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By The Staff

By Panzi Blackwell

Favorite Season of the Seasons
It seems like our years are getting shorter (I’ve heard this is a sign of getting older), but as we go from one seasonal event to another (named by us, not our Creator, i.e. blackberry winter, Indian Summer, “dog days,” etc. Then we have New Year’s, St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.) Several of those are my favorites.
It seems we play right into the stores’ advertising, displays and gimmicks to lead us into one season after another, some actually overlapping. Such as now, we see displays and decorations for autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving and even Christmas, all on display.
It’s little wonder that the seasons seem to meld into one another, with no break between them…thus seeming to lump the seasons together, with no break and not really time to enjoy each one individually.
And before we know it, the year is coming to an end.
The critters have the right idea. On these nice autumn days, Smoky, the (adorable) donkey, and his buddies, Lady, the mini-mare, Sugarfoot, the mini-horse, and their daughter, Sudy, can be seen laying down in the sunshine, enjoying a quiet time in the lovely weather.
Callie, the kitty, also can often be seen lolling in the sun on the deck, while we humans hustle around getting ready for winter.
However, a good part of the “hustling around” is getting the critters’ shelters ready for cold weather, heaters in their watering holes (tanks), heat lamps where needed (like Anita and Blackie hens’ night quarters), etc.
I have to admit I like all seasons (beautiful snows and ice-decorated trees; spring flowers and birds building nests; and summer skies, butterflies, ripe tomatoes and fresh green onions … relaxing days), but probably autumn is my favorite.
It isn’t usually too hot or too cold for the critters. It is beautiful, with the fall colors, and seems to motivate, and stimulate energy and creativity. I might note, all of the above can be found in Illinois.
Millie Elam saved some green tomatoes for us out of their garden, so we will be enjoying fried green tomatoes on the Homestead this week. No time to go fishing for catfish, though.
• Golden Years’ annual ham ‘n beans dinner-Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (or until the beans are all gone). Also on the menu are cornbread, cole slaw, desserts and drinks, all for a $5 donation.
• Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church annual Homecoming-Sunday. Morning service at 11 a.m., with specials and the Rev. John O’Dell speaking. Noon potluck follows. All invited to join in the annual event for a time of visiting with former members. Church is located north of Brownstown.
• Flu Clinic-Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. at the Golden Years Club building.
• Sefton Unit HCE hobo stew meeting-Thursday, Oct. 13. Dress like a hobo and gather at the Golden Years Club building at about 11 a.m. Take two cans of vegetables, one can for the stew pot and one can for the food pantry), take an unwrapped baby item for Lighthouse Pregnancy Center baby shower and be ready to fill out the new HCE books.
• Brownstown Library display this month-Vernus Lytle’s collection of figurines.
Local Celebrations
Birthdays-Kendra Denton, Billyanna Forbis, Sherry Dunahee, Pam Orr, Don Kooncede, Marilyn Francis, Tucker Willms, Susan Smith, John Robinson, Jack Shelton, Choya Morrison, James Schaible and Jared Winters. Anniversaries-Patrick and Kaci Satterthwaite, Junior and Joann Gelsinger, Dale and Kay Henna, and Tim and Sherry Dunahee.
Coming & Going
Catching up with the Puleos & Debbie
Ken, Wanda and Debbie went to the Odin Park last Wednesday to watch a baseball game in which Sandoval High School defeated Odin High, 10 – 2.
Sunday afternoon was perfect weather for a family cook-out at Carlyle Lake. Ken, Wanda, and Debbie were there with other family members. All enjoyed the fresh air and view near the sailboat harbor at Hazlet Park. Also enjoyed were the potluck and grilled foods.
Granddaughter Honora helped everyone get more exercise, trying to keep up with her.
It was a happy, fun-filled day for everyone.
Local UMW Members Attend Conference
Marilyn Yakel and Louella Christensen attended the 15th annual meeting of Illinois Great Rivers Conference of United Methodist Women, which was held on Oct. 2 at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington, Ill.
