Brownstown-Sefton News

Critter Carrots Back On Schedule
Due to circumstances beyond my control (and I hate that), the critters’ carrot treats schedule (which is whenever baby Buckwheat cries for one) has been uncontrollably off-schedule due to our bouts with the flu, the snow and now, the mud … but mainly, the flu bug.
This last week, things have improved (flu bug reluctantly moved out, the snow melted and my army boots can handle the mud).
Monday (the pick weather day of the week), Josie, the doggie, Callie, the kitty, and I succumbed to the call of the beautiful spring day and ventured out into the sunshine. When little “Buckwheat Burro” saw us, he immediately began to cry. He has learned to watch the back door for us.
Of course, it goes without saying, that they – Bucky, his mom, Madricka, and Lady, the senior mini-horse,  all got their carrot treat. Who can resist little Buckwheat’s pleas?
It is Very Difficult …
… to stay indoors at the computer when spring is in the air … or when the summer days roll around … or when the autumn leaves are turning … or even when the clean, brisk air of winter greets us in the early mornings and our Creator covers the earth and decorates the trees with pure, white, sparkling snow.  No tropical island for me – I like the change of seasons, especially in Illinois or the mountains of Tennessee.
We just can’t figure out how to get all our critters to Tennessee in an economically affordable way. We couldn’t leave any of them behind, not even Betsy, the longhorn cow.
Besides, we love our little Brownstown Homestead … and the people here.
Local Celebrations
Birthdays-Bill Stolte, Robin Elam, Brenda Klein, Jeff Kelly, Laura Gurtner, Gary Watson and Marlys Thomas.  Anniversaries-Larry and Carol Henna, and Don and Marlys Thomas.
Baby Blessings
Welcome to Avery Nicole Schnarre, baby daughter of Wyatt and Tera Schnare. Avery Nicole was born on Feb. 16.  
News Needed
Now that the weather will be calming down into nice, balmy breezes, our meetings and events should be picking up again, so be sure to leave your church, club, family and individual news in the small box just beneath the large pink mailbox on the north side of the road on U.S. Route, west of Brownstown.  
BES Carnival…
… is Friday.  Dinner in the BES cafeteria, 5-7 p.m. The cost is $6. The menu includes barbecued pork sandwiches, baked beans, cole slaw, drinks and dessert.
Wristbands: prepaid for $8; at the door-$10. Events-facepainting, 6-8 p.m.; photo booth, 5-8 p.m.; and Everything else, 6-8 p.m.
Get Ready! Nadine is coming back to Brownstown!
Nadine, the Church Lady of Larry’s Country Diner on RFD TV, and who is so hilariously and outrageously funny (with clean humor), is coming back to our town  on April 25 at 7 p.m.
She will be at the Biggs Farm Hall at 1532 Highway 185, south of Brownstown at the intersection of County Road 1525 East.
She is bringing some of her Country Diner friends with her, namely Teea Goans (the  singing star) and Steve Smith (of the Gatlin Brothers band) and Keith Bilbrey as the master of ceremonies.  
Tickets are available at the Brownstown Branch Library at 120 E. Main St, or call the library at 427-3853. Library hours are limited, so leave a call-back number and someone will call you.
Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of the show. Proceeds to benefit the Brownstown Library.
First Christian Church…
… held a wild game supper Sunday evening, which was enjoyed by many, followed by an enjoyable concert afterward by a singing group, “Water to Wine,” from St. Elmo Christian Church.
Golden Years Club Meet
Twenty members and friends gathered at the Golden Years Club building last Tuesday for their noon potluck meal/ meeting.
The club president, Pastor Don Thomas, greeted all present, recognized those present celebrating birthdays/anniversaries, and led in asking the blessing for the potluck meal.
Following the meal, Thomas called the meeting to order. Treasurer Donald Smail, gave the financial report.
Readings were given by Flo Allen and DeeDee Diveley.
Club Announcements
• Election of club officers will be held on the first meet in May;   
• Allen asked the members to donate desserts for the BES SCC Carnival on Friday.
• Next GY meeting will be next Tuesday.
Door Prizes were won by Betty Williams and LaVonne Kramer.
Sefton Unit HCE Meets
Thirteen members were present for the Sefton Unit of Home and Community Education meeting held at the Golden Years Club building last Thursday.
The club chairman, Flo Allen, called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance to the American flag.
The club secretary, Elizabeth Kasten, with the question, “What Is Your Cure for Cabin Fever?
Kasten read the minutes of the previous meeting.
Allen reminded those present of the following coming events:
• Brownstown VFW fundraiser, held last Saturday at the new VFW Hall.
• The Extension Foundation fundraiser spaghetti dinner this Sunday at the Brownstown Elementary Cafeteria from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The Sefton HCE is to help provide desserts.
• HCE annual Get-Acquainted Day and Make-It-Bake-It-Sew-It-Grow-It fundraiser auction on April 9 at the St. Elmo Methodist Church.
Doors open at 9 a.m. for registration and potluck brunch at 9:30 a.m., with entertainment and auction to follow meal.
This is the fundraiser of the year.
Elizabeth Kasten gave two lessons: “Bullying” and “Those Ol’ Bags.” DeeDee Diveley gave two lessons: “Cooking with Herbs” and “Bucket Lists.” Refreshments were served by Elizabeth Kasten and Carol Behrends.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
Bette Stolte, pianist, played the prelude as the congregation gathered for the Sunday morning worship hour.
Mannie Orr and Junior Williams served as ushers. Bradley Schwarm lighted the altar candles.
Pastor Don Thomas greeted all, recognized the birthdays and anniversaries, shared the announcements, prayer list and requests, and led in prayer. Thomas delivered the morning message.
• March 26, 2 p.m.-United Methodist Women will meet.
• April 10-11-Festival of Quilts Show at Cunningham Children’s Home-Urbana.
Brownstown First Christian Church
The congregation of the First Christian Church was greeted by Shirley Goldsborough and led in songs of praise by Cathy Smith, Karen Underwood and Judy Pilger.  They were accompanied by pianist Robin Lovett and guitarists Chuck Enlow and Walt Kinney.
Kevin Bonifacius led the Communion meditation and delivered the message. Charlie Watson contributed special music.
Also serving: Sunday school nursery-Tena Gould; a.m. nursery-Marcia Pemberton; toddler worship-Billie Enlow and Shannon Claycomb; Quest-4-Christ-Q 4 C team; and shut-ins-Matthew Smith and Charlie Watson.
• Ladies breakfast at Ponderosa on Saturday, March 28, at 9 a.m.
• Ladies Bible Study will resume Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. New study started called, “Children of Today.”
• Easter egg hunt-Sunday, April 4, at 2 p.m. Donations may be given to Jamie Smith.
• Men’s Day at SLCC will be Saturday, April 11, 8:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
• Leadership meeting-April 13 at 7 p.m.

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