A Touching Experience … Literally
Bill has served as custodian for the First Baptist Church for almost 11 years, and this year, also of Unity Baptist Church, (as Temple Baptist on Ill. Route 185 and First Baptist merged earlier in this year), and for that 11 years, he also was custodian for Vandalia Christian Academy, located at First Baptist Church on Sixth street.
When he recently turned in his resignation as custodian, he made the comment, ‘I am going to miss the kids.”
When he came home last Thursday, following his last day as custodian, he said that he had shed some tears at a surprise goodbye party the staff and children had planned for him, including a “Mr. Bill” decorated cake.
School Principal Rod Deem, the teachers and the staff gave him cards expressing their appreciation and “thank yous,” but what pulled at his heartstrings were the handmade cards the children gave him with the following message on each one and signed by the child:
“You’ve cleaned my fingerprints from mirrors and doors. Now I want to leave some that will always be yours. Thank you for cleaning up after me.”
Each card was decorated with the child’s actual fingerprints in various colored inks, creating pretty hearts and flowers, and people figures.
All thanked him for being their custodian and for some specific things, such as getting rid of the wasps, cleaning off the ice when it was cold and “cleaning up everything from the top to the basement and outside (like the wasp nest).”
Another filled the card with good wishes, saying that Bill “always cleaned up after them, that they wouldn’t see him now, but would all like to give him a big, big, hug that they would always keep him in their hearts and never forget him, and they would put him in the “Janitor Hall of Fame.”
One artistically drew stars on the card, and all were precious.
Precious words from precious children. As they touched their fingers in the colored paint and touched them on the cards, they could not have realized how much they would also touch Mr. Bill … and have left their prints forever on his heart.
And how well these children’s thoughts and deeds speak for Mr. Deem, the teachers, staff and children’s homes.
Helping Hands Ministry…
… food giveaway to families at Brownstown UMC, sponsored by Golden Years Club, area churches and Brownstown Ministerial Alliance – one box per family.
Fayette County Extension Foundation Soup Luncheon
Luncheon is this Sunday, serving from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Brownstown Elementary School.Menu includes chili or vegetable beef soup, peanut butter sandwich, hot dog, carrots and celery, homemade desserts and drink. Free-will donations will be accepted.
Veterans Day-Nov. 11
Remember our Veterans
Sefton Unit HCE Change …
… of location. The Sefton HCE meeting will be held at Emmanuel Methodist Church, north of Brownstown, on Nov. 12, at 1 p.m.
November Food Pantry Needs
Items needed for November are one package of taco seasoning, two cans of chili beans, one can of tomato sauce and one package of rice. Anything will be appreciated.
• Birthdays-David Goldsboto, Jessica Fulk. Phyllis Bruno, Dillon Elam, Kayla Summann, Bette Stolte, Eric Gurtner and Flo Allen.
• Anniversaries-Glenn and Pam Gurtner, and Hubert and Betty Williams.
The Holidays are right around the corner …
… and so is the annual Holiday Open House, held by local gals who want to help you by gathering together under one roof shopping in our own community, with minimal walking and driving.
They will be at the Brownstown Elementary cafeteria from on Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Vendors include: Photography by Barker Photography. (Jennifer Barker); The Cookie Shack (Chrystal Spicer, Ruthann Stewart and Shelly Thomason); Massages by Cherie. Onsite massages, gift certificates, essential oils (Cheryl Logsdon); Just Yarnin’ by Dana with scarves, table runners, knitted blankets, hats, gloves. (Dana Dann); baked goods, crafts, caramel corn, pecan tartlets, monster cookies, bread & rolls (Mary Brown); 31 purses &/bags/organizers (Tiffany Struble); wreaths assorted styles/colors and can be personalized (Samantha Stefanski); Jewelry Designs by Denise (Denise Elson); Scentsy for home fragrances/warmers (Tiffany Struble); ViVi Jewelry newest trends, formerly known as Cookie Lee jewelry(Shelly Day); Photo Letters by Jamie, using your own photos for personalizing decorative letters (Jamie Smith); Chic Bowtique with bows, head wraps, ties, unique onesies for infants/toddlers (Adrienne Kinney & Ashton Smith); Tupperware & gift items such as personalized wooden blocks, candy bouquets, etc., Brownstown Florals (Nikki Sidwell & Karen Portz); Kid to Kid International, with unique handmade sandals, belts, scarves, jewelry, etc. (Debby Sefton); Mary Kay with skincare, fragrances, makeup (Tammy Barker); Friends of the Library with cinnamon rolls, pie by the slice, coffee, hot chocolate stand; pallet and wood crafts like tables, shelves (Roger and Lisa Smith); Christmas stockings by Billie Enlow; and handmade purses, burp cloths, table runners by Barb Morrison.
Tammy Barker, who is a Mary Kay consultant said, “My mom got me started with Mary Kay products and skincare. She always helped me through the years, to be able to keep using the products, and now it’s my turn to help her and others to have access to good skincare,”
Barb Morrison, Carolyn Grames, and Mary Myers said they will have purses, baby items, table runners, potato bags and quilt tops.
Billie Enlow said she makes custom-made-to-order Christmas stockings.
Shelly Day said she will be selling ViVi Jewelry. “I got started with ViVi in July, after the closing of Lia Sophia, and than Chelsea Row jewelry. I’ll also have about 100 pieces of Lia Sophia and Chelsea Row jewelry for about $5 each.
Junior Williams and Jeff Kelly served as ushers as the congregation of the United Methodist Church gathered for Sunday worship. Jarin Evans lighted the altar candles and Flo Allen served as liturgist.
Pastor Don Thomas greeted all, recognized the birthdays and anniversaries, shared the announcements and prayer list, and led in prayer.
Following the song service, Thomas led the Scripture lesson, delivered the message and gave Communion.
Pam Orr led the children’s worship ,and served cakes and punch. Flo Allen led the adult class.
• Operation Christmas Childwill be the week of Nov. 16-23. Fill shoe boxes and return to to the church by Nov. 15 for delivery to the relay center.
• Nov. 19, 7 p.m.-United Methodist Women will meet and observe World Thank Offering.
Brownstown First Christian Church
The congregation of First Christian Church was greeted by Jeremy and Shannon Claycomb. Communion meditation was led by Kevin Bonifacius.
Offerings meditation was led by Duane Willms. Guest Tommy Oaks delivered the message.
The entire service, singing and preaching, was led by Oaks and his son, John Thomas Oaks, from Knoxville, Tenn.
This ministry team has been at the church several times in past years.
A potluck dinner was held at noon to honor and show appreciation to the minister and his wife, Kevin and Connie Bonifacius.
In the evening, the Oakses presented a musical comedy, “Star Queen,” the story of Esther in the Bible.
It was written by John Thomas and this was the 12th time since it was first performed, so they are revisiting churches where it was first performed.
Also serving: a.m. nursery-Tena Gould; toddler worship-Rae Lynn Koehler and Robbi Evans; Quest-4-Christ-Q-4-C team; and shut-ins-Mitch Koehler and Don Willms.
• Leadership meeting-Monday at 7 pm.
• Junior high retreat, “The Reel Life,” will be Friday and Saturday at Bond Christian Service camp; $25 per person and registration starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.