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Today's Features

  • By Joyce Mueller
    Love, caring and good wishes came in with guests for our early “countdown to Valentine’s Day celebration.” We are meeting on the first Monday of each month during the winter season.
    Turning to the stage, leader Beulah Brown welcomed the SoftFire duo of David and Patricia Pence from Hillsboro. Their musical theme was also centered on love – a tribute to Valentine’s Day.

  • Ephesians 2:1-10

  • In answer to inquiries
    Betsy, the sweet little senior longhorn cow, has gone on to ever-greener pastures.
    She held her head up, never stopped eating or drinking and never seemed to be in pain; she simply lay down next to the hayrack and wouldn’t get back up. Bill tried to help her up, but she wouldn’t make any effort.
    Dr. Bristow prescribed aspirin for her and suggested warm water to drink.  Bill provided her good shelter to shield her from rain, snow and wind, plus a warm blanket.

  • Attend Birthday Party
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo.
    On Saturday, they attended the second birthday party of grandson Aaron Harpster at his home.
    Others attending were: Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster, Tom and Patty Spitzmiller, Natalie Stein, Carolyn Stein, Doug and Pam Stein, Heidi Hunter and Austin, and Rhonda and Aubrey Hunter.  
    Returns from China
    Courtney Gladson returned from China with daughter, Eliot, last week.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, February 4
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, February 6
    • American Legion Post #420 soup supper fundraiser, 3-7 p.m., Legion Home. The cost is a free-will donation. Anyone who would like to donate a dessert can call 267-5519.
    Sunday, February 7

  • We had a fun and educational experience this week – we enjoyed eating breakfast with Abe Clymer, Vandalia’s own Abe Lincoln look-alike, completely dressed, from head to toe, in his tall, black stovepipe hat to his black leather shoes that looked like they could have been worn by Abraham Lincoln in his time.

  • Debby Sefton and her husband, Joe, were both born and reared in Fayette County, and have lived in the area until their employment took them to Effingham County.

  • In Response to Inquiries
    Lady, the sweet little senior mini-mare, is doing well, and staying snug and warm in the little barn she shares with Madricka, the mother donkey, and her son, Bucky. Of course, they have their own “apartments,” but share the window. The partition separating their living quarters is a wire cattle panel, which allows their body heat to benefit all three while they still have their own space.  

  • Visiting Parents
    Mahala and Harper Jacquin are spending the week with her parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter, while Mahala’s husband, Nathan, is in Florida at the PGA playoffs for his job.
    The family is busy on renovating Mahala’s grandmother’s house for her family’s move in late February.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 196.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz. Zada Reynolds was the acolyte.
    Attending elders were Darrell Wollin and Allen Magnus.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, January 28
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Sunday, January 31
    • SNL youth group, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church parsonage.
    • 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.
    Tuesday, February 2
    • Friendly Neighbors, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.