Thursday, November 14
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Brownies, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
• The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• Effingham Chapter #110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
Friday, November 15
• The signup for the Caring and Sharing program will end this Friday. Applications are available at St. Elmo City Hall and St. Elmo Foods.
Families with children, senior citizens and disabled persons who need to be considered must complete an application, which has to be dropped off at city hall or St. Elmo Foods no later than this Friday. This is a project of the St. Elmo Lions Club. The Christmas boxes will be available on Saturday, Dec. 14.
• A Red Cross blood drive will be held in the St. Elmo High School gym from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, November 16
• St. Elmo Community Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
Sunday, November 17
• The annual poinsettia open house at the Cumberland Trail Growers will be held from 12:30-3 p .m, Refreshments will be available. There also will be a drawing to give away six poinsettias. Entrants need not be present to win.
• Jayce Wright family benefit, 4-6 p.m., Shumway Kluthe Center. The Country Rhodes
fry buffet includes walleye, popcorn shrimp, chicken tenders, steak fries, hush puppies, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, applesauce and drink for $9 for adults and carryouts, and $6 for children under 12. There also will be T-shirts, hoodies, window decals and huggies for purchase and a 50/50 drawing.
Monday, November 18
• Historical Vandalia Inc. Board meeting, 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
• St. Elmo Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., unit office.
Tuesday, November 19
• The Fayette County Extension Foundation, 7 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
Wednesday, November 20
• Royal Neighbors of America #5784, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• Reverb Youth, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
Kid’s Klub, 6:30 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
Thursday, November 21
• ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
• An all-church Thanksgiving dinner is being hosted by the Vit-Em-In Sunday school class. It will be held at 6 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
The class will provide turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, beverages and table service; those attending are asked to take side dishes and desserts.
Royal Neighbors of America #5784 will have a catered Christmas dinner at noon on Saturday, Dec. 7, in the First Church of God S.H.E.D. Every one is welcome. Reservations need to be made by Dec. 5 by calling 829-3394 or 217-343-1061. Those attending are asked to take non-perishable food items or a new toy for Caring and Sharing (caps, gloves and socks also will be accepted).
“What are we thankful for this Thanksgiving?” was the roll call of the Council of Catholic Women that met the evening of Nov. 5 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. In addition to a guest, Debbie Hough, those present were Helen Bergman, Karen Denning, Mona Durbin, Loretta Heischmidt, Lucille Koeberlein, Laverne Kramer, Mary Myers, Pat Porter, Carol Rine and Ann Rowland.
It was announced that the Effingham Deanery meeting was to be held at 6 p.m. this Wednesday at St. Isadora in Bishop Creek.
A day of prayer was held Nov. 1 at St. Mary’s for the 40 Days for Life. Rowland reported that several attended the Life Chain in Effingham in October, and she, Denning and Porter attended the DCCW convention in Edwardsville in October.
Hostesses Bergman and Durbin served cheese ball, crackers, apple cake, nuts and candy.
CCW will have a Christmas dinner at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
A Thanksgiving dinner was enjoyed by the Friendly Neighbors at noon on Nov. 5 at the Phillips Building.
The club furnished the turkey, which was baked by Mary Smith, along with the dressing. Those attending took potluck dishes to complete the meal. The tables were decorated in a Thanksgiving theme.
After the pledge of allegiance, R. W. Smith gave the meal blessing. In addition to R.W. and Mary Smith, members attending were Shirley Smith of Altamont, Cora Miley of Beecher City, Marybelle Ledbetter of Brownstown, and Ina Abendroth, Bob and Joanne Owen, Rosemary Owen, Irene Reed, Marjorie Sarver and Laverne and Leona Wright, and also a guest, Dick Lowe, all of St. Elmo.
The Tuesday, Dec. 3, noon potluck of the Friendly Neighbors will have ham furnished.
Those attending are to take potluck dishes and a wrapped white elephant gift for a Christmas game. Also, a collection will be taken for the Caring and Sharing program.
Wright’s Corner HCE
The November Home and Community Education lesson is to take cookies, cupcakes, etc for refreshments and an exchange.
The Wright’s Corner Unit of HCE meeting on the afternoon of Nov. 6 in the Loudon Township was attended by Ina Abendroth, Carol Austin, Kate Jennings, Mary Smith, Shirley Smith, Una Tish, Helen Wright and Leona Wright.
In addition to cookies for the exchange, Jennings took cupcakes decorated for refreshments.
The unit took items collected for veterans and they will be taken to Effingham.
The Wednesday, Dec. 4, meeting will be a Christmas party at 11 a.m. at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Those attending are to take items for Caring and Sharing and a $5 wrapped gift for an exchange.
Women’s Civic Club
The club collect and the pledge of allegiance opened the meeting of the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club the evening of Nov. 7 at the St. Elmo Public Library.
A letter was read from First Baptist Church inviting the club members to participate in the chili cook-off Nov. 9 at the church.
Several volunteered to be on the committee that decorates a Christmas tree at Friendship Manor Nursing Home each year. It will be decorated on Wednesday, Dec.4.
Liz Stoner was in charge of the program and her daughter, Delia Jackson of Moweaqua, had on display a variety of Scentsy items and Origami Owl custom designed jewelry. The club received a profit of 25 percent on articles the members bought.
Hostess Stoner served a variety of refreshments that included a vanilla bundt cake, cookies, dip and a variety of fruits – strawberries, pomegranate seeds, cantaloupe, mango and kiwi.
Those present included guests Delia Jackson and her daughters Bookelyn and Gauge, Loretta Heischmidt and members Susan Belden, Neva Carter, Karen Denning, Sheila Himes, Debbie Hough, Lucille Koeberlein, Pat Porter, Anna Jean Rhodes, Ann Rowland, Liz Stoner and Carolyn White.
The Thursday, Dec. 5 meeting will be a Christmas party at 6 p.m. at Thelma’s Restaurant at the Effingham Holiday Inn. To pool rides, members will meet at 5:20 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot. For donations to the St. Elmo Food Pantry, members are to take canned goods; they will be left at the Catholic Church to be delivered to the food pantry later.
Hysterical Historical Markers
William Furry, executive director of the Illinois State Historical Society, gave a program, “Hysterical Historical Markers,” on Sunday afternoon in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The narrated PowerPoint program took a look at the many ways communities have commemorated historical people, places and events in their backyards, and why, in some cases, people should be amused and, in others, concerned.
After the program, he gave out copies of Illinois Heritage, a publication of the Illinois State Historical Society. He also answered questions.
The program was sponsored by Historical Vandalia Inc. to raise funds for the restoration of the upstairs of the Fayette County Museum.
After the program, Marilyn Beyes of Smithboro, chairman of the Historical Vandalia Inc. program committee, had a name drawn for the door prize.
Mary Cripe of Vandalia will receive a Fayette County Museum 35th anniversary cookbook.
The cookbooks are expected to arrive at the museum by the later part of November and will sell for $15.
A wide variety of refreshments then were served to the more than 30 present.
The September/October 2013 Illinois Heritage includes a story titled, “Tales from the Pulpit.” It lists 39 Illinois sesquicentennial churches honored for their faith and endurance. Included were Centenary United Methodist Church, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Mary Help of Christians, all of Effingham.
Those from St. Elmo who attended were Susan Belden, Loretta Heischmidt and Anna Jean Rhodes.