Brownstown-Sefton News

Bunny Population Growing
Since Bill’s little baby bunny friend started hanging around the chicken pen area, we have seen other apparent members of his family.
Note: Although our first thought was to name  him “Thumper,” we’ve decided a more appropriate name for him would be “Buddy,” as he doesn’t seem to be afraid of Bill, but lets him get within 3 feet before he moves away.
Bill had seen Buddy and his brother in the area when they were still in the nest, but hadn’t seen the brother for some time. We feared for his life, but now he is being seen a little farther down the lane, along with two bigger bunnies.
We figure Buddy stayed here and his brother joined their parents down the lane. Sometimes when Katie the doggie sees him, she barks, but Buddy doesn’t seem frightened. We figure he knows she can’t reach him from her pen.
Now, we are not sure of the genders of the bunnies, but until we know differently, they will be referred to as “Buddy and his brother.”   
‘Pete,’ Our (Dog) House guest …
… has returned to his Missouri home with (Bill’s) brother, Joe Blackwell, and to see their reunion was touching. Pete climbed in Joe’s car and for few seconds sat behind the steering wheel, ready to go. “Reunion” pictures were taken, and we are not sure who was the happiest, Joe or Pete. By the wagging of his tail, we figure Pete was the happiest, but Joe had the biggest smile on his face.
Local Celebrations
Birthdays: Kenny Nickels, Braden Schwarm, Betty Williams, Joanne Gelsinger. Anniversaries: Andrew and Rita Grull.
“Coffee in the Courtyard” …
… at Brookstone  Estates in Vandalia is next Thursday at 8 a.m.
Tables and chairs will be set up in the courtyard amidst the serene garden setting of lovely flowers. Coffee, fruit juice, fresh fruit and doughnuts will be served. The public is invited by the residents and staff.   
First Baptist Church Presents …
“Stars and Stripes,” a patriotic musical program, on Sunday, June 25, at 2 p.m.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
Supper at 4:30 p.m. at the church, followed by a puppet show, “Puppets for Jesus,” by the First UMC of Peoria this Saturday. Open to public for all ages.
Area Vacation Bible Schools
First Christian Church
June 4, 4-6 p.m., and June 5-9, 6 to 8:15 p.m. nightly.
Special activities for grades 6-8. Contact Ashton Smith for more info, 367-5185.
Liberty Christian Church
“Maker Fun Factory” – June 19-22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. For ages pre-K (potty trained)-age 5, through sixth grade. The van will pick up and drop off in the Brownstown High School parking lot every evening at 6:15 and 8:45 p.m.
Kaskaskia Church VBS
Through sixth grade-Friday, 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 am. Bible Stories, crafts, games and songs. Church is located 2½ miles west of Wright’s Corner.
Brownstown Alumni Reunion 2017 …
… at the Vandalia Moose Lodge 1448, Saturday, July 15. Get your reservations in; the last day will be July 8.   
Due to phone scams in the area, if you call for information about the reunion, leave a message; scammers have out-of-state numbers, so if the number is not recognized, the call won’t be answered.
Dinner is $15 per person; make checks payable to: Brownstown Alumni Association. Return reservation in envelope addressed: Brownstown Alumni Association, PO Box 344, Brownstown, Ill. 62418.
Evening program (subject to change) – 3:30 p.m., visitation; 5:30 p.m., be seated; 5:45 p.m., Presentation of colors by Brownstown VFW Post 9770, introduction of Brownstown Fire Department, Pledge of Allegiance and prayer; 6 p.m.-Dinner
7:30-8 p.m., business meeting; 8 p.m., class pictures, with visitation after. Band has been canceled due to lack of interest.
Alumni Committee – Bettie Dowell Scott, ’61, 267-3637 [email protected]; Carleen (Washburn) Bingaman,’61; Deanne (Holding) Miller, ’59; and Joellen (Stine) Frailey ’59.     
Food Pantry for June
Items needed are two cans of any kind of soup, one box of crackers, one jar of peanut butter. Anything would be appreciated.  
If you have any extra jars with lids, and quart and gallon plastic bags, Helping Hands Ministry Food Program could use some.
Special request – The last Sunday of each month, each church is asked to donate canned goods for the food pantry, as they are greatly needed.  
Brownstown First Christian Church
The congregation of First Christian Church was greeted by Mitch and Rae Lynn Koehler as they met for Sunday morning services.
Duane Willms led the Communion meditation. Robert Keen delivered the message.
Also serving: Sunday school nursery-Faye Schwarm; a.m. nursery-Marcia  Pemberton; toddler worship-Amanda Koehler and Shannon Claycomb; Quest-4-Christ-Q-4-C Team; and shut-ins-Mitch Koehler and Matthew Smith.
• Baby Bottle Fundraiser for Lighthouse Pregnancy & Health Services from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day – Pick up your bottle, fill it with coins, dollars or checks and return by this Sunday, June 18.
• Family BBQ – Mothers, fathers and families are invited to attend the family barbecue on Friday, June 23, at 6 p.m. at the Good Old Days Catering Hall.  
Menu: Pulled pork or chicken with the fixings. The cost is: $8.50-adult; and $7.50-children and can be given to Jamie Smith or Gina Lytle by Sunday. Wear western attire and take a lawn chair.
• Bridal shower for Kristina Enlow will be on Saturday, July 25, at 2 p.m. at the Brownstown Elementary cafeteria. RSVP to Kaitlyn Scott at 534-5058. Registered at Walmart and Kohl’s.
• Become a Bon Fire Booster to help support Bond Christian Service Camp.
Pick up a packet at the welcome table. The church is collecting 30 bags of chocolate chips for BSCC. Donations can be left at the welcome table.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
The congregation of United Methodist Church gathered as the prelude was played. Jeff Kelly and Junior Williams served as ushers, and Avery and Gavin Schnarre lighted the altar candles.
Pastor Don Thomas greeted all, recognized the birthdays and anniversaries, shared the prayer list and led in prayer. Thomas delivered the morning sermon.   Flo Allen led the adult class.
• June 17, 4:30 p.m.-Supper at Brownstown Church, followed by puppet show “Puppets for Jesus,” by First UMC of Peoria.
• June 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m-UMW Mission Study at Shelbyville First UMC. Take gifts for men and women for area shelters. Reservations by June 16.
• June 24-6:15 p.m.-United Methodist Day at Busch Stadium, sponsored by United Methodist Men.


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