sunrise. The birdfeeder is not being emptied so much now, since the snow has melted, so nature is taking over and providing nourishment.
The cows are in full view now, since we confiscated a corner of their pasture for our home. We couldn’t see them as much when we were in the woods house and we do enjoy watching them now.
Their favorite place (with the exception of the hay stack) seems to be their corner behind the home and along the edge of the pasture among some trees.
We think they like that spot in the summer for the shade and in the winter because of the shelter.
Also, they seem interested in whatever we, the human inhabitants of the Homestead, are doing. They like to watch the comings and goings, such as the garbage trunk, any utility vehicle, etc.   
From the Chicken Roost
Blackie and Rhonda are doing well, eating their grain and probably planning on some early-in-the-season bugging. They are still vacationing from laying eggs.
My friend, Betsy Duke, said that the girls would start laying again if they had a light bulb burning. She said they need more hours of daylight or light. I’m confident that she is right, because she has had a lot of experience with animals and chickens, etc. However, maybe the girls need the rest and relaxation, as I’m sure there is a lot of stress and pressure to keep up the daily routine of producing a large, brown egg every day. We will be glad though, to have out own eggs-fresh-from-the–nest again and the girls, Blackie & Rhonda, also like sharing them with our friends.
Food Pantry Items Needed for March…
One box of biscuit mix, one jar of cheese, one box of Hamburger Helper and one package of gravy mix. Anything would be appreciated.
First Baptist Vacation Bible School …
… will be held June 16-20.
Wolf Creek Cluster Lenten Services …
… began at St. Elmo United Methodist Church on Sunday. The Rev. Ed Wojnar delivered the message. It will be held next week at Altamont United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dan Laack preaching.
Local Celebrations
Birthdays-Greg Strobel, Bill Stolte, Robin Elam, Brenda Klein, Jeff Kelly, Laura Gurtner, Gary Watson and Marlys Thomas. Anniversaries-Larry and Carol Henna, and Don and Marlys Thomas.
5K Walk/Run-March 22 for Backpack Program
More info later.
Revival …
… at the Brownstown United Methodist Church, March 24-26, 7 p.m.
Brownstown School News
SCC Spring Carnival March 21
The SCC Spring Carnival is Friday, March 21. The dinner this year will be pancakes, sausage, sliced oranges and a drink and will be served from 5-7 p.m. in the cafeteria. Tickets will be pre-sold by grades 3-6 or may be purchased at the door for $5. Carry-outs will be available.
Carnival booths, cake walk, cotton candy and face-painting will be open from 6-8 p.m. Wrist bands for unlimited play will be pre-sold for $8 and at the door for $10.
Order forms for wrist bands will be sent home later with students. There will also be a raffle for gift baskets, along with Holiday World tickets, Cardinals tickets, bikes and other prizes.
ISAT Tests Marsh 10-14
Students in grades 3-6 began taking ISAT tests on Monday. This is one week later than originally scheduled due to the amount of snow days. Students will take no more than two tests in one day.
Don’t Forget! Picture Day is March 20
No money is due prior to pictures being taken for student pictures, but classroom group pictures order forms are due in by next Tuesday. These forms will be sent home with students this week.
Coming & Going
A Visit to St Paul Lutheran Church…
… in anticipation of the church’s 150th anniversary. We met with Pastor David Hoehler and long-time members of the church Leonard and Luella Rubin, Elmer Opfer, Sherwin and Marcella Albrecht, Rodger Opfer, Marian Rubin, June Opfer and Bill Sachan.
All were very gracious and shared interesting and historical stories about their church and community.  
There will be three special Sunday afternoon services celebrating the 150th anniversary and a program with special speakers, preceded by a noon meal.
The dates are April 6, Aug. 17, and Sept. 14.
More information will follow.  
Betty’s Miller Mobile Venture
On Saturday, March 1, Mrs. Betty Miller backed the Miller Mobile out of the garage and began a new venture as Betty, Julie Miller and Donna Coonce drove to St. Louis for a belated birthday trip for Betty.
