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Brownstown-Sefton News

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S.O.S. (Signs of Spring)
No. 1-We are seeing smidgens of green in the pasture and yard now, and we have noticed Betsy and the bovine family grazing a little, in addition to the nice big bales of hay that friend Josh Behrends brings to them.
No. 2-We have seen a fly, a ladybug and (much to Bill’s discomfort) a spider. Fortunately, the crawly, creepy critters were all outside.
No. 3-We have had reports of frogs calling, a sure sign of spring, and as I mentioned before, the little wild birds are singing in the early mornings.
No. 4- As the days were really warming up, I began the task of packing some of our winter clothing away. To date, I have retrieved (or dug back out) a brown suede vest, a long sleeved sweater and a semi-lightweight winter jacket. ( I really thought I was safe putting the jacket away.) Packing away on hold at this time.
No. 5-The scent of a skunk came wafting through the air, so it must have taken early withdrawal from hibernation. I understand, however, that skunks sometimes do not really hibernate.
It will soon be time to put out nectar for the hummingbirds. I wonder if they will find us at our new location.
Announcements
• Revival at Brownstown United Methodist Church-Monday-Wednesday at 7 p.m.
• Eat a Spaghetti Dinner (and help the 4-H and Extension programs)
The Fayette County Extension Foundation will hold a spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria. The meal will include spaghetti/meat sauce, salad, breadsticks, homemade dessert and drinks. A free-will offering will be accepted. Homemade baked goods donated by the Fayette Home and Community Education ladies will also be available for a suggested donations.
• Benefit for Daron Rigdon is April 6 at the Brownstown Firehouse from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The menu will include pork barbecue sandwiches, potato salad, baked beans, chips and dessert. Donations are appreciated. There will be a silent auction.
• Also on April 6 – Join St. Paul Lutheran Church’s 150th Celebration
A special Sunday afternoon service, which will include a meal at noon, followed by a program before the 2 p.m. church service. The Rev. Calvin Seban and program speaker David Knecht, author of “History of St. Paul and Its Earliest Settlers (1864-2014).”
It is 529 pages of facts, stories, listings of the original settlers; many photographs, both very old and more recent pictures of the people,  homes, sites and businesses; and clear copies of very old documents,  
There will also be special Sunday services on Aug. 17 and Sept. 17.
• Vandalia Day’s HCE Honeys bake sale for Relay for Life is April 19, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Rural King in Vandalia.
Note to SCE Members – The HCE Units are to provide baked goods, such as fruit pies, cakes and cupcakes, but excluding pumpkin pies, cream pies, whipped cream, in accordance with Fayette County Health Department rules.
From the Brownstown Village Hall
• Village-wide yard sales-Friday, June 6.
• Village Cleanup Day-Friday, June 13.
A map will be prepared for the yard sales. If you wish to be included, contact the village hall at 427-3345.
Association of Christian Truckers Host Sunday Evening Meeting
Bill and Panzi Blackwell attended an all-church prayer meeting that was held at the Association of Christian Truckers at their chapel /building  in Brownstown  Sunday evening.
Also attending were several pastors and members of the churches from Vandalia, who were welcomed by Chaplin Dock Hinman and his wife, Mary, and others in their congregation.  
The evening was one of inspirational words and spiritual music as Hinman played accompaniment on his guitar as he sang songs of praise, with vocalist Sherry Hall, and continued on, inviting all present to sing along. Two of the congregation, Bob Miller and Allen, a truck driver from Arkansas, shared their testimonies.
Brownstown/Emmanuel UMW Meet
Brownstown/Emmanuel United Methodist Women met March 20 at Emmanuel Methodist Church, with five members and one guest present.
Carol Severns, unit president, opened the meeting, led the prayer and gave the mission report.
Connie Green gave the treasurer’s report. Carol Henna gave the report on the February meeting.
Henna gave the lesson on Assembly 2014, “Make It Happen.” UMW Assembly will be held April 25-27 at the Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, Ky. Pre-registration fee is $260; the day rate is $85.
Assembly is important to teach members how to lead in supporting missions through the United Methodist Women’s organization.
Hostess Flo Allen served the group coffee and cake during the visiting time.
Those present were: Severns, Flo Allen, Betty Williams, Green, Elizabeth Kasten and Henna.
The group will meet again April 17 at 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Church. New members and visitors are welcome.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
Jeff Kelly and Hubert Williams served as ushers and Elaine Voelker, Wade Voelker and Nicholas Gruell lighted the altar candles as the congregation of the Brownstown United Methodist Church gathered for Sunday morning worship as pianist Bette Stolte played the prelude.   
Pastor Don Thomas greeted the congregation, shared the announcements, recognized the birthdays and anniversaries, shared the prayer list and requests, and led in prayer. Thomas delivered the message.
Zack and Jenna Townsend led the children’s worship, and Flo Allen led the adult class.
The wreaths and flowers on the wall and windows have been donated in memory of Ed Harre and Raymond Orr, by Manny and Pam Orr.
Announcements
• Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m.-Revival services at Brownstown UMC. Refreshments and fellowship after each meeting.
• April 4-5, 9-5 p.m.-Cunningham Children’s Home Festival of Quilts show at Urbana. Quilt show, gift shop, bake sale, patchwork café.
• April 15-UMW district spring meeting at Centenary UMC, Effingham.
Baptism
Congratulations to Alyssa Mitchell, who was baptized during the morning service.
Announcements
• Dessert Auction-The dessert auction has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 6, during the evening fellowship.  All proceeds go to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.
• Vacation Bible School is June 16-20. Sign up now if you will teach or help. Sign-up sheet is in the foyer. The VBS clinic is Monday, April 21. Those who are teaching or helping in any way at Bible school are encouraged to attend the clinic.
Brownstown First Christian Church
The congregation of the First Christian Church was greeted by the Terry Winters family and led in songs of praise by Karen Underwood and Jack Shelton, accompanied by Robin Lovett, pianist; guitarists Chuck Enlow and Walt Kinney;  and Mitchell Smith-drums.
Don Willms led the communion meditation and prayer. Pastor Kevin Bonifacious delivered the message.
Also serving-Liz Oberlink-Sunday school nursery; Tena Gould-a.m. nursery; Rae Lynn Hoehler-and Bobbie Edwards-toddler worship; Quest-4-Christ- Zach & Q-4-C team; and shut-ins-Bill Smith and Don Lovett.
• Youth Outing is Saturday. The junior and senior high youth will be going to Belleville for laser tag. The cost is $15 for students, or take a friend and it’s free for both of you.
• Men’s day is Saturday at SLCC from 10 a.m-3 p.m. More information on bulletin board.
• Easter Extravaganza is on Saturday April 19, from 2-4 p.m., at the Brownstown Elementary cafeteria.
For all ages. Easter candy may be left at the welcome table or see Rae Lynn Koehler.
• Mother/daughter supper will be Friday, May 2, at 6 p.m. Give a picture of you and your mom to Jamie by Sunday, April 6. Anita Newlin will be the entertainment for the evening.