Brownstown-Sefton News

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By The Staff

Critters Tolerating Heat Wave
(Rancher Bill feeling heat)
In answer to several inquiries, the critters all seem to be handling the hot temperatures, as they are eating, drinking water, sleeping and resting well, and behaving as usual.  
Their head caregiver, Bill, is feeling the discomfort more, although he is eating, and drinking water and lemonade in unusual large quantities, especially when he is weed-eating, mowing, and feeding and watering for the above mentioned critters.
The weed-eating and mowing are, at present, presenting the biggest challenge.  The rains and, evidently, the fact that our lawn was previously confiscated from the cow pasture (public domain?) and therefore, heavily laced with natural fertilizer, most likely contribute to the bountiful crop of weeds.
We have also noticed that when Bill is off work, it has seemed that it either rains or it is too wet from the last rain to mow, and the grass and weeds grow even more – both higher and thicker.
The soil must be very rich, as I put a large squash that had seen fresher and better days on the ground to dispose of it later, and it took root and is growing.   
Food Pantry Items Needed
One box of breakfast cereal, one large can of fruit juice, one box of oatmeal.  Anything would be appreciated.
Coming & Going
Cousin Norma Drops In
Cousin Norma Weaver of Shobonier dropped in Monday afternoon for a visit, during which we shared a snack of lemonade and a piece of Joyce Mueller’s delicious homemade bread with fruit jam filling.
Brownstown Emmanuel United Methodist Women …
… met on Aug. 21 to elect officers and set goals for 2015-2016.
Officers elected are: president-Carol Severns; secretary-Carol Henna; treasurer-Connie Green; membership-Phyllis Bruno; member nurture and outreach-chair, Flo Allen, and committee-Betty Williams and Carol Henna; nominating chair-Phyllis Bruno, and committee-Connie Green and Phyllis Bruno; program resources-Flo Allen; and spiritual growth-Billyanna Forbis.
New officers will be installed Sept. 18, during the annual salad supper held at the Brownstown UMC, at 6 p.m.
Officers will host the supper, and guest speaker will be Bessie Slifer, Cunningham Home representative.
The district officers meeting will be held Sept. 16 at Neoga Grace Church. UMC reservations should be made a week in advance.
Fayette County
HCE Board Meets
Eleven members of the Fayette County Home and Community Education (HCE) met Monday, August 25, 2014, at the Extension Building in Vandalia.
Club President Flo Allen called the meeting to order and led the pledge to the American flag.
Secretary Joyce Mueller gave the roll call and read the minutes of the July meeting, which were approved as read.
Carol Bridges, club treasurer, gave the financial report. Some corrections were made by Bridges to the report and noted on the copies she provided to each one present.
Debbie Segrest, first vice president, reported that three new members – Gena Diaber, Megan Runkel and Heaven Davis – had joined the Vandalia Day Unit.
She also shared information received during the IAHCE workshop that was held in Effingham last Thursday, including the theme, “Shoes,” announced for IAHCE this year.
The theme was introduced by the officers walking around the large dining room singing a parody of the Nancy Sinatra hit song of years ago, “These Boots Are made For Walking,” while pulling members into the line.
Anna Jean Rhodes, second vice president, shared the membership count she had updated, with the present count at 113.
Anita Smith, community outreach officer, reported that she had learned of  a project of making sleep mats for homeless people by crocheting plastic bags (Walmart, Dollar General, etc.) She displayed a photo of one of the mats, commenting that they are soft and washable. She also mentioned a possible project of pillowcases for children and little girl’s dresses made of pillowcases.
Rhodes stated that anything handmade is cultural enrichment, not community outreach or family issues.
Ashley Davis, cultural enrichment officer, displayed two pins she had crafted in keeping with the colors and new theme, “Shoes.”
She suggested making and giving them for gifts/favors at Fayette County HCE events.  
Donna Blair, family issues officer, reminded the board members present of the IAHCE week in October (6-11) and of the FCHCE awarding of a baby quilt to the first Fayette County resident baby born in that week. Shirley Klitzing will make the quilt.
Panzi Blackwell will make flyers advise the public of the IAHCE Week and of the baby quilt gift.  
Allen announced that if a unit brings in an item, the credit goes to Fayette County HCE, not the unit.
However, the unit may keep track of the unit’s contribution and can count delivering.
Klitzing also discussed the meal to be held on Oct. 26 at Brownstown Elementary for the Extension Foundation.
The menu will include chili and hot dogs.
Rhodes announced that the past and present officers will meet in October, with the date and place to be announced.
Bridges, Allen and Klitzing remained to do the audit.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
Bette Stolte, pianist, played the prelude as the members of the United Methodist Church gathered for Sunday worship services and were greeted by Pastor Don Thomas.
Hubert Williams and Jeff Kelly served as ushers. Nathan Grull, Nicholas Grull and Brayden Schwarm lighted the altar candles.
Thomas recognized the birthdays and anniversaries, shared the announcements and prayer list requests, and led in prayer.
Jenna and Zack Townsend led the children’s worship and served donuts, cake and juice. Flo Allen led the adult class.
• Sept. 16, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.-UMW District annual fall meeting will be at Neoga  Grace UMC. Theme will be “Blessings Happen.” Reservations  are $8 by Sept. 12. Requested items for Cunningham Chikdren’s Home are men’s deodorant (no roll-on); $5 gift cards (Walmart, Target, Dairy Queen, KFC, Culvers, Hardees, Burger King, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut and Monicals), and  BoxTops for Education. For Lessie Bates-diapers, wipes baby oil.
*Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.-UMW Salad Supper at the church. Take a salad to share. Special speaker and installation of 2015 officers.
Brownstown First
Christian Church
The congregation of First Christian Church was greeted by Carol Oldham and Phyllis Pryor, and led in songs of praise by Karen Underwood, Don Lovett and Judy Pilger, accompanied by Robin Lovett, who also contributed special music. The morning message was delivered by Kevin Bonifacius.
Also serving: Laaura Willms-Sunday School Nursery; Ron and Tena Gould-toddler worship; and Brent Keyes and Duane Wiillms-shut-ins.
• Men’s and Women’s Thursday evening Bible study groups will dismiss during August.
• Fifth Sunday potluck will be Sunday.
• Leadership meeting-Monday, Sept. 8.