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Today's Features

  • Nicole Opfer and Blake Doehring were united in marriage on July 30, 2011, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in rural Shobonier.

  • Rev. John O’Dell is observing his 50th year in the ministry next month.
    The two church families he pastors, Haley Chapel United Methodist and Mt. Carmel United Methodist, have survived through the generations, and have grown or sometimes diminished in number over the years, but the church doors are still open and life pulsing within to worship and serve the Lord.

  • First of All
    A Correction…to the
    Brownstown and St. Elmo Flu Clinic-Schedule
    The Fayette County Health Department flu clinic will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 1-3 p.m. at Golden Years Club building, and at the Phillips Building in St. Elmo from 9-11 a.m. not Wednesday, Oct. 12, as printed on public flu clinic schedule.
    Little “FogHorn Leghorn” Rooster Is Back…
    The good news is…“Foggy,” the neighbor’s little rooster, is back along the lane after his mysterious disappearance for two days.

  • Attend Visitation
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the visitation of Lorraine Siemer (grandmother of Amy Reiss) at Effingham last Thursday evening.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, Sept. 29
    • Exxon/Mobil annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.

  • Vandalia Community High School senior Christian Schroeder was the emcee of the annual See You At The Pole observance at the school on Wednesday morning.

    The event is part of a national program in which students and community members meet at their school's flagpole to sing songs and pray. About 50 people participated at VCHS.

  • Altamont Lutheran women hold fall rally

    The Altamont Zone of the Central Illinois District Lutheran Women’s Missionary League held its fall rally on Sept. 21 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The theme for the rally was “Being with Jesus-Being in Christ,” taken from Colossians 2:10.

  • The third annual Jump for Joel Marathon was held Saturday in St. Elmo. Fifty-seven participants either ran, walked or biked the 26.2-mile route – raising $4,261.22. A spaghetti dinner the night before at St. Elmo Christian Church brought in an additional $1,585.

  • By Mary Woolsey
    When entering Evergreen Outreach on Monday, I was about 30 minutes early, and already, Softfire (David and Patricia Pence) was singing and playing.
    Using the many instruments they play, it was a beautiful quiet time for me. Their voices blended on “God of Israel,” “People Need the Lord,” “Amazing Grace” and other songs. I do believe they sing better each time I hear them.

  • Life has been so created and ordained by God that it is an active process. It is either growing or dying, one of the two. Nothing that has life stays the same. It is in the process of either growing or dying.