Brownstown-Sefton News

In The Homestead Mailbox…
… was a Valentine’s Day surprise from the mystery mailbox visitor who left the little lighthouse! This time there were two lighthouses, a bigger one and a smaller one, both very pretty and interesting … and so mysterious.
It is fun receiving them, but we are so curious about who is leaving them. I guess the fun would be a little diminished if we found out, but the enjoyment of getting them would still be felt, plus the mystery from who they came from. We do appreciate you, whomever and wherever you are.
Helping Hands Food Ministry
Change Distribution Dates
The Helping Hands Food Ministry has announced that the schedule for the food pantry giveaway days has been changed. Saturday, March 10, is the only day in March for the food give-away. Pickup is from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This will continue to be the schedule in the future, one day a month for that three-hour period.
Food Pantry Needs for …
… are one box of pancake mix, bottle of syrup, jar of jelly, box of dry powder milk; anything else would be appreciated.
HCE Sefton Unit meet
The Fayette County HCE Sefton Unit met on Tuesday, Feb. 8, for its annual Valentine’s Day lunch, which was held this year at the Golden Years Club building with a potluck meal.
The St. Elmo HCE Unit was invited to share the meal and fellowship. Guests from St. Elmo were Sharon Beasley, Karen Denning, Dari Goldsorough, Anna Jean Rhodes and Sharon Shelton. Ashley Davis, Betty Miller and Shelly Rook were also guests.
Sefton Unit memebers present were Flo Allen, Sally Behrends, Carol Behrends, DeeDee Diveley, Connie Green, Lois Jackson, Connie Largent, Carol Oldham, Helen Reeter, Janis Stanford, and Betty Williams.
Brownstown United Methodist Church-Feb. 18
The prelude was played as the congregation of the Brownstown United Methodist Church gathered for Sunday morning services. Bette Stolte and Betty Miller serve as the pianists. Mannie Orr and Junior Williams served as ushers, and Gavin Schnarre lit the altar candles. Pastor Don Thomas greeted all, recognized the birthdays and anniversaries, shared the announcements and prayer list, and led the congregation on prayer.
The birthday song was sung to Avery Schnarre and Bradley Schwarm. The anniversary song was sung to Mannie and Pam Orr. Following the Scripture lesson, Thomas delivered the morning message. Flo Allen led the adult worship.
Announcements
• The Wolf Creek Cluster Lenten service will be held at Fairview UMC, with the Rev. Don Thomas preaching.
• Thursday at 6:30 pm, Bible study will be held at the new Golden Years building, studying Matthew.
• March 11- UMCOR Sunday.
• March 22 at 1 p.m., the United Methodist Women will meet at Emmanuel. Also, at 6:30 p.m., Lighthouse Pregnancy Center will hold its annual fundraising banquet at Moose Lodge in Vandalia.
Note-A card shower is requested for Tresten Wall, 433 S. Cherokee Strip, Brownstown, Ill. 62418
Local February Celebrations
Hubert Williams, Judy Watson, Marybelle Ledbetter, Dick Lentz, Lance Garza, Avery Schnarre, Tim Dunahee, Renna Kelly, Betty Miller, Jason Whitford, Bradley Schwarm and Bill Haller.
Anniversaries- Bill and Bette Stolte, and Manny and Pam Orr.
First Christian Church
Joann Strobel and Deanna Miller greeted the congregation of the as it gathered for the Sunday morning services. Cathy Smith, Jack Shelton and Kelsey Brands led songs of praise. Pianist Susan Smith, guitarist Chuck Enlow and Walt Kinney on drums accompanied them. Karen Underwood contributed special music, and Cameron Callaway led the Communion meditation. Nathan Brands delivered the morning message.
Also serving: Sunday School nursery- Liz Oberlink; a.m. nursery- Tena Gould; toddler worship-Claudia and Robbi Edwards; Quest for Christ-Q4C team; and shut-ins-Terry Smith and Mitch Koehler.
Announcements
• March 3- Men’s day at SLCC, 10 a.m.-noon. No charge, but a free-will offering will be taken.
• Monday, March 12-Leadership meeting at 7 p.m..
• New Building Dedication Sunday is set for Sunday, March 25, during Sunday school. There will be no Sunday school that day. This is a tentative date, as things may change due to construction.
• Easter egg hunt on Sunday, March 31, at Brownstown Park at 2 p.m. Anyone who would like to make a monetary donation for candy and prizes should contact Jamie Smith by Sunday.
• Sonrise Service will be held April 1 at 6:30 a.m. at First Christian Church.
• Jim Quick will be at the church on Sunday, April 8, to speak about BCSC.
• Next Sunday’s sermon will be: The Triumphal Entry Matt 21: 1-11
• Library books are being discarded from the church library. You may have as many as you want.
• Adopt a kid – Don’t forget to get a card and pray for them. Some children haven’t received one from their adopted family yet.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
The prelude was played as the congregation gathered for Sunday services.
March 11 is UMCOR Sunday.
Junior Williams and Tara Schnarre served as ushers and Evan, Eli, Brayden and Dillon Elam lit the altar aandles.
Pastor Don Thomas greeted all, recognized the birthdays and anniversaries and shared the prayer list. He led in prayer, and the birthday song was sung to Bill Stolte. Jarin Evans led children’s worship. Flo Allen led the adult class.
• The Wolk Creek Lenten Service will be held at Cowden UMC, with David Arnold bringing the message.
• Bible study will be held at Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the new Golden Years building, studying Matthew.

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