St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

Wednesday, Sept. 21
• Breakthru Youth, 6:30-8 p.m., Freedom Reigns in Christ Church.

• Kid’s Klub, 7-8 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
Thursday, Sept. 22
• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education will meet at 2 p.m. at the St. Elmo Public Library. The meeting time has been changed to 2 p.m.
• Scentsy, 5:30-7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Friday, Sept. 23
• The Prairieland Pickers will go to Salem. At 2 p.m. they will perform at Twin Willows at 1600 N. Broadway and at 7 p.m. at Manor West Woods at 441 S. Hotze Road.
• A Jump for Joel fundraiser will start with a spaghetti supper from 5-7 p.m. at the St. Elmo Christian Church. The cost is a donation.
• An open hour revival at the cross by the spring at Wren Bridge will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The speaker will be the United Methodist Church Embarras River District Superintendent, the Rev. Randy Reese of Effingham. The offering will be donated to the Imagine No Malaria Campaign. Food will be available on the grounds. Those attending are to take lawn chars.
Saturday, Sept. 24
• The third annual Jump for Joel marathon will be held. The run/walk/ride starts at 9 a.m. at the Pinnacle Foods parking lot south of St. Elmo. Registration fee for the event is $26.20, and the proceeds will go to the Jump for Joel’s work at the Gathiga Children’s Hope Home in Kenya, Africa, with a focus on raising money for the food supply.
• Velma Bartimus Lilly, formerly of St. Elmo but now a resident of the Lutheran Care Center, will celebrate her 95th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. at the Altamont Lutheran Care Center Activity Room. No gifts, just cards. For those unable to attend, she would love to receive cards by mail.
Monday, Sept. 26
• The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• The St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, September 27
• St. Elmo Masonic Lodge #769, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple.
Wednesday, Sept. 28
• Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
Thursday, September 29
• “See You at the Pole,” 7 a.m., St. Elmo High School flag pole.
• Exxon/Mobil annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
Future Announcement
A fall festival is planned for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, at Happy Hollow Farms. In addition to the you-pick pumpkin patch, and a straw and corn maze, there will be fall crafts, kettle corn, pumpkin painting and more. Vendors for the weekend still are welcome. Private parties and events also are welcome. You can call 322-6831 for more information.
Happy Hollow Farms is two miles south on County Road 2250, which is just east of Pinnacle Foods.
Lions Club
At the meeting of the St. Elmo Lions Club the evening of Sept. 12 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, the Labor Day Parade was rehashed in an effort to make next year’s parade better. The club appreciated all who participated and supported this year’s parade making it a great success.
Giving special assistance were:  St. Elmo Devonian and St. Elmo Banner, Mary Ann Oldfield, Barb Bail, Jennie Ann Heischmidt, parade judges, St. Elmo City Hall clerks, Randy Wolf and family, and Mindy Row.
This year’s cakewalk was a big success, and the club appreciates everyone who baked and donated the cakes, and who participated in the event.
The club will help support the Jump for Joel Marathon that will be held this Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. at the Pinnacle Foods parking lot.
This year’s Halloween candy sale was discussed, and details will be announced later.
The sale tentatively set is Monday, Oct. 24, from 5-7 p.m.
Dave Maxey proposed that the St. Elmo Lions Club sponsor a defensive driving course in November for veterans. The idea was approved, and details will be given later.
In addition to President Bob Wells and Maxey, those present were Lewis Crawford, Kent Denton, who gave the meal blessing, Roger Fulk, Gary Graham, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, LeMar Marchman, Dee Newberry and Lloyd Stanley.
Embarras River District UMW Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the Embarras River District United Methodist Women was held Sept. 13 at the Casey United Methodist Church, with more than 80 in attendance. The theme was “Let It Begin With Me.”
Many kinds of fruits, donuts and coffee cakes, juices and coffee were served in the Fellowship Hall prior to the meeting. Units took to the Resource Center the many love gift items collected for the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in East St. Louis (hand towels, crayons in the 24 pack and dish detergent), Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana (men’s deodorant, gift cards for Wal-Mart, Subway and McDonald’s, and Box Tops for Education) and also prayer shawls and cards from the Prayer Shawl Ministry to be given to the Lessie Bates NH.
At 9:30 a.m., there was group singing with Nancy Sperry at the piano and song leader Rhonda Whitaker, followed by a welcome by District President Sharon Niksch and the invocation by the Rev. Howard Bell of the Oblong EUM church. Introduced were past and present district and conference officers and pastors present.
“The Parable of the Kite” was the devotion given by Patsy Andrus, the spiritual growth coordinator.
At the annual business meeting, the district budget of $5,250 was approved, along with the district mission pledge of $35,000. Officers elected for the 2012 year were the following:  Sharon Niksch of Casey, president; Sharon Davis of Watson, vice president; Lucy Dennis of Oblong, secretary; Joanne Downs of Mattoon, treasurer; Jane Casey of Newton, communications; Patsy Andrus of Zion/Oakridge, spiritual growth; Carol Kessler of Shelbyville, education and interpretation; Sheryl Brandenburg of Neoga, program resources;  Rhonda Whitaker of Neoga and Nancy Sperry of Nokomis, Lessie Bates Davis NH representatives; and Shirley Harder of Altamont and Marijon Stites of Oakland, Cunningham CH representatives. These offices still need to be filled: social action and nominations committee.
A mission offering was taken, and the amount given was $581.
The Rev. Randy Reese of Effingham, the Embarras River District superintendent, was the speaker, and his talk was entitled, “Let It Begin With Me.”
