St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

Wednesday, May 25
• Royal Neighbors of America #5784, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.

• Youth Group, eat at 6:30 p.m. and have meeting at 7 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Thursday, May 26
• ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, at the Vandalia Ponderosa.
• The St. Elmo of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m. in the home of Anna Jean Rhodes.
Saturday, May 28
• The St. Elmo Alumni Banquet, 6 p.m., in the junior/senior high school gym. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and those attending have to go in the south doors to get their name tags. Tilford Hord made a splint woven picnic basket that will be raffled. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. If you purchase a winning ticket and do not attend the banquet, the basket will be shipped at no cost to you.
Monday, May 30
• The Veterans’ Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial on Route 40. The speaker will be David “Perp” Lavendar of Harrisburg.
Wednesday, June 1
• A reminder that youth age 8 and older may enroll in a three-day photography workshop that will be given at the Vandalia Extension Office from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, June 6; Wednesday, June 8; and Friday, June 10. Reservations have to be made by June 1. There is no cost for 4-H members, and the cost is $10 for non-4-H youth. Call 283-2753 to register.
• The Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
Thursday, June 2
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
Historical Vandalia Inc.
The Fayette County Museum in Vandalia has much painting that needs to be done and the Historical Vandalia Inc., and the board appreciates all who volunteer to help. High school students from throughout the county are asked to donate hours to volunteerism and the board would welcome their help. Volunteers can stop by the museum, which is open from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays, or call the museum at 283-4866.
The board of directors met the evening of May 16 at the museum, with the following present:  President Steve Durbin and Mary Truitt of Vandalia, Jim Brewer and Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey, Barbara Buckland of Brownstown, Marilyn Beyes of Smithboro and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
Prior to the meeting, the directors went to the section of the museum that has a collection of old clothing and personal items for women and men. Truitt talked about the history.
It was reported that the garden on the west side of the Museum has flowers blooming, including irises and roses.
Each month, the museum receives donated items, and 36 have been received since the last board meeting. It was reported that the inventory is progressing.
The 2011Amateur Town and Country and Professional Art Show will be held June 18-26 in the Artworks Gallery. The opening critique and reception will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 17, in the Artworks Gallery. The museum will be open from 6-9 o’clock that night. Members of the board will help with the refreshments that will be served upstairs.
There are nine tours scheduled at the museum for May.
Vit-Em-In Potluck
Twenty were present for the Vit-Em-In Sunday School Class potluck held the evening of May 19 in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church – Elizabeth Bail, Bob Cox, Barb Kelley, Helen Koonce, Frank and Delva Krost, Ed and Barb Lane, Richard Lowe, Le Mar and Billye Jo Marchman, Bob and Joanne Owen, Rosemary Owen, Anna Jean Rhodes, and Jack and Marilyn Sproat and guests of Bail, her sister, Kathryn Miletelle of East Alton, and her daughter and son-in-law, Leatha and Dee Newberry.
Lowe gave the meal blessing. After a short business meeting conducted by President Delva Krost, Rosemary Owen read several humorous stories on “What Kids Think and Say.”
Methodist Church
The Rev. John Eisfelder, pastor of the St. Elmo First United Methodist Church is on vacation. Preaching for him at the May 22 morning worship was the Rev. Bob Tripp of Effingham, a former First Church of Christ pastor. With him was his wife, Nancy. Rev. Tripp will give the sermon at the 10:35 a.m. worship this Sunday.
Richard Tucker of Altamont was the organist. Playing the prelude and the hymns with Tucker was Joanne Maxey at the piano.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Day Camp
Again this year, the All South Illinois Fellowship of Christian Athletes will be sponsoring a free three-day Sports Camp for students who in 2011-12 will be in the grades 5-8.
This camp is held at Effingham High School from June 20-22, beginning each morning at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast and ending each afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Each camper will receive lunch, an FCA T-shirt, an FCA Bible, instruction in two sports of their choice, and three inspirational speakers and the opportunity to be in a small group that discusses how to apply their sports skills in their Christian living.
A student will need to sign up for this camp and have his or her parent’s permission. Sports that will be offered are boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls track and field, boys baseball, girls softball and girls volleyball.
Registration forms are available from Joni Springman in the St. Elmo United Methodist Church office (possibly other church offices also). The form should be completed and sent to Day Camp, All-South IL FCA, 500 W. Jefferson St., Effingham, Ill. 62401.
Anyone having questions can contact Tom Morgan at 593-6756 or e-mailing him at tom.d.morgan@gmail.com, or by calling coach Rod Wietrop at 217-663-6068.
FCA is an interdenominational Christian organization that has been presenting to athletes and coaches, and all of whom they influence, “the challenge of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church” since 1954.