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By The Staff

The Air So Brisky Makes the Critters Frisky
One really cool morning this week, we looked out the window to see Smoky, the (adorable) little donkey, briskly running up and down and around his pen, and kicking up his heels so high his front feet also left the ground.
He has also been playing a lot with his big blue barrel. He was bucking and twisting as if he was in a rodeo. Every once in a while, he would stop and look toward the kitchen window as if to see if we were watching, which we were and enjoying the show very much.
The three girls hens, (Fuzzy, Blackie and Anita) are producing two eggs a day now. They follow us around and sing to us. We have dubbed them “the Andrew Sisters,” (Maxine, Leverne and Patty). Our younger readers won’t be familiar with that World War II singing group.
It has been pretty quiet here on the Homestead, in comparison to the “Longhorn Roundup” of a couple of weeks ago.
An Appreciated Mystery Gift
Recently, Flo Allen found a sack containing fabric on her doorknob and can’t find out who the good person is that left it. The Sefton HCE is making dresses for the little girls in Africa, and she figures it was donated for that project.
It is very much appreciated, but she would like to thank the person who left it. (I suggested to Flo that “The Remnant Fairy” left it.)
This Saturday-Purses! Purses! Purses! And A Holiday Bake Sale…
…at Good Old Days Banquet Hall, on U.S. Route 40 in Brownstown, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Straight from New York-designer duplicates – big-city styles at small-town prices. Great for Christmas and birthday gifts.
Cash, checks and credit/debit cards accepted. The sale benefits the Brownstown Branch Library.
Community Thanksgiving Service…
…will be held this Sunday at 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Brownstown. Olen Evans will be preaching with music from all the churches. All are invited to join in this Thanksgiving celebration.
Coming & Going
Loyce and Brenda Travel To Canada
Loyce Becker and daughter Brenda Dial of Salem traveled to Canada the weekend of Oct. 30-31.
While there, they attended a parade on Saturday to watch James. Sunday, they attended the confirmation of Joseph Balasch. They also enjoyed spending time visiting.
Lucille Visits In Altamont
Lucille’s grandson, Mike Klitzing, took her to his home in Altamont on Sunday to have dinner and spend the day with family. His wife, Maria, cooked up one of her delicious meals, which Lucille enjoyed very much.
Present were Mike and Maria and children Haley, Kyle, Logan, and Emma, Lucille, and two of Mike’s friends who went deer hunting while here.
Homesteaders Visit Sister and Nephew
The Homesteaders, namely Bill and Panzi, were invited Thursday to sister Ava Taylor’s pretty little Mulberry Grove home for lunch with her and her son, Mike Taylor of Alaska. Much enjoyed were the meal and the visiting with Ava and Mike, with whom we don’t get to visit that often.
Edward Goldsborough
Travels on Honor Flight
Edward L. Goldsborough of rural Brownstown was recently chosen to travel to Washington, D.C., on an all-expense paid trip with the Central Illinois Honor Flight.
He was one of 54 World War II veterans who made the trip to see their memorial, the WWII Memorial. Leaving by bus from Effingham at 3:45 a.m., they traveled to St. Louis where they boarded an American Airlines flight to Washington, D.C.
At Washington’s Reagan Airport, their plane was greeted with a water cannon salute, and hundreds of people cheered as the veterans stepped off the plane.
The day was spent visiting the WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial and the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
About 6:30 p.m. the group boarded another plane for St. Louis, where they were again greeted by a water cannon salute, and group from the Collinsville VFW Post.
Another bus ride to Effingham ended in a welcome home celebration complete with police escort and flag-waving friends and relatives, the color guard from local American Legion and VFW posts, and other members of the community.
Goldsborough was a Marine during WWII and served in the Pacific. He earned a Purple Heart on Iwo Jima. He was accompanied on the trip by his daughter, Patty Napier of Mesquite, Texas.
For more information about the Central Illinois Honor Flight or to donate to this program, go to centralillinoishonorflight.org or call Don Niehart at 217-254-2896.  
Golden Years Club Have Thanksgiving Dinner
Twenty-two members and friends were present for the club’s potluck Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday, Nov.9.
The meeting began a little differently, as the power was off in part of the village, including the Golden Years building. The power was said to be back on at 3 p.m., but thankfully, it was back on much earlier, in time to have hot rolls and roast for Thanksgiving dinner.
President Charlie Reece welcomed everyone, introduced the guests and asked Jim Dann, pastor of Liberty Christian Church, to ask the blessing.
He invited the birthday people (Joe Kelly and Flo Allen) and the guests to be served first.
