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Today's Features

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    My vocabulary isn’t large enough to describe the fantastic, awesome meeting we had today. It was really great! In case you didn’t make the meeting, let me describe it for you.

  • Throughout 2014, I have been encouraging both of the churches I pastor to focus on discipleship. And I’ve been using the term “transformational discipleship.”  Let’s take a look at what those two words mean.

  • Birth
    Ryan and Kristi (Rinkel) Kraemer of St. Peter are the parents of a daughter, Drew Riann, born on Sept. 13, 2014.  She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 19 inches long.
     She is welcomed home by her brothers, Liam and Kolby, and a sister, Zoey. Grandparents are Greg and Angie Rinkel, Penny Donaldson and Fritz Kraemer. Great-grandparents are Olga Michel, Janet Thompson, and Ted and Joyce Rinkel.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning attendance was 193.
    Rita Yagow was the organist.

  • Rufus and Alice (Hummingbirds)
    Our little Hummingbird couple, Rufus and Alice, has been visiting their feeder frequently lately, probably in preparation for the long trek (or
    flight) to their winter home.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Saturday, September 20
    • Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches picnic, 4 p.m., Brownstown Park. In case of rain, it will be held at the Methodist Church, just across from the park. Those attending are to take dishes to pass and lawn chairs.
    Sunday, September 21
    • The new superintendent of the Embarras River District of United Methodist Churches, Scott Grulke of Effingham, will be installed at a 3 p.m. service in the Effingham Centenary United Methodist Church.

  • Andy Hoover of Mulberry Grove shows the unusually large potatoes he has grown this summer. Some of the red potatoes weigh as much as 2 1/2 pounds.

    In the second photo, Dallis Patterson, the 11-month-old daughter of Joe and Kerry Patterson, is shown with one of the large spuds (photo contributed).

  • Grady Douglas Laack
    Jason and Alison Laack of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 5:37 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

  • Koda Leah Ennen
    Cody and Katelyn Ennen of St. Peter are the parents of a girl born at 5:08 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Aug. 28 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for its monthly meeting and luncheon, with 22 members and five guests present.
    The pledge to the flag was given, followed by the meal prayer given by Dean Black. After the meal, Black welcomed all who were present.
    The secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved.
    Birthdays and anniversaries for August were read, and health issues of two members were updated.
    Deeds awards were given to several members who had volunteered 50 or more hours.

  • Kleinik
    The 86th Kleinik family reunion was held Aug. 31 at Greenville Patriots’ Park main pavilion, with a potluck at noon. Twenty-seven were present. Evelyn Hecht was the eldest present, at age 84; and Corey Elam was the youngest present. Kent Elam traveled the farthest from Portland, Ind.
    The 2015 officers are Brent Elam, president; Dean Kleinik, vice president; and Carol Herrin, secretary/treasurer.