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Today's Features

  • The sixth Lenten Luncheon was held at the Unity Baptist Church, with Al Schumacher presenting the last Lenten message of this year and proposing a challenging – but very good – suggestion.

  • Ricky Cox, the speaker at the fifth Lenten Luncheon last Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, began by expressing thanks for the opportunity to participate in the Lenten Luncheons and complimented the ladies who had prepared the food.

  • Faithful Lenten Luncheon attendees, supporters and friends gathered at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center last Wednesday for the fourth Lenten Luncheon to hear Winifred “Bud” Morrison speak of the wondrous love of God that He has for His children.

    The tables were decorated uniquely and colorfully with dainty spring bouquets, some were refreshingly simple with a freshly harvested carrot, adorned with tiny sprigs of greenery and flowers. 

  • The third Vandalia Ministerial Alliance Lenten Luncheon was hosted by Northside Christian Church last Wednesday, and the faithful Lenten Luncheon followers gathered in the fellowship room to sit at the tables decorated with colorful spring nosegays and bearing Northside’s luncheon trademarks, plates of homemade cookies already placed at intervals within each of all.

  • 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.

  • Weekend Guests
    Weekend guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were: Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller and Mitch Harpster, all of Jackson, Mo. On Saturday, the family put a new roof on grandma Mary’s house. On Sunday, Dane and Belinda and Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin attended Family Day at Lutheran Care Center.
    Story with a Happy Ending
    Around the first of September, there was an accident on Interstate 57 in which a dog was in the back of a pick up truck in a crate. The truck rolled several times and the dog was ejected.

  • Back in Touch with a Special Friend
    “Once upon a time,” way back in high school days, and even before, when we went to Edwards School, which was located several miles south of Bluff City, a schoolmate, Reeta Thompson, and I became very close friends – best friends, to be exact.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, September 21
    • Reverb Youth 56, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Reverb Youth 78, 6:45-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Bible study, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    • St. Elmo Board of Education budget hearing at 7:15 p.m., regular meeting at 7:30 p.m., in the unit office.
    Thursday, September 22
    • St. Elmo Christian Church Road Rally fundraiser; see more info in the St. Elmo News.
    Saturday, September 24