St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

Wednesday, March 28
• The Grandparent breakfast for grades 4-6 will be held at the St. Elmo Elementary School.
• Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building. The activity is to make Easter Bags for the nursing home.
Thursday, March 29
• Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
• Fayette County Leader’s Council, 7 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• Fayette Water Co. meeting, 7 p.m., Avena Town Hall.
Saturday, March 31
• The current signup period for adding a name to the St. Elmo Veteran’s Memorial ends Saturday to have the name engraved on the memorial stone for this year’s Memorial Day service. Applications can be obtained from Xon Hanna, Bob Heckert, Ernie Myers or the St. Elmo Public Library. Completed applications can be mailed to the American Legion Post #420, PO Box 132, St. Elmo, Ill. 62458.
Sunday, April 1
• An open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
• The Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches last Lenten service, 4 p.m., Altamont First United Methodist Church. The speaker will be the church’s new minister, Willie Deuel. The offering will go to food pantries. Refreshments will be in the fellowship hall after the service.
Monday, April 2
• New to 4-H meeting, 6-7 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• All artwork from the Fayette County Schools that is to be shown in the art show April 5-9 in the Fayette County Museum has to be taken to the museum between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Youth can show artwork whether in the school art classes or not.
• The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
Tuesday, April 3
• Friendly Neighbors potluck, noon, Phillips Building.
• The Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
Wednesday, April 4
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
Thursday, April 5
• The Fayette County Art Show begins next Thursday and runs through Monday, April 9, in the upper level at the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia. The Fayette County Museum is open from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.
• The St. Elmo Business Association will meet at noon at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education will not have a meeting this month.
• Maundy Thursday service, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
• Because this is Maundy Thursday, the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will not meet until April 12.
Future Announcements
• For a couple of weeks, the St. Elmo Christian Church will continue to collect used shoes that will be used to help other countries drill fresh drinking water wells.
• The Parent-Teacher Organization supper, carnival and auction is scheduled for Saturday, April 21.
Mobile Food Pantry
The Fayette County Food Pantry is asking for help in continuing to bring Central Illinois Foodbank’s Mobile Pantry Program to our area.
Mobile pantries are based on a relatively simple concept. Food, including fresh produce and dairy products, is delivered on the Foodbank’s refrigerated truck, unloaded onto tables in a parking lot and distributed directly to those in need.
Central Illinois Foodbank estimates it will take $3,000 in additional funds to bring the Mobile Pantry to Fayette County three times in 2012.
The Farm Bureau is hoping to return the Foodbank back in Fayette County at the three locations it served last year – St. Elmo, Ramsey and Vandalia.
The three events in 2011 served 1,627 people, of which about 722 were children under 18. In Fayette County, 31 percent of children live in households that do not know where their next meal is coming from.
The mobile pantries brought about 38,000 pounds of food to the area in 2011.
The Farm Bureau is challenging the people, businesses and organizations of Fayette County to meet this $3,300 goal.
A minimum of $1,100 is needed by May 1 in order to bring a Mobile Pantry to our area in early spring. Farm Bureau got the ball rolling with a $100 donation.
Tax deductible donations of any size can be mailed to Central Illinois Foodbank, P.O. Box 8228, Springfield, Ill. 62791, or to Fayette County Farm Bureau Foundation, P.O. Box 336, Vandalia, 62471. Both are 501 (c) (3)  organizations, and all money received by the Fayette County Farm Bureau Foundation for the Foodbank will go to the Foodbank.
Museum Restoration Fund-drive
A special open house will be held at the Fayette County Museum this Sunday, from 2-4 p.m., for the public to see what has been done and become acquainted with the plans for the future. Refreshments of lemonade and cookies will be served.
The Fayette County Museum in Vandalia has started a funddrive to continue with the restoration that has been started on the upstairs sanctuary in the old Presbyterian Church at the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and West Main Street.
All of the historical items in the museum are in the lower level of the church. The upper level has been used for art shows.
All of the “new ceiling” has been removed and returned to the original condition, with pink rosebuds and green leaves painted on it. Water damage that occurred sometime in the 1980s has recently been repaired. The next phase will be rewiring and installing new lights.
Historical Vandalia Inc. owns the museum and the board members are looking at a cost of several thousand dollars for the wiring, insulation, lights, fans and other needed materials for this project.
For the light and fan project, the board realizes that the cost is going to be a major expense, and has decided to seek special donations for the seven ceiling lights and three fans that will be needed.
Individuals, families or businesses can make a tax-exempt donation – $500 for one light, $250 for one fan or a small donation to help with this project. The board will recognize all donors of $100 or more for this special effort with their names on a wall plaque that will be displayed in the sanctuary area.
The support of this project will enable the museum to expand and continue the preservation of the history of Fayette County. Tax-exempt donations can be made to Historical Vandalia, Inc. at 301 W. Main St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.
The museum is open from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from1-4 p.m. on Sundays.
The Fayette County Schools Art Show will be April 5-9.
Avena Park Board
The main topic of business at the Avena Township Park Board meeting held the evening of March 13 in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building was the mandate for a handicapped lift for the St. Elmo Swimming Pool.
All states require a lift in all public pools, and a lift can cost from $800 to $5,000. A portable lift is cheaper than one installed.
