Wednesday, March 13
• Reverb Youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
• Kids Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
• Winter Awards Program, 7 p.m., high school Cafeteria.
Thursday, March 14
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo Library District Board, 7 p.m., Brownstown Branch Library.
• Effingham Chapter #110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
Saturday, March 16
• The St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
Sunday, March 17
• Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches fifth Lenten service, 4 p.m., Dexter United Methodist Church. The speaker will be John Heicher, pastor at the Trinity Chapel and Fairview United Methodist churches. The offering will be divided between the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in East St. Elmo and the Altamont, St. Elmo and Vandalia food pantries.
Monday, March 18
• Volunteers are needed to help measure rain and snow, and there will be an information and training session at 6:30 p.m. at the Fayette County Extension Office at 118 N. Sixth St., Vandalia. To register, call the office, 283-2753. Volunteers are needed from Vandalia, St. Elmo, Brownstown and other communities throughout Central and Southeastern Illinois.
• Historical Vandalia Inc. Board, 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
• St. Elmo Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., unit office.
Tuesday, March 19
• Spring concert, 7:30 p.m., high school gym.
Wednesday, March 20
• Spring begins!
Thursday, March 21
• Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, noon, First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
• The Brownstown/Emmanuel United Methodist Women invite all to a program, “Missions & Missionaries in Kenya,” at 7 p.m. at the Brownstown United Methodist Church. The program will be presented by Margaret Farnsworth. Refreshments will be served after the program. You can RSVP to Carol Henna at 427-5163.
Signup for Veterans’ Wall
March 31 is the final date for names of veterans to be submitted to be engraved on the Veterans’ Memorial stones for the Memorial Day service.
Applications are available from Bob Heckert or Ernie Myers, or at the St. Elmo Public Library. The completed applications can be mailed to the American Legion Lost #420, P.O. Box 132, St. Elmo, Ill. 62458.
Nicaragua for 2013
Abigail Hill of St. Elmo, a student at Greenville College, has been invited to be a member of a short-term outreach team May 27-June 8. The team will have the opportunity to work in Nicaragua to share gospel and serve the community in many ways – health care, microfinance, social work, education and athletics.
Each team member needs prayers and financial sponsors for the ministry – funding is necessary to go to Nicaragua and demonstrate the love of Christ face-to-face. As part of the team, Hill needs to raise $1,800 by April 5.
Hill would like to be considered in your prayers.
Those who would like to give financial help can send a tax deductible check to: World Outreach & Missions, Greenville College, 315 E. College Ave., Greenville, Ill. 62246. Do not write anything on the memo line; you can include her name on a separate piece of paper.
Friendly Neighbors monthly noon potluck was held March 5 in the Phillips Building, with the following attending: Shirley Smith of Altamont; and Bob and Joanne Owen, Rosemary Owen, Irene Reed, Marjorie Sarver, R. W. and Mary Smith, and Leona Wright, all of St. Elmo. They decided to skip having a meeting, so they could get back home, because it was very windy and snowing.
At the March 5 meeting of the Council of Catholic Women held in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall, the group voted to make donations to the Brownstown and St. Elmo post-proms.
Cards were signed for the ill by those present: Karen Denning, Loretta Heischmidt, Debbie Hough, Libby Kessel, Lavonne Kramer, Mary Myers, Carol Rine and Ann Rowland
Hostesses Denning and Rowland served lime slush, lemon cake, nuts, mints, tea and coffee on a table decorated in a St. Patrick’s Day theme.
Wright’s Corner HCE
The pledge of allegiance opened the meeting of the Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education held March 6 at the Loudon Town House. Roll call was answered with “What is your favorite fragrance?”
Mary Smith gave the special feature, “Make Your Heart Feel Like Dancing,” and the major lesson, “Food or Supplements? What is the Answer?” There was discussion on both lessons.
Smith served blueberry muffins and dried apples to Ina Abendroth, Carol Austin, Janice Garrison, Kate Jennings, Rosemary Owen, Irene Reed, Una Tish and Helen Wright.
Garrison took to the meeting little baskets she had made and the group filled them with candy for Friendship Manor Nursing Home for Easter.
After the program, they visited.
Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education met the afternoon of March 7 at the Phillips Building. They talked about Get-Acquainted Day, set for April 11 at the Brownstown Golden Years Club building and decided it will take the place of Wheatland having a unit meeting in April.
Joyce Moore read an article, “Something Good I Know About You.” Joan Aderman gave the special feature, “Make Your Heart Feel Like Dancing,” and had much discussion. Marilyn Sproat gave the major lesson, “Food or Supplements? What is the Answer?”
To observe St. Patrick’s Day the hostess, Aderman, served green cake, party mix, coffee and iced tea. Also present was Karen Hyde and Ethelyn Williams.
