Today's Features

  • The season of Lent is upon us.  It consists of days during which Christians study the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    During the Passion of Christ, he was tempted by Satan. Matthew’s gospel states, in chapter 4, verse 10, that Jesus faced Satan and said to him, “Be gone, Satan, for it is written, 'For the Lord you shall worship and you shall serve him only.'"

  • Critter Corner
    From the (Productive) Chicken Roost
    One of the two Homestead Hen, either Rhonda or Blackie, is now producing eggs. Both have bright red combs (a sign of laying eggs), but only one seems to be producing at present. The eggs are nice, large ones.
    The girls seem happy and content in their modern, new home. When I came home and was unlocking my door, one of them was just singing and making little hen sounds so prettily.

  • Card Shower
    A card shower is being held for the 90th birthday of Harry Busse on March 24. Cards may be sent to: Harry Busse, c/o Evergreen Nursing & Rehab, 1115 N. Wenthe Drive Effingham, Ill. 62401.
    Soup Luncheon
    Immanuel Lutheran Church/Augsburg Ladies Aid LWML will host its annual soup luncheon on Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. and serving until soup is gone. Menu: chili, chicken noodle soup, peanut butter and chicken salad sandwiches, hot dogs, homemade desserts and beverages.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

    Thursday, March 20
    • First United Methodist Church Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck has been canceled for March.
    Saturday, March 22

  • Death
    Carl Welch, 81, of Edgewood died on Thursday, March 6. Funeral services were held on Tuesday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, with burial in Tolono.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Attendance on Sunday was 145.
    Scott Gercken served as organist.
    Hunter Brandt served as acolyte.
    Allen Magnus and Mark Wollin were attending elders.  
    Lent services will be held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., with meals being held at 6 p.m.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Mark Burnett

    Thursday, March 13
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Saturday, March 15
    • St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
    • Relay for Life soup and sandwich luncheon, 12-3 p.m., Eagles Club, Vandalia.

  • Critter Corner …
    … can be more aptly called “Twitter Corner” this week. Spring is here, at least it is for the little wild birds, as they are filling the trees and the air with their songs the past few mornings.
    Their songs are really encouraging me to take my morning coffee outside in the sunshine (note the word sunshine), and just enjoy the morning sunrise. The birdfeeder is not being emptied so much now, since the snow has melted, so nature is taking over and providing nourishment.

  • Jenna Telger of Shobonier and Justin Hill of Ramsey have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Sarah Laine Cripe and Kam Dale Hill, both of Vandalia, were united in marriage in a ceremony on Dec. 7, 2013, at First Christian Church in Vandalia.

  • Allison Lin Stevens of Ransom and Anthony Miller Scoles of Vandalia were married on Feb. 19 in an intimate ceremony in Vandalia.

    The bride is the daughter of Jon and Amy Stevens of Ransom.
    She graduated from Streator High School and attended Valley Community College.
    The groom is the son of Benjamin Scoles of Brownstown and Ruby Vittitow of Vandalia.
    He graduated from Vandalia Community High School, and is employed as a guard at Vandalia Correctional Center.
    The couple resides in Vandalia.