Brownstown-Sefton News

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By The Staff

Sun Is Shining And Bluebells Are Up!
…and it is officially spring (today anyway) and the computer is in the house.
One of our official reporters, DeDe Diveley, who gives us the weekly river bottom report, reported seeing a baby red fox this week, running along as if something was after it.
The “girls” (Anita, Blackie and Fuzzy, chickens) are really enjoying bugging, picking and scratching. They sing to us a lot and are keeping us in nice, large eggs. Sometimes there will be four in the pen. We’ve never figured that out yet.
The morel mushrooms are probably testing the soil for the right texture and nutrition about now. There has not been many reported found the last two years, so we are about due for a bumper crop this year.
Don’t Forget…
…the Lenten services in your areas in preparation for the celebration of Easter.
Back to School…
…for a visit, that is. I visited Brownstown Elementary School for a time this week. It happened to be right at lunchtime and it was very orderly and relatively quiet. Rather amazing for a lot of energetic youngsters.
The halls were cheerfully decorated with the children’s works of arts. The journey up and down them was enjoyable. The library, with its “Pirate Ship” seating, looked like fun and five students who were reading in the library were still engrossed in their books when they were walking out.   
Shelly Thomason, our secretary, and Mrs. Reeter, our principal, were both very helpful, friendly, and pleasant.
Hello to Desoto, Mo….
…namely to Dixie Gunnett, who reads our column. Her mother, June (Mrs. Morris) Keeling shared this information with us.
•Sunday at 4 p.m. – Wolf Creek Cluster Lenten Services will be held at Haley Chapel UMC with Ed Wojnar bringing the message. Host churches provide finger foods, desserts and drinks. Offerings go to Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House and Cunningham Children’s Home. The April 5 service will be held at Trinity Chapel United Methodist Church.
Community Easter Egg Hunt…
…will be held on Saturday, April 23, from 2-4 p.m., at the Brownstown Community Park. Kids ages 2-12 are welcome to attend.
Area Easter Services
April 24 – Liberty Christian Church and First Christian Church, combined will have an early sunrise service at 6:30 a.m., with breakfast to follow, then regular 9 a.m. Sunday school and 10 a.m. worship service.
From the Homestead Mailbox…
…from Gilbert Wright, one of our World War II veterans and a long-time resident of St. Elmo. He expressed his thanks for writing his story about WWII.
His letter read in part (in Italics: I sure hope we never have to be in any more wars. Three generations of my Wright family were in the last one. In the war, I had about seven jobs, along with firing large weapons. My seventh one was taking care of the mail for 85 men in my Battery 122 Field Artillery Battalion. So when there was an opening for a mail carrier in Beecher City, I wrote on the examination against 29 other men and by having the experience, I made the grade of 93, plus my five extra for being a veteran, which gave me a 98. I had that job for over 30 years.
Gilbert Wright enclosed a picture with the note: This picture was taken with my old Kodak box camera on Christmas Day in 1944, (we were) less than five degrees off the equator. New Guinea was 1,500 miles in length. We used our 105 howitzers up to this point, but had ran out of ammunition. The 41 Division had got heavy losses of 644 men who were buried in shallow graves on the sandy beach. In this picture, the howitzer is in recoil. That is me up front. I had just pulled the lanyard (the trigger). Gilbert Wright
We want to thank Gilbert Wright, not only for the letter and picture, but especially for being up in those front lines, fighting to assure us freedom and peace here at home.
UMW Women Meet, Discuss Rummage Sale For Missions
United Methodist Women met on March 17 at 7 p.m.
UMW Shepherdess Shirley Harder from Altamont spoke to the Brownstown UMW with a report on Cunningham Children’s Home. She informed the group on of things being done to help support the Home in the future, such as leasing property for wind energy manufacture in years to come.
Everyone is encouraged to attend the annual quilt show held in Urbana on April 8-9. This is a fundraiser for the Children’s Home.
Harder gave the officers update to all local officers by giving each officer a printed list of the duties expected of them.
A business meeting was conducted by president Carol Severns, which included:
•Discussion of whether to support International School of Missions, namely Jamie Hebron again this year. All continued to continue the same as last year.
•Meetings in April will be the Quilt Show, April 8-9.
•April 14-Neoga United Methodist Church will host the Embarrs River District Spring Meeting. Reservations need to be made. Call Severns.
Donations of box tops, stamps, can pull-tabs and items for Lessie Bates Davis will be taken to this meeting.
•April 21 at 7 p.m. will be the next local UMW meeting to be held at the Brownstown Methodist Church. Billy Anna Forbis will give the Easter program. We welcome guests to any of our meetings.
•Discussion was held on having a rummage sale with the proceeds going to Missions. Work on this project is in progress and an announcement of the time and date will be soon.
Refreshments provided by Flo Allen and Marge Weiss were in keeping with the St. Patrick’s Day theme of green decorations and “Yummy Green Cake.”
Appreciation was expressed to Harder for her attendance.
