Today's Features

  • Birth
    Divo and Pam Noschese of St. Peter are the parents of a son, Giovanni Dominic, born on April 24, 2012.
    He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 inches long. He has a sister, Isabella, age 3.
    Grandparents are Rick and Ellen Dorr, and Mary Ellen Noschese.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 192.
    The organist was Scott Gercken. Acolyte was Eric Fortman.
    Elders were Charlie Wachholz and Kevin Wodtka.
    Remember in Your Prayers
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  • Nature’s Critter’s “Sound(s) of Music”
    The melodic sounds of the wild birds have been so prevalent over other sounds, even over the I-70 road traffic, and we have enjoyed them so much. This weekend, as we worked outside, we noticed more little creatures joining the chorus

    Thursday, May 3
    • The World Day of Prayer will be held at noon at St. Elmo City Hall.
    • Because of the World Day of Prayer , the St. Elmo Business Association will not meet until Thursday at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Phillips Building.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 6 p.m., Ryan’s at Effingham. Those going are to meet at 5:15 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot.
    Friday, May 4

  • Ella Elizabeth Morrison
    Jared and Natalie Morrison of Beecher in Northern Illinois are the parents of a girl born at 1:24 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at Provena St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee.

  • Ryan Gramlick (left) and Alex Kleinik (right), shown with the Rev. Bruce Milash, were confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Augsburg on Palm Sunday, April 1.

  • Edward M. and Deanna Kulesza will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Sunday.

  • Overcup Baptist revival this week

    Overcup Baptist Church is holding a spring revival this week. Preaching at the event is the Rev. Bruce Sasse.  
    Services are being held Wednesday through Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. nightly.

  • A series of daily prayer events, beginning this Sunday, will lead up to a breakfast on Thursday to observe the National Day of Prayer in Vandalia
    The community kickoff for the five-day event is Sunday night at First Baptist Church. That service, which begins at 6:15 p.m., includes worship, a brief message and a time of prayer.
    On the following three days, a brief time of prayer will be held at various locations around Vandalia. All of those events will run from 7:45-8 a.m. The locations are:
    • Monday – Vandalia Chamber of Commerce building.

  • Jordan Howerton, leader of the Jordan Howerton Band of Joplin, Mo., sings during the band's concert Saturday night at Vandalia Junior High School.

    The event was sponsored by the Vandalia Community High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

  • Several area musicians, under the name of "Family of One," performed a concert on Sunday to raise money for missionary work.

    The event was sponsored by Holy Cross Lutheran Church, and proceeds went to the Lutheran Church World Mission. Pictured are Greg Starnes, Melanie Schaafsma and Melody Freeman. Also performing at the event were Rick Stanbery, Ed Taylor, Doug Ricketts and Lisette Ehrat.