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St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Thursday, March 28
• ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• A Maundy Thursday “come and go” communion, 5-7 p.m., First Church of God.
• Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
Friday, March 29
• The Fayette County School Art Show starts in the Fayette County Museum in Vandalia and will continue through Tuesday, April 2. The Monday through Saturday museum hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. On Sunday, March 31, the museum will be open from 1-4 p.m.
• A bake sale will be held at the St. Elmo Christian Church from 8 a.m.-noon. Profits will go to “The Gospel for Asia” mission to purchase chickens and a BioSand Water Filter; the mission was chosen by the Reverb Youth Group.
• Friendship Manor will have an Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. for ages preschool through the fifth grade. Anyone wishing to contribute for the event plastic eggs, candy or cash to purchase these items can make a donation to the activity department.
• The Ministerial Alliance Good Friday Service, 6 p.m., Freedom Reigns in Christ Church. Dan Laack, pastor at the First United Methodist Church, will be the speaker.
Saturday, March 30
• St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet will not be open this Saturday.
• St. Mary’s Catholic Church will have an Easter vigil at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 31
• Easter Sunday. The times of the various churches are listed later in the news.
• St. Elmo Lions Club annual Easter egg hunt for children through the sixth grade, 2 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park.
• The Fayette County Museum, Vandalia, will be open from 1-4 p.m. for the County School Art Show.
Monday, April 1
• The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
Tuesday, April 2
• This is the last day to view the County School Art Show in the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
• Friendly Neighbors potluck, noon, Phillips Building.
• Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
Wednesday, April 3
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
• Reverb Youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
• Kids’ Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
Thursday, April 4
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club salad supper, 5:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Parish Hall. This is a membership drive and club members attending are asked to take a prospective member. The officers are on the social committee.
• Fayette Water Company annual meeting, 7 p.m., Thrill Hill Church, Vandalia. Three directors will be elected for three-year terms. The program will include engineers who will give presentations and answer questions on the current and future projects.
Easter Sunday Services at Various Churches
• First Church of God will have a sunrise service at 7 a.m., a breakfast will follow. The worship service will be at 9:30 a.m. and there will be no Sunday school.
• St. Elmo Christian Church will have a SONrise service at 7:30 a.m., a breakfast at 8 a.m. and ONE COMBINED YOUTH SERVICE at 9:30 a.m. After the 9:30 a.m. service, there will be an Easter egg hunt for youth pre-school through the sixth grade.
• First United Methodist Church will serve a continental breakfast at 9 a.m. and there will be a children’s Easter egg hunt. Sunday school will be at 9:30 a.m. and the resurrection service at 10:35 a.m.
• New Horizons will have Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m.
• Freedom Reigns in Christ Church will have only one service, at 10 a.m.
• The Assembly of God Church will have Sunday school at 9 a.m. and the worship service at 10 a.m.
• The First Baptist Church will have Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m.
Signup for Veterans’ Wall
March 31 is the final day to submit names of veterans to be engraved on the Veterans’ Memorial stones for the Memorial Day service.
Applications are available from Bob Heckert, Ernie Myers or 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.
Special Events to Put on April Calendar
• Extension Foundation spaghetti dinner will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, at the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria. The meal will include spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, breadsticks, homemade dessert and drink. Tickets are $7 for age 13 and over, $4 for children 5-12 and free for under age 5. Tickets are available from any Fayette County 4-H member, by contacting the Fayette County Extension Office, and they will be available at the door.
• Tuesday, April 9, is Election Day for city officials, park board trustees, library trustees and school board members; polls will be open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
• The Pre-K of Fayette County free developmental screening will be held at the St. Elmo Elementary cafeteria on Wednesday, April 10, from 1-2:30 p.m. Call Sue at 829-3263 for an appointment.
• Get-Acquainted Day, sponsored by Fayette County Home and Community Education, will be on Thursday, April 11, at the Brownstown Golden Years Club. Registration is at 9 a.m. and a brunch potluck is at 9:30 a.m. All women interested in HCE are invited to attend.
• Kindergarten pre-registration for St. Elmo is on Friday, April 12, from 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. The school can be called at 829-3263 for more information or assistance.
• As a fundraiser for the restoration of the Fayette County Museum, Historical Vandalia Inc. is planning a spaghetti supper from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, April 19, in the Vandalia Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. More will be given on this later.