After reports from Sheryl Brandenburg on program resources available in the resource room and Jane Casey on social action, Marlin Livingston of the Cunningham Children’s Home gave a talk on the home’s activities.
The noon lunch in the fellowship hall included ham, a potato casserole and green beans on a plate and a table of many salads and desserts.
After lunch, back in the sanctuary, Diane Reeds played four solos on the piano, including “The Old Rugged Cross” and “America the Beautiful.”
Bill Kreeb, the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House representative, spoke on the home’s various activities. He also introduced Dennis Lane, who started working at the home a couple of days ago.
Next was the pledge service and mission mile. Representatives of units and members at large went to the front of the sanctuary to put in a basket slips for pledges made for 2012.
Diane Goff, UMW president of the Kaskaskia River District, installed the officers who will start their duties Jan. 1.
The Illinois Great Rivers Conference UMW will have the fifth annual meeting on Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Crossroads United Methodist Church at 1420 N. Main in Washington, Ill. The theme is “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” and the guest speaker will be Marta Rodriguez.
Units are to have their new officer lists to Jane Casey by Oct.1. The unit local officers update is set for Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Toledo United Methodist Church.
The 2012 IGRC Spiritual Growth Retreat will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, through 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Baymont Inn, Springfield.
The 2012 Embarras River District UMW spring meeting will be held on Thursday, April 26, at Marshall First.
The memorial service will be observed at the spring meeting instead of at the fall district meeting, so names of those who died in 2011 are to be sent to Patsy Andrus by April 1.
Carol Severns, president of the Brownstown UMW, went with Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo, a member at-large.
lso attending from the Brownstown unit was Marilyn Yakel and Luella Christensen.
Multi-County HCE Meeting
Home and Community Education/Home Extension representatives of Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper counties met the evening of Sept. 15 in the Effingham Extension Office.
The following introduced themselves and told about the history of their involvement in extension:  Connie Elliott, Donna Richards and Pat Hildebrand of Jasper County; Joan Stanfield and Elaine Todd of Clay County; Mary Beth Haney and Nancy Haney of Effingham County; and of Fayette County, Flo Allen of Brownstown, Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo and the four-county Extension director, Rachelle Hollinshead of Vandalia.
Elliott, the Jasper extension program director, conducted the meeting. After introductions, there was a review of the areas of discussion from the first meeting of the counties in March.
County fiscal years are January through December for Effingham, June through May for Fayette and July through June for Clay and Jasper.  Current county memberships are 120 for Fayette, 112 for Effingham, 96 for Jasper and 56 for Clay.
HCE Board meetings are held the first Tuesday at 10 a.m. for Clay, second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for Effingham, first Thursday at 5 p.m. for Jasper and fourth Monday at 10 a.m. for Fayette.
County dues are $10 for Clay and Fayette, and $15 for Effingham and Jasper. Extension contribution for each county is $700 for Fayette, $500 for Clay and Effingham and $250 for Jasper.
In addition to lesson sheets that provide information, the counties have newsletters and some use email and speakers. Social activities include annual meetings, quilt shows, international program, get-acquainted, cooking lessons, bus trips, etc.
County community service projects include making bibs, walker caddies and catheter covers for nursing homes, helping with blood drives, making dresses for African young children, helping with food pantries, making Christmas stockings for veterans, making teddy bears for hospital emergency rooms, donating books to libraries, collecting pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House, collect box tops for education, take items to veteran’s hospitals, etc.
Discussed at the meeting was having the four counties sponsor a program, possibly in April at Effingham, the central location. The interesting program would be advertised in each of the counties for members and the public to attend.
The next meeting of the county representatives will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 5, in the Effingham Extension Office.
American Legion
At their Labor Day food stand, American Legion Post 420 sold 150 pounds of fish and 20 pounds of hot dogs. They appreciate those who helped and purchased the fish sandwiches and hot dogs.
A benefit for the family of Ross Durbin is to be held in October at the Altamont VFW, and the local Legion post will help.
Those present at the post meeting held the evening of Sept. 13 at the Legion Home were Doyle Beck, Charles Bosomworth, Xon Hanna, Clement Lilly, Richard Lowe, Ernie Myers and Laverne Wright.
Avena Township Park Board
Two of the Avena Township Park Board members have resigned because they have moved from Avena Township – Tony Porter and Janni Wright.
Board members present at the Sept. 14 meeting held in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building were Daryl Calvert, Greg Haslett and Rob Mars. The other members of the board are Janice Russell and Buddy Mitchell.
The community auction to raise money for the swimming pool and park was held on Sept. 3 and had a lot of good items to sell. The attendance was fair, but the attendance probably would have been more if it had not been so hot.
The St. Elmo Swimming Pool soon will be winterized.
Vit-Em-In Sunday School Class Wiener Roast
Jack and Marilyn Sproat were hosts at their country home for the Vit-Em-In Sunday school class wiener roast held the evening of Sept.15.
Co-hosts LeMar and Billye Jo Marchman were unable to attend.
Those attending were Elizabeth Bail, Imogene Dothager, the Rev. John Eisfelder, Frank and Delva Krost, Ed and Barb Lane, Richard Lowe, Bob and Joanne Owen, Rosemary Owen and guests Dee and Leatha Newberry.
During the business meeting conducted by President Delva Krost, they voted to donate $100 to the St. Elmo Elementary School for children in need, $100 to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center at Chatham and $100 to a St. Louis organization to help feed needy children.
The class also made a memorial to the First United Methodist Church in memory of a class member, Marilyn Claypool.