They shopped at some favorite shops (such as Bath & Beyond, Lane Bryant, Macy’s, and Crate & Barrel.)
They enjoyed a brief visit with Mrs. Hester Owens, a former co-worker with Betty.
They arrived back in Brownstown in the late afternoon tired, but had enjoyed the day and are already planning the next venture.
Homestead Visitors
On Saturday, Pauline Tackett, and Dora and Ray Weaver visited Bill and Panzi Blackwell. As there has been so much snow, freezing and thawing, and rain, the bottom fell out of the Homestead driveway.
Bill and Panzi have been walking from the lane (which is still pretty solid),and up the drive (stepping on any semi-solid spot big enough for a shoe) coming & going, to and fro, and emerging with muddy shoes, which were quickly shed for house shoes. Thus, our company went through the same experience when they came to visit.
However, we enjoyed the visit and hope when they visit again, they won’t have to wade through mud, as we are getting more rock put on the drive as we speak … or rather, write.
Josie, the doggie, and Callie, the kitty, also enjoyed the visit, as they were properly and deservedly noticed and petted by Dora and Ray.
Brownstown First Baptist Church
The Brownstown First Baptist pastor, Dr. Olen Evans, welcomed the congregation and led in the opening prayer in the Sunday morning worship service. Jerry Reed shared the announcements, birthdays and anniversaries.
Joe Kelly, Ray Stafford, Jim Moore and Chris Moore served as ushers.
The congregation was led in songs of praise by the praise team: Ann Robertson, Rhonda Howard, Jerry Reed, Ed Wiekert, Deanna Kestner, Tammy Barker, Sara Portz, Maisie Howard, Earl Crothers, Pierce Strobel and Mary Schilling.
• Money collected for the birthdays and anniversaries goes to the Baptist Children’s Home. The birthday this week was that of Greg Strobel.
• The youngest Sunday school class goes around the congregation the first Sunday of each month, collecting change for a project they are raising money for. This week it is for a sign for the church.
• Next deacons meeting is April 6 at 5:15 p.m.
• Sunday school teachers meeting is March 23 at 5:30 a.m.
• Seminary extension class studying systematic theology will meet on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.
• Annual men’s cook-off will be held on Sunday. Men need to have their entry at the church no later than 4:15 p.m. Judging will be at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 5: p.m. The categories are soup and/or dessert. Entry forms are available; see Sara Portz. All donations will go into the Annie Armstrong offering.
• The church is collecting gently used children’s/youth clothes/shoes for the Clothes Closet. If someone you know has a donation, let Sara Portz know or put donation in the church basement.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
Pianist Bette Stolte played the prelude as the congregation of the United Methodist Church gathered for Sunday morning worship. Hubert Williams and Jeff Kelly served as ushers.
Bradley Schwarm lighted the altar candles.
Pastor Don Thomas greeted all and shared the announcements, birthdays, anniversaries, prayer list and requests, and led in prayer. Following the morning message, delivered by Thomas, he offered Communion, assisted by Flo Allen.   
The children’s worship was led by Renee Kelly, and Allen led the adult class.                
UMC Announcements
• March 20 at 2 p.m.-United Methodist Women will hold their regular meeting at Emmanuel Methodist church.
• March 24-26 at 7 p.m.-Revival at Brownstown UMC.
• Attention Women: The UMW Distrist Spring Projects are: for Cunningham Children’s Home-men’s body wash, gift cards (small denominations-$5) to Walmart, Amazon, Wendy’s, Arby’s, Dairy Queen, Taco Bell, Steak and Shake’ Boxtops for Education, Lessie Bates Neighborhood House, puzzles for seniors or children, shampoo and deodorant. The items are to be taken to the spring meeting on April 15.
• UMW rummage sale-start getting ready now. The UMW is planning a rummage sale sometime in June (date to be decided). For those who want to bring items for the sale to the church, they can put put them in the east part of the center room downstairs.