Brownstown-Sefton News

Critter Corner
The recent 4-plus inches of rain this week are keeping the Longhorn cowgirls’ pasture nicely lush and green, and they are happily grazing, relaxing in the sun when it is shining and chewing their cud – the picture of contentment.
Sometimes they will bellow in romantic-like tones to the bull in neighbor Scott’s pasture across the lane, but then they seem content to return to grazing or just relaxing when there is no response, so there is no problem on either side of the lane.
Lady, the mini-horse, who is now rather long in the tooth (I think that means she is in her senior years) is content in her new quarters, which has been relocated at the north end of the lane with us.
We have noticed that she watches us as we work outside or when we are coming and going in the car.
Her bright blue “pavilion” is holding up under all the rains, something we had wondered about. She has plenty of shade, but also there are usually sunny spots, too (that is, when the sun is shining.)
She has a cute habit of pawing the ground gently when she wants to eat. We had never noticed her doing that before.  
Josie, the little 15 year-old “puppy,” is doing well, considering her age, like us humans do.
If I sit down to read or watch TV in the swivel rocker chair, she always comes to lie in the chair beside me. That seems to be the second-biggest highlight of her day. (The biggest highlight of her life is going for a car ride.)
Some days, she prances around and hops up on her footstool to get in the chair with no problem.
Then, some days, she tries to jump up and her back part will just not cooperate. She then looks to Bill, very pointedly, to help her up, which he always does.
It has been said that having pets makes you live longer. That figures, because we have to stay alive to take care of them.
They are so spoiled that no one else would know what to do, nor would they probably do the things that we do for them.  
But they are all worth it, for the enjoyment, affection, loyalty and devotion they give us.
As our friend, the late Morris Ray told us, “Some things money can’t buy,” and he was right.
Golden Years Club Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social …
… is this Saturday, from 2-4 p.m. at the Golden Years Club building. Ice cream and desserts (pie, cake, etc.) on a donation basis.
This is a fund-raiser for the Golden Years Club new home and your donations are appreciated.
Steve Ladd in person …
… this Saturday at Liberty Christian Church, at 6 p.m.
The son of an evangelist, he began singing for the Lord at the age of 5, and later felt and answered the calling, and blessed by beautiful voice, has used it only for the Lord, as he gives back by singing from his heart and soul to reach others.   
He called “Panzi’s Partyline” radio show Monday from his home in Tennessee and talked of coming to Liberty Christian Church Saturday evening.
He said that he was excited about coming to Liberty.
All are invited to come for an inspirational time of songs of praise.
There is no charge, but a free-will offering will be taken.
Liberty Church is located about 4 1/2 miles north of  Brownstown. Go north on College Street (high school street).
Tools for Schools …
… a program that provides free school supplies for all Fayette County in-need students, kindergarten through junior college, will be in operation on the following dates and times: Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday,  a.m.-3 pm., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon.
The program is at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St. in Vandalia. All students must accompany their parents or other adult for supplies. Contact the church at 283-4937 for more info.   
Our Heartfelt Sympathies …
…are with the family and friends of Morgan Pryor. Morgan was well-known and active in the community, and will be missed by all who knew him. Our prayers are with his family and friends.
Local Celebrations
Birthdays-Lakin Evans, Randy Carpenter, Carol Ann Behrends, Tony Elam, Joseph Younker, Marilyn Eckhardt, Dale Henna, Jordan Evans and Sharon Harris. Anniversary-Gary and Judy Watson.  
Brownstown First Christian Church
Walt and Adrienne Kinney greeted the congregation of the Brownstown First Christian Church as they arrived for the Sunday morning services.
Following the welcome, announcements and prayer concerns, Karen Underwood, Judy Pilger and Susan Smith led in songs of praise, accompanied by guitarists Chuck Enlow and Walt Kinney.
Matthew Smith led the communion meditation.
Charlie Watson contributed special music, followed by the message, delivered by Kevin Bonifacius.
Also serving: a.m. nursery-Tena Goukd; toddler worship-Rae Lynn Koehler and Robbi Edwards; Quest-4-Christ-Q-4 C Team; and shut-ins-Don Lovett and Matthew Smith.
• Men’s group study & Ladies Bible Study, both of which meet at BFCC on Thursdays at 7 p.m., will be dismissed for August and resume on Sept. 11.
• Extreme Zone meeting, Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
• All-church ice cream social will be Sunday, Aug. 24, at 6 p.m. Take your favorite ice cream topping or homemade ice cream.
• Fifth Sunday potluck will be Sunday, Aug. 31.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
The congregation of the Brownstown United Methodist Church gathered for Sunday morning services as pianist Bette Stolte played the prelude.
Hubert Williams and Jeff Kelly served as ushers.
Wade Voelker, Brayden Swarm, Jerin Evans and Elaine lighted the altar candles.  Pastor Don Thomas greeted and shared the announcements, and recognized the birthdays and anniversaries. He shared the prayer list and requests, and led in prayer. Following the congregational singing of songs of praise, and presentation of tithes and offerings, the morning message was delivered by Thomas.
Children’s worship was led by Pam Orr. Children were served doughnuts, chocolate milk and juice for refreshments. Adult class was led by Flo Allen.
• Aug. 21-United Methodist Women will meet at the church for a business meeting to set a pledge for 2015 and the election of the 2015 officers.

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