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Today's Features

  • The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance’s first Lenten Luncheon of the year was held at First Christian Church in Vandalia, which opened the doors to a faithful gathering that filled the fellowship room to enjoy fellowship, a good lunch prepared by the ladies of the church and an inspiring program.

  • When Todd McKellar heard mention of Bill Runyon, a conductor on the Pennsylvania Train – and, more importantly,  the one who had the power to stop the train in Vandalia for the Santa Claus visit every year – he was quick to respond with some memories.

  • Two cousins were in a wedding. Nine-year-old Josh was the brother of the bride and groomsman. Cousin Devin was 4 and the ring bearer.

  • Madricka, the mother burro …
    … baby Buckwheat Burro’s mother, gave us a scare Monday morning, as she was lying down and couldn’t seem to get up.
    She had been eating well, drinking water and seemed to be fine until this morning.
    We called her OB-GYN veteranarian, Dr. Bristow, who arrived shortly after our call with his assistant, Taylor, and they thoroughly examined Madricka, and as she is so sweet and gentle, she cooperated nicely as they took her temperature, drew blood and checked her body for any problems.  

  • Sunday School Kickoff
    Next Sunday, Sept. 11, will be the first Sunday school session at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. It will begins at 10:30 a.m. and end at 11:15 a.m.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 132.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Cameron Brandt served as acolyte.
    Attending elders were Brien Guy and Paul Reynolds.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Eva Alcorn
    -Joe, Carissa and unborn Emrick twins

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, September 1
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, September 3
    • See the day’s complete schedule in the St. Elmo News.
    Sunday, September 4
    • See the day’s complete schedule in the St. Elmo News.
    Monday, September 5
    • See the day’s complete schedule in the St. Elmo News.
    Tuesday, September 6

  • School Days,
    School Days …
    … have begun for this year, and I was fortunate enough to be at the elementary school for a few minutes amid the excitement, chattering and laughter amid some also very serious, wondering expressions on the younger faces that first day.
    When I dropped back by later, Sherry was getting ready for the dismissal at the end of the day, so I stood back out of the way and watched as the little bodies with the big backpacks headed for their buses, with Sherry and another lady making sure they boarded the right bus.

  • Death
    Selma Quade, 99, of Edgewood, died on Friday. The funeral was held on Wednesday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    Birth
    Brian and Rhiannon Wodtka are the parents of a daughter, Emma Neri Elizabeth was born on Aug. 16, 2016.
    She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20 inches long. She is welcomed home by her brother, Michael.
    Grandparents are Kevin and Bev Wodtka, and Denton and Darletta Brasel.
    Baptism

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, August 25
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Friday, August 26
    • Brownstown-St. Elmo Sports Boosters all-you-can-eat fish fry, 4-7 p.m. See additional info following the announcements.
    Thursday, September 1
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Sports Boosters’ All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry

  • Abram was chosen by God, called from a family of idolaters for Joshua recorded “Abraham served other gods”. (Joshua 24:2)