Wednesday, November 21
• Reverb Youth Group, 6:30-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
• Kid’s Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
Thursday, November 22
Saturday, November 24
• The Church of God Reverb youth group fundraiser ends this Saturday. The group sells bags, purses, hair clips, address labels and other organization items to help women around home and work. The items can be ordered in person or online at www.mythirtyone.com/295883.
Monday, November 26
• The Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• The St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, November 27
• Masonic Lodge #769, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple
Wednesday, November 28
• Reverb youth group, 6:30-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
• Kid’s Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
• The St. Elmo Board of Education, originally scheduled to meet on Nov. 19, will meet next Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. in the Unit Office.
Thursday, November 29
• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• The annual Christmas in St. Elmo is set for Friday, Nov. 30. It will start at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the Christmas tree at Fourth and Main. There will be food, fun, music and carriage rides, and Santa will take pictures.
• Royal Neighbors of America #5784 will have the annual Christmas dinner at noon on Dec. 1 in the First Church of God S.H.E.D. Every one is invited to join in the fellowship. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12. Reservations are to be made by Nov. 28 by calling 829-3394 or 829-5156.
Those attending are asked to take canned goods or a toy for the Caring and Sharing program. Entertainment will be by “Singing Strings.” A person also will receive a gift from Nation of Neighbors.
• The annual clothing give-away at Freedom Reigns in Christ Church will be held from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Dec. 8. Starting Monday, Dec. 3, through Friday, Dec. 7, they will accept each day from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. the following items: clothing (clothing cannot be left outside; if it is it will be disposed of), furniture, knick-knacks, etc.
For more information, you can call Melissa Carson at 829-9301 or the church at 829-9757.
• Tentative date for Santa Claus to be in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building is Sunday, Dec. 9, from 4-6 p.m.
Bibles were presented to third and fifth graders during the Nov. 11 worship service at First United Methodist Church, and one third-grader was left off in the report – Conner Reynolds also received a Bible.
For the Friendly Neighbors potluck held at noon on Nov. 6 at the Phillips Building, turkey and dressing was furnished by Mary Smith.
Others attending were Shirley Smith of Altamont, Paula Brunk and Marybelle Ledbetter of Brownstown and Bob and Joanne Owen, Marge Sarver, R. W. Smith and Leona Wright of St. Elmo. There was no program, just visiting.
For the December potluck held at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Phillips Building, ham will be furnished. Those attending are to take a $2 gift, such as a game, that can be given to a man or woman.
The St. Elmo Lions Club expresses thanks to all who participated in the Heath Bar Candy sale in October; it was deemed a success.
At the club meeting the evening of Nov. 12 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, this year’s Holiday Caring and Sharing was again discussed at length. The date of the event is Saturday, Dec.15.
The Lions Club newest flyers were previewed by the members with the final edition to be printed shortly.
Randy Wolf was recognized for his 10th anniversary in November with the club.
President Dave Maxey led in the pledge of allegiance, Pee Wee Denton gave the meal blessing. Others present were Don Crawford, John Crawford, Lewis Crawford, Roger Fulk, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, LeMar Marchman, Dee Newberry, Rex Reeder, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells and Wolf.
This year’s Christmas dinner and scholarship awards banquet is set for 5:30 p.m. on Monday Dec. 17, at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
This is the only meeting the Lions Club will have in December.
Avena Township Park Board
Present for the Avena Township Park Board meeting held the evening of Nov. 13 in the Centennial Building at the St. Elmo Community Park were President Greg Haslett, Daryl Calvert, Jim Caraway, Buddy Mitchell and Janice Russell.
The tentative date the board has set for Santa Claus to be in the Centennial Building is Sunday, Dec. 9, from 4-6 p.m. Daryl’s Dine-In will furnish hot chocolate and coffee, but cookies will be appreciated from donors and can be taken to the Centennial Building by 3 p.m.
The board is purchasing eight tables and 60 chairs for the Centennial Building, and they are to be in place for Santa’s visit. The building will be decorated for Christmas.
The building’s three long tables with benches will be put in two of the new park pavilions. One pavilion has been constructed and the other one is to be constructed.
Discussed were taxes that have to be filed by Dec. 24 and the budget for the park year. Also discussed was the board election that will be in April of 2014; Calvert and Russell need to run for re-election.
Also discussed were funds for the pool and there was no conclusion.
Board members are to take online the Illinois Municipal League public affairs training class.
The congregation of First United Methodist Church was invited by the Vit-Em-In Sunday school class to attend a Thanksgiving potluck on Nov. 15 in the church Fellowship Hall. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, bread, beverages and table service were provided for the variety of potluck vegetables, salads and desserts.
Guests who attended were Sharon Belden, Bobby and Betty Brown, Judy Gillaspie, Holly Huffer, the Rev. Dan and Pat Laack, MaryEllen Lovett, Dave and Joann Maxey, Dylan Myers, Dee and Leatha Newberry, Anita Pagel, Joni Springman, Kathy Spitler, and Lloyd and Mona Stanley.
Class members present were Elizabeth Bail, Bob Cox, Rene Edwards, Helen Koonce, Frank and Delva Krost, Richard Lowe, LeMar and Billye Jo Marchman, Bob and Joanne Owen, Anna Jean Rhodes, and Jack and Marilyn Sproat.
Edwards had decorated the tables in a fall theme and Lowe gave the meal blessing. There was no program, just much visiting.
The Threads of Friendship Quilt Club held an auction at the Nov. 15 meeting, held in the St. Elmo Public Library. There were ten guests. A variety of finger foods were served.
During the business meeting, a letter was read from the library thanking them for the monetary donation.
The library plans to use the money for children’s DVDs.
The members took to the meeting 20 walker bags they had made, and the bags will be taken to the Friendship Manor.
Each member received in a sealed envelope “paint chip” rules.
Members are to make round robin center squares to get another quilt project started.
A Christmas party will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20, at the library. Meat and tableware will be provided for the potluck.
There will not be a gift exchange, but those attending are asked to put $10 in a signed Christmas card, and the group will decide on a charity to give the money to.
Members present were Joy Edwards and Karen Roedl of Altamont; Barb Stewart of Brownstown; Julie Aderman, Judy Barnick,, Roselyn Stine and Peggy Stolte of Farina; and Tonia Austin, Tamara Dougherty, Marie Durbin, Joan Feldcamp and Mary Myers of St. Elmo.