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Today's Features

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Dec. 21
    • The Fayette County Extension Foundation, 6 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
    Saturday, Dec. 24
    • The First Church of God will have a candlelight come-and-go Communion from 5-7 p.m.
    • The First United Methodist Church will have a candlelight come-and-go Communion from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Freedom Reigns in Christ Church will have a Communion service at 6:30 p.m.
    • The St. Elmo Christian Church will have a candlelight Communion service at 6 p.m.

  • Sophia is a disabled little 5-year-old girl who has spinal muscular atrophy and has asked for a service dog through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

  • A Christmas musical performance, held Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church in rural Vandalia, included several area musicians.

    Shown here are Pete Sutherland, Ed Taylor and Marla Ainscough. Also on the program were Shirley Eddy, the Fourgiven Quartet, Bailey and Cassidy Jones, Jamie and Amy Manasco, and two choirs from Bethel Baptist Church. Norris Price emceed the event. 

  • By Mary Woolsey
    Ho! Ho! Ho! Are you ready for Christmas? Do you have your shopping done? Is the house decorated. Are the cards sent? Are you so busy that you sometimes forget the reason for Christmas? God sent his son, Jesus, or there would not be a reason for Christmas.
    It was wonderful seeing Donna Smith at the piano again, playing some of her many songs. Donna had lost her dear husband, Gail, recently, so it was good to see her back at Evergreen Outreach.
    Cookies were donated by the United Methodist Women and drinks were served.

  • On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s cry
    Announces that the Lord is nigh;
    Awake, and hearken, for he brings
    Glad tidings of the King of Kings.
    (Advent Hymn)

    John the Baptist did not have an identity crisis, but evidently the people around him did.  John knew very well who he was and what his life was all about; those around him seemed quite puzzled, though.

  • Visits Grandchildren
    Helen Limes of St. Peter returned home on Friday from a week’s visit to Hobbs, N.M.
    She spent the week with her grandson, Dustin Kizziar and family.
    It was a surprise for her daughter, Sandy Kizziar of Gruver, Texas, who was also visiting Dustin for the week.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 194. Sunday’s organist was Scott Gercken.
    Elders were Curtis Jenne and Charles Wachholz.
    Advent services will be held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and conclude on Dec. 21.

  • Rhonda, the Red Hen, New Girl on the Roost
    As Blackie, the hen seemed to still be in depression over the loss of her buddy, Anita, we decided she needed a new friend.
    Sharon, who works in the Rural King, volunteered to send one of her chickens to the Homestead to help Blackie adjust.
    Rhonda is an  “eyes-are-brown” hen and seems friendly and, we hope, will be a buddy to Blackie. However, at the present time, they have a chicken wire divider between them.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, Dec. 15
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, 12 noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Friday, Dec. 16
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education Christmas party, 11:30 a.m., Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 3-7 p.m. at the St. Elmo Elementary School.
    Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a complimentary T-shirt, while supplies last.

  • Chase Michael Herderhorst
    Trevor and Tiffany Herderhorst of Belleville are the parents of a boy born at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo.

  • Alan and Cindy Laramee of Vandalia have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Blythe Smith, to Nathaniel Bergstrom, the son of Glen and Penny Bergstrom of Florissant, Mo.