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Today's Features

  • St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 207. The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Elders were Charlie Wachholz and Paul Reynolds.
    Maundy Thursday service will be held on April 5 at 7 p.m. The Good Friday service will held on Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. An Easter sunrise service will be at 6 a.m. The LYF will host a breakfast following the sunrise service.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Ann Dunaway
    -Elijah Latin
    -Barry Parker
    -Gene Personett

  • Brownstown-Sefton
    Smoky, the Little Donkey…
    …is wanting attention. His pen is running alongside the bluebell patch, and when I went out to pick some Bluebells for our HCE Board meeting, he came running to the fence to be petted.
    After petting his ears for a few minutes, and continuing with my mission, I started back up the path and he ran along side me. Lady, the mini-mare, nickered at me, wanting a treat.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, March 28
    • The Grandparent breakfast for grades 4-6 will be held at the St. Elmo Elementary School.
    • Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building. The activity is to make Easter Bags for the nursing home.
    Thursday, March 29
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • Fayette County Leader’s Council, 7 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
    • Fayette Water Co. meeting, 7 p.m., Avena Town Hall.
    Saturday, March 31

  • Winifred “Bud” Morrison will be the speaker at the final Lenten Luncheon, to be held at noon next Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

    Morrison has been an active member for 45 years at First Christian Church in Vandalia, where he serves as an elder and vice president of the church board.
    Over the years, he has served the church in various ways, including many years as a Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent.
    He and his wife, Carol, will celebrate 58 years of marriage on May 22.

  • Edna Irene Sidwell
    A card shower has been requested for Edna Irene Sidwell, who will celebrate her 89th birthday on April 3.
    She would appreciate cards from family and friends. Cards may be sent to: Edna Irene Sidwell, c/o Friendship Manor, 221 E. Cumberland Road, St. Elmo, Ill. 62458.

  • Jim and Erma Budlove of San Diego, Calif., and St. Elmo celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on Jan. 7, with dinner in the Fireside Room.
    While they had a long waiting list of friends, they were able to invite only 88 because of the size of the room.
    The dinner was a time for them to thank those attending for their love and friendship for the past 28 years, and to thank God that their paths in life had crossed.
    Fresh flowers adorned the fireplace, mantel and other areas of the room. Rose bouquets adorned each linen-covered table

  • Isla Christine McConkey
    Matthew and Kathy McConkey of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 18, 2012, at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Centralia.

  • Two sisters and one brother recently were baptized on the the same day at First Christian Church of Vandalia.

    The three, from left, are Breese Stilt, David Stilt and Mistie Stilt. They were baptized by the Rev. Robert Francisco, right. The three are children of John and Crystal Stilt. They were given new Bibles to celebrate the event.

  • If you desire a life blessed by God, you have to live a life God can bless. Morals matter.
    Leaders influence others. Morals make a difference in the boardroom, classroom and courtroom. Respect is earned by discipline and decency. Public figures represent values in both their public and private life. The pastor’s whole life is everybody’s business.

  • By Joyce Mueller
    This time of year is about new beginnings, planning and organizing.
    We are enjoying the warmer days, filled with new activities which compete for our time and attention.
    Everyone attending Evergreen Outreach looks forward to our Monday afternoon programs. Many of those who attend arrive in the Operation OUTING bus, which provides free transportation for the nursing home residents. For many, this is the one chance each week to leave their facility.