Brownstown-Sefton News

Bucky Burro’s First Snow
We were looking forward to seeing how the little burro, Baby Bucky, reacted to his first snow, and we were not disappointed.  Hr ran, jumped, bucked and then ran stiff-legged with his head down between his front legs.
Those were his initial reactions. After that, he went into the barn, where his mother was standing, dry and out of the snow, watching him. Like his predecessor, the late Smoky ( the adorable little donkey), Bucky nor his mother, Madricka, seem to like getting wet, even from a light snow.
Lady, the senior mini-horse, does not seem to mind it that much, but she, too, withdrew to the barn and stayed there.
Buddy, the Bull …
… seems content in the little corral that son Todd and grandson Rodney built for him. (I call it the “OK Corral.”)  
Buddy came over from owner and neighbor Scott’s pasture to get acquainted with the Homestead Cow Girls. He eats his hay and takes naps, and does not beller or holler, paw the ground or butt at the fence, so we figure he is content.
He is a handsome guy, black and white with two rather wicked-looking horns, but he seems docile enough when Bill gives him hay.
The “girls” go up to his fence and seem to touch noses with him. Everyone is staying calm, so Buddy will probably be joining them in the pasture before long.
In Answer to Inquiries
Callie, the kitty os still doing fine, eating well, drinking plenty of water and receiving her insulin shots quietly and peacefully.
Josie, the little 15-year-old-doggie, is showing signs of slowing down more and more, except when she wants to eat; then she barks and jumps around. When she knows she is getting to go on a car ride, she perks up and prances, waiting for her leash and blanket.
If she doesn’t think she is going, she follows us around and sits and trembles, looking so pathetic and neglected.  She could write a book on training humans.
From the Friends of the Brownstown Library
 • Bake sale on Friday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Brownstown Library, held by the Friends of the Brownstown Library.
• Another bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Rural King in Vandalia starting at 9:00 a.m.
These sales will help provide funds for the ongoing operations of the library in Brownstown, tax monies are inadequate to do this.
The bake and book sale held on Oct. 17 brought $284.50 profit.
Second Annual Holiday Open House …
… in Brownstown on Saturday, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Good Old Days Banquet Hall on U.S. Route 40 at 323 Cumberland Road.
To help you enjoy the comfort of shopping close to home, the following will be there with their wares, an ideal time and place to do your Christmas shopping: Tammy Barker (Mary Kay Products),  Jennifer Barker (Barker’s Photography), Ruth Ann Stewart and Chrystal Stewart Spicer (“Cookie Shack”), Hope Campbell (“Hope’s Crafty Creations,” decorative items), Tiffany Stroble (“Scentsy,” candles, potpourri), Marci Thomas (Tupperware), Shelly Day (Lia Sophia Jewelry),  Melissa Jones(Origami Owl jewelry), and Adrienne Kinney (“A Chic Boutique” special apparel for children) and then, to help you relax, see Cherie Logsdon, massage therapist.
Union Thanksgiving Service Sunday …
… at the Methodist Church, at 6 p.m. The Rev. Olin Evans of First Baptist Church will hold the service. Special music by each church.
Coming & Going
Cousins Get Together …
… by chance Sunday when we (namely Bill and Panzi) stopped by Mark’s Café for some of Leann’s fried chicken and ran into cousins Ron and Mary Howard, and Jim and Alma Howard. Sitting around the large table, we enjoyed visiting and getting caught up with each other’s lives. (Jim and Ron are Panzi’s little second cousins.)  
Golden Years Club hold Thanksgiving Dinner
Thirty-six Golden Years Club members and friends were present for the Club’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 11.
The club president, Pastor Don Thomas, welcomed all present, paid homage to the American veterans, and invited the veterans and guests to be served first.
Thomas read a Golden Years Club Thanksgiving prayer and asked the blessing before the meal.
Following the meal, Thomas opened the meeting with the announcement of a bake Sale to be held Friday at the Brownstown Library from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
During the meeting:
• Two letters received from the club’s insurance company were noted and discussed. Thomas will consult with the agent regarding the letters.
• The club’s Christmas dinner will be on Dec. 9  at noon.. It will be a potluck, with the ham furnished. There will be no gift exchange.
• There will be only one meeting in December, the Christmas dinner.
• It was announced that 131 families were served during the Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry visit in October. The club was informed by Sister Sandra that it was the largest number of families served in the program, and much appreciation was expressed for the community volunteers, Brownstown students and the families who came to receive the food. She also lauded the expediency and organization in providing the food items to the families.
Winner of the Golden Years Baby Quilt Raffle
Speed Dilley won the baby quilt that was raffled off to benefit the Golden Years Club Building Fund.
The winning ticket was bought at Mark’s Café in Brownstown.   
And More
• Attractive T-shirts were on hand for the 5-K run for the Backpack Program volunteers.
• Club Vice President Joe Kelly told a humorous story.
• Thomas announced the arrival of a new grandson, Finlee Thomas, born on Friday, Nov. 7, at 1:45 a.m. weighing 4 pounds, 11 ounces, and 18 inches long.   
Sefton Unit HCE
The Sefton Uit HCE met on Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Golden Years Club building. Fifteen members and one guest, Clare Perry, were present.
The club chairman, Flo Allen, opened the meeting and led in the pledge to the flag. Elizabeth Kasten, club secretary, read the minutes of the last meeting and called the roll with the question, “Have you ever been on a train?”
Allen read the board notes. Following discussion, the following decisions were voted on and decisions made by the group:
• The annual Christmas party is at Hitchin’ Post Restaurant in Brownstown on Thursday, Dec. 11; arrive by 11-11:15 a.m.
• The group will donate food items to Caring and Sharing this year, but will not donate monies.
The HCE Week baby quilt was won during the week and will be presented during the November board meeting.
The meeting was adjourned following refreshments and visiting.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
The congregation of United Methodist Church gathered for Sunday morning worship as Betty Miller, played the prelude. Bradley Schwarm and Hubert Williams served as ushers. Jarin Evans and Bradley Schwarm lighted the altar candles. Carol Henna was liturgist.
Jim Green greeted all, recognized the birthdays and anniversaries, shared the announcements and prayer list, led in prayer and delivered the morning message.
Pam Orr led the children’s worship and served refreshments. Flo Allen led the adult class.
• Thursday at 2 p.m.-United Methodist Women meet and observe World Thank Offering.
• Nov 30-Advent season begins. 4 p.m. Wolf Creek Cluster Advent Service at Brownstown UMC. The Rev. Ed and Pat Wojnar will bring the message.
First Christian Church
The congregation of First Christian Church was greeted by Shirley Goldsborough and Joann Strobel, and led in songs of praise by Cathy Smith and Jack Shelton, accompanied by pianist Susan Smith and guitarists Chuck Enlow and Walt Kinney.
Charlie Watson led the communion meditation. Don Lovett led the gifts and offerings prayer. Adrienne Kinney contributed special music, followed by the message, delivered by Kevin Bonifacius.
• PowerPoint Help – Anyone who would like to help on Sunday mornings should let Matthew or Jamie know.
• Special Thanksgiving offering will be taken on Sunday during the a.m. service for the new building fund. The goal is $25,000.
*Community Thanksgiving service will be at 6 p.m. at Brownstown Methodist Church.

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