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Today's Features

  • By Karen Redfern
    What a beautiful day for EO on Monday. The weather was 75 degrees as we entered Wesley Hall. Pianist Donna Smith greeted us  with some wonderful piano tunes.
    Birthdays recognized were Andri Hulskotter and Christina Penny, Robert Wagner, Mary Woolsey, Carl Rhodes, Randy Schukar and Pat Rhodes.
    After folks from Vandalia Rehab, FAYCO, Long Term Care and others were assembled,  the program was presented by the Rev. Jim Fackler. He reflected on the Lenten season, focusing on what Jesus did.

  • Game dinner to raise archery funds  

    Nimrod Outdoor Ministries is hosting a free wild game dinner on March 27 at 6 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church.
    The event will be a fundraiser for the youth archery ministry. Included will be door prizes, raffles and an auction. The grand prize is a new Diamond bow and tree stand package.
    Dinner will be a free-will offering. All proceeds will be used for new equipment for the youth ministry program.
    For information, call Tony Flowers at 337-967-4482.

    Lenten Luncheons

  • Have you ever had the feeling of being completely overwhelmed?  Maybe overwhelmed by work or school. Maybe you feel more like a taxicab than a mom. Maybe you’re losing sleep at night as you constantly cram for tests or are writing papers for school. Have you ever felt like your life is chaotic and out of balance?
    The reality is we all have – and it is something that each  one of us can wrestle with on an ongoing basis.
    Look at what Job said: “I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.” (Job 3:26)

  • As we continue on our tour of Downtown Vandalia’s stores and business opportunities, we visit Liberty Trading Store, which deals in coins and guns, and talk to Sam Flowers, who is multi-talented and “can do about anything he sets his mind to do.” That quote was not from Sam, who is more modest and quiet-spoken, but from others who know and work with him.
    Liberty Trading & Sam
    The son of Tony and Teresa Flowers, Sam grew up in Vandalia and graduated from Vandalia Community High School.

  • Star, the Little White Dove…
    …is responding to spring. She sits in the sunshine and listens to the little wild birds in the trees just outside. of her window.
    We don’t know if she really watches them as they fly by, but she is attentive to the outside view. White, thin sheer curtains protect her from the sun’s really strong rays through the glass, but the view is very clear.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, March 15
    • Those who wish to attend the St. Patrick’s Day dinner at noon on March 17 at the Phillips Building are to make reservations by Thursday by calling Irene Reed at 829-5156 or Della Stewart at 829-3394.
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, noon, First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    • A Telenet lesson, “To Soy or Not to Soy,” will be given at 1:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Extension Office. This is for Home and Community Education units, and the public is welcome to attend.

  • By Karen Redfern
    As we entered Wesley Hall on Monday afternoon, we were greeted by pianist Pam Childers and leader Beulah Brown. The afternoon began with the singing of the “Welcome" song.
    The Rev. Joe Lawson gave the devotional,  explaining all truths in the Bible. For instance, the importance of being a good listener. He told a story about preparing a meal for his family a few weeks ago.

  • Sausage, pancake supper Thursday

    The annual sausage and pancake supper, sponsored by the Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Vandalia, will be held this Thursday from 4-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall.
    Donations are appreciated, and funds raised will be used to support UMM projects.
    Parking is available in the back of the church.
    For more information, call the church at 283-3684.

    Corned beef dinner set for Sunday

  • The weather has been in the news. Record-high temperatures have been posted across the nation. Everyone was talking about it. It is only natural that people talk about the weather, because it is one of the things in life that we all have in common.

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Thursday Feb. 23, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for its monthly meeting and lunch, with 24 members and four guests present.
    The pledge to the flag was given and followed with Brock Fisher giving the meal prayer.
    After the meal, the meeting was called to order by Vice President Cy Locke in the absence of President Dean Black. Guests were introduced, after which the minutes and treasures report for January were read and approved.