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Today's Features

  • A ground-breaking ceremony for a building to house a Catholic healing ministry, founded by two Vandalia women, was held on Monday.

  • Smoky, the (Adorable) Little Donkey…
    …and his barn buddies, Lady, the mini-mare, Sugarfoot, the mini-stallion, and their daughter, Sudy, are all getting their fuzzy, winter coats.
    Smoky is always so cute in the winter with his fuzzy “bangs” down his forehead and just above his eyes.
    Lady and Sudy’s coats get pretty heavy, and Sugarfoot’s black coat is heavier, but he still looks pretty sleek, and with his long, long tail, he looks very handsome.

  • St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 196.
    Sunday’s organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Acolyte was Tresston Bahde.
    Elders were Kevin Wodtka and Reggie Grandt.
    Advent services begin this Wednesday and continue on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., concluding on Dec. 21.
    The LYF will be hosting fellowship and desserts following each Advent service.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Jim Alexander
    -Wes Harmeier
    -Lloyd Schaal
    -Becky Scoggin

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Nov. 30
    • The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will decorate the Christmas tree at Friendship Manor Nursing Home.
    Thursday, Dec. 1
    • The St. Elmo Business Association, 12 noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • Kaitlyn Kramer graduated from Brownstown High School with the class of 2007. During her senior year, she worked for a while with special education students in a classroom, and decided she wanted to continue in that field.

  • ‘The Power of the Pen’
    (or the keyboard, in this case)
    “A funny thing happened on the way” out of a store in Effingham Friday. I was getting checked out at the cash register when a customer in line behind me asked if I was Panzi Blackwell. Surprised, (this was in Effingham) I said “yes.”
    She said she never misses reading the column and began talking about the critters and mentioned the recent loss of Anita hen. She was very sympathetic as we discussed “the incident.”

  • Weekend Guests
    Weekend guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., Mitch Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Mitch’s brother-in-law, Brandon Spitzmiller of Peoria.
    Ben Eller joined the family later on Saturday.
    Christmas Cantata

  • Volunteers loaded up 1,511 boxes for Operation Christmas Child at First United Methodist Church on Monday morning.

    Volunteers pictured are Al McDowell, Frank Roeder, Kent Merry, Darrell Casey, Gary Doolin, Bud  and Jill Zimmer, Wolf and Jeanne Schlicht, Larry and Linda Williams, and Dr. Roger Grimmett. The boxes contain toys, hygiene items and school supplies for needy children. The goal was 1,200 boxes.

  • By Joyce Mueller
    Chilly, gray days seem much brighter with holiday happenings. Nowhere are there more inspired people than our Evergreen Outreach volunteers and guests, who now are anticipating the upcoming day of Thanksgiving.
    Our holiday program began with Bernie Ray at the piano. Some of her selections included: "Beautiful Ohio," "Now is the Hour," "Pearly Shells," "Harbor Lights" and "Release Me."

  • Many of today’s young adults were not the No. 1 object of their parents' affection.