Brownstown-Sefton News

Critters Having Company
The past few days, two of the “neighbor kids” from the longhorn pasture across the way have been visiting the Homestead bunch and enjoying nibbling on the green grass.  
The other barnyard critters, Madricka, and her baby burro, Buckwheat, and  Lady, the pretty senior mini-horse, watch the strangers, but they do not let the visitors interrupt their meals or their naps in the sunshine.  
Only Katie, Bill’s black lab/blue heeler guard dog, gets excited. She barks, jumps up and down in her pen and then sits down quietly in her chair, content to watch the activities of the Homestead human inhabitants duo, namely, Bill and Panzi.
Roses to …
…the Brownstown  seventh- and eighth-grade girls’ basketball teams.  
& A Tip of the Hat to …
… their coach, Joshua Behrends.
The Brownstown girls recently brought the championship trophies
home from the Vandalia tournament.
Local Celebrations
Birthdays-Mike Smith, Lavina Copher and Phyllis Smith.
Steve Ladd called Panzi’s Partyline Show…
…to say he is looking foward to returning to Brownstown/Sefton and to  Liberty Christian Church for a concert on Saturday at 6 p.m.
One of Steve’s songs, “Not Guilty,” is rising fast on the charts.
It is included on his CD entitled, “On My Own,” which also contains the beautiful, “Master of the Wind.” Learn more about Steve at http//
Liberty Church is located north of Brownstown (from U.S. Route 40, turn north on College Avenue and go north about 5½ miles). If you have questions, call 347-2271. There is no charge; a love offering will be taken for Steve.
NOTICE-Sefton HCE Unit  Members
The Sefton Unit November meeting will be held the second Thursday in Nov. 12, at 1 p.m, at Emmanuel Methodist Church, north of Brownstown.
Sefton Unit HCE ‘Golden Girls’
The Sefton Unit HCE “Golden Girls” once again donned their show biz  togs and visited the Brookstone Estates ladies, accompanied by the well-known, popular pianist, Bette Stolte. The HCE gals appeared as Calendar Girls, representing the 12 months of the year in appropriate costume for the season/holiday as Stolte played the appropriate music on the piano. Flo Allen led the singing. The object of the presentation was for the ladies to guess which season/month was being represented. Panzi Blackwell read verses giving hints about the names of the months.
Every month was named correctly (with Arvella leading in the points) and many of the ladies sang along with the music.
Those participating were: Connie Greene (bundled up in warm clothes for winter winds) as January; Carol Behrends (looking lovely as a pretty Valentine, and presenting roses to the ladies); Carol Oldham (in her Irish green outfit); Elizabeth Kasten twirling a pretty umbrella for April showers;
LaVonne Kramer looking like spring itself with a basket of May flowers; Phyllis Bruno, as a blushing June bride; DeeDee Diveley with an array of patriotic red, white and blue items in which was tucked a (make-believe) firecracker; Carolyn Grames was the August gardener, dressed accordingly and with the proper gardening tools; Lois Jackson was Miss September with school books and slate; DeeDee Diveley did double duty, appearing again with a turkey on a platter; Lois Jackson also doing double duty, as she again appeared for December with Christmas-theme decorations.  
The event drew to a close with visiting and eating homemade Sefton HCE cookies.  
Methodist Women’s Sunday
Pianist Betty Miller played the prelude as the congregation of United Methodist Church gathered for Sunday morning worship and celebtation of Methodist Women’s Sunday last week.
Betty Williams and Flo Allen served as ushers. Gavin Schnarre, Jarin Evans, and Courtney Arnold lighted the altar candles.
Carol Severns have a presentation about Methodist Women. Ann Orr led children’s worship hour, and Flo Allen led the adult class.
Sunday, Oct. 11-Pianist Bette Stolte played the prelude, Junior Williams and Jeff Kelly served as ushers, and Emma Lawas, Gavin Schnarre, Courtney Arnold and Dakota Arnold lighted the altar candles as the congregation gathered for Sunday morning services.
Pastor Don Thomas greeted all, recognized the birthdays and anniversaries, shared the prayer list, led in prayer and delivered the message.
Pam Orr led the children’s worship and served cupcakes, cookies and juice. Flo Allen led the adult class.
• October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Let your pastor know how much you appreciate him and all he does.
• Thursday, 1:30 p.m.-United Merhodist Women will go to Brookstone in Vandalia, take cookies, have devotions and play bingo.
• Oct. 18, 2 p.m.-Cluster Charge Conference at Brownstown UMC. Fellowship and finger foods afterward.
Operation Christmas Child…
…will be the week of Nov.16-23. Those who want to participate are to fill a shoebox and return it to the church for delivery to the relay center. Info and guidelines on shoebox items are available. Boxes will need to be to the church by Nov. 15.

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