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Today's Features

  • Peggy Schulze  has always been interested in photography,“even as a kid,” and once studied under a professional photographer who was an understudy for world-renown photographer Ansel Adams.

  • Jamie Lynn Kruenegel of rural Shobonier and Adam Nicholas Tischhauser of Greenville have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, November 27
    • Have a happy and thankful Thanksgiving!
    Sunday, November 30
    • The Avena Township Park Board will host Santa in the Park from 2-4 p.m. in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
    • First Advent Service of the Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches, 4 p.m., Brownstown United Methodist Church. Ed Wojnar of the Altamont Circuit will speak.
    Monday, December 1

  • It was a busy day at the Golden Years Club building in Brownstown on  Thursday, Oct. 30, as they opened the club’s doors to Sister Sandra and the Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry of Effingham, which partnered with Brownstown United Methodist Church, Golden Years seniors and numerous other local volunteers to  provide food for one hundred area families.

  • Weekend Visitors
    Mitch Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and his brother-in-law, Brandon Spitzmiller of Peoria, spent the Thursday through Sunday with Mitch’s parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.  
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning attendance was 163.   
    The Rev. Alan Holtz was the organist.  
    Brodie Chambers served as acolyte.
    Jay Rothe and Curtis Jenne were attending elders.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Mark Dunaway

  • Critter Barn Appreciated by Barn Critters
    The critter barn is now sheltering the donkeys, Madricka and her young son, Buckwheat (Baby Bucky), and of course, Lady, the senior mini-horse.
    The first night, Madricka objected to the barn door being closed and even butted her head against it. However, she is fine with that now and they have all stayed inside the barn when the weather is inclement.

  • Bucky Burro’s First Snow
    We were looking forward to seeing how the little burro, Baby Bucky, reacted to his first snow, and we were not disappointed.  Hr ran, jumped, bucked and then ran stiff-legged with his head down between his front legs.
    Those were his initial reactions. After that, he went into the barn, where his mother was standing, dry and out of the snow, watching him. Like his predecessor, the late Smoky ( the adorable little donkey), Bucky nor his mother, Madricka, seem to like getting wet, even from a light snow.

  • Births
    Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Lotz of St. Peter are the parents of a baby girl, born on Oct. 21, 2014. She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her name is Paisen Leigh.
    She has a 2 ½ year old brother, Dexten.
    Her grandparents are Mr. and Mr. Dean Lotz, Donna Quast, and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Bartels.
    Great grandparents are Melba Lawrence, Mary Allen and Lela Lotz.
    Nathan and Mahala Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo., are the parents of a daughter, born on Nov. 11, 2014.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, November 20
    • The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class of First United Methodist Church is having a Thanksgiving turkey potluck for the entire church at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, beverages and table service will be provided by the class; those attending are to take a side dish – a salad, vegetable or dessert.
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Sunday, November 23

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    I hardly know where to start – our Veterans Day speakers were so inspirational!
    But let me do some housekeeping first. Pastor James Fackler was our leader and Donna Smith our pianist. We sang our regular welcome and Outreach songs, and need to give special thanks to Donna for not complaining about our out-of-tune voices. We sang “Happy Birthday” to Tonya Stout and Hope Holffstatler. We welcomed a newcomer, Beulah Nichols, and were saddened to hear about Marvin Stall of FAYCO becoming ill.