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Today's Features

  • One Voice to perform Sunday in Cowden

    The gospel singing group, One Voice, will be performing this  Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church in Cowden.
    Formed in 2003, the trio has performed across the Midwest. They also have done tours in California, and have one planned for a five-state tour in the Southeast United States.
    For more information, call the church at 217-783-2109.

    Alma church holding revival services

  • I love this time of the year! Those of you who know me are most likely thinking, “I bet you love it, with all the occasions to be a glutton.”

  • 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.