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Today's Features

  • Member Lora Fouch was the speaker for the fifth Lenten Luncheon last Wednesday at the host church, First United Methodist of Vandalia.

  • Many who have been faithful Lenten Luncheon attendees through the years and several new faces entered Northside Christian Church last Wednesday to sit at white-cloth covered tables with teal, pink, and blue table runners that held small spring bouquets in tiny flower pots and plates of homemade cookies.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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  reads“Deal’s Auction Service-Fridays 6 p.m.”

  • A graduate with Brownstown High School’s class of 1987, Brian Smith took Bob Senior’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.

  • Sophia Anna
    Adam and Krista Cole of Colorado Springs, Colo., are the parents of a girl born at 9:55 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2016.

    Sophia Anna weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long.
    She has a sister, Olivia Allison.
    Maternal grandparents are Ty and Lisa Langham of Greenville, and paternal grandparents are Fred and Shirley Cole of Vandalia.

  • Carissa Lotz of Effingham and Andrew Snow of Kinmundy have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Farewell to Saundra, A Special Friend
    Saundra Motycka-Helm, a faithful, loyal and caring friend to many, left us to take her place in Heaven on Saturday, April 8, leaving a void in our lives. As a young woman, she chose to care for others and made it her life’s work doing so.
    Saundra became a registered nurse, but she went beyond caring for others’ physical well being, as she went the extra mile, in ministering to others’ heartbreaks, struggles and problems, emotional and otherwise.

  • Weekend Visitors
    Mitch, Gretchen, Owen, Aaron and Henry Harpster of Jackson, Mo., spent the weekend with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. Ben, Amanda, Madison, and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., visited them on Saturday. On Sunday evening, Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin joined them for dinner. Jan Jameson also stopped in for a visit.
    Confirmation
    Upon completing adult instruction classes, David Henderson, Angela Mace, and Brian and Aime Sigrist were confirmed during Sunday’s service at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.