Today's Features

  • Betsy Longhorn Feeling Under the Weather
    Betsy Longhorn is a long-time member, actually the senior member, of the Homestead Critters. She has been with us for 21 years and is at least 22 years old (but doesn’t look a day over 15).
    She has always been shorter in stature than the full-blooded longhorns, because she is part corriante. We had been approached several times over the years by ropers who wanted to buy her for practice. We were told her breed is good for roping.

  • Baptism
    Timber MaKay Middleton, daughter of Cody and Lydia (Engel) Middleton was baptized on Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Timber’s Godparents are Danielle Chasteen and Mike Wollin.
    Short Visit
    Ben and Amanda Eller, and Mitch Harpster, all of Jackson, Mo., came up on Sunday afternoon to get some things from their grandmother’s house.
    They also visited with their parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Saturday night was 99.

    Friday, January 22
    • St. Elmo Education Foundation will have its annual soup supper, 5-7 p.m., in the high school cafeteria. The menu includes vegetable soup or chili, peanut butter or chicken salad sandwich or hot dog, dessert and drink for $6 for adults and $4 for children under age 12.
    Sunday, January 23
    • Detour youth, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    • Amp’d high school youth, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Youth Night Breakthru, 6:30 p.m., Freedom Reigns in Christ Church.

  • Mindy Miller, who was diagnosed with stage two triple negative breast cancer at the age of 34, “ was blessed to be surrounded by family and a community that supported me.”

  • “Ice-Breaker” on the Homestead …
    … is the ax or sledgehammer; not conversational words at a social/party gathering to “break the ice,” but a healthy swing with said tools to break the ice in the  critters’ “watering holes” (translation-water tanks, buckets, pans, birdbaths).
    As we have several such items and some farther away from the house, it has not seemed feasible to try to run electric cords to the assorted containers.

  • Weekend Visitors
    Nathan, Mahala, and Harper Jacquin spent the weekend with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. They worked on renovating Mary’s house in St. Peter for Nathan and Mahala’s move in February.
    Fun Fair
    St. Peter’s Lutheran School and Little Saints Preschool Fun Fair supper and auction will be held on Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran School Gym.

    Wednesday, January 13
    • Reverb Youth 56, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Reverb Youth 78, 6:45-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    Thursday, January 14
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Sunday, January 17
    • Sunday Night Live Youth, 6-7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church Parsonage.

  • Vandalia native Paul Stroble recently published his 17th and 18th  books.
    “Walking with Jesus through the Old Testament” is published by Westminster John Knox Press in Louisville, Ky.
    Drawing on the New Testament story of the Walk to Emmaus, where Jesus explains the scriptures to two travelers, Stroble selects scriptures that Jesus might have explained to his companions on the road.

  • By Charlene M Jett
    The joy of Christmas rang true in Wesley Hall on Monday as Evergreen Outreach embarked on the beginning of another successful year. HAPPY NEW YEAR! There was a savoring of the last few days of the lighted Christmas tree, the table full of Poinsettias and tons of cookies.