The club provided the turkey, which was cooked by Carolyn Grames and the members provided the side dishes for the  meal. Some out-of-season treats were the fresh, sliced tomatoes and the blackberry cobbler, baked by Lucille Fisher.
Following the meal, Reece called the meeting to order with the following topics discussed:
•Treasurer Donnie Smail read the financial report, and gave the information on the soup dinner and bazaar held last Saturday. The event was deemed a success, well-attended by the community.
•The club members had been asked to help provide baked goods for the Friends of the Brownstown Branch Library fundraiser to be held Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Good Old Days Banquet Hall. The baked goods should be taken there at 9 a.m. Saturday.
•The club’s Christmas Dinner (Dec. 14) was discussed, with the decision to have a potluck meal with a $5 grab bag gift for those who wish to participate – ladies bring a lady’s gift and men bring a man’s gift.
Allen read a poem describing the Golden Years Club Thanksgiving of 2010, and expressing thanks that, even without power for a time, today’s conveniences were so much better than the pilgrim ladies had it.
Also mentioned were the ones who were missing loved ones at the Golden Years’ Thanksgiving table this year and the thankfulness for the ones who were present.
DeDe Diveley told of an experience that she had years ago when she accidentally and unknowingly “shoplifted” a spoon from the Salvation Army in Decatur. She took it back and paid the 39 cents due on it.  She offered to be “shook down” before she left the store that time.
A reminder – There will be only one Golden Years’ meeting in November (which was this meeting/dinner) and December. The Christmas dinner will be Dec. 14 at noon. Bring a covered dish and the Christmas spirit.
Sefton Unit HCE Gains New Member
The Sefton Unit HCE met at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Golden Years Club building in Brownstown.
Sefton Unit Chairman Flo Allen called the meeting to order and led in the pledge to the American flag.
Seventeen members were present to answer the roll-call question, “A reason I’m thankful for HCE.”
Allen read the minutes from the last board meeting. Allen gave the lesson on “Celebrations and Traditions-Strengthening Family and Community.”
In teaching the lesson, Allen commented that traditions can be the glue that holds a family or community together, promote a sense of belonging and continuity in family and community, and the foundation of which can build strong relationships between generations when faced with change or times of stress.  Traditions are a way families hand down information, beliefs and customs from one generation to another.
Allen also noted that while family traditions can be a source of strength, keeping them can also be stressful when there is a change in family structure i.e., a wedding, divorce, or death. She then suggested creating new traditions as the family changes. She also suggested keeping a journal or record of the origin and maintenance of the family traditions.
Shirley Klitzing gave the lesson on, “Keep Your Brain Functioning At Its Best,” or “Brain Blitz.”
Teaching lesson Klitzing gave held many facts and suggestions for maintaining brain function, in spite of aging and other causes/processes that can causes losses of brain function. She said that humans begin to lose brain cells a few at a time in their 20’s.
The body slows production of the chemicals needed by brain cells and with age, these changes have an increasingly greater effect on memory, making it harder to recall stored information.
However, she explained, people who engage in intellectually stimulating activities can sharpen mental acuity and maintain it well into old age. Klitzing distributed information sheets which included warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Allen distributed volunteer service summery sheets for each member’s CVU hours and stressed that the sheets must be filled out and returned to her by the end of December.
A new member for Sefton Unit-Nancy Shipman of Vandalia joined the Sefton Unit during the meeting of Nov. 11. Shipman brought 20 more “Little Dresses for Africa” to the meeting.
Sefton Unit Christmas Celebration - Following discussion of possible Christmas celebrations, it was decided to continue with their traditional lunch out and a $5 gift bag gift.
A reminder to dress ”Christmasy” (Santa’s elves and helpers are welcome.)
It would also be nice to share a Christmas poem or a story/memory about one of your past Christmases. Sally Behrends, for example, has wonderful memories about her family’s Christmas sleigh rides and the bells on the horses.
Please note: This special event will take place on Thursday, Dec. 9 (regular meeting day) at 11 a.m. at the Ponderosa in Vandalia. Your Sefton HCE calendar book may incorrectly have the date of Dec. 16, so change it to Dec. 9. The roll call question will be, “A Christmas treat I always make.”
Shirley Klitzing has made the reservations.
Helpful hints were also given about the Thanksgiving turkey-Buy a frozen one. Bigger is better – one weighing 16 pounds or more is best, but do not stuff. Prepare stuffing in a pan.
Hostesses Betty Williams and Lora Foutch served refreshments of pumpkin pie and apple bars. Phyllis Pryor helped serve.
