St. Elmo Area News

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By The Staff

By Anna Jean Rhodes


Wednesday, Nov. 10
• Avena Township Park Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
• There will be no choir practice at First United Methodist Church.
Thursday, Nov. 11
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Post-Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 5-6:30 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Charleston.
• The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Effingham Masonic Temple, and election of officers will be held.
Friday, Nov. 12
• St.Elmo Cub Scout Pack #444 will host a spaghetti dinner from 6-8 p.m. in the St. Elmo Grade School. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for children 3-11; those under the age of 2 will eat free. Proceeds from the dinner will go to C.A.P.S. and St. Elmo Food Pantry. There also will be a dessert auction at 7 p.m., and the proceeds will go to the Scouts.
Saturday, Nov. 13
• Neighborhood Watch has been meeting the second Saturday night of the month at the Loudon Town House, but the meetings have been discontinued.
Sunday, Nov. 14
• Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes need to be taken to First United Methodist Church. The youth also are accepting donations to help fill the boxes, postage, etc. There will be no choir. A CHILL Youth Group fundraiser meal will be after church. Proceeds will go toward the Operation Christmas Child mission trip that CHILL will be taking to Atlanta, Ga.
• St. Mary’s Catholic Church annual fall dinner will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the church parish hall. It will include turkey or roast beef with all the trimmings. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children 6-12; preschoolers will eat free of charge. There also will be a 50/50 drawing.
Monday, Nov. 15
• Historical Vandalia Inc., 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
• St. Elmo Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., unit office.
Tuesday, Nov. 16
• Friendly Neighbors will go to the Phillips Building at 9 a.m. to start a new project. They will make lap robes and possibly walker bags.
• St. Elmo Elementary Melody Davis Library will celebrate Family Reading Night from 6-7:30 p.m. The event focuses on encouraging families to get together to read and explore books. The activities will start in the gym with a sign-in sheet for attendance records. At the sign-in table, students will register for a book drawing and have a chance to win Magic Tree House books.
Wednesday, Nov. 17
• Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
• CHILL Youth Group, 6 p.m., fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church.
• Kids’ Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
Thursday, Nov. 18
• Vit-Em-In Sunday School Class annual turkey potluck at noon in the First United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Furnished will be turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy and beverages. Those attending are to take a potluck dish to complete the meal.
• Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, at the Vandalia Ponderosa.
• St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• St. Elmo Historical Society, 6 p.m. potluck, at the St. Elmo Devonian.
Important Current Announcement
Applications for the St. Elmo Lions Club sponsored Caring & Sharing have to be picked up no later than Nov. 15 at the St. Elmo City Hall or St. Elmo Foods. They have to be filled out and returned no later than Nov. 15 in the drop box at city hall or at St. Elmo Foods. Lions Club President David Maxey can be contacted if you have questions.
Persons wanting to donate money for the Caring & Sharing can do so at Fayette County Bank, which has the Lions Club Caring & Sharing account.
Important Future Event
Christmas in St. Elmo is Saturday, Nov. 20.
It is co-sponsored by the St. Elmo Business Association and the Ministerial Alliance. Churches are encouraged to hold open houses on that date. From 9 a.m.-5 p.m., businesses and churches will be open. The St. Elmo Community Christmas tree will be lit at 5:30 p.m. From 6-9 p.m., non-profit, young groups and other church groups are encouraged to have booths to raise money.
People are required to visit all participating businesses and churches and get a card stamped in order to be eligible for the prize to be awarded – it includes a room for two at the Hilton Garden Inn in Effingham, dinner at Firefly Grill in Effingham and tickets for a production at the Effingham Performance Center.
Fayette County Museum Displays
Displays at the Fayette County Museum in Vandalia for November include Veterans Day World War II, and military and homefront women of World War II.
The Thanksgiving display case displays garden and farm harvests, and includes dye plants, herbs, seeds, etc.
The museum displays are changed each month. Hours are: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.
Friendly Neighbors
Fourteen attended the Friendly Neighbors potluck held at noon on Nov. 2 at the Phillips Building.
Each one attending broughtsomething for the tables. Included were gourds, paper turkeys, paper corn shocks and pilgrim statues to decorate for Thanksgiving.
Friendly Neighbors is making a donation to the St. Elmo Food Pantry for turkeys for Thanksgiving.
They talked about starting a project, and those who can are to go to the Phillips Building on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 9 a.m. to help make lap robes. Mary Smith is furnishing the fabric. They also may make walker bags.
For the program, Marjorie Sarver and Irene Reed read Thanksgiving poems.
In addition to the three mentioned, those attending from St. Elmo were MaryEllen Lovett, Bob and Joanne Owen, Rosemary Owen, R. W. Smith, and Laverne and Leona Wright; from Brownstown were Paula Brunk and Marybelle Ledbetter; and from Altamont were Shirley Smith and Mary Thomas.
At the Dec. 6 potluck at noon at the Phillips Building, those attending are to take a Christmas theme item for the tables.
Wright’s Corner HCE
