Today's Features

  •  It is my hope that each of you are having a good Lent. Why good? Shouldn’t I be wishing that you are having a solemn, serious or remorseful Lent?

  • By Charlene M Jett
    At the First United Methodist Church, Evergreen Outreach scored a big success! With Beulah Brown as our leader, David and Patricia Pence (SoftFire) as our entertainment and the Rev. Joe Lawson to providing us scripture and prayer, we celebrated spring in Ireland with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. It was the best party in town!

  • Lenten Luncheon schedule

    The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance schedule for Lenten Luncheon is as follows:
    • Wednesday, March 16 – First United Methodist Church.
    • Wednesday, March 23 – Unity Baptist Church, Ill. Route 185 and Airport Road.
    The lunches are held from noon-1 p.m.

    St. Paul dinner is Sunday

    The Men's Club at St. Paul Lutheran Church in rural Shobonier will hold its annual dinner this Sunday, with serving from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • An Enjoyable Visit
    to Wren Bridge
    As the forecast for the rest of the week is rain and more rain, and as I was wanting to get a sample of genuine Kaskaskia River water, and as Monday was such a nice sunny day, this seemed to be the day to do this (before the rains which would leave the river bottom trails in riverbottom mud).
    Thus, I asked Bill if he would like to go on an adventure. He agreed, and we set out to visit Wren Bridge, a great trip anytime (except when it has rained a foot).

  • Makes First Solo Flight
    Angel Cochran, a former resident of the Shobonier area, made her first solo flight last Wednesday. The flight was made from the airport at Carbondale to Leckrone Field in Salem.
    Angel is in her first year of studies at SIU-Carbondale, and is enrolled in the aviation program.
    Her future plans are to become a commercial airline pilot.

    Thursday, March 10
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Saturday, March 12
    • Set your clocks ahead one hour before bedtime.
    Sunday, March 13
    • Daylight Savings Time starts at 2 a.m.

  • Death
    Lifelong St. Peter resident Leonard Rubin died on Friday of last week. His funeral was held on Tuesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 172.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Christopher Greenwood was the acolyte.
    Attending elders were Brien Guy and Paul Reynolds.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Zoe Hoehler
    -Doris Wollin
    • Those with long-term health concerns:
    -Merle Crain

    Thursday, March 3
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, March 5
    • St. Elmo Lions Club’s annual pancake and sausage breakfast, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Phillips Building. Cost is $5 per person. There also will be a 50/50 drawing to help with the scholarship fund.
    Sunday, March 6

  • No *S.O.S. reports this week
    The S.O.S. (*Signs of Spring) reports came to a halt this week.
    Dave Arnold’s account of the premature mosquito attack was the last report. As Dave is Brownstown’s resident (an honor, and gift, passed on to him from his aunt, the late Ruby Goldsboro) we figured a bit of poetry and prose would be forthcoming about the experience, but thus far, we have heard no more from him. He is a soul brother, because he appreciates the good things in life, such as morel mushrooms, about which he once wrote a poem … and …

  • The second Lenten Luncheon, which was scheduled for  St. James Lutheran Church last Wednesday, was canceled because of the snowy weather conditions.  
    However, the scheduled speaker, 14-year-old Calandra Donley, consented to share the message she had prepared, along with some information about her rather unique and interesting life.
    Meet a very soft-spoken and courteous young girl, who at present is living with her grandparents, Roger and Dorothy Donley,
    Introduction to Calandra