Historical Vandalia Inc.
Present for the March 18 meeting of the Historical Vandalia Inc. Board were Donna Blair, Steve Durbin, Allison Magnus, Joyce Mueller, Phil Shroyer and Mary Truitt, all of Vandalia, Marilyn Beyes of Smithboro, Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
The museum had 112 visitors in February. Items donated to the museum since the last board meeting were: a basket book, Beginning American History; 1906 and 1889 coins; a 1940’s child’s tea set; five Dionne quintuplet dolls; a 1940 metal lunch box and thermos; a 1911 skateboard; a 1930s red metal car; a child’s toy iron; metal horses and part of a cart; a 1909 teddy bear; a 1909 book of memories of Allie Fogler.
Historical Vandalia Inc. membership now is 81.
The county school Art Show is set for March 29-April 2.
The spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the museum restoration is set for Friday, April 19, from 4-7 p.m. at the Vandalia Presbyterian Church.
Because 2014 is the 35th anniversary of the museum, a cookbook will be made for a restoration fundraiser. Anna Jean Rhodes will start collecting recipes for the book; they can be sent to her at RR 2, Box 205, St. Elmo, or taken to the museum during the open hours, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. All types of recipes will be collected; the book will include old recipes along with new ones.
Restoration has been done for some of the pictures that soon will be hung upstairs.
Volunteers are desperately needed from 1:30-4 in the afternoons, and some mornings, at the ,useum. If willing to volunteer, call the museum at 618-283-4866.
Truitt reported on the Young Lincoln’s Wilderness Capitol Street Pageants that will be performed in Vandalia on July 20-21.
Vit-Em-In Class Potluck
Class teacher Richard Lowe gave the blessing for the Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck held at noon on March 21 in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Others present were Elizabeth Bail, Bob Cox, Ed and Barb Lane, Frank and Delva Krost, Bob and Joanne Owen, and Jack and Marilyn Sproat and guests Dee and Leatha Newberry, and Marjorie Sarver.
After a short business meeting, there was no program, just fellowship.
Rhodes-Side Gleanings
Sometime in March, I go visit my daughter and family at Green Oaks. I am so glad I didn’t plan to go the first week of March, when they had much snow and the ground was still covered with snow.
My first week in March calendar had a lot of activities and the second week was the IAHCE Annual Conference, so this year I went during the third week. The weather was good, with sunshiny days, even though cold.
I left St. Elmo at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, and arrived at the Leas at noon. This was the birthday of my daughter, Phyllis. My younger granddaughter, Chae Rin, had her 12th birthday on March 6.
My son, Steve Rhodes, of Chicago and a friend of his, Scott Edmonds, who lives south of him, also in Chicago, came for lunch the next day and stayed until after dinner that evening. The dinner included a chocolate birthday cake with strawberry cream filling.
The seven of us included my son-in-law, Prentiss, and older granddaughter, Soo Jin.
On March 21, I arrived in Champaign in time for lunch at Red Lobster.
Meeting me for lunch was Carol Froeschl, second vice president of the Champaign County Home and Community Education. We became acquainted at the IAHCE Annual Conference held at Effingham March 12-14, when we ate at a table for county second vice presidents.
At the IAHCE conference, I attended four of the 25 share shops offered. Because I learned flower arranging from my mother-in-law, Alice Rhodes, attended county Extension lessons and taught flower arranging to 4-H members for many years, I still enjoy flower arranging. I went to one named “fresh flower arranging” and one named “arranging silk flowers”; both were good. Most floral arrangements are a little different than they were years ago.
I attended the “Mindless Eating-the Good and the Bad,” told about diet detective myths.
I think the favorite one I attended was Flesor’s Candy Kitchen. The sisters, Ann and Devon Flesor, who run Flesor’s Candy Kitchen, resurrected their grandfather’s candy store and brought new life to a small town, Tuscola.
The program was very humorous and the candy samples were delicious. Flesor’s Candy Kitchen makes all kinds of candy and also homemade ice cream they use for old-fashioned sodas, etc. By making an appointment, a group can see various areas of the building. There also is a dining area that can seat up to 70.
I plan to see if my St. Elmo HCE Unit will go to Tuscola in July or August, activity months when we don’t have regular lessons.
March started out busy and because Easter is the last day of the month, it will end as being a very busy month!