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Today's Features

  • Are you a Christian? Likely most of you would say, “Of course” – I would not be reading the Minister’s Forum if I wasn’t a Christian.

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Dec. 18 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for a Christmas party, with 32 members and four guests present.
    Following the pledge to the flag, Vera Miller gave the meal prayer.
    After the meal, President Dean Black gave the welcome. The tables were decorated with Christmas candles, centerpieces and candy for each member, and also a Hershey bar decorated like a snowman, made by Laura Mulhern.
    Those who helped in decorating, games, and cookie and candy walk were Mike and Laura Mulhern, and Frank and Carolyn Heigert.

  • Mother Madricka & Bucky (Donkeys) Get ‘Spooked’
    Recently, when in a thrift store, I purchased a long, warm coat with a hood, thinking it will be perfect to wear out to the critters’ pens in rainy, cold weather.  However, when I wore it out to give carrot treats to Madricka and Baby Bucky, they came out of their barn, took one look at me and ran.  
    Even when I talked to them and held the carrots out for them, they would not come near me. The long, hooded, dark coat scared them.

  • Sausage Supper
    The annual sausage supper will be held on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 5  p.m. in the St. Peter’s Lutheran School gym.
    Death
    Mike Wasmuth of St. Peter died on Monday evening.  Funeral arrangements are pending.
    St. Peter Lutheran Church
    Saturday evening worship attendance was 126. Sunday morning worship attendance was 111.   
    The Rev. Alan Holtz was the organist.  
    Gaige Phillips served as acolyte.
    Jay Rothe and Curtis Jenne were attending elders.
    Remember in Your Prayers

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, January 22
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., in the home of Anna Jean Rhodes.
    Monday, January 26
    • The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension office.
    • St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • Piano students of Staccato Studios and Christine Jones, instructor in Fillmore and Vandalia, played Christmas music for the residents of Tremont Ridge in Hillsboro during their dinner hour on Dec. 9.

  • Kristina Marie Stunkel and Trevor Scott Summers, both of Corpus Christi, Texas, and formerly of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Liberty hosting financial training

    Liberty Christian Church will host Financial Peace University training for nine weeks, Feb. 5-April 2.
    The sessions will meet for about 90 minutes each week, starting at 6 p.m. They include video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, presenting Biblical, practical steps on handling money.
    The church is located 5½ miles north of Brownstown on College Avenue.
    For more information, call John Schaub at 292-2160 or email him at topcutwalnut@gmail.com.

  • A few years ago, making and keeping – or failing to keep – resolutions for the new year was more talked about than in recent years. But it is still important to set goals, and the New Year holiday is a great time to start fresh on a new journey.

  • Critters Wolerating Weather …
    … mainly because they are staying snug in their barn most of the time. Bill closes their doors and windows at night, and on the bitter cold, windy days, he carries their water and their hay and grain to the barn, so they don’t have to get out.
    They also get fresh, clean bedding often. Madr1cka doesn’t really like the closed door, we think, because she nudges against it, trying to open it.
    Lady, the senior mini-horse, has no objection to the closed door and window.