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Today's Features

  • As a pastor for several years, I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a cup of coffee in kitchens, cafes, job sites, vehicles, parks and other places too numerous to mention.

  • Special Day Brings Back Special Memories
    Mother’s Day – Does growing up with this special day tend to cause us to take it for granted?
    If so, let’s take some time to remember some of the things our mothers did for us, and we will probably realize just how special they were…or if you are fortunate, is.
    Shirley (Sperry) Curry remembers her mother (Ellen Sperry) meeting her and her siblings when they came home from school every day.

  • Visit Family in Michigan
    Larry and Sue Urban of St. Peter traveled to Reed City, Mich., for a visit with daughter and son-in-law, Keri and Tom Latin, and attended the Operetta of Emma & Elijah Latin on Friday, April 29. The Operetta was entitled, “A Man Named Noah.”
    The twins were decked out in penguin costumes, handmade by their adopted Michigan grandmas. An enjoyable and relaxing time was spent with the Latins on Saturday enjoying the great Michigan outdoors.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, May 4
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.

  • “With love, you can do almost anything.” Those wise words were spoken by Lucille Bingaman, whose appearance, intelligence, conversation and quiet sense of humor belie her age of 99 years.

  • First Of All…
    …as I sit here typing early in the before-dawn morning, the patio door is open and the sounds of the birds’ songs, combined with the freshness of the rain-washed timber, foliage and earth is so refreshing and inspires humbleness and thankfulness to the Creator…and now back to work!

  • Weekend Visitors
    Weekend visitors of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Mahala Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo., Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., and Rollie and Trieva Henson of St. Peter.
    Easter Dinner
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter took their mothers, Mary Harpster and Helen Limes, to the Leaky Bucket on Sunday for Easter dinner.
    They drove around the state park and enjoyed seeing deer, wild turkeys and squirrels.
    St. Peter Church

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, April 27
    • Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.

  • Local 'Day of Prayer' activities set

    The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance will sponsor its annual National Day of Prayer breakfast on Thursday, May 5.
    The event, which runs from 7-8 a.m., will be held at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home in Vandalia. Speaker for the event will be Dave Bell, publisher of The Leader-Union. Marla Ainscough will provide the music, and Dr. Kevin Childers will serve as emcee.

  • The last Lenten Luncheon of the season was held at First Baptist Church of Vandalia on  April 20. Mike Lewis of St. James Lutheran Church was the speaker.
    The Rev. Robert Weaver, pastor of the host church, extended the welcome and led the blessing for the meal, which was prepared by the ladies of the church and served by the deacons and their wives.
    Following the meal, Weaver introduced his wife, Michell Weaver, who sang a song titled “When I Get Too Busy.”