Thursday, April 9
• Fayette County Home and Community Education Get Acquainted Day in the St. Elmo United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Registration will be 9 a.m., and a potluck brunch is at 9:30 a.m. There will be a Make It, Bake It, Sew It, Grow It auction for the major fundraiser. Each of the seven units is to take a gift for a door prize.
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will have a salad supper and membership drive at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. The supper is at 5:30 p.m. After the supper, Jennie Ann Heischmidt of the St. Elmo Historical Society will give a program.
• St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• Fayette Water Co. annual meeting, 7 p.m., at First Church of God, 3001 Thrill Hill Road, Vandalia. Three directors will be elected. A drawing will be held for three door prizes for attending members.
• Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
Saturday, April 11
• See Scouting for Food following these announcements.
Sunday, April 12
• Post-prom cookout, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at St. Elmo Food Market. Ribeye sandwiches, $4; Nuxoll pork burgers, $3; double pork burgers, $4; Nuxoll hot dogs, $2.50; chips, 50 cents; water, $1; ice cream Dippin’ Dots, $3. All proceeds will go to the St. Elmo High School post-prom.
• Sunday Night Live Youth, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Monday, April 13
• American Red Cross blood drive, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Elmo High School gym.
• St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, April 14
• Avena Township Park Board, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
• American Legion Post 420. 7 p.m., American Legion Home.
Wednesday, April 15
• Reverb Youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
Thursday, April 16
• Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
• Saturday, April 25-Diabetes awareness sponsored by the St. Elmo Lions Club, 9-11 a.m.
• Saturday, April 25-Boy Scout Troop #444 annual yard/bake sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church. All money earned will help sent St. Elmo Boy Scouts to summer camp. Donations may be dropped off on the front porch of the blue/grey modular home at 721 N. Elm, across from the Vet Clinic.
• April 26-Boy Scout Sunday will be at First United Methodist Church. After the 10:35 a.m. worship service, the Scouts will provide a Joe’s Pizza and Pasta spaghetti dinner in the Fellowship Hall.
Scouting for Food
St. Elmo Boy Scout Troop #444 will hand out sacks door to door on Saturday. The sacks are for food for the St. Elmo Food Pantry – cans of soup, canned fruit, canned vegetables, spaghetti and peanut butter.
The Scouts ask that residents take their food donation sacks on the curb of a north-south street before 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, so the Scouts can pick them up in a reasonable time.
If the item is not picked up by 2 p.m., call 918-0169 or drop the sack off at St. Elmo Food Pantry in the Boy Scouts name.
4-H Dog Obedience Classes
Teach your dog a few new tricks! The Effingham County 4-H Top Dog Club will begin holding obedience classes beginning in April. The first two meetings will be held at the U of I Extension office in Effingham at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, April 13 and 20. These meetings will be informational only, so do not take your dog.
If you are showing dogs this summer, or thinking about it, plan to attend. Paperwork needed will be gone over, along with what will be expected, what you will need for class, any questions you may have, etc.
The Top Dog Club will meet every Tuesday evening throughout the summer to learn basic obedience, showmanship and agility.
The classes will be held at the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont, at 6:30 p.m. These classes are free to all 4-H members.
If you are not in 4-H, join today to begin exploring the many opportunities waiting for you. For more information on 4-H, contact the U of I Extension office in Effingham at 217-347-7773.
Wright’s Corner HCE
The Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education met the afternoon of April 1 in the Loudon Township building. After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call, “Who is your favorite actor?,” was answered by Ina Abendroth, Carol Austin, Janice Garrison, Kate Jennings, Amanda Miller, Rosemary Owen, Una Tish and Helen Wright.
Chairman Austin read the March County HCE board notes. For Get-Acquainted Day, scheduled for this Thursday in the St. Elmo United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, the unit is to arrange the food on the tables for the 9:30 a.m. brunch.
Wright gave the special feature lesson, “Misunderstood Tofu,” and the major lesson, “Mindfulness and Soul Care.”
For the special activity, the group filled Easter candy boxes for residents of Amerion Care Nursing Home.
A Maundy Thursday Service was held at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the First United Methodist Church sanctuary. It was opened with an organ prelude by Kathy Spitler. Following a prayer by Pastor Dan Laack and the call to worship, the hymn “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross” was sung. Laack’s sermon was “A Newer Command,” using several scriptures from John.
After a silent prayer and reflection, Laack and the congregation participated in reading a prayer of confession.
Following the hymn “At the Table of Communion,” Communion was served. The congregation, in groups, went to the long, white cloth-covered tables that would seat 12.
After communion, the service closed with the hymn “Beneath the Cross of Jesus.”
In addition to Communion, some churches wash feet. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples on Thursday before he was crucified. This was done before he gave them bread and wine.
The St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance Good Friday service was held at 6 p.m. on Friday at Freedom Reigns in Christ Church. The church was well filled, with all ages of representatives from most of the churches in St. Elmo.
The congregation participated in singing several hymns, accompanied by Melissa Carson on the electronic piano and Jason Einhorn, Tom Fedrigon and T. J. Neeley on guitars.
Christ in the Passover, a presentation of Jews for Jesus, was given by Chaim Birnbaum of San Francisco, Calif. He told how the Jews hold a Seder (“set order” of Passover service)-1 Corinthians 5:7-8: “For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast.”
The cloth-covered table in front held all the feast elements: Chargigah (roasted egg), Charoset (mixture of apples, cinnamon and nuts resembling mortar), Chazeret (the bitter root), Karpas (greens), Maror (ground bitter herb), Matzoh (unleavened bread), Z’roa (shankbone of a lamb).
Afikomen –“that which comes later,” is a piece of matzoh hidden during Seder. All the children went to the front to find it and finally one did find the piece of matzoh.
Birnbaum started the program by lighting two candles. For the blessing over the candles, the congregation read aloud from the handout “Blessed art thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who sanctifies us by his commandments and commands us to handle the festival lights.”
For a blessing over the cup (Kiddush), the congregation read aloud “Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who brings forth fruit from the vine.” There were four small cups of wine.
For the blessing over the bread, he asked a young youth to go to the front and read “Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.”
A large silver plate was displayed standing upright – it looked like a deviled egg plate, but the indentions are to hold the Seder elements.
Half way through the program, a short video was shown about the Christian Jews having missionaries in other parts of the world.
Jews for Jesus is at 60 Haight Street, San Francisco, Calif. 94102. The Internet address is jewsforjesus.org.