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Today's Features

  • 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

  • Announcements
    Thursday, October 12
    • The St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, October 13
    • Men’s outdoor Bible study, 6:30 a.m., St. Elmo Golf Course.
    Sunday, October 15
    • Wolf Creek Cluster Charge Conference, 2 p.m., St. Elmo First United Methodist Church, After the service, refreshments will be provided in the Fellowship Hall.
    Monday, October 16

  • Ava Lenore Garner
    Brianne and Jason Garner of Rome, N.Y., are the parents of a girl born at 11:23 a.m. on June 8, 2017, at Rome Memorial Hospital.

    Ava Lenore weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 21 inches long. She has a sister, Natalie, age 2.
    Maternal grandparents are Krystal and Greg Hohlt, and Ed and Kim Taylor, both of Vandalia. Paternal grandparents are Alan and Janet Garner of Lone Tree, Colo.
    Great-grandparents are Tom Brown, Ed and Donna Taylor, and Jeanne Hohlt.

  • Members of local churches participated in the annual Life Chain event, held locally at the intersection of Gallatin Street and Kennedy Boulevard on Sunday afternoon.

    Organizers of the event describe it as "peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life individuals standing for prayer for our nation and for an end to abortion."
    Photo submitted by Debbie Hobbie

  • Marriage
    Michael Wollin and Mandy Wendte were married on Saturday at Tuscan Hills Winery in Effingham. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. David Hoehler. The couple will reside in St. Peter.
    Death
    Donna Oertwig of St. Peter died on Saturday. The funeral was held on Wednesday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    Weekend with Grandparents

  • News from Pete, the Missouri Dog
    A telephone conversation from brother Joe Blackwell and Pete, the Missouri dog, revealed that Pete is doing well and is getting his master (?), aware of Joe’s “best friend’s” (namely Pete’s) needs and wants.
    Joe said that Pet now sits on the deck and stares Joe down until Joe gives him a treat. Pete is not sitting on the couch and watching TV anymore, but it is too nice around the pond and in the Missouri woods to stay indoors, anyway.