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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Many know of the many talents of Carol Evaul, and also of her love of Mulberry Grove. An expression of that fondness for the town can now actually be seen … on the wall of Andrew Miller’s community market.

  • Although the Past Few Days …
    … have been warmer, on Tuesday morning, Little Bucky Burro was staying in his barn because, like his predecessor, the late, adorable little Smoky, the donkey, Bucky doesn’t like to get his pretty ears wet in the needed rain that was falling gently and soaking in the ground nicely.  Although Bucky obviously doesn’t appreciate the showers, we human inhabitants do.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, February 23
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants will not meet until in March.
    Saturday, February 25
    • See article below on Bridal Snobs Flea Market that is being held this Saturday at the Summer Breeze Winehouse and Barn Venue.
    Sunday, February 26
    • St. Elmo First United Methodist Sunday Night Live Youth – High school in church parsonage; and grade school and junior high in church fellowship hall.
    Monday, February 27

  • The Homestead Critters …
    … are all doing well, but are probably, like us human inhabitants, looking forward to spring, which is really not far away.

  • Celebrate birthday
    Dane and Belinda Harpster, and Mahala and Harper Jacquin, all of St. Peter, visited with Belinda’s mother, Helen Limes, at Lutheran Care Center on Sunday. They took her cards and gifts to help celebrate her upcoming 81st birthday on Feb. 1.
    They also visited with Mary Harpster while there.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 167. Guest speaker was the Rev. Robert Cochrane of St. Louis. The organist was Rita Yagow. Emma Chambers served as acolyte.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, February 2
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Sunday, February 5
    • Scout Sunday, First United Methodist Church, 10:35 a.m. worship service. Following the service, an appreciation lunch will be served in the Fellowship Hall.
    Monday, February 6
    • American Red Cross community blood drive, 2-6 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.