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Today's Features

  • Our human story begins in biblical metaphor with people (the man and the woman) together with God and the animals in tranquil and happy bliss. Our relationship to God knit us together in a fabric of love (Genesis 1, 2).

  • On Aug. 25, the ExxonMobil Annuitants met for their monthly meeting and luncheon at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 28 members and four guests present.
    Following the pledge to the flag, Brock Fisher gave the meal prayer.
    President Dean Black opened the meeting with a welcome to all present.
    The secretary/treasurer reports were read and approved. Birthdays and anniversaries for August were read.
    Humorous readings were given by LaVerne Laux and Madelon Fisher.

  • Sarah Kash and Shawn Meyer have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Katie Schumacher and Mitch Casey, both of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Leola Lange
    The family of Leola Lange of Vandalia will celebrate her 90th birthday this Saturday.

  • Christine Yenny displays the 18-pound squash she grew at her rural Vandalia home.

  • 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.