Brownstown-Sefton News

OOPS! Correction on Village Yard Sales Dates
• Village yard sales days are Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7.
• Village cleanup day is Friday, June 13.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Coming Events
• First Baptist Church sunrise service at the Cross at Wren Bridge on Easter at 6:14 a.m.
• United Methodist Church Easter Sunday sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at the church.
• First Christian Church Easter Eggstravaganza is Saturday, from 2 – 4 p.m., at the Brownstown Elementary cafeteria. For all ages – bring the whole family to hear “The Easter Story,” get your face painted, do crafts, get candy, and more.
Welcome S.O.S.
(Signs of Spring)
Spring has certainly been in the air (until this cold snap with threat of snow … again). Daffodils are blooming along with other Easter flowers, trees budding, some trees have beautiful blooms, robins are seen checking the grass for bugs and worms (two huge night crawlers were found next to our steps), Rhonda & Blackie (hens) are now back in full egg production, just in time for Easter baskets, and more and more outdoor “honey-do” jobs are cropping up for Bill.
We are looking forward to seeing the farmers’ tractors working in the fields. (The sight of the farmers in the fields somehow gives me a feeling of security – like America is alive and well and God is blessing our country with farms and farmers and, therefore, providing food to nourish us.)
The longhorns are enjoying the fresh, green grass. They graze in the mornings, then rest contentedly after they eat. We are enjoying watching neighbor Scott’s little calves.
We saw a young man in his barn lot along U.S. Route 40 leading a young cow around, probably getting ready for the 4-H competition at the Fayette County Fair, and others.
We urge everyone to go to the fair this year and support not only the 4-H program and the kids, but also the Fayette County Fair itself. The county fairs are a part of our heritage, and we need to attend and support it. It builds character in our youth and instills responsibility, integrity, respect, patience and tolerance.
While the 4-H animals are our favorites to watch, there are other projects, such as photography, baking, sewing, artwork and more.
The fair has adults competition also, such as for jelly, jams, garden products, flower arranging and more.
Oh, yes – the best fish sandwiches can be found at the Fayette County Fair. They are a tradition in my family, as my dad took us to the fair every year for a fish sandwich and an ice cream cone, the likes of which I have never tasted since.
So, Hi Ho! Plan on going to the fair this year.
Reopening Soon: Brownstown Library
After much delay because of cold weather and rain, the leaky roof on the library was finally replaced last week. There is still a lot of cleanup and work to be done.
Ginny Wilbur is leading this effort and could use your help. If you can spare an hour or two to volunteer, get in touch with Ginny.
Library Meeting …
… is scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Library. The following will be discussed at this meeting: summer reading program, additional library needs and possible fundraisers.
Get-Acquainted Day
Last Thursday, 39 members of Home and Community Education, six guests and one guest speaker were present for the Fayette County HCE annual fundraiser, Get-Acquainted Day potluck brunch, Make It-Bake It-Sew It-Grow It Auction, and the scarves presentation and program presented by Glenna Taylor.
The event was held at the Golden Years clubroom in Brownstown. The seven Fayette County HCE units shared the host responsibilities.
The tables were decorated with tiny white or pink chef’s hats and bright print aprons, toy cooking pans, pots, and other cooking utensils, and small daisy blooms placed on small blue/white checked napkins. Large white or pink chef’s hate were also used for centerpieces.  Most of those present wore aprons, in keeping with the “cookin’” theme.
Two 12-inch porcelain dolls dressed in aprons, period dresses and tiny chef’s hats, and holding a rolling pin and a stew pot, were placed on an child’s old wooden chair in front of the auction items table.
A large photograph of the Fayette County HCE president, Flo Allen, dressed in an apron and chef’s hat and holding a large wooden spoon, welcomed all who came in with a big smile, all in keeping with the theme of Illinois Association of HCE 2014, “Been Cookin’ for 90 Years.”   
Registration began at 9 a.m., recorded by St. Elmo Unit. When the members and guests gathered, Debbie Segrest, cultural enrichment officer, welcomed all present, and expressed the club’s appreciation to Sew Sisters Shop for making and donating the chef’s hats, and to Don Smail of the Golden Years Club for assisting with the hookup of the sound system. Segrest asked member Carol Bridges to ask the blessing for the potluck brunch.
