Today's Features

  • Scott Smith, the youth pastor at First Church of God, will be the speaker at the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance’s first Lenten Luncheon next Wednesday at First Christian Church in Vandalia.

  •  The OASIS (Older Adults Sharing In Service) were overwhelmed when they entered the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church on Monday, Feb. 13. Red and white placemats, Valentine napkins, centerpieces of red hearts, cupids and red bowls holding votive candles created an atmosphere that was romantic and whimsical.
    Some of Charlie and Linda Townsend’s collection of antique Valentines were on display at a designated table. The refreshment table was abundantly loaded with special treats.

  • Earl Hovious
    A card shower is planned for Earl Hovious of Brownstown, who will be celebrating his 90th birthday on March 3.

  • Mr. and Mrs. William Fender of Vandalia will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on Monday.

    The Fenders were married on Feb. 27, 1982, at First Baptist Church in St. Elmo.
    They are the parents of 7-year-old quadruplets: Haley, Kaley, Jessica and William.
    Cards may be sent to 2121 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, 62471.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert “B.J.” Mueller will celebrate their 50th anniversary Friday.

  • Prom dress sale is this Saturday

    The Lutheran Youth Fellowship of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altamont is sponsoring a prom dress sale this  Saturday from 9-11:30 a.m. in the parish hall, which is located at 203 E. Division St.
    Admission is $1 per person.
    Dresses can be dropped off on Friday from 4-6 p.m. or on Saturday from 8-9 a.m.
    For information, call Lisa Wright at 881-4011.

    Northside to hold a couples retreat

  • By Edith Elliott
    It’s President’s Day! How thankful we should be that our founding fathers cared enough about this country to lay a firm foundation of faith, freedom and hope.
    George Washington and Abraham Lincoln would have enjoyed EO on Monday. There were devotionals, refreshments,  and lots of singing and dancing (involving both volunteers and guests).

  • Most everyone enjoys some type of competitive activity. Some  who say they  don’t seem to compete in their dislike of competition. In many competitive activities, participants have developed handicapping systems, so that people of differing abilities can compete on a level playing field.

  • Smoky, the (adorable) Little Donkey …
    … is getting an early start on his summer tan. He likes to lie behind his barn in the sunshine and has been taking advantage of the recent blessings of the sun’s warm rays. Of course, his “tan” is always a smoky gray, summer or winter.
    Callie, the kitty, also likes to lie in the sun, but she prefers the back deck, close to the patio door. Like Smoky, if it starts to sprinkle, she wants inside under a dry roof.

  • Weekend Visitors
    Madison and Dru Eller spent the weekend with their grandparents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Our community was saddened by the death of lifelong resident Glenn Bergmann on Friday of last week.
    Claire Anna Chasteen, daughter of Jeremy and Danielle (Drewes) Chasteen of Kinmundy, was baptized in the Sunday morning service.
    Her sponsors were Mallory and Reid Drewes, Matthew Chasteen and Stephanie Kelsheimer.
    St. Peter Church
    Saturday evening worship attendance was 165.