Today's Features

  • Childers will present program on Pontius Pilate on March 30

    A portrayal of Pontius Pilate will be presented  by Dr. Kevin Childers at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church.
    The program is the final event of the season   and is sponsored by Historical Vandalia.
    All proceeds will be used to pay for improvements to the Fayette County Museum.
    Refreshments will follow the program.
    Single-event tickets are available in advance at the museum for $13 or at the door for $15.   

  • This year's Lenten Luncheon series has begun. The six-event program began on Wednesday, March 12 and concludes on Wednesday, April 16.
    The luncheons are held at noon on every Wednesday during Lent, with a different host church and a different speaker each week.
    Week one was held on March 12 at First Christian Church. The speaker was Keith Merritt, youth pastor at Northside Christian Church.

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    Monday was beautiful, and I’m not just talking about the warm weather and sunshine.  Most of our Evergreen Outreach  regulars were with us, and we still had room for newcomers, like Max Maxwell (Brownstown).
    God bless them all. Bette Stolte, whose delightful fingers have NOT been slowed down by her recent surgery, played the piano and lifted our mood and hearts.

  • 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.