Following the meal, Allen led all in reciting the Aims of the Homemaker, followed by Segrest reading a poem. “Been Cookin’ for 90 Years.” Donna Blair, family issues officer, gave out CVU Awards to the following:
• Certificates Carrie Hill, Ruth Brackenbush, Ashley Davis, Karen Hyde, Marilyn Yakel, Allen, Elizabeth Kasten and Carolyn Grames.
• Seals-Alvena Noffsinger, Karen Denning, Anna Jean Rhodes, Ethelyn Williams, Shirley Klitzing, Carol Oldham, Phyllis Pryor, Debbie Swain and Panzi Blackwell.
• Certificates and seal-Elaine Dunn, Joyce Mueller, Segrest, Blair and Faye (DeeDee) Diveley,
There are many more HCE volunteers; however, the above are ones who received certificates and/or seals.
Fayette County HCE was awarded the 2013 Certified Volunteer Award for having the highest percentage of members participating in volunteer works in District 6.  
Segrest invited those wearing aprons to share a story or memory connected with their apron: One lady said that her mother, holding her apron by the bottom corners, carried her garden produce to the house. Another said that she made her apron when she was 12 years old; another said that her apron was made by her aunt; and another said that she made her apron on the new Elna sewing machine her late husband gave her at Christmas in 1957.
One, whose mother is in a nursing home, displayed a colorful turkey Thanksgiving apron and another wore a denim apron recycled from a pair of blue jeans, while another displayed an old, but beautiful apron, hand-crocheted by a beloved family member. Kasten wore a cleverly recycled apron made from one of her husband’s shirts.
Segrest introduced Glenna Taylor, popularly know as “The Scarf Lady,” who presented a program demonstrating the use of scarves as fashion accessories, and teaching the selecting of colors, fabrics, and shapes and demonstrating the ways of arranging them, to best compliment the wearer and the outfit.
She shared she originally worked as a social worker and enjoyed working with people of senior ages, and sometimes presented her scarf program to those in facilities.
Taylor’s rule to live by is “If you have a neck, you should wear a scarf.” Also, she said, “Your outfit is actually your palette,” referring to an artist’s paint palette on which to create something beautiful.
She told a funny story about the “feathery corsage”. She often wears it when visiting in the senior facilities. When visiting one, some of the ladies were hugging her and a little lady was sitting in a wheelchair watching. Thinking the feathery corsage was alive, she suddenly called out, “Don’t hurt the chicken.”
Using the ladies who were present as models Thursday, she chose scarves from her collection to complement their outfits and their personalities, and teaching how to arrange them in different ways, she made each lady’s already attractive outfits even prettier, while still in keeping with their individual look and personality.
Auctioneer for the The Make It-Bake It-Sew It- Grow It Auction was Swain, ably assisted by Segrest, Ardith McFarland, and Diveley. The auction items, donated by the units members, were high in quality and variety and included a pretty painting, embroidered pillowcases, flowering plants and lots of baked goods, including Lucille Fisher’s Irish soda bread, a real treat.
Door prizes were won by Carol Oldham, Carol Ann Behrends, Kasten, Betty Williams, Una Tish, Connie Greene, Karen Hyde and Una Koontz.
Present were: from Sefton: Elizabeth Kasten, Delores Dukeman, Carol Oldham, Betty Williams, Lois Jackson, LaVonne Kramer, Lora Foutch, Lucille Fisher, Helen Klitzing, Debbie Swain, Sally Behrends, Flo Allen, DeeDee Diveley, Panzi Blackwell, Sharon Wilhelm; Vandalia Day: Donna Blair, Lura tarter, Joyce Mueller, Carol Bridges, Ardith McFarland, Anita Smith, Ashley Davis, Debbie Segrest; Wheatland: Erna Koontz; Bingman-Ramsey-Veda Stout, Evelyn Probst and May Della Probst; St. Peter: Dorothy Harpster and Sandra Runge; St. Elmo: Anna Jean Rhodes, Karen Denning and Lorretta Heischmidt; Wright’s Corner:Kate Jennings, Una Tish, Shirley Smith, Irene Reed and Leona Wright; Guests invited by units were: Betty Wright-Wright’s Corner; Beverly Short-Vandalia Day; Connie Green-Sefton; Barbara Morrison-Sefton; Carol Behrends-Sefton; Marilyn Sproat-Wheatland.