St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club
The club Collect and the pledge of allegiance opened the March 7 meeting of the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club held at the St. Elmo Public Library.
Greg Hissong was introduced to present the program on Tupperware, a fundraiser for the club.
A book was given to each club member to take orders – 40 percent of the items sold from the book will go to the club. From the larger book, members can take orders and the club will receiv 20 percent of the items sold.
Orders have to be turned in to Libby Kessel or Greg Hissong by Friday, March 15, for the club to receive the profits from the fundraiser. Anyone who would like to purchase a Tupperware product can contact any club member by March 15. Most of the fundraiser money will go to community projects.
Bev Crawford was unable to give a program on Scentsy.
A thank-you letter was read from the St. Elmo Public Library for the Women’s Club $25 memorial for member Joyce Drees, who died in January.
The library has purchased the following books that will have a donor/memorial sticker placed inside of each book: “Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States” by Joe McFarland and “1,000 Jewelry Inspirations: Beads, Baubles, Dangles and Chains” by Sandra Salamony.
Hostesses Lucille Koeberlein, Noma Moore and Susan Belden served dips, crackers, fruit, cookies and beverages.
In addition to Koeberlein, Moore and Belden, members present were Karen Denning, Debbie Hough, Libby Kessel, Mary Myers, Pat Porter, Anna Jean Rhodes, Ann Rowland and Elizabeth Stoner.
Members were reminded that the April 4 meeting is for the membership drive. It will be a salad supper at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall, and the social committee is the officers.
Dona Strullmyer of Altamont will give a travelogue program.
Wolf Creek Lenten Service
Brownstown United Methodist Church was host to the fourth Lenten service for the Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches. Bette Stolte was pianist for the prelude and the Rev. Don Thomas gave the welcome and prayer.
Stolte was pianist for the hymns, which were led by Norma Walters of Cowden. After singing “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross,” responsive scripture reading was from Psalm 23.
Two Cowden women gave specials – the Cowden Methodist Church pastor, the Rev. Lynette DeAtley, sang “Because He Lives” a cappella, and Walters sang “Does He Feel the Nails?” with a recording accompaniment.
After taking the offering (for Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in East St. Elmo and the Altamont, St. Elmo and Vandalia food pantries) and singing the doxology, Stolte delivered a piano solo.
The Rev. John O’Dell of Haley Chapel was to have been the speaker, but because of funeral obligations, the pulpit was filled by Pat Wojnar, wife of the Altamont Circuit pastor, Ed Wojnar. Her topic, “Betrayal,” included many betrayals throughout the centuries and the world, and ended with the one of Jesus.
After “In the Garden” was sung, the meeting closed with prayer and all were invited to the basement for refreshments.
The fifth Lenten service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Dexter United Methodist Church, with St. Elmo Circuit minister, the Rev. John Heicher, the speaker. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following the service.
Volunteers Weather Observers Needed
A volunteer weather program is looking for weather observers to measure precipitation in Vandalia, St. Elmo, Brownstown and other communities throughout Central and Southwestern Illinois.
Participation requires only a few minutes each day and provided a valuable service to the community. Training is provided and no prior experience is necessary.
The community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) network is a grassroots national program of backyard weather observers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow) in their local communities.
Observers use a standard 4-inch rain gauge to measure precipitation, which is reported each day on the CoCoRaHS web site. The precipitation measurements are shared with others throughout the country.
Anyone familiar with Illinois weather has probably seen storms that produce markedly varied rainfall and snowfall patterns within short distances.
“The amount you get might be quite different that what your neighbor a mile down the road gets,” said Rachelle Hollinshead, Fayette County Extension director.
“This is a great activity for those who want to learn more about the weather and climate or those who are involved in activities such as gardening or farming.
High-quality observations made by CoCoRaHS volunteers are used by a wide variety of organizations and individuals, including the National Weather Service, other meteorologists, hydrologists, emergency managers, city utilities (for issues related to water supply, conservation and storm water), insurance adjusters, U.S. Department of Agriculture, engineers, mosquito control specialists, farmers, outdoor and recreational interests, teachers, students and neighbors in the community.
“The more rainfall observers we have, the better we can describe the amount and extent of precipitation in Illinois,” said Steve Hilberg, Illinois CoCoRaHS co-coordinator.
“CoCoRaHS observers are a valuable supplement to the daily weather observations by National Weather Service observers.
"Our volunteer observers were instrumental in helping monitor the drought this past summer and fall in Illinois.”
An informational and training session for anyone interested in participating in this program will be held next Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Fayette County Extension Office, 118 N. Sixth St., in Vandalia. To register, or for more information, contact the Fayette County Extension Office at 283-2753.
CoCoRaHS, a nonprofit organization, is supported by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other contributors. CoCoRaHS in Illinois is coordinated by the Illinois State Water Survey, National Water Service and University of Illinois Extension Natural Resources Management Team.