Today's Features

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    With open doors, Wesley Hall at the First United Methodist Church welcomed all visitors to our weekly meeting. We shared refreshments and caught up on what’s been going on. We sang our "Welcome" and meeting songs a-capella (unfortunately, as we were missing our piano player). We also sang "Happy Birthday" to Ilene Sidwell, Judy Vaughn, Karen DeZouche and Lucille Gebke.

  • Philbrick to be speaker at next Wednesday's Lenten Luncheon

    Speaker for next Wednesday's Lenten Luncheon will be Walt Philbrick, a layman from First Baptist Church in Vandalia. He is the father of Matt Philbrick, youth pastor at First Baptist Church.
    The luncheon will be held at First United Methodist Church at noon.

    Financial Peace course offered at FUMC beginning this week

  • Attend Baptism and Birthday Party
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the baptism of their grandson, Aaron James Harpster, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Sunday, March 30.
    Aaron’s godparents are Caleb Kline and Heidi Hunter.
    Following the baptism, a dinner/reception was held in the church fellowship hall. The second birthday of grandson Owen Harpster was also celebrated.

  • Little Josie’s Necessities of Life
    Lately, as I have been busier and busier with coming and goings, little Josie seems to be needing more and more one-on-one attention.
    As some of our readers will remember, Josie was the tiniest of a litter of four. She was so tiny that she reminded us of a little bit of left-over biscuit dough – you know, when it is just a scrap from the biscuit cutter, not really enough for another biscuit?
    Bill actually massaged her tiny little chest very gently to get her to breathe.

    Thursday, April 3
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will not meet until April 10.
    • The Fayette Water Co. annual meeting, 7 p.m., First Church of God at 3002 Thrill Hill Road in Vandalia.
    Saturday, April 5
    • St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.

  • S.O.S. (Signs of Spring)
    No. 1-We are seeing smidgens of green in the pasture and yard now, and we have noticed Betsy and the bovine family grazing a little, in addition to the nice big bales of hay that friend Josh Behrends brings to them.
    No. 2-We have seen a fly, a ladybug and (much to Bill’s discomfort) a spider. Fortunately, the crawly, creepy critters were all outside.
    No. 3-We have had reports of frogs calling, a sure sign of spring, and as I mentioned before, the little wild birds are singing in the early mornings.

  • Recovering from Surgery
    Little Miss Fayette County Reagan Roberts of St. Peter is recovering from surgery to repair a brain bleed and skull fracture she sustained in an accident at her home last Friday evening.
    She was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis Friday night and underwent surgery on Saturday. She is now out of ICU and expected to make a full recovery.

    Thursday, March 27
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Chinatown Restaurant, Litchfield.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, March 29
    • The St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet now has spring and summer clothes. It will be open from 9 a.m.-noon in the First United Methodist Church Parsonage.

  • Northside Christian Church on Monday will launch an outreach center for military veterans in Vandalia.
    Located at 507 W. Gallatin St., in the same location as Our Place, the Veterans Outreach Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
    Overseeing the center will be the Rev. Carl Rhodes (pastor of Northside Christian Church) and Gene Beckman, both veterans of the Vietnam War. They recently attended a one-day training program at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis to prepare them to meet the special needs of veterans.

  • We count seven times that Jesus spoke at his crucifixion. Yet none of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) tell them all. Each writer chose the “saying(s)” that fit best with his presentation of the Good News of Jesus.