Today's Features

  • This year's Operation Christmas Child netted 2,322 shoe boxes of Christmas items. Last week, members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Vandalia Community High School loaded the boxes into a trailer for transport.

    First United Methodist Church in Vandalia served as the relay center of Fayette and Montgomery counties. Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide children’s project of Samaritan’s Purse that used gift-filled shoe boxes to let hurting boys and girls know that they are loved and not forgotten.

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    It is the time of the year that we need to remember the reason for the season of celebration and history of Evergreen Outreach.
    The foundation of Evergreen Outreach is based in the Bible (Mathew 25:40), which inspired Phyllis Rames (the founder) more than 45 years ago. It means that whatever you do to the least of these, you have done to me (Christ). It points to Christ’s life of kindness and mercy, which we are to emulate.

  • Thanksgiving Guests
    Thanksgiving Day guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Helen Limes of St. Peter, Renee Key and Mike Harmon of Edgewood and Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo.
    Later that afternoon, the family took Harper to meet her great-grandmother, Mary Harpster, at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.
    Belinda’s brother, Tony Limes of Ridgely, Tenn., visited later that evening.
    Weekend Visitors

  • Baby Bucky Donkey’s First Winter
    Little Buckwheat (a.k.a. Baby Bucky) is probably wanting to return to
    his former home in Okawville, where he was born and lived with Ron and Rhonda Gronnet. It was warm weather at that time and he hadn’t experienced winter weather.
    Since Bucky and his mother, Madricka, moved to the Homestead in October, we have had downpours of rain, a little bit snow and sleet (among some almost summer-like days).

    Thursday, December 4
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club Christmas party, 5:30 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Those attending are to take items for the St. Elmo Food Pantry.
    Friday, December 5
    • Friday is the last day for Freedom Reigns in Christ to accept items for the clothing give-away. Check the info in the following article.
    Saturday, December 6

  • Peggy Schulze  has always been interested in photography,“even as a kid,” and once studied under a professional photographer who was an understudy for world-renown photographer Ansel Adams.

  • Jamie Lynn Kruenegel of rural Shobonier and Adam Nicholas Tischhauser of Greenville have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

    Thursday, November 27
    • Have a happy and thankful Thanksgiving!
    Sunday, November 30
    • The Avena Township Park Board will host Santa in the Park from 2-4 p.m. in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
    • First Advent Service of the Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches, 4 p.m., Brownstown United Methodist Church. Ed Wojnar of the Altamont Circuit will speak.
    Monday, December 1

  • It was a busy day at the Golden Years Club building in Brownstown on  Thursday, Oct. 30, as they opened the club’s doors to Sister Sandra and the Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry of Effingham, which partnered with Brownstown United Methodist Church, Golden Years seniors and numerous other local volunteers to  provide food for one hundred area families.

  • Weekend Visitors
    Mitch Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and his brother-in-law, Brandon Spitzmiller of Peoria, spent the Thursday through Sunday with Mitch’s parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.  
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning attendance was 163.   
    The Rev. Alan Holtz was the organist.  
    Brodie Chambers served as acolyte.
    Jay Rothe and Curtis Jenne were attending elders.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Mark Dunaway