Today's Features

  • John 14:25-26
    “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
    In the Name of + Jesus. Amen. The waiting is finally over. The big day is here.
    We have been counting down the days from Easter until Pentecost: 50 days of rejoicing in the resurrection of Jesus. Seven days, Seven weeks, plus one day for eternity, that makes

  • Celebrating Birthday
    Mary Harpster, formerly of St. Peter, will be celebrating her 85 birthday on May 16. Cards may be sent to: Mary Harpster, c/o Lutheran Care Center, 702 W.Cumberland Road, Altamont, Ill. 62411.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 183.
    The organist was Rita Yagow.
    Acolyte was Dennis Wollin.
    Attending elders were Brien
    Guy and Paul Reynolds.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Melvin Graumenz
    -Kathy Hassebrock

    Thursday, May 12
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education meets today at 1:30 p.m. at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Fayette County Leadership Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.

  • From the Critter Barn...
    Namely, Madricka, the mother donkey, and her son. Buckwheat (aka Baby Bucky), and Lady, the sweet little senior mini-mare. Bill extended the donkey area to include some fresh green grass. We just leave them on it for a limited time every day, because we don’t want them to overeat and get a tummy ache.
    They still enjoy their carrots and, very pointedly, look up to the house when they see me out. Madricka brays to get my attention and they watch for me to bring them their carrot treats.

  • First Presbyterian Church, located at 1221 W. Fillmore St. in Vandalia, is hosting a Ladies' Tea at 12:30 p.m. this Saturday.
    The women of the church are inviting community women, including mothers and daughters, to this event.
    A light lunch will be served, and the tea will include guest speakers.

  • It’s a new season for baseball fans. This past week, the Cubs played the Cardinals. At this writing, the Cubs won the first game and are ahead in the second. Cubs fans are sure it is there year to win the pennant. Cards fans say it’s a long season – beat us early in the season, yet we will win in October.

  • This year’s National Week of Prayer observance in Vandalia begins on Sunday evening and continues through next Thursday.
    The schedule is as follows:
    • Sunday – Worship and prayer service at Northside Christian Church, 6 p.m.
    • Monday – City of Vandalia prayer services at Vandalia Chamber of Commerce Tourism Center, 7:30 a.m.
    • Tuesday – School prayer service in Vandalia Community High School gym, 7:30 a.m.
    • Wednesday – Fayette County prayer service at Fayette County Courthouse, 7:30 a.m.

  • Births
    Casey and Ashley Feller of St. Elmo are the parents of a son, Vanden Dean Feller, born on April 15, 2016.
    He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 22 inches long. Vanden is welcomed home by a sister, Nora.
    Ryan and Katie (Crain) Schmollinger of Oceanside, Calif., are the parents of a daughter, Nora Viola, born on April 22, 2016.
    She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 19½ inches long.
    Grandparents are Lori and Jed Goeckner, Kevin and Dawn Crain, Stephanie and Chris Craig, and Jason Schmollinger.

    Thursday, April 28
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Saturday, April 30
    • Boy Scout Troop 444 annual garage sale and bake sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church. All money earned stays with Boy Scout Troop 444.
    Sunday, May 1
    • 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.
    Tuesday, May 3
    • Friendly Neighbors, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • From the Chicken Roost
    All seems to be going well, both on and off the Homestead chicken roost.
    Rhonda and Blackie Hens are now allowing the handsome rooster, “Cogburn,” in their split-level chicken house and on the roost.
    Rhonda was no pushover and he had to do a lot of sweet talk to win her over. It is so touching how he calls them to the feed pan before he begins eating. I had never realized how caring a rooster could be.