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Today's Features

  • In Response to Inquiries
    Lady, the sweet little senior mini-mare, is doing well, and staying snug and warm in the little barn she shares with Madricka, the mother donkey, and her son, Bucky. Of course, they have their own “apartments,” but share the window. The partition separating their living quarters is a wire cattle panel, which allows their body heat to benefit all three while they still have their own space.  

  • Visiting Parents
    Mahala and Harper Jacquin are spending the week with her parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter, while Mahala’s husband, Nathan, is in Florida at the PGA playoffs for his job.
    The family is busy on renovating Mahala’s grandmother’s house for her family’s move in late February.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 196.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz. Zada Reynolds was the acolyte.
    Attending elders were Darrell Wollin and Allen Magnus.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, January 28
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Sunday, January 31
    • SNL youth group, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church parsonage.
    • Detour youth, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    • Amp’d high school youth, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Youth Night Breakthru, 6:30 p.m., Freedom Reigns in Christ Church.
    Tuesday, February 2
    • Friendly Neighbors, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • Betsy Longhorn Feeling Under the Weather
    Betsy Longhorn is a long-time member, actually the senior member, of the Homestead Critters. She has been with us for 21 years and is at least 22 years old (but doesn’t look a day over 15).
    She has always been shorter in stature than the full-blooded longhorns, because she is part corriante. We had been approached several times over the years by ropers who wanted to buy her for practice. We were told her breed is good for roping.

  • Baptism
    Timber MaKay Middleton, daughter of Cody and Lydia (Engel) Middleton was baptized on Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Timber’s Godparents are Danielle Chasteen and Mike Wollin.
    Short Visit
    Ben and Amanda Eller, and Mitch Harpster, all of Jackson, Mo., came up on Sunday afternoon to get some things from their grandmother’s house.
    They also visited with their parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Saturday night was 99.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Friday, January 22
    • St. Elmo Education Foundation will have its annual soup supper, 5-7 p.m., in the high school cafeteria. The menu includes vegetable soup or chili, peanut butter or chicken salad sandwich or hot dog, dessert and drink for $6 for adults and $4 for children under age 12.
    Sunday, January 23
    • Detour youth, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    • Amp’d high school youth, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Youth Night Breakthru, 6:30 p.m., Freedom Reigns in Christ Church.

  • “Ice-Breaker” on the Homestead …
    … is the ax or sledgehammer; not conversational words at a social/party gathering to “break the ice,” but a healthy swing with said tools to break the ice in the  critters’ “watering holes” (translation-water tanks, buckets, pans, birdbaths).
    As we have several such items and some farther away from the house, it has not seemed feasible to try to run electric cords to the assorted containers.

  • Weekend Visitors
    Nathan, Mahala, and Harper Jacquin spent the weekend with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. They worked on renovating Mary’s house in St. Peter for Nathan and Mahala’s move in February.
    Fun Fair
    St. Peter’s Lutheran School and Little Saints Preschool Fun Fair supper and auction will be held on Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran School Gym.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, January 13
    • Reverb Youth 56, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Reverb Youth 78, 6:45-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    Thursday, January 14
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Sunday, January 17
    • Sunday Night Live Youth, 6-7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church Parsonage.