Features http://www.leaderunion.com/features/todaysfeatures en Philbrick is second Lenten Luncheon speaker http://www.leaderunion.com/content/philbrick-second-lenten-luncheon-speaker The second Lenten Luncheon was held at the St. James Lutheran Church last Wednesday, opening with pianist Richard Tucker playing inspirational songs as the guests were seated at long tables covered with white cloths, vases of lavender spring flower and plates of homemade cookies provided by the Presbyterian Church women. All were glad the day was one of the Lord’s finest, as last year the Lenten Luncheon at St. James Lutheran Church had to be canceled due to the weather. Sanders still using ironware http://www.leaderunion.com/content/sanders-still-using-ironware <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ironskilletcleaning.jpg" alt="Deanna Sanders demonstrates the &quot;electrolysis&quot; method she uses to clean old iron cookware." title="Deanna Sanders demonstrates the &quot;electrolysis&quot; method she uses to clean old iron cookware." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> It is documented, on Wikipedia, that cast iron vessels have been used for cooking for more than 2,000 years, valued as kitchen items for their durability and ability to retain heat, thus improving the quality of meals cooked in them.</p> Deals put another business on Route 40 http://www.leaderunion.com/content/deals-put-another-business-route-40 <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/march2_2017_faces_auctiondeal_wagon.jpg" alt="Lindell Deal" title="Lindell Deal" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> If you happen to be driving though Brownstown along U.S. Route 40 on a Friday evening and you see a parking lot full of vehicles and people milling around a brick building on the north side of the road, you might also notice the sign that&nbsp; reads&ldquo;Deal&rsquo;s Auction Service-Fridays 6 p.m.&rdquo;</p> Smith starts business in his hometown http://www.leaderunion.com/content/smith-starts-business-his-hometown <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/2-23-briansmith1.jpg" alt="Brian Smith" title="Brian Smith" align="left" hspace="6" width="99" height="85" /><p> A graduate with Brownstown High School&rsquo;s class of 1987, Brian Smith took Bob Senior&rsquo;s shop class in high school for as many years as he could (all four years), and his interest and passion for that continued on.</p> Volunteers make food pantry happen http://www.leaderunion.com/content/volunteers-make-food-pantry-happen <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/helhan_2appredinnergroup.jpg" alt="Brownstown area residents who have assisted with the Helping Hands Food Pantry were honored at a dinner on Jan. 21." title="Brownstown area residents who have assisted with the Helping Hands Food Pantry were honored at a dinner on Jan. 21." align="left" hspace="6" width="152" height="85" /><p> A few months ago, a group of citizens met in the basement of the Brownstown United Methodist Church in response to the invitation given by the UMC minister, the Rev. Don Thomas. He had a sincere wish for the community to have a ministry food pantry for anyone who needed food, and his invitation included the pastors and other representatives of the local churches.</p> Rotary's Interact Club helping others http://www.leaderunion.com/content/rotarys-interact-club-helping-others <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/rachel_zimmeran_lynngartke1-31-17.jpg" alt="Lyn Gartke, left, and Rachel Zimmerman" title="Lyn Gartke, left, and Rachel Zimmerman" align="left" hspace="6" width="103" height="85" /><p> A club for students at Vandalia Community High School sponsored by the Vandalia Rotary Club is appropriately named. In its fourth year, members of the VCHS Interact Club are interacting with and helping others.</p> Northside welcomes new youth director http://www.leaderunion.com/content/northside-welcomes-new-youth-director <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/northsideyouthdir_wife_0.jpg" alt="Brian and Janet Hammond" title="Brian and Janet Hammond" align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> Brian Hammond is another new face at Northside Christian Church in Vandalia. He joins the Rev. Curtis Sweeney, who is stepping in to lead the church family as the Rev. Carl Rhodes is retiring. Carl and Pat, his wife, plan to spend some time with their children and grandchildren.</p> Northside Christian Church has new pastor http://www.leaderunion.com/content/northside-christian-church-has-new-pastor <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/northside1pastorcurtissweeny.jpg" alt="Rev. Curtis Sweeney" title="Rev. Curtis Sweeney" align="left" hspace="6" width="59" height="85" /><p> It was with sadness that we received the news from Pat Rhodes that she and her husband, the Rev. Carl Rhodes, pastor of Northside Christian Church in Vandalia, were leaving the&nbsp; area.</p>