Brownstown-Sefton News

Coming Events
Benefit for Brownstown School Bus Driver
A Liver Journey Celebration/benefit will be held for the Rich Cade family on Sunday, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center, 705 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia.
Rich Cade was diagnosed with alpha-1 antitrypsin disorder, dangerously low platelets and an enlarged spleen 10 years ago, and the family set out on what they have called the “Liver Journey,” in hopes of receiving a liver transplant.
The Cade family, traveling by faith, prayers and hope, frequently have met obstacles, disappointments and frustrations along the way, but have always inspired others by their buoyant spirits, fueled by their faith
People often want to help in some way, but don’t exactly know how or what they can do. This is the opportunity to help in this family in a viable, doable way.
The events schedule throughout the day allow you to eat, visit and participate in activities, come and go, and hear Rich’s testimony, at your convenience … and encourage this remarkable family.
Overview of the Day
• 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Barbecued pulled pork/hot dog lunch, which includes choice of sandwich, two sides, drink and dessert. Free-will donation will be accepted for the family.
• 2 p.m. – Hear Rich’s testimony and faith journal.
• 3:30 p.m. – Pie-in-the-face winner announced.
• 4 p.m. – Raffle winners drawn (need not be present to win).
Monetary donations for the family are being accepted at National Bank, P.O. Box 298, 520 W. Gochenour St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.              
Brownstown Class of 1980
The Brownstown High School of 1980 will hold its 35-year reunion in conjunction with the Brownstown Alumni reunion on Saturday, July 25, at the Vandalia Moose Lodge, 328 S. Third St., Vandalia.
• Registration, meet and greet, and get reacquainted, 4-6 p.m.
• Meal, 6-7:30 p.m., with the meal costing $15 per person.
• Business meeting, 7:30, followed by class photos and visiting.  
A DJ will be on hand to provide music later in the evening. Donations will be taken to help cover his expenses.
Reservation forms were mailed out by the Alumni Reunion and the Brownstown Foundation in early May.
If anyone in the Brownstown HS Class of 1980 did not receive an invitation to the  Brownstown Reunion, call Christy (Braun) Warner at 335-3633, Tammie (Becker) Kramer at 347-2258 or Sandra Stine at 283-9211.
Reservations for the catered meal will be taken until July 17. Return reservation forms to: Brownstown Alumni Association, Box 344, Brownstown, Ill. 62418.
Ginny (Fisher) Wilbur is the president of the Alumni Association and can be reached at 699-1518 with any questions.  
Vacation Bible School
• Brownstown First Christian Church, June 7-12, 6-8:15 nightly.
Sefton Unit HCE …
… meets this Thursday at the Golden Years Building at 1 p.m. They need to plan for an outing, so members are to take ideas. Also, remember food bank donations.
Fayette County HCE Annual Meeting/Potluck
… is Tuesday, at 6 p.m. at Northside Christian Church in Vandalia., 1845 W. Jackson St., off of Sunset Drive.
Summer Lunches for Kids …
… are on Wednesdays, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Brownstown United Methodist Church. Creamy-style peanut butter and grape jelly are needed.
Apology to our Critter Fans
There are important announcements this week that take priority over the critters’ usual spot in the column, and they (critters) understand this, so their items will be brief.
The critters wanted to say their various “hello sounds” to Lois Wehrle, who, we have learned, is a long-time, faithful reader of the critters’ section.  
Baby Buckwheat Burro had a visit from Dr. Bristow and his assistant, Kay, last week. He did not exactly enjoy the visit (although he does like the pretty ladies associated with Dr. Bristow’s clinic).
Bucky had involuntary surgery (we don’t say the “c” word here), which he slept right through. The surgery went well and he has had no problems of any kind. He doesn’t seem to even have any surgery-site discomfort. For what it’s worth, when Dr. Lynn Hemker visited Bucky recently to examine and treat the abscess under his eye recently, she kept calling him (Bucky) “Handsome.”
Although Dr. Bristow took excellent, gentle and compassionate care of Bucky, he didn’t call him “Handsome” even once.  A little difference in bedside manner.
Bucky now has one side of the little barn all to himself, as Mother Madricka is staying with Lady, the senior mini-horse, for a while. They are getting along fine,
We are planning to extend their pasture area and then they will all be together.
We were waiting until Baby Buckwheat underwent his involuntary surgery before we went ahead with the merger-move coed plan.
Bucky looks so much like our late “Smoky, the adorable little donkey,” and he is becoming just as affectionate. He comes to the fence when he sees us coming and he loves carrots.
