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Today's Features

  • The rains came and came, and it’s still coming, and, hopefully, nourishing the morel mushrooms, getting them ready to spring up, to be found and gently plucked from the moist, warm earth, to find their way to the Homestead kitchen to be washed carefully, soaked in salt water, dipped in batter, floured and fried to a crisp, golden, brown in the old black iron skillet … never to be heard from again, which reminds us of a strange, but true, mushroom story.
    Cloudy, the Mushroom Detector

  • Attend Shower
    Belinda Harpster, Stacey Bergmann and Sue Urban attended the baby shower of Tori Padberg in Patoka on Saturday.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 197.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.
    Bryan Hanks served as acolyte. Attending elders were Paul Reynolds and Brien Guy.
    The public questioning of the Confirmands took place instead of the sermon.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Carl Benning
    -Haven (brother of SPLS student)

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, April 6
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club salad supper and membership drive, 5:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. Story teller Pam Chase will give the program. All women interested in becoming a member of the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club are invited; but don’t take a salad – the meal is being provided by club members.
    Friday, April 7
    • Spring musical, 8 p.m., high school gym.

  • There was excitement and anticipation in the air at the Brownstown Elementary School last Tuesday as one walked down the hallway lined with red. That is, red in the form of brightly colored pictures and drawings of Fredbird and other St. Louis Cardinals-related pictures, all drawn and colored by BES students.

  • Many who have been faithful Lenten Luncheon attendees through the years and several new faces entered Northside Christian Church last Wednesday to sit at white-cloth covered tables with teal, pink, and blue table runners that held small spring bouquets in tiny flower pots and plates of homemade cookies.

  • Death
    Raymond Reed, 87, of Farina, died on Friday. The funeral was held on Monday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    Raymond was a lifelong resident of the St. Peter area.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 167. The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Collin Miller served as the acolyte. Attending Elders were Darrell Wollin and Kevin Wodtka.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Carl Benning
    -Beth Reynolds
    • The family of Raymond Reed

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, March 30
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Litchfield Maverick Restaurant.
    • U of I Unit 21 Extension Council, 7 p.m., Effingham Extension Office.
    Saturday, April 1
    • This Saturday is the deadline to enroll in Fayette County 4-H and the deadline for selecting projects.
    Sunday, April 2

  • S.O.S. – Baby Bucky Burro Kicking Up His Heels
    Buckwheat the little burro has enjoyed taking his naps in the sunshine, but he really demonstrated Sunday how much he enjoyed the sunshine and spring weather by putting on a show for us. It was really cute how he showed off.
    He can see our back door from his barn door, and he often sticks his head out in the early mornings to watch for us to emerge.
    He also listens for the door to open and when he hears the latch, looks out and is out of his barn by the time we are out of the door.

  • The second Lenten Luncheon was held at the St. James Lutheran Church last Wednesday, opening with pianist Richard Tucker playing inspirational songs as the guests were seated at long tables covered with white cloths, vases of lavender spring flower and plates of homemade cookies provided by the Presbyterian Church women.

    All were glad the day was one of the Lord’s finest, as last year the Lenten Luncheon at St. James Lutheran Church had to be canceled due to the weather.

  • It is documented, on Wikipedia, that cast iron vessels have been used for cooking for more than 2,000 years, valued as kitchen items for their durability and ability to retain heat, thus improving the quality of meals cooked in them.