Brownstown-Sefton News

Critters Enjoying Napping in Sunshine…
… except for Josie, the little 15-year-old doggie. Callie, the kitty, likes to nap on the patio bricks warmed by the sun; the barn critters, Lady, the mini-horse, Madricka, the mother burro, and her young son, Buckwheat (aka Baby Bucky), are often seen resting in the sunshine.
Bucky, especially, takes frequent naps in the sunshine, which are good for a growing boy.
Josie prefers to nap in the house, in her own little soft, store-bought bed, just big enough for her to curl up, stick her nose under her blanket and sleep, although she still keeps one ear perked up and listens for any sounds that might indicate we are going someplace. If she hears the car keys rattle or the door being opened, the radio, TV or lights being turned off, her head pops up to see what is going on, and heads for the door if she thinks we are leaving.
And the Longhaorns
Betsy longhorn and her bovine family are enjoying the new grass, then relaxing and calmly chewing their cud while basking in the sunshine.
The picture will be a little different when the thermometers soar this summer. Then, the cows will seek the cooling shade of the locust trees bordering the north end of the pasture.  They also like that area in the winter.
They are a hardy breed, preferring nature’s shelters, rather than manmade buildings. At one time, we rented the late neighbor Gwen’s pasture across the lane. It has a nice, large shed, which we thought the longhorns would really appreciate in cold and rainy/snowy weather.
Wrong – they seldom went in the barn, and just stood out in the rain and snow.  We had read about their breed being survivors before getting them,
They are known for living and surviving on weeds and brush, but the Homestead cows have never had to do this and will let Bill know when their hay tack is getting low by a few vocal reminders.
They seem to be born with the defensive instincts. A newborn calf once tried to butt Bill before it even stood up on its own to nurse.
However, its mother stood nearby calmly and made no move to get Bill out of the way.
They are quiet, seem family-oriented and watch over each others calves while the mothers are grazing. Our bulls have even been seen apparently babysitting the “kids” while the mothers grazed.   
They are really interesting to watch, although they do have those long horns. They do not act aggressively, but I do not get in the pasture with them and strongly advise Bill not to trust them.
After all, they are animals and their ancestors were wild, which is why they
have the strong survival instinct, and they are as their Creator made them.
Local Celebrations
Birthdays-Kyler Fulk, Carol Henna, Gavin Schnarre, Wade Trac Voelker,
Don Thomas, Zachaey Fulk, Elmer Feezel and Nicholas Grull.
Happening in our Community (and Nearby)
HCE Get-Acquainted Day …
… is this Thursday, with registration at 9 a.m. and brunch at 9:30 a.m.
Entertainment and the annual “Make It-Bake It-Sew It Grow It” Auction will follow the brunch, with  Elizabeth Kasten as the auctioneer.
NOTE – There is a change of location this year. The HCE event will be held at the St, Elmo United Methodist Church, 215 E. Walnut St.  
Nadine is Coming to Town…
… on Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m., at the Biggs Farm Hall on Ill. Route 185, south of Brownstown, at the intersection with County Road 1575 East.
Nadine is coming to town with a new, hilarious (but clean) routine, and her friends  from RFD TV show, Larry’s Country Diner, including Teea Goans and Keith Bilbrey, and featuring Steve Smith of the Gatlin Brothers Band.
Nadine is a complete show in herself, so her friends are icing on the cake or whipped cream on the chocolate pie.
Tickets are available at the Brownstown Branch Library, 120 E. Main St., or call 427-3853. Library hours are limited, so leave a call-back number and someone will call you. The proceeds benefit the Brownstown Library.
Steve Ladd …
… is returning to Vandalia on Sunday, April 26, to sing at the 10:45 morning service at the Unity Baptist Church (formerly known as Temple Baptist),  north of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185.   
While Steve has several of his own CDs available, he can also be heard singing backup on Alan Jackson’s album, “Precious Memories Volume II,”  as part of the well-known group, “The Stamps.” His music is enjoyed by young and old, as his friendly and sincere personality comes through his music, touching others as he shares the gift God has given him.
No charge: a free-will offering will be taken.
May 1-2 Rummage Sale/Bake Sale …
… at the Brownstown United Methodist Church, sponsored by the UMW; Friday-8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon. They are in need of baked goods.
Easter Egg Hunt …
… held by the Christian Church on Saturday in Brownstown Park was well attended by a large crowd of children and parents.
Easter Sunrise Service
First Christian Church met with Liberty Christian Church for a 6:30 a.m. Easter sunrise service. It was a wonderful service, with the singing of resurrection songs and special music brought by Barb Morrison and Kevin Bonifacius. Pastor Jim Dann delivered an inspirational message concerning Christ’s resurrection. A breakfast was served following the service.   
First Christian Church
The First Christian Church 9:30 a.m. worship service was filled with many visiting to spend the day with their families. They were greeted by Chris and Sherry Meador, and led in songs of praise by Susan Smith, Karen Underwood, Jack Shelton and Don Lovett.  
Instrumentalists were: Robin Lovett-pianist; Walt Kinney, Chuck Enlow-guitars; and Mitchell Smith-drums.
Charlie Watson led the Communion meditation. Special music was contributed by a ladies ensemble of Robin Lovett, Lynn Boggs, Cathy Smith, Karen Underwood, Deanna Miller, Susan Smith, Deanna Hovious, Judy Pilger, Sherry Meador, Phyllis Pryor and Joann Strobel.
The morning message was delivered by Kevin Bonifacius.
Also serving-Sunday school nursery-Laura Wullms; a.m. nursery-Tena Gould; toddler worship-Cathy Smith and Ashton Smith; Quest-4-Christ-Q-4-Christ team; and shut-ins-Don Willms and Terry Smith.
• Seniors luncheon-Thursday, April 16, at Central Christian Church in Mt. Vernon at 11:30 am.
• Extreme Zone meets on Tuesdays, 3:30-5 pm.
• Men’s Study Group has resumed on Thursdays at 7 p.m.
• Ladies Bible Study has resumed on Thursday at 7 p.m., beginning a new study called “Children of the Day.”
• John Robison will be preaching on Sunday during the a.m. service.                  
• Leadership meeting on Monday at 7 p.m.
• The church will be collecting 500 rolls of toilet paper for Bond-Christian Service Camp. Donations can be put by the welcome table in the overflow.  
Brownstown United Methodist Church
Jeff Kelly and Junior Williams served as ushers as the congregation of the Brownstown United Methodist Church gathered for Easter Sunday morning services. Jarin Evans and Rebecca Ward lighted the altar candles.
Pastor Don Thomas greeted all, shared the announcements, recognized the birthdays and anniversaries, shared the prayer list and led in prayer.
Jarin Evans and Rebecca Ward read poems. Bette Stolte contributed a solo. Thomas delivered the message.
Children’s worship was led by Rebecca Evans. Adult class was led by Flo Allen.
• April 16 – United Methodist Women meet; Our Shepherdess, Linda Connnolly, will be the speaker.
• May 1-2 – Rummage and bake sales.
“Hope Gifts” …
… for Cunningham Children’s Home are to be taken to spring district meeting on April 21. Gifts suggested are: men’s shampoo; gift cards to Walmart, Target, Dollar General, Dollar tree, and fast food restaurants-Dairy Queen, KFC, Culvers, Hardees, Burger King, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut and Monicals; and BoxTops for Education.
For Lessie Bates Neighborhood House: feminine hygiene products, disposable razors and petroleum jelly.


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