The decision was put on hold, because more information is needed to see if the St. Elmo pool can go with a portable lift. With a handicapped lift, extra training will be involved.
The $25,000 in tax money received each year is for the budget for the pool and park; $6,000 is for insurance.
Because the park mowing has to be done by someone or company-bonded and insured the board asked for bids and, from the several received, the contract was given to Doty Mowing.
Donations will help purchase the handicapped lift the pool has to have before it can open.
The pool mechanical problems are scheduled to be checked.
Present at the meeting were Jim Caraway, Daryl Calvert, Greg Haslett, Ro Mars and Buddy Mitchell.
Quilt Club
The Friendship Quilt Club met the evening of March 15 at the St. Elmo Public Library with the following present: Joy Edwards of Altamont; Kris Luster of Ramsey; Julie Aderman, Judy Barnick, Roselyn Stine and Peggy Stolte of Farina; and Tonia Austin, Tamara Daugherty, Marie Durbin, Mary Eyman, Flossie Glen and Mary Myers of St. Elmo.
For the program, Stine had a bag of items taken from drawers that held quilt supplies and talked about the items. Aderman gave a demonstration on a quilt block. Glen and Eyman served refreshments.
Historical Vandalia Inc. Board
Present for the March 19 meeting of the Historical Vandalia Inc. Board were President Steve Durbin, Betty Aderman, Donna Blair, Phil Shroyer and Mary Truitt, all of Vandalia; Marilyn Beyes of Smithboro; Barbara Buckland of Brownstown; Jim Brewer and Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey; and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
Numerous items from the 1800s and 1900s have recently been received for the Fayette County Museum.
The Fayette County Schools Art Show will be in the Artworks Gallery from April 5-9, and the arts have to be at the museum on April 2.
It was reported that the garden on the west side of the museum has many of the early flowers now blooming.
To date, 72 have become a member of Historical Vandalia, Inc. and the operating fund has received $3,435 from the members, plus $50 from those who didn’t want to join. When members paid, also received from some of them were donations of $275 for the restoration fund.
It was reported that the fundraiser “Afternoon of Entertainment” programs have two programs scheduled, but still need one more.
The restoration campaign committee – Truitt, Brewer, Rhoades, Rhodes and Beyes – met the afternoon of March 9 at the museum to work on a fundraising letter. A copy of the letter, including a special open house invitation, has been mailed to residents in Fayette County towns. Truitt read the letter to the board.
A open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday for visitors to see what has been done and to become acquainted with the plans for the future. Lemonade and cookies will be served by the board.
St. Elmo Unit HCE
The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education met the afternoon of March 22 in the St. Elmo Public Library.
After the meeting was opened with the pledge of allegiance, roll call was answered with “The best thing to do in March.”
A report, “Four things you might not have known about your cell phone,” was given.
Also given was a report of the February meeting of the County HCE Board.
At the County HCE Get-Acquainted Day on April 12 at the Brownstown Golden Years Club building, the St. Elmo Unit is to be in charge of the door prizes – each of the seven units is to take a $5 door prize. Members also were reminded to take something for the Make It, Bake It, Sew It, Grow It auction or make a donation of $5 for the county HCE 2012-13 budget fundraiser.
Anna Jean Rhodes gave the special feature, “See the Future – Your Vision as You Age,” and the major lesson, “The Cost of Managing Your Money.”
Rhodes served Biscoff cookies, strawberries, peanut butter filled nuggets and a variety of sodas to Neva Carter, Karen Denning, Joyce Drees and Karen Wegscheid. Drees assisted with the serving.
First Baptist Church
A soup supper was held the evening of March 23 at the First Baptist Church for the public to dine with the church and meet the new pastor, Dan Dodson of the Greenville area.
The menu included three soups, sandwiches and desserts.
Rhodes-Side Gleanings Special Appeal
From a classmate in Kentucky I have received an -mail that needs to be shared. It was written by Pastor Bill Rogers of the Word of Life Fellowship in Bentonville, Ark.
“This is the most uncertain election we as Christians have ever faced, and from the looks of the polls, the Christians aren’t voting Christian values.
“We all need to be on our knees. Do you believe we can take God at His word? Call upon His name, then stand back and watch His wonders unfold. This scripture gives us, as Christians, ownership of this land and the ability to call upon God to heal it. I challenge you to do that. We have never been more desperate than now for God to heal out land.
“Scripture 2 Chronicles 7:14 : If my people, which are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.’
“During World War II, there was an adviser to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every night at a prescribed hour for one minute, to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace. This had an amazing effect, as bombing stopped.
“There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America. The United States of America, and our citizens, need prayer more than ever. If you would like to participate, each evening at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central, 7 p.m. Mountain and 6 p.m. Pacific, stop whatever you’re doing, and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, for peace in the world, the upcoming election, that the Bible will remain the basis for the laws governing our land, and that Christianity will grow in the U.S.
“If you know anyone who would like to participate, please pass this along. Someone said if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have. Thank you. Please pass this on to anyone who you think will want to join in. God Bless You.”
I shared this with my Sunday school class March 25 and the pastor wanted me to share this during the worship service and I did –  that made me think I should share this with my readers.