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Today's Features

  • “Shiver Me Timbers," a pirate ship is dry-docked in the Brownstown Elementary School library…much to the delight of the BES students.
    Thanks to the ingenuity and ship-building skills of “Captain Melvin” (Willms) and “First Mate Jerry” (Reed), who answered the plea of Lady Verla, a.k.a. by the students as Mrs. Reed.

  • By Rev. Dave Hall

    The Gospel of Luke 5: 4–11 tells about Jesus’ first encounter with a commercial fisherman by the name of Peter.  In this story Jesus tells Peter to take his boat out into the water.  When Peter does this there are so many fish that He has to call for his friends to help him get them back to shore. Then Jesus tells Peter, his brother Andrew, and his friends James and John, to come follow him and become fishers of men.

  • The First United Methodist Church of Vandalia will be launching a contemporary service on Thursdays, beginning on Sept. 16.

     Targeted for young adults from 18-35 (though certainly not limited to that age group), the 6:30 p.m. service will offer contemporary music, worship and a message. It will go by the name of Crossfire.

  •  “Critters” Update
    In answer to inquiries – All the critters are doing fine, in spite of the weather.
    “Pricy,” the Great Pyrnese, who underwent illness, surgery, loss of weight, anemia, etc., is doing great.

  • By Anna Jean Rhodes

     

  • Earl and Hazel Magnus of St. Peter and Robert and Janet Williams of Shobonier will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversaries this Saturday.
    Earl and the former Hazel Koss were married on Sept. 4, 1960, at Zion Lutheran Church in Altamont.
    They are the parents of three children: Gregory of St. Peter, Sherri and her husband Randy Rhoads of Cedar Hill, Mo., and Susan and her husband Mark Kearns of Wildwood, Mo..
    They have nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  • Elvis and Maxine Meyer of Mulberry Grove will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday in the fellowship room at Temple Baptist Church in Vandalia.
    Coffee, tea, punch and cake will be provided.
    Elvis and the former Maxine Thomas were married on Sept. 7, 1940, in St. Charles, Mo.
    Elvis is the son of the late Clyde and May Meyer of VanBurensburg.
    Maxine is the daughter of the late Earl and Helen Thomas of Vera.

  • Thursday, Sept. 2 – Sloppy joe on bun, hash brown casserole, seasoned broccoli and spiced apples.
    Friday, Sept. 3 – Marinated chicken breast, brown rice, asparagus, copper penny carrots salad, fruit cocktail and whole grain roll.
    Monday, Sept. 6 – Closed for Labor Day.
    Tuesday, Sept. 7 – Porkburger on whole grain bun, peas, baked beans and applesauce.  
    Wednesday, Sept. 8 – Stuffed green peppers, mashed potatoes, cauliflower, plums and bread.

  • Andrea Stunkel and Tyler Blankenship, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Russ and Nancy Stunkel of Vandalia.
    The future groom is the son of Marion and Ramona Blankenship of Avena.
    The couple are planning a 3 p.m. outdoor wedding at the Vandalia Shrine Club on Saturday, Oct. 9. A reception will follow the ceremony with a dinner and dance at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
     

  • LeAnna Washburn of Brownstown and Travis Mulvaney of Farina have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Jon and Leah Washburn of Brownstown. She is a 2003 graduate of Brownstown High School and is currently employed at St. Mary’s Hospital in ICU and Telemetry.
    The future groom is the son of Edward and Terri Mulvaney of Farina. He is a 2001 graduate of South Central High School and 2008 graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a degree in elementary education.