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Today's Features

  • Thirty members and four guests of ExxonMobil Annuitants Club traveled to Litchfield for their monthly meeting and luncheon at the ChinaTown Restaurant.
    After everyone had arrived, the pledge of alliance was given and the meal blessing was given by Brock Fisher.
    After everyone had completed their meal, the meeting was opened by President Dean Black. A warm welcome was given to Charles and Evelyn Hainaut, who had not been able to attend for sometime due to health issues.

  • Relay For Life of Fayette County was awarded the American Cancer Society’s prestigious Relay All Star Award at the Society’s recent Relay Leadership Summit in Itasca.
    With the Relay All Star Award, the Illinois Division of the American Cancer Society honors Relay events that achieve significant fundraising and participant growth.
    This year, Relay For Life of Fayette County raised just over $65,000 with nearly 400 participants.

  • Jerry and Sandra Swarm of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 14, with a reception from 1-4 p.m. in the banquet room at Days Inn in Vandalia.
    The couple was married on Nov. 13, 1960, at First Christian Church in Vandalia.
    Roberta Worrell was the maid of honor, and John Eyster was the best man.
    The couple has two children: Mark Swarm of Columbia, Ill., and Michael Swarm and his wife Carolyn of St. Louis, Mo.

  • Weekend Guest
    Mitch Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., spent the weekend with his parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 214.  Elders were Charles Wachholz and Curtis Jenne.  Organist was Kathy Bray. Acolyte was Tresston Bahde.  
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Arlene Clymer
    -Gene Schaal
    -Ida Wodtke
    -Vicky Wuehler
    -Those serving our country
    -Our shut-ins
    Birthdays

  • Pricey Doing Well
       In answer to inquiries, Pricey, the Great Pyrnese who was recently so very ill, is doing well. She and her mother, Bertha, are sharing nightly guard duty again, and we’ve noticed that when they nap in the daytime, they lie up against each other on their side of the fence.
       Pricey’s new winter coat is looking more like Bertha’s – beautifully white, thick, and wavy. Although they are both full-blooded, their personalities and mannerisms are different.  

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Nov. 3
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    Thursday, Nov. 4
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., home of Fern Moore.
    • The St. Elmo Education Foundation, 7 p.m., unit office.

  • Fish fry is Thursday at First Methodist

    The United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Vandalia will hold its annual fish fry this Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the church.

    Cost for the meal is $6 for adults and $3 for children.

    The church is located at 127 N. Fourth St. For the fish fry, enter the church from the back parking lot.

    For more information, call the church at 283-3684.

     

    Northside to start new series on cults

  • By Dr. Melanie Schaafsma
    Monday at Evergreen Outreach, we began and ended with music!
    Pam Childers played “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” “Bye Bye Blackbird,” and “Bring Back My Bonnie” on the piano.
    We were happy to see Inge Compton back from Florida for a visit. Inge was a volunteer here at Evergreen Outreach. She played the piano and accordion for Evergreen guests for 20 years before moving to Florida.  We were also happy to see that Dr. Rames returned on Monday to Evergreen. Welcome back, Dr. Rames!

  • This Sunday evening at 6 p.m., Brownstown First Christian Church will present the play “Star Queen” on the final night of its fall revival.
    “Star Queen” is based on the story of Queen Esther. It celebrates a victory over an evil tyrant through the cunning ingenuity of this young Jewish queen of Persia. It also focuses on the beginnings of the Jewish Feast of Purim.
    Tommy Oaks and his son, John Thomas Oaks, bring this story to life in a campy, colorful, high-energy two-man production.

  • The following is an article a fellow minister friend of mine shared with me.  I hope it provokes thought and self-examination in you as it did me.
    Song of Solomon 1:6 says: “Do not gaze at me because I am dark, because the sun has looked upon me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; they made me keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept!”