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Today's Features

  • The Brownstown Holiday Open House returns this year, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday in the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria.

  • It is documented that on Oct. 25, 1901, a group of women in Ramsey, seeking to advance the knowledge of literature and promote the art of conversation, started a club that has endured as one of the longest standing women’s groups in Illinois.

  • Fayette Faces this week are many faces, the members of Brownstown First Christian Church who gathered at the west outer edge of Brownstown on the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 20, for a groundbreaking service for their new church building.

  • Our Creator has again decorated our little corner of the world and surroundings with beautiful, subtle hues, and brilliant and bright colors to see, and provided crisp, clean country air for us to breath, the scent of wood smoke coming from fireplaces, our neighbors’ stoves and, if we are lucky, campfires (my favorite).

  • Announcements
    Thursday, November 9
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Fayette County Leadership Council, 6 p.m., Fayette County Extension Office.
    • Fayette County Livestock Committee, 7 p.m., Fayette County Extension Office.
    • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.

  • Installation Service Held
    Two hundred and thirty-one people were in attendance for the installation service of the Rev. Ryan Meyer at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Sunday. A potluck was held following the service.
    He will be preaching his first service on Sunday, with services resuming at 9 a.m.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 157.
    The vacancy pastor was the Rev. Josh Frazee.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Addyson Schaal served as acolyte.

  • The Longhorn Cow-girls …
    … are enjoying the new spurt of green grass since the recent rains.
    Friend Josh brought some new bales of hay to them, so they are being well fed, what with Josh’s good hay and our caring Creator’s contribution of rain and sunshine that makes the pasture grass grow.
    Lady, the little mini-mare, might be gaining a little, but she needs to gain a lot.

  • Announcements
    Thursday, October 26
    • Fayette County Health Dept. flu clinic, 8:30-10:30 a.m., St. Elmo City Hall.
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Friday, October 27
    • Friday is the last day that RNA is collecting items for male and female veterans. Collection box is at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Saturday, October 28
    • Saturday is Royal Neighbors of America #5784 Make a Difference Day.
    Sunday, October 29

  • Longhorn Cowgirls Enjoying Cooler Weather
    Longhorn cows are survivors. We have read that they can survive on the barest of necessities, such as poor food supply and eating briers and weeds, and have thrived on such poor nutrition.
    Our cowgirls’ survival skills have never been put to the test. Here on the Homestead, they have always had hay and grain supplied to supplement the pasture when the grass is brown and dry from lack of rain … and I have never seen them yet munching on weeds.

  • Weekend Visitors
    Mitch, Gretchen, Owen, Aaron and Henry Harpster spent the weekend with Dane and Belinda Harpster of  St. Peter.
    The boys enjoyed riding in the combine with their Grandpa Dane.
    Installation
    The Rev. Ryan Meyer will be installed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Sunday, Oct. 22, in a 4 p.m. service.
    A potluck will be held immediately following in the school gym.
    Those who plan to attend the meal should contact Belinda Harpster by Oct. 16.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church