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Today's Features

  • Helen Ray of Vandalia celebrated her 107th birthday this Wednesday.

    She was born on Sept. 21, 1904, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Charles and Ann Gibbons Kupferer Sr. She has two daughters: Donna Fessler (deceased) and Carole White. Helen lives at home with her daughter, Carole. She is the oldest living member of the First United Methodist Church of Vandalia and is believed to be the oldest living resident of Fayette County. A celebration will be held on the weekend of Sept. 23 with family and friends.

  • It sounds rather like an oxymoron, but “grief” is something in life that everyone eventually experiences, and adding the word “good” can describe a healthy, healing realization and acceptance of the loss of a loved one.

  • Weekend Guests
    Mahala Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo., spent Friday and Saturday night with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.  
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 182. Acolyte was Emily Chapman. Organist was Scott Gercken.
    Elders were Curtis Jenne and Kevin Wodtka.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Alvin Riedle
    -Sophie Wodtka
    -Vicky Wuehler
    • Those serving our country:
    -Penny Taylor Davis

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Sept. 14
    • Breakthru Youth for all ages, potty trained through high school, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Freedom Reigns in Christ Church.

  •  ‘Possum Playing ‘Possum?...
    …not this time. The morning after the last big rain, an opossum’s body was found in the lane in a puddle. We believe it was a case of “hit and run,” as the body was found down toward U.S. Route 40.
    Also, we have not had a nightly visitor around the yard lately, and the girls’ eggs (Anita and Blackie hen) are now being accounted for. As we have no definite proof of identity, we refer to the body as “John O’Doe “ (but it was a ‘possum, not a deer doe).

  • About 100 kids took part in the "Team Kids Kickoff" last Wednesday evening at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

    The event included blow-up toys, a dunking booth (featuring youth pastor Matt Philbrick and the Rev. Robert Weaver getting dunked), games and all types of things to eat (pizza, sno cones, cotton candy and cookies). The activities were held in the parking lot at the church. Pictured with some of the children are bus drivers Jennifer Ellis and Kenneth Fleming.

  • By Joyce Mueller
    The season is changing, and many activities are competing for our time and attention. Schedules and routines are now in order.
    As they entered Wesley Hall, Evergreen Outreach guests were greeted by the music of Donna Smith, who provided a variety of piano selections. She accompanied the Rev. Jim Fackler, who started the program with the “Welcome" and "E.O.” songs.

  • Ramsey series under way at Parkview

    The final introductory meeting for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University series will be held this Sunday at 6 p.m. at Parkview Free Methodist Church in Vandalia.
    The 13-week series will be held at 6 p.m. Sundays at the church. Last week's introductory meeting and this week's first meeting are free and open to the public. The series is part of a national campaign called “The Great Recovery.”
    The average participating family pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700 during the course.

  • When we look around this world, we see all kinds of suffering – fires, drought, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, storms of nature and, sadly, man-made storms.

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club held its Aug. 26 luncheon and meeting at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 23 members and five guests attending.
    Guests present were Marge Harre, Pam Orr, Kenneth Hagen, Jane Hammond and Stacey Langston. The pledge of allegiance was given and followed with Brock Fisher asking the meal prayer.
    After the meal, the meeting was opened with President Dean Black welcoming guests and members.