The pledge of allegiance led by Chairman Irene Reed opened the meeting of the Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education the afternoon of Nov. 3 at the Loudon Town House.
Roll call was answered with “A reason I’m thankful for HCE.”
At the meeting, many items were collected for veterans. The items will be taken to Effingham, where they will be taken to the Veterans’ Hospital at Marion.
Mary Smith gave the special feature, “Brain Blitz,” and also the major lesson, “Celebrations and Memories.”
In addition to Reed and Smith, those present were Carol Austin, Ina Abendroth, Janice Garrison, Jo Nell Hill, Kate Jennings, Rosemary Owen, Shirley Smith, Helen Wright and Leona Wright.
Historical Society
The St. Elmo Historical Society met the evening of Oct. 21 at the St. Elmo Devonian office with a potluck. The society has decided to put blocks on the Elmo Theater front, and will have a booth at the Christmas in St. Elmo on Nov. 20. The old theater has been almost cleaned out – only one or two loads are left.
Those who would like to help with the theater remodeling can join the Historical Society. Dues can be taken or sent to the Devonian. Also, a donation of $10 will buy a glass block; it also can be taken or sent to the Devonian.
The Nov. 18 meeting of the Historical Society will start at 6 p.m. at the St. Elmo Devonian with a potluck.
“What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?” was the roll call at the Council of Catholic Women’s meeting held the evening of Nov. 2 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church parish hall.   Several get-well cards were signed.
Final preparations were made for the Thanksgiving dinner that will be held from11 a.m.-2 p.m. this Sunday in the church parish hall.
On Tuesday, Dec. 7, the CCW will have a Christmas party at Mary Ann’s Restaurant at 5:30 p.m. After the Saturday, Jan. 7, 5:30 p.m. Mass, an Epiphany party will be held in the parish hall.
Hostesses Helen Bergman and Mona Durbin were unable to attend, but sent refreshments, and Karen Denning and Pat Porter served fruit, pineapple cake, corn candy, nuts, coffee and tea. The centerpiece included a candy dish that was given as a door  prize to Lavonne Kramer. Others present were Loretta Heischmidt, Libby Kessel, Lucille Koeberlein, Carol Rine, Ann Rowland and Betty Springman.
Wheatland HCE
The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education met the afternoon of Nov. 4 in the home of Fern Moore. After roll call, “A reason I’m thankful for HCE,” the secretary, Joan Aderman, read two interesting previous minutes. They were from all-day meetings in December 1968 and February 1969.
The unit voted to donate $25 to the St. Elmo Food Pantry. Members were reminded to get their Christmas cards for the veterans to the HCE board meeting on Nov. 22.
Fern Moore gave the special feature, “Five Keys to Credit for Today,” and Joyce Moore gave the major lesson, “Celebrations and Memories.”
Refreshments of pumpkin dessert bars, cider and coffee were served by the hostess, Fern Moore, to Joan Aderman, Karen Hyde, Erna Faye Koontz, MaryEllen Lovett, Sandra Lovett, Vontella McEndollar, Joyce Moore and Marilyn Sproat.
On Thursday, Dec. 16, the unit will go to the Vandalia Ponderosa at 11:30 a.m.
Ministerial Alliance Collecting Old Bibles
On Sundays through November and December, the St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance will be collecting old Bibles as a mission project.
Those who have old Bibles that are not being used and are lying around the house can donate them to their church for the alliance, and the alliance in turn will ship them through Love Packages in Butler.
Bibles that need re-bound also are acceptable, as there are people available at Love Packages who will rebind them.
Pastors, Sunday School teachers and lay members also are encouraged to donate old references books they no longer use. These will be sent to pastors or to Bible college students.
Salvation Army Bell-Ringing
The schedule for the Salvation Army bell ringing at the St. Elmo Food Market has been set. The ringing will start the week of Nov. 20. Those willing to participate can contact their pastors or the Ministerial Alliance.
St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club
President Pat Porter opened the meeting of the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club held the evening of Nov. 4 at the St. Elmo Public Library, with all giving the club collect and pledge of allegiance. The guest, Debbie Evans, was introduced by Norma Engeljohn. Evans gave a presentation and DVD of her missionary work in Bulgaria in 2002.
Engeljohn reported that SEBA desperately needs more participation from the local businesses. Christmas on Main Street will be held Nov. 20.
Orders for the Collin Street Bakery (that has deluxe fruitcake, apricot fruitcake, pineapple fruitcake and Texas blond pecan rruitcake) and Uncle Al’s (that has 60 varieties of nuts and candies) were collected for the chairman, Anna Jean Rhodes, to order them. More orders still will be taken by contacting any club member.
Nineteen of the club’s active 22 members have signed up for the Dec. 2 meeting. It will include a Christmas party and will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Canned goods for Caring & Sharing are to be taken to the Christmas party at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Hostesses Sharon Howard and Carolyn White served the rum cake given to the club from the club’s fundraiser sponsor, Collin Street Bakery, and nuts, pretzels, candy corn, M & M’s, apple cider from the Frank & Erma Viramontes’ Orchard and coffee from a table with an attractive fall theme.
Those present were Susan Belden, Neva Carter, Karen Denning, Norma Engeljohn, Shannon Engeljohn, Debbie Hough, Sharon Howard, Libby Kessel, Lucille Koeberlein, Noma Moore, Pat Porter, Ann Rowland, Elizabeth Stoner and Carolyn White.
At Lutheran Care Center
After being discharged from the hospital, Doris Haslett of St. Elmo had to enter a nursing home for recovery and therapy. Because a room was not available at Friendship Manor, she is at Lutheran Care Center; her room number is 40.