This year’s Get-Acquainted Day (due to the economy) was down in funds collected for the auction, but was high in quality in the entertainment and information gained with Glenna Taylor’s scarf program, a lot of fun with the “Been Cookin’ 90 Years” theme, the aprons and  visiting with the guests and members of the seven units.  
Golden Years Club Meets
Thirty Golden Years members and friends signed the register on Tuesday, April 8, for the potluck meal and meeting. Cards were signed by all for friends and members Bill Voisin and Morgan Pryor.
The president of the club, Pastor Don Thomas, welcomed all and asked the blessing for the potluck meal. He invited the guests and April birthday and anniversary celebrants to be served first.
Following the meal, Thomas called the meeting to order. Door prizes were won by Flo Allen, John Grames and Clarissa Perry.
Treasurer Donnie Smail gave the financial report. Smail and reported an amount moved to the building fund account and reported the balance.
A discussion was held regarding obtaining a building site and arrangements were being made for a meeting with the village board.
He reported sandwiches had been provided for the recent 5-K run participants.
Flo Allen gave a humorous reading about a child’s interpretation and book report. Don Thomas, Pat Wojnar, Panzi Blackwell, DeeDee Diveley and Joe Kelly also shared humorous items.
The next scheduled potluck meeting will be on Tuesday, April 22, at noon.
First Christian Church
The congregation of First Christian Church was greeted by the Palecek family as they gathered for Palm Sunday morning worship. They were led in songs of praise by Judy Pilger, Don Lovett and Joann Strobel. Accompanists were: piano-Robin Lovett, drums-Mitchell Smith and guitars-Chuck Enlow and Walt Kinney.
Matthew Smith led the Communion meditation. A men’s quartet  contributed special music, followed by the message, delivered by Kevin Bonifacius.
Also serving: Faye Schwarm-Sunday school nursery; Marcia Pemberton-AM nursery; Billie Enlow and Shannon Claycomb-toddler worship; Zach and Q-4-Christ team-Quest-4- Christ; and Bill Smith and Mitch Koehler-shut-ins.
• Easter Eggstravaganza – Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at the Elementary School cafeteria.  
•  Hat Day will be April 27 during the morning service to help raise money for Lighthouse Pregnancy Center. Pay $1 to wear a hat to church.
United Methodist Church
Bette Stolte played the prelude as the congregation of the United Methodist Church gathered for Sunday morning worship hour. Judy Watson served as liturgist. Hubert Williams and Renee Kelly served as ushers. Jarin Evans lighted the altar candles.
Pastor Don Thomas greeted all, recognized the birthdays and anniversaries, shared the prayer list and led in prayer. Thomas delivered the morning massage  
Children’s worship was led by Jenna Townsend, and adult worship was led by Flo Allen.
• Thursday at 2 p.m. – United Methodist Women will meet at Emmanuel Church for their regular meeting.
• Easter Egg Hunt – Sunday. Candy is needed for eggs; give to Jenna.
• Sunday – Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m.-Breakfast to follow and regular services at Brownstown & Emmanuel Churches.
First Baptist Church
The congregation of First Baptist Church was greeted and led in prayer by the pastor, Dr. Olen Evans. Pierce Strobel shared the announcements and recognized the birthdays (Dan Carruthers) and anniversaries.
Rat Stafford, Matt Howard, Brady Howard and Martin Hasely served as ushers,
The congregation was led in song by the praise team of Ann Robertson, Ed Wickert, Deanna Kestner, Pierce Strobel, Tammy Barker, Sara Portz, Maisie Howard, Earl Crothers, Madison Howard and Angie Strobel, who also played the offertory music. The morning message was delivered by Evans.
• Sunday school teachers’ meeting – Sunday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m.
• Sunrise service held at the cross Wren Bridge on Easter Sunday starting at 6:14 a.m. Breakfast will be served at the church at 8:15 a.m. Take lawn chairs.
• A “Sisters in Christ” Banquet on Friday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. A time of fellowship and fun for all the ladies.  Dinner will be served, and Joy Lawson will provide the entertainment. The cost is $5 per person. Sign up in the foyer if you plan to attend.
• The church is collecting gently-used children’s and youth clothing for the clothes closet.
For donations, let Sara Portz know or put in the church basement.

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