The next order of critter business will be to invite our farrier, Colleen, out for a visit and pedicures for the girls, Lady and Madricka (that is, when I find her telephone number, which I have evidently misplaced).   
Coming & Going
Bill Attends MG High School Reunion
The ole’ Homesteaders, namely Bill Blackwell and wife Panzi, enjoyed attending Bill’s Mulberry Grove High School reunion on Saturday.
We shared ta table some of Bill’s classmates, Don and Judy (Crane) Dothager, and Dr. Lynn and Carole (Steiner) Bristow, all super-nice people).
The very nice event honored the 1955 and 1965 graduating classes of Mulberry Grove High School, and was very nicely hosted and presented by the class of 1964. The food was delicious and plentiful, including the various desserts.
Another MGHS graduate, Tom Jackson, served as master of ceremonies, thanked all for coming, and presented various awards to attendees.
Jackson asked Herb Woolsey (who accompanied his wife, Mary, who is a former MGHS graduate) to ask the blessing for the catered meal.
The colorful, potted plants centerpieces were given to those who had place mats that were specially marked on the underside.  
An entertaining video was shown of the former students’ graduation pictures, along with songs of their high school days.
Also especially enjoyed by the Blackwells was the enjoyment of meeting  friends, including Herb and Mary Woolsey; Phyllis (Bunyard) Combs and Millie Coburn (both attended Vandalia High School for a short while); Junior and Neva Elam; Bill’s sister, Ava (Blackwell) Taylor; and others, with some getting re-acquainted and others meeting for the first time.
Golden Years Club
Approximately 23 members and friends were present for the Golden Years potluck meeting on Tuesday.
The club president, Pastor Don Thomas, greeted all and recognized those celebrating June birthdays and anniversaries, and invited them to be served first.  Pastor Jim Dann asked the blessing for the meal.
Following the meal, Thomas called the meeting to order. Treasurer Donnie Smail gave the club’s financial report and told of receiving a note from former Brownstown resident Bill Voisin, expressing his feelings of gratitude and appreciation for the people and small community of Brownstown in which he grew up.
Smail also presented the results of the recent fundraiser barbecue meal.
Thomas shared some suggestions for a fundraiser breakfast in the future, the date to be decided.
Election of Officers
Only one office was to be filled, as the others remained the same. Joe Kelly, who has served as vice president, asked to be replaced, as his job prevents him from attending the meetings regularly.
Dee Dee Diveley was nominated to fill the office of vice president, which she accepted at the request of those present.
The officers are: president, Don Thomas; vice president, DeeDee Diveley; treasurer,Don Smail; and secretary, Panzi Blackwell.
Humorous Readings
Donnie Smail gave four humorous readings, and DeeDee Diveley gave some humorous readings and a candle-lighting demonstration. Flo Allen and Don Thomas each read several jokes.
Mark Whalen, who has assisted the Golden Years Club, said that he was returning to college to further his education, then will return to a full-time job in the future.  He complimented the Golden Years Club and expressed the hope that it would continue to grow. The club members applauded him in expression of their appreciation of his help with their endeavors, and invited him to return and visit the club.
Brownstown First
Christian Church
Terry and Susan Smith greeted the congregation of First Christian Church as they gathered for Sunday morning worship services.
The congregation was led in song by Joann Strobel and Deanna Miller, accompanied by Robin Lovett at the piano, guitarist Chuck Enlow and Mitchell Smith on drums.  
Don Lovett led the Communion meditation. Matthew Smith contributed special music.
Relatives of Terry Smith surprised him Sunday by coming to worship with him. His son, Matthew, sang “Preach the Word,” and Terry was further surprised when his son, Mike, preached the sermon. The family enjoyed the noon meal together.
Also serving: Laura Willms-Sunday school nursery; Tena Gould-a.m. nursery; toddler worship-Cathy Smith and Ashton Smith; Quest-4-Christ-Q-4-C team; and shut-ins-Don Willms and Terry Smith.
United Methodist Church
Pianist Betty Miller played as the congregation of the United Methodist Church gathered for Sunday morning services.
Judy Watson served as liturgist, and Mannie Orr and Junior Williams served as ushers. Emma Lawo and Bradley Schwarm 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.
Following the morning sermon, delivered by Thomas, Pastor Don and wife Marlys, served Communion.
Pam Orr led the children’s worship, and served cookies and juice. Flo Allen led the adult class.
• Friday at 7 p.m.- Bible study group meets at Brownstown UMC. The public is invited. Refreshments afterward.
• June 22 at 1:20 p.m.-UMW will go to Evergreen Outreach in Vandalia and take cookies.  

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