More than 200 women attended the event. The special guest speaker was Marta Rodiquez of Humbodt Park United Methodist Church in Chicago. She is also a member of the Northern Illinois Conference and currently serves as Women’s division director. She chose, “We Are Called to Be Peacemakers,” as the topic of the speech. Yakel and Christensen are members of the Brownstown UMW.
Ham & Beans Dinner
What the attendance laced in quantity, it made up in quality as 12 members gathered for the Golden Years club meeting on Sept. 29.
Club President Charles Reece welcomed those present and recognized the birthdays of  Lenora Parkison, Winona Childress and Sally Behrends. Reece asked the blessing for the potluck meal and invited the birthday people to be served first.
Following the meal, which featured a lot of good dishes and desserts, Reece called the meeting to order. He announced that the new furnace is in and operating properly. He added that, in addition to the new furnace,  the building has been secured and insulated more, and the fuel cost should be much less,
Also discussed and planned was the club’s annual ham and beans dinner, to be held this Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or until the ham and beans are gone. Flo Allen will bring the milk and eggs for the corn bread, Loyce Becker and LaVonne Kramer will provide the slaw ingredients, Panzi Blackwell and Sally Behrends will provide the dry beans, Donnie Smail will provide the cornbread mix and the Sefton HCE will provide desserts.
Lucille Fisher said that her sale will be held Oct. 15 at Altamont.
Present were: Don and Sharon Smail, Lenore Parkison, Randy Meyer, Sally Behrends, Flo Allen, Lucille Fisher, Marge Weiss, Charles Reece, Bill and Panzi Blackwell, Loyce Becker, and LaVonne Kramer.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
Bette Stolte, pianist, played the interlude, “He Lives,” as the congregation of the United Methodist Church gathered for morning worship services.
Bradley Schwarm lighted the altar candles, and Carol Severns served as liturgist. Hubert Williams and Schwarm presented the tithes and offerings. Don Thomas delivered the sermon. Betty Williams led the children’s fellowship and worship. Flo Allen led the adult class. The church extended their sympathy to the family of Debbie Crum, who is Bill Stolte’s niece.
• There is still a need for Midwest Distribution Center and UM Children’s Home-personal care needs, or monetary gifts through IGRC advance special.
Brownstown First Christian Church
The congregation of First Christian Church was greeted by Faye Schwarm and Cathy Haynes. They were led in songs of praise by Cathy Smith and Adrienne Kenney, accompanied by pianist Susan Smith, drummer Mitchell Smith, and guitarists Walt Kenney, Rick Cox and Chuck Enlow.
Scripture reading was by Cathy Smith. Special music was contributed by Susan Smith, followed by the message by John Robinson. Terry Smith led the Communion meditation and prayer. Don Lovett led the offerings devotional and prayer.
Also serving: Sunday school nursery-Faye Schwarm; a.m. nursery-Tena Gould; toddler worship-Rae Lynn Koehler; Communion to shut-ins-Morgan Pryor and Terry Smith; Communion preparation-Duane and Laura Willms; serving congregation/communion/offerings-Jack Shelton, Don Willms, Larry Pilger, Steve Storm and Duane Willms; PowerPoint-Ashton Smith; sound tech-Matthew Smith; and librarian-Liz Oberlink.
All-Church Brunch
Following Sunday school, the FCC preachers and elders cooked an all-church brunch, including scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, and pancakes with toppings of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, cherries, apples and chocolate chips, with whipped cream. Beverages included coffee, orange juice and milk. Cooks and servers included Steve Storm, John Robinson, Duane Willms, Don Lovett and Charlie Watson.
• Beth Moore Women’s Retreat-Oct. 7-8 at BFCC. See Faye Watson for registration forms and questions.
• Homecoming choir to form for the church’s Homecoming weekend. This is open to anyone who wants to sing; see Joann Strobel.
• Susan Smith will teach a seven-week Bible study, “Loved By God,” every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
• Tena Gould to teach Bible study – “John, the beloved Disciple,” by Beth Moore, a study will begin on Nov. 3, to be held on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Tena Gould will teach the 11-week study.