Brownstown-Sefton News

 “Sneaky Pete,” The Wily Wolf, Is Back
A few weeks ago, cousin Pauline Tackett called with a sighting of “Sneaky Pete,” the wolf.
He made a late-night call at her back deck area to the pen of her dog, Sally Jo. Sally Jo was in a barking frenzy until he finally left, not liking the brilliant spotlight Pauline shined on him.
A few days later, Bill was feeding the cows and he noticed them looking off toward the edge of woods. There, he saw “Sneaky Pete,” up to his old tricks, watching neighbor Scott’s longhorn calves.
Last week, I drew back the patio door drapes and there, big as life, was “Sneaky Pete,” my wolf, sauntering south across the edge of the woods and our yard!
As the snow was still fresh and white, I knew he would show up in a picture, so I tried to hurry to get my camera. Dragging “the boot” along, I got my camera and headed toward the kitchen windows, where I could get a better picture.
However, on the way to the windows, I got “the boot” tangled up in the folded wheelchair sitting in the kitchen and couldn’t get loose in time to get close enough to the window to take a picture.
While I was getting loose from the chair and watching Sneaky Pete, I saw a deer suddenly jump up and start running north across the edge of woods and yard. Sneaky Pete took off right behind the deer, retracing his path.
I tried to hurry back to the patio door, as they passed back by it, still hoping for a picture, but in slow gear with “the boot,” they were out of range by time I got there.
I was rooting for the deer to get away, but I was so glad and relieved to actually see the wolf after all this time. He looked as big and healthy and beautiful as ever. I was a little concerned that something had happened to him.
Of course, everyone knows it is against the law to kill a wolf. Someone questioned if it was the same wolf. I believe it is, because he kept to his old paths and habits and he isn’t afraid of us….nor I of him.
Wild Game Supper…
…Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at Brownstown Christian Church, corner of First and Popular Streets, Brownstown. Everyone’s invited. Take your favorite wild game delight, a side dish and dessert to share with everyone.
Special guest speaker will be Ashley Ellison, noted hunter and host of the DVD series, “Hunting His Way,” with appearances on the “Show Me Outdoors” TV program, seen on FOX and other national TV networks.  
Coming & Going
The Harner Household – Christmas Day
Jennie Alice Harner enjoyed family company over Christmas. Gary, Jarielle and Jay Winkleman were guests on Christmas day at the Harner farm and stayed overnight, taking Jennie Alice to church at Fairview on Sunday.
Jvee, Theresa and Jenae Harner of Effingham, along with Justin, from Chicago, also visited Jennie Alice and the Winklemans.
Jennie Alice Visits
In Effingham
On Monday evening, Dec. 27, Jennie Alice joined the Gary Barnes family of St. Louis at the home of Jvee and Theresa Harner in Effingham.
J.K. Barnes from San Diego, Bethany Barnes, a junior at Azusa Pacific University, and newlyweds David and Rachel Peddle, of Irvine, Calif., were present, along with Gary and Javonda.
The Barneses stayed overnight and visited Friendship Manor on Tuesday. Later in the week, Gary and Jorita Cook arrived from E. LeRoy, Mich., to spend a few days with Jennie Alice.
Sunday Dinner At Helen’s
Lucille Fisher enjoyed her family at a get-together at daughter, Helen Klitzing’s Sunday. Present were Lucille, Mike and Maria Klitzing, Logan and Emma, Kathy Klitzing and Andy Klitzing.
Brownstown UMW Meet
The Brownstown United Methodist Women met Jan. 6 for a planning meeting. Programs were set for each monthly meeting to be the third Thursday of each month. Dates were given for district and conference events. The UMW theme for 2011 is “Finding Peace.”
The Brownstown UMW will host the Embrass River District Officers at the Brownstown Methodist Church on Jan. 27. Plans were made to provide lunch for those attending.
The next UMW meeting will be held at the Brownstown UMC at 2 p.m.
The program will be, “Call to Prayer and Self-Denial.” A special offering will be taken and given to the Retired Methodist Women-Deaconesses and Missionaries.
Those attending the meeting were: Carol Severns, Marilyn Yakel, Connie Green, Betty Williams, Betty Miller, Carol Henna, Flo Allen, Billy Anna Forbis and Louella Christensen. The UMW always welcomes any interested women to attend their meetings.
First Christian Church
The congregation of First Christian Church was greeted by Jack and Bonnie Shelton, and led in songs of praise by Joann Strobel, Steve Storm and Michael Watson.
Accompanists were: Chuck Enlow-guitar; Kaitlyn Enlow-flute; and pianist-Susan Smith.
Kaitlyn Enlow contributed special music, followed by the morning message, delivered by John Robinson. Toby Tackett led the Communion meditation and prayer. Charlie Watson gave the devotion for the gifts and offerings.
Also serving: Liz Oberlink-Sunday school nursery; Tena and Tiffany Gould-toddler worship; Quest-4-Christ-Michael Watson and the Quest-4-Christ team; and Matthew Smith and Chuck Enlow-Communion to shut-ins.
•2011 Ladies fellowship meeting-Monday at 7 p.m. Theme: “Turn your heart towards home.” Proverbs 24:3-4.
Homemade crafts will be displayed.
Anyone wishing to display any of your handmade crafts or hobbies should let Tena Gould know. Meet at the church.
•BFCC to host fifth quarter on Friday, Jan. 21, at the Brownstown Elementary cafeteria and gym following the basketball game. Help is needed. See Michael to get involved.
Liberty Christian Church
The congregation of Liberty Christian Church was greeted by Jack and Dorothy Durbin, and greeted by Jim Dann. Kara Barker, Katie Carson and Kathy Willms led in songs of praise, accompanied by Kim Miller, pianist; Connie Largent-keyboard; Dick Childress-guitar, and Eddie Carson-drums.
Paul Parkison shared the praises and prayer requests, and led in prayer. Eddie Carson contributed special music. Jim Dann delivered the message.
Dave Morrison led the Communion prayer and meditation. Josh Robinson led the offering prayer.
Also serving: welcome center: Ruth Ann Stewart; serving at the table: Vernon Brazle, Dave Morrison; serving the congregation: Brad Smith, Frank Stringfield, Aaron Miller, Bob Buzzard, John Grames, Josh Robison; assistants: Rick Smith, Tony Bearden; ushers: Roger Smith, Rick Smith; sound: Tom Mayes; power point: Dana Dann; nursery: Lisa, Baylee Smith, Kaylee Sefton; junior church: Brittany White, Holly Grames, Kylee Crown; Communion preparation: Kim Miller; Communion rounds: Delmar Miller, Frank Stringfield; and youth refreshments: Karen Sefton.
•Believe –The junior high students will be attending “Believe” in St. Louis Feb. 25-26. Pay the $20 registration if you have not already done so.
•Jan. 19-Senior adult fellowship at 11 a.m. Will be making homemade pizzas for lunch. Sign-up sheet on bulletin board.
•Valentine Banquet-Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. More info later.
•The Koinonia Class is collecting money, etc., for the family from St. Elmo that lost its home in a fire. See Lisa Smith or the office for details.

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