Door prizes were won by: Alice Scott, Shirley Mattes, Rita Miller, Marge Weiss, Annetia Von Voley, Delores Dukemen, Marilyn Yakel, Carol Oldham, Lora Foutch, Lucille Fisher and Phyllis Pryor.
Also present: Joyce Fisher, Flo Allen, Carolyn Grames, Shirley Klitzing, Bonnie Kramer and new member, Nancy Shipman.
The next meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Ponderosa in Vandalia.
Brownstown First
Christian Church
The congregation of First Christian Church was greeted by Earl and Marcia Pemberton. The song service was led by Matthew and Jamie Smith and Judy Pilger.
Instrumentalists were pianist-Susan Smith, guitar-James Schaible and drums-Mitchell Smith. Special music was contributed by Susan Smith.
John Robinson delivered the message. Steve Storm led the Communion meditation and prayer. Charlie Watson led the gifts and offerings meditation and prayer.
Also serving: toddler worship-Karen Willms and Bonnie Shelton; Quest-4-Christ-Michael and the Quest-4-Christ Team; and Communion to shut-ins-Duane Willms and Steve Storm.
•Adrienne Smith and Walt Kinney wedding-Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Vandalia United Methodist Church.  
•Ladies Christmas Lunch and Secret Sister Reveal-Saturday, Dec. 4. More information later.
•Christmas in the Chapel Trip-at I.C.U. – Saturday, Dec. 4, for a 2:30 p.m. performance. Cost-$10 per person. Jennifer Lovett will perform with the Lincoln Christian University.
•Christmas Music Fest and Open Mic-Sunday, Dec. 5, from 5-8 p.m. at BFCC.
Liberty Christian Church
The congregation of Liberty Christian Church was greeted by Judy Brazle and welcomed by Jim Dann. Stefanie Anderson, Kara Barker and Erin Schaub led in songs of praise, accompanied by Tammy Carson–keyboard; Kim Miller-piano; and Eddie Carson on drums.
Kyle Anderson shared the praises and prayer requests, and led in prayer. Kara Barker presented special music.
Jim Dann delivered the message.
Also serving: welcome center: Sue Thoman; serving at the table: Jim Dann, Dave Morrison, Vernon; serving the congregation: Charlie Moore, Frank Stringfield, Kyle Anderson, John Grames, Duane Carson, Aaron Miller; Assistants: Rick Smith, Roger Smith; ushers: Mark Schaub, Rick Smith; sound: Tom Mayes; nursery: Holly Grames, Chole Carson; junior church: Katie Carson, Lisa Smith; Communion preparation: Carolyn Grames; Communion rounds: John Willms, Craig Daughtery; and youth refreshments: Ruth Ann and Chrystal Stewart.
New Members
Matt and Sarah Stonecioher united with the LCC congregation following the sermon.
•Adult Choir-Do you like to sing? The adult choir will be practicing to lead a Christmas Worship Service. See Kim Miller for more info.
•Friend Day is Nov. 28. Invite your friends and neighbors on Nov. 28 for the 10 a.m. worship service.
•Senior Adult Fellowship-Plan to attend on Nov.17 at 11 a.m. There will be homemade soups and sandwiches at about 11:15 a.m., and after lunch, a jewelry-making presentation by Bea Chatham.
•Liberty Christian Youth Group on Facebook. Details about events and activities will be listed there.
Brownstown United
Methodist Church
Nathan and Nicholas Grull lighted the altar candles and pianist Bette Stolte played the prelude as the congregation of the United Methodist Church gathered for the morning worship service, following the Sunday school classes.
Pastor Bigley welcomed those present and reviewed the announcements, prayer concerns, and birthdays and anniversaries.
Birthday greetings were sung for Stolte. Bigley led the opening prayer. Ed Durbin and Pam Orr received and presented the tithes and offerings.
Bigley led the children’s time, delivered the sermon and closed with the benediction.
Jenna Townsend led the children’s worship and fellowship. Flo Allen and Louella Christensen led the adult classes.
•Thursday, 7 p.m.-Brownstown UMW will meet with Shirley Harder, Altamont, to bring the program about the Cunningham Children’s Home, Urbana. The World Thank Offering will be observed.
•Nov. 15-22 – Filled shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child may be dropped off at the Brownstown United Methodist Church.
•Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. – Wolf Creek Cluster Advent Service will be held at the Brownstown United Methodist Church.
The offering will go to the United Methodist Children’s Home, Mt. Vernon. The Rev. John Eisfelder, St. Elmo, will bring the message. Fellowship and finger foods will be served after the service.