Board of Education Meet, Approvals Given
During the Brownstown Board of Education meeting on March 16, the following approvals were given:
•Membership in the Illinois High School Association and the Illinois Elementary School Association for the 2011-12 school year;
•Renewal of the intragovernmental agreement with Sepco for the 2011-12 school year;
•Proposed school calendar for the 2011-12 school year, with a starting date of Aug. 17 and ending date of June 1, 2012;
•Intragovernmental agreement for Bond-Fayette-Effingham Regional Office of Education Programs (New Approach, ASPIRE, Focus and Tri-Star School and Freshman Academy);
•Agreement with GoSolutions fee for service;
•Resolutions providing for the issuance of general obligation school bonds;
•Copier agreement with Konica Minolta Business Solutions;
•Bus lease renewal with Central States Bus Sales;
•Resolution concerning the county school facility sales tax law.
The following personnel were employed for the 2011-2012 school year:
Teachers granted tenure: Cassie Bowman and Rachel Schaal; non-tenured teachers: Talitha Wiedman, Kendra Houghtailing, Travis Redden, Vincent Rohr, Lisa Beck and Elizabeth Hastings; coaching staff positions.  
First reading was conducted on the school board policy updates.
United Methodist Church
The congregation of the United Methodist Church en-tered to the greeting of spring by pianist Bette Stolte with her prel-ude of “Morning Has Broken.” Elaine Voelker lighted the altar candles.
Pastor David Bigley greeted the congregation, and reviewed announcements and birthdays and anniversaries.
Birthday blessings were sung to Gary Watson. Prayer concerns were shared, and Bigley led the opening prayer.
Carol Severns served as litur-gist. Hubert Williams and Gary Watson presented the tithes and offerings. Bigley delivered the sermon and closed with the bene-diction.
Pam Orr led the children’s Sunday school fellowship and worship held prior to their classes. Flo Allen and Louella Christensen led the adult class.
•Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 10 a.m.-Bible study led by Jim Green at the United Methodist Church.
•April 8-9-Festival of Quilts Show at Cunningham Children’s Home, Urbana. This will be a good time to join in this fund-raiser and see the facility.
•Note to UMW Ladies-Kids Needs First for Cunningham Children’s Home are ankle or low-cut style women’s socks, Wal-Mart gift cards, McDonald’s or Subway gift certificates, Box-tops for Education.
For Lessie Bates Davis Neigh-borhood House-Diapers, pull-ups, bibs and baby wipes. Items will be taken to the district spring meeting April 14.
•Health kits are requested by the Midwest Distribution Center at Chatham to provide emer-gency relief to Japan.
•”Imagine No More Maleria” is the conference project of the United Methodist Churches to provide funds for the children in Africa. It is hoped each church in the conference will participate.
First Christian Church
The congregation of First Christian Church was greeted by Shirley Goldsborough and Nor-malee Terry as they gathered for Sunday worship.
They were led in songs of praise by Kaitlyn Enlow and Cathy Smith, accompanied by pianist Susan Smith, drummer Mitchell Smith and guitarists Rick Cox, Cody Cox and Chuck Enlow.
Special music was contributed by Susan Smith, followed by the sermon, delivered by John Robin-son.
Toby Tackett led the Com-munion meditation and prayer. Don Lovett led the gift and offer-ing prayer.
Also serving:  Sunday school nursery-Ellen Willms; a.m. nurs-ery-Joann Strobel; toddler wor-ship-Karen Willms and Bonnie Shelton; Quest-4-Christ-Michael Watson and Team; and Com-munion to shut-ins-Duane Willms and Steve Storm.
•Easter Sunday Services-April 24-SONrise Service at Liberty Christian Church at 6:30 a.m. Fellowship breakfast following the SONrise service in the Liberty Christian Church gymnasium.
Liberty Christian Church
The congregation of Liberty Christian Church was greeted by Tom and Teresa Mayes, and led through worship through song by the Bankster family, which also provided the musical ac-companiment.
Jim Dann shared the praises and prayer requests, and led in prayer. Special music was con-tributed by the Bankster family, followed by the morning mes-sage, delivered by Jim Dann.
The Communion meditation and devotion was led by Vernon Brazle. The offering prayer was led by Craig Daughtery.
Also serving: serving at the table: Jim Dann, Vernon Brazle; serving the congregation: Frank Stringfield, Bob Buzzard, Craig Daughtery, John Grames, John Schaub, Dick Childress; assis-tants: Barry Jennings, Matt Stonecipher; ushers: John Schaub, Brian Smith; piano: Connie Largent; keyboard: Tammy Carson; sound system: Dan Largent; Powerpoint: Teresa Mayes; nursery: Aaron and Chel-sie Miller; Communion prepara-tion: Deb Parkison; Communion rounds: John Willms, Josh Robi-son; welcome center: Paul and Deb Parkison; junior church: Ste-fanie and Kyle Anderson; pre-K worship: Barb Morrisoon, Brian Brunk; youth refreshments: Elvera Robison; and van driver: Kyle Anderson.
•Sunday-Bowling for pre-K through sixth-grade kids. See Erin for more info.
•-Dominican Trip Report Sun-day night, March 27.
•Fiftieth anniversary celebra-tion for Howard and Carol Koester and nd you are invited on April 17 at Liberty in the fellowship hall. It is also Gary and Barb Beck’s 45th anniversary.