Brownstown-Sefton News

Critters Tolerating Heat Wave Well
It is kind of interesting that the critters have only two changes of apparel a year – one for winter and one for summer. Yet they seem to take what comes (weatherwise) without complaint, as long as we humans make things as comfortable for them as reasonably possible.
Lady, the senior mini horse, Madricka, the donkey, and her son, Bucky, do have the benefit of a window fan in their little barn. They tend to stay pretty much in their barn when it is real hot and as an added bonus, Bill sprays the barn for flies often, so it is pretty comfortable, as barns go.
Katie, the outside doggie, has an Eskimo-insulated house, so she favors it in real hot or cold weather. She also occasionally stands with all four feet in her water tub, so she is either very clean or very smart … or both.
The girls, Rhonda and Blackie hens, rest in their split-level apartment a lot in their spare time (which they have a lot of, because they don’t even have to scratch for worms – they get the R.K.’s freeze-dried ones, which they love).
Betsy Longhorn and her cow family don’t seem to mind any kind of weather. They graze and eat lots of grass in the summertime, lay in the shade and chew their cud, and even stretch out in the sunshine on their sides and sleep.
In the winter, they eat their hay and grain, stand under the grove of trees and also nap in the sunshine. They seem to prefer the wide-open spaces rather than a building for shelter. At one time, we rented the late neighbor Gwen’s pasture for them, which has a large barn.  
In the worst weather, they would ignore the barn and stand out in the weather. We figure they are survivors, like their ancestors, the Texas longhorns, were.  However, Betsy and Geneva (one of the Bartels girls) behave like gentle ladies.
Of course, Callie, the kitty, and Josie, the little indoor (most of the time) doggie, live in a controlled climate environment (air and heat), so they have no problems.
Summer Lunches for Kids
Next Wednesday will be the last day for the lunches, as school will be starting. Watch for the students on their way to and from school. Hopefully, the weather will be a little cooler for them by then.
Baby Talk – Elise Has Arrived!
Walt and Adrienne Kinney are the proud parents of a girl, Elise Miriam, born on July 22. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 18
3/4 inches long … and, as with all of our area’s babies, cute as a button!
Fayette County HCE Board meeting
The Fayette County Home & Community Education (HCE) Board met on Monday at the Vandalia Extension Office, with nine members and one guest present.
The club president, Flo Allen, called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag.
The secretary, Joyce Mueller, gave the roll call: Flo Allen, Shirley Klitzing, Donna Blair, Panzi Blackwell, Ashley Davis, Anita Smith, Karen Hyde, Debbie Segrest, Joyce Mueller and a guest, Brittany Davis.
Mueller read the minutes of the June 22 meeting.
The board officers’ reports included the membership total at present is 106, by Anna Jean Rhodes, and International Potluck information, by Shirley Klitzing.  
Donna Blair announced there will be a fundraiser, “Splash,” held for the Fayette County Museum in the future.
Various other HCE topics discussed included:
• August District Workshop (for Districts 6-7) to be held Tuesday, Aug. 11, in Effingham, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 901 W. Jefferson St.
The registration deadline was July 27.
The attendance fee checks still due were collected at the meeting. Allen suggested carpools be arranged.
• The annual International Potluck will be held Oct.12 at First United Methodist Church, 215 N. Walnut St., in St. Elmo, with registration at 5:30 p.m., meal at 6 p.m.
The speaker, on Italy, will be Isaac Daiber, who will be contacted to confirm location/date information.
• Human trafficking is a presentation open to the public and sponsored by the Fayette County Home & Community Education in an effort to make everyone aware of the practice in which children are the bartering “items” for money, drugs, etc.
Speakers will include survivors who have escaped the practice and who are trying to make all aware of the problem.
They are also members and representatives of the Butterfly Dreams Recovery Program, in an effort to reach out to help free and offer a new lives to other survivors, and to make all aware of the predators who prey on young children.   
Carolyn Daniels, a former director of SAFE in Vandalia, will also speak.
A book entitled, “My Justice,” written by Patricia A. McKnight, one of the speakers and a survivor, is available on Amazon.
The presentation will be held at Northside Christian Church at (1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia) on Aug. 13, from 1:30-3:30 p.m, and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Fayette County HCE will be giving pins decorated with blue butterflies on white clouds, symbolizing “Butterfly Dreams,” to those attending. The butterfly represents a free spirit, a survivor, and the color blue is the color of the awareness ribbon for human trafficking. The clouds represent dreams.
• Fayette County Fair HCE Entries – HCE was well-represented this year at the fair, as those who entered won prizes.
Anna Jean Rhodes won three firsts and one second for flower arranging, and a fifth for a hobby entry;
DeeDee Diveley wan a first prize for her collection of bedpans and Debbie Segrest won two firsts, three seconds, one third, one fourth and one fifth. All three HCE ladies deserve applause.
• Club fundraiser raffle tickets were distributed to board members by Allen, to be distributed to the unit members. The raffle tickets are for “Who Says A Man Can’t Clean” cleaning service.
The meeting adjourned and the following enjoyed lunch at Denny’s in Vandalia: Allen, Klitzing, Hyde, Segrest and Mueller.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
Bette Stolte played the prelude as the congregation of the Brownstown United Methodist Church gathered for Sunday services.
Judy Watson served as liturgist. Kolter and Kyle Fulk, and Emily Townsend lighted the Altar candles. Junior Williams and Jeff Kelly served as ushers.  
Pastor Don Thomas greeted all, recognized the birthdays and anniversaries, shared the prayer list and led in prayer. Following the Scripture lesson, Thomas delivered the morning message.  Flo Allen led the adult class.  
First Christian Church
The congregation of First Christian Church was greeted by Don and Robin Lovett, and led in songs of praise by Kevin Bonifacius, Karen Underwood, and Cameron Callaway, accompanied by pianist Susan Snith.
Don Willms led the Communion meditation. A ladies trio – Susan Smith, Cathy Smith and Joann Strobel – contributed special music.
Also serving: Sunday school nursery-Laura Willms; a.m. nursery-Ashton Smith; toddler worship-Ron and Tena Gould; Quest-4-Christ- team; and shut-ins-Matthew Smith and Charlie Watson.
• Revival – Thursday, Aug. 13-Saturday, Aug. 15, at 7 o’clock nightly at First Christian Church; Mike Smith, speaker.

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